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Boards/Committees

  1. Personnel Board

    September 17, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall
    4 Boltwood Ave
    Amherst, MA 01002

    RECEIVED: 9/12/14 at 8:54 am. MEETING TIME: 9:00 am. LOCATION: First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Opening/Welcome. Agenda Review/Additions. Old Business: Review and Approve Minutes of August 12, 2014. New Business: 9:15 am Nancy Dubin and Chris Crane, part time Library staff. 9:45 am Review of Survey results conducted on part time benefits in Massachusetts towns; 10:00am Personnel Procedures Manual review status updates from members. Report on new hires and exits, FY 15 year to date. Other Business: Any other topics the Chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours before the meeting.

  2. Planning Board & Zoning Subcommittee

    September 17, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/15/14 at 8:09 am. MEETING TIME: 5:00 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Announcements & Minutes; Zoning Amendments: 1) Inclusionary Zoning, 2) Special Districts Reorganization, 3) Citizen Petition Amendment; Topics Not Anticipated 48 Hrs. Prior to Meeting; Next Meetings - October 1, 15, 29 (?)

  3. Discipline and Development Subcommittee; Equity Task Force

    September 17, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ First Floor Conference Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/11/14 at 4:22 pm. MEETING TIME: 6:00 pm. LOCATION: First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Refine recommendations; approve minutes of last meeting; hear from parents in the district about their experiences.

  4. Planning Board

    September 17, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/12/14 at 11:19 am. MEETING TIME: 6:00 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Minutes; Pub Hrg Zon'g Amend 6:05PM A-01-15 Inclusionary Zoning (Plan Bd) To see if Town will amend Art 4, Devel Methods, Art 12, Defin, Article 15, Incl Zon'g, of Zon'g Bylaw to expand residential uses & developments required to provide affordable housing, increase rate, simplify bonuses, create regs, re-organize provisions & other related changes; 7:00PM Cont'd Pub Hrg Def Sub Plan for Cluster SUB2014-02 Retreat at Amherst Request withdrawal without prejudice for Def Sub Plan application; Zoning ZSC Rep't, Pub Hrg & Outreach Sched, Pub Comment; Old Bus Sign Decisions SPR2014-19 Archi Invest Olympia Place 57 Olympia Dr, SPR2014-20 Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd, SPR2015-02 Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main St; New Bus topics not anticipated; Form A apps; Upcoming ZBA/SPR/SPP/SUB apps; Plan Bd Committee & Liaison Rep'ts; Rep't of Chair & Staff

  5. Planning Board

    September 17, 6:05 PM - 10:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 8/28/14 at 11:58 am. MEETING TIME: 6:05 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. TOPICS/PUBLIC HEARING - ZONING AMENDMENT 6:05PM A-01-15 Zoning - Inclusionary Zoning (Planning Board) To see if the Town will amend Article 4, Development Methods, Article 12, Definitions, and Article 15, Inclusionary Zoning, of the Zoning Bylaw, in order to expand the residential uses and developments required to provide affordable housing, selectively increase the rate of such housing to be provided, simplify density bonuses, create regulations specific to categories of zoning districts and types of residential development, reorganize inclusionary provisions of the Bylaw, and make other related changes

  6. Amherst School Committee

    September 17, 7:00 PM - 7:15 PM @ Cafeteria, Amherst Regional High School

    RECEIVED: 9/15/14 at 12:45 pm. MEETING TIME: 7:00 pm. LOCATION: Amherst Regional High School, Cafeteria. LIST OF TOPICS: Interlocal Purchasing System Resolution; Other topics not reasonably considered by the Chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

  7. The Jones Library, Inc. Budget Committee

    September 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Goodwin Room

    RECEIVED: 9/11/14 at 3:17 pm. MEETING TIME: 10:00 am. LOCATION: Jones Library, Goodwin Room. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Comment; Minutes; FY15 Budget; FY16 Endowment Draw; Posting Quarterly Activity; FY15 Auditor.

