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Analytics
Two weeks ago we started running analytics to get a sense of which articles are being read the most and when.  Last week we saw a considerable drop of in site visits, perhaps because of August vacations. Nonetheless we had almost 3000 page views from 1540 discrete sessions.  We our heaviest traffic last week as was the case the week before was on Saturday with 720 sessions and Tuesday with 175 session. 57% of our readers access The Indy  on a mobile device and consequently, we are going to pay more attention to how the Indy appears in phone format. The Five most read articles last week were:

  1. Amherst Town Council Will Reconsider Its Vote To Consolidate Eight Polling Locations Into One Site At High School by Marla Goldberg-Jamate
  2. Amherst Schools Will Delay In-Person Instruction For Most Students Until November by Marla Goldberg-Jamate
  3. Planning Board Approves Amherst Media Project. Controversy Erupts Over Choosing Next Chair – by Maura Keene
  4. Editorial: No To A Single Polling Site. Our Town Council Must Do Better. by The Editors
  5. UMass Encourages Students To Stay Home. Number Of Students Residing On Campus To Be Greatly Reduced For Fall Term by Art Keene

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE? NEW POSTINGS TO THE INDY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 TO SATURDAY AUGUST 15

CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT
Opinion: Local and Green – Climate Solutions For Buildings by Darcy DuMont

Opinion: A Surprise by Russ Vernon-Jones

COVID-19
COVID-19 Daily Update by Art and Maura Keene

Governor Baker Announces New Restrictions On Outdoor Gatherings

Coronavirus Remains The Primary Issue For Massachusetts Voters According to New UMass / WCVB Poll

Amherst Schools Plan Virtual Town Hall Sessions To Discuss District Reopening Plan

Affordable Housing Trust Discusses Emergency Rent Assistance Program and Threatened Evictions by Maura Keene

EDUCATION/SCHOOLS
Truth School Announces Fall Lineup Of 45 Free Classes by Art Keene

Nine Out Of 10 Parents Are Concerned Students Will Catch And Spread COVID-19 If School Buildings Reopen As Scheduled

Amherst Schools Plan Virtual Town Hall Sessions To Discuss District Reopening Plan

FEATURES
COVID-19 Daily Update by Art and Maura Keene

From Other Sources: News and Features For And About Amherst (#26) – by Art Keene

Photo Of The Week: Peaches And The Moon by Michael Aronson

HOUSING
Affordable Housing Trust Discusses Emergency Rent Assistance Program and Threatened Evictions by Maura Keene

LIBRARY
OPINION: Show Me the Money! Jones Library Trustees TBuo Negotiate with Town Concerning Jones $6 Million Building Project Pledge by Terry S. Johnson

OPINION
Opinion: Local and Green – Climate Solutions For Buildings by Darcy DuMont

Opinion: A Surprise – by Russ Vernon-Jones

Opinion: Bylaw Change To Allow Approval Of Site Plan Review With Simple Majority Goes Too Far by Maura Keene

Opinion: Show Me the Money! Jones Library Trustees TBuo Negotiate with Town Concerning Jones $6 Million Building Project Pledge by Terry S. Johnson

TOWN GOVERNMENT
Council Drops Plan To Consolidate Voting Sites by Marla Goldberg Jamate

Opinion: Bylaw Change To Allow Approval Of Site Plan Review With Simple Majority Goes Too Far by Maura Keene

Town Council Begins Discussion of Community Safety. Narrowly Passes New Zoning Bylaw. by Maura Keene

UMASS
UMass Professor Leads Successful Campaign To Make Juneteenth A State Holiday

Coronavirus Remains The Primary Issue For Massachusetts Voters According to New UMass / WCVB Poll

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