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TOP FIVE MOST-READ ARTICLES LAST WEEK
1. Opinion: Town Councilors Blatantly Misrepresent My Views While Rejecting My Application To Serve On ZBA by John Varner
2.Opinion: Volunteer In Amherst – If You Dare by Michael Greenebaum
3. Viability Of Four Building Projects Called Into Question As Library Awaits Cost Estimates by Jeff Lee
4.. Community Safety Committee Calls On Town Council To Respond To Police Harassment Of BIPOC Youth, Address Full Slate Of CSWG Recommendations by Art Keene
5..Changing Economic Conditions Result In Revision Of Capital Plan by Maura Keene

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?
CAMPUS
Cuppa’ Joe With Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman & Special Guest Tony Maroulis

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
Net Zero Subcommittee Recommends Ground Source Heat Pump System for New School by Maria Kopicki
Town Manager Will Decide On Fate Of Merry Maple by Maura Keene
Level 2 Drought Declared For Connecticut River Valley
Letter: Opportunity To Electrify Town School Bus Fleet For Free Requires Quick Action By School Committee by Massachusetts Teachers Association Climate Action Network
Letter: Hauler Reform Should Be A Town Priority by Alice Swift
Opinion: The Moment We Are In by Russ Vernon-Jones
A Better World Is Possible: California Mandates Recycling Of Most Organic Waste Statewide by Art Keene

EVENTS
Friday Poolside Movie Postponed Due To Weather. Evening Concert On The Common Cancelled
Amherst Community Safety Day Saturday, August 13
Cuppa’ Joe With Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman & Special Guest Tony Maroulis
What’s Happening In Amherst? by Art Keene

FEATURES
Amherst History Month-by-Month: Nuttingville by Hetty Startup
A Better World Is Possible: California Mandates Recycling Of Most Organic Waste Statewide by Art Keene

HISTORY / HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Amherst History Month-by-Month: Nuttingville by Hetty Startup

ISSUES & ANALYSES
Issues & Analyses: Public Libraries Are Shedding Books And Losing Visitors – So Why Do We Make Them Bigger? by Jeff Lee

LIBRARY
Issues & Analyses: Public Libraries Are Shedding Books And Losing Visitors – So Why Do We Make Them Bigger? by Jeff Lee

OPINION
Letter: Opportunity To Electrify Town School Bus Fleet For Free Requires Quick Action By School Committee by Massachusetts Teachers Association Climate Action Network
Letter: Hauler Reform Should Be A Town Priority by Alice Swift
Opinion: The Kansas Victory Shows That Democrats Can Fight For Abortion Rights And Win by Moira Donegan (for The Guardian)
Opinion: The Moment We Are In by Russ Vernon-Jones
Opinion:  Sunrise Amherst Condemns Harassment Of BIPOC Youth By Amherst Police by Amherst Sunrise Movement

PUBLIC HEALTH
Back To School Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Scheduled For Wednesday, August 10 by Maura Keene
COVID-19 Weekly Update For The Week Of July 27, 2022. New: Latest News On Monkeypox by Art and Maura Keene
Town’s Tips To Beat The Heat

PUBLIC SAFETY
Amherst Community Safety Day Saturday, August 13

HOUSING
Second Private Dorm Proposed For Olympia Drive by Maura Keene

SCHOOLS
Net Zero Subcommittee Recommends Ground Source Heat Pump System for New School by Maria Kopicki
School Building Committee Chooses Design-Bid-Build Procurement Method, Considers Sustainability Certification And Site Plan Options by Maria Kopicki
Back To School Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Scheduled For Wednesday, August 10 by Maura Keene
Letter: Opportunity To Electrify Town School Bus Fleet For Free Requires Quick Action By School Committee by Massachusetts Teachers Association Climate Action Network
Opinion:  Sunrise Amherst Condemns Harassment Of BIPOC Youth By Amherst Police by Amherst Sunrise Movement

SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Special Legislation Proposed To Enable Amherst’s Reparations Program by Maura Keene
Sojourner Truth School For Social Change Leadership Releases New Fall Catalogue by Renee Moss
Opinion: The Kansas Victory Shows That Democrats Can Fight For Abortion Rights And Win by Moira Donegan (for The Guardian)
Opinion: The Moment We Are In by Russ Vernon-Jones
Opinion:  Sunrise Amherst Condemns Harassment Of BIPOC Youth By Amherst Police by Amherst Sunrise Movement

SOLID WASTE
Letter: Hauler Reform Should Be A Town Priority by Alice Swift
A Better World Is Possible: California Mandates Recycling Of Most Organic Waste Statewide by Art Keene

TOWN GOVERNMENT
Special Legislation Proposed To Enable Amherst’s Reparations Program by Maura Keene
Second Private Dorm Proposed For Olympia Drive by Maura Keene
Net Zero Subcommittee Recommends Ground Source Heat Pump System for New School by Maria Kopiciki
School Building Committee Chooses Design-Bid-Build Procurement Method, Considers Sustainability Certification And Site Plan Options Maria Kopicki
Town Manager Will Decide On Fate Of Merry Maple by Maura Keene
Level 2 Drought Declared For Connecticut River Valley
Cuppa’ Joe With Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman & Special Guest Tony Maroulis
Letter: Hauler Reform Should Be A Town Priority by Alice Swift

US POLITICS
Opinion: The Kansas Victory Shows That Democrats Can Fight For Abortion Rights And Win by Moira Donegan (for The Guardian)

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