  8. Housing & Sheltering Committee

    September 18, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/15/14 at 4:18 pm. MEETING TIME: 3:00 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Announcements 2. Approve minutes 3. CPA Funding Increase - Upcoming Forum & HSC Involvement 4. Inclusionary Zoning - Public Hearing Review, Petition Article 5. Town Gown Committee Preliminary Recommendations 6. Parking Forum 7. Committee Work Plan 8. Committee Annual Report 9. Public Comment period 10. Other business not anticipated 11. Adjournment

  9. Recycling and Refuse Management Committee

    September 18, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ DPW Conference Room

    RECEIVED: 9/15/14 at 3:13 pm. MEETING TIME: 4:00 pm. LOCATION: DPW Conference Room. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Approve 8/4/14 minutes 2. Transfer station overview presentation 3. Discuss Transfer station options and strategies 4. New Business & topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to meeting.

  10. Amherst Cultural Council

    September 18, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Jones Library, The Goodwin (Trustees) room

    RECEIVED: 8/28/14 at 3:55 pm. MEETING TIME: 5:30 pm. LOCATION: Jones Library, Goodwin Room. LIST OF TOPICS: This will be an open meeting for the community from 5:30 to 6:00 to answer any questions about funding and grant procedures. After the informational meeting for the public there will be business meeting of the council to set its agenda and meeting times for the fall.

  11. Human Rights Commission

    September 18, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Bangs Community Center
    4 Boltwood Ave
    Amherst, MA 01002

    RECEIVED: 9/15/14 at 2:21 pm. MEETING TIME: 6:30 pm. LOCATION: Bangs Center. LIST OF TOPICS: Agenda Review/Additions. New Business: 1. Approve minutes of August ; 2. FY 15 HRC events planning reports from Commissioners (2); 3. Other Business. Any other topics the Chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours before the meeting.

  12. Amherst Transportation Plan Working Group

    September 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/17/14 at 11:24 am. MEETING TIME: 2:00 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Review material from consultant 2. Provide feedback and direction to the consultant 3. Schedule future meetings.

  13. Dickinson Local Historic District Commission

    September 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/8/14 at 9:49 am. MEETING TIME: 4:00 pm. LOCATION: First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 40C, and the General Bylaws of the Town of Amherst, the Dickinson Local Historic District Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 22, 2014 in the First Floor Meeting Room of Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue, to consider the following application for a Certificate of Appropriateness: 4:00 PM - 30 Boltwood Walk, Unit 1 (14A-61). Request to install a new storage shed and exterior awning with signs and lighting. Copies of the application and information about the structure(s) proposed to be modified are available in the Planning Department, Town Hall, Amherst, MA.

  14. Public Parking Forum

    September 23, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
    121 North Pleasant Street
    Amherst, MA 01002

    RECEIVED: 9/16/14 at 12:27 pm. MEETING TIME: 7:00 pm. LOCATION: Unitarian Universalist, Amherst. LIST OF TOPICS: Co-sponsored by the Select Board and Planning Board, the first in a series of community forums related to downtown parking. Welcome/Opening Remarks. John Musante, Town Manager; Aaron Hayden, Select Board Chair; David Webber, Planning Board Chair. Overview of current system by Senior Planner, Jeff Bagg. Master Plan. 2008 PVPC study. Municipal Parking District. Town Center Permits. Public lots, meters, private lots. Public Comment Session. Moderated but open public comments. 3-5 minute remarks. Summary/Preview of subsequent forums.

  15. Paratransit Committee

    September 24, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ 2808 Main Street

    RECEIVED: 9/15/14 at 11:36 am. MEETING TIME: 11:00 am. LOCATION: 2808 Main St, Springfield. LIST OF TOPICS: Approval of minutes from 11/20/13 and 2/26/14 Paratransit Committee meetings. Preliminary Paratransit CSA study recommendations. Other business.

