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Deerfield Select Board opposes Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline, schedules hearing on health issues

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — A lawyer with an office in Amherst has offered his assistance to the town of Deerfield in its fight to stop the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline. Cristobal Bonifaz made the offer during a standing-room-only special meeting of the Select Board Wednesday night called to consider a resolution opposing the pipeline that is similar to those approved by other Franklin County towns. The Select Board voted unanimously to … 0

Amherst launches pilot program to increase recycling downtown

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — The town has launched an initiative to increase recycling in downtown Amherst and reduce the amount of trash from the commercial district that is being disposed. The Department of Public Works is installing seven recycling bins throughout downtown, including in front of Town Hall, as part of a pilot initiative expected to run from September through at least next May. Susan … 0

ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is overflowing with videos of people, some famous, some anonymous, dumping ice water over their head … 0

Town counsel: Proceed with plan hearings on The Retreat

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AMHERST — Even though opponents of a large-scale student housing project have challenged in Land Court a developer’s right to build the 123 units, town counsel is advising the Planning Board to proceed with hearings on the definitive subdivision plan. “I am quite confident that this case (in … 0

Amherst Select Board issues largely positive evaluation of Town Manager John Musante

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — Describing the past year as “very successful” for Amherst, the Select Board Monday issued a preliminary performance review praising the leadership of Town Manager John Musante. While individual members expressed some concern about Musante’s communication with … 0

MAP:E. coli bacteria levels high in Connecticut, Mill rivers; Health officials warn against swimming, boating following storm

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut and Mill rivers, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. Water samples … 0

No charges filed after intoxicated 16-year-old boy hurt at Amherst party

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — An intoxicated 16-year-old boy who fell down a staircase at Brandywine Apartments and suffered minor injuries was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton early Saturday morning. No one was charged in connection with the incident, police said. Detective Michael Forcum said police responded to the … 0

Springfield man to be summoned on charges related to credit-card fraud, other area police news

Monday, August 18, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 28-year-old Springfield man will be summoned to court on charges of receiving a lost credit card, committing credit-card fraud over $250 and committing credit-card fraud under $250, police said. The charges against the man resulted from a 2013 incident and subsequent investigation that detectives completed … 0

Road work begins Tuesday on Cottage Street in Amherst

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — Cottage Street will be brought down to its gravel base Tuesday as Lane Construction prepares for the resurfacing of the road. Residents who live on Cottage Street will be able to access their driveways during construction, although delays are possible. For more information about the project, … 0

Transfer Blake Frohnapfel UMass starting quarterback

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — Blake Frohnapfel had no guarantees when he decided to transfer to UMass. Stuck behind Conference USA MVP quarterback Rakeem Cato at Marshall, Frohnapfel just wanted a legitimate opportunity to compete to be a starter. After a … 0

Saul Perlmutter retires after 40 years as director of UMass Hillel, successor is Aaron Fine

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AMHERST — Exactly 40 years to the day after arriving, Rabbi Saul Perlmutter retired Aug. 1 as executive director of Hillel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, leaving a legacy of tremendous growth. Perlmutter was fresh out of … 0

Making News: Hires, renovations, honors for local businesses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Burke Chevrolet adds to sales staff Northampton — Ryan Brewer of Granby has joined Burke Chevrolet as a sales associate. Brewer is a native of Chicopee and has worked in automotive sales for more than 20 years. Burke … 0

MAP: What's happening on the Rail Trail: Construction updates, closures and alternate routes

Sunday, July 13, 2014

WORK THIS WEEK: As part of an extra work order, crews this week will remain engaged in erosion control and stream bank restoration along a section of rail trail in the vicinity of Amherst College and Amherst Farmers … 0