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Boards/Committees

  1. Town Meeting Advisory Committee

    September 24, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Glass Room

    RECEIVED: 9/14/18 at 4:13 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Public comment (public is invited to participate during the meeting discussion), review draft Community Impact Statement/Assessment, elect officers, board meeting updates, communication methods/tools/platforms to reach interested residents and knowledgeable community members, other items not anticipated 48 hours before the meeting.

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  2. Amherst Housing Authority

    September 24, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Jean Elder Community Room; 9 Chestnut Court

    RECEIVED: 9/19/18 at 1:08 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Agenda Adoption/Changes; Approval of Minutes: August 27, 2018; Watson Farms- Certificate of Final Completion- Accessible Bathroom Upgrade- Obear Construction- release of retainage; $1561.75; Tenant Concerns; Program Participant Concerns; Accounts Payable Warrant: August 2018; Fixed Asset Purchases and July 2018 P&L; Review of Unit Vacancies; Interim Executive Director’s Report; Chair’s Report; Other Business Not Anticipated within 48 Hour Notice; Adjourn to next regular monthly meeting

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  3. Hampshire Franklin Commission on the Status of Women & Girls

    September 24, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Greenfields Market Conference Room

    RECEIVED: 9/20/18 at 10:47 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Bylaws approval, new officers - elections, approve pending minutes, regional and state updates, logo for HFCSWG, new business, adjourn.

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  4. Bylaw Review Committee

    September 25, 2018, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ First Floor Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 8/1/18 at 10:00 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Call to Order. Public Comment; Minutes; Review of Bylaws; Topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to meeting; adjourn.

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  5. Regional School District Planning Board

    September 25, 2018, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Ramsdell Community Room, Pelham Library

    RECEIVED: 9/17/18 at 11:39 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Approve Minutes: 09-11-18; Public Comment and Committee Announcements; Intro presentation for Amherst SC: review; Discussion with MARS consultants: questions and issues update; Pelham Elementary building: discussion; Community engagement plan: review; List of groups / places to contact: review list; FAQ for web page: review draft; Recording meetings: discussion; Committee Planning; Upcoming meeting schedule (ARHS, Joint with Amherst SC) 10/9 (Amherst); 10/23 (Pelham); Adjourn

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  6. Amherst Housing Authority Executive Search Committee

    September 25, 2018, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Jean Elder Community Room, 9 Chestnut Street, Amherst

    REC'D: 9/21/18 at 10:00 am. TOPICS: Convene in open session; Pursuant to the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Title III; Chapter 30A; Section 21- Meeting of public body in executive session: the committee will go into Executive Session to discuss and review the initial screening of applicants for the position of Executive Director for the Amherst Housing Authority, as follows. “To consider or interview applicants for employment or appointment by a preliminary screening committee if the chair declares that an open meeting will have a detrimental effect in obtaining qualified applicants; provided, however, that this clause shall not apply to any meeting, including meetings of a preliminary screening committee, to consider and interview applicants who have passed a prior preliminary screening;” The committee will not re-convene in open session at the end of executive session; Take a roll call vote of the body to enter executive session.

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  7. Joint Amherst School Committee and Regional School District Planning Board

    September 25, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Library, Amherst Regional High School

    RECEIVED: 9/17/18 at 2:37 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Approve Amherst School Committee Minutes of August 14, 2018; Announcements and Public Comment; RSDPB Discussion; ADJOURN RSDPB; Superintendent’s Update; East Street School Transfer to Town of Amherst; Communication Plan—Dual Language; Infrastructure Discussion and Public Comment; Budget Priorities and Superintendent Goals Discussion; School Committee Forum Planning; Discussion of Recent Election Day Procedures; Charter School Expansion Discussion; Accept Gifts; School Committee Planning; Adjourn

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  8. The Jones Library, Inc. Board of Trustees

    September 26, 2018, 9:05 AM - 11:00 AM @ Goodwin Room

    RECEIVED: 9/21/18 at 3:54 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Minutes; Public Comment; October 2018 Trustee Meeting Date; BID renewal Vote; Fundraising Memorandum of Understanding; Library Director Annual Evaluation; FY20 Action Plan; Collections & Hiring Diversity; Accessibility & Sustainability Planning; FY19 Budget; Stock Donation; Quarterly Report; Friends of the Library Report; Director’s Report; Jones Library Building Project.

