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Posted on: November 19, 2022

Free Saturday Parking in Downtown Amherst

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The Town has approved the Amherst Business Improvement District's request for free parking at all meters and metered spaces in Downtown Amherst on Saturdays starting after Thanksgiving and running through Christmas, in celebration of Small Busine...

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Posted on: November 28, 2022

Amherst Senior Services Receives Transport Van in Recent Donation from the PVTA

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The Amherst Department of Senior Services wishes to thank the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) for their generous donation of a retired paratransit van. The department appreciates their willingness to support the community. This van represents an i...

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Posted on: November 28, 2022

Cuppa' Joe w/ Paul and Special Guests: Finance Dir. & Comptroller

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Join Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman, Finance Director Sean Mangano, and Comptroller Sonia Aldrich for a casual Cuppa' Joe event to discuss the upcoming annual budget. 

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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Sign up for Amherst Emergency and Parking Ban Alerts

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The Town of Amherst has a variety of ways that you can stay connected with us, from emergency notifications to meeting and news announcements, and more. Receive timely emergency and parking ban notifications to your email or phone by subscribing to these ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

Amherst Awarded Funds & Technical Assistance for Enhancing Recycling & Waste Reduction Efforts

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This week, the Town of Amherst was selected to receive assistance and funding from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) through several of their programs, including the Technical Assistance program and the Recycling Dividends...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Celebrating International Human Rights Day 2022

2022 International Human Rights Day

Join the Human Rights Commission Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 4:30 pm on the North Common for the annual community reading of the Declaration of Human Rights and the 2022 Human Rights proclamation read by Town Council.  Followed by community an...

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Posted on: November 14, 2022

Amherst Area Chamber & Downtown BID Announce a Merry Maple Lighting

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The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and the Amherst Business Improvement District are excited to announce the celebration of the Lighting of the Merry Maple on Friday, December 2nd at from 3:00 to 7:00PM in partnership with their Presenting Sponsor, bank...

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Posted on: November 8, 2022

Town Now Accepting Resident Capital Requests


The Town of Amherst is now accepting resident capital requests until December 31, 2022. Please review the information contained prior to submitting your requests. 

Project Eligibility

Projects are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Benefi...
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Posted on: November 7, 2022

Town of Amherst Announces New Human Resources Director

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Town Manager Paul Bockelman announced the appointment of Melissa Loiodice-Walker, J.D., M.S.W. as the Town’s new Human Resources Director. The appointment is subject to review by the Town Council.

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

Town Awarded $75,000 through Community Planning Grant Program

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The Town of Amherst was awarded a grant of $75,000 to develop streetscape standards for the downtown area. This is the third grant awarded to the Town this week by the Department of Housing and Community Development, with the three grants totaling over $1...

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Posted on: October 26, 2022

Amherst Awarded $755K in MassWorks Grant Funding for Sidewalk Improvements

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Sidewalks on Belchertown Road near the East Amherst Village Center at the intersection with South East Street will receive much needed improvement, with the award of a $755,000 grant from the State. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Econom...

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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Town of Amherst Leaf Collection Schedule - Fall 2022


Curbside pick-up of bagged leaves, using the Town-approved, 30-gallon paper biodegradable bag, will begin Monday, October 31, 2022.  There is no curbside collection of loose leaves. Loose leaves maybe brought to the Transfer Station if you have a...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Resident Aid Assistance Program

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Family Outreach of Amherst, in Collaboration with the Town of Amherst, has been allocated $150,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), to help Amherst residents with overdue rent, mortgage, or utility bills.  These funds will have a direct ...

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