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Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk is approaching September with measures she hopes will help put to rest the trauma of a school year marred by racial tensions at Amherst’s high and middle schools. “People think I’m wearing my rose-colored glasses, but I’m optimistic about this year,” she said in an interview. “I feel that we are doing the right … 0

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities will continue to ban all uses of marijuana because federal law still classifies it as … 0

Arts to be added to all classroom lessons

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Art, music and physical education instructors will collaborate with classroom teachers on lessons this school year as the Amherst elementary schools formally integrate arts into the curriculum. Hours for the teachers of the specialty subjects, usually the first to go on the chopping block during lean budget years, have been increased … 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

Response to survey shows overwhelmingly favorable response to possible bike-sharing program in Valley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission received an overwhelmingly favorable response to its survey earlier this summer about the possibility of a bike-share program. During June and early July, the commission had a survey available on its website to … 0

VIDEO ‘Black lives matter’ Justice for Mike Brown rally in Amherst draws more than 100 people

Saturday, August 16, 2014

AMHERST — There were many signs on display at the National Day of Solidarity Actions’ Justice for Mike Brown rally in Amherst Saturday afternoon, but the most striking was in the hands of a 13-year-old Amherst boy. It … 0

Coach Mark Whipple has brought fun back for UMass football. Will wins follow?

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST Two years into his college career, Jovan Santos-Knox just assumed that playing Division I football just wasn’t as fun as he thought it was going to be. There wasn’t much joy around the UMass team and he … 0

The horse rescuers: Westhampton fire crews invest to save horses that have fallen

Friday, August 15, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With muscles bulging under their sleek hides, horses are pictures of strength. That’s where phrases like “horsepower” and “as healthy as a horse” came from. But even big, strong horses need a little help sometimes. In … 0

Amherst plans ‘community conversation’ about downtown parking

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST — Downtown merchants have long believed that Amherst does not have enough parking, even though a 2008 survey indicated that a sufficient number of public parking spaces do exist in the town’s center. But the Planning Board and Planning Department are beginning community forums to discuss parking … 0

Sewer work in Amherst Woods to close Wildflower Drive

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST — Sewer extension work on Wildflower Drive is scheduled to begin in the Amherst Woods neighborhood Monday. Revoli Construction of Franklin, which recently completed most of the sewer and water work on Harkness Road three weeks ahead of schedule, is moving its equipment to Wildflower Drive, where … 0

A bluebird house offers a lesson in environmental ethics

Friday, August 15, 2014

It was a sunny day in mid-May. Our small group of fifth-and-sixth-graders walked quietly along the farm road with our eyes glued to the nesting box on the last tree. The students were uncharacteristically quiet. As we got … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, August 15, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Blues Brothers (R) Cavalry (R) Chinatown (R) Dog Day Afternoon (R) … 0