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TOP FIVE MOST-READ STORIES LAST WEEK
1. Additional Ballots To Be Counted by Art Keene
2. Planning Board Recommends “Flexible” Regulations For Mixed-Use Buildings And Parking by Maura Keene
3. Rooney Still Leads Ross By Three Votes In District 4 Councilor Race After Missed Ballots Are Counted by Toni Cunningham
4. Three Design Firms Shortlisted For Elementary School Building Project by Toni Cunningham
5. Forty-five Acre Solar Farm Pitched For Northeast Amherst by Maura Keene

WHAT”S IN THIS ISSUE?

NEW / BREAKING
Public Comment: Better Funding Of Amherst Fire Department Urgently Needed To Address Dangerous Conditions
by Ben Graham

Public Comment: Sunrise Movement Calls For Increased Funding of Schools, CRESS, And Green Infrastructure In FY23 Town Budget by Marisol Pierce Bonifaz, Levi Gibson, Julian Hynes and Amrita Rutter

DiNisco Selected As Designer For Elementary School Project by Toni Cunningham

Holyoke Rally Calls On ISO To Fix The Grid In New England

ARTS
Council Reviews Community Safety Committee Recommendations by Maura Keene

Holiday Show and Sale At Gallery A3

BUDGET
Public Comment: Better Funding Of Amherst Fire Department Urgently Needed To Address Dangerous Conditions by Ben Graham

Public Comment: Sunrise Movement Calls For Increased Funding of Schools, CRESS, And Green Infrastructure In FY23 Town Budget by Marisol Pierce Bonifaz, Levi Gibson, Julian Hynes and Amrita Rutter

Public Forum On The FY 23 Budget

Cuppa Joe With Paul Bockelman – The Town Budget

CAMPUS
UMass Transit Receives First All-Electric Bus From PVTA

CLIMATE /ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
Holyoke Rally Calls On ISO To Fix The Grid In New England

Conservation Commission Deems Application For Large Scale Solar Project Incomplete by Maura Keene

Moratorium Proposed For Large-Scale Solar Installations by Maura Keene

UMass Transit Receives First All-Electric Bus From PVTA

Saturday Rally Will Support Wind And Solar Energy

Opinion: Local and Green (#29). Amherst Zero Waste Proposal Gains Traction by Darcy DuMont, John Root, and Christina Platt

Opinion: A Reflection On Cars, Garages, And Community by Rani Parker

Almanac: A Furry Friend by Stephen Braun

From Other Sources (#41): News For And About Amherst. This Week: Solar Energy and Forests by Art Keene

Photo Of The Week: The Road To Skinner Mountain by Deborah Keisch

ELECTIONS
District Four Council Recount Set For Tuesday. All Other Election Results Have Been Certified by Art Keene

Rooney Wins Councilor Seat by Five Votes; Ross Calls For Recount by Toni Cunningham

EVENTS
Vaccine Deadline For Amherst Schools Is December 1 by Art Keene

Saturday Rally Will Support Wind And Solar Energy

Public Forum On The FY 23 Budget

Cuppa Joe With Paul Bockelman – The Town Budget

Holiday Show and Sale At Gallery A3

FEATURES
Speak Up! Are Covid Mandates Good or Bad? by Jeff Lee

Almanac: A Furry Friend by Stephen Braun

From Other Sources (#41): News For And About Amherst. This Week: Solar Energy and Forests by Art Keene

Photo Of The Week: The Road To Skinner Mountain by Deborah Keisch

Town Manager Report For November 8, 2021

HOUSING
Housing Trust Recommends Using COVID Relief Funds To Support Affordable Housing by Maura Keene

Letter: Mixed-Use Buildings With Inadequate Space For Business And Parking Garages In Inappropriate Locations Are Closer Than They Appear by Ira Bryck

OPINION
Public Comment: Better Funding Of Amherst Fire Department Urgently Needed To Address Dangerous Conditions by Ben Graham