  16. PVTA Advisory Board - Finance & Audit Committee

    September 24, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ 2808 Main Street

    RECEIVED: 9/15/14 at 11:35 am. MEETING TIME: 11:30 am. LOCATION: 2808 Main St, Springfield. LIST OF TOPICS: Approval of minutes from 5/28/14 Finance & Audit Committee meeting. Report of draft financial statements for fiscal year 2014 from the auditors. Other business.

  17. Public Art Commission

    September 24, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/17/14 at 12:12 pm. MEETING TIME: 12:00 pm. LOCATION: First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Approval of August meeting minutes; 2. Chairman’s Report; 3. Treasurer’s Report; 4. Public Art Report; 5. Mapping Project; 6. Exhibit Schedule; 7.Website; 8. Other Business.

  18. PVTA Advisory Board

    September 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ 2808 Main St

    RECEIVED: 9/15/14 at 11:35 am. MEETING TIME: 12:00 Noon. LOCATION: 2808 Main St, Springfield. LIST OF TOPICS: Approval of minutes from 5/28/14 and 6/25/14 regular Advisory Board meetings. Report of the Paratransit Committee. Presentation by Will Rodman - Paratransit CSA. Report of the Finance Committee. FY14 audit. Proposed PVTA Advisory Board 2015 meeting dates. Proposed PVTA Advisory Board bylaw changes. Administrator's report. Manager of Planning & Operations report. New and old business.

  19. Munson Memorial Building Trustees

    September 24, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/11/14 at 9:25 am. MEETING TIME: 2:30 pm. LOCATION: First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion to adopt easement for Congregational Church. Envisioned changes to the library space. Topics not reasonably anticipated by the clerk (acting Chair) 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

  20. Amherst Housing Authority- Resident Advisor Board (RAB)

    September 25, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM @ 34 Pomeroy Lane - Community Room

    RECEIVED: 9/9/14 at 6:08 am. MEETING TIME: 4:30 pm. LOCATION: 34 Pomeroy Lane, Community Room. LIST OF TOPICS: Minutes of June 26th meeting, Discussion on first four chapters of Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) for Federal Public Housing (Watson Farms Development).

  21. Zoning Board of Appeals

    September 25, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/9/14 at 12:56 pm. MEETING TIME: 6:30 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Hearing, ZBA FY2015-00007 – Knight Properties, LLC - For a Special Permit to extend and alter a pre-existing non-conforming three family dwelling by formalizing an existing fourth unit, under Section 9.22 of the Zoning Bylaw, at 33 Phillips Street (Map 11A, Parcel 37, R-G Zoning District).

  22. Amherst Transportation Plan Working Group

    September 29, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Public Works Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 9/17/14 at 11:25 am. MEETING TIME: 2:00 pm. LOCATION: Public Works Meeting Room. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Review material from consultant. 2. Provide feedback and direction to the consultant 3. Schedule future meetings.

  23. Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee

    September 30, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/17/14 at 11:18 am. MEETING TIME: 4:00 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. UMass/North Amherst bike path progress. 2.Transportation task force discussion.

Bangs Center Activities

  1. Alice Dowd Lounge

    September 17, All Day

    Lounge Open 8 AM-4 PM

  2. Bubble Room

    September 17, All Day

    3:45-4:45 PM Counseling

  3. Ethel Moore Computer Gallery

    September 17, All Day

    12-4 PM Bridge

  4. Garrabrants Conference Room

    September 17, All Day

    10-11:30 AM Shakespeare 6-8 PM Compassionate Communication

  5. Glass Room

    September 17, All Day

    7:30-10 PM Wake Robin

  6. Large Activity Room

    September 17, All Day

    9:30 AM Free Bread & Produce 11:45 AM Lunch 12:30-1:30 PM Boxes of Food 3-4 PM Dance for Fun/Fitness 6-8 PM Fun Club

  7. Lower Meeting Room

    September 17, All Day

  8. Pole Room

    September 17, All Day

    8:30-10 AM Osteo RT 11-11:30 AM Gentle Fitness 12:30-2 PM Arthritis Exercise 6-8 PM Glass Jewelry Making

