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Amherst officials outline vision for Hickory Ridge: fire station, community center, affordable housing among options
04-28-2024 3:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A fire station, possibly combined with a new community center, or an affordable housing development, are among the concepts unveiled for the front portion of the former Hickory Ridge Golf Course on West Pomeroy Lane, the 150-acre, town-owned...


Final pick for Amherst regional superintendent, from Virgin Islands, aims to ‘lead with love’
04-26-2024 4:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: The third of three finalists for the job of superintendent was interviewed Thursday. A decision could be made as soon as Monday. AMHERST — Collaboration, empathy and communication are being emphasized as traits Ericilda Xiomara Herman,...


Amherst officials eye 2026 for 6th Grade Academy’s launch
04-26-2024 2:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Sixth graders from Amherst’s three elementary schools will relocate to a stand-alone 6th Grade Academy housed at the Amherst Regional Middle School in fall 2026, at the same time as the new 575-student, K-5 elementary school opens at the...


Amherst Regional School Committee proposes new budget that lowers assessments for towns
04-26-2024 11:31 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional School Committee agreed on Wednesday to a new budget proposal for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools next year that is nearly $500,000 less than a spending plan approved in March. The new budget means smaller 6%...


Around Amherst: Town cleanup day being organized for Saturday
04-26-2024 10:52 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A townwide cleanup day, organized by Amherst’s community participation officers and University of Massachusetts work study students, is taking place Saturday.Rain or shine, volunteers will fan out in town to remove trash and debris beginning...


2024 Gazette Ice Hockey Player of the Year: Cooper Beckwith, Amherst
04-25-2024 5:28 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

It was the beginning of the 2021-22 hockey season, and Amherst captain Carter Beckwith and assistant captain Nick Paul were tasked with finding a second assistant captain to round out the group.It didn’t take long for the pair of seniors to come to a...


Guest columnist Rudy Perkins: Dangerous resolution pins ‘aggression’ on Iran
04-25-2024 4:31 PM

By RUDY PERKINS

 Both the Iranian government’s bombing of Israel and the Israeli government’s bombing of Iran are extremely perilous for the Middle East and the United States. That is why the dangerously one-sided U.S. congressional resolution, H.Res. 1143,...


Super defers Amherst middle school principal pick to successor; one finalist says decision is retaliation for lawsuit
04-25-2024 3:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Interim Superintendent Douglas Slaughter has opted against hiring a permanent middle school principal despite a search that yielded three finalists, a decision one of those finalists says is retaliation against her because she recently filed...


Embracing both new and old: Da Camera Singers celebrates 50 years in the best way they know how
04-25-2024 1:18 PM

By JUDSON BROWN

Da Camera Singers Director Sheila Heffernon wasn’t hiding her exasperation in addressing her tenor section after a recent rehearsal preparing the group for a 50th anniversary concert coming up May 11 and 12.“Watch me! Watch me! Watch me!” she wrote on...


Amherst regional superintendent candidate stresses collaboration, experience
04-25-2024 8:39 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: The second of three finalists for the job of superintendent was interviewed Tuesday. The final candidate will be interviewed Thursday. AMHERST — Experience in teaching, administration and establishing collaborative relationships,...


High schools: Northampton boys tennis takes down Amherst in rain-shortened title-game rematch (PHOTOS)
04-24-2024 9:41 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – Amherst’s Miles Jeffries took the first set from Northampton’s Reilly Fowles on Wednesday afternoon, but rain shortened what had the potential to be the best boys tennis match of the season in Hampshire County. Amherst coach Kevin Jeffries...


Guest columnist Jena Schwartz: Things I have not said
04-23-2024 6:32 PM

By JENA SCHWARTZ

 I continue to be consumed by the Israel-Hamas war. I read, watch, write, pray, dream, agonize, and do my best to engage in intentional and nuanced conversations about it. And yet there remain things I have not said.Or things I have said by...


Amherst poised to hire police department veteran as new chief
04-23-2024 4:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Temporary Police Chief Gabriel Ting, who has led the department since last May and been a member of the force for almost 27 years, will become Amherst’s permanent chief, pending approval by the Town Council.Ting’s appointment to serve a...


2024 Gazette Boys Indoor Track Athlete of the Year: Nicolas Lisle, Amherst
04-23-2024 2:05 PM

By BRADYN COTE

In only his second year of indoor track and field at Amherst Regional High School, Nicolas Lisle quickly became one of the most talented runners in the state. In a sport that pushes one to their limits both physically and mentally, it leaves very...


Amherst regional district towns seek middle ground on school increase
04-23-2024 10:44 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Scaled-back increases in the assessments for the Amherst Regional Schools are expected to be considered by residents when Shutesbury and Leverett hold their annual Town Meetings on Saturday.But the compromise 6% increases over the current...


UMass set to inaugurate Javier Reyes as chancellor on Friday
04-22-2024 10:42 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Javier Reyes, whose leadership of University of Massachusetts flagship campus began July 1, will be formally inaugurated as the university’s 31st chancellor on Friday morning.The inauguration ceremony, being held at the Mullins Center and...


Adam Siegel: For Lease
04-21-2024 10:33 AM

We had a pretty little gift shop in Amherst, briefly. Botanica, open for about six months, attracted a lot of business … on the day it closed. When everything went on sale. Let's do better Amherst.Adam SiegelAmherst


Regional farming alliance strengthens educational, networking opportunities for apprentices
04-21-2024 10:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In 1994, a new movement began to grow out of the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires and Hudson Valley, as a group of organic farmers banded together to form a cooperative educational program for farm apprentices.That year marked the birth of the Collaborative...


Amherst seeks public input on opioid settlement money
04-20-2024 6:58 PM

By GRACE FIORI

In 2023, Hampshire County received almost $1 million from the settlement payments of pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors involved in the opioid crisis. While Amherst received upward of $162,000 in fiscal year 2023, the town has yet to spend...


Amherst officials examine Quincy shelter for ideas to develop former VFW property
04-20-2024 4:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Quincy-based temporary shelter that includes transitional housing, along with a resource center for people to find jobs, medical care and permanent homes, is being eyed as a model for how Amherst might redevelop the former VFW site at 457...

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