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Registration open for hazard waste disposal in Shutesbury

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SHUTESBURY — Residents interested in participating in a hazardous waste disposal at the Amherst transfer station have until Sept. 8 to register. The hazardous waste disposal event, which is also open to Amherst, Hadley and Pelham residents, will be held Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the 740 Belchertown Road site. Participants must pre-register by getting forms at the transfer station or at the Amherst Department of Public …

Shutesbury hydrogeologist wants federal regulators to require more detailed pipeline maps

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

While the proponent of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross 64 miles of Massachusetts may include some detailed maps of its route in its filings with federal regulators, a Shutesbury hyrdogeologist said that information is incomplete. Michael Hoostein, in written testimony submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, argues for detailed, town-by-town maps of geologic formations, including aquifers, beneath …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Plans for Shutesbury solar farm moving ahead despite threat of town-imposed moratorium

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SHUTESBURY — A Chicago developer is plowing ahead with plans for a six-megawatt solar farm on Pratt Corner Road, even though the town is considering a imposing a temporary moratorium on large-scale solar projects and creating a bylaw …

Shutesbury Elementary splits fifth and sixth grades

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SHUTESBURY — Principal Jacqueline Mendonsa is committed to the 132 kids currently enrolled at Shutesbury Elementary having another enriching year, with artists-in-residence, spirit weeks, opportunities for physical education, and special programs on and off-campus. “I think the school is a great source of pride for the town,” she …

Building projects, discipline strategies on the agenda for Amherst schools

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Discipline, technology, scheduling, arts integration and building projects are all expanded topics on the agenda at the Amherst and Pelham schools this coming school year. Assistant Superintendent Michael Morris said the district’s two potential building projects …

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk receives mostly positive evaluation

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — Superintendent Maria Geryk received mostly high marks for her performance over the past year based on a compilation of evaluations by members of the school committees she serves, with members indicating significant progress toward goals that …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Amherst Regional School Committee votes to pursue talks with NAACP rather than entering mediation

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee intends to meet with the Amherst chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to address an alleged breach in a 22-year-old agreement aimed at eliminating racially inequitable discipline in the public schools. But the committee’s unanimous decision …

Amherst school board discusses complaints of racially inequitable discipline, Open Meeting Law complaint

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — While Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members discussed how to confront an accusation of racially inequitable discipline practices in Amherst schools, they accused one another of violating committee policy and the state’s Open Meeting Law. At the end of a specially planned meeting Monday afternoon, the committee …

Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …