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Former Amherst GOP chairwoman dies at age 65

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — During the 2008 presidential election, Paulette Henderson-Brooks served as president of the Amherst Republican Committee. At the same time, her husband, H. Oldham “Harry” Brooks, led the Amherst Democratic Committee. “It was like they were the (James) Carville and (Mary) Matalin of Amherst,” said Robert Weiner, a lifelong friend of Harry Brooks and a Washington, D.C., political consultant. “They loved being known for that.” Henderson-Brooks, who was also … 0

Amherst renews goal of Project Backpack

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations … 0

Hampshire College joins schools in feds’ sex assault probe

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Hampshire College is among five schools added by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to a list of 71 colleges under investigation for their handling of campus sexual assault. Last updated July 2, the list reflects schools where at least one student has filed a Title IX complaint related to sexual violence. Title IX is a provision of the … 0

UMass dining takes gold again at Tastes of the World conference

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — UMass Dining took gold for the fourth year in a row at the 20th annual Taste of the World Culinary Conference hosted June 15-20 by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Chefs Anthony Jung, Robert Bankert, Taylor … 0

UMass gets $1.35M to develop, test next-generation Internet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — Someday soon, the world will migrate away from the old, original Internet to a new, next-generation Internet with far better security, greater mobility and many other improved features, but most of us will never know the … 0

Tracking ticks: Getting the big picture UMass testing service collects mail-in insects, data

Friday, July 4, 2014

The UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Fernald Hall gets a lot of mail. In the spring and fall — the busiest times of year — that means about 100 to 200 pieces of mail a day. Most … 0

Geryk gets good marks from most

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk received good marks overall in her annual performance review by the three school committees she serves, with the highest grades in the area of promoting academic growth for all students and the lowest in communication. Two of the 11 members who … 0

Temkin will retire this month from Amherst chamber

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AMHERST — Joan Temkin, who has been the face of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce for a dozen years, is retiring from her position as director of marketing and membership at the end of July. Temkin, 69, said she will be in and out of the office … 0

Consultant begins work on improving Amherst neighborhoods

Monday, June 30, 2014

AMHERST — The representative of the company hired to develop a plan to improve neighborhoods in the area of the University of Massachusetts told members of the Town Gown Steering Committee Thursday that addressing housing needs is connected to economic growth in Amherst. “The two issues are linked, … 0

8 UMass profs lauded as ‘highly cited researchers’

Sunday, June 29, 2014

AMHERST — Eight University of Massachusetts faculty members have been named “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” in a new, updated list announced recently by Thomson Reuters. Those named are among “the world’s leading scientific minds” whose publications are among the most influential in their fields. The eight are Eric … 0

Morris named assistant chief of Amherst schools

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMHERST — Michael Morris, director of evaluation and assessment for the Amherst public schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Amherst School Committee voted Tuesday to accept Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommendation to promote Morris, who joined the central administration in … 0

ARS teachers speak out about school’s racial strife

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — The year started full of promise at Amherst Regional High School for advancing its reputation as a place that takes racial concerns to heart. But the year ended Thursday with anger, embarrassment and sorrow over a string of racial incidents that drove a black math teacher, … 0

Amherst school board sends state a message by keeping MCAS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the Amherst schools will continue to take MCAS standardized tests next year rather than participate in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. Both the Amherst School Committee and the Amherst Regional School Committee have voted to … 0