  9. South Meeting Room #101

    September 17, All Day

    9:30-11 AM Morning Yoga 2-4 PM New Options 7-9:30 PM Social Justice

Community (Public)

  1. Celebrate Amherst Block Party

    September 18, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Downtown Amherst

  2. Words Like Barbed Wire: The Poetry of World War One

    September 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Jones Library Woodbury Room

    Barry Deitz presents a look at the poetry of the time, tracing the lives of several writers through the war, their experiences good and bad, and the effect of the war on those who survived. He also looks at how this poetry reflects the end of the old world of the 19th Century and the birth - in hope, glory, and blood - of the Twentieth.

  3. The Forgiveness Project: Documentary Screening

    September 21, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Woodbury Room Jones Library

    Join us for a screening of The Imam & the Pastor and An African Answer. These two shorter, related documentaries about a Muslim cleric and a Christian pastor in Nigeria are not about religion, but about opening to one another across great divides. Both men have deep hatred for each other, until they begin to listen to each other, transforming their relationship and inspiring the formation of a peace institute. *** The Forgiveness Project, a year-long exploration throughout the Pioneer Valley on the theme of Forgiveness through community conversations and the arts, invites Amherst to read together Desmond Tutu's new book The Book of Forgiving throughout the month of September. Several copies are available to check out. There will be a community-wide conversation time of sharing questions, challenges, thoughts and feelings on this complex subject on Sunday, September 28. Co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Art & Soul.

  4. jubilat/Jones Reading Series

    September 21, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Goodwin Room Jones Library

    Join us for the first event in the 2014-15 Reading Series, featuring poets Arda Collins and Matthew Rohrer. Meet the Poets: An informal Q&A session will follow each reading. The jubilat/Jones Series showcases established and emerging poets in a number of readings each year.

  5. The Forgiveness Project: A Community-Wide Conversation on the Subject of Forgiveness

    September 28, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Woodbury Room Jones Library

    This conversation about the real challenges and possibilities of forgiveness as a human practice will be loosely based on Desmond Tutu's new release The Book of Forgiving. You do not have to have read the book to participate in this conversation. Facilitated by Susannah Crolius of Art & Soul/The Forgiveness Project and Karen Blanchard, PhD., faculty at SIT Graduate Institute, with dramatic readings from Tutu's book by Yvette Sirker or the Enchanted Circle Theater. Co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Art & Soul.

Downtown Amherst Events

  1. Public Lecture in Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium

    September 18, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst MA 01002

    Join Harvard Divinity School professor Laura Nasrallah for the lecture “Matter and What Matters in Teaching and Learning: A Field Report from the College Art Museum.” She'll explore how first-hand encounters with original objects can transform learning in the liberal arts college and share case studies from her teaching career studying New Testament and early Christian literature in the context of Roman archaeology. The lecture takes place in Stirn Auditorium, adjacent to the Mead, followed by a reception in the Mead galleries. FREE and open to the public.

  2. Celebrate Amherst Block Party

    September 18, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Downtown Amherst

  3. Schubert Project Kickoff Reception

    September 19, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

    Join the Brentano Quartet and Michael Kannen, the musicians behind the Schubert Sound Installation and the Amherst Schubert Project, for a reception in the Mead's Rotherwas Room before three "live recording" performances in the Amherst College Arms Music Center. For more information about the Amherst Schubert Project and related events, visit http://schubert.music.amherst.edu.

