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Monday, May 30 The Memorial Day parade begins today at 9 a.m. at the Town the Common, heads up North and East Pleasant Streets to Triangle Street, and proceeds to the War Memorial Pool where the ceremony will be held.

Candlelight Vigil in Sweetser Park (downtown across from police station), Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m.

Please join the ARHS community in a gathering to honor the life of Sayhan Islam and send love and light to the students who are recovering from the tragic car accident. Everyone is invited.

Bring a candle and matches but sponsors will also have about 200 candles to distribute. There will be a microphone for anyone who wants to share their thoughts. Also bring something to sit on (such as a blanket or chair) .

This event is for the community to show their love and support for these high school seniors and their families.

The Age & Dementia Friendly Amherst Working Group is hosting listening sessions in the Spring/Summer of 2022 to gather input from older adults and others who are aging in Amherst.

SESSION 1: HOUSING will be held from 2:30 pm-4:00 pm on Monday, May 23, 2022 via Zoom.

Topics include:

  • Aging in place
  • Home modifications and repairs
  • Affordability and Accessibility
  • New housing developments

Register for this meeting at: https://tinyurl.com/AFAmherstHousing

SUNDAY MAY 22: Meet The New Directors of CRESS and DEI. Groff Park, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The League of Women Voters invites the community to join them at a reception welcoming to town Earl Miller, the Director of CRESS, the town’s new civilian responder service and Pamela Nolan Young, the new director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Nolan Young will not officially begin her job until July so this is a special opportunity to meet her before her work begins. This is a family focused event with live music and good food along with the opportunity to get to know the new directors. The event is free and open to the public.

Join us for a Cuppa’ Joe with Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman and Finance Director Sean Mangano on Friday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Staff will be on hand to discuss and answer your questions on Amherst’s FY 23 Proposed Budget. You can learn more about the upcoming budget here, documents and resources will be added as they become available.  You may access current and previous years’ budgets at www.amherstma.gov/budget 

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. 

Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions live, or you may submit questions in advance to sunrydb@amherstma.gov with the e-mail subject line “Cuppa”

Join on Friday, May 20th from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM via Zoom  https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/93952241687 (The event was rescheduled.)

District 5 Councilors will hold a virtual district meeting this Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Here is the Zoom link: https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/89032157861

Have you shared your ideas for the future of the Hickory Ridge property yet? Head on over to the project page on Engage Amherst to learn more & tell Town staff what you think. The initial round of idea generating via the site will wrap on May 1 so that results can be compiled and reported. Visit https://engageamherst.org/hickory

Q&A about bears in Amherst! You’ve seen the photos and probably have questions. Chat with Dave Wattle, Bears and Furbearer Project Leader for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Carol Hepburn, Animal Control Officer for the Town of Amherst by Zoom on Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. You can send your questions ahead of time to getinvolved@amherstma.gov. Here is the link: https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/87336257479

The Amherst League of Women Voters is hosting a Community Reception for the CRESS and DEI leaders and staff on May 22, 2-4 p.m. at the Groff Park pavilion (72 Mill Lane).

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