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Area police news

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating the theft of $100 in cash from Ren’s Mobil, 161 North Pleasant St. Police responded to a burglar alarm sounding at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and found a window had been kicked in to gain entry to the building. Northampton ∎ Thomas P. Olstead, 68, who lists his address as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday on Conz Street on a warrant. …

Area briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst CULTURAL GRANTS: Artists, performers and educators interested in seeking grants from the town’s Cultural Council are invited to an informational meeting in the Goodwin Room of the Jones Library at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. There will be information about eligibility, funding priorities and special criteria. Priority will be given to Amherst projects. In January, the Cultural Council funded 75 projects in arts, sciences …

Still painting after all these years: Herter Gallery opens retrospective show on painter John Grillo, former UMass professor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When John Grillo arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, he was 50 years old, and in the view of some, his art was largely passé. The abstract expressionist painter had begun making his mark in the years after World War II and had studied and rubbed elbows with some of …

Friday night football: Amherst Regional falls 55-27 to East Longmeadow

Friday, September 12, 2014

EAST LONGMEADOW — A second week of penalties, mistakes and turnovers cost the Amherst Regional football team its first win of the season, falling 55-27 to East Longmeadow Friday night. “We had a couple 15-yard penalties that set us back,” Hurricane coach David Thompson said. “They got it …

Authorities have not yet confirmed cause of death for Marissa Jackson of Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for Marissa Jackson, the 26-year-old Amherst woman discovered dead Tuesday near the University of Massachusetts campus, but say that no life-threatening injuries were found on her body, according to a statement issued Friday by Steven E. Gagne, first …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added …

Vanderbilt will try to solve QB woes against UMass

Friday, September 12, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It is a rare depth chart oddity. Next to starting quarterback on Vanderbilt’s two-deep for Saturday’s game against UMass, it reads: “Johnny McCrary or Patton Robinette or Stephen Rivers or Wade Freebeck.” That’s three “ors”, …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase …

Planned merger of Northampton, Greenfield cooperative banks moves ahead

Friday, September 12, 2014

The planned merger of Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank moved a step closer this month, with Northampton Cooperative depositors’ approval of the consolidation plan. It had already been approved by the boards of directors for both banks. According to William Stapleton, Northampton Cooperative Bank president and …

Thursday’s colleges: Smith College fends off MCLA in five sets for volleyball victory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smith College and MCLA traded sets twice, but the Pioneers held on for the five-set women’s volleyball victory, Thursday in Northampton. Smith won 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. Dayra Diaz Marquez had 24 assists and 17 digs, while Mei-Li Smith added 16 kills, 28 digs and 15 assists …

Thursday’s high school golf: Corey Calkins, Brian Bak lead South Hadley past Chicopee

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Corey Calkins shot a career-low 38 on his home course at the Ledges Golf Club to help lead South Hadley over Chicopee, 164-172, on Thursday afternoon. Brian Bak finished with a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional girls volleyball team spikes Chicopee Comp

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassidy Ciesluk had 13 digs, 11 kills and five aces for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-0 road sweep over Chicopee Comp Thursday. The Red Hawks (4-0) remained perfect by game scores of 25-14, 25-22, 25-12. Rachel Cialek also had 11 kills in the win. …

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk gets $11,000 raise, increasing her salary to $158,000

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk has been given an $11,000 salary increase by the school boards that serve the Amherst-Pelham Regional School district, boosting her annual salary to $158,000. The raise was announced in a press …