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Boards/Committees

  1. The Jones Library, Inc. Personnel, Planning and Policy Committee

    September 2, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM @ Library Director's Office

    RECEIVED: 8/26/14 at 11:00 am. MEETING TIME: 8:30 am. LOCATION: Library Director's Office. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Comment; Minutes; Board of Trustees Self-Evaluation; Library Director Evaluation; Library Director Contract Renewal; FY16 Action Plan.

  2. Regional Agreement Working Group

    September 2, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Town Room, Amherst Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 8/27/14 at 3:57 pm. MEETING TIME: 6:00 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Public Comment; 2. Review of the agenda; 3. Consider provisions to recommend for an amended Regional Agreement; 4. Develop a process to draft and approve a report of Working Group recommendations for the Regional School Committee; 5. Minutes of previous RAWG meetings; 6. Timeline review, schedule for next meetings; 7. Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours in advance of meeting.

  3. Board of Assessor's

    September 3, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Town Hall, First Floor Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 8/26/14 at 10:23 am. MEETING TIME: 5:00 pm. LOCATION: First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Approve Minutes, Sign Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Reports, Sign Motor Vehicle Warrants/Notice to Commit and Commitment Sheet, Sign RE/PP/CPA Warrants/Notice to Commits, Sign Real Estate Abatement Reports, Sign Certificates for Chapter 61/61A, Sign Real Estate Abatement, Principal Assessor Update.

  4. Planning Board & Zoning Subcommittee

    September 3, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 8/29/14, 3:28 PM MEETING TIME: 9/3/14, 5:00 PM LOCATION: Town Room, town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Announcements & Minutes; Zoning Amendments: 1) Inclusionary Zoning, 2) Special Districts Reorganization, 3) Other Zoning Amendments & Issues; Topics Not Anticipated 48 Hrs. Prior to Meeting; Next Meetings - Sept. 10 & 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29 (?)

  5. The Subcommittee on Culture, Community and School Climate, The Amherst Regional School Equity Task Force

    September 3, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ The Bangs Center

    RECEIVED: 8/21/14 at 2:03 pm. MEETING TIME: 6:00 pm. LOCATION: Bangs Center. LIST OF TOPICS: Review the Minutes of July 22nd and 31st, 2014 meeting. Discuss the Social Justice Curriculum and the BAMMS Goals. Analyze the "Equity Progress and Planning" Report from the Superintendent.

  6. Planning Board

    September 3, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    REC'D 8/29/14, 2:30 PM MEETING TIME: 9/3/14, 7:00 PM LOCATION: Town Rm, Town Hall LIST OF TOPICS: Minutes; Zoning - ZSC Report, Publ Comment; Pub Hrg Site Plan Rev 7:30PM SPR2015-02 Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main St Req Site Plan Rev approval to install new signs, drainage impr. at Evergreens, mech. system impr. at Homestead (Map 14B, Parcels 26 & 27, R-G zon'g dist); Old Business: A. Signing Decisions SPR2014-18 Common School 521 So Pleasant St, SPR2014-19 Archipelago Invest Olympia Place 57 Olympia Dr; SPR2014-20 Survival Ctr. 138 Sunderland Rd; SPR2015-01 Elm Electric 32 Northampton Rd; B. The Retreat Definitive Subdivision Plan & Site Plan Review discussion of process & schedule; C.Topics not anticipated; New Business; Form A Apps; Upcoming ZBA/SPP/SPR/SUB apps; Plan Bd Comm. & Liaison Rep'ts; Rep't of Chair & Staff

  7. Planning Board

    September 3, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 8/8/14 at 3:40 pm. MEETING TIME: 7:30 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Hearing 7:30PM SPR2015-00002 Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main Street Request Site Plan Review approval to install new signs, drainage improvements at the Evergreens, mechanical system improvements at the Homestead (Map 14B, Parcels 26 & 27, R-G zoning district).

  8. Council on Aging

    September 4, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Bangs Community Center, Room 101

    RECEIVED: 8/26/14 at 4:15 pm. MEETING TIME: 9:00 am. LOCATION: Bangs Center, Room 101. LIST OF TOPICS: Minutes of June 5, 2014. Friends of the Amherst Senior Center Treasurer's report and other business. Conversation with Kris Pacunas, Director of Amherst IT Dept. Annual Volunteer Awards Social, October 31, 2014 at 2 PM. Eveline Sears Activist Award. Update from Ron Bohonowicz regarding the work to be done at the Bangs Community Center. MCOA Conference. Annual report for Elder Affairs, comparison from FY13. Parking Update. Long Range Planning Update. Staff reports on the Boston Post Cane, HVES Update & Caregiver's Grant. Next Meeting, Thursday, October 2, 2014.

