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Town Meetings in Amherst, Leverett to vote on resolutions restricting drones

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Town Meetings in Amherst and Leverett will consider resolutions calling on the federal government to end the use of drones for assassinations on foreign soil and to enact regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft in the United States. However, the Amherst Select Board does not favor the measure in that town, which also aims to protect private airspace. Board members Wednesday voted unanimously against the article that will … 0

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at … 0

John Ashcroft talk at UMass dominated by activists demanding answers about the Patriot Act, waterboarding

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to talk about liberty. But after just a few minutes of his thoughts on freedom, a … 0

Amherst native Annie Baker wins Pulitzer for drama

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Annie Baker’s “The Flick” has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama, a play set in a rundown movie theater that was hailed by the judges as a “thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters” with “lives … 0

Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

Monday, April 14, 2014

HADLEY — Most farmers will tell you that cooperation is crucial to keeping a farm running like a well-oiled threshing machine. But at Stone Soup Farm Cooperative in Hadley, cooperation is everything. Four young farmers formed the worker-owned … 0

UMass notebook: Chaz Williams prepares for NBA draft with stop at Portsmouth Invitational

Monday, April 14, 2014

With his college career behind him, former University of Massachusetts guard Chaz Williams will get his next chance to impress professional scouts this week at the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament, which begins Wednesday. Williams, who averaged 15.6 points … 0

Three men arrested after Amherst assault in which victim hospitalized with facial injuries

Monday, April 14, 2014

AMHERST — Three college-age men were arrested early Sunday morning on the University of Massachusetts campus after allegedly injuring a man during a fight at the intersection of Fearing and North Pleasant streets. The assault was one of 305 calls for service that Amherst police responded to during … 1

Area police news

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating vandalism at two Main Street properties reported Monday that apparently occurred in the early morning hours Sunday. At 10:59 a.m. Monday, an employee at the Amherst Dental Group, 650 Main St., reported that lights along the driveway were broken and a light post … 0

Counter protest planned for anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church’s expected picket in Amherst Wednesday

Monday, April 14, 2014

AMHERST — Area groups are preparing a show of support Wednesday to counter plans by members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church to stage a protest against Derrick Gordon, the University of Massachusetts athlete who last week became … 3

School Lunch Menus

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, apple slices, mashed potatoes TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks, golden baked potato wedges, broccoli florets, orange, peach cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, romaine salad with tomato, baby carrots and celery, peach cup, banana THURSDAY: Pizza wedge, veggie beans, veggie dippers, romaine … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Monday, April 14, 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 Ben Breger, a biology student at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, delivered a researched-based presentation at … 0

Heading Outdoors

Monday, April 14, 2014

■∎ Vernal Pool Exploration — Program with Charley Eiseman on April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 S. Pleasant St., Amherst. Fee: $15. Preregistration required; call 256-6006. ■∎ Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Day — Takes place April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 … 0

Weekend college recaps: UMass women’s lacrosse races past George Mason

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The 10th-ranked University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team extended its win streak to five games on Sunday, as the Minutewomen had six players score multiple goals in a 22-2 win over George Mason. Sam Rush led the way … 0