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  9. Public Art Commission

    September 26, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ First Floor Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 9/19/18 at 1:05 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Approval of August meeting minutes; 2. Chairman’s report; 3. Treasurer’s report; 4. Art Around Amherst; 5. Update of public art walking tour map; 6. Percent for Art; 7. Utility box project; 8. Logo for Art Commission; 9. North Common renovation update; 10. Town Hall gallery; 11. Web/social media presence; 12. Other business.

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  10. Transportation Advisory Committee

    September 26, 2018, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 9/19/18 at 3:12 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1) Announcements, a) Approving minutes, b) South Amherst Common update, c) Recent Project Request Received; 2) Mill Lane resident concerns; 3) Sidewalk Policy (PVPC), a) Date for public meeting, b) Review of 9/12 discussion; 4) State street changes, a) Recommend to SB or hold a hearing; 5) Mill River Bridge Project process, a) Review Chair’s draft of decision; 6) Subcommittee Reports; 7) Ongoing Items, a) Northampton Rd, b) Projects & Priority, c) Crosswalk - standards; 8) Next meetings, a) October 10th, 24th

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  11. Board of Registrars

    September 26, 2018, 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM @ Town Clerk's Office

    RECEIVED: 9/20/18 at 9:55 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Draw candidate names for Town Election ballot placement; Designate Early Voting Sites, Dates & Times

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  12. Conservation Commission

    September 26, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 9/21/18 at 2:51 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Chair, Director, Wetland Admin Reports; Minutes: 2-14-18 & 9-12-18; Conservation Land Management; Enforcement Order – Work within an intermittent stream and its buffer zone at 16 Eames Ave (Map 11B, Parcel 38); Notice of Intent (cont’d from 9/12 mtg) - Amir Mikhchi for construction of an apartment building and associated, driveway, parking, stormwater drainage, utilities, and landscaping within a resource area at 133-143 South East St. (Map 15C, Parcels 3&4); Notice of Intent (cont’d from 9/12 mtg) – TOA Conservation Department for replacement of the KC Trail Bridge over the Hop Brook off Southeast St. (Map 20B, Parcel 20); Topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to the meeting

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  13. Amherst Redevelopment Authority

    September 27, 2018, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM @ Second Floor Conference Room/Library, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 9/21/18 at 3:55 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Minutes; 2. Reports; 3. Derelict parcels previously discussed by ARA; 4. Plan for moving forward a. types of projects, b. research on what other communities are doing; 5. Matrix - site, projects, partners; 6. New business - topics not anticipated; 7. Old business - topics not anticipated; 8. Next meeting; 9. Adjournment

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  14. Human Rights Commission

    September 27, 2018, 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM @ Lower Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 9/20/18 at 1:54 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Review and Approve Meeting Minutes of May 15 2018. Old Business: Sanctuary Community By-Law follow-up. New Business: Report on Town Committee/Community Organization liaison relationships. Discuss Speakers or Groups to Sponsor in the Town, and Groups with which to Co-sponsor. Announcement: Human Rights Director retirement, January 2019. Other Business: Any other topics the Chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours before the meeting. Announcements. Adjourn.

