Around Amherst: Community cleanup put together by the town is on tap


Staff Writer
Friday, April 19, 2019

AMHERST — A community cleanup put together by the town, and which will see members of the Town Council serving as team leaders, is scheduled for May 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The idea for the cleanup comes from the community participation officers, who have sought ways for residents to stay involved in municipal affairs.

Brianna Sunryd, Amherst’s communications manager, said collection bags for trash and recycling, as well as work gloves, are being provided by the town, though people are encouraged to bring their own gloves, if they have them.

Locations for the cleanup will be crowd-sourced, Sunryd said.

People interested in participating in North Amherst will gather at Mill River Recreation Area, in Amherst center outside the Jones Library and in South Amherst at the Amherst Montessori School parking lot on Pomeroy Lane.

Light refreshments will be available at these meeting points, though participants are encouraged to bring water and sunscreen.

For more information or to suggest sites to clean up, send an email to getinvolved@amherstma.gov

Meanwhile, Sunryd, Jennifer Moyston and Angela Mills, who serve as the community participation officers, will be at the Amherst Survival Center for lunch April 26 at 11:30 a.m., and will be at the Sustainability Festival April 27.

Milestone for AmherstEducation Foundation

The Amherst Education Foundation, which raises money to provide grants to teachers, staff and administrators, was recently recognized upon its 25th anniversary.

The Town Council issued a proclamation that observes the group was founded in 1994 to promote students’ educational equity, support diversity, stimulate excellence and mobilize broad community support for public schools. The proclamation also honors “its mission to support Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century.”

The foundation will hold a spring celebration May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the UMass Marriott Center, with special guests including co-founder Ellen Story, Sen. Jo Comerford, Rep. Mindy Domb and Amherst Town Council President Lynn Griesemer.

Amherst native winsdoctor of year award

California’s family physician of the year is an Amherst native and Amherst College graduate.

Lee Ralph earned recognition from among the nearly 11,000 members of the California Academy of Family Physicians.

He was cited for excellence in the practice of medicine and patient care, leadership roles in training the next generations of family physicians and community service.

Ralph provides medical care and is a managing partner and chief financial officer at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center.

Human Rights Awards

Nominees are being sought for the Human Rights Youth Heroism Awards, which will be held for the 14th time at a community picnic at Mill River Recreation Area in June.

The Human Rights Commission is soliciting the nominees as part of its mission to promote a community of mutual respect and to honor the town’s diversity.

Young people who have demonstrated acts of kindness, unselfishness, social courage and community service within their families, their schools or the community can be nominated.

Nominations may be submitted through the town’s website through May 17.

For more information, contact Moyston at 259-3002


MONDAY: Jones Library Budget Committee, 9:05 a.m., Goodwin Room, Jones Library; Outreach, Communications, and Appointments Committee, 9:30 a.m., Outreach and Appointments Subcommittee, 11 a.m., and Town Council, 6:30 p.m., all at Town Room, Town Hall.

TUESDAY: Rules of Procedure Committee, 9:30 a.m., and Finance Committee, 2 p.m., both at Town Room, Town Hall; Historical Commission, 5 p.m., Conservation and Development Library, Town Hall; Design Review Board, 6 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY: Personnel Board, 9 a.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Governance, Organization and Legislation Committee, 10:30 a.m., and Community Resources Committee, 3:30 p.m., both at Town Room, Town Hall.

THURSDAY: Joint Capital Planning Committee, 8:30 a.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

FRIDAY: Jones Library Investment Committee, 9:05 a.m., Goodwin Room, Jones Library; Audit Committee, 9:30 a.m., Town Room, Town Hall.