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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. While the report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis assigns blame to both town and gown, it reserved its sharpest criticism … 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 Amherst. Sure, the office brings in money for the campus through the patents and licenses … 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 university-based nursing education and become employed as nurses. Funding for the new program comes from … 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

Amherst woman’s cause of death unconfirmed; DA’s office says ‘public should not be concerned’

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for a woman found dead near the UMass campus Tuesday, but say there is no reason for the community to worry. “The public should not be concerned,” said Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. … 0

Parking banned on section of High Street in Amherst

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — Parking will no longer be allowed on a section of High Street after concerns were raised by school administrators about school buses and vans navigating the narrow road. The Select Board voted unanimously Monday to prohibit parking at all times on the west side of High … 0

Students protest police killings of black people

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — A crowd of about 75 students — most of them black — moved slowly down a University of Massachusetts campus path Wednesday afternoon with their arms raised above their heads. Their “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant, borrowed from protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, carried across campus. Heads … 0

Opponents of Retreat project celebrate in Cushman

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — Philip Mathews warmed his bagpipes up with the tune “When the Battle’s Over” as some 75 jubilant people gathered on the Cushman Common Tuesday night to celebrate the news that a 175-unit student housing project called “Retreat at Amherst” proposed for their neighborhood had been withdrawn … 0

A kind soul mourned

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — A body reported to be that of an Amherst woman missing since Friday, was discovered Tuesday morning on University of Massachusetts property in a wooded area near the intersection of Amity Street and University Drive. Northwestern district attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey said the body is … 0

Amherst student housing plan dropped

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — A controversial large-scale student-housing project proposed for a nearly 150-acre tract of woodland in the Cushman section of Amherst will not be built. Landmark Properties of Athens, Georgia, which proposed the 175-unit, 641-bedroom Retreat at Amherst project, withdrew its application for a cluster subdivision Friday. According … 0