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CAROL LOLLIS
Area Realtors say sales of average-priced homes like this one on Brierwood Drive in Florence, which sold last week for $223,000, are driving a healthy real estate market.

First-time buyers and average-priced homes driving a healthy real estate market in the Valley, Realtors say

Thursday, July 30, 2015

June is often the hottest month of the year for home sales, and this June was no exception. According to data from the multiple listing service, single-family home sales in Hampshire County were up about 3 percent compared to the same time last year, while the median price was down 4.6 percent — and local Realtors say that’s a good …

Two people arrested for ecstasy possession in Amherst — and other area police news

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Northampton ∎ Wayne L. Andrews Jr., 53, 7 Mulberry St. Apt. 3 in Leeds, was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Haydenville Road on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to police. South Hadley ∎ Charlsey Lee Mitchell, 26, of 12 Grant St., was arrested on Pleasant Street at 7:27 p.m. July 26 on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended/revoked …

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 Cowls Road that will house the 4,200-square-foot store. The latest work includes paving the parking …

Amherst settlement with former teacher Carolyn Gardner three times higher than other deals in last five years

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — The $180,000 paid to former Amherst-Pelham Regional High School teacher Carolyn Gardner in a legal settlement is more than three times higher than any other settlement paid by the district in the past five years, according …

Artist who sought inspiration from Mount Pollux Conservation Area concerned about the future of the view

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — Since she came to Amherst in the mid-1980s, artist Lorna Ritz has used the Mount Pollux Conservation Area to paint interpretations of the Holyoke Range, in particular Mount Norwottuck, and the apple trees and meadow that …

UMass doctoral student seeks subjects for diabetes study

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student is looking to make some test subjects sweat. Jennifer Blankenship, a kinesiology doctoral student at UMass, is looking for participants for a study to determine whether a long period of exercise or several short periods of exercise are more …

Moose on the loose -- and other area police news

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Amherst ∎ Kathleen Brennan, 50, of 16 Kestrel Lane, was arrested at 5:57 p.m. Wednesday on an Amherst street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and possession of an open container …

Amherst Select Board to hold executive session on possible breach of personal information through town website

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — The Select Board is scheduled to meet Monday in executive session to discuss the recent potential breach of personal information on the town website. The board’s agenda allots 45 minutes for an executive session in order …

As Amherst break-ins remain under investigation, business owners weigh security options

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — When a burglar targeted the Toy Box on North Pleasant Street last month, the cash stolen during the break-in was one concern for owner Liz Rosenberg. But the bigger worry came from what a police officer …

Town of Amherst, Archipelago Investments LLC seek to have suit over One East Pleasant development thrown out

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the town of Amherst and the developer of the planned One East Pleasant building argued in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday that a suit filed to stop the mixed-use project should be thrown out so …

Iraqi students studying at UMass to hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — Iraqi students studying at the University of Massachusetts this summer will hold a fundraising event for the Amherst Senior Center Friday night. For the fourth year in a row, the Iraqi scholars — who are participating in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program run by the …

Amherst League of Women Voters, Amherst Garden Club among honorees at Amherst Area Chamber dinner

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — A community organization that has promoted political responsibility for more than 75 years and another group that has spent a century helping to beautify the town’s landscape are among recipients of this year’s A+ awards from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Tuesday announced …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

One cool kitty PaintBox Theater’s children’s theater performances of “Puss in Boots” continue through Saturday at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. in Northampton. Puss is one cool kitty who will show audiences how to get from …