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FILE PHOTO  Todd "Demse" Zullo, fourth from left, was the drummer and co-founder of The Alchemystics, pictured here in an undated photo. Zullo and his friend and drum technician Brian "Budzy" White died as a result of a car accident Sunday morning in Westfield.

Music community mourns loss of Alchemystics drummer Todd “Demse” Zullo and roadie Brian “Budzy” White

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On Sunday, a car accident in Westfield that killed Brian “Budzy” White, a close friend and roadie of the band the Alchemystics, sent shock waves through the local reggae and hip-hop community. The accident also critically injured the band’s drummer, Todd “Demse” Zullo. When the Alchemystics announced on their Facebook page Tuesday that Zullo had died as a result of …

Tuesday’s high school tennis/track: Frontier Regional sweeps Chicopee

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Frontier Regional girls tennis team swept Chicopee, 5-0, despite needing two tiebreakers at home Tuesday. Celia Speth beat Natalie Obando 6-1, 7-6 (2) at second singles, and Alli Zera won 7-6 (5), 6-1 over Paulina Maziarz at third singles to power the Red Hawks (7-0). Girls tennis Northampton 5, Holyoke 0 At Holyoke First singles: Caitlyn Richmond (N) def. Kaitlin LaFlamme 6-1, …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown spikes East Longmeadow

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Belchertown boys volleyball team was led by its veterans in a 3-0 win over East Longmeadow Tuesday. Senior Skyelar Whitehead had 15 kills, seven blocks and an ace, and classmate Kevin Reidy had seven kills in the 26-24, 25-23, 25-21 victory. Freshman Drew Duquette added 21 assists, five assists, a kill and an ace. Girls lacrosse Westfield 22, Holyoke Catholic 3 — …

Monday’s high school softball: Téa Spellacy powers Belchertown to first win

Monday, May 4, 2015

Téa Spellacy hit a seventh inning grand slam to help pad the Belchertown softball team’s first win of the season, 10-2 over Holyoke on the road Monday. Spellacy drove in six runs and doubled for the Orioles (1-7). Danielle Racicot went 3 for 3 with two runs scored …

Monday’s high school baseball: Hampshire punches postseason ticket

Monday, May 4, 2015

After a rare miss of the postseason last year, the Hampshire Regional baseball team only needed one game over the minimum to clinch a return spot Monday. The Raiders earned an 11-3 victory over Sabis in Westhampton to assure themselves a Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament berth. Hampshire …

Incidents during final weekend before end of spring semester at UMass Amherst result in alcohol-related charges against 11 people

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — With less than a week to go before University of Massachusetts commencement, college-age people remaining in Amherst took advantage of the weekend’s warm weather for one more big gathering before the spring semester ends. The largest party took place on Hobart Lane, site of “Hobart Hoedowns” …

Area police news

Monday, May 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police issued a written warning to a woman who drove her vehicle into a concrete wall outside the Mom’s House Chinese Food Market, 318 College St., at 11:16 a.m. Saturday and fled. The wall sustained damage in excess of $1,000, police said. ∎ Andrew P. Robichaud, …

‘Invisible Chains’: Amherst psychologist’s new book sheds light on emotional abuse

Monday, May 4, 2015

In her recently published book, Amherst psychologist Lisa Aronson Fontes writes of a couple, Mandy and Tom, who were married after a whirlwind courtship featuring gifts of flowers and cards. But following their wedding Tom began complaining about …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 4, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Coping with kids The Gateway Family Center and Center for Women & Community in Huntington is hosting a free workshop on children’s behavior Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Teaching Boundaries to Children and Other Strategies to Prevent Abuse,” will cover addressing …

UMass police deputy chief Patrick Archbald to lead department for third time in interim role

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — Patrick Archbald, a deputy chief with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department, will take over as interim chief to fill the gap left by departing chief John K. Horvath. Archbald’s tenure as interim chief begins Monday, May 11. Horvath is leaving the post to head …

Amherst fire chief suggests safety improvements for 7 Sisters Trail Race after two runners require rescue efforts

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — Two emergency incidents involving participants in the 7 Sisters Trail Race on Sunday prompted Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson to ask organizers to add more water stops and policies to ensure that runners who experience emergencies follow commands from medical professionals. The annual 12-mile run …

Amherst girls storm back to win 24th Amherst Ultimate Invitational

Sunday, May 3, 2015

AMHERST — For the seventh consecutive year, the Amherst Regional girls ultimate team won the Amherst Invitational with a 15-8 win over Watchung Hills of New Jersey. The Hurricanes had an early lead against Watchung Hills, only to …

UMass wins seventh straight A-10 women’s lacrosse title, will play Jacksonville in NCAA Tournament Friday

Sunday, May 3, 2015

For the UMass women’s lacrosse team, the only suspense Sunday was who it was going to play in the NCAA Tournament and where. The Minutewomen never trailed in the Atlantic 10 championship game and methodically pulled away for an 8-4 win over Richmond at George Washington to secure …