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Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, August 3, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES — Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St., Northampton. Call Robin at 917-533-5691 or Ro at 250-3050 AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets from September to May on alternate Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the South Deerfield …

On campus, off season Five Colleges offer summer programs, convention space and even wedding venues outside the academic year

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — The academic year for colleges and universities runs from September through May — but on campus, life goes on even after the students leave for the summer. Each of the five colleges in Northampton, Amherst and South Hadley has found its own unique blend of homegrown programs and facility rentals to …

National Science Foundation award funds UMass investigation of ‘quantum dots,’ research opportunities for community college students

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — When impurities like cobalt or oxygen react with the surface of semiconductor nanocrystals — known as “quantum dots,” which are used in some LED and tablet displays — the presence of these foreign entities can reduce the performance and energy efficiency of the devices. Kevin Kittilstved, an assistant professor of chemistry …

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 …

Valley creators contribute to newspaper installation art in Fitchburg

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five Valley creators are contributing to a public art exhibit that is helping to restore some hope to the future of print media. “The Alphabet Project” by New Orleans artist Anna Schuleit Haber takes a new spin on …

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system. Baker used his …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference …

Sweetser Park fountain in Amherst could be flowing again in early August

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — For just over a week, the ornamental marble fountain that provides a prominent water feature at the heart of Sweetser Park has been dry. But with a new pump on order and its installation planned for next week, the century-old Enos Cook Memorial Fountain should again …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Reading Dr. Seuss’ new book, ‘What Pet Should I Get?’ at UMass Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It seems Harper Lee isn’t the only author belatedly adding to her oeuvre. Written more than 50 years ago but just hitting bookstores this week, “What Pet Should I Get?” is a book by Dr. Seuss only recently …