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Amherst Planning Board member pens letter calling for town-UMass housing committee
05-19-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Continued worries about single-family homes being turned into student rentals in Amherst is prompting a Planning Board member to draft a letter to University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes appealing for creation of a committee,...


Amherst Regional’s track project likely in council’s lap
05-17-2024 4:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Town Council is likely to determine the scope of renovations to the Amherst Regional High School track and its interior field after the Regional School Committee this week deferred the final decision on the project to Amherst’s elected...


Rattling those musical bones: Folk/blues veteran Chris Smither releases his 20th album ahead of 80th birthday
05-17-2024 2:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Chris Smither found his live gigs shut down during the worst months of COVID-19, he figured it might at least be a good opportunity to write some new songs — something the veteran folk/blues singer and guitarist admits is not the easiest process...


Lora Wondolowski: Condemning the UMass response to student protests
05-17-2024 2:11 PM

The Peace Development was founded in Amherst in 1981 by anti-war activists as a means for supporting the peace movement. As an organization rooted in support of grassroots organizing we are deeply troubled by the mass arrest of peaceful protesters at...


Around Amherst: High school sleuths point out $2M mistake in town budget
05-17-2024 11:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Members of Sunrise Amherst recently uncovered a $2 million discrepancy in the fiscal year 2025 municipal budget when it was released on May 1, showing how the same vehicles for various departments were listed for purchase two years in a row...


Proposal would add office/apartment building to Pomeroy center
05-17-2024 11:42 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new three-story building that will add nine apartments and two office spaces is being proposed as part of the Amherst Office Park in the Pomeroy village center.The Zoning Board of Appeals is set to hold a hearing on May 23 at 6 p.m. on the...


Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: ‘Carrots’ alone won’t change climate course
05-17-2024 6:00 AM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

There has been some discussion of carrots and sticks in our nation’s climate policy. Why? What’s at stake here and why does it matter?The metaphor apparently goes back more than a century to a cartoon that portrayed a race between two donkey riders —...


Shaping Amherst responders’ role: CRESS chief emphasizes ‘community’
05-16-2024 4:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — One-on-one attention for a resident with hoarding issues was recently offered by members of the Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service department to illustrate the focus they can bring for someone experiencing a crisis.“We can...


‘A generational healing experience’: Exhibit documents the struggles of Cambodian families fleeing the Khmer Rouge who found refuge and a new community in Amherst
05-16-2024 3:52 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Not long after 20 years of war finally ended in Vietnam in 1975, another wave of horrendous violence erupted just to the west.The Khmer Rouge, the Communist party of Cambodia, seized control of the country and began a brutal “reeducation” campaign...


Columnist Johanna Neumann: One way to save the right whales
05-15-2024 5:22 PM

By JOHANNA NEUMANN

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest whale species in the world. Will we drive them to extinction or save them?Those of us lucky enough to have taken a whale-watching trip in the Gulf of Maine may have glimpsed the majesty of humpback...


Alex Kent: ‘Working way through college’ relic of the past
05-15-2024 5:21 PM

A recent letter writer complains about “today’s snowflake generation pleading for subsidies to support their lifestyle choices,” insisting that young people suck it up and pay for their own college education [“Don’t cancel student debt,” May 13].The...


Boys lacrosse: Amherst’s furious comeback falls just short in loss to West Side
05-14-2024 8:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — They looked like an entirely different group in the second half, but the Amherst boys lacrosse team dug themselves too deep of a hole to overcome on Tuesday afternoon.The Hurricanes scored seven of the game’s final eight goals, including...


UMass chancellor defends protest crackdown, arrests
05-14-2024 6:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes defended the arrests of 134 people at a campus pro-Palestinian encampment last week, telling a special session of the Faculty Senate on Tuesday afternoon that the decision to break up the...


Jones trustees ask Amherst town manager to reject library bid
05-13-2024 4:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Trustees for the Jones Library are recommending that the lone bid for renovating and expanding the Jones Library, which is at least $6.5 million above projected costs, should be rejected.In 6-0 vote, the elected trustees advised Town Manager...


Large, loud parties in Amherst lead to arrests on last weekend before UMass graduation
05-13-2024 3:07 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Eight college-age people are facing criminal charges for violating the town’s noise bylaw after police responded to two large and loud parties over the weekend, the last before University of Massachusetts commencement on May 18.At a Pelham...


Amherst neighbors balk at duplex conversion of old farmhouse
05-13-2024 1:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The possible conversion of a home at 180 North Whitney St. into a non-owner-occupied duplex is prompting residents who live near the circa 1900 farmhouse to oppose granting a special permit to renovate the existing building and add a second...


Plans to overhaul Amherst’s War Memorial Pool site questioned
05-13-2024 11:53 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A preliminary vision for breathing new life into the 2-acre area around the War Memorial Pool shows a new bathhouse building anchoring the site, along with play areas, a spray park, walking paths and a memorial area.While Kuth Ranieri...


State OKs Valley Green Energy program for Amherst, Northampton, Pelham
05-12-2024 10:53 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A program offering Northampton, Amherst and Pelham residents more electricity supplied by green sources should be ready to launch by this fall.Amherst officials announced Wednesday that the state’s Department of Public Utilities recently...


Boys lacrosse: Amherst’s Skyler Ferro records 200th career point in win over Pope Francis
05-11-2024 12:56 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Amherst boys lacrosse attack Skyler Ferro tallied his 200th career point on Friday night in a 9-4 win over Pope Francis.He needed just two points to reach the milestone, and finished with five – two goals and three assists. On his 200th career point,...


‘None of us deserved this’: Community members arrested at UMass Gaza protest critical of crackdown
05-10-2024 9:07 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Amherst resident with two children in the public schools, Jill Brevik made her way to the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday evening to offer protection to students at a pro-Palestinian encampment, by bearing witness and...

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