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TOP FIVE MOST-READ ARTICLES LAST WEEK
1. Board Of Health Hears Wild Claims From Anti-Vaxxers Amidst Omicron Surge by Maura Keene
2. Opinion: Petition Seeks To Force Revote On Parking Lot Rezoning by Ira Bryck
3. Opinion: Inaugural Council Concludes With Shameful Vote by Maura Keene
4. Letter: The Sounds of Silence by Denise Barberet
5. Zoning Amendments Pass Easily Despite Pleas From Public by Maura Keene

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

NEW / BREAKING
Public Voices Enthusiasm For A Temporary Moratorium On Large Solar Arrays by Mayra Keene

Amherst Plans Virtual Celebration Of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation Calls On President Biden to Cancel All Student Debt

Letter: New District 4 Councilors Encourage Constituents To Be In Touch by Pamela Rooney and Anika Lopes

A Better World Is Possible: How To Build An Attractive City by School of Life

Workshops On New Elementary School

ARTS
Sue Katz Exhibit Coming To Gallery A3

Photo Of The Week: Look West by Joan Epstein

CAMPUS
Hampshire College Receives $5 Million Gift Honoring Alum Ken Burns

Amherst College Donates $200,000 For Downtown Initiatives

UMass-Amherst Poll Shows Ongoing Support For Voting Rights

UMass Resumes Public COVID Testing

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
Letter: New Council Must Prioritize Climate Justice And Racial Equity by Amherst Sunrise Movement

Letter: Residents Continue To Seek Temporary Moratorium On Large Scale Ground Mounted Solar Installations by Eric Bachrach and Renee Moss

Speak Up! Climate Action How? by Jeff Lee

Almanac: An Ode To Ice by Stephen Braun

DEMOCRACY
UMass-Amherst Poll Shows Ongoing Support For Voting Rights

Letter: The Sounds of Silence by Denise Barberet

Opinion: The Next US Civil War Is Already Here – We Just Refuse To See It by Stephen Marche (for The Guardian)

DOWNTOWN
Amherst College Donates $200,000 For Downtown Initiatives

Letter: Why Not Sustainable Planning For Downtown? by Ira Bryck

EVENTS
Amherst Plans Virtual Celebration Of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Town Offers COVID Vaccine Clinic Every Thursday

How Single Payer Health Care Combats Racial Disparities: A Virtual Brown Bag

Sue Katz Exhibit Coming To Gallery A3

FEATURES
A Better World Is Possible: How To Build An Attractive City by School of Life

Dear Reader by Art Keene

Speak Up! Climate Action How? by Jeff Lee

Almanac: An Ode To Ice by Stephen Braun

A Better World Is Possible: How Norway’s Economy Puts People First by Isabella Breda (for Yes Magazine)

Photo Of The Week: Look West by Joan Epstein

OPINION
Letter: New District 4 Councilors Encourage Constituents To Be In Touch by Pamela Rooney and Anika Lopes

Letter: Residents Continue To Seek Temporary Moratorium On Large Scale Ground Mounted Solar Installations by Eric Bachrach and Renee Moss

Letter: Why Not Sustainable Planning For Downtown? by Ira Bryck

Letter: New Council Must Prioritize Climate Justice And Racial Equity by Amherst Sunrise Movement

Letter: The Sounds of Silence by Denise Barberet

Opinion:  A Perplexing Start. With Omicron Peaking, New Council Votes To Resume Face-To-Face Meetings Immediately by Art Keene

Opinion: I Feel Lucky To Be In Amherst by Jennifer Shiao

Opinion: The Next US Civil War Is Already Here – We Just Refuse To See It by Stephen Marche (for The Guardian)

PUBLIC HEALTH
Amherst Schools To Require KN95 Masks

COVID-19 Update For The Week Of January 5, 2022 by Art and Maura Keene

UMass Resumes Public COVID Testing

Town Offers COVID Vaccine Clinic Every Thursday

How Single Payer Health Care Combats Racial Disparities: A Virtual Brown Bag

Opinion:  A Perplexing Start. With Omicron Peaking, New Council Votes To Resume Face-To-Face Meetings Immediately by Art Keene

MEDIA
Dear Reader by Art Keene

SCHOOLS
Workshops On New Elementary School

Amherst Schools To Require KN95 Masks

Opinion: I Feel Lucky To Be In Amherst by Jennifer Shiao

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation Calls On President Biden to Cancel All Student Debt

How Single Payer Health Care Combats Racial Disparities: A Virtual Brown Bag

Letter: New Council Must Prioritize Climate Justice And Racial Equity by Amherst Sunrise Movement

A Better World Is Possible: How Norway’s Economy Puts People First by Isabella Breda (for Yes Magazine)

SOLAR
Public Voices Enthusiasm For A Temporary Moratorium On Large Solar Arrays by Maura Keene

Planning Board Begins Consideration Of Solar Bylaw by Maura Keene

Letter: Residents Continue To Seek Temporary Moratorium On Large Scale Ground Mounted Solar Installations by Eric Bachrach and Renee Moss

TOWN GOVERNMENT
Letter: New District 4 Councilors Encourage Constituents To Be In Touch by Pamela Rooney and Anika Lopes

Planning Board Begins Consideration Of Solar Bylaw by Maura Keene

New Town Council Elects Officers, Votes To Meet In-Person Henceforth. Hanneke Proposes Changes To Council’s Rules by Maura Keene

Opinion:  A Perplexing Start. With Omicron Peaking, New Council Votes To Resume Face-To-Face Meetings Immediately by Art Keene

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