  4. Amherst Poetry Festival

    September 19, 5:00 PM - September 21, 4:00 PM @ Emily Dickinson Museum and Sweetser Park

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 The festival kicks off Friday night, September 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. with the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon at the Emily Dickinson Museum on 280 Main Street in Amherst. The marathon continues Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until the last of Dickinson’s 1,789 poems are read. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 On Saturday, September 20, three stages will be set up on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum and at Sweetser Park next door. The main festival stage will be on the lawn of Emily Dickinson’s house, the Homestead, and will run from 10 a.m. to roughly 9 p.m. Poets scheduled to read include James Tate, Dara Wier, Martín Espada, Dan Chelotti, Lenelle Moise, John Hennessy, Rich Michelson, James Heflin, Mark Hart, Corwin Ericson, Karen Skolfield, Ellen Dore Watson, Emily Pettit and many more. Mr. Hip Presents, a Boston-based poetry reading series, will bring a mix of poetry and music to the evening portion of Saturday’s fest

  5. Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon

    September 19, 5:00 PM - September 21, 3:00 PM @ The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Join us in reading all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson's poems in the house where Dickinson wrote them. The marathon begins Friday, September 19 at 5 PM, and continues through Sunday, September 21 until all the poems are read.

  6. BRENTANO STRING QUARTET ON THE MUSIC AT AMHERST CHAMBER SERIES SEPT 19

    September 19, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College

    Named Yale’s Artists in Residence in 2014, the Brentano provided the central music (Beethoven’s Opus 131) for the critically acclaimed independent film A Late Quartet. At Amherst, the Brentano performs Mozart’s “Hunt” Quartet, K 458—and, with their founding cellist, Michael Kannen, as a special guest—the Schubert Quintet. “A magnificent string quartet…. This was wonderful, selfless music-making.” —The Times (London)

  7. Words Like Barbed Wire: The Poetry of World War One

    September 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Jones Library Woodbury Room

    Barry Deitz presents a look at the poetry of the time, tracing the lives of several writers through the war, their experiences good and bad, and the effect of the war on those who survived. He also looks at how this poetry reflects the end of the old world of the 19th Century and the birth - in hope, glory, and blood - of the Twentieth.

  8. The Forgiveness Project: Documentary Screening

    September 21, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Woodbury Room Jones Library

    Join us for a screening of The Imam & the Pastor and An African Answer. These two shorter, related documentaries about a Muslim cleric and a Christian pastor in Nigeria are not about religion, but about opening to one another across great divides. Both men have deep hatred for each other, until they begin to listen to each other, transforming their relationship and inspiring the formation of a peace institute. *** The Forgiveness Project, a year-long exploration throughout the Pioneer Valley on the theme of Forgiveness through community conversations and the arts, invites Amherst to read together Desmond Tutu's new book The Book of Forgiving throughout the month of September. Several copies are available to check out. There will be a community-wide conversation time of sharing questions, challenges, thoughts and feelings on this complex subject on Sunday, September 28. Co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Art & Soul.

  9. jubilat/Jones Reading Series

    September 21, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Jones Library Goodwin Room

    Join us for the first event in the 2014-15 Reading Series, featuring poets Arda Collins and Matthew Rohrer. Meet the Poets: An informal Q&A session will follow each reading. The jubilat/Jones Series showcases established and emerging poets in a number of readings each year.

  10. The Forgiveness Project: A Community-Wide Conversation on the Subject of Forgiveness

    September 28, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Woodbury Room Jones Library

    This conversation about the real challenges and possibilities of forgiveness as a human practice will be loosely based on Desmond Tutu's new release The Book of Forgiving. You do not have to have read the book to participate in this conversation. Facilitated by Susannah Crolius of Art & Soul/The Forgiveness Project and Karen Blanchard, PhD., faculty at SIT Graduate Institute, with dramatic readings from Tutu's book by Yvette Sirker or the Enchanted Circle Theater. Co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Art & Soul.

Town Common Reservations

  1. Stavros Center

    September 19 - September 20

  2. Amherst International Amnesty Group

    September 20, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  3. Viridian Energy Deregulation

    September 20, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  4. UMass Apple Harvest Festival

    September 25, 12:00 PM - September 28, 10:00 PM

  5. Amherst International Amnesty Group

    September 27, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  6. Viridian Energy Deregulation

    September 27, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM