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When Amherst was incorporated in 1759, the colonial governor ordered residents to name the town after Jeffrey Amherst, a hero of the French-Indian War. Many colonial governors were assigning the name Amherst to many newly incorporated towns, which is why there are so many towns in the area with the name Amherst. The town's name is pronounced without the "h" which is different than several other towns with the same name. Notable residents have included poet Emily Dickinson, poet Robert Frost, actress Uma Thurman, Executive Director of NORML Allen St. Pierre, and writer Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors).

Population: 34874
Local Newspapers: Daily Hampshire Gazette Springfield Journal
Local Sports Teams: Boston Bruins Boston Celtics Boston Red Sox New England Patriots New England Revolution
Local Colleges: Amherst College Hampshire College University of Massachusetts—Amherst

Zip Codes associated with amherst, massachusetts:
Towns/Cities near amherst, massachusetts : Northampton Bbelchertown South Deerfield Granby Greenfield Hatfield

Amherst News
New education advocate focuses on a huge problema of early literacy

Since taking over as Massachusetts head of the education advocacy group Stand For Children, Ranjini Govender has started carrying around with her a sheet of statistics. The numbers show what Govender, who has taught both preschool and high school, says is a "huge problem" in early literacy: 43 percent of Massachusetts third-graders are not proficient in reading, according to Stand For Children's numbers.

Senior Research Fellow

Senior Research Fellow, Amherst, MA- Perform Research on surface Groundwater Hydraulics and contamination and assess the impact of contaminants on surface groundwater quality. Coordinate and supervise field sampling analysis, and database management, modeling and publishing associated with at least 3 research projects.

Pat Kelsey backs out as UMass coach, cites personal reasons

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Search for Amherst-Pelham school chief postponed until fall NEW

To get the best possible candidates and not rush a process that was already on a tight schedule, the Amherst-Pelham Regional and Union 26 school committees are postponing the search for a new superintendent to the fall.

State senate roundtable coming to western Mass.

The Massachusetts Senate's "Commonwealth Conversations" listening tour is headed to Conway and Amherst on March 28 for its seventh stop around the state.

Amherst to consider a oesanctuary citya bylaw

Have you ever stopped to think that in many cases, it's not the situation that that's the culpritit's the mind that causes the problem? AMHERST, Mass. - A group of Amherst residents have filed a petition to have Town Meeting adopt a "sanctuary city" bylaw.

UMass Amherst Stroke Support Group to Host Awareness Event March 25

Recent Stroke Support Group member and UMass Amherst graduate student Michael Starr, left, works with stroke survivor and workshop volunteer Bob Swanson, who is active in the Amherst and Springfield support communities. AMHERST , Mass .

BWW Review: Sierra Madre Playhouse Welcomes a Treasure-Filled Belle of Amherst

Based on the poetry, diaries and letters of poet Emily Elizabeth Dickinson of Amherst, Massachusetts, William Luce's The Belle of Amherst opened to great acclaim on Broadway in 1976 winning a Tony for its star Julie Harris. Petite like Dickinson herself, Harris continued to play the role for 25 years, again reviving it on tour at the Laguna Playhouse in the year 2000.

Studying midwest soil production, erosion and human impacts

Geochemist Isaac Larsen at UMass Amherst has received a five-year, $500k early career development grant from NSF to address basic research questions about soil production, soil erosion, agricultural landscape evolution and human impacts. IMAGE: Isaac Larsen and colleagues at UMass Amherst will combine several tools -- field surveying, analysis of cosmogenic nuclides, LiDAR-based topography and landscape evolution modeling -- to study Midwest soils where... view more AMHERST, Mass.

Your Religion News: March 18, 2017

"The White Helmets," a film showing the brave and dangerous work of Syrian volunteers during the bombing of Aleppo, Syria, will be shown at Second Congregational Church, M16 Court Square, Monday,, at 6 p.m. Michael Cane, co-founder of Valley Syrian Relief, will speak after the 40-minute film.

Worcester-based 181st Infantry headed overseas

A sendoff ceremony will be held in Amherst today for a Worcester-based National Guard regiment, set for a year-long deployment. The 181st Infantry Regiment, part of the Massachusetts National Guard, will be involved in the Multinational Force and Observers Mission.

Hamsters left off list of Amherst College mascot finalists

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A Quite Passion Movie Review

A QUIET PASSION Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Terence Davies Written by: Terence Davies Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Catherine Bailey, Jodhi May, Emma Bell, Duncan Duff, Noemie Schellens Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/16/17 Opens: April 14, 2017 If you were asked to name 19th century poets without thinking, which ones would come to mind? I would immediately answer Tennyson, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, and the BrontA s. These are all British because, at least when I went to school, they were the ones most assigned in freshman English.

Prosecutors Made Massachusetts' Drug Lab Scandal Much, Much Worse

Massachusetts is home to two of the nation's largest drug laboratory scandals: Convictions against two different lab workers have forced prosecutors to reckon with the fact that perhaps tens of thousands of people were imprisoned based on falsified or inaccurate data. You'd expect this to cause some sense of urgency in Massachusetts.

UMass Amherst, Mass. Charter Public School Association expand collaboration

The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association are expanding efforts to increase college access and persistence for public charter school students in the second year of their statewide partnership. The partnership is one part of UMass Amherst 's comprehensive strategy to recruit and support students of all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds, particularly students of color, those who are the first in their family to attend college, and those who are from low-income families.

Robert McCarter, 91

Robert "Bob" McCarter of Mattapoisett, MA, a World War II veteran, retired banker, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on March 7, 2017, at 91 years old.  Born on July 6, 1925, in Hartford, Connecticut, to parents James and Marion McCarter. After graduating from William Hall High School in West Hartford, CT in 1943, Bob joined the U.S. Navy, becoming part of "The Greatest Generation." He served on the carrier USS Suwannee, participating in various naval campaigns in the Pacific including battles at Okinawa and Borneo.

Crime on US college campuses rose in 2015

Reports of crime on and around college campuses nationwide rose by about 7 percent in 2015, according to newly released figures from the US Department of Education. A record-high 9,265 sexual assaults were reported in 2015, marking the sixth consecutive year a record number has been reported.

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