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CAROL LOLLIS
left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton.

Building Bridges Initiative lunches provide a place for veterans to be heard

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Peter Rogers, 71, of Amherst sat at one of the round tables in the banquet hall of the World War II club on Conz Street this week, thumging the peace symbol pinned onto his Vietnam Veteran baseball cap. The Vietnam War ended in 1975, but Rogers purchased the cap only a few years ago. “When I returned, no …

Earth Matters: Maybe we are all climate change deniers

Friday, March 27, 2015

If you’re anything like me, you’re a walking contradiction. I understand climate change and what causes it; I read articles about sea level rise, catastrophic drought and the probability of climate refugees, hunger and planetary strife. I deeply understand what we (I) are doing to our only home. I don’t think I’m immune …

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at 4 p.m. The jury will return to continue deliberating at 9 a.m. Monday in the …

Amherst Housing Authority candidate Emilie Hamilton drops out of race, citing inability to mediate differences on commission

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — One of two candidates for a five-year seat on the Amherst Housing Authority has dropped out of the race, saying that the atmosphere at commission meetings is too contentious. Despite collecting more than 50 signatures to get her name on the March 31 election ballot and …

Amherst Farmers Market opening up to more producers

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — When the Amherst Farmers Market begins its season April 18, more farmers and producers who live in the community will be able to participate. As part of negotiations between town officials and the private Amherst Farmers Market Committee, which has run the market on Spring Street …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year …

Anne Awad challenges Jeffrey Labrecque for seat on South Hadley Electric Light Department commission

Monday, March 23, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Former Amherst Select Board member Anne Awad is challenging two-term incumbent Jeffrey Labrecque for a three-year seat as a commissioner for the South Hadley Electric Light Department. Awad said she is running to promote green …

Georgia Tech athletic director thinks his former associate will be a great fit at UMass

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mike Bobinski was still getting his feet underneath him at Georgia Tech, but he knew right away he liked Ryan Bamford. The former Xavier athletic director inherited Bamford when he took the same role at the Atlantic Coast …

Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper Drive continues The Amherst Area Diaper Drive has collected 12,616 diapers, reaching over two-thirds of its 18,000 diaper goal. As the drive, led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst, heads into its final weeks, it has grown with …

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes …

Area police news

Monday, March 23, 2015

Amherst ∎ A purse was reported stolen in a break-in to a vehicle parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported at 12:22 p.m. Sunday. ∎ Christopher P. Chilson, 25, of 29 Stebbins St., Belchertown, was arrested at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on West …

Jurors see text-message exchange between Emmanuel Bile Jr. and woman he is accused of raping at UMass

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The morning after Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. and his three friends allegedly gang-raped a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dormitory in 2012, she sent him several furious, expletive-filled text messages about what she said …