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Students gather for the rally against racial graffiti at the Student Union building in the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2014.

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever steps necessary to bring about inclusion and acceptance. They included Will Syldor, a first-year master’s-degree student in social justice who said he …

Amherst Regional boys soccer pulls out 1-1 draw with West Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team isn’t used to coming from behind this season, but to remain undefeated, it had to fight for a soggy 1-1 tie with West Springfield on Wednesday night. “It’s always a little surprising when we go down one, because our defense is so strong,” Amherst’s Alex LaRaja said. “We’re not use to coming from behind. ... …

Amherst bylaw dating back to 1966 jeopardizes farm intern program

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Driving stakes into the ground and stringing up tomato plants on them was hard work for Samantha “Sam” Bavelock. Despite the many hours of planting, weeding and harvesting she put in as an intern with the Many Hands Farm Corps over the summer, Bavelock said she loved the experience so much …

Dog that bit Amherst children killed

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A pit bull terrier that bit two children on the playground at Crocker Farm School in August was killed last week after officials determined the animal could not be safely released from the town pound. Police …

Kyle Kielbasa of Belchertown arrested after car rolls over in Amherst, shears utility pole

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A Belchertown man whose vehicle went off Bay Road, rolled over and sheared a utility pole was arrested by police Monday. Kyle Kielbasa, 28, of 66 Canal Drive, was arrested at 4:36 p.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, …

Amherst Regional High School African Scholars substitute fundraiser for exchange trip

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — An exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia planned by members of the Amherst Regional High School African Scholars has been postponed due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. However, the students are channeling their disappointment into action by holding a West African take-out fundraiser …

Amherst Select Board supports increase in CPA surcharge; opposes fluoride testing

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — The Select Board on Monday voted to support an increase on the surcharge on residential tax bills, and opposed more rigorous testing of the fluoride that has been put in the town’s drinking water supply since …

Monday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey qualifies for postseason with 3-0 win over Smith Academy

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team shut out Smith Academy, 3-0, in South Deerfield Monday to qualify for the postseason. Emma Wesoloski, Camille Alli and McKenzie Patterson scored for the Red Hawks (9-7-1, 5-3-1 North). Jordyn Roberts had the lone assist. Kelly Moulton had six saves for the …

Monday’s high school soccer: Amherst Regional girls punch postseason ticket

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls soccer team qualified for the postseason again. After snapping a 10-year drought last season, the Hurricanes didn’t wait nearly as long this time around. With a 2-1 win over Holyoke on the road Monday, Amherst clinched second place in the Central Division and earned …

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, …

Barbara Love says discussion of racist incidents part of healing process in Amherst

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — White people have learned a series of reactions to racism, progressing from denial to confusion to concluding that the victim must have done something wrong, Barbara Love told about 130 people at the Unitarian Society of …

Gov. Deval Patrick scheduled to appear in Amherst on Tuesday

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to be in Amherst Tuesday afternoon to make an announcement related to investments in infrastructure and housing developments across Massachusetts. The town’s website Monday posted an invitation to the event at 2 p.m. at Kendrick Park at the northern end of …

Weekend alcohol violations in Amherst lead to 17 arrests or summons to court

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Enforcement of alcohol laws during the weekend led to the arrest or summons to court of 17 people. While police broke up several parties as part of their responses to 229 calls for service, no arrests or tickets were issued for violations of the town’s noise …