  9. The Jones Library, Inc. Board of Trustees

    September 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Goodwin Room

    RECEIVED: 8/29/14, 2:24 P.M. MEETING TIME: 9/4/14, 9:00 A.M. LOCATION: Goodwin Room TOPICS: Minutes; Public Comment; Head of Information Services Presentation; Preliminary Renovation Project Timeline; North Amherst Library Railings; Munson Library Space-Planning; Planning and Design; Sammys 2015; Board Self-Evaluation; Library Director Annual Evaluation; Library Director Contract; FY16 Action Plan; Friends' Report; Director's Report.

  10. Town-Gown Steering Committee

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

    RECEIVED: 8/29/14, 2:52 PM MEETING TIME: 9/4/14, 4:00 PM LOCATION: Town Room, town Hall LIST OF TOPICS: Discussion of U3’s preliminary recommendations; Public comment; Next steps; Topics the Co-Chairs Did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours prior to the meeting

  11. Recycling and Refuse Management Committee

    September 4, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM @ Public Works Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 8/22/14 at 8:31 am. MEETING TIME: 4:30 pm. LOCATION: Public Works Meeting Room. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Approve 7/10/14 minutes. 2. Clarify solid waste strategic plan criteria, determine strategy. 3. Begin solid waste strategic planning. 4. Group reports: a. Compost, b. Transfer Station/SWEF, c. Downtown recycling. 5. New Business & topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to meeting.

  12. Mount Holyoke Range Advisory Committee

    September 4, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Notch Visitors Center
    West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002

    RECEIVED: 8/27/14 at 9:10 am. MEETING TIME: 6:00 pm. LOCATION: Notch Visitors Center. LIST OF TOPICS: Minutes of August meeting. Status of permanent occupancy permit for Summit House. Updates on Lithia Springs parking access and related problems. Old/new business.

  13. Human Rights Commission Executive Committee

    September 4, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall
    4 Boltwood Ave
    Amherst, MA 01002

    RECEIVED: 9/2/14 at 10:10 am. MEETING TIME: 6:30 pm. LOCATION: First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Executive Committee Meeting. Agenda: Activity Planning, Meeting Protocols. Any other subject not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours prior to the Meeting.

  14. District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee

    September 9, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Library, Amherst Regional High School

    RECEIVED: 8/25/14 at 2:37 pm. MEETING TIME: 5:30 pm. LOCATION: Amherst Regional High School, Library. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Comment (5:30 pm); Approve minutes; Continue discussion about areas where we might want to measure trends, with the District Trends Outline.docx as a guide. Get input from members on any research done since last meeting; Other topics not reasonably considered by the Chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting; Public Comment (6:30 pm).

  15. Norwottuck Rail Trail Advisory Committee

    September 9, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Hadley Housing Authority

    RECEIVED: 8/18/14 at 8:10 am. MEETING TIME: 6:00 pm. LOCATION: 42 Golden Court, Hadley. LIST OF TOPICS: Norwottuck ongoing management, staffing, maintenance and operations - current status. MassDOT June 2015 timetable for wrapping up construction. Grand reopening event. DCR policy on formal and informal connections to the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Knowledge corridor Norwottuck/Manhan Rail Trail railroad underpass in Northampton adjacent to King St. Invasive species control. Knowledge corridor Norwottuck rail underpass in Northampton. Committee appointments. Other business, future efforts, update from the statewide MassCentral meeting, bikeshare study, Moving together bike/ped/transit statewide conference on October 2014. Next steps.

  16. Zoning Board of Appeals

    September 11, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 8/26/14 at 11:02 am. TIME: 6:30 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS:(Continued from June 26, 2014 and July 24, 2014) ZBA FY2014-00038 – Margaret Riley – For a Variance, and/or any other relief necessary, to allow the enlargement of a non-compliant lot by adding area and frontage and to structurally alter and enlarge a non-compliant, existing, single family dwelling, under Section 10.2 of the Zoning Bylaw, at 908 South East Street; (Continued from July 24, 2014) ZBA FY2014-00039 – W.D. Cowls – For a Special Permit to extend and/or alter a pre-existing non-conforming lot by subdividing it into two lots resulting in an increase in an existing non-conforming lot coverage and to alter an additional non-conforming lot, under Section 9.22 of the Zoning Bylaw, at 125 Sunderland Road, 134 Montague Road, and 149 Montague Road.

  17. Zoning Board of Appeals

    September 11, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    RECEIVED: 8/26/14 at 12:17 pm. MEETING TIME: 6:30 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS, Public Hearing: ZBA FY2015-00009 – Andrea Tulenko & Jeffrey Catlin – For a Special Permit to structurally alter and enlarge a pre-existing non-conforming (as to rear yard setback) detached garage by adding a second floor, at 124 High Street (Map 11D, Parcel 124, R-G Zoning District); ZBA FY2015-00010 – Ryan Karb – To appeal a Notice of Violation dated July 16, 2014, that the dwelling is occupied by more than four unrelated individuals, under Section 10.2 of the Zoning Bylaw, at 110 Logtown Road (Map 18D, Parcel 63, R-N Zoning District).

