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Aaron Hayden: No education is free
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

I am afraid Bob Englehart’s cartoon in the opinion page of the Gazette’s April 9 edition is misleading, at best, about the cost and value of education. While private college or an out of state university’s cost may be borne more directly by the...

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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...


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...


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...


Guest columnist Richard S. Bogartz: What the ghosts of Warsaw Ghetto know
04-10-2024 5:41 PM

By RICHARD S. BOGARTZ

I had intended to continue my four-part series on President Joe Biden, but I must interrupt that project even though Part 2 is almost complete because, even though I don’t believe in ghosts, I keep encountering ghosts who insist I must address Gaza...


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...


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...


Marie Lane: The emperor has no clothes
04-07-2024 7:00 AM

On the very same day that Karen Bercovici’s guest column was published, the WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) files were leaked. These internal messages point to the lack of scientific evidence for the gender-affirming care...


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...


Susan Tracy: Support Ukraine funding
04-05-2024 3:07 PM

When Congress returns next week, funding for military aid to Ukraine will be on the table in the House. However, if Speaker Mike Johnson brings Ukraine aid up for a vote which will pass, the MAGA Republicans have threatened his tenure as...


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...


Earth Matters: Why opposites attract: The magnetism between two things isn’t always fully explicable; sometimes it just feels right
04-05-2024 2:01 PM

By RACHEL QUIMBY

One of my favorite books from childhood is P.D. Eastman’s “Big Dog, Little Dog,” the story of two bi-pedal pooches who are best friends. But Fred is tall, and Ted is short; Fred drives slowly and Ted drives fast; Ted plays the tuba, and Fred plays the...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: What good is an herbarium? Herbariums, like Emily Dickinson’s, are an essential resource for scientists
04-05-2024 2:01 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

The word “herbarium” sounds a bit quaint, even antiquated. We may think of Emily Dickinson’s herbarium, which she created during her year at Mount Holyoke in 1847-48. Although she had begun studying plants at age 9 and was helping her mother in the...


Guest columnist Gary Michael Tartakov: What antisemitism is not
04-04-2024 4:02 PM

By GARY MICHAEL TARTAKOV

 I have been a Jew for 83 years. Though I’ve only known it for around 78. My parents explained it to me at Christmas in 1945, as the reason that I was not going to get a Christmas tree, like my playmates, in Los Angeles. It was at the end of the...


April is a theatrical month: Latinx Theater Symposium and Shakespeare on tap at UMass
04-04-2024 3:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April is shaping up to be a busy month for the University of Massachusetts Theater Department, beginning with a symposium that honors Latinx theater and closing with a fresh interpretation of a classic Shakespeare comedy.On April 8-9, theater...


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...


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...

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