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Cinda Jones, president of W. D. Cowls Inc.

Amherst Historical Commission gives Cowls barn potentially flexible reprieve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A prominent historic barn on Montague Road owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. should remain standing until next summer, according to a yearlong demolition delay imposed Tuesday by the Historical Commission. But the commission, which voted 4-0 to issue the delay, is giving Cinda Jones, the president of W.D. Cowls, the opportunity to ask that the delay be lifted … 0

Amherst breakfast program begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A weekly breakfast program that developed from a partnership between the operator of the town’s homeless shelter and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst begins Wednesday. The breakfast will run each Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 121 North Pleasant St. meetinghouse. The breakfast is free and open to … 0

Carriage Shops area draws concern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown location where police have responded numerous times during the spring and summer for various incidents, including a purse snatching, was the scene of a reported break-in Monday afternoon. Police responded to the Amherst Carriage Shops, 233 North Pleasant St., at 5:39 p.m., after a tenant living at the mixed-use property told police his apartment was entered. The resident reported … 0

Northampton, Amherst pleased with fireworks displays; South Hadley gets a discount

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Organizers of fireworks displays in Amherst and Northampton said Thursday there are pleased with shows delivered in their communities this year and intend to honor their contracts with the New Hampshire company that has come under scrutiny in … 0

Hastings marks century as family business

Thursday, July 17, 2014

AMHERST — Jackey Creedon lives in Hollister, Missouri, but after almost three decades as an employee at A.J. Hastings, she knew she had to return from the Midwest to celebrate the store’s 100th birthday. “I wasn’t going to … 1

Mural faces uncertain future with Amherst redevelopment

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — Despite holding the graves of Emily Dickinson and other prominent residents, by the late 1990s the West Cemetery downtown was falling into disrepair, with broken gravestones, overgrown hedges and a blighted, graffiti-covered cinder-block wall. Over a … 1

Baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Omer of Hopkins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Andrew Omer took the role of pitching ace for the Hopkins Academy baseball team quite literally. The senior righthander earned the win in nine of 14 victories for the Golden Hawks, including seven of nine during the regular … 0

UMass workers said targeted in telephone scam

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — A telephone scam targeting University of Massachusetts employees in which the caller seeks money is under investigation by UMass police. According to a crime alert issued by the department, two employees reported since mid-May receiving calls … 0

Amherst man gets 3 to 5 years after admitting to armed robbery

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The convenience store clerk who was robbed at knife-point last year told Judge Richard Carey Wednesday that money wasn’t the only thing Marcus Roberson took that night. “I don’t think I will ever understand why that night had to happen, but I know it affected me … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amherst  A South Prospect Street resident reported Tuesday at 8:32 p.m. that a welcome mat was stolen from outside the home, possibly by a man who had earlier been going trough a nearby Dumpster. A screen window also appeared to be tampered with, but no entry was … 0

Weekend Planner: Theater — ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at KoFest

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After teaching in schools and jails for 15 years, actress Judith Sloan is more than familiar with cultural clashes and generation gaps. Her collision with hip-hop culture — and with the rapper Immortal Technique in particular — inspired … 0

Shutesbury Select Board votes unanimously to euthanize dangerous dog

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SHUTESBURY — A dog that attacked and injured a local couple last month is a danger to the public and should be euthanized, the Select Board ruled Tuesday night. In a unanimous 3-0 vote, the board decided that … 0

Local baseball & softball: Caelin Mottor keeps Easthampton Metro undefeated

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Caelin Mottor used her arm and bat to ensure the Easthampton Metro Softball team remained perfect Tuesday evening. Mottor fired a 6-hitter with five strikeouts, and went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored as Easthampton (15-0) defeated Springfield 9-2 at home. Gabby Downer (two … 0