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Stanley Andre, center, Jean Sifrin and Daniel Maynes participated at UMass pro day on Monday, hoping to catch the eyes of NFL scouts.

Minutemen Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre, Daniel Maynes look to impress NFL scouts at UMass pro day

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — All three dashed and jumped, lifted and leapt, and were measured and weighed, hoping to catch the eyes of the NFL scouts in attendance. But UMass’ annual pro day came with different goals and expectations for Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre and Daniel Maynes. Sifrin, who had a breakout season at tight end, was trying to use pro day …

Police arrest or summon to court 17 people as the result of weekend disturbances in Amherst

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Even with persistently cold weather, several house parties during the last weekend of March kept police busy. At 1:14 a.m. Saturday, officers broke up a large party with loud music playing at 198 Sunderland Road, said Detective Janet Lopez. A 22-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on charges of violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws as a …

Amherst voters Tuesday will decide contested race for two School Commitee seats

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Voters will decide just one townwide race for two positions on the School Committee in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three candidates are running for School Committee, Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., will both have their names on the ballot, while Victor A. Nunez-Ortiz, 5 …

Area police news

Monday, March 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man repeatedly throwing a pocket knife against a tree near the bus stop at the intersection of College Street and Boltwood Avenue at 6:27 p.m. Sunday was warned to stop because it was alarming passers-by. ∎ Staff at the CVS Pharmacy, 76 North Pleasant St., …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 30, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com BAYSTATE HOLDS Memorial for childRen Families and friends who have experienced the death of a child over the past year are invited to attend the annual “Service of Remembrance” April 19 held by Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield. The event begins at 1 …

Business leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties discuss regional economic development

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hampshire County economy was a topic for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce when it gathered last week to discuss regional economic development planning. The presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being written in preparation for an April 28 draft release by the …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing …

Jury convicts Emmanuel Bile Jr. on two charges of aggravated rape of UMass student

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted him of a third count in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of …

Geneva Della Bitta-Nickerson & Timothy Schmitt, Jr.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ann Della Bitta and Mark Nickerson of Amherst are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Geneva Rose Della Bitta-Nickerson of Somerville, to Timothy P. Schmitt Jr., also of Somerville. Timothy is the son of Kacey and Timothy Schmitt …

Area police news

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at the All Things Local store, 104 North Pleasant St., reported at 4:42 p.m. Thursday that a customer left the store without paying for several bottles of Kombucha tea, each valued at $2.50, and two alfajor cookies, which are sold for $2 apiece. Easthampton ∎ …

Mike April of Amherst celebrates 50th by helping building Easthampton Habitat for Humanity home

Saturday, March 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As his “big 5-0” birthday approached, Mike April of Amherst wanted to do something a little different to celebrate. In planning his party, he kept in mind things he considers important: family and giving back to …

Berkshire Gas expands ban on new natural gas service to Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Berkshire Gas Co. announced Friday it will not accept any new customers in Hampshire County, expanding an earlier moratorium on new service enacted in Franklin County last year. That raises concerns about its impact on economic development in the affected communities. Effective immediately, the utility will no …

Wisconsin-Stevens Point ices Amherst College in Division III Frozen Four semifinals

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Amherst College and goaltender Danny Vitale found out Friday night you can only stop a steamroller for so long. After blocking a fusillade of shots from everywhere imaginable over two periods, Vitale finally gave in to …