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UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England twice before New Year’s with games at LSU (Dec. 2) and at BYU (Dec. 23). Its exempted tournament is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall … 0

UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass football team. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Gainesville, Florida, native is listed atop the depth chart at … 0

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm the campus’s community values — the town’s public safety officers continue to learn from past … 0

UMass football jersey hangs from Boston College’s Doug Flutie statue ahead of Saturday’s matchup at Gillette Stadium

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment UMass announced its intention to move its football program into the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen didn’t try to hide their hopes that the upgrade would include an annual game with Boston College. UMass … 0

Australian scientist to speak in Amherst on fighting global warming through healthy soil

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — An Australian soil scientist and agricultural consultant will talk to farmers in Amherst on Tuesday about how improving their soil will not only grow better food, but also fight global warming. The day-long seminar with Christine Jones starts at 9 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, according … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amherst ∎ Samuel Webb, 20, of Westborough, was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Monday at Puffton Village on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and possession of a fake identification. Webb was arrested after officers responded to the 1040 North Pleasant St. apartment complex for shouting and loud … 0

Family finds: Movies, fairs, ghosts and more

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: For a last blast of summer, you can throw down a blanket on the lawn of the Forbes Library in Northampton tonight and enjoy a free viewing of “Back to the Future” (1985; rated PG), … 0

‘Part of the family’ Student exchange program fosters international connections

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Frank Kure might hail from the other side of the world, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. Wearing a T-shirt and shorts, an earring and handmade bracelet, Kure looks like any American teenager. That’s why it’s … 0

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building … 0

Amherst resident, Williston junior Aaron James set for second season with New England Revolution Academy team

Monday, August 25, 2014

Aaron James watches Eden Hazard’s every move, making mental notes of how the Chelsea United player wins one-on-ones. The Williston Northampton junior and Amherst resident then employs Hazard’s skills in hopes of improving his own offensive game, but … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass is about to embark on most important season in school history

Monday, August 25, 2014

UMass coach Mark Whipple has referred to Saturday’s game against Boston College as “the biggest opener in school history” and “the biggest home game ever at UMass.” It sounds like hyperbole from a coach trying to drive up … 0

Open Meeting Law complaint filed against Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee for controversial session held to discuss member’s reprimand

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee claiming members of the board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when they met in defiance of then-chairman Lawrence O’Brien to discuss a … 0

Dawnn Jaffier, victim of fatal shooting in Boston, graduated from UMass in 2010

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts graduate who died from a gunshot wound Saturday morning is remembered for her work with city children in Boston and her ability to inspire underprivileged youths. Dawnn Jaffier, 26, a 2010 graduate … 0