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Posted on: August 5, 2020

November 3rd Election Information

2020 Elections FAQ's

November 3, 2020 Election FAQs:

  • Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on election day.

How can I vote?

  • Vote-By-Mail
    • If you haven't already applied for a Vote by Mail ballot for November, you can submit your application online at http://...
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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Amherst’s COVID-19 Risk Designation Downgraded to Moderate

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has downgraded the risk level in Amherst to moderate, or yellow. This new designation indicates the Town has between four and eight cases per 100,000 population or a moderate level of risk.  

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Community-Level COVID-19 Data Reporting amherstma.gov - News & Announcements
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Amherst Small Business COVID Recovery Grants Program

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The Town of Amherst has been awarded federal funds through the CARES Act to support local small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Valley Community Development Corporation will act as Program Administrator for the application and selection p...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Town of Amherst Halloween Safety Tips for COVID-19

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Halloween will be different this year. Our highest priority, as a community, is the health and safety of our children. 

The best way to stay safe is to stay home!  

However, we all understand that Halloween is an annual event that provides...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Resident Capital Request Submissions Now Being Accepted

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At this time the Joint Capital Planning Committee (JCPC) is inviting proposals for FY2022 capital projects from Town residents. You may submit your proposal online by clicking here

  1. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 13, 2020 at 4:3...

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Posted on: October 20, 2020

Craig's Doors to Open New 24-Hour Shelter on November 1st

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In advance of the winter shelter season, the Town of Amherst is pleased to announce that Craig’s Doors will be opening a new 24-hour shelter November 1st for those experiencing homelessness. 

Craig’s Doors has secured a 24-hour...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

CDBG Advisory Committee: Public Hearing

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PUBLIC HEARING: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7 PM 

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has designated the Town of Amherst a Mini-Entitlement Community that is eligible to apply for Community Development Block G...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

Checks Issued by Amherst, Which Have Not Been Cashed and are Deemed Abandoned

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Each year the treasurer of the Town of Amherst publishes a listing of unclaimed checks that have been issued by the Town. Please refer to the "List of Names" document linked at the end of this announcement.

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List of Names amherstma.gov - News & Announcements
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Town Receives $130K MassDOT Grant Award for Town Center Shared Streets

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The Town of Amherst received a grant of $129,427 from Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) as part of the Shared Streets and Spaces Program to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, expand outdoor dining space and the outdoor dining peri...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Amherst Receives $34K for Safe and Healthy Elections

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The Town of Amherst announced today that it successfully secured $34,051 in nonprofit grants to fund safe and secure elections. The grant, awarded by the nonpartisan Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), will help the Town administer elections this year ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Town of Amherst, UMass Amherst Working Together As Community Is Designated "Higher Risk"

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With the designation of Amherst by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a “red,” higher-risk community for COVID-19, we want to assure you that the University and the Town, working together, are committed to ensuring the he...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Town of Amherst Leaf Collection Schedule - Fall 2020

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Town of Amherst Leaf Collection Schedule - Fall 2020

Curbside pick-up of bagged leaves, using the Town-approved, 30-gallon paper biodegradable bag, will begin Monday, November 2, 2020.  There is no curbside collection of loose leaves. Loose leaves...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

University to Provide Asymptomatic COVID-19 Tests for Amherst First Responders & Inspectors

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Town of Amherst announced today that the University will provide asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for the Town’s first responders and inspectors as part of their joint efforts to deter spread of the novel coron...

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Amherst, Other Communities Announce Expansion of Restorative Justice in Hampshire County

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District Attorney David E. Sullivan and six police chiefs have partnered with community stakeholders and local volunteers to increase access to restorative justice in Hampshire County. Based on their shared vision that restorative justice must be availabl...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Town Manager Seeks Members to Serve on Community Safety Working Group

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Town Manager Paul Bockelman is seeking residents to serve on a newly formed Community Safety Working Group.  

The purpose of the Community Safety Working Group is to (a) make recommendations on alternative ways of providing public safety services ...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Town Opens 2nd Round of Emergency Rental Assistance Funding

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TOWN OF AMHERST COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM 

The Town of Amherst and the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund announce the availability of Round Two for short-term emergency rental assistance available for Amherst...

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Posted on: August 27, 2020

Amherst COVID-19 Concerns Line & Email

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In an effort to streamline responses, the Town of Amherst has set up a phone line and email address for our community members to share concerns and questions regarding COVID-19.

Staff will monitor and direct the calls and emails accordingly. Please do not...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Amherst Masks4All Initiative

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We still need your help keeping our community safe.  Please Join the Masks4All Town-Wide Initiative: 

There is still a demand for masks.  Especially for our youth. If you are making masks please consider donating a mask to the Ma...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

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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COVID-19 Travel Order State Website amherstma.gov - News & Announcements
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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