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Amherst teen faces drug-related charges after Pelham traffic stop
01-19-2024 11:28 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

PELHAM — An Amherst teenager with around $10,000 worth of cannabis- and flavored nicotine-related products, including vape cartridges and edibles, is facing a series of drug-related charges following a traffic stop on Route 202 Thursday afternoon,...


Amherst Regional superintendent search begins with public input sessions
01-16-2024 4:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury and Leverett residents are being invited to offer thoughts for the ongoing superintendent search for the Amherst-Pelham Regional, Amherst and Pelham district schools at six community input sessions, the first of...


Amherst Regional School Committee meeting roiled over principal pick
01-11-2024 4:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An internal choice to become the new interim principal at Amherst Regional Middle School no longer wants the position following a tense Regional School Committee meeting on Tuesday in which a parent of a student who was repeatedly bullied at...


Boosters reach goal for ARHS track, but project with turf field still $1M short
01-11-2024 11:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4.74 million project to rebuild and reorient the high school track and field is receiving significant financial support from families, individuals and businesses who have contributed to the Amherst Hurricane Boosters’ fundraising...


Pelham Democratic Town Committee: The urgency of pension reform
01-08-2024 5:05 PM

The recent inflation spiral has made us more aware of public policies that in normal times pass unnoticed. State policies, particularly retirement programs, loom particularly large in Massachusetts because we are one of only seven states that do not...


Guest columnist Dr. Matteo Pangallo: Gun control does saves lives
01-08-2024 5:02 PM

By DR. MATTEO PANGALLO

In his Dec. 22 letter, ‘The fallacy of gun control,” William Aherin repeats without qualification certain assertions he made in a similar letter in June 2022 — namely, that gun control “doesn’t work.” As in the previous letter, the writer does not...


State to cover more than one-third of Amherst’s $19M Centennial water treatment plant project
01-01-2024 9:21 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than one-third of the almost $19 million cost to Amherst for rebuilding the Centennial water treatment plant in Pelham is being covered directly by the state through principal forgiveness on two loans.Town officials on Thursday...


Amherst schools assembling search panel for next superintendent 
12-27-2023 10:57 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A 20-member search committee, which will include parents and guardians, community members, school employees, high school students and elected school officials, is being put together to screen and interview candidates to be the next...


Wendi Weinberg: Contemplating what is possible
12-25-2023 5:55 PM

I happen to be living in a time when now I know what deep fear feels like. It is possible that 2024 could be our last election … if a want-to-be dictator takes over the White House and disassembles the structure of governing I’ve known all my...


Timeline for Amherst’s sixth grade move up in the air 
12-25-2023 12:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Beginning in either fall 2025 or fall 2026, sixth graders at Amherst’s three elementary schools will be relocating to the Amherst Regional Middle School.But even after extensive planning was previously completed for a move that was supposed...


Preliminary budget for Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools shows $1.9M gap
12-18-2023 1:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Various adjustments and cost savings totaling $1.9 million may be necessary before a fiscal year 2025 operating budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools can be adopted by the four member towns, according to school officials.“It is...


Amherst middle school science teacher gone without explanation
12-17-2023 2:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Amherst Regional Middle School science teacher placed on leave in November, putting instruction of her students in limbo, appears to have lost her job, even after appeals from parents and the teachers union that she be allowed to...


Amherst Regional School Committee punts track decision to new year, new members
12-15-2023 1:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Artificial turf will remain the mandated surface for a new playing field inside a renovated track at Amherst Regional High School, even as debate continues in the four regional towns about whether such a requirement should be dropped.The...


State attorney general’s office rejects parts of Pelham’s solar bylaws
12-11-2023 11:38 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

PELHAM — The state attorney general’s office is rejecting portions of an amended solar electric bylaw adopted by voters at annual Town Meeting in May, including requiring mitigation for loss of carbon sequestration and forest habitat and prohibiting...


Amherst’s interim superintendent defends HR consultant after union calls for resignation
12-08-2023 12:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The regional school district’s interim superintendent is defending the work of a human resources department consultant as critical for the district during a tumultous time, responding to a demand from the school union that she resign. On...


Amherst Regional School Committee restarting middle school principal search
12-05-2023 4:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search process for a permanent Amherst Regional Middle School principal that failed last spring when both finalists withdrew, including a candidate who had completed a public interview and was invited for a site visit, will resume in the...


Amherst school union calls on HR staffer to resign
12-04-2023 5:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The school district’s largest union is calling on a part-time member of the district’s human resources department to resign, alleging that her investigations into offensive conduct at Amherst Regional Middle School were “highly...


Amherst Regional may revisit synthetic turf for its track and field project
12-01-2023 10:34 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With designs and precise cost estimates for a new track and field at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School possibly still six to nine months from being completed, members of the Regional School Committee are considering revisiting a 2022 vote...


Leslie Nyman: Save Medicare from corporate profiteers
11-27-2023 3:55 PM

More than half of Medicare beneficiaries now have for-profit corporations in charge of their care through Medicare Advantage plans. Insurance companies are well paid for these plans and much of that taxpayer money does not find its way to patient...


Amherst regional district getting staff aligned on gender, sexual orientation
11-23-2023 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two trainings focused on improving staff knowledge of gender identity and sexual orientation, including a full day of professional development with presentations and workshops, are part of the Amherst-Pelham Regional school district’s...

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