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Posted on: January 25, 2021

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Our staff and commission have narrowed it down to a Top 5. Now we need your help to decide which one to use! Check out all five options and choose the one you think best represents Amherst Recreation. Poll will remain open until February 8th. Thank you!

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: Current Phase Information

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The vaccines to provide some protection to COVID-19 are coming, but not fast enough for any of us. The Town of Amherst will be an active player in distributing the vaccine. We understand there is eagerness among all populations, and especially seniors, to...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Winterfest Ice Sculptures on the Common - A drive-thru experience

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This fantastical event will feature at least 11 life-sized animal ice sculptures displayed on the Amherst Common. Your favorite Winterfest mascot, Flakey along with mascots from our local colleges and businesses will join us in waving to passers-by. Pleas...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Open Air Burning Permits Now Available

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Open Air Burning Permits for yard clean-ups are now available from the Fire Department.  State regulations allow burning from January 15th to May 1st.  Application and payment for burning permits are now done online!  

In order t...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

The Town of Amherst Bridges Digital Divide, Implements New Soofa Signs

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 The Town of Amherst is helping to bridge the digital divide by bringing Soofa Signs and charging cores to Amherst’s downtown. The signs will communicate COVID-19 updates, public health guidelines, Town updates, and local business offer...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Town of Amherst Preliminary Flood Maps Enter Appeal Period

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The Town of Amherst is in the process of updating its Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS). The Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been available for review since July 2020.  A 90-Day statutory appeal period be...

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Public Forum Regarding Appropriations Not in the Annual Budget - CPA Appropriation

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Per Charter section 5.6, the Town Council will hold a public forum regarding an appropriation not in the annual budget, Council Order FY21-08A: Community Preservation Act Appropriations: Appropriation and Borrowing Authorization, and Land Acquisition and ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Youth Basketball Skills Clinics

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Amherst Recreation is proud to present our new Youth Basketball Clinics! This socially distant program will focus on skills and drills of the game. Boys and Girls in grades 3-8 will be able to join us twice a week at the Pelham Elementary School Gym. Prac...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Reminder: FOG and Wipes Clog Pipes in Amherst

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While holiday gatherings and cooking plans might be more modest this season, it’s important to remain vigilant in the kitchen to prevent messy, costly sewer backups. Sewer blockages caused by improper disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG) tend...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Governor Announces Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1, & Additional Restrictions

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The Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective Sunday, December 13th, all communities in Massachusetts will return to Step 1 of Phase 3, of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. This will reduce indoor capacities across a broad range of s...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Remote Recreation

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Stay active and connected this winter through remote recreation opportunities.

Stay Connected

Meet us over on our YouTube channel for science, stories, cooking and more! Plus, our Resource and Activities Page has some great ideas too. Try your hand...

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Recreation News & Announcements
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Winter Walks with Amherst Recreation

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Bundle up and walk with us!

During the month of January come on out for a wintery stroll at any of our recreation areas for interactive games and activities for the whole family.

See our What's Happening page for more details coming soon! ...

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Recreation News & Announcements
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Community COVID-19 Testing Site in Amherst

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As part of the state’s expansion of testing, UMass Amherst is providing free COVID-19 tests for local community members starting Monday, Dec. 14. Tests will be offered by appointment only at the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) at the Mulli...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Town Council Accepting Applications for Non-Voting Resident Members of the Finance Committee

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The Town Council may be filling a vacancy for non-voting resident members on the Finance Committee and is currently seeking applications.

The Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Town Council which advises the Council on all financial matters. ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Town Council Accepting Applications for Non-Voting Resident Members of the Finance Committee

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The Town Council may be filling a vacancy for non-voting resident members on the Finance Committee and is currently seeking applications.

The Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Town Council which advises the Council on all financial matters. ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Governor Announces Targeted Measures to Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases

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Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a series of targeted measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Governor Charlie Baker announced these changes at a time where public health data has indicated that...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Lieutenant David R. Knightly's Retirement.

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Chief Scott P. Livingstone announced the retirement of Lieutenant David R. Knightly, Jr. effective August 26, 2020, after 35 years of service to the police department and the town of Amherst. 

David R. Knightly, Jr., a native of Amherst, joined th...
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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: 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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