Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged in discussions with the owners of both McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern, 37 North Pleasant St., and Stacker’s Pub, 57 North Pleasant St., to … 0

UMass notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Graphene 10 times stronger than steel AMHERST — Jae-Hwang Lee, a mechanical and industrial engineer at the University of Massachusetts, is the lead author of a scientific paper that demonstrates experimentally that graphene is 10 times more effective than steel when used in bulletproof vests. The paper is published in Science magazine. Graphene is a sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb … 0

Prom dress drive

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s almost that time of year again: high school prom season. And that means students will have to shell out hundreds of dollars again for a ball gown or black tux they may only wear once. The Greenfield High School Student Council is changing that. Claire Abelson, secretary of the council, … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

At Gill-Montague schools, teacher cuts will increase class size

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — School community members defended positions on the cutting board as Gill-Montague Regional School District officials work to balance the budget. The preliminary budget approved by the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee in January cut 17.8 full-time positions and added the equivalent of three. Tuesday’s public hearing … 0

Many area schools are opening late to deal with snow

Monday, February 9, 2015

School doors will open two hours late Tuesday morning in many area schools. Ten school systems announced two hour delays Monday night: ∎ Gill-Montague Regional School District, ∎ Athol — Royalston Regional School District, ∎ Mahar Regional High School, ∎ Mohawk Trail Regional School District, ∎ the Orange Elementary School District, ∎ Franklin County … 0

Pioneer to draft school budget on Thursday

Monday, February 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The four-town Pioneer Valley Regional School District will set its maximum budget for the coming school year in a public hearing Thursday. The hearing will be held at 8 p.m. in Pioneer Valley Regional School. Used as a “not to exceed” amount, the School Committee’s draft … 0

Town officials mull Rowe’s rejoining Mohawk

Monday, February 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — Before Rowe could become the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, town officials want the long-standing regional school agreement to be changed, eliminating a unanimous vote requirement by member towns to approve … 0

Firm chosen to design GCC child care center

Sunday, February 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The new child care center at Greenfield Community College is one step closer to reality. The Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance selected Jones Whitsett Architects of Greenfield to design the facility that will combine a “healthy, creative educational setting with maximum environmental efficiency,” … 0

Greenfield’s Academy of Early Learning could add morning class

Sunday, February 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Academy of Early Learning is seeking to add one more morning class to its preschool program, which could mean 14 children would no longer have to be wait-listed. On Thursday, Principal Joan Schell made the budget request to the School Committee’s Negotiations, Finance and Budget … 0

Greenfield Schools Notebook

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fourth-grade changes? GREENFIELD — On Tuesday, the School Committee is expected to decide whether to form a committee to examine whether fourth grade should be moved back to the elementary schools or if other options are necessary. For the past six months, Superintendent Jordana Harper and the policy … 0

GCC hires new public safety head

Friday, February 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Fulfilling his long-time career goal, Luis R. Santamaria has been chosen as Greenfield Community College’s new director of public safety. He begins Monday . Santamaria will oversee GCC’s Campus Public Safety Department and serve as GCC’s … 0

Four Rivers students spend year researching Cape Wind Project

Thursday, February 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Throughout the school year, seniors at Four Rivers Charter Public School have been researching the Cape Wind offshore wind project, talking to stakeholders and traveling to Cape Cod to study energy and its politics and economic … 0