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TOP FIVE MOST-READ ARTICLES LAST WEEK
1. Amherst Schools To Require KN95 Masks
2. Opinion: Petition Seeks To Force Revote On Parking Lot Rezoning by Ira Bryck
3.. New Town Council Elects Officers, Votes To Meet In-Person Henceforth. Hanneke Proposes Changes To Council’s Rules by Maura Keene
4. Letter: Why Not Sustainable Planning For Downtown? by Ira Bryck
5. Planning Board Begins Consideration Of Solar Bylaw by Maura Keene


WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

NEW / BREAKING
A Better World Is Possible: Baking Homemade Bread Becomes A Public Good
by Lynne Frehill-Maye (for Yes Magazine)

Trustee Finds Jones Library Historic Structures Report ‘Incredibly Restrictive’ by Jeff Lee

Almanac: Zero by Stephen Braun

Public Forum On Amherst’s Community Responder Program Planned For Saturday, January 22

Letter: Local Jewish Activists Call On Biden To Restore Decency and Fairness To Asylum And Immigration Process by Jewish Activists For Immigration Justice

Amherst Aims To Become An Age And Dementia Friendly Community. Seeks Residents To Join Working Group

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

ARTS
The Drake Sponsors New On-line Music Series

Photo Of The Week: From The Base Of The Waterfall by Sally Greenebaum

CAMPUS
UMass Poll Examines Americans’ Views of Race Issues Including Critical Race Theory, Systemic Racism And Reparations

UMass Amherst Poll Details Increasing Dissatisfaction With President Biden’s First Year in Office

CAPITAL PROJECTS
High School Track And Field Improvements Back On Agenda by Toni Cunningham

Court Dismisses Amherst Residents’ Suit Over Jones Library Expansion Project by Maura Keene

Jones Library’s Overdue Historic Structure Report Identifies Irreplaceable Details To Preserve by Sarah McKee

Jones Library Building Committee Takes Shape. Meetings Will Be Recorded And Posted by Jeff Lee

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
Almanac: Zero by Stephen Braun

Fire Department Acquires Its First Hybrid Ambulance

Opinion: Love, Justice, And Climate Change. Climate Anxiety And Having A Good Life by Russ Vernon-Jones

Speak Up! Climate Action How? by Jeff Lee

Photo Of The Week: From The Base Of The Waterfall by Sally Greenebaum

DEMOCRACY
From Other Sources: New For And About Amherst (#43). This Week – January 6  And The Future Of Democracy by Art Keene

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

EVENT
Public Forum On Amherst’s Community Responder Program Planned For Saturday, January 22

Amherst Aims To Become An Age And Dementia Friendly Community. Seeks Residents To Join Working Group

Amherst Plans Virtual Celebration Of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Town Offers COVID Vaccine Clinic Every Thursday

Workshops On New Elementary School

The Drake Sponsors New On-line Music Series

FEATURES
A Better World Is Possible: Baking Homemade Bread Becomes A Public Good
by Lynne Frehill-Maye (for Yes Magazine)

Almanac: Zero by Stephen Braun

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

Speak Up! Climate Action How? by Jeff Lee

Photo Of The Week: From The Base Of The Waterfall by Sally Greenebaum

From Other Sources: New For And About Amherst (#43). This Week – January 6  And The Future Of Democracy by Art Keene

HISTORY / HISTORICAL PRESERVATION
Trustee Finds Jones Library Historic Structures Report ‘Incredibly Restrictive’ by Jeff Lee

Jones Library’s Overdue Historic Structure Report Identifies Irreplaceable Details To Preserve by Sarah McKee

Historical Commission Approves Demolition Of Chi Omega House by Hilda Greenbaum

Opinion: Photo Essay -The Jones Library Historic Structures Report, An Obit Or A Celebration? b y Hilda Greenbaum


LIBRARIES
Trustee Finds Jones Library Historic Structures Report ‘Incredibly Restrictive’ by Jeff Lee

Court Dismisses Amherst Residents’ Suit Over Jones Library Expansion Project by Maura Keene

Jones Library’s Overdue Historic Structure Report Identifies Irreplaceable Details To Preserve by Sarah McKee

Jones Library Building Committee Takes Shape. Meetings Will Be Recorded And Posted by Jeff Lee

Opinion: Photo Essay -The Jones Library Historic Structures Report, An Obit Or A Celebration? by Hilda Greenbaum

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

Opinion: Photo Essay -The Jones Library Historic Structures Report, An Obit Or A Celebration? by Hilda Greenbaum

Opinion: Reflections Of A Former Town Councilor. What A Difference A Year Makes For Two Zoning Proposals by Darcy DuMont


Opinion: Love, Justice, And Climate Change. Climate Anxiety And Having A Good Life by Russ Vernon-Jones

Opinion: Jennifer Shiao’s School Committee Blog. My Second First Metting by Jennifer Shiao

POLITICS
UMass Amherst Poll Details Increasing Dissatisfaction With President Biden’s First Year in Office

From Other Sources: New For And About Amherst (#43). This Week – January 6  And The Future Of Democracy by Art Keene

PUBLIC HEALTH
Amherst Aims To Become An Age And Dementia Friendly Community. Seeks Residents To Join Working Group

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

Board Of Health Adopts Substitute Motion In Support Of Trash Hauler Reform by Art Keene

COVID-19 Update For The Week Of January 12, 2022 by Art and Maura Keene

Town Offers COVID Vaccine Clinic Every Thursday

PUBLIC SAFETY
Fire Department Acquires Its First Hybrid Ambulance

Amherst Fire Department Receives Two Grants For Safety Equipment

SCHOOLS
“Major Equity Issue” May Not Be Resolved In New School Building Project by Toni Cunningham

High School Track And Field Improvements Back On Agenda by Toni Cunningham

Workshops On New Elementary School

Opinion: Jennifer Shiao’s School Committee Blog. My Second First Metting by Jennifer Shiao

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Public Forum On Amherst’s Community Responder Program Planned For Saturday, January 22

Letter: Local Jewish Activists Call On Biden To Restore Decency and Fairness To Asylum And Immigration Process by Jewish Activists For Immigration Justice

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

UMass Poll Examines Americans’ Views of Race Issues Including Critical Race Theory, Systemic Racism And Reparations

Amherst Plans Virtual Celebration Of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

SENIORS
Senior Survey Planned To Assess Needs Of Amherst’s Elders by Maura Keene

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

SOLID WASTE
Board Of Health Adopts Substitute Motion In Support Of Trash Hauler Reform by Art Keene

TOWN GOVERNMENT
“Major Equity Issue” May Not Be Resolved In New School Building Project by Toni Cunningham

Conservation Commission Approves Plans To Extend Multi-Use Path To Groff Park by Maura Keene

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

Opinion: Reflections Of A Former Town Councilor. What A Difference A Year Makes For Two Zoning Proposals by Darcy DuMont

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