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Amherst Planning Board opens hearing on Retreat housing proposal

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — As a large-scale student housing project proposed for the Cushman section of Amherst comes before the Planning Board, whether such a development is even allowed under town bylaws became a point of contention at Wednesday’s first hearing on the definitive subdivision plan. With more than 75 residents, many wearing Save Historic Cushman buttons, at the hearing on The Retreat at Amherst, board members stated that their review of … 0

Former Amherst GOP chair dies after suffering from stroke

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — During the 2008 presidential election, Paulette Brooks served as president of the Amherst Republican Committee. At the same time, her husband, H. Oldham “Harry” Brooks, led the Amherst Democratic Committee. “It was like they were the (James) Carville and (Mary) Matalin of Amherst,” said Robert Weiner, a lifelong friend of Harry … 0

Not pets: Amherst apartment dweller told to stop keeping wild pigeons inside his home

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Last month, Mildred Christensen, who lives in Village Park apartments, saw her neighbor carrying a cage filled with pigeons into his apartment. She thought that was odd. Bringing wild birds inside didn’t seem right. Plus, “You can’t put two to three birds in one cage,” Christensen said. “That’s cruel.” Christensen contacted … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, July 25, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Life Itself (R) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Venus In … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, July 25, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College as a double major in American studies … 0

Veterans Voice

Friday, July 25, 2014

Announcements Reunion: The USS Missouri (BB-63) Association is a nonprofit organization made up of sailors, Marines, officers and midshipmen who have served aboard this famous battleship. Shipmates who served aboard the USS Missouri will hold their 41st annual reunion at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Fla., from … 0

Amherst police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — Police responded multiple times to the Riverside Park shopping plaza on Montague Road Wednesday afternoon for an out-of-control homeless man. The man, who was not located by police, was reported ranting at customers outside the Cumberland Farms, 21 Montague Road, Wednesday at 12:47 p.m. He left … 0

Ryan, Vishaway lead Easthampton over Amherst in Mickey Mantle playoff

Thursday, July 24, 2014

AMHERST — Jamie Ryan didn’t expect to take the mound for his Easthampton Mickey Mantle baseball team in Thursday evening’s playoff game. But an injury to scheduled starter Brandon Bennett forced Ryan into duty and he responded with … 0

Summer food program underway in Amherst

Thursday, July 24, 2014

AMHERST — A new summer program at the Amherst Survival Center that ensures children are getting well fed when they are not in school has already distributed enough food for families to make more than 900 additional meals. The Kids Summer Boost Program has supported 90 families and … 0

Wedding: Elizabeth Latten & Benjamin Zucker

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elizabeth Noel Latten and Benjamin Louis Zucker, both of Brooklyn, New York were married May 10, 2014 at Danfords Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson., N.Y., by the Rev. Alison Caoila. The bride, 26, is the daughter of … 0

Janet Ryan retires after 30 years in preschool education

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After serving the Amherst school district for nearly 30 years, Janet Ryan has retired from her role as the early childhood coordinator. “I really loved working,” said Ryan, who first took a job as a preschool teacher in the district at Pelham Elementary School in 1985. She said … 0

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — … 0

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified. William Lovett said the incidents, the second of … 1