On our radar

Added Nov. 26, 2021:

  • Thursday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. at Hope & Feathers Framing & Printing, 319 Main St.: Opening Reception & Holiday Pie Party. The show features nearly 200 works by local artists — all 6×6″ or 5×7″ and all for sale. Includes paintings, photographs, illustrations, assemblages, and more. Runs from December 4th to January 11th.
  • Friday, Dec. 3, 4-7 p.m. Merry Maple celebration on the North Common. Wagon rides (4-6 p.m.), ARMS Chorus (4:30-5 p.m.), Lighting of the Merry Maple (5-5:15 p.m.), UMass Marching Band and Santa (5:15 p.m.).
  • Saturdays, Nov. 2 – Dec. 25: Free parking at Town lots and meters downtown.
  • Monday, Nov. 29: Pomeroy Village Intersection Design Update and discussion of several proposed zoning bylaws during the Town Council meeting. Meeting begins on-line at 6:30 p.m.
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Added Nov. 17, 2021:

  • Attend the Cuppa’ Joe with Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman with special guest Amherst Finance Director Sean Mangano and hosted by Communications Manager Brianna Sunryd. Staff will be on hand to discuss and answer your questions on the Town of Amherst budget and process. This event will be held via Zoom.

When: Friday, November 19th 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

To Join: Please click the link to join the webinar: https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/93952241687 or join via phone by dialing (646) 876-9923 with webinar ID: 939 5224 1687 

The session will be recorded and added to the Town’s YouTube Channel. You may view previous virtual community meetings and chats by clicking here. 

All will have the opportunity to ask questions live, or you may submit questions in advance via email to sunrydb@amherstma.gov with subject line “Cuppa”

  • State of the Town addresses featuring the President of the Town Council, the Town Manager, Chair of the Amherst School Committee, Chair of the Trustees of the Jones Library, and (possibly) State Sen. Jo Comerford and State Rep. Mindy Domb. Monday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. Links TBD.

Added Nov. 13, 2021:

  • New businesses in town, including restaurants (Garcia’s, Savannas Bar and Bistro, Mexcalito Taco Bar, the upcoming Amherst Oyster Bar) and shops (Art of Intimates).
  • The Drake, the non-profit performance venue taking shape at the former home of the High Horse.
  • Elementary School Building Committee (charged with developing plans for a new/renovated elementary school and soon to choose a designer) – new website, schedule, opportunities for public input, proposed date for a debt exclusion override. (Link to current website)
  • Purchase of the Hickory Ridge Golf Course and subsequent public planning process.
  • How almost $10 million of “free” money from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will be used, and what to do with the remaining $2 million.
  • Financial indicators presentation on Nov. 15 – kicks off the development of the FY23 budget (begins July 1, 20220).
  • Surveillance bylaw – may be voted by Town Council on Nov. 15.
  • Plans and budgets to set up two new Town offices: CRESS (Community Responders for Equity, Safety, and Service) and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).
  • Recommendations of the African Heritage Reparation Assembly.
  • Amherst School Committee’s public engagement process for moving 6th-graders to the Middle School in the fall of 2023 – on the agenda for Nov. 16.
  • Proposed moratorium on large, ground-mounted solar arrays.