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Thomas Paine Day celebration in Amherst features forum on labor issues

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at 43 Amity St. It will feature several speakers, including Jon Weissman, coordinator of Western Massachusetts Jobs With Justice; Aubretia “Windy” Edick, a member …

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Emily Woodward, Frontier Regional

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gazette Girls Volleyball All-Stars FIRST TEAM Justine Bohl, senior, Amherst Regional Rachel Cialek, junior, Frontier Regional Cassidy Ciesluk, senior, Frontier Regional Remi Quesnelle, junior, Frontier Regional Erin Reed-Coates, senior, Belchertown Shaya Shally-Jensen, senior, Amherst Regional Shelby Telega, senior, Frontier Regional Emily Woodford, senior, Belchertown Emily Woodward, junior, Frontier Regional HONORABLE MENTION Sarah Conlisk, …

‘We never close’: Staying open during a storm means good business for some establishments

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Though there was hardly a light on in downtown Amherst Tuesday afternoon, the crowd was hopping inside Antonio’s Pizza as hungry customers piled in with skis and sleds in hand. “Welcome to the lodge, guys!” manager Jay Carreiro called out lightheartedly to a group of young people entering the small pizza restaurant on …

Region gears up for potent storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weather gurus are comparing this week’s storm to the blizzard of 1978, the October 2011 snowstorm, and Winter Storm NEMO of February 2013 in terms of accumulation and impact. “We’re basically telling people: Travel is not advisable” whether …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her …

Despite its weak record in stopping the flu this season, doctors still say, Get the shot

Monday, January 26, 2015

While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than in previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to get vaccinated anyway. “The flu shot and good hygiene are still your best frontline at …

Discussion Wednesday on Amherst Fire Department budget

Monday, January 26, 2015

AMHERST — Concerns about Amherst Fire Department funding have prompted a Town Meeting member to schedule a public discussion on its budget Wednesday. Isaac Ben Ezra said he is arranging a meeting between Finance Director Sanford “Sandy” Pooler and a representative from the Amherst Firefighters Local 1764 at …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, …

Matt Vautour: UMass loss is Temple’s NCAA gain

Monday, January 26, 2015

Even as the UMass men’s basketball team was reaching the Top 25 and eventually the NCAA tournament last year, it was always tempting to wonder how much better it could they have been if Jesse Morgan was still …

Area police news

Monday, January 26, 2015

Amherst ■ A 16-year-old Amherst youth was arrested at an Amherst home at 10:21 p.m. Sunday on a charge of possession of firearms ammunition without a license. ■ Police are investigating a break-in reported at the Bacon Wilson law office, 6 South East St., at 6:34 a.m. Sunday. …

Weekend college recaps: UMass men’s hockey tops No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Behind Dennis Kravchenko’s two goals, the UMass men’s hockey team defeated No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1, at home Sunday. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to weather. The two sides settled for a 4-4 draw on Friday night to spilt the weekend series. Dominic …

Weekend high schools recaps: Granby, Hampshire girls hoops pick up wins at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kate Sarnacki filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, to lead the Granby girls basketball another win, topping Wahconah 60-51 at the Hoosac Valley Coaches vs. Cancer tournament on Sunday. With the win, the Rams (12-0) matched last season’s opening win-streak at 12 …