Joshua N. Scott was one of several dozen people who appeared for arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown Monday on charges related to the so-called "Blarney Blowout" that took place in Amherst over the weekend.  Scott was charged with disorderly conduct and inciting a riot. Daily Hampshire Gazette/ Kevin Gutting

Blarney blowback: Students crowd court docket

Monday, March 10, 2014

AMHERST — While town and university officials huddled Monday for post-mortems of Saturday’s Blarney Blowout, some 30 college-age people answered to criminal charges connected to the pre-St. Patrick’s Day mayhem. And that was just the beginning. More court appearances are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday because Eastern Hamphire District Court could not handle all the cases in one day. Saturday’s … 0

Leverett man denies injuring 2 Amherst cops

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A Leverett man who allegedly injured two police officers in separate incidents Saturday has pleaded innocent to a half dozen charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown. Nikolai R. James, 21, of 253 Long Plain Road, Leverett, was arrested at 8:41 p.m. Saturday on Triangle Street on charges of assault … 0

UMass student who OD’d worked as informant

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student recruited as a confidential informant after being caught selling drugs was able to keep his crime a secret from his family and remain in school, only to die last fall of a heroin overdose, according to an investigation by journalism students at the school. The Boston Globe on Sunday published a roughly 3,100-word front-page story by … 0

Juniper Networks gives $1.5M in networking equipment to UMass

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Juniper Networks, an industry leader in network innovation, has donated equipment worth $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts. UMass will use the donation to build a dedicated high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data … 0

Businesses happy to have UMass football back at home

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts football plays its first game on campus in more than three years today. For a business community that appreciated the presence of these games each fall, that’s plenty of reason to cheer. “We’re happy to have UMass football back,” said Sarah la Cour, … 0

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to … 0

Study faults Amherst cops, UMass in melee

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” melee faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too much force once the hard-drinking hordes surged into town. … 0

UMass brings discovery to all

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — Robert MacWright brings an enthusiasm for the nexus between gee whiz technology, legal logic, and the history of American entrepreneurship to his job as director of commercial ventures and intellectual property at the University of Massachusetts … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

Geryk gets $11,000 raise

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk has been given an $11,000 salary increase by the school boards that serve the Amherst-Pelham Regional School district, boosting her annual salary to $158,000. The raise was announced in a press release Thursday by Darius Modestow of Pelham, chairman of Union … 0

UMass students will volunteer on ‘impact day’

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — A white picket fence surrounding the North Cemetery on East Pleasant Street in Amherst will be getting a fresh coat of paint Saturday. Also that day, senior citizens will be provided companionship at the Northampton Senior Center and The Overlook at Northampton retirement community in Leeds. … 0

Group tackling racism goes public in Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — With a sharp new website, a banner across South Pleasant Street and slate of speakers and films, an effort to draw diverse people together to tackle racism in town is going public. The project called “Coming Together: Understanding Racism, Working for Justice, Building Connections,” launched by … 0

Rolling Green sale complete

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — Rolling Green Apartments has a new owner who has pledged to keep at least 41 units for low-income families and make capital investments at the property. Boston developer Beacon Communities on Wednesday completed the purchase of the 422 Belchertown Road site for $30.25 million from EQR … 0