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Amherst man charged in U.S. Capitol riot
11-29-2023 7:42 PM


AMHERST — In conjunction with the Amherst and Hadley police departments, the FBI Boston Division arrested an Amherst man Wednesday on five charges for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.Daniel Tocci was taken into custody without...

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Protesters to UMass: Drop disciplinary action against students in 2023’s Gaza sit-in
03-29-2024 4:10 PM


AMHERST — Several UMass professors joined more than 50 demonstrators in front of the Whitmore Administration Building on Thursday, demanding an end to university-imposed probation placed against students and faculty that were arrested for occupying...

School districts in region warn they are nearing edge of ‘fiscal cliff’
03-14-2024 5:14 PM


BELCHERTOWN — In what has become a steady drumbeat from school officials in many Hampshire County communities this budget season, Belchertown has become the latest to stare down a significant school budget gap that could mean the “staggering” loss of...

Debate over cease-fire in Gaza heats up as four communities consider resolutions
02-23-2024 6:28 PM


AMHERST — A public outdoor workshop on creating and displaying peace cranes in downtown Amherst and a family-friendly rally scheduled for Monday evening are among steps supporters of a cease-fire in Gaza are taking to press Amherst councilors to adopt...

Hampshire County hosting just 26 of the 7,000 families in emergency housing
12-20-2023 3:58 PM

By Sam Drysdale

Hampshire County is currently home to just 26 of the 7,000 or so families in the state’s emergency shelter system, with 11 families in Hadley, 10 in South Hadley and five in Amherst, according to statistics released this week by the Healey...

State bill calls for taxing wealthy private colleges with endowments over $1B
11-27-2023 5:28 PM


AMHERST — A group of local college students, along with a handful of Massachusetts lawmakers, are advocating to tax nearly a dozen elite Massachusetts colleges and universities, whose multibillion-dollar endowments they say should fund early and...

Some spar over Jones Library project borrowing
11-26-2023 2:00 PM


AMHERST — Debate continued last week over a nearly $10 million increase in the borrowing authorization for the $46.14 million Jones Library renovation and expansion project, with those both for and against the idea using a public budget forum as a...

Title IX report: Amherst school leaders failed students over LGBTQ+ bullying
11-20-2023 9:34 AM


AMHERST — Amherst Regional Public School leaders failed to adequately protect LGBTQ+ students from bullying and harassment by classmates and staff members, and allowed offensive conduct by at least one employee to continue despite multiple complaints,...

Two incumbents joined by three newcomers on Amherst School Committee
11-08-2023 4:30 PM


AMHERST — Two incumbent School Committee members will be joined by three newcomers following Tuesday’s town election, according to unofficial results from the town clerk’s office.Incumbent member Irv Rhodes earned the most votes at the election,...

Most Amherst council returnees hold off challengers: Nine of 13 elected town councilors endorsed by PAC Amherst Forward
11-08-2023 1:52 PM


AMHERST — Five members of the Town Council who have served continuously since it was seated in fall 2018 fended off challenges at Tuesday’s town election, according to unofficial results from the town clerk’s office.Both Lynn Griesemer and Pat De...

Voters face key decisions in municipal elections on Tuesday
11-05-2023 10:59 AM

By Scott Merzbach, Maddie Fabian and Alexander MacDougall

Voters in three Hampshire County towns face key decisions for the future of their legislative branches on Tuesday, when Amherst, Northampton and Easthampton hold municipal elections to select new councilors, school committee members, library trustees...

Running as therapy: UMass students raise $10K for charity through NYC Marathon
11-03-2023 5:07 PM

AMHERST — Giulia Salvucci hated running “with a burning passion” two years ago, but this weekend, she is slated to run the New York City Marathon. What changed? Salvucci befriended Ruby Donnelly, a fellow student at the University of Massachusetts and...

Healey praised, pressed on housing: $4B proposal hailed at Amherst roundtable as UMass asked to do more 
11-02-2023 5:58 PM


AMHERST — Even as policies, programs and spending included in Gov. Maura Healey’s $4 billion Affordable Homes Act are being strongly supported by Amherst officials as a means of ramping up housing production, the governor is being advised that...

Putting anti-trans rights backlash in context: Profs see opposition as political lightning rod
10-29-2023 1:04 PM


AMHERST — Why is it that the number of bills around the nation targeting the LGBTQ community has increased so much over the last few years? And what role does history play in that increase? That’s what Professor Jen Manion and Professor Khary Polk...

The State of Solar: In the second of four forums at UMass, experts discuss challenges of siting solar facilities
09-19-2023 5:32 PM


Editor’s note: This is the second of four articles from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series taking place in September.AMHERST — At the site of the old Mount Tom Station coal-fired power plant stands around 17,000 solar panels generating...

A new life: UMass welcomes students to campus
09-01-2023 2:23 PM


AMHERST — Moving triplets into three separate dorms all in one day is no easy task, but the Lawn family did just that on Thursday, when first-year students were welcomed to the University of Massachusetts on a sunny and breezy move-in day.“We’re...

‘A new era:’ New UMass Amherst chancellor breaks bread at his first community breakfast
08-29-2023 7:07 PM


AMHERST — It’s fitting that new University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes, a “Star Wars” fan, invoked a quote from one of the iconic franchise’s main characters to conclude remarks at the end of his first Community Breakfast Tuesday...

Tiers of joy: Carefree Cakery opens in Amherst’s Mill District
08-09-2023 5:32 PM

By Emily Thurlow

AMHERST — The Mill District has a sweet new addition to its storefronts.Combining a love of food, fun, kindness and ethical desserts, Alysia Bryant opened the doors to her cake shop, Carefree Cakery, on Aug. 1 at the 71 Cowls Road mixed-use...

Researchers at UMass find anti-tumor therapy could treat Lyme disease
08-04-2023 4:23 PM


AMHERST — Medication used to halt the growth of cancer cells might one day become an effective treatment for Lyme disease, according to a new study led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst team at the New England Regional Center of Vector-Borne...

Amherst rally shows support for LGBTQ students, calls for meeting on Morris
07-28-2023 10:42 PM


AMHERST — Continuing to learn more about the likelihood that students at Amherst Regional Middle School have been subjected to transphobic actions by staff, Renee St. Louis said it made sense to travel from Worcester to Amherst to take part in a rally...

Teaching tactics, relationships: Amherst, UMass police hold annual Youth Adventure Academy
07-23-2023 9:06 AM

By Mercy Lingle

AMHERST — Ginnahlys Garcia-Roman is feeling stronger and more self-confident this week, just a few days after wrapping up a weeklong academy that gave her and other middle school students an intensive look at all facets of policing and team-building...

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