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UMass Amherst hires neighborhood liaison to deal with off-campus incidents

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — Enacting a recommendation from a report based on the 2014 Blarney Blowout police response, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired a neighborhood liaison, who started work Monday. Eric Beal, an Amherst attorney and former chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, will work with town and campus public safety officials in responding to off-campus student incidents and complaints in neighborhoods near campus, according to a statement …

Amherst school board discusses complaints of racially inequitable discipline, Open Meeting Law complaint

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — While Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members discussed how to confront an accusation of racially inequitable discipline practices in Amherst schools, they accused one another of violating committee policy and the state’s Open Meeting Law. At the end of a specially planned meeting Monday afternoon, the committee voted to have three members meet with the Amherst National Association for the Advancement of …

Australian TE Travis Reynolds excited to be at UMass, eager to make an impact

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST Everyone wants to ask Travis Reynolds about kangaroos. The UMass freshman tight end is from Australia and most of the people he’s encountered know very little about his homeland other than it’s iconic bouncing pouched marsupial. So that’s usually their conversation starter. “It’s all right. It’s a cool animal,” said Reynolds, who …

Laptop reported stolen from home, posted for sale on Craigslist — and other area police news

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ A scooter valued at $1,000 was reported stolen at 9:09 a.m. Thursday from a resident at Mill Valley Estates, 560 Riverglade Drive. The scooter is described as a 2014 Taoi model, color red, with black accents. Northampton ∎ Police are investigating a report received at 7:44 …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London …

Belchertown Road Sunoco in Amherst closed by state for unpaid taxes

Friday, July 31, 2015

AMHERST — A long-time service and gas station in the East Amherst village center is closed after the property was seized Thursday morning by officials with the state’s Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. A large sign informing the public about the seizure is taped to the window …

First-time buyers and average-priced homes driving a healthy real estate market in the Valley, Realtors say

Thursday, July 30, 2015

June is often the hottest month of the year for home sales, and this June was no exception. According to data from the multiple listing service, single-family home sales in Hampshire County were up about 3 percent compared …

Two people arrested for ecstasy possession in Amherst — and other area police news

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Northampton ∎ Wayne L. Andrews Jr., 53, 7 Mulberry St. Apt. 3 in Leeds, was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Haydenville Road on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to police. South Hadley ∎ Charlsey Lee Mitchell, 26, of 12 Grant St., was arrested on Pleasant Street …

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 …

Amherst eyes options for curbing alcohol use, off-leash dogs, access to restricted areas at Puffer’s Pond

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — As perhaps the town’s most popular recreational area during the summer, Puffer’s Pond is enjoyed by many individuals and families from throughout the Amherst area. But because so many people visit the pond — which offers …

Threat of severe weather cancels evening concerts in Amherst, South Hadley

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The threat of severe weather forced organizers to cancel concerts in Amherst and South Hadley Thursday evening. The Amherst Business Improvement District canceled its planned concert in Kendrick Park featuring Avi Jacob and Mister G, according to the organization’s website and Twitter feed. The next concert …

Amherst report takes stock of public buildings, makes recommendations for future use

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Imagine a new fire station where the Department of Public Works now sits. Or a complex of buildings in North Amherst that could include the North Amherst Library and the Amherst Family Center. These are just a few of the ideas presented to the Select Board …