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Upcoming events for area seniors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for Thursday A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Thursday at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the sheriffs of Hampshire and Franklin counties, it is open to anyone who is interested. Breakfast will be provided. Susan Grant, director of consumer …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

 Skinner State Park — Free programs at the park, off Routes 47, Hadley: Saturdays and Sundays: Summit House tours, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays: Changing Landscape Hike, 1 p.m. Tuesdays: Wild Woods Walk, 10 a.m.; Speaking with Skulls, 3 p.m. Thursdays: Fitness Hike, 9:30 a.m. (meet at Halfway Parking Area); Raptors Over the Range, 3 p.m. (meet at Summit House deck). $5 …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Amherst Gabriel Killough-Hill has joined AmeriCorps for a term of national service on a Maine Conservation Corps field team. Gabriel is a 2015 graduate of Amherst Regional High School and the son of Bill and Ruthie Killough-Hill. The MCC conducts conservation projects throughout the State of Maine, including extensive recreational trail construction and …

Notebook: Jackson Porter trying to catch on fast at receiver for UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Long after many of his teammates were headed to the shower, done for the night, Jackson Porter was still on the field catching passes from wide receivers coach Spencer Whipple. The sophomore has officially been a wide receiver less than a week after converting from cornerback. …

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free …

UMass declines to further sanction football player Da’Sean Downey

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Da’Sean M. Downey will remain a fully eligible member of the UMass football team as his legal process plays out and won’t be further disciplined by the university. Downey will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court, according to a criminal complaint filed by …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

William Laramee named neighborhood liaison officer for Amherst Police Department

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Police patrol officer William Laramee has seen firsthand how the proximity of the University of Massachusetts to certain neighborhoods impacts families with frequent late-night noise, occasional property damage and trash strewn on yards. But while …

Annual community breakfast highlights UMass collaboration with businesses, towns

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Closer ties between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its surrounding towns will foster success — not only for the students who are educated on campus but for the business community and the residents who make their homes in the region. That was the message delivered …

Commemorative American flags to go up annually on 9/11 in Amherst

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — After more than a decade of debate about whether commemorative American flags should line the streets of downtown Amherst on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Select Board Monday approved a new policy …

Amherst forms town-gown collaborative to address housing, economic development

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — A newly appointed group of residents, University of Massachusetts students and UMass and Amherst officials will work together on housing and economic development initiatives aimed at improving both the town and campus. Town Manager John Musante and UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy on Monday announced the creation …

James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 …