Early April musings
Like the News Nuggets of yore, but not as newsy.
• Really gratifying response to the "Older and wiser" piece. That just fills me up and keeps me going, so thank you all very much.
• Sent the SB an April Fools e-mail last week, about how I was going to start tightening up agendas by scheduling items in shorter increments, using a stopwatch to keep time, and speaking faster as necessary. Apparently, it was all too in keeping with my, um, orderly style of meeting management, and no one knew it was a joke. Should I worry?
• Stan Rosenberg's annual municipal conference was
Saturday at the Clarion in
• Nice League of Women Voters event last Friday evening at the Amherst Woman's Club. It was a joint celebration of the Town's 250th birthday, the League's 70th birthday and publication of the seventh edition of "Your Amherst Government." The new edition doesn't seem to be on the web site yet, but the previous edition is here. Like all the League publications, the new one is a tremendous resource, and so well done.
• On the subject of cool local links, have you checked out Digital Amherst yet? Great info. Or how about Alison Donta-Venman's Amherst By the Numbers blog? She was Chief Data Cruncher for the Facilitation of Community Choices Committee, and she really knows her way around a spreadsheet.
• The Red Sox head to the West Coast later this
week, and Monday's
• Is it just me, or does Dave Keenan seem to be in the paper all the time these days? What's up with that?
• The warrant review meeting was Friday morning (not the League/TMCC one - the one with Town Counsel, the Moderator, Fin Com Chair, etc.) It was primarily to familiarize everyone with what's on there and to identify any questions or problems. We also tweaked things a little bit, trying to give the optimal order to articles so that the budget consideration can start June 1st. We're down to 30 articles total, with 20 to do before the budget. The current draft article list is here. The SB signs the warrant next Monday, 4/13.
• Last night's Select Board meeting featured a visit from a noisy drunk guy. When he first came in to the Town Room, it seemed like he might be doing maintenance or setting something up - he was carrying a bunch of stuff, and seemed to be unpacking it. But he got a little stranger and noisier, so Larry went to check it out. Just a drunk guy doing who knows what, and "waiting for a friend." Larry asked him to wait in the hall, but eventually he came back in. He was sitting quietly for a while, but started making noises again. You can hang out at SB meetings to your heart's content (heck, I did...) but you can't be disruptive. Another wacky Monday night at Town Hall.
• Perhaps the best news I've heard lately: Larry is in discussions with Cooley-Dickinson
to open an emergency room or urgent care facility in
• Are you a local artist? The Public Arts Commission is seeking proposals for art to be displayed in Town Hall and to decorate the columns in the Boltwood Garage. Click here for details. If you do the columns, you have to be prepared for people to mar your work by accident, with their car doors and mirrors. Don't ask me how I know this.