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UMass Amherst among top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization. The listing highlights the “most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education,” according to Campus Pride, which based its top 25 list on institutional responses … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will now house 16 infants and toddlers year-round for 10 hours a day, rather than the … 0

New app aims to make UMass move-in easier

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually, it will provide students with assistance in a number of aspects of campus life, … 0

UMass chancellor praises tuition retention; Says budget move would help Amherst campus

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts tuition may be about to increase more than six-fold, and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy says that is a good thing. The cost of attending UMass will not undergo a substantial change, but the way of accounting for it could. The … 0

UMass Amherst scientist to investigate estrogen-like chemicals’ cancer link

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — Much attention has been paid to genetics in breast cancer as disease rates rise, but most women have no family history of the disease, suggesting that there is an environmental risk we don’t yet understand, says environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg in the School of Public … 0

Greenfield School Committee at a loss after member Comenitz dies

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has lost one of seven members. Jeffrey Comenitz died July 2, having served exactly a year on the committee responsible for policy and the hiring of administrators in the Greenfield schools. The School Committee on July 2, 2014 unanimously appointed Comenitz from … 0

Gill Elementary School principal resigns

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GILL — Principal Kathleen Bailer has resigned from her position at the Gill Elementary School to accept a job as a principal in West Springfield, according to Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. “Kathleen has served the Gill school and community with distinction for four years and … 0

Mahar School shifts to co-principals for coming school year

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ORANGE — Students and families of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School will see a change in leadership for the 2015-16 school year. The departure of Principal Ishmael Tabales as of July 1 has left an opening and Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says an interim plan has been put … 0

Building a sound education

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Maria Scotera takes up the baton of Greenfield High School music director in the fall, she won’t be a new face to many. Scotera is moving up to the high school this year with her … 0

NMH holds college fair Wednesday

Monday, July 6, 2015

GILL — Northfield Mount Hermon will host a college fair on Wednesday open to local high school students and parents. The private college preparatory school is located at 1 Lamplighter Way in Gill. More than 85 colleges and universities will be represented at the summer session fair, according … 0

Greenfield Public Schools’ new website live

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Schools have a new website, one parents might find easier to navigate. The new gpsk12.org has individual editorial control for the district’s departments and schools, and a Twitter feed down the side of … 0

Town, union in standoff over laid-off teachers’ canceled insurance

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lines of the original dispute between the union and town and school administration remain drawn essentially as they were at the start. A teacher’s union representative threatened legal action earlier this week, saying recently laid-off teachers unexpectedly lost health insurance they were entitled to through … 0

Greenfield teachers union threatens lawsuit

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield teachers union threatens legal action, saying members laid off this year have lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer break. “The Greenfield Education Association has learned the Greenfield Schools are, with less than a week’s notice, canceling the health insurance policies … 0