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

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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

The Straight Dope (Opinion Column)

Get ready, Amherst  - we are now on track to have 8 recreational marijuana shops!  (As a friend of mine noted the other day, we've got just ONE bookstore downtown these days.) But whatever. Once we get hold of a few joints and/or pot-infused brownies, we might feel a little better about this decision, and … Continue reading The Straight Dope (Opinion Column)

Diversity Issues Arise as Amherst-Pelham Interim Schools Superintendent Michael Morris Takes Stage, Seeks Permanent Job

Editor's note: This article has been updated  (9/28/17) to include additional information regarding standardized test scores. Michael Morris, the interim superintendent of the Amherst Regional Public Schools, gave a public "job talk" last night (9/27), to demonstrate why he should be granted the permanent post when the combined regional school committees meet again on Oct. … Continue reading Diversity Issues Arise as Amherst-Pelham Interim Schools Superintendent Michael Morris Takes Stage, Seeks Permanent Job

A Single New Or Renovated K-6 School on the Fort River Elementary School Site Will Be Study Committee’s Focus

The Amherst School Committee is expected to vote next week on a mission statement for the Fort River Feasibility Study Committee, and will limit its focus to the Fort River Elementary School. The move would take the controversial prospects of townwide school consolidation and grade reshuffling off the table for the near future. On Tuesday … Continue reading A Single New Or Renovated K-6 School on the Fort River Elementary School Site Will Be Study Committee’s Focus