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Crowds packed downtown Amherst during the Celebrate Amherst Block Party  Thursday evening.

Amherst parking report calls for new parking garage, improved signage and more

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AMHERST — As a downtown business owner since the 1980s, Nick Seamon has witnessed an increasing demand for parking in Amherst center that he says has gone unaddressed by the town — even with the opening of the 188-space Boltwood parking garage 13 years ago. “We’ve needed parking for 20 years,” said Seamon, the owner of Black Sheep Deli on …

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 a.m. Friday that a weedwhacker valued at $350 was stolen from a trailer parked at …

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 Norwood, a freshman majoring in history, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at …

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 …

Amherst to relaunch search to fill new economic development director position

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Despite a thorough effort to hire the town’s first economic development director, Amherst officials have not yet found the right person to take on the job and are relaunching the search. Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek told the Select Board this week that he and staff …

Area police news: Loose lizard prompts police response in Amherst, and more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hadley ∎ David R. Ortiz Jr., 29, of Chicopee, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Wal-Mart. Ortiz allegedly took more than $100 worth of items. ∎ Police responded to a one-vehicle …

Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

Motorcycle flees police, crashes -- and other area police news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two males fighting outside an apartment at The Boulders, 188 East Hadley Road, at 3:53 p.m. Monday ended their scuffle when police got there. They were advised they could pursue their own assault-and-battery complaints in court. Hadley ∎ Police responded to a two-car crash on Route …

Amherst Select Board approves earned sick and personal leave for part-time employees

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

AMHERST — Nearly 120 part-time workers for the town of Amherst will be eligible to earn sick leave and personal days for the first time, beginning Aug. 1. The Select Board Monday, acting on a recommendation from the Personnel Board, voted 4-0 to offer the benefit of paid …

Valley observers see positives in Boston 2024’s failure

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday on learning that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, …