Town center 1:20 AM this morning
Last night into early this morning seemed to be the busiest time this Labor Day weekend for Amherst public safety personnel. With all hands on deck APD managed to keep things under control, with no major disruptions -- aka Blarney Blowout -- to report.
133 Fearing Street, Sunday morning
Around 10:00 PM the alcohol related arrests began -- open container, underage drinking (usually in combination) -- in and around the immediate neighboring streets to our UMass flagship: Fearing, Phillips, Alan streets, Nutting and Lincoln Avenues, Hobart Lane, Meadow Street and with assist from UMass Police Department, all along North Pleasant Street.
These early interventions send the message that law and order will be maintained.
Amherst Fire Department, on the other hand, was pushed to the breaking point. Around midnight, just after dispatch issued a call for two off duty personnel to come in for station coverage.
Northampton Fire Department had to respond for a call to a high rise Southwest dorm for a female with a head injury.
At the time all five of our ambulances were tied up -- the majority of them dealing with passed out drunk students. Late Sunday into early Monday morning AFD responded to UMass for a total of 11 emergency medical calls -- seven of them for ETOH students.
Over the course of the evening I passed by the scene of a young person down (usually female) with concerned friends trying to help them up at least a half-dozen times. Particularly concerning because a young woman died last year after falling and hitting her head while staggering down Fearing Street with friends.
The previous night APD and AFD responded to 45 Phillips Street for a young woman passed out in the yard. She was only seventeen.
127 E. Pleasant St. around midnight "First and last party of the semester."