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ANALYTICS 
(numbers in parentheses reflect the + or – change compared with the previous week.
Number of Unique Page Views:
Last 30 days: 22,156 (+2307)
Last Week: 6797 (+1566)
Number of Unique Sessions
Last 30 Days: 10031 (+779)
Last Week: 2862 (+528)

TOP FIVE MOST READ STORIES IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
1. Committees Formed For And Against Jones Library Project by Art Keene
2. Opinion: Reflections Of A Soon-To-Be-Former Councilor On How This Town Council Fails To Meet The Promises Of The Charter, Democracy, Transparency, And Public Participation by Darcy DuMont
3. Candidates Certified For November Election by Art Keene
4. COVID-19 Cases Rise Quickly In Amherst by Marla Goldberg-Jamate
5. Jones Library Trustees Vote To Support Rezoning The “CVS Lot” For A Parking Garage by Terry S. Johnson

TOP FIVE MOST-READ STORIES LAST WEEK
1. Opinion: Reflections Of A Soon-To-Be-Former Councilor On How This Town Council Fails To Meet The Promises Of The Charter, Democracy, Transparency, And Public Participation by Darcy DuMont
2. Women’s March To Defend Reproductive Rights – October 2 In Northampton
3. Jones Library Trustees Vote To Support Rezoning The “CVS Lot” For A Parking Garage by Terry S, Johnson
4. Opinion: The Jones Library Expansion Is Not A Social Justice Project by Art Keene
5. Eight Design Firms Vie For Elementary School Building Contract Toni Cunningham

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

NEW / BREAKING
Town’s New Community Safety & Social Justice Committee Seeks Members

Hickory Ridge Events This Week Seek Public Input

COVID 19 Update For The Week Of October 6, 2021 by Art and Maura Keene

Progressive Coalition of Amherst Endorses Candidates Committed To Improving The Lives Of All Amherst Residents

Public Comment: Town Needs Enforcement In Back-In Parking Zones by Tracy Zafian

Opinion: Amherst Forward Presumes To Speak For BIPOC People While Simultaneously Silencing And Oppressing Those Voices by Ellisha Walker

ARTS & CULTURE
Culture Club: HBO’s New Comedy of Manners, The White Lotus by William Kaizen

Photo Of The Week. Fall – An Indy September Gallery. by Art Keene

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
ARHS Students Walk Out To Support Green New Deal For Public Schools by Art Keene

Almanac: Perilous Procreation by Stephen Braun

DEVELOPMENT
Hickory Ridge Events This Week Seek Public Input

Letter: Amherst And The Pitfalls Of Overdevelopment by Dinah Kudatsky

Opinion: In Response To Being Mischaracterized As “Anti-development” by Ira Bryck

ELECTIONS
Progressive Coalition of Amherst Endorses Candidates Committed To Improving The Lives Of All Amherst Residents

Opinion: Amherst Forward Presumes To Speak For BIPOC People While Simultaneously Silencing And Oppressing Those Voices by Ellisha Walker

League of Women Voters Plans Candidate Forums

EVENTS
Hickory Ridge Events This Week Seek Public Input

Amherst’s Writers Walk Launched by Hetty Startup

Cuppa Joe With Town Finance Director Sean Mangano – October 8

League of Women Voters Plans Candidate Forums

Packed Schedule To Consider Zoning Changes

FEATURES
Speak Up! Rank Amherst’s Building Projects by Jeff Lee

Almanac: Perilous Procreation by Stephen Braun

Culture Club: HBO’s New Comedy of Manners, The White Lotus by William Kaizen

Photo Of The Week. Fall – An Indy September Gallery. by Art Keene

Town Manager Report For September 27,2021

HISTORY
Amherst’s Writers Walk Launched by Hetty Startup

ISSUES & ANALYSES
Issues & Analyses: Becoming Human – How To Give Back The Land. Boone Shear / Aaron Fernando

LIBRARY
Letter: Vote No On Library To Start Over Smart by Debra Jacobson

Opinion: Why I Will Vote No On The Library Referendum by Michael Greenebaum

OPINION
Public Comment: Town Needs Enforcement In Back-In Parking Zones by Tracy Zafian

Opinion: Amherst Forward Presumes To Speak For BIPOC People While Simultaneously Silencing And Oppressing Those Voices by Ellisha Walker

Letter: Why Are Planners So Reluctant To Provide Information About Proposed Garage Prior To Rezoning? by Suzannah Muspratt

Letter: Vote No On Library To Start Over Smart by Debra Jacobson

Letter: When Can We Expect Equal Access To Basic Town Services? by Ide B. O’Carroll and Annie G. Rogers

Opinion: In Response To Being Mischaracterized As “Anti-development” by Ira Bryck

Opinion: Reflections By A Soon To Be Former Councilor On How This Town Council Fails To Meet The Promises Of The Charter, Democracy, Transparency, And Public Participation (#2) by Darcy DuMont

Opinion: Why I Will Vote No On The Library Referendum by Michael Greenebaum

PARKING
Public Comment: Town Needs Enforcement In Back-In Parking Zones by Tracy Zafian

Planning Board Postpones Decision On Rezoning Town Parking Lot Behind CVS by Maura Keene

TSO Approves Appointments To Boards And Committees by Art Keene

Letter: Why Are Planners So Reluctant To Provide Information About Proposed Garage Prior To Rezoning? by Suzannah MusprattAnn

Letter: Amherst And The Pitfalls Of Overdevelopment by Dina Kudatsky

PUBLIC HEALTH
COVID 19 Update For The Week Of October 6, 2021 by Art and Maura Keene

COVID Vaccine To Be Required For Amherst Public School Students by Art Keene

COVID 19 Update For The Week Of September 29, 2021 by Art and Maura Keene

SCHOOLS
ARHS Students Walk Out To Support Green New Deal For Public Schools by Art Keene

COVID Vaccine To Be Required For Amherst Public School Students by Art Keene

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Town’s New Community Safety & Social Justice Committee Seeks Members

Progressive Coalition of Amherst Endorses Candidates Committed To Improving The Lives Of All Amherst Residents

Opinion: Amherst Forward Presumes To Speak For BIPOC People While Simultaneously Silencing And Oppressing Those Voices by Ellisha Walker

ARHS Students Walk Out To Support Green New Deal For Public Schools by Art Keene

Women’s March To Defend Reproductive Rights – October 2 In Northampton

Issues & Analyses: Becoming Human – How To Give Back The Land. Boone Shear / Aaron Fernando


TOWN GOVERNMENT
Town’s New Community Safety & Social Justice Committee Seeks Members

Planning Board Postpones Decision On Rezoning Town Parking Lot Behind CVS by Maura Keene

TSO Approves Appointments To Boards And Committees by Art Keene

Council Reviews Master Plan. Considers Design For Band Shell On The South Common by Maura Keene

Town Council Votes To Retain Zoom Format For Meetings Until January 2, 2022 by Maura Keene

Cuppa Joe With Town Finance Director Sean Mangano – October 8

League of Women Voters Plans Candidate Forums

Packed Schedule To Consider Zoning Changes

Letter: Why Are Planners So Reluctant To Provide Information About Proposed Garage Prior To Rezoning? by Suzannah Muspratt

Letter: When Can We Expect Equal Access To Basic Town Services? by Ide B. O’Carroll and Annie G. Rogers

Opinion: Reflections By A Soon To Be Former Councilor On How This Town Council Fails To Meet The Promises Of The Charter, Democracy, Transparency, And Public Participation (#2) by Darcy DuMont

Speak Up! Rank Amherst’s Building Projects by Jeff Lee

Town Manager Report For September 27,2021


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