June 30th, 2013
AMHERST, Mass (WGGB) — Jehovah’s Witnesses held the first of 7 regional bible-study conventions at UMass Amherst’s Mullins Center today.
For more than 20 years, they’ve been holding summer conventions at the school, while local businesses usually reap the benefits.
“Previous years it’s had a pretty solid impact on our business, summertime it’s downtime, no students in town, so whenever a convention comes to town, it’s nice, but unfortunately now UMass has most of their dining taken care of for them, so now they are sparse when they come back in,” said Jay Carreiro, the manager at Antonio’s Pizza.
More than 5,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses took part in the 3-day conference from all over Western Mass and Eastern New York.