In the News

Posted on: June 15, 2020

Town Manager Seeks Members to Serve on Town Boards and Committees

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The Town Manager continues to seek volunteers to serve on Town Boards. Boards and Committees that have or may have vacancies include the Agricultural Commission, Affordable Housing Trust, Cultural Council, CDBG Advisory Committee, Council on Aging, Disabi...

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Amherst Bulletin Board
Posted on: July 29, 2020

UPDATED Town Council Reports on Polling Locations

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In accordance with Section 11 of Chapter 115 of the Acts of 2020, the Amherst Town Council shall evaluate and report on the impact of a change in polling locations. In making a decision to change a polling place, the Town Council shall evaluate and report...

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Voter Information Amherst Bulletin Board
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment - Article 11.25

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The Town Council will hold a first discussion on a proposed amendment to Zoning Bylaw Article 11.25 - Administration and Enforcement - Section 11.25 - Planning Board Decision, on July 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Memb...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Town Council Accepting Applications for Planning Board

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The Town Council is currently accepting applications from Amherst residents interested in serving on the Planning Board. Applicants should have experience with aspects of planning, development, design, architecture, construction, zoning, and/or real estat...

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Amherst Bulletin Board
Posted on: December 1, 2019

View Currently Posted Positions

All currently posted positions for employment with the Town are on the Town’s Online Career Portal.

Click here to visit the Town of Amherst Career Portal 

You may subscribe to alerts for future job postings by clicking the Notify Me butto...

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In the News

Posted on: August 11, 2020

NO SWIMMING at Fort River/ Wentworth Farm Conservation Area

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Due to high bacteria levels we ask that you refrain from swimming in the Fort River through Tuesday, August 18, 2020.  The Town of Amherst is testing water samples weekly.

For more information call: 413-259-3045

Thank you!

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Transfer Station Stickers for FY21

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FY21 Transfer Station Stickers

Amherst DPW will be issuing all FY21 stickers by mail. Apply for and purchase your transfer station stickers online by clicking here

Renewal forms are also available at the Transfer Station. 

Paper forms mus...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

2020 Election FAQs from Town Clerk

2020 Elections FAQ's

What are the upcoming 2020 election dates?

  • The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 1st. View sample ballots
  • The State (Presidential) Election will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd
  • Polls will be open from 7:00am – 8:00pm on ...
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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Amherst Awarded $321,577 in CDBG CARES Act Funding

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The Town of Amherst is pleased to announce the award of $321,577 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). ...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Town & UMass Establish COVID-19 Working Group

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To enhance their coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Amherst and University of Massachusetts Amherst have appointed a high-level Working Group to address areas of mutual concern. Students will be returning to the Amherst area next m...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Amherst Board of Health Emergency Order: Face Masks/Coverings in Part of the Town

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The Board of Health for the Town of Amherst has issued an emergency order making the wearing of face masks or face coverings in part of the Town, in order to protect public health and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (Please see map of area below)&...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

Town Council Report on Polling Locations

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In accordance with Section 11 of Chapter 115 of the Acts of 2020, the Amherst Town Council shall evaluate and report on the impact of a change in polling locations.In making a decision to change a polling place, the Town Council shall evaluate and report ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2020

Metered Parking Enforcement Resumes August 3rd

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The Town of Amherst will resume enforcement of metered parking spaces beginning August 3, 2020.  

As Downtown businesses begin to reopen and students are expected back in the area, the demand on our parking spaces has increased. Our parking enforc...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

New COVID-19 Massachusetts Travel Order

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Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a respons...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Amherst Dog Park Breaks Ground

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The Amherst Dog Park had a groundbreaking ceremony today. Members of the Dog Park Task Force, CPA Committee, Town Councilors and Town staff were on hand to make remarks and break ground at the South landfill site where the 2.5 acre park will sit. With mor...

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Amherst Designated a Housing Choice Community

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Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the Housing Choice Communities (HCC). The Town of Amherst was again named as one of 56 municipalities to receive an HCC designation, joined by another 8 communities who were newly added. This designatio...

