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UMass wide receiver Tajae Sharpe cuts up the field for a first down before being taken down by Brad Koenig, of Miami (Ohio), second from left, in the third quarter Saturday at McGuirk Stadium.

Record-breaking receiver Tajae Sharpe reflects as UMass career, season nears its end

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

There is almost certainly more football in Tajae Sharpe’s future. The UMass senior receiver has been projected as a mid-round NFL draft pick and he knows it. But he’s spent most of the year trying not to think about it or focus on it. He’s deflected and changed the subject almost any time a reporter brings it up. He’s tried …

Legislature approves measure giving Amherst tool to encourage affordable housing through property tax relief

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

AMHERST — A home-rule petition which gives Amherst a tool encouraging developers to provide affordable housing through property tax relief was approved by the state Legislature Wednesday, according to a legislative aide. Brad Dye, staff director for state Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, said in an email Wednesday that the bill titled “an act providing affordable housing property tax incentives in the town of …

Matt Vautour: 2015-16 UMass Minutemen are turning into something to watch

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LAS VEGAS It wasn’t just the most pessimistic of UMass fans who thought the peak of the team’s season this year would be Nov. 11. On that day the much-ballyhooed recruiting class of DeJon Jarreau, Brison Gresham, Chris Baldwin and Unique McLean signed. Those guys had people excited about the program’s future. The …

Amherst officials choose two candidates for interim town manager

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — Two eastern Massachusetts residents with extensive experience in government management in the northeast are being considered for the position of temporary town manager. Mark H. Rees, of North Andover, most recently city manager of Portland, Maine, and Peter I. Hechenbleikner, of Malden, who retired as town …

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for …

Police assist firefighters when bathtub curtain ignites from nearby candle — and other area police news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Amherst • Kaitlyn L. Vahey, 19, of Marlborough, was arrested at 4:12 p.m. Saturday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle after the vehicle she was driving …

UMass chancellor, provost meet with students to discuss diversity on campus

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Provost Katherine Newman met with students and faculty for about 2½ hours Sunday to discuss plans to make the campus more welcoming to students of color, according to university spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski. “It was a helpful and …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, November 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Oncologist joins CDH Deborah Smith, a medical oncologist, has joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Hematology Oncology. She is now seeing patients in the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton and has closed her …

Amherst police field over 215 calls on weekend before Thanksgiving break

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — Police took 215 calls for service on the weekend before some Five College students head home for Thanksgiving break as other college-age people return to town, making arrests for offenses ranging from noise violations to assault and battery on a police officer. The assault charge followed …

Stephanie O’Keeffe starts Hoop Joy in Amherst to get adults moving to improve fitness and have fun

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — Ruth Wade of Florence hadn’t twirled a hula hoop since she was a child before she picked one up during a demonstration on the Amherst Town Common last summer. Now 68, Wade discovered, along with several …

Area business news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Allison Holmberg buys Hampshire Hearing NORTHAMPTON — Allison Holmberg is the new owner of Hampshire Hearing Services, 241 King St., which has been renamed Hampshire Hearing & Speech Services LLC. Holmberg is certified and licensed in both audiology …

The Mercantile in Northampton likely to close unless buyer comes forward

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After more than three years of putting their time, energy and a whole lot of love into The Mercantile of Amherst and Northampton, owners Dan and Elizabeth Neville are looking to sell the eclectic gift shops. And unless a buyer comes forward before the new year, …

UMass to hold 2nd issue forum

Sunday, November 22, 2015

AMHERST — A second campus forum addressing diversity issues will be held Dec. 3 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The session will run from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Mahar Auditorium where Provost Katherine Newman and other leaders in academic affairs are expected to engage students …