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Carol Ross is the Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amherst.

Letter by Carol Ross saying she feared ‘race-baiting’ at forum in Amherst angers WHMP officials

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — A letter sent to all Amherst School District parents and staff by the woman hired to heal racial divides said she feared “race-baiting” would be part of a radio station forum held here last week. That angered radio station officials who met with Carol Ross and other town leaders Monday seeking an explanation. As a result, WHMP morning … 1

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people watched in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a game between two previously winless Division III teams that … 0

Majority of Amherst Regional School Committee reaffirms legality of controversial July 14 meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee will send a letter to an Amherst man who challenged a meeting it held in July, saying the session was widely publicized in keeping with the spirit of the state Open Meeting Law and thus was held legally despite objections raised by the board’s former chairman. A copy of the letter also will go to the … 0

'Our fear is he’s going to escalate' UMass police search for man who committed lewd acts on campus; may be connection with Sunderland incidents

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are warning students and staff about incidents Wednesday afternoon in which a man indecently exposed himself and committed lewd acts in front of two people. Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday … 0

Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice … 0

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce honors Rotary Club, Stephanie O’Keeffe and Tony Maroulis

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — A long-time community service organization and two people who contributed to strengthening the business community are being honored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber announced Thursday that the annual A+ awards will be presented during a dinner at the Hadley Farms Meeting House … 0

Amherst Town Meeting member John Fox raises questions about ‘misrepresentations’ by Planning Director Jonathan Tucker

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — A Town Meeting member claims that the town’s planning director intentionally kept the contents of a transportation study focused on the North Pleasant Street corridor between the University of Massachusetts and downtown Amherst from the Planning … 1

Police warn about scam involving phone calls from people pretending to be relatives

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — After getting a call from a person pretending to be his grandson and demanding credit card information so he could make bail, a South Amherst resident contacted police concerned that others might be receiving similar scam calls. While that resident did not lose any money, Detective … 0

Deerfield Select Board opposes Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline, schedules hearing on health issues

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — A lawyer with an office in Amherst has offered his assistance to the town of Deerfield in its fight to stop the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline. Cristobal Bonifaz made the offer during a standing-room-only special meeting of the Select Board Wednesday night called to consider … 0

Amherst launches pilot program to increase recycling downtown

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — The town has launched an initiative to increase recycling in downtown Amherst and reduce the amount of trash from the commercial district that is being disposed. The Department of Public Works is installing seven recycling bins throughout downtown, including in front of Town Hall, as part … 0

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is … 0

‘Stop moving or we’ll shoot’ Rosa Clemente of Amherst describes her first night in Ferguson, Missouri

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Activist Rosa Clemente has seen a lot in 20 years of community organizing but the Amherst resident said Wednesday that the “police brutality” and subsequent reaction in Ferguson, Missouri, is “unprecedented.” Protests have continued each day … 3

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel receiving support from former team

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Shortly after UMass coach Mark Whipple officially announced that Blake Frohnapfel would be the Minutemen’s starting quarterback, several Marshall fans and players took to Twitter to congratulate him, many of whom pledged to root for the … 0