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Thanksgiving meals in the works in Amherst, Northampton, volunteers, donations welcome

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving means a table overflowing with food: a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, all manner of cranberry sauce and secret-recipe stuffing. But that’s certainly not the case for everyone — and several local organizations step in each year to put on a spread Thanksgiving day for those who might not otherwise enjoy a traditional meal. On Thanksgiving Day in Northampton and …

After week off, UMass hockey preparing to BC, Vermont

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — After a rare November week off, the UMass hockey team will play three games in five days before Thanksgiving. The Minutemen will host Boston College and Vermont on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Mullins Center and will travel to Vermont, Tuesday. All three games are at 7 p.m. With a …

Rose Olver dies at 77, remembered for 50 years on faculty at Amherst College

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — Longtime Amherst College psychology professor Rose Olver, who helped usher in an era of equality with the hiring of female faculty and the enrollment of female students, died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home Wednesday after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Olver, 77, the first tenure-track female faculty member …

Jury clears Ramus Serrano of raping two children in Amherst

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday acquitted a Springfield man of charges that he abused two children in Amherst. The Hampshire Superior Court jury deliberated for several hours Monday after three days of testimony before clearing Ramus Serrano, 43, of rape and abuse of a child under 16, rape …

Notebook: Jabarie Hinds, Donte Clark give UMass boost off the bench

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOSTON — During the preseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said that one of his early goals was to get some of his newcomers comfortable so he could develop a deep rotation. In Sunday’s 71-62 win over Boston College, …

UMass turns it up in second half, beats Boston College 71-62

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOSTON — As it turned out 20 minutes of P.A.I.N. was enough for the UMass men’s basketball team. The Minutemen’s pregame highlight video promotes 40 minutes of their signature style to Pressure, Agitate, Interrupt and Neutralize. They did …

Weekend colleges: Amherst men’s soccer advances in NCAA Division III Tournament

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kieran Bellew’s goal in the fifth round of penalty kicks gave the 13th-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team a victory over St. Lawrence in the NCAA Division III Tournament second round, Sunday in Canton, New York. The game was tied 1-1 after regulation and two overtime periods. Amherst …

Area legislators at summit listen to constituents

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Looking at lists of what WMass residents would like to see happen in their communities, state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst called much of it “common sense.” “I think I agree with every single of one …

Amherst Regional upends West Springfield 1-0 for WMass Division 1 boys soccer title

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WESTFIELD ­— Alex LaRaja knows what it feels like to make the boys soccer state tournament. He also knows what it feels like to lose a tournament game on penalty kicks. After 76 scoreless minutes, LaRaja gave top-seeded …

Northampton boys fifth, girls seventh at state cross country championship

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time this season, neither the Northampton boys or girls cross country teams finished first in a non-invitational meet. But this was no ordinary meet and neither team was expected to win. It was the state Division 1 championship and the competition was fierce. …

Friday’s colleges: UMass women drop opener to Western Michigan

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 63-41 at Western Michigan on Friday. Kim Pierre-Louis scored a team high 16 points and had eight rebounds for the Minutewomen (0-1). Women’s cross country NCAA Division I Northeast Regional — UMass placed 26th Friday as Rachel Hilliard …

Truck stuck in railroad bridge underpass blocks traffic on South East Street in Amherst

Friday, November 14, 2014

AMHERST — Police had to reroute traffic on South East Street after a truck crashed into a railroad bridge underpass and became stuck Friday night. The truck was traveling north on South East Street when it crashed and …

‘Big Four’ carry UMass in season-opening 95-87 win over Siena

Friday, November 14, 2014

AMHERST — When it came to crunch time in the season opener against Siena, UMass coach Derek Kellogg leaned on his veterans and they delivered. The Minutemen closed the game on a 12-4 run to pull away for …