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John McCutcheon, shown at left in a Gazette file photo, will leave his post as athletic director at the University of Massachusetts within a month, according to sources.

John McCutcheon, AD at UMass, accepts job offer, expected to leave within the month

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon will leave UMass to take the same post at University of California-Santa Barbara, according to multiple sources on campus. The departure of McCutcheon, who was hired in 2004, means the UMass athletic department is looking for a new leader to guide it through an important time. He is expected to leave …

Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand nets 100th point for Belchertown hockey team

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For Alex Bachand and the Belchertown hockey team, Wednesday afternoon’s game against South Hadley was about the numbers on the scoreboard rather than those on the score sheet. But once they secured a 7-5 victory at Fitzpatrick Rink in Holyoke, the Orioles celebrated a milestone for its senior forward and leading scorer. Bachand scored twice with an assist to surpass 100 points in …

Wednesday’s high school swimming: Records fall as Longmeadow sweeps Northampton

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two JFK Middle School pool records were taken down as the Northampton swim teams fell to Longmeadow on Wednesday. On the girls side, the Lancers won 95-90 as they lowered the 400 free relay pool record to 3:42.72 to close the meet. Kerry Fleming pick up two individual wins for the Blue Devils (8-1, 5-1 Minuteman) in the 100 and 200 frees. On …

Amherst to seek legislation establishing tax incentives for affordable housing

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials will look to the state Legislature for assistance in providing tax incentives to developers who will build affordable housing units. Town Manger John Musante told the Planning Board last week that he is developing a non-zoning article that will be ready for the spring …

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourages membership by students, retirees

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Two new membership categories created by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourage students and retirees to be part of the organization. The $20 student membership is for undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College and will serve as a means of …

Area police news

Friday, January 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Dana D. Smith, 27, of 266 East Hadley Road, Unit 103 F, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on a warrant. Northampton ■ A report that someone had shoplifted Beats wireless headphones worth $200 from Yes Computers at 196 Pleasant St. was …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Téa Spellacy, Belchertown inch closer to postseason

Friday, January 23, 2015

Téa Spellacy scored a game-high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the Belchertown girls basketball team beat Chicopee, 63-53, on the road Thursday to move within a win of qualifying for the postseason. Kayla Henry had eight points and nine assists for the Orioles (9-4, 2-1 Suburban), who …

Thursday’s high school alpine skiing: Denhart brothers pace Northampton

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Denhart brothers of the Northampton boys ski team each earned a top-10 finish on the slalom course in the fourth PVIAC race Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart came in fourth with a time of 31.42 seconds, while Jack Denhart was eighth at 33.34. The …

Amherst Business Improvement District favors second parking garage

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — More than a dozen years after the town opened its first parking garage on Boltwood Walk, the Amherst Business Improvement District is calling on town officials to begin the process for building a second downtown garage. “Generally we are of the opinion that there is a …

Area police news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amherst ■ A 20-year-old Lexington woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident after her vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the lot at Big Y Supermarket, 175 University Drive, at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday. The woman then left, …

Power failure delays start of school in Amherst

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — An overnight power failure delayed the opening of the Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools and the South East Street campus by two hours Thursday morning. Though power was restored to the middle school on Chestnut Street and the high school on Mattoon Street by 5:30 …

Amherst Regional drops second straight with loss to Chicopee

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — After suffering its first defeat plus a pair of key injuries Saturday, the Amherst Regional hockey team was unable to avoid a losing streak Wednesday evening. Despite leading after one period and playing a strong third, …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts down Williams in overtime victory

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team shut down rival Williams in overtime en route to an 86-76 win at LeFrak Gymnasium, Wednesday. Connor Green scored 10 of the Lord Jeffs’ 12 overtime points, while the defense held the Ephs to two points. Green finished with 30 points and …