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Amherst, UMass officials prepare for potential weekend disturbances

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — As the semester for local college students winds down, public safety officials are planning for the possibility of a weekend in which alcohol-fueled behavior could cause disturbances around town. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone said Tuesday that police officers are prepared to handle any incidents that occur, with a particular focus on Saturday. “Our whole department will be … 0

Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt. “If all of … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in at a Duxbury Lane home reported at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday Entry was made through a bathroom window and inexpensive silver-plated jewelry was stolen, according to police. UMass ■ Baoquan Sun, 20, of Marlborough, was arrested at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of failure to stop for police and operating a motor vehicle … 0

In Amherst visit, Sen. Elizabeth Warren cites UMass affordability model

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AMHERST — Continuing efforts she is pursuing in Washington to reduce the financial burden on college students, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will file a bill to refinance student loan debt. At a meeting Wednesday afternoon with University of … 0

Construction trade training programs offered

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HOLYOKE — Local nonprofits are joining forces to prepare low-income workers for construction trade union careers. The Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program aims to provide access to more equitable income opportunities. Community Works is a consortium of organizations, unions and employers to prepare low-skilled and medium-skilled workers for … 0

Area Lions Clubs to host college administrator from Iceland at UMass conference next weekend

Monday, January 20, 2014

AMHERST — A former international director of the Lions Club who is from Iceland will be the keynote speaker at the local district’s midwinter conference at the University of Massachusetts Campus Center Hotel next weekend. When Gudrun Yngvadottir, a vice president at the University of Iceland, takes the … 0

Area police news

Monday, January 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating a possible break-in to a student rental on East Pleasant Street reported at 8:56 a.m. Monday. A neighbor called police after observing a back door to the residence open and a television set in the back yard. Police expect to speak to tenants … 0

UMass student Meghan Beebe struck, killed by car in Connecticut

Monday, December 30, 2013

AMHERST — A senior sociology major at the University of Massachusetts who died from injuries she suffered early Saturday morning in Connecticut is being recalled as dedicated and engaged and always stepping forward to help others. Meghan Beebe, … 1

Fall public safety figures show excessive drinking up, but student off-campus behavior improving in Amherst

Thursday, December 19, 2013

AMHERST — A growing number of intoxicated people needed medical attention at the town’s three college and university campuses this fall, even as fewer disturbances and large-scale parties spilled into surrounding neighborhoods. Public safety officials in Amherst, in … 0

Joint Amherst-UMass panel fine-tunes goals of town-gown study

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

AMHERST — A new town-gown study will examine ways to meet housing needs of Amherst’s diverse population and to promote economic development that betters the community and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts. The town-gown steering committee this week took another step toward hiring a consultant … 0

Girls focus of nationwide effort to demystify computer coding

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HOLYOKE — In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9 through 15, about 50 local girls are expected to learn how to break the code of computer programming Wednesday. The girls will be introduced to computer science through tutorials designed to teach and demystify computing code with … 0

Making News: Five Colleges edition

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Four join University Health Services AMHERST — Four medical providers have joined University Health Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Staff physicians Laura L. Scoville and Maria Gallo and nurse practitioners Yanghee Kwon and Patricia A. Mertes are providing care in the health center’s walk-in and general … 0