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Amherst Historical Commission gives Cowls barn potentially flexible reprieve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A prominent historic barn on Montague Road owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. should remain standing until next summer, according to a yearlong demolition delay imposed Tuesday by the Historical Commission. But the commission, which voted 4-0 to issue the delay, is giving Cinda Jones, the president of W.D. Cowls, the opportunity to ask that the delay be lifted in a few months, because of the extensive work she … 0

Amherst breakfast program begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A weekly breakfast program that developed from a partnership between the operator of the town’s homeless shelter and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst begins Wednesday. The breakfast will run each Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 121 North Pleasant St. meetinghouse. The breakfast is free and open to the public. Kevin Noonan, executive director of Craig’s Doors: A … 0

Carriage Shops area draws concern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown location where police have responded numerous times during the spring and summer for various incidents, including a purse snatching, was the scene of a reported break-in Monday afternoon. Police responded to the Amherst Carriage Shops, 233 North Pleasant St., at 5:39 p.m., after a tenant living at the mixed-use property told police his apartment was entered. The resident reported … 0

Amherst gets feedback on housing bylaw

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — Residents advocating for private development of more affordable housing in Amherst want to ensure that people of all income levels will live side by side and that housing for low-income families is built in a timely manner. The Planning Board last week received general support from … 0

Cody Cleveland, John Ferrara combine on no-hitter for Northampton

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cody Cleveland and John Ferrara combined on a 5-inning no-hitter for the Northampton Mickey Mantle team in a 19-0 mercy-shortened road victory over Frontier. Cleveland started and struck out two in two innings. Ferrara fanned three over the last three frames. Ferrara led a 17-hit attack for Hamp … 0

Amherst College student accused in 2009 sexual assault sues to obtain his degree

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst College student claims the school unfairly withheld his degree and cost him a fellowship by reopening an investigation into a sexual assault in 2009. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month, … 0

Amherst to form committee to consider forming two new local historic districts in town

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — Commercial construction in what is being called the Mill District of North Amherst and ongoing conversion of owner-occupied homes into rentals in neighborhoods near the University of Massachusetts are prompting residents to call for new local historic districts in the area. Residents who live in both … 0

Amherst officials fight bid to discuss, possibly 'disavow' Shabazz memo; Regional School Committee to take up issue today in Pelham anyway

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — In a tug-of-war that has enmeshed town clerks in four towns, the vice chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is pressing ahead with a Monday meeting to discuss a controversial reprimand of a fellow board … 7

Gazette Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s Meghan Ginley

Friday, July 11, 2014

In 2013, South Hadley’s Meghan Ginley established herself as the top girls lacrosse player in Hampshire County and one of the best in western Massachusetts. This season she absolutely cemented that spot with an even better senior campaign. … 0

UMass kicks in $80,000 to Amherst for ambulances

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — Even though the bulk of college students are out of town for the summer and some residents may be vacationing, that didn’t prevent the need for all ambulances to be on the road at once on Thursday afternoon. In fact, firefighter paramedics and EMTs were so … 0

UMass to begin limiting outdoor events starting Tuesday

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — Outdoor events on playing fields and grassy areas on the University of Massachusetts campus will be limited beginning Tuesday. UMass, working with the town of Amherst’s health department, is restricting these campus-sponsored events as a precaution against Eastern equine encephalitis, which is carried by mosquitoes that … 0

Area police news

Friday, July 11, 2014

Amherst Police ∎ Jonathan Coe, 29, of 374 Middle St., was arrested Thursday at 4:54 p.m. on North Pleasant Street on an Orange District Court warrant, police said. Northampton Police ∎ Brent P. Higgins, 18, of 65 Straits Road, Hatfield, was arrested Friday at 12:13 a.m. at Pride … 0

Thursday’s American Legion recaps: Easthampton slips past Northampton Post 28

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Justin Edinger enjoyed a perfect night at the plate and scored a pair of runs to lead the Easthampton American Legion baseball team to a 4-1 home victory over Northampton King & Cushman Post 28 Thursday evening. The catcher went 3 for 3 with two stolen bases. Nick … 0