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Public Health Fish Consumption Advisory Issued by MA DPH

posted Dec 10, 2018, 10:28 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Dec 10, 2018, 10:28 AM ]

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued a fish consumption advisory for Damon Pond in Goshen and Chesterfield.

DPH is issuing a public health fish consumption advisory for Damon Pond based on elevated levels of mercury.  

The mercury levels in the fish tested from Damon Pond were compared to the DPH guideline level of 0.5 parts per million (ppm). The mercury levels detected in chain pickerel and largemouth bass were above the DPH guideline value and thus the regular consumption of these fish may pose a potential health concern.

Additional information can be found in the files listed below:

Memorial Park Maintenance

posted Nov 24, 2018, 5:52 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Nov 24, 2018, 5:53 AM ]

Overdue maintenance needs of trees and shrubs in Memorial Park will be addressed in the near future. This will involve pruning of dead and diseased branches and removal of undesirable trees and shrubs.

In an effort to improve the health and safety of the trees in Memorial Park and make the Park more attractive to visitors, tree work is being planned to uplift and selectively prune out dead/diseased branches on the Linden and Ash trees, and cut down the Norway Maple (an invasive species) and two Burning Bush (invasive species).

For more information email: lorrainebrisson@verizon.net.

State Senator Adam Hinds Holds Office Hours in Goshen on 11/14

posted Nov 10, 2018, 2:21 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Nov 10, 2018, 2:21 PM ]

State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D-Pittsfield) district aides will host their monthly staff office hours on Wednesday, November 14th in Goshen. All residents of his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in this session if they have an idea, question or comment about state government they wish to share, or if they require assistance from the Senator's constituent services team. Everyone is welcome!

As a part of his ongoing efforts to be accessible to all constituents, no matter where they reside, Hinds directed his district staff, A.J. Enchill and Jon Gould, to hold roving office hours outside of their primary work locations once a month. Enchill is based in the Senator’s Pittsfield office, Gould splits his time between Pittsfield and Williamsburg.

This month the Senator’s staff will be available to meet with constituents and local officials from 11:00am until 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 14th in Goshen in:

2nd Floor Meeting Room/Dining Room, Goshen Town Hall, located at 42 Main Street in Goshen.

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at (413) 344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at (413) 768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with
state agencies or programs to speak with Hinds’ constituency services staff in person.

November 6, 2018 Election Results

posted Nov 10, 2018, 2:08 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Nov 10, 2018, 2:09 PM ]

Click on the file below for details on how the town voted in this years state election.

Town of Goshen - Public Disclosure - Property Value Reassessment

posted Oct 31, 2018, 9:51 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 9:52 AM ]

The Board of Assessors has conducted a reassessment of property values in accordance with Mass. GL, Ch. 40, Section 56, and in accordance with procedures of the Department of Revenue. The purpose is to have town property values more accurately reflect the current real estate market. Based on the real estate market the property values have increased.

The Assessor’s office will be open to allow for public disclosure of the values for FY2019 during the business hours of Nov. 5th to Nov. 9th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Nov. 6th from 5 to 7 p.m. and Nov. 7th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Values can also be obtained by calling the office at 268-8236, ext. 302 during these hours.

Selectboard Agenda - Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6PM

posted Oct 17, 2018, 5:01 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Nov 4, 2018, 1:33 PM ]

The Goshen Selectboard will meet at the Goshen Town Offices on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6 p.m.

The agenda for the meeting is included below:

Early Voting Dates Announced

posted Oct 11, 2018, 10:36 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 10:37 AM ]

Take advantage of Goshen’s early voting dates and times!

On Saturday, October 27th from 9am- Noon, and Monday, October 29th from 9am-3pm and 6-8pm, registered voters may come to the John James Memorial Hall at 42 Main Street to cast their ballots for the state election. Unlike absentee voting, no application is needed! However, if absentee voting is what you seek, applications are available in the town clerk’s office and on the state website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2018-Short-Form-Absentee-Ballot-Application.pdf.

Please contact town clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions: 413-268-8236 x107 orclerk@goshen-ma.us.

Introducing Our Very First Town Administrator

posted Oct 9, 2018, 6:14 PM by Goshen Webmaster

It is with great pleasure the Selectboard announces the appointment of Ira Brezinsky to the position of Goshen Town Administrator. We are very much looking forward to working with Ira as we work to improve opportunities for all of Goshen’s stakeholders. Please feel free to call or email him or simply stop in to the office and say “hi”.


His contact information is:

Email: ibrezinsky@gmail.com

Work phone: 413-268-8236

Cell phone: 413-219-5577


The following is a brief background that Ira has provided:


I am thrilled and honored to begin my service as Goshen’s first Town Administrator effective October 3, 2018. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to meeting many of the folks in town and quickly learn about the values, issues, challenges, and aspirations that are important to all community members.


I am a life-long Massachusetts resident. Born and raised in the Boston area, I moved to western Massachusetts to attend the University of Massachusetts where I earned a bachelor’s degree. While at UMass, I met my wife, Shelly, and we have lived in the same house in South Hadley since 1978. We have four adult children and two grandchildren, all currently living in greater Boston. In my spare time I love to play tennis, music, hike and ski.


I have been a business owner and manager in the consumer electronics industry for the past 38 years and retired from that business earlier this summer. Along with my business background, I have a good deal of municipal government experience in South Hadley in a wide range of appointed and elected positions, including Select Board, School Committee, Appropriations Committee, Capital Planning, among others.


As Goshen’s Town Administrator, I pledge to work diligently, creatively, and collaboratively in support of residents, businesses, town officials and staff, and the regional schools. I am excited to be working with such wonderful people in this idyllic place and look forward to assisting in every way possible as together we strive to capitalize on Goshen’s incredible natural beauty and long, proud history.


Voter Registration Deadline - October 17th

posted Oct 3, 2018, 9:58 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 9:58 AM ]

Town Clerk Kristen Estelle would like to remind residents that Wednesday, October 17th is the last day to register to vote for the state election. She will be in the office that day from 2pm-4pm and 7-8pm, as well as her usual Monday hours of 9am-3pm and 6pm-8pm.

Special Town Election Results - 10/02/2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 9:56 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 9:57 AM ]

By a vote of 79 (yes) to 9 (no), the ballot measure to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund the repair of the Landfill cap, as ordered by Mass DEP has passed.

This is the final vote needed to implement funding from the Special Town Meeting of 9/17/2018 which altered the financing options for the Transfer Station Cap Repair and the purchase of the Plow/Dump Truck.

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