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Northampton DPW workers Duane Meehan, left, and Tim Crowningshield examine a plow Tuesday in preparation a snowstorm forecast for Wednesday.

Weather gurus predict snow for wherever you drive on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the biggest travel days of the year was also shaping up to be one of the worst. A teacher at Westfield State University, …

Tuesday’s colleges: Vermont ices UMass 3-1

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The UMass men’s hockey team dropped its second straight game to Vermont, 3-1, on the road Tuesday night. The Minutemen (3-8-0, 1-7-0 Hockey East) pulled Henry Dill for an extra attacker late in the third period and it worked as Dennis Kravchenko scored with 31 seconds left for UMass’ lone goal. Dill made 25 saves in net. Amherst College 6, St. Michaels 4 …

Northeastern poses big challenge for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Northeastern beat Florida State on the road when Seminole leading scorer Aaron Thomas played the whole game. UMass beat FSU at a neutral site with Thomas missing most of the game. The Minutemen needed overtime to beat Manhattan at home. The Huskies took a 20-point lead at halftime and never looked back to roll over the Jaspers at a neutral site. …

UMass freshman F Zach Coleman ready to increase his minutes, contributions

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — In the first few games of the season, UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg wasn’t as much reluctant to put redshirt freshman Zach Coleman in the game as he was reluctant to take Maxie Esho out. …

Long a dream, high-speed passenger rail service set for Dec. 29 launch throughout the Valley

Monday, November 24, 2014

Five weeks and counting. After years of planning for higher-speed passenger rail service in the Valley, the first Amtrak train is on track to roll up the river just before the first of the year. “From everything we …

Amherst Police remind college students about break-ins during holiday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — With many students expected to be home for the Thanksgiving holiday, and then away for the winter break in January, Amherst Police is issuing a reminder about the ways to avoid being victimized by a break-in. Amherst Police are again using what they call the STOP …

UMass heeds forecast, will close Wednesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — A snowstorm predicted for mid-week has prompted the University of Massachusetts to announce the campus will be closed beginning Wednesday at 5 a.m. According to its “emergency closing status” web page, the possibility of a severe storm that could dump 5 to 8 inches of snow …

Amherst Police break up parties, issue citations for noise violations

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Police broke up several parties and brought charges against individuals that could total $2,700 in fines on the weekend before area college students clear out for Thanksgiving break. A West Street resident called police Friday at 10:45 p.m. to report that about 100 noisy people passed …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, …

UMass bench propels comeback win over Florida State, 75-69

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — After relying heavily on the coach Derek Kellogg called “the Big Four” for much of their first three games, the UMass basketball team got a lot out of its little six on Sunday. The Minuteman …

UMass point guards Trey Davis, Jabarie Hinds mesh in Sunday’s win

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — One of the biggest questions for the UMass men’s basketball team coming into the season was how point guard Trey Davis and Jabarie Hinds would handle playing together. The two juniors are still figuring it …

Weekend colleges: Amherst drops Mount Holyoke in Tip-Off Classic, ties UConn for longest home win streak

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ali Doswell scored 25 points, while Marley Giddins had 16 and Meredith Doswell added 12 as the Amherst College women’s basketball team beat Baruch College, 73-63, in the Amherst Tip-Off Classic Final on Sunday. The win pushed the Lord Jeffs’ (3-0) consecutive home win streak to 100 games, …

Trey Davis says too much advice contributes to his struggles in UMass backcourt

Saturday, November 22, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Trey Davis said he’s getting advice from too many places and it’s clouding his judgment. The UMass junior point guard opened the season with 28 points against Siena, but has struggled since then. He had …