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JERREY ROBERTS
Richard Joseph Altieri and Safaa Aly look at their programs before the start of commencement Sunday at Amherst College.

Amherst College graduates 470, remembers first African American to be chosen as the class speaker 100 years ago

Sunday, May 24, 2015

AMHERST — Several thousand family members, friends and well-wishers gathered on white folding chairs in the shade of a couple dozen oak trees on the Amherst College quad Sunday to see the 470 students of the class of 2015 off on the next leg of their journeys. Among those students was Lucas Renique, an environmental studies major from Brooklyn, New York. He named one of the highlights of his college experience to be helping to organize an annual event called “Voices” as part of the student group, La Causa. “Voices” is one of the largest free spoken word concerts in New England, he said. La …

WMass Individual Girls Tennis: Amherst’s Allison McCann wins first title; Hurricanes’ duo falls in third set of doubles final

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WILBRAHAM ­— Amherst Regional junior Allison McCann isn’t a stranger to the Western Massachusetts individual girls tennis final, but the three-time championship qualifier finally came out on top with a quick 6-1, 6-1 victory over Minnechaug’s Haley Gurski Sunday at Minnechaug. “It was nice not having to play my sister in the finals. It feels really good to win,” said McCann, who lost …

Weekend high schools: Hamp softball slugs past Belchertown

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Northampton softball team exploded for 10 runs in the third inning and went on to a 15-3 home victory over Belchertown in 6 innings Saturday afternoon. Zoe Driscoll-Sbar went 3 for 4, including a double and a triple, scored three runs and knocked in a pair for the Blue Devils (8-9, 5-3 Valley Wheel). Rachel Sheehan (double, two RBIs, two runs), Emilie …

Tuesday’s high school softball recaps: Northampton softball slugs past Belchertown on the road

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zoe Driscoll-Sbar had three hits and three runs scored to lead the Northampton softball team to a 12-7 win in Belchertown Tuesday. Emilie Baldwin added two hits, two RBIs and two runs of her own for the Blue Devils (6-8, 3-3 Valley Wheel). Lily Glading-DiLorenzo finished the day …

Tuesday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst Regional girls lacrosse holds off Granby

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After the teams were tied at halftime, the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team held off Granby, 15-13, Tuesday. Meghan Sharick led Amherst (4-13) with eight goals and three assists. Clover Ulrich added six goals and one assist, while Malia MacDonald scored the other. Kate Sarnacki had five goals …

Tuesday’s tennis and track recaps: Amherst Regional boys tennis sweeps Chicopee to qualify for postseason

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Amherst boys tennis team used a 5-0 win over Chicopee to qualify for the postseason on Tuesday at home. Andy Zyskowski led the way at first singles with a 6-1, 6-1 dismissal of Brian Turnbull for the …

Amherst Historical Commission delays for one year demolition of Little Red Schoolhouse

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — Citing its status as possibly the first building to be designed exclusively for use by pre-school classes, the Historical Commission on Tuesday unanimously imposed a one-year delay on Amherst College’s request to demolish the Little Red …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied …

New crosswalks to have warning lights on reconstructed Pine Street in North Amherst

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — Both new crosswalks that will be part of a reconstructed Pine Street will have prominent warning lights to keep pedestrians safe from vehicles traveling on the road. The Select Board Monday approved the use of “rectangular rapid flash beacons,” which are bright yellow, solar-powered LED lights …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating two minor accidents Monday night involving the same vehicle operated by a possibly intoxicated driver. At 8 p.m., a resident at Ann Whalen Apartments, 33 Kellogg Ave., reported that a 2014 Ford Mustang struck a tree, causing no damage, before leaving. About 45 …

Permitting of mixed-use projects occupies Amherst Town Meeting

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — A possible need for a new municipal parking garage and the costs associated with constructing such a structure prompted Town Meeting members to ask that town planners examine making changes to how mixed-use projects are permitted. At the seventh session of Annual Town Meeting Monday, members …

Monday’s colleges: Amherst women advance, men eliminated from NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament quarterfinals

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Amherst College women’s tennis team will face a familiar foe in the NCAA Division III Tournament semifinals. After cruising past MIT, 5-1, in the quarterfinals on Monday, the seventh-ranked Lord Jeffs will see their rival and top-ranked Williams at 11 a.m. Tuesday with a spot in the …

Monday’s high school tennis/track: Belchertown edges South Hadley, 3-2

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team picked up a key Valley Wheel win with a 3-2 decision at South Hadley on Monday. Jon Vinagre put the Orioles (8-7, 5-2) on the board with a 6-0, 6-0 dismissal of Matt Loughrey at third singles. The Tigers (7-7, 4-3 Valley Wheel) …