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Emily Dickinson documentary falls short of Kickstarter goal

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The future of plans to create a documentary on the life of Emily Dickinson is uncertain after the film’s production company failed to meet its fundraising goal on Kickstarter Friday. The producers of “A Quiet Passion,” the Dickinson biopic that was shot in Amherst this summer, are aiming to create a second film, a documentary that will further explore her life and influence. Hurricane Films recently launched a …

UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring …

Friday’s colleges: Golden goal sinks Minutemen in opener

Friday, August 28, 2015

Austin Buxton scored on a rebound with 46 seconds left in the first overtime as Utah Valley defeated UMass 1-0 Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in the Minutemen’s season opener. UMass keeper Bardia Asefnia made four saves, including a point-blank attempt that caromed out to Buxton on the right side for the winning tally. The Minutemen’s defense blocked a number of shots throughout …

Jury selection begins Monday for trial of third defendant, Adam Liccardi, in alleged UMass rape case

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection will begin Monday in the third of four trials expected in connection with the alleged gang rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. Adam T. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, has pleaded …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the …

Refreshment

Friday, August 21, 2015

Burned out fan motor prompts fire response to Amherst Regional High School

Friday, August 21, 2015

AMHERST — Smoke from a burned-out motor inside a portable fan at Amherst Regional High School set off a fire alarm and prompted a response by firefighters and police officers Thursday night. Public safety officials went to the 21 Mattoon St. building at 10:45 p.m., discovering that one …

Women’s soccer opens the 2015-16 UMass sports season

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The 2015-16 UMass sports season will officially begin Friday as the women’s soccer team will host Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field. The Minutewomen, who were 5-9-5 (3-3-2 Atlantic 10) last year, were picked ninth in the …

UMass OLBs hoping to get to the quarterback more often

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — When Kassan Messiah daydreams about the upcoming season, the UMass senior linebacker is thinking about getting to the quarterback. “Getting that game-winning sack, that’s what you dream about,” he said. “Getting in that backfield and making …

Massachusetts Senate president Stanely Rosenberg asks UMass officials to rethink fee increases

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is calling on University of Massachusetts leadership to look again at reducing a fee increase to students, saying that such a move would ease the financial burden of a college …

Amherst gives Musante 2% raise under updated contract

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — Town Manager John Musante will receive a 2 percent salary increase Oct. 1, bringing his annual compensation to $153,925. The Select Board Wednesday reopened the five-year employment contract with Musante and during an executive session agreed …

Amherst Select Board takes final step to ensuring 41 units at Rolling Green Apartments stay affordable forever

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Nearly a year after the sale of Rolling Green Apartments to a private developer, the Select Board this week took the final step to ensure 41 units at the complex remain affordable in perpetuity. The Select Board Monday signed documents authorizing an affordable housing restriction on …

Wilson’s return gives UMass a deep stable of running backs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee …