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Remembering Veterans on Memorial Day 2020

Posted on May 26, 2020

View images of ceremonies honoring veterans in the Hilltowns on Memorial Day 2020.  
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Dog license late fee goes into effect June 1st

Posted on May 18, 2020

Town Clerk Kristen Estelle reminds residents that the late fee for dog licenses goes into effect June 1st, 2020. The late fee is $25 per dog on top of the license fee. To obtain a 2020 dog license, please mail the following: a completed dog license form (found on the town clerk page of the...
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Hilltown Pantry changes during COVID-19 public health emergency

Posted on May 8, 2020

Hilltown Pantry, a program of Northampton Survival Center, is open for food distribution every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Residents of Goshen who are having difficulties accessing enough groceries for their household are welcome to use the pantry. Free, prepacked bags of shelf-stable food items along with fresh produce, frozen meat, and dairy products are available...
Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi availability update on locations for students & public

Posted on May 8, 2020

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Westfield Gas & Electric have partnered with some hilltowns to temporarily offer a high speed internet connection at a central location in each participating town.  This connection will offer speeds of up to 200 MBPS for up to 15 concurrent connections.  In Goshen, that Wi-Fi  connection has been installed at...
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Broadband (high-speed internet) – Construction Procurement RFP

Posted on May 6, 2020

Requests for Proposals for the construction of Goshen's fiber optic network were released today, May 6. We should have bids in hand to review and choose a contractor by the end of the month. Construction will begin after all utility company make ready work is completed. Further updates on this process will  be made as...
News from the Selectboard

Rescheduled Caucus, Election & Annual Town Meeting

Posted on May 6, 2020

At their meeting held on April 27th, the select board took additional actions amid the COVID-19 emergency. A new date for the Annual Town Meeting was considered and the select board voted in pursuant to section 9 of Chapter 39 of Massachusetts General Laws, due to the state of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant...
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Broadband (high-speed internet) – Utility Company Make Ready work update

Posted on May 6, 2020

National Grid has completed all of their make ready pole replacement & moving of power lines 2 months ahead of schedule. Verizon is still working on their portion of make ready work and has not yet determined a completion date.  It is likely that they will work through the summer into the fall. Axia/KCST (the...
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Vernal Pool Exploration & Identification

Posted on May 6, 2020

Do you think you have a vernal pool on your property that you would like to identify and possibly certify? Now is the time of year to visit and observe these essential habitats for the breeding of certain salamander and frog species. For more information, contact Pat Morey, member of Goshen's Open Space Committee and...
Tax Due June 1

Property Tax now due June 1, 2020

Posted on April 27, 2020

Under “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, the Town of Goshen has adopted a local option to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments to June 1, 2020. The due date of your real and personal property...
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Broadband (high-speed internet) – MLP Board selection of Internet Service Provider (ISP) & Network Operator (NO)

Posted on April 18, 2020

The Municipal Light Plant (MLP) Board voted to select Westfield Gas & Electric as Goshen's ISP & NO. Selection criteria were based on the following: Local control over MLP decisions, policies & profits Reliability, experience & integrity of the business partner Proven business track record, history & financial stability Local control over rate setting Structural...
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Broadband (high-speed internet) – Grant Awards Updates

Posted on April 17, 2020

State grant monies originally provided Goshen with $770,000 as partial funding for Goshen’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) town-owned network.  In addition, the town voted to borrow up to $1.4 million to cover the remaining costs of building the town’s FTTH network. “Make-ready” costs have far exceeded the estimates from the initial project cost assessment.  (“Make-ready” costs are...
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Short-Term Rental restricitions implemented by Massachusetts

Posted on April 1, 2020

Hotel/Motel & Short Term Rental restrictions: As part of the updated essential business list, DPH issued new guidance today around hotels, motels, inns, beds and breakfasts and other short-term residential rentals. Based on this new guidance, hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers...
2020 census

2020 Federal Census

Posted on March 30, 2020

Recently, you should have received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau, inviting you to go online to respond to the 2020 federal Census. The U.S. Census counts every person in the country every 10 years. The information gathered through the census is used to decide how much our communities get in state and federal...
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Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Draft Summary of Findings Report

Posted on March 27, 2020

The Towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, and Worthington are collaborating with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), residents, and stakeholders on strategies to reduce vulnerability and adapt to our changing climate through the State’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program.  The core directive of the MVP program is to engage community stakeholders to facilitate the education,...
Election Results

Presidential Primary Results- Goshen

Posted on March 3, 2020

Please see the PDF below for Goshen's Presidential Primary results. Goshen Election Results Pres. Primary 3.3.2020
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Broadband (high-speed internet) – Utility Company Tree Trimming

Posted on March 1, 2020

Beginning in January 2020, and continuing for the next six months, National Grid and their subcontractors will be doing tree trimming around all of the utility company poles and wires in preparation for the build out of the fiber optic network that is to begin later this year. National Grid, or their subcontractors, will be...
Fiber Optic Cable

Broadband (high-speed internet) – Utility Company Make Ready work update

Posted on March 1, 2020

From November 2019 through October 2020, National Grid and Verizon are replacing utility poles and moving wires throughout town, in preparation for stringing fiber optic cable. Utility company trucks will be working on all roads and on any driveways with utility company poles. Click on Capital Projects, then Broadband for the current project update schedule.
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Early & Absentee Voting for the Presidential Primary on March 3rd

Posted on January 29, 2020

Absentee voting is now available for the March 3rd Presidential Primary. Eligible absentee voters are those who will not be in town on the day of the election, or cannot vote in person due to physical disability or religious belief. The application may be filled out in the town clerk's office, or can be found online...
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2020 Dog Licenses are in

Posted on January 29, 2020

2020 dog licenses are in! The 2019 dog licenses expire on March 31st, 2020. Neutered/ spayed dogs are $5 each; intact dogs are $10. A dog licensing form can be found on the Town Clerk page of this website, which you can use to register your dogs by mail or in the town clerk’s office...

Western Mass Recycling update from the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility

Posted on January 22, 2020

Please read this important update about how recycling is handled, processed, sold, paid for, and used in Western Massachusetts. Western Mass Recycling - Not a Wasted Effort  
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