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ANALYTICS 
(numbers in parentheses reflect the + or – change compared with the week of AUG 6 (before we went on vacation)
Number of Unique Page Views:
Last 30 days: 14,585 (+369)
Last Week: 4808 (+1591)
Number of Unique Sessions
Last 30 Days: 7419 (+154)
Last Week: 2305 (+568)

TOP FIVE MOST-READ STORIES IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST
1. Letter: Some Amherst Neighborhoods Are Experiencing Gentrification In Reverse by John Varner
2. Judge To Decide If Lawsuit Against Town Over Petition Signatures Goes Forward by Art Keene
3. Letter: Too Many Unanswered Questions About Rezoning Lot Behind CVS For A Parking Garage by Jennifer Taub
4. Amherst Residents Declare Intentions To Run For Town Office
5. Opinion: Frequently Unanswered Questions: A Municipal Parking Garage Behind CVS by Art Keene

TOP FIVE MOST-READ STORIES LAST WEEK
1.  Letter: Some Amherst Neighborhoods Are Experiencing Gentrification In Reverse by John Varner
2. Resignations At Town Hall, Vacancies On Town Committees Proliferate by Art Keene
3. Amherst Residents Declare Intentions To Run For Town Office
4. Opinion: Summer Surprises & Zoning Chaos: Zoning Amendments Bombard The Planning Board by Janet McGowan
5. Jones Library Highlights: Expanded Hours, Ballot Question Committee, Director’s Evaluation Concerns, North Amherst Library Construction Update by Terry S. Johnson

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

NEW / BREAKING
New Amherst Recreation Director Named

COVID 19 Update For The Week Of September 8, 2021 by Art and Maura Keene

Mass Cultural Council Renews Amherst Center Cultural District

Annual Downtown Block Party Cancelled

ARTS
Mass Cultural Council Renews Amherst Center Cultural District

Benjamin Cowdan’s Interstitial Zigzags Opens At The New Portal Gallery On Boltwood Plaza

Photo Of The Week: Egret by Susan Panlilio

CAMPUS
UMass Featured In Princeton Review For “Great Campus Food”

Issues and Analyses: The Role Student Housing Plays in Communities by Karen Black

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
Opinion: Hope – Yes. Hope For Our Planet by Marty Nathan

Almanac: Crazy Owl Chorus by Stephen Braun

Photo Of The Week: Egret by Susan Panlilio

ELECTIONS
Committees Formed For And Against Jones Library Project by Art Keene

Four Open Seats On Amherst Housing Authority Board

Nomination Papers For Elected Town Offices Due To Town Clerk On September 14, 2021 At 5 PM

Election FAQ 2021

District One Candidate Forum Planned

EVENTS
Annual Downtown Block Party Cancelled

Public Forum For Community Responder for Equity and Social Services Implementation

Downtown Tree Planting Event September 11

Benjamin Cowdan’s Interstitial Zigzags Opens At The New Portal Gallery On Boltwood Plaza

Household Hazardous Waste Collection September 25, 2021

District One Candidate Forum Planned

FEATURES
Almanac: Crazy Owl Chorus by Stephen Braun

From Other Sources: News For And About Amherst (#38). This Week’s Focus: A Local News Roundup by Art Keene

Photo Of The Week: Egret by Susan Panlilio

HOUSING
Four Open Seats On Amherst Housing Authority Board

Issues and Analyses: The Role Student Housing Plays in Communities. by Karen Black

Planning Board Recommends Amendments To Apartment Bylaw by Maura Keene

Councilor Critiques Town’s Draft Comprehensive Housing Policy by Maura Keene and Art Keene

Letter: Proposed Changes To Zoning Bylaws Appear Inadequate by Ira Bryck

ISSUES AND ANALYSES
Issues and Analyses: The Role Student Housing Plays in Communities. by Karen Black

LIBRARY
Committees Formed For And Against Jones Library Project by Art Keene

NEIGHBORHOODS
District One Neighborhood Association Resumes Annual Barbecue/Potluck

District One Candidate Forum Planned

OPINION
Letter: Where Is The Town’s Legal Agreement With KP Law? by Sarah McKee

Letter: Rejoice In Our Ability To Criticize Government by Gerry Weiss

Letter: Proposed Changes To Zoning Bylaws Appear Inadequate by Ira Bryck

Opinion: Hope – Yes. Hope For Our Planet by Marty Nathan

Opinion: Roe v Wade Died With Barely A Whimper. But That’s Not All by Laurence Tribe

PUBLIC HEALTH
COVID 19 Update For The Week Of September 8, 2021 by. Art and Maura Keene

COVID 19 Update For The Week Of September 1, 2021 by Art and Maura Keene

Household Hazardous Waste Collection September 25, 2021


SCHOOLS
Few Attend Forum on Moving Sixth Grade To Middle School by Toni Cunningham

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Public Forum For Community Responder for Equity and Social Services Implementation

Opinion: Roe v Wade Died With Barely A Whimper. But That’s Not All by Laurence Tribe

TOWN GOVERNMENT
New Amherst Recreation Director Named

Planning Board Recommends Amendments To Apartment Bylaw by Maura Keene

Councilor Critiques Town’s Draft Comprehensive Housing Policy by Maura and Art Keene

Four Open Seats On Amherst Housing Authority Board

Nomination Papers For Elected Town Offices Due To Town Clerk On September 14, 2021 At 5 PM

Election FAQ 2021

Public Forum For Community Responder for Equity and Social Services Implementation

Letter: Where Is The Town’s Legal Agreement With KP Law? by Sarah McKee

Letter: Rejoice In Our Ability To Criticize Government by Gerry Weiss

ZONING
Planning Board Recommends Amendments To Apartment Bylaw by Maura Keene

Councilor Critiques Town’s Draft Comprehensive Housing Policy by Maura and Art Keene

Letter: Proposed Changes To Zoning Bylaws Appear Inadequate by Ira Bryck

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