Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Cloudy
35°
Cloudy
Hi 42° | Lo 20°

Amherst

Amherst Town Manager John Musante defends police named in UMass student’s lawsuit over Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Town Manager John Musante issued a statement Wednesday defending five Amherst Police officers who have been sued by a student arrested during last year’s Blarney Blowout. “The police professionals on duty that day were confronted with behavior that threatened public safety,” Musante wrote Wednesday. “I am confident that our police exercised good judgment in a very difficult and unprecedented situation.” Thomas C. Donovan of Holliston, a senior legal …

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Whether it was entirely the referees ruling that Jabarie Hinds made 3-pointer came after the shot clock had expired or his team’s sluggish play to open the second half, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was mad. He appeared to tiptoeing toward the line for getting a technical foul, but didn’t cross it, even after tearing his jacket off with 14 minutes, 16 …

UMass students, officials have different ideas of a successful Blarney

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies that aim to tone it down. Electrical engineering major Edward Townsend, 20, of Falmouth, Maine, …

Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris will appear at free concert for UMass students Saturday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — An on-campus concert aimed at keeping University of Massachusetts Amherst students off the town streets during this year’s Blarney Blowout on Saturday will feature three big names and about two dozen banned items. The artists will be Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris, according to a statement …

Harold Tramazzo, owner of Hangar Pub and Grill, takes over operations at Amherst Brewing Co.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill is taking over all operations at the nearby Amherst Brewing Co., including food preparation, customer service and beer brewing. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday that he intends to keep Amherst Brewing moving forward as changes are made …

Amherst Regional stages production of Tony award-winning musical ‘Hairspray’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The curtain will rise Thursday at Amherst Regional High School for the Tony award-winning musical “Hairspray.” The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2002, portrays 1960s Baltimore during racial integration. “We wanted to take on something …

Ex-Marine Victor Nunez Ortiz runs write-in campaign for seat on Amherst School Committee

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — A former Marine who served in Iraq and now assists veterans who are at risk of losing their benefits and becoming homeless is running a write-in campaign for a seat on the Amherst School Committee at the March 31 town election. Victor A. Nunez Ortiz, of …

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with …

Matt Vautour: Memories stir as a Roe shines at the Cage

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST When he arrived in Massachusetts, Sam’i Roe knew his father had been a good player in college, but he didn’t quite grasp the magnitude of the love affair western Massachusetts had with his father, Lou Roe, during …

Cady Lalanne, UMass host Richmond in key Atlantic 10 tilt

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — As Cady Lalanne took his mother Bertha and younger sisters Betty and Ashley for a tour around the UMass campus Tuesday, they noticed the attention he received. “My little sisters were like, ‘Everybody is staring at …

Amherst Town Manager John Musante will include economic development coordinator in proposed budget, despite state cuts

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where Monte Belmonte of WRSI expects to stay Wednesday night. “It …

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the …

Amherst and UMass officials prepare for Blarney Blowout, urge calm on Saturday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Preparing for the worst with throngs of drunken students, the Amherst Fire Department has scheduled 10 ambulances and crews to be on duty throughout Saturday. And the Police Department says it’s ready too. “We’re treating the …