Around Amherst: Early voting for primary begins Monday

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Staff Writer
Saturday, February 22, 2020

AMHERST — Early voting for the March 3 presidential primary begins in Amherst on Monday. Town Hall will be the site for early voting during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The off-site location is Bartlett Hall on the University of Massachusetts campus, where voting booths will be set up starting Tuesday and running through Thursday, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

The UMass location will be equipped with an Automark machine to assist voters who are visually or hearing impaired.

Town Clerk Shavena Martin said she is excited to have this arrangement with UMass, where any registered voter in Amherst can go to vote. “So that way students, and faculty, will have an opportunity to early vote on campus,” Martin said.

On March 3, when the presidential primary coincides with voting in several other states, the polling locations return to the traditional venues in Amherst for the 10 precincts, including various schools, churches and municipal buildings.

Emergency response training

A Community Emergency Response Team, which can assist first responders during natural disasters and other incidents, has been part of the Amherst community for several years.

This spring, a free 20-hour basic training class for the Federal Emergency Management Agency program is being offered.

Beginning March 11 and running each Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. through May 6, the training will takes place the UMass police station on East Pleasant Street for both adults and teenagers.

To get an application and register, go to amherstma.gov/1899/CERT-Emergency-Response

For more information, send email to cert@amherstma.gov.

Talk about Cosmopolitan editor

Brooke Hauser, editor in chief of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, will present highlights from “Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman” at the Amherst Woman’s Club, 35 Triangle St., at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The free event will be followed by refreshments.

Retiree recognized

Maggie Spiegel, the branch librarian for the North Amherst Library, is retiring after 25 years of service to the Jones Library.

Library Director Sharon Sharry told trustees at a recent meeting that Spiegel has been a dedicated advocate for the branch, where she began her tenure in 1999, as well as being a lovely person.

Writer-in-residence at UMass

The UMass history department will have Vijay Prashad as its writer-in-residence the week of Feb. 24.

Prashad will visit several graduate classes, host a writing workshop for students, host two community-based events, attend gatherings with faculty, students and staff and deliver a public keynote lecture.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., Prashad will give a lecture titled “History to the Defeated May Say Alas” at the Flavin Family Auditorium, Room 137, at the Isenberg School of Management. A book signing will follow.

During his residency, Prashad will facilitate a community discussion of his edited volume “Strongmen” Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Historic Northampton in Northampton, and on Tuesday he will interview longtime Jackson Street School Principal Gwen Agna at Edwards Church in Northampton.

The UMass/ Five College Writer-in-Residence Program, which facilitates sustained conversations with authors, is organized annually by the UMass/Five College Graduate Program in History.


MONDAY: Budget Committee, 9:05 a.m. Goodwin Room, Jones Library; Town Council, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

TUESDAY: Investment Committee, 3:30 p.m., Goodwin Room, Jones Library.

WEDNESDAY: Feasibility and Design Committee, 9:30 a.m., Woodbury Room, Jones Library; Transportation Advisory Committee, 5:15 p.m., community room, police station; Amherst School Committee, 6 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

THURSDAY: Public Art Commission, 6 p.m., conservation and development library, Town Hall.