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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: 26,306 (-24)
Last Week: 6621 (+290).
Number of Unique Sessions
Last 30 Days: 14,460 (+62)
Last Week: 3442 (-264)

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TOP FIVE MOST-READ ARTICLES IN THE MONTH OF MAY
1. Free Shoe Spray For Tick Prevention, Saturday May 28 by Art Keene
2. Bears Oh My!  Community Chat Explores Everything You Need To Know About Bears In Amherst  by Art Keene
3. Hundreds Attend Candlelight Vigil For Sayhan Islam by Maura Keene
4. Parklets Arrive In Downtown Amherst
5. North Amherst Library Finds Interim Home In Mill District. Special Collections’ Head Departs To Belchertown by Jeff Lee

TOP FIVE MOST-READ ARTICLES LAST WEEK
1. Free Shoe Spray For Tick Prevention, Saturday May 28 by Art Keene
2. Hundreds Attend Candlelight Vigil For Sayhan Islam by Maura Keene
3. New History Trail To Be Built Along The Mill River by Meg Gage
4. North Amherst Library Finds Interim Home In Mill District. Special Collections’ Head Departs To Belchertown by Jeff Lee
5.Finance Committee Discusses Disposition Of Town’s “Surplus Buildings” by Maura Keene

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?
NEW / BREAKING
New Documentary: ‘There’s Always Something To Be Done’: How The Janes Provided Illegal Abortions Before Roe by Adrian Horton (for The Guardian)
Town Receives Nearly $300,000 for Regional Municipal Fiber Expansion Project 
A Primer On Juneteenth by Amilcar Shabazz and Dee Shabazz
Letter: Advocacy Is Democratic by Jennifer Shiao
Letter: Listening To Our Voices Is Democratic! by Progressive Coalition For Amherst
CRESS Program Will Be Operational In August by Maura Keene
COVID-19 Weekly Update For The Week Of June 8, 2022 by Art and Maura Keene

ARTS
Folksinger-Activist Reggie Harris Will Join June 4 Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song & Story Swap by Jeff Lee

CAMPUS
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy Announces Plans To Retire At The End Of June, 2023
Amherst Alum Michael Elliot Named 20th President Of Amherst College
New Study Aims to Understand The Psychology That Threatens American Democracy

CAPITAL PROJECTS
Site Issues For New School More Complicated At Wildwood by Maura Keene
CPA Committee Approves Borrowing For Track And Field Project At AHRS by Maura Keene
Public Comment: Construction At Fort River Site Will Be Complete A Year Sooner by Toni Cunningham
Letter: Wildwood School Building Can Meet Town’s Pressing Needs For More Civic Space by Irene Dujovne
Letter: On Amherst Forward’s Curious Notion Of Democracy by Michael Greenebaum
Opinion: Choosing The Site For Our New Elementary School by Bruce Coldham

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
Spring Climate Summit In Amherst This Weekend by Amherst Sunrise Movement
Letter: Town’s Climate Action Plan Should Inform FY23 Budget by Amherst Climate Alliance
Photo Of The Week: Buffam Falls By Annique Boomsma

ENERGY
Town Manager Nominates Three For Solar Bylaw Working Group by Art Keene
Spring Climate Summit In Amherst This Weekend by Amherst Sunrise Movement
Letter: Town’s Climate Action Plan Should Inform FY23 Budget by Amherst Climate Alliance

EVENTS
Spring Climate Summit In Amherst This Weekend by Amherst Sunrise Movement
Celebrate Pride Month With Events At The Mill District
Folksinger-Activist Reggie Harris Will Join June 4 Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song & Story Swap by Jeff Lee
What’s Happening In Amherst? by Art Keene

FEATURES
From Other Sources: News For And About Amherst:  Local News Roundup by Art Keene
Photo Of The Week: Buffam Falls By Annique Boomsma

NATIONAL NEWS
Statement Of Amherst Human Rights Commission In Reponse To Recent Mass Shootings
Opinion:  It’s Time To End America’s Epidemic Of Gun Violence by Deborah Neubauer
Opinion: A Better World Is Possible. It Only Happens Here by Art Keene

OPINIONS
Public Comment: Construction At Fort River Site Will Be Complete A Year Sooner by Toni Cunningham
Letter: Wildwood School Building Can Meet Town’s Pressing Needs For More Civic Space by Irene Dujovne
Letter: Town’s Climate Action Plan Should Inform FY23 Budget by Amherst Climate Alliance
Letter: On Amherst Forward’s Curious Notion Of Democracy Michael Greenebaum
Opinion: Choosing The Site For Our New Elementary School by Bruce Coldham
Opinion:  It’s Time To End America’s Epidemic Of Gun Violence by Deborah Neubauer
Opinion: A Better World Is Possible. It Only Happens Here by Art Keene
Opinion: Racism and Some Good News About Public Opinion by Russ Vernon-Jones

PUBLIC HEALTH
COVID-19 Weekly Update For The Week Of June 1, 2022 by Art and Maura Keene

SCHOOLS
Site Issues For New School More Complicated At Wildwood by Maura Keene
CPA Committee Approves Borrowing For Track And Field Project At AHRS by Maura Keene
Finance Committee Declines To Recommend Additional Funds For School Budget by Maura Keene
Public Comment: Construction At Fort River Site Will Be Complete A Year Sooner by Toni Cunningham
Letter: Wildwood School Building Can Meet Town’s Pressing Needs For More Civic Space by Irene Dujovne
Opinion: Choosing The Site For Our New Elementary School by Bruce Coldham

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
New Social Justice Committee Sets Agenda For Greater Inclusion by Art Keene
New Study Aims to Understand The Psychology That Threatens American Democracy
Statement Of Amherst Human Rights Commission In Reponse To Recent Mass Shootings
Celebrate Pride Month With Events At The Mill District
Opinion: Racism and Some Good News About Public Opinion by Russ Vernon-Jones

TOWN GOVERNMENT
Site Issues For New School More Complicated At Wildwood by Maura Keene
CPA Committee Approves Borrowing For Track And Field Project At AHRS by Maura Keene
New Social Justice Committee Sets Agenda For Greater Inclusion by Art Keene
Town Manager Nominates Three For Solar Bylaw Working Group by Art Keene
Finance Committee Declines To Recommend Additional Funds For School Budget by Maura Keene
CRC Nominates Two For Planning Board Posts by Art Keene
“Nonstandard” Design Approved For UMass Five College Credit Union Branch On Northampton Road by Maura Keene
Town Manager Seeks Volunteers To Serve On Town Boards And Committees
Statement Of Amherst Human Rights Commission In Reponse To Recent Mass Shootings

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