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GCC’s Pura provides Northampton seniors with reason to cheer

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura is the hero of the day for senior citizens who call the Northampton Senior Center their home away from home. Mayor David J. Narkewicz is pretty thrilled with him, too. Pura Thursday night told Narkewicz the college has put off its plans to move its licensed practical nurse training program into the longtime quarters of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very proud to announce that the districts have been awarded generous grants from the Commonwealth to … 0

Meehan named next president of UMass system

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Marty Meehan, the former congressman and current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was named president of the five-campus UMass system on Friday after selling his vision of turning the system into one of the nation’s best and promising to raise more money than his predecessors. “I want excellence in everything … 0

UMass food scientist honored for work with edible oils

Monday, April 6, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts scientist has been honored for research on how certain edible oils impact body fat and muscle mass and bone density. The American Oil Chemists’ Society has honored food scientist Yeonhwa Park for her “significant and important contributions” in the area of bioactive … 0

Voices of homelessness

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Over the past year, Tameka Calicutt would rise each morning to birds chirping and the sun rising, dress in her professional clothing and rush off to work at a fashion store at the Prudential Center. In … 0

Greenfield student organizes clothing drive for children in need

Sunday, April 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Have any kids’ T-shirts, sneakers or sweaters hanging around? An eighth-grader at Greenfield High School, Amelia Simmonds, 14, is holding a clothing drive for Massachusetts children in need through April 10 at the high school. There … 0

UMass Amherst work advances knowledge of how bacteria communicate

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — Bacteria have traditionally been viewed as solitary organisms that “hang out on their own,” says molecular biologist Kevin Griffith of the University of Massachusetts. But, scientists now realize that, in fact, bacteria exhibit social behavior — an insight that could lead to new health discoveries. As … 0

Dalai Lama may speak at UMass this fall

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is in discussions with his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, to speak at the university this fall. Nancy Buffone, the university’s executive director of external relations and university events, … 0

Waldron to run as write-in for G-M School Committee

Thursday, April 2, 2015

GILL — Jennifer Waldron plans to run a write-in campaign to retain her seat of six years on the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. Waldron withdrew nomination papers to put her name on the ballot for the May 18 election but did not return them in time for the … 0

State universities warn of potential fee hikes, program cuts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Public state universities face a nearly $9 million collective bargaining obligation that could drive fees up or force reductions in academic programs if the Legislature does not cover it. An organization that represents nine state university presidents sent a letter Wednesday to legislative leaders … 0

Neil deGrasse Tyson named UMass graduation speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the … 0

GCC student honored for leadership

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield Community College student senator is one of 201 students nationwide being honored for her leadership. Crystal Kindle, 32, of Rowe has been chosen to receive a Newman Civic Fellow Award from Campus Compact, a … 0

Two Pioneer district supt. finalists remaining

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — And then there were two. Two candidates remain in the search for a new superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, now that two others have dropped out of the running. The public will have a chance to meet the final candidate, Ruth Miller, at … 0