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The annual “Monte’s March” makes its way down Pleasant St. through the UMass campus Tuesday with radio host Monte Belmonte to complete the 42-mile march from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds to support the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to feed hungry households.

‘Monte’s March’ raises $150,240 to help western Massachusetts residents who need food

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — Radio personality Monte Belmonte’s 42-mile anti-hunger march wound its way through the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday, where it was joined by chancellor, Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “The scourge of hunger is in our own back yard,” Subbaswamy said Tuesday morning at the corner of North Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Avenue, waiting for “Monte’s March” to arrive. “The …

UMass officials say ‘White Students Union’ Facebook page is fake, and one of several reported around the country

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recently created “UMass Amherst Area White Students Union” Facebook page is not associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst or any student groups, according to campus officials, and appears to be one of a number of similar hoax pages reported at colleges and universities around the country. UMass student trustee …

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for the holiday shopping season, according to Dennis Golas, operations manager for the mall. “We’re working …

University/Town of Amherst Collaborative will have first meeting at Campus Center

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

AMHERST — A permanent board linking the University of Massachusetts and the town in jointly pursuing housing projects and economic development will meet for the first time next week. The University/Town of Amherst Collaborative, known as UTAC, is an outgrowth of a study completed for the Town-Gown Steering …

Arrests and other area police news

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ The owner of a 2011 Ford Fusion reported at 4:47 p.m. Monday that a side mirror was snapped off while the vehicle was parked Saturday at Puffton Village. Northampton ∎ Northampton Police worked with Southampton officers to arrest two people at the Walter Salvo House at …

Fire forces four UMass students to leave home at Presidential Apartments in Amherst

Monday, October 19, 2015

AMHERST — Four University of Massachusetts students were forced out of their home at Presidential Apartments Monday night after a small electrical fire caused by a malfunctioning thermostat, according to Amherst Fire Capt. John Ingram. Firefighters responded at 8:45 p.m. to the apartments at 950 North Pleasant St., …

UMass homecoming football game and tailgate draw thousands, boost business

Saturday, October 17, 2015

AMHERST — When is a pre-game not a pre-game? When people leave a tailgate party at kickoff and head off in search of other amusements. And for many, that seemed the order of the day — to the …

Amherst falls $100,000 short in hotel taxes after state gives UMass Hotel permission to stop paying room tax

Friday, October 16, 2015

AMHERST — A ruling by the state’s Appellate Tax Board last year that allowed the University of Massachusetts Hotel to stop paying hotel taxes left the town nearly $100,000 short of projections for the budget year that ended June 30. But UMass said it is still collecting the …

Man told to quiet down after venting while playing online poker — and other area police news

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police observed a man kicking signs and newspaper boxes on North Pleasant Street near the downtown bars at 1:15 a.m. Friday. Officers chased him into the West Cemetery where he escaped detection by the K9 unit. ∎ A man screaming and throwing items against the walls …

Congressman James McGovern, advocates focus on solutions to student-debt crisis at UMass forum

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AMHERST — If U.S. Rep. James McGovern could get 15 percent of what he wants in student debt reforms through Congress, he would be happy, but the Worcester Democrat told a student debt forum Wednesday that was unlikely …

UMass Homecoming Parade on Saturday will go through downtown Amherst

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, student-created floats, classic cars and public safety officials will be among those participating Saturday morning in the Homecoming Parade. The parade steps off from the Dallas Mall, near McGuirk Alumni Stadium, at 10:30 a.m., before participants head up Amity …

Victim in UMass rape case files lawsuits against university, two staff members and four men she accused

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who has testified in three trials that she was gang-raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts in 2012 has filed lawsuits against the four men she accused, as well as against …

Former UMass student Luke Gatti apologizes for mac-and-cheese meltdown captured on video

Monday, October 12, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut student who went on an obscenity-laced tirade against food service workers when they refused to sell him jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese has apologized. Luke Gatti acknowledged in a 2½-minute video …