(2/2/07) Here's another week's collection of bits and pieces of news and information from around town.
Candidate update: Just one new candidate for Town-wide office this week – Caitlin Thalken took out nomination papers for a seat on the Housing Authority. She is a UMass student and she is also running for Town Meeting in Precinct 9. For the full list of candidates, not including those running for Town Meeting, see last week's nugget.
Final reminder: Tuesday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for filing nomination papers with the Town Clerk's office. Town Meeting nominations require only one signature, all other offices require 50.
Get schooled: In an effort to show more people what 21st century education looks like, the schools are conducting walk-throughs, aimed at those who have never been to the facilities, or who haven't been there for a while. In the coming week, the tours are scheduled for:
Monday, February 5: Middle School from 12:00-1:30
Tuesday, February 6: High School from 12:00-1:30
Thursday, February 8: Crocker Farm from 8:00-9:30
Contact Debbie Westmoreland in the Superintendent's office by e-mail or by phone at 362-1810, for more information.
Thanks BCG: The January 30th Budget Forum, organized by the Budget Coordinating Group, was well-attended and informative. Presentations from each of the financial officials – Larry Shaffer, John Musante, Alice Carlozzi, Jere Hochman and Bonnie Isman – were all exceptional. Kris Pacunas did an excellent job setting up a video conference with State Senator Stan Rosenberg, and State Rep Ellen Story was there live. If you missed it, be sure to catch a re-broadcast of the event on ACTV channel 17 at the following dates and times:
Wednesday - Sunday, 1/31 thru 2/4: 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Monday - Wednesday, 2/5 thru 2/7: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, 2/8: 9:30p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
More budget stuff: The Select Board will be discussing the budget and override options at its Monday, February 5th meeting, and the public is invited to offer comment. The meeting begins at 6:15 p.m., and that topic is scheduled on the agenda for 7:00 p.m. The Select Board meets in the Town Room at Town Hall. Also: lots of good updates on the budget section of the Town's web site.
Focus on Olver: Congressman John Olver will be Rob Kusner's guest on Focus, Sunday, February 4th at noon on 91.1 FM WMUA. Congressman Olver was recently tapped to chair the Transportation and HUD subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. The topic will be transportation issues and how they impact energy, environmental and international policies. The President and the war are also likely subjects.
The Big 3-0: Delano's marks its 30th anniversary on Sunday, February 4th. The mirror over the bar proclaims that on that date in 1977, the establishment opened for business at 9:00 p.m. and Tom Ogiba was the first customer. No one could be reached for information about celebration plans. If there are any, they will be competing that night with a certain football game. Also debuting on 2/4/77: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.
Notes of Love: The Amherst Club's annual Love Notes concert to benefit local human service agencies takes place Friday, February 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst College's Buckley Recital Hall. Tickets are $20 for the concert and $35 for the concert plus the champagne reception. Tickets are available at Hastings and Amherst Books, or from Amherst Club members. If tickets remain, they will also be sold at the door. For more information, check out the Amherst Club's web site, or call 253-5179 or 549-1199.
Calling all lawyers: Amherst has put out an RFP for Town Counsel services. Proposal packages are available from the Town Manager's office, and must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20th. Stay tuned.
At the Jones: Julius Lester will read from his new book Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire on Sunday, February 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the Jones Library's Large Meeting Room. A book signing and refreshments will follow. In information from the library about the book, Lester says: “I retell the story of Cupid and Psyche in the voice of a southern black storyteller. In the process of doing so, I bring together practically all of the tales in mythology about Cupid, as well as several tales involving his mother, Venus. It's a book I had enormous fun researching and writing.” The event is sponsored by Friends of the Jones Library and is free and open to the public.
Never ending info: The Town web site – have I praised it lately? So much fascinating information. Like the Planning Department's newsletter, Planning Briefs (also available in hard copy – I got one at Bangs Center.) Browse through the archives and you'll learn about zoning requirements, bits of Amherst history, and the correct pronunciation of Niels la Cour's name. That would be Nils – not Neels. The current issue includes a master plan update, 3-D GIS info and a profile of Jonathan Tucker.
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-- Stephanie O'Keeffe