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Vote by Mail Applications

Official 2020 Vote by Mail Application

Voting by mail is available to all registered Massachusetts voters for all elections in 2020. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year. In-person voting will still be available. 

To vote by mail, all you need to do is:

1.   &...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Resolution Signed Denouncing Xenophobia & Discrimination Against Asians & Asian Americans

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The Amherst Town Council recently passed a resolution calling on all local public officials to condemn and denounce any and all anti-Asian sentiment in any form in and around the Town of Amherst. The resolution was sponsored by community members Tracy Zaf...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Amherst Public Works: Working for YOU

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Amherst Public Works continues to operate throughout COVID-19 to provide essential services to the Town.  DPW personnel are working daily to provide drinking water, treat wastewater, and keep public areas & roadways safe. Stay tuned for perio...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Town Manager Pens Letter to University of Massachusetts Regarding Reopening

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Town Manager Paul Bockelman expressed concerns about elements of the plans announced by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to reopen in August.

Bockelman stated, “These decisions have consequences and it is up to the University to take re...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Amherst Joined 25 Other Communities in Support of Harvard & MIT’s Challenge to Proposed Visa Rules

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The Town of Amherst had signed on to an amicus brief in support of Harvard and MIT’s challenge to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent changes to the F-1 and M-1 visa rules for foreign students.

The Town joined an effort s...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Online Kindergarten Registration is Open for Amherst Schools

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It is important to register your child, even if you are not sure you will want to send them to school in the fall as this will help the district plan appropriately. Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020 are eligible to enroll,...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Groff Park Playground Now Open

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The Town Council cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new Groff Park playground and spray park earlier today.

This is the culmination of a five-year effort to renovate this section of Groff Park. The new playground and Spray Park replace a 1950’s wad...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

TOWN OF AMHERST COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE $250K GRANT PROGRAM

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The Town of Amherst and the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund announce the availability of short‐term emergency rental assistance available for Amherst renters experiencing a loss or reduction of income due to COVID‐19. Rental assistance is ...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Amherst Leisure Services Outdoor Pools Open

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The Amherst outdoor pools at Mill River and War Memorial opened to the public Saturday, June 27th and will remain open through August 30th, 2020 for Lap Swim and Open Swim. There are new restrictions to keep in line with Phase 2 Massachusetts regulations,...

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Posted on: May 31, 2020

Joint Statement from Town of Amherst Officials

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We are haunted by the searing vision of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on a subdued man’s neck, as other officers watched the man die. We witnessed Mr. George Floyd’s pleas for help be ignored by the very people who are trained ...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Puffer's Pond Beach Open for Visitors

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The Town of Amherst has opened the Puffer’s Pond area and South Beach for swimming and visiting. Our team will staff the pond 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm to keep visitors safe and to control the number of people using the South Beach area o...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Recreation & Summer Activities in Amherst

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This is an update on Town activities this summer. Please note that all activities, if they are happening, will be different than they have been in previous years. We will put in place precautions to minimize the likelihood of spread of COVID-19, but it wi...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Outdoor Dining Services: Accepting Requests & Recent Openings

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Update: The Town of Amherst Inspections Team and Board of License Commissioners have facilitated the opening of outdoor dining and alcohol service at seven Amherst restaurants so far. Opening this Friday with expanded outdoor seating and alcohol service a...

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In the News

Posted on: July 27, 2020

Patrol Officer John M. Chudzik's Retirement

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July 27, 2020 

Chief Scott P. Livingstone announced the retirement of Patrol Officer John M. Chudzik effective July 25, 2020, after 35 years of service to the department and the town of Amherst. 

Chudzik’s career at the Amherst P...
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Posted on: May 31, 2020

Joint Statement from Town of Amherst Officials

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We are haunted by the searing vision of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on a subdued man’s neck, as other officers watched the man die. We witnessed Mr. George Floyd’s pleas for help be ignored by the very people who are trained ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Detective Scott E. Gallager Promoted To Sergeant

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April 15, 2020  

Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that Detective Scott E. Gallagher of the Amherst Police Department was promoted to the rank of sergeant effective April 13, 2020. Sergeant Gallagher was promoted after an extensive...

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