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Cinda Jones, president of W. D. Cowls Inc.

Amherst Historical Commission gives Cowls barn potentially flexible reprieve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A prominent historic barn on Montague Road owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. should remain standing until next summer, according to a yearlong demolition delay imposed Tuesday by the Historical Commission. But the commission, which voted 4-0 to issue the delay, is giving Cinda Jones, the president of W.D. Cowls, the opportunity to ask that the delay be lifted … 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 begins Wednesday. 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

Carriage Shops area draws concern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown location where police have responded numerous times during the spring and summer for various incidents, including a purse snatching, was the scene of a reported break-in Monday afternoon. Police responded to the Amherst Carriage Shops, 233 North Pleasant St., at 5:39 p.m., after a tenant living at the mixed-use property told police his apartment was entered. The resident reported … 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

Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley … 0

Sam Koch, UMass men's soccer coach, dies at 59; led Minutemen to success over 23 seasons

Monday, July 21, 2014

University of Massachusetts men’s soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. UMass announced Koch’s death on Twitter at 9:52 a.m. Monday with this post: “It is with … 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

Break-ins reported at two Amherst homes

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Two break-ins to Amherst homes reported during the weekend are being investigated by police. The first break-in, which police were notified about Friday at 7:03 p.m., occurred at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., said Detective David Foster. A laptop was stolen after forced entry was … 0

Arrests and crimes reported in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst ■ Newman M. Galati, 22, of 26 Queen Circle, South Hadley, was arrested Friday at 10:23 p.m. on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within … 0

Local baseball/softball: Hamp Ripken advances to state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under baseball team continued its perfect run into Monday night’s state final with three victories over the weekend. Hamp (4-0) defeated Douglas 8-2 Sunday afternoon in the state semifinal and will face Hudson at 6 p.m. Monday in Westminster. Otis Follet earned the win … 0

New Amherst restaurants make downtown melting pot of tastes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

AMHERST — On the walls of a new downtown restaurant, artwork represents the alphabet and numbers written in Thai and displays feature miniature tuk-tuks common to the streets of the Asian country. “We get everything from Thailand so … 0

Jehovah’s Witnesses convention brings 6,000 to the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts

Saturday, July 19, 2014

AMHERST — More than 6,000 people descended upon the University of Massachusetts campus this weekend, filling the Mullins Center with prayer, song and a vibe of goodwill. “We try to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable here,” said … 0

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three … 0