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Viraphanh Douangmany, center left, and Phoebe Hazzard, right, who both won Amherst School Committee seats Tuesday, look at election results during an interview by Judy Brooks and Tony Maroulis at Amherst Media.

Hazzard, Douangmany elected to Amherst School Committee

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Two new members elected to the Amherst School Committee pledged to listen to the community and work together with their colleagues after winning seats at Tuesday’s town elections. Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., who previously taught fourth grade in Bennington, Vemont, and is a stay-at-home mother of two, and Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, a …

Randall Jette, UMass motivated to overcome mistakes, losses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Randall Jette winces a little at the memory. The ball was in the UMass cornerback’s hands at the right sideline and Vanderbilt receiver C.J. Duncan wrestled it out as they crashed to the ground. The play happened almost seven months ago in the Minutemen’s 34-31 loss at Vanderbilt. It was hardly …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Gabriel D. Lapollo, 38, of Northfield, was arrested at 8:05 p.m. Monday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and texting while driving. Police said he was arrested after a two-car accident in which no injuries were reported, police said. …

Defendant Emmanuel Bile Jr. testifies that alleged victim in UMass gang rape was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the witness stand Thursday, a Pittsfield man accused of participating in the gang rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 told jurors the woman was conscious and a willing participant. “I …

Thursday’s colleges: Michael Hixon places fifth on 1-meter at NCAA championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon fell short of defending his NCAA 1-meter diving championship Thursday. The Indiana sophomore placed fifth with 430.90 points at the Division I men’s swimming and diving championships, held at the University of Iowa. Purdue’s Steele Johnson won with 468.15, followed by Miami’s Sam Dorman …

Area brief

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst NOMINATIONS FOR EDUCATOR AWARD: Parents, students, teachers and staff are invited to make nominations for the first Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award. It will recognize an educator who demonstrates a commitment to supporting students, collaborating with colleagues and contributing in a positive way to the middle …

Bowl game or bust: UMass football players attacking spring practice with lofty aspirations for the fall

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — After winning just five games in his first three years as a UMass football player, improvement in baby steps won’t be good enough for Jovan Santos-Knox in his senior season. Santos-Knox said he the other players …

Support in Amherst for second downtown parking garage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Beginning the process of bringing a second parking garage to downtown Amherst appears to have strong support from business owners, residents and some town officials. People who attended the third downtown parking forum, sponsored this week by the Planning Board and Select Board, made it clear …

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters …

Amherst write-in campaign backs Lawrence O’Brien for school panel, but he says he will not accept seat

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Supporters of incumbent School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien are staging a write-in campaign on his behalf in advance of Tuesday’s town elections. Problem is, he’s not interested. O’Brien, who withdrew from the election despite collecting …

UMass’ Blake Frohnapfel returns to football life after AD search ends

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Search committee member Blake Frohnapfel had transformed back into quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Wednesday as he arrived at the UMass Performance Center for Wednesday’s spring practice, studying his playbook instead of the resumes of prospective candidates. But …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm …

Amherst eyes incentives for affordable units

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst officials aim to entice developers to build affordable housing in town by offering tax incentives. To do so, the town must take a home-rule petition to the state Legislature and have legislators adopt a special act giving it authority. Town Manager John Musante told the …