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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...

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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...


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,...


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...


Colleges: UNH rallies late, takes down UMass hockey in OT
02-24-2024 9:48 PM

Clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period, the UMass hockey team was just a few minutes away from a weekend sweep over New Hampshire. The Minutemen defeated the Wildcats at the Mullins Center 3-2 on Friday night, and headed to Durham for...


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...


Debate over cease-fire in Gaza heats up as four communities consider resolutions
02-23-2024 6:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A public outdoor workshop on creating and displaying peace cranes in downtown Amherst and a family-friendly rally scheduled for Monday evening are among steps supporters of a cease-fire in Gaza are taking to press Amherst councilors to adopt...


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...


The ABCs of children’s books: ‘Alphabet Soup’ at the Eric Carle Museum looks at how picture books come to life
02-23-2024 2:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has no shortage of material to draw on for exhibits.Aside from highlighting work from traveling exhibits, or showcasing illustrations of specific artists drawn from various sources, the Amherst museum can...


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...


High schools: Northampton boys edge Amherst to punch state tournament ticket
02-22-2024 9:17 PM

While they were likely in anyway, the Northampton boys basketball team officially punched its ticket to the MIAA Division 2 state tournament on Thursday.The Blue Devils survived a wild final minute against rival Amherst at Feiker Gymnasium, holding...


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...


Fire at Amherst apartment complex displaces 11
02-21-2024 4:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Tuesday morning fire displaced 11 residents at six apartments at Village Park Apartments off East Pleasant Street. Fire Chief Tim Nelson said firefighters were called to the 497 East Pleasant St. location at 11:26 a.m. for a report of a...


Amherst poised to divvy up CDBG money for multiuse path, 5 social service agencies
02-20-2024 12:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A second phase of a multiuse path that would eventually extend from the University of Massachusetts campus to North Amherst center is in line to be supported with portions of a $925,000 Community Development Block Grant being awarded to the...


Stretch of College Street in Amherst closed off Wednesday
02-20-2024 11:17 AM

AMHERST — College Street between Shumway and South Whitney streets will be closed to through traffic most of Wednesday.From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the road will be closed so Eversource can install electrical cables.Trucks are advised to use Main Street as...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: How’s Biden doing on immigration?
02-19-2024 1:56 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

The question in the headline has a short answer, a slightly longer answer, and a long answer.The short answer is, “Meh.”The slightly longer answer is, “It’s a mixed bag.” He came in strong with liberal ideas about giving all asylum-seekers the due...


Jonathan Klate: Make American great again?
02-19-2024 1:54 PM

A few months ago, my wife and I stood in solemn remembrance and reverent contemplation in the American cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandie, regarding the inscription of the poignant words of General Mark W. Clark whose Fifth Army led the liberation...


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...


Amherst town officials leery of playground surfaces
02-19-2024 9:31 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With the Conservation Commission and Board of Health registering objections to the proposed poured-in-place rubber surface of a playground at the town’s new elementary school, the design team is asking the Elementary School Building...

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