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Andra Rose: Moratorium on gas pipelines a collaborative effort
02-29-2024 3:39 PM

Thank you to Gazette reporter Emilee Klein for reporting on the Mothers Out Front Climate Action Call in “A case for ditching natural gas: Mothers Out Front aims to send a message to legislators, utilities,” [Gazettenet, Feb. 7].We want to clarify a...

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Arts Briefs: BIPOC poets and racy love letters in Northampton, music inspired by T.S. Eliot in Holyoke, and more
02-29-2024 2:19 PM

Poetry night celebrates BIPOC writers and organizing workNORTHAMPTON — Franny Choi, the new poet laureate of Northampton, will do a reading tonight (Friday, March 1) at 6 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts, where they’ll be joined by a number...


Committee searching for new Amherst superintendent to begin screening 10 applicants
02-29-2024 11:35 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search committee for identifying the next superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham schools can begin screening among 10 individuals who have applied for the leadership position.“We believe there are many strong...


Guest column: Amherst students urge cease-fire resolution
02-28-2024 5:37 PM

By MARISOL PIERCE BONIFAZ, MAR GUBRIUM, ZOEY MORDECAI and SAARA RATHOD

 The history of the conflict between Israel and Palestine begins, primarily, with the start of the Nakba in 1948, when over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homeland during the creation of Israel as a state. This began a long and...


Amherst Regional School budget cutting 10 teachers runs into buzz saw of opposition
02-28-2024 4:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A proposed $34.81 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, necessitating cutting 10 teachers and professionals between the high school and middle school, is facing opposition from parents, students and staff,...


Amherst council takes up Gaza cease-fire resolution Monday
02-28-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Significant local and regional interest in an Amherst Town Council resolution advocating for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war is prompting the meeting to discuss, debate and possibly vote on the matter to be moved to the Amherst Regional...


Amherst school union demands action on racism concerns
02-28-2024 3:50 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Already having an active Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham public schools, a middle school teacher recently brought concerns about a hostile work environment for herself and other Black staff...


Karen Jones: Fleitman, Stuart bridge builders
02-27-2024 5:12 PM

I am writing to show my support for the reelection of Jay Fleitman and Mary Lou Stuart for Republican State Committee. Everyone around our district talks about diversity and inclusion, but neglects to mention diversity and inclusion of thoughts and...


Judith Schiavone and Barbara Pearson: Mobilizing poor and low-income voters
02-27-2024 5:12 PM

In a country with so much wealth, it is immoral that poverty is the fourth leading cause of death. Especially while, for example, our elected officials choose to spend billions of dollars to bail out corrupt bankers and refuse to have Wall Street and...


Jones trustees short on expected library project contribution
02-26-2024 5:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even though an end-of-January commitment from the Jones Library trustees to provide the town $2 million for the $46.1 million project to expand and renovate the 43 Amity St. building wasn’t met, town officials are anticipating no impact on...


Amherst board relaxes zoning for big project next to UMass
02-26-2024 4:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large mixed-use development next to the University of Massachusetts, providing both market-rate and affordable housing, can proceed to the next phase of municipal review after receiving Zoning Board of Appeals variances that will allow the...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-25-2024 2:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


Eric Bachrach: Save elementary school positions
02-25-2024 12:09 AM

I read with great concern in the Feb. 15 edition of the Gazette of the possible elimination of both an elementary school music position as well as a special education position in the Amherst public school budget. I’m urging to eliminate neither...


David Alpern: Good masks still needed in health care to prevent Covid
02-25-2024 12:09 AM

We are writing to emphasize the critical need for retaining mask mandates in health care facilities, specifically promoting the use of N95 and KN95 masks, in our ongoing fight against COVID-19. This is a year-round imperative for community well-being,...


Nicholas Vasconcellos: The urgent need to reduce plastic consumption
02-25-2024 12:09 AM

I am writing to express support for An Act to Expand the Bottle Bill (H.3690/S.2104), which would significantly enhance recycling efforts in Massachusetts by increasing the bottle deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents. The act also will expand what can be...


Guest columnist Leyla Moushabeck: Amherst must back cease-fire for Gaza
02-23-2024 8:01 PM

By LEYLA MOUSHABECK

On Feb. 26, the Amherst Town Council will vote on a resolution in support of a cease-fire in Gaza. Many councilors are currently considering whether this is a locally relevant issue. I am a resident of Amherst, a Palestinian American, and parent to...


Restaurateurs opening 2 businesses in Amherst face nearly $500K for violations at Eastern Mass. restaurants
02-23-2024 6:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Business partners who are opening two restaurants in Amherst this winter are on the hook for nearly $500,000 in both restitution and penalties, related to child labor, sick time, wage and hour and payroll record violations at their Plymouth...


Amherst School Committee to decide in May when sixth graders will move to middle school
02-23-2024 12:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst School Committee could decide in May when the town’s sixth graders will move to the Amherst Regional Middle School, and whether they might be accompanied by sixth graders from the other three towns that make up the current grades...


Around Amherst: Town lays out climate change action on website
02-23-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A town website focused on the municipal work related to addressing climate change and making Amherst more sustainable recently went live.“It’s pretty much a one-stop opportunity to access information on what has been done, what is being...


Literary musing and gatherings: Amherst College host its ninth annual LitFest this weekend
02-22-2024 12:20 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Amherst College has sent many a successful writer into the world, or brought them in to teach: David Foster Wallace, Robert Frost, Richard Wilbur, Robert Stone, Lauren Groff, Chris Bohjalian, Charles Mann and many others.That legacy will be celebrated...


Site work for Amherst’s new elementary school set to begin
02-22-2024 10:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — New traffic patterns into and out of Fort River School will be in place in the coming weeks as a contractor undertakes initial site work for the new three-story elementary school to be built on the same site at 70 South East St.Town...

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