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SARAH GANZHORN
Crowds packed downtown Amherst during the Celebrate Amherst Block Party  Thursday evening.

Amherst parking report calls for new parking garage, improved signage and more

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AMHERST — As a downtown business owner since the 1980s, Nick Seamon has witnessed an increasing demand for parking in Amherst center that he says has gone unaddressed by the town — even with the opening of the 188-space Boltwood parking garage 13 years ago. “We’ve needed parking for 20 years,” said Seamon, the owner of Black Sheep Deli on …

Laptop reported stolen from home, posted for sale on Craigslist — and other area police news

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ A scooter valued at $1,000 was reported stolen at 9:09 a.m. Thursday from a resident at Mill Valley Estates, 560 Riverglade Drive. The scooter is described as a 2014 Taoi model, color red, with black accents. Northampton ∎ Police are investigating a report received at 7:44 a.m. Friday that a weedwhacker valued at $350 was stolen from a trailer parked at …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel Norwood, a freshman majoring in history, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at …

As Amherst break-ins remain under investigation, business owners weigh security options

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — When a burglar targeted the Toy Box on North Pleasant Street last month, the cash stolen during the break-in was one concern for owner Liz Rosenberg. But the bigger worry came from what a police officer …

Town of Amherst, Archipelago Investments LLC seek to have suit over One East Pleasant development thrown out

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the town of Amherst and the developer of the planned One East Pleasant building argued in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday that a suit filed to stop the mixed-use project should be thrown out so …

Iraqi students studying at UMass to hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — Iraqi students studying at the University of Massachusetts this summer will hold a fundraising event for the Amherst Senior Center Friday night. For the fourth year in a row, the Iraqi scholars — who are participating in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program run by the …

Amherst League of Women Voters, Amherst Garden Club among honorees at Amherst Area Chamber dinner

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — A community organization that has promoted political responsibility for more than 75 years and another group that has spent a century helping to beautify the town’s landscape are among recipients of this year’s A+ awards from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Tuesday announced …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

One cool kitty PaintBox Theater’s children’s theater performances of “Puss in Boots” continue through Saturday at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. in Northampton. Puss is one cool kitty who will show audiences how to get from …

Weekend planner — Slam: Kofest Story Slam and Party

Thursday, July 23, 2015

An annual fundraiser for the Ko Festival of Performance, the Kofest Story Slam and Party features first-person, true stories told live and without notes, in five minutes or less. The theme of this year’s event — set for …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But …

Chinese journalists scope out rural broadband

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LEVERETT — Now that LeverettNet has been online for nearly four months — with 82 percent of the town’s 800 or so households reportedly connected — the town’s first-in-western-Massachusetts municipal broadband service caught the attention Wednesday of a …

High school running rivals come together in Mass Dash

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

After competing against each other in dual meets and championship races, current and former Northampton and Amherst Regional distance runners teamed up for a good cause. Rising seniors Liam Sullivan of the Blue Devils and the Hurricanes’ Owen …

Woman mistakes umbrella for shotgun, triggering Amherst police response

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AMHERST — A woman who mistook two umbrellas for a shotgun prompted a police response to a field near the Amherst Regional High School Tuesday evening. A resident walking her dog on Cottage Street called police at 8:02 p.m. after she was approached by a man whom she …