Area briefs: Goshen sets town caucus for Monday; Bombyx gets security grant; Rotarians to plant trees at Leeds school

Published: 4/6/2023 7:04:52 PM
Goshen sets town caucus

GOSHEN — The town caucus will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. All registered voters are invited to participate.

Any resident may be nominated for any of the positions below. Once a quorum of 25 voters is met, the meeting is generally over in less than 15 minutes.

The following positions are up for nomination, along with incumbents (all positions are for three years unless otherwise noted): 

■Almoners, Michael Rock (not seeking reelection) 

■Assessors, Paula Pedersen

■Board of Health, Joshua Lafond 

■Chesterfield/ Goshen Regional School Committee, Heather Crocker Aulenback 

■Finance Committee, Mary Packard, Dawn Scaparotti 

■Hampshire Regional School Committee, Paul Marcinek 

■Library trustees, Rosemary Bienz and Kathryn Boisvert (not seeking re-election) 

■Library trustees (one year), vacant 

■Moderator (one year), Keith Wright 

■Planning Board (five years) Roger Culver (not seeking reelection) 

■Planning Board (three years), vacant 

■Planning Board (one year), vacant 

■Select Board, Kristine Bissell 

■Tilton Farm supervisors (three seats, all one year), Robert Goss, Richard Polwrek, Roger Culver.

Bombyx Center lands $96K grant

NORTHAMPTON — Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Florence is one of 47 organizations set to receive a nonprofit security grant from the state, which awarded some $3 million to groups at increased risk of hate crimes or terror attacks. Bombyx will get $96,631.

The funds are part of a new pilot program focused on assisting with on-premises security personnel costs.

Northampton Rotary Club to plant trees at Leeds Elementary School

NORTHAMPTON — More than 450 Rotary clubs from five northeastern states and the country of Bermuda will be giving back to their communities as part of the Spring 2023 Rotary Day of Service on April 22.

As part of a Rotary International focus on protecting the environment, the Northampton Rotary Club is working with the Northampton’s Department of Public Works, the Urban Forestry Commission, the nonprofit Tree Northampton, and representatives of the Northampton Public Schools to organize a tree planting event at Leeds Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A rain date is April 23.

The Rotary Day of Service isn’t just for Rotarians. Anyone interested in volunteering to help plant trees is invited to contact Day of Service Chair Barbara Devlin at Monetary contributions to support the tree planting project may be directed to the Northampton Rotary Foundation, Inc., PO Box 505, Northampton, MA 01061.

Students can apply for scholarships from Jewish federation

SPRINGFIELD — The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’s Jewish Endowment Foundation is inviting college-bound students to apply to its annual Common Fund and Springfield Council of Jewish Women (SCJW) scholarships through April 14.

Qualified undergraduate students regardless of race, religion, and gender are encouraged to apply. Awards are a combination of academic, financial need and community involvement.

Federation’s Jewish Endowment Foundation Common Fund grants college scholarships to all qualified undergraduate students who are residents of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.

To apply, visit

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