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UMass Amherst Hires First Neighborhood Liaison

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Robert Rizzuto
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The Republican/Masslive.com

A local attorney has been chosen to be the first neighborhood liaison at UMass Amherst.

Eric Beal, a Umass Amherst graduate and former chair of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals will work with university and town officials to respond to incidents and complaints involving off-campus student behavior.  

Beal said he will promote proactive programs, perform mediation and be a mainstay in the neighborhoods that traditionally find large student gatherings on nights and weekends.

"If I see a potential problem developing,then I can decide whether to intervene or seek police backup," he explained.

The new position was a key recommendation from former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis , who was hired by the university to consult on how to handle large off-campus disturbances in the wake of the infamous 2014 “ Blarney Blowout”

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.