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Massachusetts quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (7) passes under pressure from Colorado defensive lineman Juda Parker (56) in the  fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Colorado won 41-38. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

UMass’ Blake Frohnapfel returns to football life after AD search ends

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Search committee member Blake Frohnapfel had transformed back into quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Wednesday as he arrived at the UMass Performance Center for Wednesday’s spring practice, studying his playbook instead of the resumes of prospective candidates. But Frohnapfel, a junior athletically, but a grad student academically, left his stint as one of two students on the search committee that …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm room. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, now 21, spent most of Wednesday morning …

Amherst eyes incentives for affordable units

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst officials aim to entice developers to build affordable housing in town by offering tax incentives. To do so, the town must take a home-rule petition to the state Legislature and have legislators adopt a special act giving it authority. Town Manager John Musante told the Select Board this week that Town Meeting members will have an opportunity to demonstrate to …

Holyoke hosts 64th annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday

Friday, March 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Irish spirit in the Valley will be on display when the 64th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re trying to put everything together so that it is basically a parade for everyone. It’s a family event,” said Jacqueline Reardon of …

Geneva Della Bitta-Nickerson & Timothy Schmitt, Jr.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ann Della Bitta and Mark Nickerson of Amherst are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Geneva Rose Della Bitta-Nickerson, of Somerville, to Timothy P. Schmitt Jr., also of Somerville. Timothy is the son of Kacey and Timothy Schmitt …

Elizabeth Seaberg & Peter Kuusisto

Friday, March 20, 2015

John and Cynthia Kuusisto of Amherst announce the engagement of their son, Peter Kuusisto, to Elizabeth Seaberg, both of Pelham. Elizabeth is the daughter of Robert and Janet Seaberg of Abington. Elizabeth is a speech-language pathologist at the …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst Jonathan Park was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Northampton Jenna Murray was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of …

A question of consent as UMass gang-rape trial begins

Friday, March 20, 2015

The first witnesses in the rape trial of Emmanuel T. Bile testified that when they last saw their 18-year-old classmate on the night of Oct. 12, 2012, she was drunk and sleeping in her bed in a UMass …

Phoebe Hazzard, Victor Nunez Ortiz, Viraphanh Douangmany make their case for election to School Committee

Friday, March 20, 2015

AMHERST — A former teacher, a former Marine and a refugee immigrant-turned-activist touted their differing life experiences and how those would help them if elected to the School Committee at a League of Women Voters candidates night at …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst baseball rolls past St. Norbert

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team’s offense exploded in a 20-7 win over St. Norbert in Winter Haven, Florida, on Thursday. Andrew Vandini went 3 for 6 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while four other players had two hits for Lord Jeffs (4-3). Sam Schneider started and …

Valley communities set to receive share of $30 million in state money to repair potholes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

After frigid temperatures and record snowfall have left roads across the state in shambles, communities are set to get a slice of a $30 million aid package announced Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker. Money from the Winter Recovery …

More than 100 people participate in ‘active-shooter’ simulation training exercise at UMass Amherst

Thursday, March 19, 2015

AMHERST — Inside Franklin Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, where an “active shooter” had reportedly injured people, police officers responded to bring order to the scene as additional emergency personnel offered medical attention for …

With jury selected, trial to start Friday for Emmanuel Bile, first of four defendants in alleged UMass gang-rape

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first of four trials related to an alleged gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts student will start Friday morning, nearly 2½ years after the woman reported being raped repeatedly in her dorm by four teenagers she knew. Opening statements in the trial of Emmanuel T. …