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UMass ‘clam bake’ nets football recruits

Thursday, July 31, 2014

UMass football’s annual “clam bake” continues to be a recruiting boon for the Minutemen. According to the Maroon Musket, UMass added two more verbal commitments Thursday. Michael Yerardi, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Suffield Academy, and Jack Driscoll, a 6-4, 247-pound defensive end/offensive tackle from Connecticut, attended last weekend’s clam bake and both told the coaching staff that they planned to be Minutemen. They joined Lee Moses, a cornerback … 0

Amherst breakfast program begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A weekly breakfast program that developed from a partnership between the operator of the town’s homeless shelter and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst has begun. The breakfast will run each Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 121 North Pleasant St. meetinghouse. The breakfast is free and open to … 0

Gearing up for the Pan-Mass Challenge

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Matt Haskins, above left, owner of Matt’s Barber Shop of Amherst, shaves a bicycle logo supporting this weekend’s Pan-Mass Challenge into the back of customer Ted Diamond’s head. Diamond, who lives in Amherst and is the owner of the Hadley Veterinary Hospital, is riding the entire Sturbridge-to-Provincetown route to raise money for cancer … 0

Amherst makes changes in discipline approach to decrease suspensions

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — In an attempt to focus more on the causes of bad behavior than on the consequences, the Amherst school district has eliminated two secondary school deans and replaced them with “climate control coordinators.” The positions will … 0

Cottage Street road work begins in Amherst

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — Reconstruction of Cottage Street, a road that connects Triangle and Chestnut streets, begins this week. Crews from Lane Construction began lowering road structures Thursday and will be on site for several days using jackhammers and other equipment. Residents will be able to access their driveways, though … 0

University of Massachusetts and Hadley police to display safety techniques at community event Tuesday

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — Police officers on horses, police with their canine partners and a display of emergency vehicles will greet visitors to the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday. Residents of Amherst and surrounding communities are invited to the National Night Out on the UMass campus, a family-friendly event, running … 0

MAP UMass' Old Chapel nominated for inclusion on National Register of Historic Places; Bonus map of Hampshire County historic places

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — The 129-year-old Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts, on the verge of a $20 million renovation, has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The proposal, written by the private advocacy … 0

Is it legal? Amherst Planning Board has first Retreat hearing, looks at whether bylaw would prohibit construction

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — As a large-scale student housing project proposed for the Cushman section of Amherst comes before the Planning Board, whether such a development is even allowed under town bylaws became a point of contention at Wednesday’s first … 0

Former Amherst GOP chair dies after suffering from stroke

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — During the 2008 presidential election, Paulette Brooks served as president of the Amherst Republican Committee. At the same time, her husband, H. Oldham “Harry” Brooks, led the Amherst Democratic Committee. “It was like they were the … 0

Not pets: Amherst apartment dweller told to stop keeping wild pigeons inside his home

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Last month, Mildred Christensen, who lives in Village Park apartments, saw her neighbor carrying a cage filled with pigeons into his apartment. She thought that was odd. Bringing wild birds inside didn’t seem right. Plus, “You … 0

Amherst Community Land Trust seeks to provide affordable housing, keep student-rental properties at bay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A private organization may soon help people find affordable housing in Amherst in an effort to encourage home ownership and prevent neighborhoods from being overrun by student-rental properties. The Amherst Community Land Trust was recently incorporated … 0

Hampshire College president says federal investigation into sexual abuse policy not prompted by complaint

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was recently added to the list of 71 colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of campus sexual assaults, but this was not prompted by … 0

Area police news: Man shackled during Hadley arrest

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chicopee man shackled during arrest in Hadley HADLEY — A Chicopee man who damaged a Bay Road property was arrested at Mountain Farms Mall Tuesday evening. Anselmo J. Alonso, 32, was arrested Tuesday at 7:37 p.m. outside Whole Foods Market at Mountain Farms Mall on charges of disorderly … 0