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Thanksgiving meals in the works in Amherst, Northampton, volunteers, donations welcome

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving means a table overflowing with food: a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, all manner of cranberry sauce and secret-recipe stuffing. But that’s certainly not the case for everyone — and several local organizations step in each year to put on a spread Thanksgiving day for those who might not otherwise enjoy a traditional meal. On Thanksgiving Day in Northampton and …

After week off, UMass hockey preparing to BC, Vermont

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — After a rare November week off, the UMass hockey team will play three games in five days before Thanksgiving. The Minutemen will host Boston College and Vermont on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Mullins Center and will travel to Vermont, Tuesday. All three games are at 7 p.m. With a …

Rose Olver dies at 77, remembered for 50 years on faculty at Amherst College

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — Longtime Amherst College psychology professor Rose Olver, who helped usher in an era of equality with the hiring of female faculty and the enrollment of female students, died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home Wednesday after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Olver, 77, the first tenure-track female faculty member …

Historical Commission will weigh in on One East Pleasant project in Amherst

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — The Planning Board will wait to hear from the Historical Commission before making a decision on final site plan approval for the 84-unit, mixed-use development that would replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. At its the fourth hearing on the project dubbed One East Pleasant on Wednesday, …

Grow Food Northampton names Clem Clay of Amherst new executive director

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Four years after its founding, Grow Food Northampton has named a new executive director, Clem Clay, who grew up on a farm in Vermont, managed farmers markets in California and spent a decade in land preservation …

Ashfield woman faces charges after Jeep strikes utility pole in Amherst, cutting power and closing road

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — A 22-year-old Ashfield woman will be summoned to court on several motor vehicle-related charges after the Jeep she was driving at the intersection of Sunderland Road and Route 116 struck a utility pole early Thursday morning, police said. The woman, who was not at the scene …

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 …

UMass, Hampshire and Holyoke Community colleges get $810,000 grant to combine clean-energy studies with sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry what has for the …

Chicago PG LuWane Pipkins signs with UMass

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LuWane Pipkins is finally officially a future UMass men’s basketball player. The 5-foot-10 point guard from Chicago signed his National Letter of Intent Monday and UMass officially verified it, Wednesday. “He’s a great addition to our team and family. He’s a guard who can push tempo and really …

Rental permitting program in Amherst helps to identify and resolve problems

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — A dilapidated fire escape, unsafe porches and debris strewn on the lawn have been among the problems reported to the town’s inspection services department at a three-family home rented to college students on Phillips Street. With stepped-up inspections as the result of the rental permitting program …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Holiday bash at ECA+ and other arts events this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black-and-white bash The “Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash,” an evening that includes a small works show, an auction and awards announcements, will take place Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 43 …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jamming with singer/songwriter Marcia Gomes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“More trees, less traffic, a slower pace and open space” is what singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Marcia Gomes was looking for when she left Boston and moved to the Valley in January 2012. She’d lived in the big city for more …

Music Review: Jeremy Denk dazzles at Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pianist Jeremy Denk, who performed Nov. 13 in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is an engaging personality. He is also a master of communication, both spoken (as he showed during this recital) and written (as …