Developer Makes Obscene Gesture, Refuses to Heed Moderator Before Zoning Vote at Amherst Town Meeting

A man later identified as local developer Jerry Guidera made an obscene hand gesture at Town Meeting members on Wednesday night, before getting into a dispute with the meeting moderator, James Pistrang, over a seating issue. Guidera also loudly proclaimed that a woman present called him a "bastard." Some of the drama (although not the … Continue reading Developer Makes Obscene Gesture, Refuses to Heed Moderator Before Zoning Vote at Amherst Town Meeting

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Letter from Amherst Regional Middle School Interim Co-Assistant Principal Alicia Lopez, Defending the Work of Interim Principal Patty Bode

Editor's Note: An interim co-assistant principal at Amherst Regional Middle School, Alicia Lopez, submitted a letter (below) last week to the district's School Equity Task Force and the regional school committee, in support of ARMS Interim Principal Patty Bode.  Lopez, a Latina, is a longtime educator in Amherst and her letter follows the controversy which … Continue reading Letter from Amherst Regional Middle School Interim Co-Assistant Principal Alicia Lopez, Defending the Work of Interim Principal Patty Bode

Interim Amherst Regional Middle School Principal Will Not Accept Reappointment, Following Public Questions About Licensure (REVISED)

AMHERST -  Amherst Regional Middle School's Interim Principal Patty Bode has notified the district that she will not be continuing in the role for the 2018-2019 school year. On April 11, Amherst Regional Public Schools Superintendent Michael Morris and Assistant Superintendent Doreen Cunningham sent an email to the community, stating that although Bode previously accepted … Continue reading Interim Amherst Regional Middle School Principal Will Not Accept Reappointment, Following Public Questions About Licensure (REVISED)

Amherst Town Meeting Votes to Spend $50,000 on Architectural Study of North Amherst Library: Boards Criticized for Neglect of Building’s Problems

After decades of functioning without a public restroom, water fountain or a wheelchair-friendly entryway, the North Amherst Library will be studied for improvements. Amherst's tiny first public library, dating to 1893, is on the state and national registers of historic places. It longtime lack of adequate public facilities prompted a resident, Terry Johnson, to pay … Continue reading Amherst Town Meeting Votes to Spend $50,000 on Architectural Study of North Amherst Library: Boards Criticized for Neglect of Building’s Problems

Amherst For All, Promoting Local Government Overhaul, Schedules Practice “District” Meetings

Amherst For All, an organization seeking major changes to local government in Amherst, will hold a series of three practice "district" meetings beginning on Monday. A plan to replace Town Meeting, which has 240 elected members, and the Select Board with a 13-member Town Council also calls for merging Amherst's 10 voting precincts to create … Continue reading Amherst For All, Promoting Local Government Overhaul, Schedules Practice “District” Meetings

Amherst Town Meeting Votes to Create New Advisory Committee to Study Proposed Local Projects & Laws: Select Board Opposes Move

Amherst Town Meeting has voted to create a new, nine-member elected Advisory Committee, which will analyze and report on the bylaws, resolutions and projects proposed to the 240-member body by petitioners and local officials. The new committee, called TMAC, will study the potential benefits and impacts of proposed measures on public safety in Amherst, and … Continue reading Amherst Town Meeting Votes to Create New Advisory Committee to Study Proposed Local Projects & Laws: Select Board Opposes Move

Amherst Town Meeting Votes to Bar Fossil Fuels In Major New Municipal Buildings, Chooses to Sidestep Select Board

The phrase "Amherst Town Meeting" and "exciting" aren't often used in the same sentence, and yet, there was nail-biting last night in this academic community, where most people you meet say they are working on at least ONE book. Echoing Tuesday's strong showing by progressives in state and local elections nationally, Town Meeting passed a … Continue reading Amherst Town Meeting Votes to Bar Fossil Fuels In Major New Municipal Buildings, Chooses to Sidestep Select Board