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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 championship game. If the Minutemen are going to do that, they’re going to have to overcome low expectations from MAC coaches and …

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 be fully operational and bubbling water from its ornamental dish to the basin below. “We’re …

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 unearthed by his widow, Audrey Geisel, and his longtime assistant, Claudia Prescott. Penned in Dr. …

Volunteers: Area opportunities

Saturday, July 25, 2015

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit fchcc.org to learn more. It …

Local police officers on FBI’s Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force work daily to investigate, foil suspected terrorist plots

Friday, July 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. District Court grand jurors who indicted Alexander Ciccolo Thursday on charges connected to an alleged terrorist plot had help in making their decision from a western Massachusetts task force consisting partly of local police …

Amherst settlement with former teacher Carolyn Gardner three times higher than other deals in last five years

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — The $180,000 paid to former Amherst-Pelham Regional High School teacher Carolyn Gardner in a legal settlement is more than three times higher than any other settlement paid by the district in the past five years, according …

Artist who sought inspiration from Mount Pollux Conservation Area concerned about the future of the view

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — Since she came to Amherst in the mid-1980s, artist Lorna Ritz has used the Mount Pollux Conservation Area to paint interpretations of the Holyoke Range, in particular Mount Norwottuck, and the apple trees and meadow that …

UMass doctoral student seeks subjects for diabetes study

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student is looking to make some test subjects sweat. Jennifer Blankenship, a kinesiology doctoral student at UMass, is looking for participants for a study to determine whether a long period of exercise or several short periods of exercise are more …

Moose on the loose -- and other area police news

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Amherst ∎ Kathleen Brennan, 50, of 16 Kestrel Lane, was arrested at 5:57 p.m. Wednesday on an Amherst street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and possession of an open container …

Amherst Select Board to hold executive session on possible breach of personal information through town website

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — The Select Board is scheduled to meet Monday in executive session to discuss the recent potential breach of personal information on the town website. The board’s agenda allots 45 minutes for an executive session in order …

As Amherst break-ins remain under investigation, business owners weigh security options

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — When a burglar targeted the Toy Box on North Pleasant Street last month, the cash stolen during the break-in was one concern for owner Liz Rosenberg. But the bigger worry came from what a police officer …

Town of Amherst, Archipelago Investments LLC seek to have suit over One East Pleasant development thrown out

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the town of Amherst and the developer of the planned One East Pleasant building argued in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday that a suit filed to stop the mixed-use project should be thrown out so …

Iraqi students studying at UMass to hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — Iraqi students studying at the University of Massachusetts this summer will hold a fundraising event for the Amherst Senior Center Friday night. For the fourth year in a row, the Iraqi scholars — who are participating in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program run by the …