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People gather for a summer solstice observation at the UMass Sunwheel. Two winter solstice sessions will be held Sunday, Dec. 21.

Solstice sessions honor Judith Young, astronomer who created UMass Sunwheel

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — On Sunday the sun will rise and set over the shortest day of the year. It will be the first winter solstice in more than 15 years when Judith Young, an astronomy professor, will not be there to greet it. Young, who died May 23 at the age of 61 after a long battle with multiple myeloma, built …

Not much talk among Shelburne Falls residents about sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby

Friday, December 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively comments. But these days, when comedian Bill Cosby — Shelburne’s most famous resident — is …

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy praises outgoing president Robert Caret

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said President Robert L. Caret will leave the university in a strong position when he departs next year to become chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Subbaswamy, who became chancellor of UMass Amherst under Caret’s leadership, said in a prepared statement issued Thursday that Caret was a “dynamic and visionary leader” for …

Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ A West Street resident reported at 9:13 p.m. Monday the theft of an iPad from the home. ■ Elizabeth Britney Caraker, 25, of 97 Logtown Road, was issued a citation for failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was driving on South East …

Amherst bars planning ‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ event despite town’s concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — A digital countdown clock on the wall near the entrance to McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern is a reminder to patrons, down to each fraction of a second, about when the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event begins. The 15th year for the event, formerly known as Halfway …

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to …

UMass gets three-year, $1 million federal grant to boost nursing program for minority, disadvantaged veterans

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a …

Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, …

Area police news

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested at 5:23 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of …

VIDEO Students rally at UMass to denounce police killing of unarmed black people

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — A crowd of about 75 students — most of them black — moved slowly down a University of Massachusetts campus path Wednesday afternoon with their arms raised above their heads. Their “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant, …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Amherst ∎ Bicyclist Joseph G. Habib, 22, of Worcester, was riding south on University Drive when he was involved in a collision at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday with a westbound vehicle on Northampton Road driven by Neal T. Bannon, 25, of 27 Hemenway Road, Unit A, Leverett, police said. …

Two arrests, 268 calls to Amherst police during first full weekend of fall semester

Monday, September 8, 2014

AMHERST — On a weekend with summer-like weather and numerous medical calls related to alcohol consumption, police made two arrests and issued no tickets for violations of the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws. While the call volume was similar to the same weekend last year, the first …

UMass unions rally on campus, claim existing benefits at risk during contract negotiations

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — Contentious contract negotiations and claims that University of Massachusetts administrators want to take back union benefits prompted an hour-long campus rally led by employees Friday. Holding yellow signs and wearing yellow stickers reading “UMass Unions United to Protect Our Rights,” more than 200 members, joined by …