Large crowd starting to form Townhouse Apartments around noon
A huge contingent of UMass police helped APD prevent another "Blarney Blowout" yesterday with a great number of officers patrolling in a highly visibility manner the usual hotspots, especially in North Amherst: Meadow Street, scene of the "Blarney Blowout riot" and Hobart Lane, home of the infamous "Hobart Hoedown," and all along North Pleasant Street which cuts through the heart of UMass, our omnipresent neighbor for 150 years.
Townhouse Apartments main entry
At one point around 4:00 PM Hadley Police called for UMPD's special tactical unit (a four person rapid response team stationed at AFD North Station) to assist with an out of control party, but had to fend on their own as the unit was busy dealing with problems in North Amherst.
But the problems in Amherst never reached the level of a month ago when a great number of State Police were required to quell the rowdy throng at Townhouse Apartments.
Let's hope our local PDs can maintain this level of vigilance over the next five weeks.
UMPD officers help disperse large crowd starting to gather Townhouse Apartments
Townhouse Apartments West entrance
Bumper to bumper Meadow Street traffic early afternoon
Rooftop party Meadow Street, North Amherst center
Joint APD UMPD checkpoint Hobart Lane
Party House North Pleasant Street