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    1. Hampshire College hopes to begin building solar system this spring

      Hampshire College hopes to begin building solar system this spring

      Hampshire College has begun an impact study with Eversource to evaluate the college plan to install a solar power system that would generate all of the college's electricity. The impact study will look at how the arrays will function in the electrical distribution systems in Amherst and Hadley, and if any upgrades are needed for safe, stable, and reliable operation, Todd R. Holland, the property and operations manager, explained in an email. The studies typically take between 55 and 70 days. He said the college hopes to begin work on the system in the spring.

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    2. Innovative UMass Design Building 'designed by designers for designers to teach design'

      Innovative UMass Design Building 'designed by designers for designers to teach design'

      For years, Michael Davidson has been teaching landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts in a building that was a former dorm. He can't wait for the new $52 million Design Building to be finished. He can keep track of the building's progress from the former Hills dorm overlooking the site. "It's very exciting," he said. "This is designed by designers for designers ... to teach design," and will serve as a teaching tool in its own right.

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    3. UMass President Marty Meehan to celebrate new UMass design building

      UMass President Marty Meehan to celebrate new UMass design building

      University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan will be attending the ceremonial ground breaking for the new $52 million Design Building that will be home to three colleges when it opens in 2017. Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Katherine Newman, Joseph Naughton, University of Massachusetts Building Authority director of capital projects, and State Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst will be part of the celebration, according to a press release. When completed, the building will be home to Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; the Department of Architecture from the ...

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    4. Five College Consortium to meet with presidents, UMass chancellor to talk about book annex

      Five College Consortium to meet with presidents, UMass chancellor to talk about book annex

      The executive director of Five Colleges, Inc. will be meeting with the leaders of the five campuses, which comprise the consortium Oct. 21 to talk about next steps with the proposed book annex. The Hadley Planning Board in a 3 to 2 vote rejected the proposal to build an annex of up to 74,325 square-foot on 46 acres of land off of North Maple Street.   The annex is needed to store books from the five colleges in the consortium particularly the University of Massachusetts and Smith College.

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    5. New office retail space in Hadley should open in November

      New office retail space in Hadley should open in November

      A new office-retail space is expected to be finished in November and owner Amir Mikhchi is talking with potential tenants. Construction on the 10,000 square-foot building at 1 Mill Valley Road began earlier this year. Mikhchi said he is pleased with how the project is going. He said there will be five units on the site just off of Route 9 and will be a mix of retail and offices but not restaurants. The size of each unit will depend on tenant needs.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    6. 7 UMass researchers again named to list of leading 'scientific minds'

      7 UMass researchers again named to list of leading 'scientific minds'

      The Thomson Reuters compilers, who set out to identify "some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time," recognized UMass Amherst food scientists Eric Decker and David Julian McClements, chemist Vincent Rotello, polymer scientist Thomas Russell, soil chemist Baoshan Xing of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, microbiologist Derek Lovley and astronomer Mauro Giavaliso in its recent Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list.

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    7. Hilltown health center lands $1 million federal grant to open satellite center in Amherst

      Hilltown health center lands $1 million federal grant to open satellite center in Amherst

      The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Hilltown Community Health Center $1 million to develop what will be called the Pioneer Valley Health Center here. The total project cost is expected to be between $1.5 million and $2 million, and the health center and Pioneer Planning Group will begin fundraising to augment the grant, according to a press release The center to be located in the basement of the Bangs Community Center will provide primary medical and dental care to those without care those underserved from town, Northampton and Hadley, as well as the secondary service ...

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    8. Customers happy to see Atkins open in North Amherst

      Customers happy to see Atkins open in North Amherst

      Market manager Matt O'Brien said "it's a work in progress," but the morning "was pretty smooth." And of course the world renown cider donuts were in demand. He said he brought some in at 6, another order was delivered at 8:30 and a third delivery came in at about 10. He said that was about 30 dozen gone. Peter Jessup lives nearby and came in for a salad. "We're thrilled about it," he said. He said he can walk over for a salad or coffee and not have to drive to Whole Foods. And he can ...

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      Mentions: Amherst
    9. UMass chosen as lead institution in $75 million federal initiative

      UMass chosen as lead institution in $75 million federal initiative

      The U.S. Department of Defense has named the University of Massachusetts as the lead institution in New England for its national Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The $75 million federal initiative is aimed at creating a competitive, effective and sustainable research-to-manufacturing collaboration between U.S. industry and academia to solve problems in advanced manufacturing, according to a UMass press release.

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    10. USDA officials impressed with Chinese Charter school program in Hadley

      USDA officials impressed with Chinese Charter school program in Hadley

      Without a $10.6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School would not be in the position to teach more students or offer the kinds of programs it will begin offering next week in the new classroom building. On Thursday, school officials gave a tour to USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah and state director for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Scott Soares among others to show them what their rural development loan has paid for.

