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Paving at Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive will cause detours, traffic delays

Saturday, April 18, 2015

AMHERST — A project to pave the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive beginning Monday will require periodic detours for about 10 days. The biggest change will be for northbound vehicles on University Drive, which will be detoured west at Southwest Circle, driving between Lots 33 and 21, and then entering Massachusetts Avenue. Detours are expected Monday, Wednesday, April 27 and April 30. Police will be on scene to …

Logan Laurent kicks winning field goal as Team UMass beats Team Minutemen in annual spring game

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — Before switching to punter full time in the fall, Logan Laurent had one last hurrah as the UMass football team’s placekicker. The redshirt freshman’s 31-yard field goal as time expired gave Team UMass a 13-10 win over Team Minutemen in the annual spring game Friday night at McGuirk Stadium. Laurent was …

Matt Vautour: A.J. Doyle willing to switch positions to be a part of something special for UMass football

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST A.J. Doyle is still a quarterback. Despite not playing the position in Friday’s UMass spring game and being listed as a tight end on the final spring roster, Doyle is still playing the position that he was recruited to play in Amherst. But there’s only going to be one quarterback on the …

Tuesday’s high school tennis/track: Amherst boys, girls net sweeps to stay undefeated

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Amherst Regional boys and girls tennis teams are off to a fine start to the season. Each team improved to 3-0 on the season with shutouts Tuesday: the girls beat South Hadley, 5-0, while the boys did the same to Belchertown. Girls tennis Amherst Regional 5, South …

Tuesday’s high school baseball: Defense comes through for Northampton in win over Minnechaug

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The middle infield for the Northampton baseball team turned three double plays as the Blue Devils beat Minnechaug, 7-3, in Northampton Tuesday. Leading 6-2 with the bases loaded in the sixth, Cody Cleveland induced a 4-6-3 double play between second baseman Garret Connly, shortstop Tim Horton and first …

Tuesday’s high school softball: Stephanie Start tosses no-hitter for Smith Vocational

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stephanie Start threw a no-hitter and struck out nine as the Smith Vocational softball team beat Sci-Tech, 17-1 in five innings, in Springfield Tuesday. Avalon Darby scored three runs and drove in a pair, and Miranda Clark had three RBIs for the Vikings (1-1, 1-0 Tri-County). Frontier Regional …

Concerns raised over future of competitive Dolphins team as Hampshire Regional YMCA reviews aquatics program

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Parents and swimmers at the Hampshire Regional YMCA are concerned that the competitive Dolphins swim team program will be eliminated as the result of a review of the aquatics program. “We have been led to believe …

Tuesday’s high school boys volleyball/lacrosse: Smith Vocational debuts, knocks off Southwick for program’s first win

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Smith Vocational boys volleyball team made its first official match an exciting one, edging host Southwick 3-2 on the road Tuesday for the program’s first win. The Vikings won 25-18, 21-25, 25-14, 24-26, 15-12. Jorge Andujar had 13 assists and four kills for Smith Voke (1-0), while …

Annual teaching awards aim to recognize unsung heros

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Though it’s barely been eight months since Michael Berg started his career as a classroom teacher, it would seem that he’s been at it for years. With less than an hour before dismissal, his fourth-grade students at Chestnut …

CHALK TALK: Motivating students to find their voices

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In Daniel Pink’s book, “Drive” (and also in his excellent TED talk), he reveals the three most powerful motivators for those who lead happy, fulfilling lives: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy refers to our desire to be self-directed, …

Tuesday’s colleges: UMass softball belts seven homers in sweep of Rhode Island

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The UMass softball team’s bats exploded for seven homers and Caroline Raymond was solid on the mound as the Minutewomen swept Rhode Island, 14-0 in five innings and 7-3, Tuesday in Kingston. Quianna Diaz-Patterson (Amherst) reached based eight times, finished 5 for 5 and scored five times for …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jayson Stinson, 31, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 5:25 p.m. Monday on Montague Road on a warrant. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana Nunez, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Thursday on Franklin Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a …

Extravaganja on Saturday may be last on the Amherst Town Common

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — As thousands of people prepare to continue advocating for the legalization of marijuana Saturday afternoon, listening to a series of speakers and performers and purchasing items from 38 vendors set up on the Town Common, this year’s Extravaganja may be the final one held in Amherst …