Hotel & Casino Company With Possible Ties To Trump Son Seeks 1,200-acre Site in North Amherst: Conservationists Cite Presence of Heirloom Vegetables

Brookdale-Stein noted that if the plan were to proceed at some point, it would require referendum, approval by a number equal to 7/8 majority of all active registered voters in the Commonwealth in 1839, the year the parcel was purchased by the Koszcaniewski brothers.

Statement from Interim Superintendent on School Building Project’s Failure

March 30, 2017 To:       The Amherst Public School District staff and administration and the Amherst community, From:  Phoebe Hazzard, Amherst School Committee Vice-Chair and Dr. Michael Morris, Interim Superintendent While the proposed new schools building project failed to achieve a two-thirds majority in Tuesday's referendum vote, our district will continue to move forward and plan … Continue reading Statement from Interim Superintendent on School Building Project’s Failure

After Amherst Referendum for School Building Project Falls Short, Town Meeting to Vote on Wildwood Boiler, Fort River Study (UPDATED)

It is unknown whether the district will seek, or if the MSBA would grant any further extensions, and if the community overall has the stomach for any further campaigning or debate. However, Kevin Collins, director of the Red Barn Music School, has launched a petition drive to try and force a third Town Meeting vote on the issue. He posted on his public Facebook this morning that he has "only 148 signatures to go." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158371471795545&set=a.10150614132745545.676098.633190544&type=3&theater

Amherst Town Clerk Prepares for Special Calculations After Today’s Election

Although controversy has abounded in the months leading up to today's election in Amherst, which includes a vote on a $67 million school building plan,  Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said this morning that she fully expects ballot-counting will go smoothly. It is of course unknown how many people will vote today, although the school building … Continue reading Amherst Town Clerk Prepares for Special Calculations After Today’s Election

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

On Central Hubs, Locked Rooms, Ebooks, and the Jones Library’s Future

In this era of e-books being downloaded to hand-held devices, and books ordered by Internet arriving by mail within a day, it is hard to guess what the future holds for any public library, much less Amherst's historic, stone-fronted Jones Library. Will public libraries be mostly virtual, located primarily on servers that allow people to … Continue reading On Central Hubs, Locked Rooms, Ebooks, and the Jones Library’s Future

School Committee Candidates Forum: The Mega-School, Cracks in the Earth’s Crust, and Information That Should Have Come to Light

At last night's candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Robert Greeney, who is running for a two-year seat on the School Committee (along with a Select Board seat) took the cake for the most unusual answers to the moderator's questions. He often used metaphors from nature, apparently harkening back to the days … Continue reading School Committee Candidates Forum: The Mega-School, Cracks in the Earth’s Crust, and Information That Should Have Come to Light

Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Halted, Following Legal Foul-Up

At the moment, it seems unlikely that the Amherst Regional Public Schools will have a new superintendent in place by July 1 as was planned. The Amherst Regional and Union 26 School Committees voted unanimously to suspend the current search for a new school superintendent last night,  after discovering that consultants Ray & Associates asked … Continue reading Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Halted, Following Legal Foul-Up