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    11. Developers hoping Atkins opening will lure more businesses to Mill District in North Amherst

      Developers hoping Atkins opening will lure more businesses to Mill District in North Amherst

      Cinda Jones, the Mill District developer and president of W.D. Cowls, Inc., often talks about the history of the Cowls family and how it has evolved over that history. The family has been in agriculture since 1741. Wolahan said Jones wants her generation – she and her brother Evan Jones – to carry that forward and develop the former spaces to that arts destination

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    12. Organic Farming Association conference to offer 144 workshops in 27 areas

      Organic Farming Association conference to offer 144 workshops in 27 areas

      The 41st annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Aug. 14 though 16 with 144 workshops on 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics and activism among the topics.

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    13. Life science grant helps UMass biochemist secure science foundation grant

      Life science grant helps UMass biochemist secure science foundation grant

      In 2013, then Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced the award of $95 million to the University of Massachusetts to outfit half of the life sciences building. That award has helped UMass biochemist Elizabeth Vierling secure a three-year $682,982 National Science Foundation grant to study how plants respond at the molecular and cellular level to stress in their environment and the role of a regulatory protein called S-nitrosoglutathione reductase. Vierling said they wouldn't have been able to propose the grant without the new mass spectrometry equipment. She said that equipment cost $1.2 million.

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    14. Amherst parking report provides action steps to address downtown parking needs

      Amherst parking report provides action steps to address downtown parking needs

      Town officials have released a 68-page parking report that provides detailed suggestions about how to address parking issues downtown. The report summarizes what transpired at three forums and the comments and suggestions residents and business owners offered about how to address the need. Some in town said they don't have a problem finding parking while some business owners said that parking on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings throughout the year is increasingly limited, unpredictable, and inadequate.

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    15. Amherst Area chamber names its A+ Award winners

      Amherst Area chamber names its A+ Award winners

      The Amherst League of Women Voters, Hampshire College, Boyden & Perron are among the organizations that will be honored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce at its Annual A+ Awards Dinner. The dinner will be held Oct. 1 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, in Hadley  "It was a daunting task to sift through the nominations for this year's award winners as there are so many individuals and organizations in this community worthy of recognition.  "We feel that the recipients that we have selected represent terrific partners that work every day to enhance the local business community," said Amherst ...

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    16. Work on new Advance Auto Parts begins behind Hadley Corner Shops, Route 9 Hadley

      Work on new Advance Auto Parts begins behind Hadley Corner Shops, Route 9 Hadley

      Developer Eugene Crowley of Natick said the new store could open by the end of the year. The Planning Board approved plans for the 6,900-square- foot store in April. Crowley developed Hadley Corner, which includes Starbuck's, Sprint, Aspen Dental, Hot Table Panini, Pizza Studio and the Men's Wearhouse, which opened this spring. There is one available business for rent. Crowley in an email said they are being selective with the final tenant as the plaza is doing well. The Roanoke Advance Auto Parts has stores in Springfield, Easthampton, Ware, West Springfield, Westfield and Holyoke.

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    17. Amhers BID concert series begins Friday night at Sweetser Park

      Amhers BID concert series begins Friday night at Sweetser Park

      The first Amherst Business improvement District sponsored concert of the season will be held Friday night beginning at 6 p.m. Sweetser Park. The Amherst Community Band Concert is in collaboration with Tim Anderson, director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band. Other Community Band concerts will be held July 17, and Aug. 14 from 6 to to 7:30 p.m. in Sweetser Park in downtown Amherst.

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    18. Hampshire College permanently protecting 46 acres of land as part of meeting Living Building challenge

      Hampshire College permanently protecting 46 acres of land as part of meeting Living Building challenge

      The protected land, owned by Hampshire College, is on the northeast flank of the Mount Holyoke Range near Bay Road and Chumura Road. It will serve as a resource for outdoor education and research as well as offering public access via a designated hiking trail, according to a press release. Hampshire is applying for Living Building Certification for its R. W. Kern Center, currently under construction, and as part of that, it is required to preserve an equal amount of land taken by the project.

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    19. UMass President Robert Caret announces $1.7 million in grants to UMass faculty

      UMass President Robert Caret announces $1.7 million in grants to UMass faculty

      University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret announced the awarding of $1.17 million in grants to UMass faculty members at all five campuses. The awards fund work ranging from a project that will see faculty members engage with industry partners in the development of a big data research center in Amherst, to a project aimed at bringing local history to life for Lawrence school children, according to a press release.

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    20. UMass, Jawaharial Nehru University climate change collaboration strengthens both institutions, research

      UMass, Jawaharial Nehru University climate change collaboration strengthens both institutions, research

      It's not atypical for a University of Massachusetts researcher to collaborate with another university, but what makes the gathering this week between researchers here and from Jawaharlal Nehru University is the scope. "This is a new initiative for us," said Jack Ahearn, vice provost of International Programs. "Historically what we have done is have collaborations between faculty members with international universities one-on-one."

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    21. UMass announces new scholarship program for community college honors students

      UMass announces new scholarship program for community college honors students

      UMass has participated in transfer programs that encourage students to take advantage of lower cost of community colleges while completing their degrees at the flagship campus but this is the first time it has provided money to help. According to the press release, UMass is making an initial commitment of about $360,000 on an annual basis by 2016. If successful, it would increase those contributions while seeking support from alumni and foundations to increase the number of scholarships available.  "I congratulate UMass Amherst on this visionary program which supports our Commonwealth's distinguished students," said Massachusetts Secretary of Education ...

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