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Monday, August 3, 2015

Molly O’Mara heads PR for sports at UMass AMHERST — Molly O’Mara has been named to the newly-created position of associate director of athletics for communications and public relations. O’Mara will oversee all areas of athletics communications, and will also serve as the primary media relations contact for the Minutemen football program. A 2004 graduate of the University, O’Mara spent the previous five seasons at the University of Arizona, the …

Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste …

State study: School snack ban working

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the offerings of healthy “competitive foods and beverages” — those items sold in vending machines, school …

Saturday, June 13, 2015

‘Hats Off to Progeria’ campaign at Frontier Regional School raises money for foundation

Friday, June 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In most high schools, wearing hats during the school day is taboo. But Thursday was an exception at Frontier Regional School. With the blessing of the school’s administration, students showed up wearing all sorts of …

Student art exhibit ‘Humans of Northampton’ aims to raise awareness of opioid epidemic

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sean Walker said it took him just one time trying heroin before he became addicted. A friend had brought it to his hometown of Pittsfield, he recalled, and soon nearly all of his friends were using …

Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee blasts standardized tests in letter to Legislature

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee on Tuesday took a stand against standardized tests. It also praised plans for schedule changes at both the high school and middle school, which were presented during Tuesday’s meeting. The board voted unanimously to send a letter favoring a moratorium on …

Teen advocacy group aims to be a voice for animal rights

Monday, June 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A group of youths stood in front of the Subway at Wal-Mart on a recent Saturday morning chanting, “Don’t buy the humane lie. Animals do not want to die.” They told people that grain consumed through …

South Hadley High School graduates celebrate camaraderie, honor late classmate

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — One of the things Miles Martinez will remember most fondly about South Hadley High School is the camaraderie. “Showing up in the morning and getting to see all of my friends before class, that’s definitely …

Belchertown High School class of 2015 begins journey into the unknown

Sunday, June 7, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Parents, friends, siblings and faculty stood as the 170-strong Belchertown High School Class of 2015 marched in twos down the gymnasium. They filed neatly into a set of bleachers, buzzing with excitement as thousands of camera …

Easthampton High graduates told to continue making a difference

Sunday, June 7, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It was standing room only in the Easthampton High School gymnasium Saturday evening as 117 members of the graduating class of 2015 marched into their commencement ceremony. Senior adviser Kathleen Tonelli had been picked by the …

Hampshire Regional High School class of 2015 graduates told to ‘choose you’ in next life chapter

Saturday, June 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the Hampshire Regional High School class of 2015 celebrated commencement, the 119 “family” members were remembered for their unwavering school spirit throughout the six years they spent together under the school roof. “I believe our …

Hopkins Academy: ‘Don’t forget where you come from. Always learn’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HADLEY — An hour before Pomp and Circumstance played at Hopkins Adademy Friday, a very large family was already gathering on the lawn outside the school. At least that was the emotional tenor, which several members of the …