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Amherst teacher to be honored with Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Alicia Lopez of Amherst went through school knowing that whatever her life path would be, there was one career she would avoid at all costs: teaching. Both her parents were teachers, and even seeing her mother, Sonia Nieto, win the prestigious Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award did not convince her that the hard work and long hours were worth it. Now 45, though, Lopez has been …

‘Glorious’ weather brings crowds to Hadley Memorial Day parade to celebrate and reflect

Sunday, May 24, 2015

HADLEY — Donald and Kathie Pipczynski of North Hadley were among the spectators who sat along Route 9 as the Memorial Day parade, held annually the Sunday before the holiday, passed by to the tune of honks, sirens and marching band classics. “Our children used to be in the parade — in the …

Amherst boys ultimate falls short in state final

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Amherst Regional boys ultimate team came up short of another state title at the Division 1 Massachusetts High School Championships held at Greenfield Community College over the weekend. The Hurricanes never led against a stout Lexington team, who answered every Amherst comeback attempt Sunday afternoon. Lexington jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the contest and answered the Hurricanes’ …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst girls lacrosse rolls past Cathedral

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clover Ulrich scored six goals with an assist in her final home game as the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team earned an 18-10 victory over Cathedral on senior night. Fellow seniors Anna Hayes had a goal and Chelby …

Wednesday’s high school tennis: Belchertown boys qualify for postseason

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team qualified for the postseason with a 3-2 win at East Longmeadow on Wednesday. Ryan Kearney beat Matt Donovan 6-3, 7-6 (3) at second singles for the lone singles point for the Orioles (9-7). The first doubles match went three sets as Dennis Lelic …

Amherst Town Meeting votes overwhelmingly to oppose Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — At the final session of Town Meeting on Wednesday, members went on record as being overwhelmingly opposed to the controversial Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would run through western Massachusetts. The 134-7 vote on Article 30, stating that the town is opposed to the pipeline, came …

Back coaching ultimate again, Tiina Booth finds success at UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the caller when she looked down at her ringing cell phone, Tiina Booth didn’t bother saying hello, skipping straight to: “I am not coaching UMass,” she said to Kevin Norton, who played for her at …

Area police news

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at Exscape Smoke Shop, 96 North Pleasant St., reported at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday that one of its exterior windows was smashed overnight by a thrown object. Entry was not gained to the store. Police said repairs are estimated at up to $500. Northampton ∎ Eileen …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Atlantis, Lost!’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Created by the Berkshire Theatre Group, “Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves” is a collection of stories about “historical wonders and the waters of the world,” including the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of …

Former UMass guard Derrick Gordon headed to Seton Hall, said sexuality limited recruiting interest

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Derrick Gordon, who became the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player in 2014-15, said he didn’t encounter any homophobia at UMass or in opposing arenas during his junior season. But after announcing he was transferring to …

Amherst Rotary Town Fair will be held on common next week

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — An annual tradition returns to the Town Common May 27 when the Amherst Rotary Town Fair opens for its four-day run. Carnival rides such as a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, a climbing wall and a variety …

Canisius guard Zach Lewis excited to transfer to UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Going into the offseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped to add two transfers — an immediately eligible big man and a younger guard for 2016-17. On Tuesday he completed the checklist when Canisius guard Zach Lewis announced he was transferring to UMass. Lewis joins former Texas A&M big …