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Ultimate: Amherst Invitational returns to UMass this weekend
05-03-2024 8:24 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — After two years away from home, the Amherst Invitational is finally back in the city of Amherst this weekend.Previously held at The MacDuffie School in Granby, one of the largest and most prestigious ultimate tournaments will be played on...


Earth Matters: Honoring a local hero: After 40 years, Hitchcock Center bids farewell to educator and creative leader, Colleen Kelley
05-03-2024 1:51 PM

By TED WATT and HELEN ANN SEPHTON

This column honors Colleen Kelley, the education director at the Hitchcock Center, who will soon be leaving her post after 40 years.In the fall of 1984, Colleen walked into the Hitchcock Center — young, bright, idealistic, and fresh off a position as...


Around Amherst: Primary schools piloting foundational reading program
05-03-2024 1:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A foundational skills reading program, known as Magnetic Foundations, is being piloted by eight teachers in the four Amherst and Pelham elementary schools as the focus of an elementary literacy curriculum review this school year.Mary Kiely,...


The Beat Goes On: A trombone celebration in Holyoke, Lord Russ shifts gears, and the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus turns 25
05-02-2024 4:54 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Holyoke Civic Symphony has titled its 2023-2024 season “The Brass Menagerie,” not to be cute but to highlight a series of concerts dedicated to celebrating the family of brass instruments: the horn, the tuba, the trumpet, and the trombone.On May...


Debt-burdened students, grads rally for relief
05-02-2024 4:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Responsible for $135,000 in student debt, Amherst resident Ian Rhodewalt observes that during the yearslong federal pause in making loan repayments during the pandemic, he and his family were able to get a vehicle, to replace a broken-down...


Fantasy favorite revisited: Amherst authors’ popular ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ gets a new streaming adaptation
05-02-2024 4:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Call it an encore performance.“The Spiderwick Chronicles,” the bestselling series of fantasy books by Amherst writers Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, has just been turned into a streaming series on The Roku Channel.That comes 16 years after a feature...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Coffee at the pearly gates: The importance of a moment of connection, even with a stranger
05-02-2024 4:16 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

About a mile from where I live, there is a convenience store and a doughnut shop. For a period of a few years, a woman of perhaps 60 years of age could be found standing outside one of these establishments on most days. She would be shuffling her...


Amherst College store opens downtown in former Hastings space
05-02-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new retail store carrying assorted Amherst College merchandise, as well as school supplies, tech accessories and snacks, is open at 45 South Pleasant St., as demolition of a building immediately to the south, and removal of an attached ell...


3-unit, 10-bed house in backyard called too much for Amherst historic district
05-02-2024 1:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Construction of a three-unit, 10-bedroom home behind an existing home at 98 Fearing St., in the North Prospect-Lincoln-Sunset Local Historic District is inappropriate for the neighborhood, according to a panel that reviews projects and...


Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead to speak at UMass commencement
05-01-2024 6:06 PM

Staff Writer

AMHERST — An author who has twice received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, earning that recognition and a National Book Award for 2016’s “The Underground Railroad,” will deliver the main address at the 154th undergraduate commencement at the...


Ken Rosenthal: Time to change direction on Jones Library
05-01-2024 5:35 PM

The Jones Library in Amherst received only one contractor’s bid for its long-planned renovation and expansion. When supplemental costs are added, that brings the estimated total project cost to at least $54 million. What seemed expensive before is now...


Girls lacrosse: Amherst stays undefeated, runs away from Granby for second win in as many days (PHOTOS)
04-30-2024 9:19 PM

By GARRETT COTE

GRANBY —  A pair of Mylin Laliberte goals dug the Granby girls lacrosse team out of an early 2-0 hole in the first quarter and tied things up with Amherst about midway through the frame.Just one day removed from a tough 18-5 defeat at the hands of the...


Pro-Palestinian encampment disperses at UMass, but protests continue
04-30-2024 5:31 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, representatives of the University of Massachusetts administration arrived at the pro-Palestinian encampment that went up the previous day on the school’s South Lawn and issued a warning to protesters — take down their...


Amherst council hears call to scale back Jones work
04-30-2024 4:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In September 2022, the Town Council committed to keeping the $46.1 million project to modernize and expand the Jones Library going, at least until it reached the construction bid stage.For Amherst resident Toni Cunningham, that decision...


Amherst council confirms Gabriel Ting as police chief
04-30-2024 3:59 PM

AMHERST — A near-unanimous Town Council this week confirmed Police Capt. Gabriel Ting as Amherst’s next police chief.Six days after Town Manager Paul Bockelman said he would name Ting, a 27-year veteran and interim police chief since last May, to the...


Island superintendent picked to lead Amherst-Pelham region schools
04-30-2024 9:17 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Ericilda Xiomara Herman, a superintendent of a school district in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, will be the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools, pending successful contract negotiations.Citing...


2024 Gazette Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Marcielo Aquino, Amherst
04-29-2024 8:09 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

At the end of the cul de sac on Gooseberry Lane, there’s a basketball hoop. It’s a refuge, a listener and a teacher.A few years back, the hoop’s adjustable lever broke during a storm. It’s held together with duct tape, but it’s sensitive. If the...


Pro-Palestinian protesters set up encampment at UMass flagship, joining growing national movement
04-29-2024 5:23 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — Student protesters at the University of Massachusetts began pitching tents near the W.E.B. DuBois Library Monday morning in solidarity with Palestinians, following the example of many of their peers at campuses across the country who have...


Sole over-budget bid could doom Jones Library expansion project
04-29-2024 4:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A lone $42.7 million bid by a general contractor for expanding and renovating the Jones Library building, coming in more than $7 million over cost estimates, could be putting the entire project at risk.“We are disappointed to have received...


Guest columnist Marietta Pritchard: Landlines and more in our parallel universe
04-28-2024 10:55 PM

By MARIETTA PRITCHARD

 Recent news reports and events have reminded me that my husband and I are living in a parallel universe. We use a landline and we read print newspapers, which are delivered to our house daily.I have and use a cellphone, but my husband does not. He...

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