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Alternatives sought as reparations funding from cannabis tax dwindles in Amherst

07-09-2024 1:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A plan to provide $2 million over 10 years toward municipal reparations initiatives, such as programs for youth or first-time homebuyers, could be stymied by the anticipated drying up of tax revenue associated with cannabis sales in Amherst...


Demographic changes fuel enrollment fears at UMass

07-09-2024 12:50 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan has been closely watching the spate of higher education closures, and said in an interview over the weekend that UMass has a strategy he hopes will spare it from the same concerning demographic shift...


Former Northampton man pleads not guilty in Greenfield slaying

07-09-2024 12:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Taaniel Herberger-Brown, the Greenfield man accused of murdering Christopher Hairston, of Pittsfield, and leaving his body at his Chapman Street apartment, was held without the right to bail after he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment...


Dakin reopening Kitten Intensive Care Unit

07-09-2024 12:18 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

SPRINGFIELD — As Dakin Humane Society reopens its Kitten Intensive Care Unit at 171 Union St. this month, Pioneer Valley residents are ready to continue their mission of nursing critically ill kittens back to health.The volunteer program was put on...


Belchertown unveils more user-friendly website

07-09-2024 11:33 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Town officials launched a new town website last week offering improved usability for site visitors and municipal employees, easier navigation and notifications for news and events.The revamped website presents the most-used resources for...


A Look Back: July 9

07-09-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago■Over 1,500 canines will compete for top dog at the Holyoke Kennel Club annual dog show at the Three County Fairgrounds this week. Pewter trophies will be awarded for the first place, blue ribbon, group winners and best in show.■Dr. Ruth...


Air quality alert issued for Tuesday

07-08-2024 6:08 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Environmental officials have issued an air quality alert for Tuesday in Hampshire County and several other parts of Massachusetts due to expected elevated levels of ozone. The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has issued...


Suspect in Greenfield slaying to be arraigned

07-08-2024 5:47 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — More than two months since police found the body of Christopher Hairston, 35, of Pittsfield, decomposing inside a Rubbermaid-style trash bin in 42-year-old Taaniel Herberger-Brown’s Chapman Street apartment, the suspect will be arraigned...


Pakistani scholars in UMass program revel in multi-layered learning

07-08-2024 5:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Being on the University of Massachusetts campus for nearly a month, her first experience outside her native Pakistan, Mahan Aslam has found Americans courteous in not bothering her when she’s not wearing a traditional headscarf.“In the U.S.,...


Four arrested in UMass protest crackdown take diversion program

07-08-2024 4:30 PM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — Four people arrested during the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on the University of Massachusetts campus in May agreed to dispositions Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in which they will enter a four-month diversion...


NEEDING A COAT?

07-08-2024 3:59 PM


Amherst firefighters raise alarm over 2-person response to night blaze

07-08-2024 2:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A late-night fire in downtown Amherst, during which only one career firefighter/paramedic was available to extinguish the blaze, is prompting the union representing town firefighting staff to renew its longstanding appeal for enhanced...


A healing approach: Cutchins Programs CEO Tina Champagne earns top honor in occupational therapy field for mental health focus

07-08-2024 2:05 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

NORTHAMPTON — For over 25 years, Tina Champagne has been a pioneer of change and research in the occupational therapy sphere. Now, she has been awarded the highest honor the profession has to offer.“It’s my passion,” she said. “If it takes even more...


Biden tells Hill Democrats he won’t step aside amid party drama: ‘It’s time for it to end’

07-08-2024 1:52 PM

By LISA MASCARO, ZEKE MILLER and SEUNG MIN KIM

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, in a letter to congressional Democrats, stood firm against calls for him to drop his candidacy and called for an end to the intraparty drama that has torn apart Democrats since his dismal public debate performance....


CDH, Highland Valley Elder Services launch Hospital to Home program

07-08-2024 12:01 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Highland Valley Elder Services will expand the state’s Hospital to Home Partnership Program thanks to a nearly $200,000 grant announced by the governor’s office last month. The program will involve providing...


Library groundbreaking set for Aug. 2 in Shutesbury

07-08-2024 11:36 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A ceremony to kick off the building of Shutesbury’s new public library, which will replace the 122-year-old M.N. Spear Memorial Library when it opens in fall 2025, is set for early August.Library trustees and the Library Building...


ICE officials arrest Ecuadorian fugitive in Northampton

07-08-2024 11:21 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON – An Ecuadorian man wanted for rape of a child in his home country was recently arrested in Northampton by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.The arrest occurred on June 12 and was carried out by members of...


Feds propose high heat work standards

07-08-2024 9:23 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The federal government has proposed the first national safety standard meant to keep workers safe from excessive heat in the workplace and made $1 billion available to hundreds of projects – including 30 in Massachusetts – that try to mitigate climate...


A Look Back: July 8

07-07-2024 4:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago ■The 16-year-old “perfect master” Guru Maharj Ji told 11,000 of his followers in Amherst Saturday that “there is nothing more to say; it has all been said already.” Many of the devotees, gathered on a field at the University of...


$1.4M coming to region for trail work in six communities

07-07-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — More than $1.4 million in MassTrail state grants are heading to six communities in the region for projects ranging from an accessible trail system at the former Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Amherst to additional work on a sensory trail...


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