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ANALYTICS. (Note: The Indy was on vacation for the month of July). Numbers in parentheses indicate change from the previous week.

Number of Unique Page Views:
Last 30 days: 28,378 (+588)
Last Week: 10,104 (+2200)
Number of Unique Sessions
Last 30 Days: 14,285 (+119)
Last Week: 5002 (+1297)

TOP FIVE MOST-READ ARTICLES LAST WEEK
1. “Why Is It That When Our Committees Of Color Come Before The Town Council They Are Poorly Treated?”  Council Meeting Ends Prematurely With Frustration And Outrage by Art Keene
2. Letter: Police Report On July 5 Interaction With BIPOC Youth Omits And Distorts Facts by William Stewart
3. Councilors Double Down On Library Funding While School (And Taxpayers) Left Out In The Cold by Jeff Lee
4.Assumptions About Major Building Projects Need To Be Revisited, Say Town Councilors by Toni Cunnigham
5. Community Safety And Social Justice Committee Defies Council Decision To Cut Off Discussion On Police by Maura Keene

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?
ARTS
UMass Celebrates Its Brutalist Architecture With Two Events by Jeff Lee
A Look Through Two Lenses, A New Photography Exhibit At Gallery A3 In November

CAPITAL PROJECTS
Unpublished Jones Library Space Plan Proposes Alternatives to Costly Expansion by Jeff Lee
Letter: The Point Of Financial Models Is To Answer “What If” Questions. That’s Not What We’re Getting by Maria Kopicki

CAMPUS
Amherst Police Call To Hampshire College Draws Rebuke From Dean Of Students by Art Keene
UMass Holds Okanagan Charter Signing Ceremony, Making Commitment to Embed Health Into All Aspects of Campus Culture
While Still Low, Biden’s Approval Ticks Upward in New National UMass Amherst Poll
Colorado Sports Blog Trashes Amherst. We Have Last Word by Jeff Lee
UMass Celebrates Its Brutalist Architecture With Two Events by Jeff Lee

CLIMATE /ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
Boston Bans Artificial Turf In Parks Due To Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ by Tom Perkins (for The Guardian)
Zero Waste Amherst Encourages The Town To Not Install Synthetic Turf On High School Athletic Fields by Darcy DuMont
Opinion: Thoughts On The Upcoming Election And A Bit Of Good Climate News by Russ Vernon-Jones
Photo Of The Week: Fall Foliage Gallery 2022, Part 2

ELECTIONS
While Still Low, Biden’s Approval Ticks Upward in New National UMass Amherst Poll
Everything You Want To Know About The Ballot Questions From The League Of Women Voters Of Amherst
Everything You Want To Know About The Ballot Questions From The League Of Women Voters Of Amherst
Opinion: Thoughts On The Upcoming Election And A Bit Of Good Climate News by Russ Vernon-Jones

EVENTS
Rally On The Common Saturday In Solidarity With The Amherst 9
Free Prescription Drug Take Back On Saturday October 29
UMass Celebrates Its Brutalist Architecture With Two Events by Jeff Lee
Amherst Recreation Presents Halloween Spooktacular
A Look Through Two Lenses, A New Photography Exhibit At Gallery A3 In November
Can You Imagine Amherst Without Cops? Addressing Your Questions & Concerns About Defunding the Police. A Virtual Event by Defund 413 Amherst
“Mojuba” Event Honoring African Ancestors Will Feature Discussion Of Amherst’s Reparations Efforts
What’s Happening In Amherst? by Art Keene

FEATURES
A Better World Is Possible: On The Other Side of Reparations, A New World Awaits by Trevor Smith and Aria Florant (for Yes Magazine)
Photo Of The Week: Fall Foliage Gallery 2022, Part 2

HOUSING
Concerns On Rental Permitting Emphasize Fee Structure And Occupancy Limits by Maura Keene
Letter: Town Government Not Doing Enough To Address The Challenges Of Student Housing by Ira Bryck

HISTORY
“Mojuba” Event Honoring African Ancestors Will Feature Discussion Of Amherst’s Reparations Efforts
Opinion: The Shoulders We Stand On by Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker and Anika Lopes
A Better World Is Possible: On The Other Side of Reparations, A New World Awaits by Trevor Smith and Aria Florant (for Yes Magazine)

HUMOR
Colorado Sports Blog Trashes Amherst. We Have Last Word by Jeff Lee

LIBRARY
Unpublished Jones Library Space Plan Proposes Alternatives to Costly Expansion by Jeff Lee

