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JERREY ROBERTS
Lavery Greenfield, 8, of Hatfield, talks Monday about how she and six other children organized a food drive and collected 1009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly. A flyer she made for the drive rests in front of her.

Lavery Greenfield of Hatfield collects 1,009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HATFIELD — For the entire month of October, Lavery Greenfield, 8, came home from school to find several jars of peanut butter and jelly on her front steps. Sometimes, the third-grader at Hatfield Elementary School recalls, there would even be shopping bags with peanut butter and jelly hanging on her doorknob. By the end of the month, Lavery, with help from six friends from three other schools, had collected 1,009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly to donate to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts — four times the 247 pounds she collected last year when she did the drive on her own. The idea …

Amherst Regional and statewide teachers unions pledge support for Carolyn Gardner

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Teachers in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and the Massachusetts Teachers Association are committed to confronting racism and offering support for Carolyn Gardner, the math teacher subjected to racist and hostile incidents during the last school year, according to a joint statement issued Tuesday. The statement from Amherst-Pelham Education Association President Jean Fay and Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni, who …

Area briefs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amherst CITRUS SALE: Citrus is being sold to benefit the band and orchestra programs in the Amherst Regional schools. Oranges and grapefruit are being sold in two-fifths and four-fifths bushels as well as 10-pound bags. To order, email Ben Peterson, high school orchestra conductor, at petersonb@arps.org. High school and middle school students also are taking orders. Friday is the deadline to order and …

Former Celtics player Chris Herren shares story of addiction, recovery

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren listened to speakers on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as teenager, he would leave those assemblies thinking, “I’ll never be that guy.” “At 18 years old, I …

Amherst Together sponsors survey in effort to improve community for all residents

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — Before events are scheduled and an action plan is developed for the Amherst Together initiative that aims to create an equitable environment and improve the community for all residents, suggestions are being sought from a broad cross section of Amherst. A community survey is being coordinated …

Supporters of former math teacher Carolyn Gardner will take petition to Amherst school board

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — A group formed to support former math teacher Carolyn Gardner is asking school officials to settle with her before a discrimination complaint proceeds any further. Gardner earlier this month filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Organizers of a petition circulating on her behalf …

Activities canceled at Amherst Regional high and middle schools after mid-day bomb threat received; one of at least five in state

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School was one of at least five high schools across the state that responded to bomb threats Wednesday afternoon. Boston.com reported that besides Amherst, separate threats were received at Natick High School, Boston College High School, Boston English High School and Worcester North …

UNH to expand sex-assault program to high schools

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how …

Frontier Regional students named to Governor’s Statewide Youth Council

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Massachusetts will have a new governor on Jan. 5, and two students from Frontier Regional School will soon be able to tell him exactly what’s on their minds. The two students, junior Caitlin Burnett and sophomore …

EHS senior takes top honors in Greater Easthampton Distinguished Young Women competition

Sunday, November 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — For just a moment, Caitlin Oelrich’s eyes grew wide and her mouth formed a giant “O” of surprise. Then the winner of this year’s Greater Easthampton Distinguished Young Women competition clapped a hand across her mouth …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton competition moves to high school for 49th year

Thursday, November 6, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After more than 25 years in Northampton, the Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton competition is moving back to its roots in Easthampton. On Sunday, 16 girls from Hampshire Regional and Easthampton High School will sing, …

Geryk responds to release of MCAD complaint by Gardner’s attorneys

Monday, November 3, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk on Monday said she was “shocked” that lawyers for former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner made public a complaint filed on Gardner’s behalf with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination last week. She also …

Stories aim to show issues teen parents face

Sunday, November 2, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy will host a screening of digital stories created by young parents to illustrate the issues they face, including violence, discrimination and homelessness. Working with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s “Hear Our Stories” project, the alliance will hold a public screening …