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Amherst report takes stock of public buildings, makes recommendations for future use

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Should the Department of Public Works move from its longtime headquarters on South Pleasant Street, the site might be an ideal location for a new fire station to replace the aging Central Fire Station. In North Amherst, the former school building where the Amherst Survival Center had been located, and which continues to be home to the Amherst Family Center, could see renewed municipal purposes and become part …

Valley creators contribute to newspaper installation art in Fitchburg

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five Valley creators are contributing to a public art exhibit that is helping to restore some hope to the future of print media. “The Alphabet Project” by New Orleans artist Anna Schuleit Haber takes a new spin on public art, using Fitchburg’s daily newspaper, the Sentinel & Enterprise, as its medium. For 26 …

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system. Baker used his line-item veto power to shave $162 million from the more than $38 billion budget for …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference …

Sweetser Park fountain in Amherst could be flowing again in early August

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — For just over a week, the ornamental marble fountain that provides a prominent water feature at the heart of Sweetser Park has been dry. But with a new pump on order and its installation planned for next week, the century-old Enos Cook Memorial Fountain should again …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Reading Dr. Seuss’ new book, ‘What Pet Should I Get?’ at UMass Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It seems Harper Lee isn’t the only author belatedly adding to her oeuvre. Written more than 50 years ago but just hitting bookstores this week, “What Pet Should I Get?” is a book by Dr. Seuss only recently …

Amherst to relaunch search to fill new economic development director position

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Despite a thorough effort to hire the town’s first economic development director, Amherst officials have not yet found the right person to take on the job and are relaunching the search. Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek told the Select Board this week that he and staff …

Area police news: Loose lizard prompts police response in Amherst, and more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hadley ∎ David R. Ortiz Jr., 29, of Chicopee, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Wal-Mart. Ortiz allegedly took more than $100 worth of items. ∎ Police responded to a one-vehicle …

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. …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

Motorcycle flees police, crashes -- and other area police news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two males fighting outside an apartment at The Boulders, 188 East Hadley Road, at 3:53 p.m. Monday ended their scuffle when police got there. They were advised they could pursue their own assault-and-battery complaints in court. Hadley ∎ Police responded to a two-car crash on Route …

Amherst Select Board approves earned sick and personal leave for part-time employees

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

AMHERST — Nearly 120 part-time workers for the town of Amherst will be eligible to earn sick leave and personal days for the first time, beginning Aug. 1. The Select Board Monday, acting on a recommendation from the Personnel Board, voted 4-0 to offer the benefit of paid …

Valley observers see positives in Boston 2024’s failure

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday on learning that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, …