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Community (Public)

  1. Family StoryWalk with Dawn Marvin Ward

    September 22, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Hitchcock Center for the Environment

    Looking for a fun Saturday morning activity with your young children? We are excited to be offering a free StoryWalk with Dawn Ward! Designed for pre-readers and their families, Dawn’s StoryWalks include an outdoor family walk and indoor natural history touch-table activities. Many thanks to the Amherst Cultural Council for generously funding this program. FREE Recommended for ages 3-5 Rain date: September 23 Registration required: hitchcockcenter.org

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  2. Local Talent: Poets Read at the Jones

    September 22, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Woodbury Room

    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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  3. Pollination Celebration Day

    September 23, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Hitchcock Center for the Environment

    Come and celebrate the pollinators in our world! Bring a picnic and enjoy delicious gourmet popsicles by Crooked Stick Pops of Easthampton. This event is rain or shine. We will have events and activities for the whole family, including: - A visit with the famous Caterpillar Lab, from Keene, NH to observe incredible native caterpillars up close! - A pollinator scavenger hunt and monarch migration obstacle course - Make your own wings and march in our pollinator parade. - See a demonstration of how to make your own waterproof beeswax food cloth. - Attend our workshop on how to make your garden more friendly to pollinators with the Western Mass Pollinator Networks. - Learn how to build your own bee hotel. - Learn about magnificent monarch butterflies, how to tag them, keep track of them and contribute to science.

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  4. Fungi Field Trip

    September 23, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Cadwell Forest in Pelham

    Join Dianna for an in-depth exploration of our fungi at Cadwell Forest in Pelham. She can identify to species whatever we find and fill us in on each species’ unique adaptations, identifying characters, and ecology. You will leave her walks with a greatly increased knowledge base of our local mushrooms and motivation to keep learning on your own. View Dianna's website for more information. http://www.fungikingdom.net/ Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fungi-field-trip-registration-49210541053 Dress for being outdoors. Directions to the meeting site will be provided prior to the program.

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  5. jubilat/Jones Poetry Reading

    September 23, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Jones Library

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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  6. Ukulele Strum Along

    September 23, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Amherst Room

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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  7. Conversation on Environmental and Climate Justice with Jacqueline Patterson

    September 25, 2018, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Hitchcock Center for the Environment

    Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program. Environmental injustice, including climate change, has a disproportionate impact on low-income and communities of color in the United States and world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women’s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. This will be a workshop lunch discussion about environmental and climate justice, and how to have conversations across constituents about climate, race and the environment. Light lunch provided. This program is available thanks to funding from the Roddenberry Foundation to Hampshire College

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  8. Get the Buzz on Electric Vehicles

    September 25, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Hitchcock Center for the Environment

    Curious about electric vehicle (EVs)s? How they work, how far they can go on a charge? An increasing number of electric vehicles on the market are competitively priced and can go over 100 miles on a charge. This workshop will start with a brief ride around the parking lot in a plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt. Participants will learn about EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs available, their features and range, big incentives that bring down their purchase price, charging an EV and matching the right EV and charger with your driving habits and needs. You’ll also learn about pairing solar power for your home with the charging demands of your car, and when to charge for the lowest carbon impact. Registration and donations appreciated. This program will be led by Sally Pick, SJP Environmental Consulting.

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  9. Recreational Marijuana Community Outreach Meeting for 365 Recreational Cannabis

    September 26, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    The purpose of this meeting is to discuss a proposed cannabis retail location at 37-39 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002. There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions. Community outreach meetings are required by the state prior to applying for a recreational marijuana license. These meetings are not hosted by the Town of Amherst, or any Board or Committee associated with the Town.

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  10. Amherst Survival Center Community Appreciation Breakfast

    September 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Amherst Survival Center

    Annual event for community, delicious breakfast, community. All are welcome.

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  11. Book Launch with Local Author Gerald McFarland

    September 29, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Woodbury Room

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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  12. Fall Birding

    September 30, 2018, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Quabbin Reservoir: Gate 29

    Join naturalist, John Green, to explore Gate 29 at the Quabbin Reservoir looking and listening for fall birds, you may catch some migrating warblers as you move through this varied habitat. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-birding-registration-49489256699

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  13. Nature Play and Learning Places Garden Work Day

    September 30, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Hitchcock Center for the Environment

    The Hitchcock Center is expanding its nature play areas. Join this community effort and come help us dig, weed, plant, mulch, haul, etc. Bring tools and gloves if you have them. Registration appreciated: hitchcockcenter.org

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