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Around Amherst: Education foundation funds array of projects
04-12-2024 8:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Special programs and projects outside of school budget funding are being supported with $24,594 in grants from the Amherst Education Foundation, which is in its 30th year of helping educators at the four Amherst and Pelham elementary schools...

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Next 5-story building cleared to rise in downtown Amherst
04-13-2024 12:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A five-story mixed-use building to be attached to the historic Hastings building at 45 South Pleasant St. can move forward following final site plan review and special permit approvals from the Planning Board.Board members unanimously...


Amherst regional superintendent candidate stresses inclusion, broad expertise
04-12-2024 5:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: The first of three finalists for the job of superintendent was interviewed this week. Stories about visits of the other two finalists will appear when they interview the week of April 22.AMHERST — A strong work ethic, an ability to...


ValleyBike Share readying to roll again: Eight-town e-bicycle network gears up for relaunch
04-11-2024 5:23 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — About 500 electric-assisted bicycles at 78 stations in eight area communities could be returning later this spring as ValleyBike Share gets ready to relaunch with a new vendor.Amherst this week became one of the final communities to enter...


Activists: Tuition hike wrong tack for UMass
04-10-2024 5:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As a University of Massachusetts doctoral student in physics, Mark Murdy has seen his wages as a graduate employee decline relative to inflation, meaning he, like others who work on campus, is taking home less money.Amid these financial...


Amherst officials cool to bid to double spending hike for regional schools
04-10-2024 4:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A request for nearly $1 million more from the four member towns of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District to support a $35.75 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the regional schools is being met with a lukewarm response and skepticism...


Amherst requests state grant to develop Puffer’s Pond improvement plan
04-10-2024 3:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Puffer’s Pond improvement plan, with recommendations for enhancing both the dam and the dike surrounding the body of water, could be developed through funding from a state grant program.Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek announced to the...


Amherst council approves mandatory rental inspection program
04-09-2024 3:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The town is moving ahead with a revised residential rental property bylaw that will replace the current complaint-driven inspection system with a requirement that all rental homes be inspected once every five years, despite objections from a...


In federal lawsuit, teacher accuses Amherst schools of violating civil rights, other district policies
04-08-2024 4:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A special education teacher who previously led the teachers union has filed a federal discrimination and defamation lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, its current interim superintendent and its former leaders.An...


Hadley hits pause on EV charging station plan
04-08-2024 3:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A proposal to bring an electric vehicle charging station to the municipal parking lot between the Hadley Public Library and Hadley Senior Center is being put off by the Select Board until a determination is made on whether reserving spaces...


WMass on display in new movie trailer for Annie Baker’s ‘Janet Planet’
04-08-2024 12:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Mount Pollux in Amherst and The History of Women Mural in Northampton are among area locations visible in the first trailer released for “Janet Planet,” the feature film directorial debut from playwright Annie Baker that is expected to hit...


Hopkins Academy in Hadley to launch clean energy career pathway for students
04-07-2024 3:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hopkins Academy is one of five schools across Massachusetts that will be home to a Clean Energy Innovation Pathways pilot, with students getting hands-on learning opportunities related to the renewable energy sector.On Wednesday, Gov. Maura...


‘Rock star’ will be missed: Bill Hairston, who spent years as head counselor at VA in Leeds, dies at 86
04-07-2024 10:55 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Bill Hairston was one of the first people to greet Cathie McCoy on the day she began attending services at College Church back in 1977.A quiet man who made coffee and stayed at the back of the church, it wasn’t until McCoy and a friend...


As Hadley works on energy storage bylaw, some question why the town has to allow them at all
04-06-2024 11:12 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — As a proposed energy storage bylaw continues to be refined by the Planning Board in advance of annual Town Meeting next month, some residents are questioning whether it’s appropriate to allow such systems in Hadley.“Sometimes we have to stand...


Smart search shirt: AHRS invention group’s garment will report rescuers’ vital signs and location
04-05-2024 4:50 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Often during search-and-rescue efforts, emergency personnel in the field prioritize helping those lost, trapped or otherwise in trouble, rather than focusing on their own safety and well-being.Understanding the risks they take, a group...


Around Amherst: Sidewalks, roundabouts coming to Echo Village neighborhood
04-05-2024 2:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Residents of the Echo Village neighborhoods between Pelham and Belchertown roads appear to be mostly supportive of a project that will bring sidewalks, three mini roundabouts and possibly lower speed limits to the streets.At a recent Town...


Amherst activist proposes resettlement commission to help those seeking asylum
04-04-2024 12:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A municipal resettlement commission that would help to find housing for up to 90 individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States is being proposed by an Amherst resident.For the first time in writing, after pitching a similar concept...


Hatfield to seek $1.4M more for wastewater treatment plant upgrade, two years after TM OK’d $12M for project
04-04-2024 12:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A $12 million upgrade to the town’s wastewater treatment plant is proceeding, but another $1.4 million is expected to be sought from town voters this spring to complete all aspects of the project.The Select Board Tuesday voted unanimously...


Amherst police chief finalists stress anti-racism cred, discuss other issues in separate meetings with public
04-03-2024 5:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Both Chelmsford Police Lt. Todd Ahern and Amherst interim Police Chief Gabriel Ting are citing their lived experiences, as well as their significant service to public safety, as reasons they should become the next police chief of the Amherst...


Amherst set to start work on trail system at old Hickory Ridge Golf Course
04-03-2024 4:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Construction of a new trail system on portions of the former Hickory Ridge Golf Course, including a loop trail for recreation and a north-south trail that will provide a more direct connection for East Hadley Road residents to Pomeroy...


School backers press council for boost to Amherst regional budget
04-02-2024 4:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Parents, educators and members of the Regional School Committee are making direct appeals to the Amherst Town Council to support a $35.75 million fiscal year 2025 budget that is nearly $1 million above the financial guidance provided by...

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