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    1. Amherst, Hampshire, Smith join college solar energy collaborative

      Amherst, Hampshire, Smith join college solar energy collaborative

      Five New England liberal arts colleges have joined together to create a solar power facility that will offset 46,000 megawatt-hours of their collective electrical use. The partnership represents the first collaborative purchase of New England-generated solar electricity by higher-education institutions, according to a press release. The facility will be built in Farmington, Maine, and is expected to open in 2019. Each of the colleges will purchase zero-carbon electricity from the site to reduce carbon emissions from campus electricity use. Participating colleges are Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine, Amherst and Hampshire in Amherst, Smith College in Northampton and Williams College in ...

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    2. Hampshire College names Miriam 'Mim' Nelson as president to succeed Jonathan Lash

      Hampshire College names Miriam 'Mim' Nelson as president to succeed Jonathan Lash

      - Hampshire College has named Miriam E. Nelson, a health and nutrition scholar, scientist, university professor, higher education administrator and government policy adviser, as its seventh president. Nelson, the director of the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire, will replace Jonathan Lash, who announced last year he would retire in June. She starts July 1.

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    3. Community Foundation grant to help Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst employ more...

      Community Foundation grant to help Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst employ more...

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded the one-year grant of $133,000 to help schools in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Amherst. The grant, which is being administered by the Five College Consortium, is intended to help the districts employ 20 new teachers of color by 2020.  Amherst Superintendent Michael Morris is hoping to begin by bringing three new teachers of color on board in his district. The grant will "help broaden our approach," to making the workforce more diverse, he said.

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    4. Could Tandem Bagel come to Amherst's Mill District?

      Could Tandem Bagel come to Amherst's Mill District?

      In the fall of 2013, Cinda Jones launched a petition drive to lure Atkins to the Mill District she was developing in North Amherst. Two years later, Atkins North opened. Now the president of WD Cowls, Inc. is hoping to lure Tandem Bagel to the space occupied by Bread & Butter, which will be closing soon.  "Maybe if we give them enough LOVE they'll consider coming to The Mill District! Let them hear the love!!!," Jones posted on the Mill District Facebook page, along with a link to Tandem's menu. In an email, Jones wrote, "they inquired about the ...

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    5. Campaign underway to bring John Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst another honor

      Campaign underway to bring John Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst another honor

      University of Massachusetts architecture professor Max Page is leading the charge to bring The John Olver Design Building at UMass even more attention. In a Facebook post, Page is reporting that the building, named one of the best new buildings last year by the Wall Street Journal, has the chance for another honor. The building was of nearly 50 selected as a Building of the Week by American-Architects and now that website is conducting a poll to determine which those earns the Building of the Year designation.

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    6. Beacon Communities gets tax credits needed to begin 130-unit North Amherst housing project

      Beacon Communities gets tax credits needed to begin 130-unit North Amherst housing project

      Beacon Communities will be able to proceed with its planned 130-unit housing project in North Amherst after state officials announced Tuesday the project will receive the low-income tax credits developers had been hoping for. State officials announced the funding in Holyoke as part of a $35 million package supporting affordable rental housing in Massachusetts.

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    7. UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

      UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

      Students this week voted to pay half the $50 million renovation cost by increasing student activity fees $100 annually. The UMass-Amherst campus has agreed to fund the other half. The Student Union referendum passed 1,246-1,012, with about 10 percent of the study body voting, about average for a student vote, said Student Government President Anthony Vitale.

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    8. Restaurant, apartment complex planned for vacant University Drive site in Amherst

      Restaurant, apartment complex planned for vacant University Drive site in Amherst

      Developer Barry Roberts is planning to build a 3,660-square-foot restaurant and a 26-unit, three-building apartment complex on vacant land near Newmarket Center on University Drive. He is seeking a special permit for both projects. Hearings resume before the Zoning Board of Appeals at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 The land is owned by former Amherst residents Mohammad and Shakeela Yasmeen Idress. Roberts plans to build a restaurant that will be operated by Jerry Jolly, who owns the Pub and Rafters, said lawyer Thomas Reidy.

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    9. Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash will reveal new manufacturing grants when they visit the University of Massachusetts Friday afternoon on National Manufacturing Day. The grants are part of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative M212 that supports public-private research institutes to research emerging manufacturing technologies.   Baker and Ash will be joined by UMass officials, leading research institutions in the state, representatives from national manufacturing initiatives and executives from manufacturing firms from across the state, according to a press release.

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    10. New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      The new MedExpress Urgent Care is set to open in Hadley Wednesday and is holding an open house Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. for people to view the new facility.  The mission of the center is "to serve the neighborhood (as a) health care partner," said spokeswoman Ellen Dietrick, adding that the staff will provide "high quality affordable health care when they need it the most."

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    11. Around 400 from UMass Amherst to help fix up 21 sites across Western Mass.

      Around 400 from UMass Amherst to help fix up 21 sites across Western Mass.

      About four hundred University of Massachusetts students, faculty and staff members will get up early Saturday morning to prune and mulch, dust and paint at 21 sites in places including Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst and Turners Falls during the 6th annual Mass Impact Day. Projects including farming at Gardening the Community in Springfield, cleaning up Lake Wallace in Belchertown; painting, power washing and other work at the Holyoke Children's Museum; cleaning out two garages at the Fisher House in Amherst, among the myriad of projects.

