Amherst Public School District Loses $75,600 in Crocker Farm Preschool Funding

"The state is ending the inclusive preschool grant from which we receive $75,000, calling into question our capacity to maintain current levels of preschool programming, let alone add the preschool seats that would be made possible by the building project," Amherst-Pelham Interim School Superintendent Michael Morris, in an Amherst Bulletin column last week.

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Race to the Finish in Amherst: Voter Threshold Set for Tuesday’s $67 Million School Construction Referendum

After a plan for a $67 million school building project twice failed to win a 2/3 majority vote from Amherst Town Meeting, a major petition drive was launched which will lead to a townwide referendum. Next Tuesday every registered Amherst voter - not just the 250-odd people on Town Meeting (and some of us are … Continue reading Race to the Finish in Amherst: Voter Threshold Set for Tuesday’s $67 Million School Construction Referendum

Let Us Call These Fellows Dave

This is kind of a small community, and people sail across the Coolidge Bridge, and in between Amherst, Hadley and Northampton, sometimes a few times a day.  I periodically encounter the same person three or four times in one 24-hour period, in different towns, restaurants or stores. We will look at one another oddly and … Continue reading Let Us Call These Fellows Dave

In Case the $67 Million Amherst School Building Plan is Voted Down Next Tuesday: Morris Proposes Fort River Site Study

The study would evaluate Fort River's foundation, among other building and site features. "We'd know a whole lot more about Fort River than we know now. We'd know a whole lot more about renovation schemes," Morris said, adding that the study could also help the district address concerns about environmental health and air quality.

Time to Heal the Fractures: Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Postponed Until Fall

Nakajima, who is running for re-election to a seat won about six months ago, spoke about the need for a community-wide strategic planning process, to help bring warring factions together. "Given the multiple fractures - it's a means of starting to heal and re-knit a lot of those fractures," he said.

On Neighbors, “Sanctuary” Communities, $1.5 Million in Federal Funds, and Homeland Security Calling Amherst “Uncooperative”

  When we first moved to Amherst nearly 11 years ago, we held an "open house" party and invited our nearby neighbors. More than 10 people came. But hands down, the most welcoming family was from the house to our right - an Iraqi immigrant couple with two teenage daughters. The girls had baked us … Continue reading On Neighbors, “Sanctuary” Communities, $1.5 Million in Federal Funds, and Homeland Security Calling Amherst “Uncooperative”

I Know How the Flowers Felt: In Praise of the Smith Bulb Show

There is really no excuse for NOT attending the annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College's Botanic Garden in Northampton. This grand and beautiful event is something I first attended several years ago, and now look forward to each winter. After months amid dingy mounds of snow, this show - which you can enjoy for … Continue reading I Know How the Flowers Felt: In Praise of the Smith Bulb Show