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Area briefs: Rides to the polls; Codepink to rally for International Women’s Day
03-04-2024 4:42 PM

Poll Taxi offers rides to polls NORTHAMPTON — Rides to the polls in Northampton, Southampton and Westhampton are being offered Tuesday, the day of the primary election in Massachusetts.The Poll Taxi has been operated by Florence resident John Martine...


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...


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,...


Leverett, Shutesbury, Westhampton join digital equity program to expand internet to all residents
02-25-2024 2:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

All Leverett and Shutesbury residents have access to high-speed Internet connections, following the municipal build-out of broadband over the last decade or so, but a small portion of households continue to opt against becoming subscribers.In...


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...


Athol principal selected as superintendent for School Union 28
02-20-2024 11:04 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

ERVING — Athol Community Elementary School Principal Shannon White-Cleveland is being tapped as the next School Union 28 superintendent, overseeing four K-6 elementary schools attended by children in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and New...


Superintendent warns of 20 staff cuts in Amherst-Pelham regional schools
02-19-2024 1:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with Amherst officials signaling a commitment to increase the town’s financial obligation to the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, around 20 staff members, including classroom teachers and paraeducators, could be eliminated at the middle...


Interviews for Union 28 superintendent set for Friday
02-15-2024 12:52 PM

NEW SALEM — Public interviews for the three finalists to become the next superintendent for the Erving School Union 28 will take place Friday at Swift River School, with a possible selection by the Joint Supervisory Committee later that evening.The...


Cute and charming: Shutesbury swears in Charlie, its first police comfort dog
02-05-2024 3:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — On his first day at Shutesbury Town Hall, a week before officially being sworn in as the Police Department’s first K-9 officer, Charlie provided a calming distraction for a stressed and flustered resident who had come to the town...


Amherst chamber boss Pazmany to step down
02-04-2024 12:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In a region where most businesses are small, with 20 or fewer employees, having an organization to advocate on their behalf, market them and assist them through unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, says Amherst Area...


Historic guideboard on Shutesbury town common packed up for repairs
02-03-2024 12:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — An historic guideboard on the Shutesbury town common since 1837, helping travelers to navigate to Massachusetts communities both near and far, is temporarily absent from the green as a restoration project begins.Last Tuesday morning, the...


Shutesbury voters OK new wetlands bylaw at special TM
01-30-2024 12:06 PM

By Scott Merzbach

SHUTESBURY — After a series of amendments and nearly three hours of discussion and debate, a new wetlands protection bylaw is in place in Shutesbury, adopted without a sentence that some interpreted as giving developers veto power over certain...


Matteo Pangallo: All the ‘good’ Trump did
01-28-2024 10:01 PM

A letter in the Jan. 25 Gazette urges us to remember “all the good Trump did when he was in office.” I would agree with that suggestion, and to make it easier for other readers to do as that letter suggests, I’ve prepared the following detailed list...


Amherst picks 20 people for its superintendent search committee
01-26-2024 10:36 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A 20-member search committee, whose members represent a range of backgrounds and identities, hometowns and work experience, will be responsible for identifying the candidates to become the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and...


Guest columnist John Walter: Preparing for Earth holiday: Imbolc
01-26-2024 8:54 AM

By JOHN WALTER

What is Imbolc? It is the day halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.If the winter solstice represents the death of the year, then Imbolc represents the birth of the new year.In our country we give fancy to groundhogs and their...


School Committee vote opens ARHS track project to grass playing field
01-25-2024 11:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Reorienting and expanding the high school track and rebuilding its interior playing field is in some question after the Amherst Regional School Committee this week narrowly rescinded a $1.5 million borrowing authorization. Committee members...


Amherst-Pelham schools to make plea to town of Amherst for help closing $1.9M budget gap
01-24-2024 1:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — To stave off a portion of what could be nearly $1.9 million in reductions and efficiencies to balance next year’s Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools budget, Amherst representatives to the regional committee intend to seek more financial support...


Three finalists named for Union 28 superintendent
01-21-2024 11:51 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

ERVING — Gateway Regional School District’s curriculum director, the principal at Athol Community Elementary School and the director of assessment and accountability for the Westfield Public School District are the finalists to become the next...


Amherst Regional superintendent search begins with public input sessions
01-16-2024 4:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury and Leverett residents are being invited to offer thoughts for the ongoing superintendent search for the Amherst-Pelham Regional, Amherst and Pelham district schools at six community input sessions, the first of...


Special TM in Shutesbury rescheduled to Jan. 23
01-16-2024 1:37 PM

By Scott Merzbach

SHUTESBURY — A special Town Meeting that includes a revised wetlands protection bylaw to replace one adopted in 1987 is being postponed to next week due to Tuesday’s snowstorm.The seven-article warrant, which also has various spending items, will be...

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