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Mixed reaction from area legislators to first budget proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker

Friday, March 6, 2015

The first budget proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker has gotten a mixed reaction from the area’s state legislative leaders, who raised questions about details in the proposal as well as concerns about sections that could shortchange western Massachusetts. Among these are proposed cuts for tourism and regional school busing. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, said he has already heard about cuts that would eliminate regional tourist councils such as the Franklin …

‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other Dr. Seuss characters entertain students at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — “The Cat in the Hat” and company paid a visit to Crocker Farm Elementary School on Wednesday. To celebrate “Read Across America,” a nationwide event sponsored by the National Education Association, Crocker Farm librarian Susan McQuaid invited the famous Dr. Seuss character and some of his companions to the school cafeteria …

University, town embrace Davis report advice

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst didn’t “officially end the Blarney Blowout” but it and the town of Amherst have hewed to most of the other recommendations included in a report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. The report, purchased by the university for $160,000, listed dozens of recommended actions the …

Amherst Town Manager John Musante will include economic development coordinator in proposed budget, despite state cuts

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where Monte Belmonte of WRSI expects to stay Wednesday night. “It …

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the …

Amherst and UMass officials prepare for Blarney Blowout, urge calm on Saturday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Preparing for the worst with throngs of drunken students, the Amherst Fire Department has scheduled 10 ambulances and crews to be on duty throughout Saturday. And the Police Department says it’s ready too. “We’re treating the …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, …

Amherst Regional beats Chicopee 73-63, advances to WMass Division 1 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The two games during the regular season between the league rival Amherst Regional and Chicopee boys basketball teams were both blowouts. It appeared their Western Massachusetts Division 1 semifinal rubber match would be decided late in …

Amherst road work will include resurfacing of Pine Street and three roads near Shutesbury town line

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Resurfacing of Pine Street will be complete and three neighborhood streets near the Shutesbury town line will be rebuilt as part of $1.14 million in road work planned for the 2015 construction season. But the list of other roads that will be improved, including sections where …

Six downtown Amherst bars agree to open later Saturday as town seeks to deter large-scale Blarney Blowout disturbances

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Six downtown bars, including three establishments owned by business partners who sponsored the pre-St. Patrick’s Day event known as Blarney Blowout, are voluntarily delaying their openings Saturday. Town Manager John Musante told the Select Board Monday …

Science for the People continues revitalization at UMass with panel discussion Saturday

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Less than a year after a group focused on using science to pursue social and environmental justice held a reunion at the University of Massachusetts — a quarter century after the original Science for the People was dissolved — the group plans to continue its revitalization …

Two arrests as police respond to several incidents in Amherst during the weekend

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Police responded to several incidents during which they made two arrests on the last weekend in February. Officers were called at 1:35 a.m. Saturday to Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., where an unwanted guest was making a scene, said Detective Jamie Reardon. Jean Philippe C. Beaudet, …

Soldiering along in creative economy Three Valley artists talk about how they make ends meet while pursuing their muse

Monday, March 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Making a living in the arts is always a challenge. In this story, Gazette arts writer Steve Pfarrer speaks with three members of the “creative economy” about the ways they make a living while making art. …