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Amherst breakfast program begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A weekly breakfast program that developed from a partnership between the operator of the town’s homeless shelter and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst begins Wednesday. The breakfast will run each Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 121 North Pleasant St. meetinghouse. The breakfast is free and open to the public. Kevin Noonan, executive director of Craig’s Doors: A Home Association, said in an email that … 0

Carriage Shops area draws concern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown location where police have responded numerous times during the spring and summer for various incidents, including a purse snatching, was the scene of a reported break-in Monday afternoon. Police responded to the Amherst Carriage Shops, 233 North Pleasant St., at 5:39 p.m., after a tenant living at the mixed-use property told police his apartment was entered. The resident reported … 0

Amherst Community Land Trust seeks to provide affordable housing

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A private organization may soon help people find affordable housing in Amherst in an effort to encourage home ownership and prevent neighborhoods from being overrun by student-rental properties. The Amherst Community Land Trust was recently incorporated as a charitable organization to help people who meet income qualifications purchase homes for their families. Employees of the town, the University of Massachusetts and … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Electronic items, including an iPod, and a large sum of money were reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Chestnut Street. Police received a call about the break-in Tuesday at 1:23 a.m., but found no signs of forced entry to the vehicle. Northampton ∎ James E. … 0

Amherst paces state for solar signups

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AMHERST — Interest in residential solar energy projects in Amherst surged beyond more than 30 other communities that have participated in the Solarize Mass program. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced Tuesday that the 174 systems and 1.2 megawatts of contracted … 0

Local baseball: South Hadley Sandy Koufax wins Division B title

Monday, July 14, 2014

The South Hadley Sandy Koufax team run-ruled Ludlow for the NEYSA Division B title on Tuesday, 16-5, in five innings. The Tigers scored six runs in the first and eight in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Jarrett Sudyka had RBI triple in the first, … 0

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s TJ Fitzell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whenever the South Hadley lacrosse team needed a play this past season, TJ Fitzell was typically the man to supply it. The senior midfielder led the Tigers in assists and finished two points off the team lead, while … 0

Amherst school panel reverses reprimand of Amilcar Shabazz over use of ‘racist’ term for student

Monday, July 14, 2014

PELHAM — A quorum of the Amherst Regional School Committee on Monday faulted the decision of its chairman to reprimand member Amilcar Shabazz for allegedly calling an unidentified middle school student a racist. But to those who signed … 5

Assault, battery cited at Amherst park

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — A Granby man faces a criminal charge related to an incident at Groff Park Friday afternoon. The 36-year-old man is being summoned to court on a charge of assault and battery after an incident was reported … 0

Disorderly man arrested at busy Amherst Farmers Market

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — Several calls about a man yelling obscenities and asking disturbing questions to vendors at the Amherst Farmers Market led to his arrest Saturday morning. Ladislao V. Lorincz, 63, of Worcester, was arrested at 11:01 a.m. on the Town Common on charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the … 0

Weekend baseball/softball: Northampton advances to Sandy Koufax final

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball team remained undefeated with a 2-0 win over Frontier in the semifinals of the New England Youth Sports Association Division A playoffs at home on Sunday. Jordan Washburn earned the win for top-seeded Hamp (21-0), striking out six while holding Frontier to two … 0

$36K in renovations for Puffer’s Pond, Amherst, slated for later this year

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — On hot summer days, some swimmers at Puffer’s Pond continue to access a cliff that rises above the water and climb on top of the dam that deposits water to the Mill River below. Other people … 1

Amherst gets feedback on housing bylaw

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — Residents advocating for private development of more affordable housing in Amherst want to ensure that people of all income levels will live side by side and that housing for low-income families is built in a timely manner. The Planning Board last week received general support from … 0