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Hadley’s Hampshire Mall faces foreclosure
05-21-2024 5:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, one of the largest commercial properties along Route 9 since opening in 1978, is heading to a foreclosure auction next month.A legal advertisement in Wednesday’s Gazette from Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C. attorneys of...

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Officials sorting out disarray at Leverett Elementary School
05-24-2024 4:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — With the interim Leverett Elementary School principal on a leave that began in mid-March after being criticized for a lack of transparency, representatives of the teachers union are seeing the leadership situation as contributing to a “very...


Balise finds temporary home for Subaru dealership in Hadley
05-24-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Two vacant Route 9 commercial buildings will be used on a temporary basis as the headquarters for Balise Subaru, as the dealership transitions from Steve Lewis Subaru and constructs a new showroom and service area at 315 Russell St.The...


Civil War tablets honoring Amherst veterans help open high schoolers’ eyes to unsung Black history
05-24-2024 2:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — African American soldiers from Amherst who served in the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment and 5th Calvary were among those who arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and to announce that...


Around Amherst: UMass, town advocacy could boost Palmer train stop
05-24-2024 2:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An effort to bring a train platform to Palmer could mean the return of passenger rail service to Amherst, which lost its direct to access to trains when the Springfield to Greenfield Knowledge Corridor tracks opened at the end of 2014.Anne...


Water, sewer rates may rise in Amherst
05-23-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An average Amherst homeowner’s annual water and sewer bills will rise by about $57 if water and sewer rate increases proposed by Town Manager Paul Bockelman are implemented by the Town Council, Based on projections included in a May 14 memo...


Fill returns to Hadley Select Board as Parsons reelected; $2M firetruck approved
05-22-2024 3:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Voters are returning incumbent Amy Parsons and former member David J. Fill II to the Select Board, while approving a $2 million ladder truck for the Fire Department.At Tuesday’s town election, Parsons, who has been Select Board chairwoman for...


Hatfield voters reject override for Fire Department
05-22-2024 12:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — Voters at Tuesday’s town election rejected a $66,000 Proposition 2½ tax cap override designed to provide additional compensation for Hatfield Fire Department staff, ensuring their wages remain competitive with area communities.By a narrow...


Herman signs on as Amherst-Pelham Regional superintendent
05-21-2024 4:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A superintendent for the St. Croix, Virgin Islands Department of Education has reached terms of a contract and will be the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham regional schools beginning July 1, earning $176,500 in...


UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-20-2024 8:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Nearly 500 members of the faculty and librarians are expressing no confidence in the leadership of University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes stemming from the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on May 7 that led to the arrests...


Jones Library trustees to ask state for 6 more months to find contractor for expansion project
05-20-2024 5:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Jones Library trustees are appealing to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to extend the deadline for awarding a general contractor bid for the $46.1 million renovation and expansion of the 43 Amity St. building.Trustees on...


New Orleans educator named to head Amherst’s The Common School
05-20-2024 5:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A New Orleans educator will be the new head of school at The Common School following a national search by the school’s trustees.Emily Waterfield, who most recently was administratively supporting a network of schools serving 6,800 students,...


As Asparagus Festival nears, concerns aired over use of Town Common
05-20-2024 2:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Living on West Street, former Select Board member Gerry Devine appreciates that New England Public Media continues to use the historic Town Common to stage its Asparagus Festival.“What is a better sounding board for the rest of the world than...


Playground creativity: New outdoor learning area at Wildwood school adds to recess options
05-20-2024 2:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Soft musical sounds emanate from a red oil barrel, perched on the hillside high above the playground at Wildwood School, as children at recess strike it with the attached drumsticks — and even climb atop it on occasion.“I like that you get...


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,...


Hatfield residents give blessing to all warrant articles at Town Meeting
05-18-2024 4:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A $14.52 million fiscal year 2025 operating budget for town and school services and an additional $1.4 million to cover the costs of wastewater treatment plant upgrades were approved by voters at this week’s annual Town Meeting, along with...


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...


Banner time for Hadley veterans: Pennant portraits hung along town streets will honor 82 service members past and present
05-17-2024 11:45 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Active service members from Hadley, military veterans who continue to make their homes in town and others who have served the United States from World War I on will be among 82 people whose portraits will be displayed on banners around town...


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...


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...

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