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KEVIN GUTTING
Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk is approaching September with measures she hopes will help put to rest the trauma of a school year marred by racial tensions at Amherst’s high and middle schools. “People think I’m wearing my rose-colored glasses, but I’m optimistic about this year,” she said in an interview. “I feel that we are doing the right … 0

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities will continue to ban all uses of marijuana because federal law still classifies it as … 0

Arts to be added to all classroom lessons

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Art, music and physical education instructors will collaborate with classroom teachers on lessons this school year as the Amherst elementary schools formally integrate arts into the curriculum. Hours for the teachers of the specialty subjects, usually the first to go on the chopping block during lean budget years, have been increased … 0

Goats and friends

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Area police news

Friday, August 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ A woman contacted police at 12:55 a.m. Friday after she left her residence at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., unlocked for a brief time and returned home to find the door locked with a dead bolt. Police were unable to find any signs of forced entry, … 0

Slow Giant Crossing: Echo Hill neighborhood kids make their own street signs aiming to slow speeding traffic

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST — Families in the Echo Hill neighborhood want to let their children engage in a lively grass fight in the yard, spray each other with the hose, or ride their bikes down the street to see their … 0

Merchants offer advice to customers taking advantage of Massachusetts tax-free weekend

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As merchants brace themselves for crowds this tax-free weekend, some advise their customers to decide on their purchases the day before to avoid some of the hassle. “Try to picture 32 bodies” in this store, remarked Ken Adams, … 0

Divided Amherst Regional School Committee elects Trevor Baptiste new chairman amid concern about board factions

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AMHERST — Acknowledging that the Amherst-Regional School Committee has factions that may be causing harm to the school system and student education, a divided board elected a new chairman at its annual retreat Thursday afternoon. Trevor Baptiste of … 0

The Commons Group organizes in Amherst to preserve small-town qualities

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AMHERST — A new community group led by Town Meeting members is organizing out of concerns that large-scale, mixed-use developments possibly threaten Amherst’s small-town qualities. Known as The Commons Group, its members plan to distribute information about the projects and seek ways to protect the community’s identity. They … 0

Amherst Police Detective David Foster promoted to sergeant

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst detective who has been a member of the Police Department for nearly 20 years has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. David W. Foster, who began his tenure in Amherst on Dec. 5, … 0

Amherst equity panel airs ideas for school reform

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — Supporting school administrators in establishing a more racially and linguistically diverse staff, and retaining these teachers after they are hired, is an initial recommendation expected to come from a group focused on ensuring that Amherst public schools provide a welcoming educational environment for all students. At … 0

Matt Vautour: New football building needs to be first step for UMass, not its final destination

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass didn’t need to build a state-of-the-art structure to upgrade its football facility. There was almost nowhere to go but up. Most backyard tree forts built on a whim would have represented an upgrade over the … 1

Keeping Tabs of the Arts: PaintBox Theatre’s ‘Tarzan’ and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jungle story PaintBox Theatre will close its summer season with a production of “Tarzan,” under the roof inside the Grandstand at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. The classic tale that’s been adapted and directed by Tom McCabe, … 0