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Justin Griswold  of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATED: First storm of season comes in as predicted: a whopper on Thanksgiving eve

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carla Tettah-Kpodar’s first brush with snow — in her lifetime — turned out to be an eventful one Wednesday. The Smith College first-year student, who hails from Ghana in West Africa and had only seen snow on television, maintained a cheery attitude despite having a flight to Washington out of Hartford’s Bradley International Airport canceled due to Mother Nature’s insistence on launching the season’s first snowstorm on the busiest travel day of the year. In the Valley and beyond, police and public works crews responded Wednesday to mishaps and snow accumulation from the nor’easter. Wet snow began falling late morning and the accumulation …

UMass finds its own energy, storms past Northeastern

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The game had all the ingredients for a flat performance – early start because of the snowstorm, small crowd, few student fans, no band or dance team and a Northeastern team that wanted to play slow-down style basketball. UMass has a history of struggling in similar scenarios. But with minimal energy …

Notebook: Seth Berger gaining confidence on offense

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger seemed to know his 3-pointer early in the second half was off the mark when it left his hand, so the UMass sophomore forward charged toward the net and got his own rebound. To avoid getting his shot blocked by Northeastern he double-pumped, twisted and flipped the ball up …

Amherst Regional and statewide teachers unions pledge support for Carolyn Gardner

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Teachers in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and the Massachusetts Teachers Association are committed to confronting racism and offering support for Carolyn Gardner, the math teacher subjected to racist and hostile incidents during the last school year, according to a joint statement issued Tuesday. The statement …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Youssef Elghorfi, 25, of 81 Silver Lane, Unit B, Sunderland, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Stackers, 57 North Pleasant St., on a charge of defacing property and two counts of assault and battery after a window was reported smashed at the bar. Northampton ∎ …

UMass center Matt Sparks: Offensive line needs to boost QB Austin Whipple

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Matt Sparks said Austin Whipple will be better than he looked against Akron when UMass plays Buffalo in the season finale at 1 p.m. Friday at McGuirk Stadium. UMass’ junior center has seen the redshirt freshman …

UMass freshman F Zach Coleman ready to increase his minutes, contributions

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — In the first few games of the season, UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg wasn’t as much reluctant to put redshirt freshman Zach Coleman in the game as he was reluctant to take Maxie Esho out. …

Long a dream, high-speed passenger rail service set for Dec. 29 launch throughout the Valley

Monday, November 24, 2014

Five weeks and counting. After years of planning for higher-speed passenger rail service in the Valley, the first Amtrak train is on track to roll up the river just before the first of the year. “From everything we …

Amherst Police remind college students about break-ins during holiday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — With many students expected to be home for the Thanksgiving holiday, and then away for the winter break in January, Amherst Police is issuing a reminder about the ways to avoid being victimized by a break-in. Amherst Police are again using what they call the STOP …

UMass heeds forecast, will close Wednesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — A snowstorm predicted for mid-week has prompted the University of Massachusetts to announce the campus will be closed beginning Wednesday at 5 a.m. According to its “emergency closing status” web page, the possibility of a severe storm that could dump 5 to 8 inches of snow …

Amherst Police break up parties, issue citations for noise violations

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Police broke up several parties and brought charges against individuals that could total $2,700 in fines on the weekend before area college students clear out for Thanksgiving break. A West Street resident called police Friday at 10:45 p.m. to report that about 100 noisy people passed …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, …

UMass bench propels comeback win over Florida State, 75-69

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — After relying heavily on the coach Derek Kellogg called “the Big Four” for much of their first three games, the UMass basketball team got a lot out of its little six on Sunday. The Minuteman …