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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

UMass coach Whipple expresses confidence at MAC Football media day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dismissing the value of preseason polls is a football tradition as old as the forward pass. So UMass coach Mark Whipple saying the 2014 Mid-American Conference preseason football poll that picked his Minutemen last doesn’t mean anything was … 0

The Guns of August, revisited: Leverett couple’s latest foray into World War I looks at Americans in occupied Belgium

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just over 100 years ago, German troops invaded Belgium — the opening salvo on the Western Front in World War I, an orgy of violence and destruction that would kill and wound perhaps 30 million people and dramatically … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, including working with Bonnie Raitt, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Joe Cocker, sharing … 0

Visiting Iraqi students hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst IRAQ PRESENTATION/FUNDRAISER: A fundraising meal for the Amherst Senior Center, hosted by 24 students visiting from Iraq, takes places at Bistro 63 at The Monkey Bar & Grill, 63 North Pleasant St., Thursday at 7 p.m. The Iraqi students are participating in the University of Massachusetts Civic … 0

Downtown Amherst concert series begins Thursday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — A summer concert series at Kendrick Park begins Thursday evening with performances by Mister G. and Wishbone Zoe. The concerts, part of the Amherst Business Improvement District’s Downtown Beats program, is bringing music to Kendrick Park … 0

Amherst Historical Commission gives Cowls barn potentially flexible reprieve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A prominent historic barn on Montague Road owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. should remain standing until next summer, according to a yearlong demolition delay imposed Tuesday by the Historical Commission. But the commission, which voted 4-0 … 0

Amherst breakfast program begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A weekly breakfast program that developed from a partnership between the operator of the town’s homeless shelter and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst begins Wednesday. The breakfast will run each Wednesday from 8 to 10 … 0

Carriage Shops area draws concern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown location where police have responded numerous times during the spring and summer for various incidents, including a purse snatching, was the scene of a reported break-in Monday afternoon. Police responded to the Amherst Carriage Shops, 233 North Pleasant St., at 5:39 p.m., after a … 0

Amherst Community Land Trust seeks to provide affordable housing, keep student-rental properties at bay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A private organization may soon help people find affordable housing in Amherst in an effort to encourage home ownership and prevent neighborhoods from being overrun by student-rental properties. The Amherst Community Land Trust was recently incorporated … 0

Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley … 0