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Amherst Irish Association promotes better understanding of Ireland’s culture

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — A recently formed group focused on promoting Irish culture is putting on a series of events designed to move beyond stereotypes and provide insights to a society where St. Patrick’s Day, the most prominent Irish celebration, is often associated with alcohol consumption. Ide O’Carroll, a representative of the Amherst Irish Association, said Thursday that the group is a community-based initiative that will offer programs featuring talks, music and …

Jones Library in Amherst seeks ideas about improving services

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — As Jones Library officials begin planning for an expansion and renovation, they are asking for the public’s assistance in creating a new long-range plan. Director Sharon Sharry said the library is beginning focus groups with the public and staff in February to collect ideas for how to improve service. The first session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. …

Wacky wagers placed as Patriots face the Seahawks in Super Bowl

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Across New England and in Washington, politicians and locals alike have placed their customary food — and non-food — wagers as the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks prepare for Super Bowl Sunday. “The governor can do it, why can’t we do it?” asked Ken Toong of UMass Dining. For the fifth time, …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Smith Voke takes down Northampton in first match since splitting program

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In their first matchup as separate programs, Smith Vocational got the best of Northampton Wednesday night. The Vikings, who before this season were part of a cooperative program with the Blue Devils, won 28-21. Jake Erali had the lone pin for the Smith Voke, while Nye Winston-Corradino earned …

Area briefs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Amherst LABOR FORUM: A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at …

Gazette Girls Cross Country Player of the Year: Mariel Lutz, Northampton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gazette Girls Cross Country All-Stars FIRST TEAM Tatyana Almore, junior, Belchertown Taylor Blow, junior, Hampshire Regional Julie Carroll, junior, Holyoke Catholic Ariel Christie, junior, Amherst Regional Erica Dean, junior, Northampton Frances Duncan, junior, Amherst Regional Emma Gonzalez, senior, …

Bigger, deeper UMass set for depleted, yet thriving Dayton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMHERST — It’s almost hard to fathom. Dayton has no size, no depth and almost no losses. Despite injuries and dismissals, few opponents have been able to derail the 16-3 Flyers (6-1 Atlantic 10), who play UMass at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mullins Center. Coming off last …

Amherst Town Meeting to consider zoning petitions targeting parking for large developments downtown

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMHERST — Two zoning petitions aimed at ensuring that large-scale developments downtown provide sufficient parking for residential tenants and offer more commercial space will come before Town Meeting this spring. But both petitions, if adopted by a two-thirds majority of Town Meeting members, would have a crippling effect …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Art at Smith College “Watercolors,” an exhibit by Olwen O’Herlihy Dowling, will be on view through April 22 at the Smith College Alumnae House, 33 Elm St., Northampton. “As a very young painter, watercolors came naturally to me. …

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly halfway around the world. Project Rehovot, as it’s known, is dedicated to helping …

Area police news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Amherst ■ A woman being aggressive toward people at the weekly community breakfast at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 North Pleasant St., was calmed and sent on her way at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday. Police responded after the woman yelled at volunteers and repeatedly sampled items and then dumped …

Thomas Paine Day celebration in Amherst features forum on labor issues

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at 43 …

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Emily Woodward, Frontier Regional

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gazette Girls Volleyball All-Stars FIRST TEAM Justine Bohl, senior, Amherst Regional Rachel Cialek, junior, Frontier Regional Cassidy Ciesluk, senior, Frontier Regional Remi Quesnelle, junior, Frontier Regional Erin Reed-Coates, senior, Belchertown Shaya Shally-Jensen, senior, Amherst Regional Shelby Telega, senior, …