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KEVIN GUTTING
Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk is approaching September with measures she hopes will help put to rest the trauma of a school year marred by racial tensions at Amherst’s high and middle schools. “People think I’m wearing my rose-colored glasses, but I’m optimistic about this year,” she said in an interview. “I feel that we are doing the right … 0

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities will continue to ban all uses of marijuana because federal law still classifies it as … 0

Arts to be added to all classroom lessons

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Art, music and physical education instructors will collaborate with classroom teachers on lessons this school year as the Amherst elementary schools formally integrate arts into the curriculum. Hours for the teachers of the specialty subjects, usually the first to go on the chopping block during lean budget years, have been increased … 0

Outsider Art: Yiddish Book Center in Amherst features ‘raw art’ of New Yorker Nathan Hilu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The French call it “art brut,” which translates as “raw art” or “rough art.” The English equivalent is “outsider art” — artwork that’s made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal … 0

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, … 0

Decision delayed to September on single trial for four defendants in UMass gang-rape case

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A decision has been delayed until next month about a single trial for four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts freshman at her dorm in 2012. Statements made by the men to police need to be transcribed and portions redacted before defense attorneys will … 0

Amherst Finance Director Sanford Pooler buys home once owned by Select Board member Eva Schiffer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — Before former Select Board member Eva Schiffer died in 2010, she came up with a plan that would ensure her home would one day be owned by a municipal employee whose earnings would otherwise make it difficult to live in Amherst. This month, the century-old home … 0

Man arrested while doing calisthenics at West Cemetery in Amherst, Northampton woman arrested on domestic assault and battery charge, other area police news

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 57-year-old man whose address is listed as the streets of Amherst was found drinking alcohol while using gravestones in the West Cemetery to do calisthenics at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday. The man was issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s open container bylaw, police said. … 0

Tenants displaced by Southpoint fire in Amherst remain out of apartments until at least Wednesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Tenants displaced by Saturday’s fire at Southpoint Townhouses & Apartments were still unable to return to their homes Tuesday, and they will be housed elsewhere until at least Wednesday afternoon. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Tuesday … 0

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter has been a cornerback for mere weeks. The redshirt freshman and former safety has plenty of potential, but he’s still learning the position. So why is Randall Jette studying him? Jette should prominently figure … 0

State seeks one trial for all four defendants in alleged 2012 UMass gang rape

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Prosecutors hope to simultaneously try all four defendants accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman in her dorm in October 2012. However, a lawyer for one of the accused said Tuesday he plans to … 0

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the … 0

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of … 0