Public Comment: Sunrise Movement Calls For Increased Funding of Schools, CRESS, And Green Infrastructure In FY23 Town Budget by Marisol Pierce Bonifaz, Levi Gibson, Julian Hynes and Amrita Rutter

Public Comment: Clearcutting Forests For Solar Is Not Environmentally Sound by Lenore Bryck

Letter: Garage Proposal Characterized By Poor Planning And Contempt For The Public by Rani Parker

Letter: Weak Justifications Offered For Rezoning Lot For Parking Garage by Jennifer Taub

Letter: Mixed-Use Buildings With Inadequate Space For Business And Parking Garages In Inappropriate Locations Are Closer Than They Appear by Ira Bryck

Opinion: Local and Green (#29). Amherst Zero Waste Proposal Gains Traction by Darcy DuMont, John Root, and Christina Platt

Opinion: A Reflection On Cars, Garages, And Community by Rani Parker

Opinion: White Supremacists Declare War On Democracy And Walk Away Unscathed by Carol Anderson

PARKING
Tempers Flare Over Calls For Data And Analysis From CRC by Kitty Axelson-Berry

Letter: Garage Proposal Characterized By Poor Planning And Contempt For The Public by Rani Parker

Letter: Weak Justifications Offered For Rezoning Lot For Parking Garage by Jennifer Taub

Opinion: A Reflection On Cars, Garages, And Community by Rani Parker

PUBLIC HEALTH
Holyoke Rally Calls On ISO To Fix The Grid In New England

Jennifer Brown Is Town’s New Health Director

COVID-19 Update For The Week Of November 10, 2021 by Art and Maura Keene

Vaccine Deadline For Amherst Schools Is December 1 by Art Keene

Speak Up! Are Covid Mandates Good or Bad? by Jeff Lee

SOLAR
Holyoke Rally Calls On ISO To Fix The Grid In New England

Conservation Commission Deems Application For Large Scale Solar Project Incomplete by Maura Keene

Moratorium Proposed For Large-Scale Solar Installations by Maura Keene

Saturday Rally Will Support Wind And Solar Energy

Public Comment: Clearcutting Forests For Solar Is Not Environmentally Sound by Lenore Bryck

From Other Sources (#41): News For And About Amherst. This Week: Solar Energy and Forests by Art Keene

SCHOOLS
DiNisco Selected As Designer For Elementary School Project by Toni Cunningham

Vaccine Deadline For Amherst Schools Is December 1 by Art Keene


SOCIAL JUSTICE
Council Reviews Community Safety Committee Recommendations by Maura Keene

Opinion: White Supremacists Declare War On Democracy And Walk Away Unscathed by Carol Anderson

TOWN GOVERNMENT
District Four Council Recount Set For Tuesday. All Other Election Results Have Been Certified by Art Keene

Public Comment: Sunrise Movement Calls For Increased Funding of Schools, CRESS, And Green Infrastructure In FY23 Town Budget by Marisol Pierce Bonifaz, Levi Gibson, Julian Hynes and Amrita Rutter

Rooney Wins Councilor Seat by Five Votes; Ross Calls For Recount by Toni Cunningham

Tempers Flare Over Calls For Data And Analysis From CRC by Kitty Axelson-Berry

Conservation Commission Deems Application For Large Scale Solar Project Incomplete by Maura Keene

Moratorium Proposed For Large-Scale Solar Installations by Maura Keene

Council Reviews Community Safety Committee Recommendations by Maura Keene

Jennifer Brown Is Town’s New Health Director

Housing Trust Recommends Using COVID Relief Funds To Support Affordable Housing by Maura Keene

Flood Maps Appeal Period Ends December 9

Town Introduces Online Permits and Licenses

Public Forum On The FY 23 Budget

Cuppa Joe With Paul Bockelman – The Town Budget

Letter: Garage Proposal Characterized By Poor Planning And Contempt For The Public by Rani Parker

Letter: Mixed-Use Buildings With Inadequate Space For Business And Parking Garages In Inappropriate Locations Are Closer Than They Appear by Ira Bryck

Town Manager Report For November 8, 2021

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