OPINION
Zero Waste Amherst Encourages The Town To Not Install Synthetic Turf On High School Athletic Fields by Darcy DuMont
Letter: The Point Of Financial Models Is To Answer “What If” Questions. That’s Not What We’re Getting by Maria Kopicki
Letter: Town Government Not Doing Enough To Address The Challenges Of Student Housing by Ira Bryck
Letter: Councilors Hanneke And Griesemer Need To Reflect On Their Role In Upholding White Supremacy by Maria Kopicki, Joanna Morse, and Jennifer Shiao
Letter: Police Report On July 5 Interaction With BIPOC Youth Omits And Distorts Facts by William Stewart
Opinion: Why The Conversation About Policing Cannot Stop  by Marla Goldbert Jamate
Opinion: I Regret That This Is The Way It Is by Brianna Owen
Opinion: The Shoulders We Stand On by Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker and Anika Lopes
Opinion:  Our Community Stands With The Amherst 9 by Lissa Pierce Bonifaz
Opinion: Nuclear War Is The Most Local Of Issues by Henry W. Rosenberg
Opinion: Thoughts On The Upcoming Election And A Bit Of Good Climate News by Russ Vernon-Jones

PUBLIC HEALTH
Boston Bans Artificial Turf In Parks Due To Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ by Tom Perkins (for The Guardian)
UMass Holds Okanagan Charter Signing Ceremony, Making Commitment to Embed Health Into All Aspects of Campus Culture
COVID-19 Weekly Update For The Week Of October 26, 2022 by Art and Maura Keene
Free Prescription Drug Take Back On Saturday October 29
Zero Waste Amherst Encourages The Town To Not Install Synthetic Turf On High School Athletic Fields by Darcy DuMont

PUBLIC SAFETY
Amherst Police Call To Hampshire College Draws Rebuke From Dean Of Students by Art Keene
Free Prescription Drug Take Back On Saturday October 29
Can You Imagine Amherst Without Cops? Addressing Your Questions & Concerns About Defunding the Police. A Virtual Event by Defund 413 Amherst
Letter: Police Report On July 5 Interaction With BIPOC Youth Omits And Distorts Facts by William Stewart
Opinion: Why The Conversation About Policing Cannot Stop  by Marla Goldbert Jamate
Opinion:  Our Community Stands With The Amherst 9 by Lissa Pierce Bonifaz

PUBLIC WORKS
Amherst Awarded $755k In Massworks Grant For Sidewalk Improvements
Amherst Receives $250,000 For Sidewalks Through Housing Choice Grant Program

RECREATION
Amherst Recreation Presents Halloween Spooktacular

REPARATIONS

Listening Session Explores The Experiences Of Being Black In Amherst by Maura Keene
“Mojuba” Event Honoring African Ancestors Will Feature Discussion Of Amherst’s Reparations Efforts
A Better World Is Possible: On The Other Side of Reparations, A New World Awaits by Trevor Smith and Aria Florant (for Yes Magazine)

SCHOOLS
Boston Bans Artificial Turf In Parks Due To Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ by Tom Perkins (for The Guardian)

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Listening Session Explores The Experiences Of Being Black In Amherst by Maura Keene
Rally On The Common Saturday In Solidarity With The Amherst 9
Can You Imagine Amherst Without Cops? Addressing Your Questions & Concerns About Defunding the Police. A Virtual Event by Defund 413 Amherst
“Mojuba” Event Honoring African Ancestors Will Feature Discussion Of Amherst’s Reparations Efforts
Letter: Councilors Hanneke And Griesemer Need To Reflect On Their Role In Upholding White Supremacy by Maria Kopicki, Joanna Morse, and Jennifer Shiao
Opinion: Why The Conversation About Policing Cannot Stop  by Marla Goldbert Jamate
Opinion:  Our Community Stands With The Amherst 9 by Lissa Pierce Bonifaz
A Better World Is Possible: On The Other Side of Reparations, A New World Awaits by Trevor Smith and Aria Florant (for Yes Magazine)

TOWN GOVERNMENT
Unpublished Jones Library Space Plan Proposes Alternatives to Costly Expansion by Jeff Lee
Concerns On Rental Permitting Emphasize Fee Structure And Occupancy Limits by Maura Keene
Amherst Awarded $755k In Massworks Grant For Sidewalk Improvements
Amherst Receives $250,000 For Sidewalks Through Housing Choice Grant Program
Letter: The Point Of Financial Models Is To Answer “What If” Questions. That’s Not What We’re Getting by Maria Kopicki
Letter: Councilors Hanneke And Griesemer Need To Reflect On Their Role In Upholding White Supremacy by Maria Kopicki, Joanna Morse, and Jennifer Shiao
Letter: Police Report On July 5 Interaction With BIPOC Youth Omits And Distorts Facts by William Stewart
Opinion: Why The Conversation About Policing Cannot Stop  by Marla Goldbert Jamate
Opinion: I Regret That This Is The Way It Is by Brianna Owen

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