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UMass ‘clam bake’ nets football recruits

Thursday, July 31, 2014

UMass football’s annual “clam bake” continues to be a recruiting boon for the Minutemen. According to the Maroon Musket, UMass added two more verbal commitments Thursday. Michael Yerardi, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Suffield Academy, and Jack Driscoll, a 6-4, 247-pound defensive end/offensive tackle from Connecticut, attended last weekend’s clam bake and both told the coaching staff that they planned to be Minutemen. They joined Lee Moses, a cornerback … 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 has begun. 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

Gearing up for the Pan-Mass Challenge

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Matt Haskins, above left, owner of Matt’s Barber Shop of Amherst, shaves a bicycle logo supporting this weekend’s Pan-Mass Challenge into the back of customer Ted Diamond’s head. Diamond, who lives in Amherst and is the owner of the Hadley Veterinary Hospital, is riding the entire Sturbridge-to-Provincetown route to raise money for cancer … 0

Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to … 0

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, clarified his position Wednesday on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct project in a statement, as three area legislators prepared to attend a rally across from the Statehouse emphasizing their own positions opposing the … 3

Amherst Cinema celebrates summer with ‘Classic Car Series’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In honor of the last full month of summer, Amherst Cinema will present a series of films about “classic cars, fast drivers and asphalt odysseys.” The “Hit the Road Jack” series, which features four films, will run throughout … 0

Consultants to release findings of housing, economic development study for Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Tuesday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — Preliminary findings from a town-gown study focused on improving housing and promoting economic development will be released Tuesday. Representatives from U3 Advisors, a Philadelphia consulting firm hired by the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst, will share this information with the Town-Gown Steering Committee … 0

Get out of town: At dangerousness hearing, Yeshaq Warren, charged with knife threats against senior citizen, barred from Amherst

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — A man who allegedly twice threatened a senior citizen with a knife and stomped on the man’s foot will not be allowed in Amherst and must have regular drug and alcohol screenings, according to a ruling … 1

Artist pledges to help save Amherst mural

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — The artist who created the Amherst Community History Mural that may be jeopardized by potential redevelopment of the Amherst Carriage Shops says he’ll work with town officials and the developers to save the large artwork. “The … 0

Hampshire College president says federal investigation into sexual abuse policy not prompted by complaint

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was recently added to the list of 71 colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of campus sexual assaults, but this was not prompted by … 0

Anonymous donor gives $10.3M to UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — An anonymous donor has given an estimated $10.3 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to benefit the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy calls it a “transformative gift” that is among the largest in the history of the university, according to … 0

Planners seek input on upcoming road projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With $400 million in federal funding for transportation projects in the Pioneer Valley expected over the next two decades, the organization that will be requesting the money wants to make sure the public has input into … 0

University of Massachusetts-led team gets EPA grant to study air pollution inside Native American hunters’ teepees

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — A $700,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency will allow a team led by a University of Massachusetts researcher to travel with Native American hunters in Canada to determine how dangers from their meat-smoking practices … 0