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‘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...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Venture beyond your garden walls: Plant sales and noteworthy gardens to visit this season
05-10-2024 2:56 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

After long weeks of yearning for gardening weather, we’re suddenly inundated by spring. Endless outdoor chores beg for our attention — composting, mulching, edging, scrubbing birdbaths and, at least in my garden beds, pulling out multitudes of maple...


Around Amherst: Bockelman joins in launch of governor’s housing push
05-10-2024 8:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A statewide launch of a housing agenda by Gov. Maura Healey that began in Lynn this week included participation by Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman and Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, who leads the Massachusetts Mayors...


Host of road projects to begin Friday in Amherst
05-09-2024 8:04 PM

AMHERST — Paving on four Amherst streets by Warner Brothers LLC is beginning Friday, the start of $2.75 million in projects getting underway now that asphalt plants are open for the season.From 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., construction crews will put down the...


UMass graduation speaker Colson Whitehead pulls out over quashed campus protest
05-09-2024 8:04 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Disturbed by the arrests of 132 protesters on the University of Massachusetts campus this week during a pro-Palestinian encampment, Colson Whitehead, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the...


Martha Jorz: Stop supporting UMass and Raytheon
05-09-2024 5:26 PM

To those protesting the war and genocide in Gaza, refusing to support those institutions with monetary gifts is also an option. If we stop financially supporting and investing in those institutions that make the production of weapons of war possible...


Jeanne Horrigan: Amherst seniors grateful for ARPA support
05-09-2024 5:26 PM

The Amherst Senior Center is pleased to be the recipient of $2.5 million in ARPA funding, to be used for building renovations. These funds represent more than their dollar amount, they are an investment in the needs of the ever-growing population of...


With Jones project in question, Amherst won’t sign lease for temporary digs
05-08-2024 5:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A significantly higher bid for construction of an expanded and renovated Jones Library is causing Amherst officials to scrap plans for leasing a temporary location elsewhere in town, as well as raising worries about whether the new $97.5...


Amherst College faculty join students in urging divestment from military suppliers to Israel
05-08-2024 5:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The faculty of Amherst College is joining the college’s Student Senate in asking trustees to divest from corporations supplying military equipment to Israel in its ongoing war in Gaza.The divestment appeal, made last week, came with support...


More than 130 arrested at pro-Palestinian protest at UMass
05-08-2024 10:18 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH and ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — More than 130 people were arrested on the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday night after those who set up a pro-Palestinian encampment on the South Lawn of the Student Union refused to dismantle tents and other parts of the site and...


Softball: Willow Hicks, Angela Magyar power Gateway past Amherst 8-1
05-07-2024 9:16 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – Gateway second baseman Willow Hicks connected on an 0-2 pitch and drove it deep to left field.She never saw the ball but figured Amherst left fielder Maggie Collins was going to catch it. Instead, the ball flew over Collins’ head and Hicks...


Sharing a few notes: High schoolers coaching younger string players one on one
05-07-2024 3:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Carefully holding and balancing his violin, 12-year-old Heedo Noh, a Fort River School sixth grader, gets a suggestion for positioning the bow so it runs straight across the strings as he practices G.F. Handel’s “Chorus from Judas...


Town manager’s plan shorts Amherst Regional Schools’ budget
05-07-2024 3:21 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $97.3 million town budget for fiscal year 2025, maintaining municipal staffing and programs and promoting climate change and racial equity objectives, is being proposed by Town Manager Paul Bockelman, even as concerns are being raised that...


Police respond to alcohol-fueled incidents in Amherst
05-07-2024 9:19 AM

Staff Report

AMHERST — Police broke up a large party at a North Amherst apartment complex, with a few hundred college-age people in attendance, as part of a handful of alcohol-fueled incidents late Friday night into Saturday morning.Officers responded at 10:33...


Track & field: Northampton, Amherst split final dual meets of the season (PHOTOS)
05-06-2024 8:59 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Regardless of the sport, it always means more when Northampton and Amherst meet up for the ‘Battle of the Bridge.’The two schools were busy again on Monday afternoon, as the Blue Devils and Hurricanes’ track and field teams met in the...


Girls lacrosse: Northampton rallies from 5-goal deficit to knock off Amherst 12-11
05-06-2024 8:23 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – The Northampton girls lacrosse team hadn’t been in a game like this all year. They hadn’t faced Amherst in three seasons.But despite two separate five-goal deficits early in the second half, the Blue Devils came all the way back to beat the...


Amherst Invitational: Northampton girls ultimate capture tournament title in impressive fashion
05-06-2024 7:09 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — It was a weekend that will forever be remembered in the Northampton High School girls varsity ultimate program, as the Blue Devils made history via a dominant tournament showing.Northampton entered this past weekend’s Amherst Invitational at...


Funding will limit ARHS track/field makeover to cheapest option
05-06-2024 5:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Widening the existing track from six to eight lanes and rejuvenating the interior grass field appears to be the extent of renovations that can be done to Amherst Regional High School’s track and field because of limited funding.While the...


‘Home away from home’: North Amherst Library officially dedicated, as anonymous donor of $1.7M revealed
05-05-2024 12:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An avid reader throughout her life, who often brought her three children to the North Amherst Library as they were growing up, Hilda Greenbaum saw the need to improve the 1893 building to ensure it would continue to serve future generations,...


Public to weigh in on amenities they’d like to see at War Memorial Pool site in Amherst
05-04-2024 1:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An ongoing feasibility study is examining how the area around the War Memorial Pool, a 2-acre site in downtown Amherst close to Amherst Regional High School, can be revitalized into a popular destination for families.While the pool was...

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