A good crowd under perfect blue skies on the Amherst town common tonight
Amherst Regional Public Schools start tomorrow -- except, alas, kinder garden and preschool -- so tonight school officials threw a party for kids and their happy parents on the Amherst town common. Vehicular traffic was heavy as seemingly all roads lead to Amherst, the education capital of the Happy Valley.
State Representative Ellen Story was hard to miss in red skirt
Umass dorms open tomorrow and 4,560 freshmen -- er, I mean -- "first-year class", will descend on Amherst just in time for the Blue Moon on Friday night. The 46th Annual Community Breakfast was also held this morning with new Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy doing the staged schmooze routine.
Let's hope his act plays better than his predecessor, and he can bring some long-term stability as captain of the state's flagship of higher education.