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ANALYTICS 
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Number of Unique Page Views:
Last 30 days: 20,670 (-1013)
Last Week: 5067 (-566)
Number of Unique Sessions
Last 30 Days: 10,008 (-786)
Last Week: 2509 (-294)

TOP FIVE MOST READ ARTICLES LAST WEEK
1. Building Plan Would Squeeze Budgets And Force Staff Cuts by Toni Cunningham
2. Finance Director Introduces New Plan To Complete Four Major Building Projects Over Next Five Years – by Art Keene
3. Elementary School Families Must Tell District By Wednesday If Children Will Stay Remote Or Return To Buildings In April by Marla Goldberg Jamate
4. UMass Amherst Notes Uptick In COVID-19 Cases – Amherst Indy
5. 110 Participate In Second Public Forum On Capital Projects – by Art Keene

WHAT”S IN THIS ISSUE?

BUDGET / CAPITAL SPENDING
Committee Weighs Potholes vs. Building Projects by Toni Cunningham

Opinion: Frequently Unanswered Questions. What Will The Proposed Jones Library Demolition/Expansion Project Really Cost The Town? by Art and Maura Keene

CAMPUS
UMass Sunwheel Live Broadcasts To Welcome The Spring Equinox On March 20

UMass Lecture Series On A Planet In Crisis Continues

UMass Students And Elders Connect Through The Stories Project by Linda Terry

UMass Evicting More Graduate Student Workers On April 1

CLIMATE / ENVRONMENT
ECAC Nears Completion Of Climate Action Resiliency Plan by Annalise Peterson

UMass Lecture Series On A Planet In Crisis Continues

Opinion: Love, Justice, and Climate Change. Living Lightly on the Earth

Opinion: Local and Green (#22). Towns Moving From Planning To Acting On Climate by Darcy DuMont

Almanac: Black Squirrels by Stephen Braun

Photo Of The Week: Making Good Use Of Stream Ice Before It’s Gone By John Root

COVID-19
Amherst Public Schools Shift Focus As State Directs Districts To Resume On-Site, Full-Time Classes For All Grades by Marla Goldberg Jamate

Juvenescence: ARHS Students Reflect On A Year Of Remote Learning by Annalise Peterson

COVID-19 Daily Update by Art and Maura Keene

DOWNTOWN
New Mixed-Use Building Planned For Downtown by Maura Keene

CRC Meets With Planning Department To Discuss Downtown Zoning Priorities by Pam Rooney

Residents Decry Proposal To Increase Density Of Downtown Neighborhoods (Town Council Meeting Report) by Maura Keene

Letter: Downtown Needs Affordable Retail Space by Laura Green

Letter: We Do Not Need More Student Dorms Downtown by Tobias Baskin

Opinion: Build Baby Build by Steve Bloom

Opinion: Zoning Plans That Are Out Of Whack by Elizabeth Vierling

Town Councilors Propose 180 Day Moratorium on New Construction of Multi- Unit Buildings by Art Keene

EVENTS
Lucio Perez To End Sanctuary Stay

LWVA Amherst Plans Roundtable And Dialogue On Working Toward Racial Equality

Classes Offered For First Time Home Buyers

UMass Sunwheel Live Broadcasts To Welcome The Spring Equinox On March 20

UMass Lecture Series On A Planet In Crisis Continues

FEATURES
Juvenescence: ARHS Students Reflect On A Year Of Remote Learning by Annalise Peterson

UMass Students And Elders Connect Through The Stories Project by Linda Terry

Almanac: Black Squirrels by Stephen Braun

Town Manager Report For March 8, 2021

Photo Of The Week: Making Good Use Of Stream Ice Before It’s Gone By John Root

HOUSING
New Mixed-Use Building Planned For Downtown by Maura Keene

Classes Offered For First Time Home Buyers

Letter: We Do Not Need More Student Dorms Downtown by Tobias Baskin

Opinion: Build Baby Build by Steve Bloom

Town Councilors Propose 180 Day Moratorium on New Construction of Multi- Unit Buildings by Art Keene

UMass Evicting More Graduate Student Workers On April 1

LIBRARY
Opinion: Frequently Unanswered Questions. What Will The Proposed Jones Library Demolition/Expansion Project Really Cost The Town? by Art and Maura Keene

Second Jones Library Forum Mirrors The First by Terry S. Johnson

LETTERS / OPINION
Letter: Downtown Needs Affordable Retail Space by Laura Green

Letter: We Do Not Need More Student Dorms Downtown by Tobias Baskin

Letter: Those Who Serve Well On Town Committees Are Entitled To A Second Term by Ira Bryck

Letter: No Zoning Changes During The Pandemic by Stephanie Kraft

Opinion: Frequently Unanswered Questions. What Will The Proposed Jones Library Demolition/Expansion Project Really Cost The Town? by Art and Maura Keene

Opinion: Build Baby Build by Steve Bloom

Opinion: Zoning Plans That Are Out Of Whack by Elizabeth Vierling

Opinion: Love, Justice, and Climate Change. Living Lightly on the Earth by Russ Vernon-Jones

Opinion: Local and Green (#22). Towns Moving From Planning To Acting On Climate by Darcy DuMont

SCHOOLS
Amherst Public Schools Shift Focus As State Directs Districts To Resume On-Site, Full-Time Classes For All Grades by Marla Goldberg Jamate

Juvenescence: ARHS Students Reflect On A Year Of Remote Learning by Annalise Peterson

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Lucio Perez To End Sanctuary Stay

Progress Report From Reparations For Amherst by Michele Miller

2021 Tibet Day Proclamation

LWVA Amherst Plans Roundtable And Dialogue On Working Toward Racial Equality

UMass Evicting More Graduate Student Workers On April 1

TOWN GOVERNMENT
Committee Weighs Potholes vs. Building Projects by Toni Cunningham

ECAC Nears Completion Of Climate Action Resiliency Plan by Annalise Peterson

CRC Meets With Planning Department To Discuss Downtown Zoning Priorities by Pam Rooney

Residents Decry Proposal To Increase Density Of Downtown Neighborhoods (Town Council Meeting Report) by Maura Keene

Amherst Awarded Cybersecurity Grant

2021 Tibet Day Proclamation

Letter: Those Who Serve Well On Town Committees Are Entitled To A Second Term by Ira Bryck

Letter: No Zoning Changes During The Pandemic by Stephanie Kraft

Opinion: Zoning Plans That Are Out Of Whack by Elizabeth Vierling

Opinion: Local and Green (#22). Towns Moving From Planning To Acting On Climate by Darcy DuMont

Town Manager Report For March 8, 2021

Town Councilors Propose 180 Day Moratorium on New Construction of Multi- Unit Buildings by Art Keene

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