If you're living in Amherst and you haven't been yet, treat yourself. It's a huge liquor store, which makes sense, because everyone at UMass shops here. I haven't been in a few years, but last I checked they had excellent prices. Used to be able to get a 30 of Icehaus for around 10 bucks. Or for the hipsters, a 24 BOTTLE case of Pabst for slightly more. Completely lacks personality, but if you just need some quick cheap booze, this is the place.
Ok, I haven't been to many good amusement parks, so it's possible I'm overrating the place, but it's certainly the best amusement park in New England, with second place being non-existant. They have a few cool coasters like the cyclone, the corkskrew and the great american scream machine (my second favorite ride there). But the grand daddy is Superman. This is a true world class rollercoaster. Fast as hell and a long ride. Extremely scary. There's plenty of the old standby's around, too, to keep you occupied when you're taking a coaster break.
My band Four Hour Skies recorded our first full length album with Mark in 4/2005. The whole experience and the results were excellent and the price was very fair. Mark put in lots of time after the tracks were layed down to get everything sounding the way we wanted. His ear and judgement made the frustrating process of mixing down a record much easier. During the recording process he was patient and helpful in keeping us on track and making sure we delivered the best performances possible.
Let me preface the following review by saying that Savio has some great teachers and faculty still involved. In addition, Savio provided me with some great memories. However, the quality of the education and the staff degraded quite significantly from my entrance to the school to my exit four years later and inside sources tell me the trend is continuing. Savio was once a part of the community I respected, long before attending, a school that promoted pride, hard work and honor (the Spartan way). When I graduated in 1998, the place was a zoo. You can get that at public schools for free.
In the engineering and mathematics departments, UMass Lowell is arguably the best school in the UMass system, even compared to the flagship school at Amherst. However, the school is trapped in the realm between commuter and full time college. I lived on campus and it was pretty lackluster. Many of the people I know actually went home on the weekends to party in their home towns, leaving the campus rather barren. If you're just looking for acedemics, this is a place to go. I think that college is about more than that.
UMass is a huge school. Everyone's experience is going to be a little different, but overall, I think there's something for everyone there. From an acedemic prospective, there's tons to learn here and the price is right. From a fun prospective, well the town itself is pretty devoid of anything, so you're limited to bars and parties (which for most, is enough :) ). It's not the party school it once was, but there's plenty of good times to be had. There area is also host to TONS of great food.
These guys came highly recommended to me and now I know why. They fixed my car quick and MUCH cheaper than I had expected. The work they did was exactly what needed to be done even though they could have upsold a more mainstream solution. After they finished, they showed me pictures of what had been done and explained the whole operation. They're also extremely friendly. The shop hours begin and end later than most, which was a plus for me, but could vary for others.
Dr. Farac does a good job and provides a very friendly atmosphere. His aides are also nice and provide great service. I can't speak to the prices since I was using a good dental plan, but they seemed fairly high when I got the insurance bills back. My only complaint is that I sometimes felt like I didn't get a very detailed explanation of what was going on in my mouth and why certain procedures were needed.