  18. 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

  19. 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.

Bangs Center Activities

  1. Alice Dowd Lounge

    September 2, All Day

    Lounge Open 8 AM-4 PM

  2. Bubble Room

    September 2, All Day

  3. Ethel Moore Computer Gallery

    September 2, All Day

    12:30-3:30 PM Chinese Mahjongg 1-3 PM Scrabble

  4. Garrabrants Conference Room

    September 2, All Day

    9-10 AM Blood Pressure Clinic 11 AM-4 PM Massage 7-9 PM Science of Spirituality

  5. Glass Room

    September 2, All Day

  6. Large Activity Room

    September 2, All Day

    8:30-9:30 AM Function Well 11:45 AM Lunch 7:30-10 PM Morris Dancers

  7. Lower Meeting Room

    September 2, All Day

  8. Pole Room

    September 2, All Day

    2:30-4 PM Osteoporosis Resistance Program 6:30-7:30 PM Jacqueline Maidana Dance Lessons

  9. South Meeting Room #101

    September 2, All Day

    9:30-11 AM Morning Yoga

Community (Public)

  1. Opening Reception for A Genius For Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era

    September 4, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Woodbury Room Jones Library

    Join us for the opening reception for September's display in the Jones Library atrium and a screening of the documentary Fletcher Steele and Naumkeag, which explores the design of Naumkeag in Stockbridge, one of the seven Country Place-era landscapes featured in the exhibition. Robin Karson, the executive director of LALH and author of the exhibition (and the book of the same title), will introduce the documentary and take questions after the screening. ­A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era is a panel exhibition created by the Library of American Landscape History (LALH). A narrative by landscape historian Robin Karson and photographs by Carol Betsch trace the development of an important movement in American landscape design through seven country estate landscapes designed between 1905 and 1950. The panel exhibition will be on display at the Jones Library through September.

  2. The Forgiveness Project Movie Screening

    September 7, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Woodbury Room Jones Library

    Join us for a screening of a feature film, which is based on a true story and explores the theme of forgiveness. For more information, including movie title, please call the Reference Desk at 413-259-3096. *** 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 at the Jones Library Reference Desk. 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.

  3. Amherst Live

    September 13, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst

    Amherst Live is a live magazine show combining interviews, storytelling, TED-style talks, and live music. What does it means to live here, in a small New England town, and what we can learn from our neighbors about how to live better? Join us Saturday, September 13, at Bowker Auditorium for our best show yet! Tix @ http://amherstlive.com.

  4. The Forgiveness Project: Audio Story Fest

    September 14, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Woodbury Room Jones Library

    Listen to personal stories about the struggle to forgive from NPR, The Moth Radio Hour, and The Forgiveness Project (UK). *** 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.

  5. Celebrate Amherst Block Party

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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. Amherst Art Walk

    September 4, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Amherst Art Walk takes place the first Thursday of each month.Venues include Gallery A3, The Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery, The Boys and Girls Club, Freedom Trails Gallery at Valley Frameworks, The JCA Hall Gallery, The Clawfoot Tub, and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.Additional Venues vary by the month.Go to the Facebook page to see the current exhibitions.

  2. A “Closer Look” Gallery Talk

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

    Enjoy a lively "closer look" at the Mead's art collection from the unique vantage point of first-year Amherst College students. As part of their Orientation Program in August, 35 new students took part in an immersive museum experience. Come see what they discovered! This event is FREE and open to the public.

  3. A Far Cry and Violinist Augustin Hadelich

    September 14, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College

    A collective of 17 young musicians, the string orchestra A Far Cry represents the vanguard of an exciting new generation in classical music. The Criers are proud to call Boston home, rehearsing at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain. They are joined by the young German violinist Augustin Hadelich, hailed by The New York Times as “one of his generation’s most gifted musicians.” A Far Cry performs works by Adès, Shostakovich and Janácek. “This was a superb, perfectly calibrated performance, full of subtle nuances and real power. Conductors, watch out: The collective approach works.” —The Washington Post

  4. 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.

  5. Celebrate Amherst Block Party

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

  6. 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.

Town Common Reservations

  1. Trash to Treasure

    September 1, 8:00 AM - September 7, 5:00 PM

  2. La Paz Centro Sister City

    September 6, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  3. Amherst International Amnesty Group

    September 6, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  4. Viridian Energy Deregulation

    September 6, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  5. Don Berwick for Govenor

    September 6, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  6. Center for International Education

    September 13, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  7. Amherst International Amnesty Group

    September 13, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  8. Viridian Energy Deregulation

    September 13, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  9. Stavros Center

    September 19 - September 20

  10. Amherst International Amnesty Group

    September 20, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  11. Viridian Energy Deregulation

    September 20, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  12. UMass Apple Harvest Festival

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

  13. Amherst International Amnesty Group

    September 27, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  14. Viridian Energy Deregulation

    September 27, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM