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Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the Valley many times a day. From the Valley’s northern reaches in Greenfield to its southern end in …

UMass notebook: AD John McCutcheon says change in president’s office unlikely to affect department

Friday, December 19, 2014

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon didn’t expect the change in the president’s office to alter the course of the athletic department. McCutcheon said during his tenure, UMass President Robert Caret, who is leaving to head the University System of Maryland, and before him Jack Wilson, have left athletic issues up to the individual campuses. “If we’ve needed his assistance, he’s been supportive. He’s …

Solstice sessions honor Judith Young, astronomer who created UMass Sunwheel

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — On Sunday the sun will rise and set over the shortest day of the year. It will be the first winter solstice in more than 15 years that Judith Young, an astronomy professor, will not be there to greet it. Young, who died May 23 at the age of 61 after …

Area police news

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst ■ A resident of Aspen Chase, 615 Main St., reported at 11:27 a.m. Monday a break-in to an apartment. There was no additional information about whether there was forced entry or whether anything was stolen. Northampton ■ The resident of an apartment on Main Street in Florence …

High school indoor track: Amherst boys, girls open season with pair of wins

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls indoor track and field team opened with two wins in the first PVIAC meet of the season, topping Chicopee Comp 67-28 and Chicopee 63-31, at Smith College on Friday. The Hurricanes took first place in six events. Kanya Brown won in the 55-meter dash, …

Amherst arson squad investigates bedroom fire on South East Street

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — A fire inside a bedroom at a South East Street home early Monday evening was out before firefighters arrived. Firefighters responded just before 6 p.m. to the 1100 South East St. residence, where smoke was coming from the bedroom, said Firefighter Gary Flynn. “The room was …

Monday’s high school basketball: Courtney Urban, Easthampton beat Turners Falls for first win

Monday, December 15, 2014

Courtney Urban led all scorers with 12 points as the Easthampton girls basketball team beat Turners Falls, 43-34, Monday at home. Karina Volpe scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made six steals and had five assists for the Eagles (1-1). Sharp also had eight points with seven boards, …

Amherst officials seek to make Bangs Community Center safer, more welcoming

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — A series of changes are being made at the Bangs Community Center to make it safer and more welcoming for visitors, including the many elders who come to Senior Center programs and wait inside for rides to appointments. Health Director Julie Federman said last week that …

Second forum on downtown parking in Amherst scheduled for January

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — After an initial forum indicating that several business owners and residents are concerned about insufficient public parking downtown and new mixed-use projects that could further limit the supply of spaces, town officials are moving forward with plans to address these issues. Senior Planner Jeffrey Bagg told …

Monday’s high school swimming: Belchertown sweeps South Hadley

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Belchertown boys and girls swimming teams each won their second straight meet to start the season, beating South Hadley on the road Monday afternoon. The boys won 53-27, the girls by a score of 60-33. Ben LaClair (200-yard free, 100 fly) and Matt Quinney (200 IM, 100 …

New banners in downtown Amherst celebrate private colleges and UMass

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — New banners hung from light posts in downtown Amherst are aimed at reflecting the community’s pride in hosting three institutions of higher learning, said Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donald Courtemanche. The 57 banners, which each read “Welcome to Amherst,” prominently feature the University …

UMass hockey hoping highly touted defenseman Brandon Montour makes an impact

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — The expectations on Brandon Montour probably aren’t fair. The 20-year-old freshman hasn’t played in a college hockey game yet and will have had just two practices under his belt when he makes his UMass debut Tuesday …

Area police news

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Steven P. Cuoco, 50, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday on Main Street on a warrant. Belchertown ■ Donald Phillip Santor, 43, of Keene, New Hampshire, was arrested at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday on North Main Street on …