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Propane gas tank leak at University of Massachusetts lab leads to brief evacuation of building

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMHERST — A leaky valve for a propane gas tank in a lab at the Goessman building at the University of Massachusetts led to the evacuation of the building shortly after noon Friday. The valve on the 100-pound tank was tightened and the air cleared by Amherst firefighters, who responded to the call along with University of Massachusetts police and environmental and safety officials, UMass spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski said. … 0

Tick Talk: Panelists, public share experiences with Lyme disease ‘epidemic’

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When panelists at a forum on Lyme disease Tuesday listed symptoms that often go unrecognized by doctors, many heads in the audience were nodding. Many of the approximately 130 people at the standing-room-only Tick Talk event at JFK Middle School were victims of the disease or had loved ones who suffered … 0

Number of University of Massachusetts students disciplined for off-campus misbehavior declines in past year

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer incidents in Amherst meant fewer University of Massachusetts students were disciplined because of their off-campus behavior during the recently completed academic year, according to a report compiled by the dean of students office. However, the number of students involved in major incidents remained almost the same, according to UMass. Released Friday, the report, which covers Sept. 1 through May 12, … 0

Colleges help with tips on various business ventures

Monday, February 10, 2014

Though starting a business in an uncertain economy may seem intimidating, educators from the Five Colleges believe that need not stand in the way of entrepreneurial success. A diverse range of programs offered by the colleges and University of Massachusetts Amherst help students realize that creating a profitable … 0

National Guard helicopters, Amherst firefighters to conduct training drills at UMass Saturday

Friday, February 7, 2014

AMHERST — Black Hawk helicopters from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield will be part of a medical evacuation training exercise Saturday at the University of Massachusetts. The Amherst Fire Department is working with the Massachusetts Army National Guard on the drill, which is designed to simulate … 0

Local scholars cite spending, security issues at Winter Olympics in Russia

Thursday, February 6, 2014

AMHERST — Are the Winter Olympics, with its opening ceremonies Friday in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, mainly a spectacle of overspending and corruption or a sign of an emerging new Russia that is reshaping its … 0

With construction jobs coming, low-income workers get a head start on training

Sunday, February 2, 2014

HOLYOKE — Last year, Miguel Vega and Rafy Gomez of Springfield were looking for good-paying, secure jobs. But pursuing careers in construction had never occurred to them. “I had never been exposed to the idea of being in … 0

Amherst study-abroad program folds over rape response (with documents)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMHERST — The handling of an alleged rape of a student attending a University of Massachusetts-affiliated program in Costa Rica has led to the demise of an Amherst study-abroad program. Living Routes on North Pleasant Street — which … 2

Amherst ambulance fees set to go up to support increased staffing

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMHERST — Fees for Amherst ambulances services, which are increasing for the first time in nearly five years, will be used to support additional paramedic and emergency medical technician staffing during the spring and fall semesters. The Select Board this week voted unanimously to adjust the fees for … 0

Trends show efforts working to counter drinking culture at UMass

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AMHERST — Binge drinking remains a serious concern for officials at the University of Massachusetts, but trends indicate that efforts to confront the problem are working. At a meeting of the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Wednesday, representatives from the Center for Health Promotion at … 0

Amherst, UMass seek consultant for study of housing, economic development options

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AMHERST — Housing needs for college students as well as residents and economic development in the community will be the focus of a joint town-gown study. The $60,000 study, supported by the town and the University of Massachusetts, is expected to get underway next month, with consultants submitting … 0

Gottago Taxi loses right to operate in Amherst due to repeated rules violations

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AMHERST — One of Amherst’s long-standing taxi companies will no longer be allowed to operate in town after repeatedly violating municipal regulations. The Select Board voted unanimously Monday not to issue a 2014 taxi license to Gottago Taxi … 0

UMass launches campaign to prevent sexual assaults (with video)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

AMHERST — With about one-quarter of all female college students nationwide reporting being victims of rape or attempted rape, the University of Massachusetts has launched a campaign to prevent sexual assault and other high-risk behaviors. As President Obama … 0