M/clear
52°
M/clear
Hi 77° | Lo 63°

Amherst

Town Manager Musante’s salary hiked to over $150,000

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Town Manager John Musante’s salary will increase to more than $150,000 after he and the Select Board agreed to adjustments to his five-year employment contract this week. The Select Board met in executive session Monday to finalize an agreement with Musante that will pay him $150,628 annually beginning Oct. 1. This includes a 2 percent pay increase from his current base salary of $144,942, as well as … 0

Amherst seeks state grant for utility improvements

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — Town officials are seeking $1.5 million in state money to pay for burying the above-ground wires along East Pleasant, Triangle and Pray streets. Town Manager John Musante said Wednesday that Amherst will request the money from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which assists communities with projects that promote economic development and the creation of jobs. The application is due Friday. “The goal … 0

UMass, Amherst gear up for return of students starting today

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell today as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm the campus’s community values — the town’s public safety officers continue to learn from past … 0

Montague man accused of lewd acts at UMass

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man believed to be responsible for two incidents in which he exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, of 17 Ave. C., unit 2, was arrested … 0

Amherst Regional school district hires finance director

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — The man who has been filling in since the sudden, unexplained departure of the School Department’s finance director has been hired as the permanent replacement. The appointment of Sean Mangano, formerly the assistant director, was unanimously approved by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Tuesday at a … 0

Amherst-Pelham School Committee hit with Open Meeting complaint

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee claiming members of the board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when they met in defiance of then-chairman Lawrence O’Brien to discuss a controversial reprimand of committee member Amilcar Shabazz in July. In … 0

Letter: State treasurer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tom Conroy, candidate for state treasurer, will have my vote in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. My decision is based on the bold actions he has taken to advocate for a flexible and progressive carbon tax in order to reverse climate change, reduce pollution and foster more … 0

Amherst BID teams up with town to add to tree stock

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Where three trees once stood on the south side of Main Street near Town Hall, only deteriorating stumps remain at the center of the stone-lined tree wells. To improve the aesthetics of this section of Main Street, dominated by a parking lot and a PVTA bus … 0

United Way targets economic insecurity

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some of the newest programs backed by the United Way of Hampshire County will help people facing hard times today do better tomorrow. The group, which announced Tuesday it reached its $1,257,000 goal, spent the past year looking for ways to support projects that target economic … 0

Downtown Amherst invites college students to fun orientation

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into … 0

Judie’s in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building … 0

Amherst man files complaint over school board meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee claiming members of the board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when they met in defiance of then-chairman Lawrence O’Brien to discuss a controversial reprimand of committee member Amilcar Shabazz in July. In … 0

Ethnic Hair

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — Citing a trend of more women of color opting to keep their hair natural, the owner of a new downtown Amherst shop says she hopes her store will help them find the shampoos, conditioners and stylers they want. Head Games Beauty Supply, which opened at 67 … 0