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    12. Construction begins on Hadley Pride store, gas station at Aqua Vitae site

      Construction begins on Hadley Pride store, gas station at Aqua Vitae site

      Construction began Monday on a Pride gas station and food mart at the former site of the Aqua Vitae restaurant, nearly a decade after the landmark restaurant closed. Pride owner Robert Bolduc said he expects to open the business in about six months. He expects to employ about 30 workers, he said. Plans have shown show a 7,400-square-foot gas station and store on a two-acre portion of the 5.3-acre site. The 7,400-square foot store will include a deli, bakery, a Subway sandwich shop and baristas dispensing coffee, Bolduc said, and will feature a drive-through window. Beer and ...

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    13. Organic food growers and eaters welcome at 2017 Northeast Organic Farming Association conference at Hampshire College

      Organic food growers and eaters welcome at 2017 Northeast Organic Farming Association conference at Hampshire College

      The 43rd Northeast Organic Farming Association summer conference returns to Hampshire College this weekend. The three-day conference, which includes more than 100 workshops for everyone from farmers to gardeners and anyone interested in organic food, is a solutions-oriented “annual celebration of the grassroots organic movement,” according to publicity material.

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    14. Hadley planners considering proposal for new Manny's location

      Hadley planners considering proposal for new Manny's location

      The owners of the Hadley Village Shops have filed for site plan approval of construction of a 7,140-square-foot retail building that a town planner said is for Manny's TV and Appliances to relocate there. Planning Board member William Dwyer said a hearing on the proposal has been continued to Aug. 1. He said one page of the application includes a rendering of the building showing the Manny's logo. The Hadley Village Shops are at 41 Russell St. (Route 9), about a half-mile from the Calvin Coolidge Bridge and the Northampton border.

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    15. Eversource pulls plug on Hadley solar array, plans one in Franklin County instead

      Eversource pulls plug on Hadley solar array, plans one in Franklin County instead

      Eversource has withdrawn plans to develop a solar array on South Maple Street and is now looking at building it on a similarly sized property in Sunderland. The energy company listened to concerns from Hadley residents and "we agreed to look for other sites working with Kestrel Land Trust," said Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress in an email.

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    16. Hadley library officials 'over the moon' with $3.9M in state funding for new building

      Hadley library officials 'over the moon' with $3.9M in state funding for new building

      Library officials here didn't expect their proposal for a new facility to receive state funding right away. Now, after the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on Thursday awarded the town $3.9 million, they're accelerating their plans. "We're thrilled. We're beyond thrilled. We're kind of flabbergasted," said Goodwin Memorial Library Director Patrick Borezo. "We felt very confident," he said, but officials never expected to be funded in the first round after filing a grant application last fall. Hadley's library is one of nine to receive state funding for construction this year. Plans call for ...

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    17. Amherst forum to address downtown parking rates, hours

      Amherst forum to address downtown parking rates, hours

      The Downtown Parking Working Group will host a public forum Thursday night to talk about potential changes to downtown parking. Officials are considering increasing rates in certain areas, as well as imposing consistent hours and time limits. Rates are the same -- 50 cents -- no matter if people park in the garage or at meters. Parking is free after 6 p.m. at meters and at the Amherst Cinema lot, but not until 8 p.m. at the Boltwood Walk, CVS and Town Hall lots. Time limits vary from two hours to 10 hours depending on where people park.

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    18. Developers hope to raze Amherst Motel, replace it with 131-unit luxury apartment complex

      Developers hope to raze Amherst Motel, replace it with 131-unit luxury apartment complex

      Owners of the Amherst Motel on Route 9 want to raze the building and replace it with a four-story, 131-unit luxury apartment building. The proposal by the Breck Group calls for razing the 23,451-square foot motel, replacing it with a 180,247-square foot apartment building with a footprint of 47,740 square feet. The plan calls for 15 one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom, 11 three-bedroom and 82 four bedroom apartments. There would be 273 parking spaces. The Breck Group has applied for a modification of a previously granted special permit and an extension of approval for a pre-existing nonconforming apartment use ...

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    19. Five College Consortium to celebrate opening of book annex in Hatfield

      Five College Consortium to celebrate opening of book annex in Hatfield

      The Five College Consortium is celebrating the opening of its $14 million annex in Hatfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and tours of the 35,000-square-foot facility.  The annex provides shelf space for up to 2.5 million items from the Five College Repository Collection and from libraries of the campuses of the consortium --Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. That frees up space on the campuses for new materials and other academic needs.

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    20. UMass-Amherst grows: See how $1.8 billion in construction has transformed the campus

      UMass-Amherst grows: See how $1.8 billion in construction has transformed the campus

      In the last decade, the University of Massachusetts has invested $1.8 billion in more than two dozen building projects at the flagship Amherst campus. From research, classroom and office space to dormitories, dining halls, athletic facilities and infrastructure, buildings have sprouted or expanded across the sprawling campus. As the Class of 2017 takes its collective next step at Friday afternoon's commencement, we take a look at the construction that has transformed UMass, including how much each project cost:

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    21. Amherst to sign Community Compact agreement with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday

      Amherst to sign Community Compact agreement with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday

      The program was created by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015 to elevate the administration's partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the governor's office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities, according to the program website. The creation of the department "champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities," the website states. "The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations and accountability for both partners." Economic Development Director Geoff Kravitz said that Amherst signed up ...

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    22. UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

      UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

      Using the University of Massachusetts Design Building as a stage, state officials Wednesday talked about the viability and job potential in creating an industry to make the cross-laminated timber used in the building's construction. The gathering was held to mark the release of a New England Forestry Foundation report detailing how creating the wood would be a boon to forests, the economy and the environment. Dan Sieger, state assistant secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said that only about 2 percent of the state's forest is used for building. Engineering cross-laminated timber would benefit the environment and "support ...

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