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AMHERST – Area Tibetan Americans will mark the 63rd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising with a march from Amherst to Northampton on March 10.

In support of the anniversary and advocating for justice, the Amherst City Council issued a proclamation last week ahead of the raising of the Memorial Tibetan Flag in front of City Hall that morning at 9:30 a.m.

The proclamation states that the Amherst-based Regional Tibetan Association “urges governments around the world to take stronger multilateral action in response to the Chinese government’s unprecedented human rights abuses” and that Tibetan Americans of Amherst “have contributed to the diversity of our culture and our traditions.

Council President Lynn Griesemer said residents were invited to attend the flag raising. The flag will remain raised until March 20.

After the ceremony, members of the Regional Tibetan Association will then travel to Northampton.

First weekend of March

Amherst will have additional police and fire/paramedics on duty Saturday for what city and University of Massachusetts officials call the “first weekend of March.”

City Manager Paul Bockelman said this week that officials are preparing to respond to parties and other events that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Students are usually on spring break for March 17 vacation.

COVID Ambassadors will visit students living off-campus to remind them of their peacekeeping responsibilities. Restrictions on visitors to UMass residence halls will also be in place.

In previous years, UMass held concerts and other activities to reduce the likelihood of large unauthorized gatherings. The UMass hockey team will also play a home game that night.

Ukrainian aid

As Ukraine is overrun by Russian troops, an Amherst resident calls on town officials to show their support for the people of the country in tangible ways.

Meg Gage of Montague Road told City Council this week that one possibility might be to light City Hall in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The Empire State Building in New York and City Hall in Los Angeles created similar plays of light.

The situation in Ukraine should be of concern for world peace, Gage said. “I can’t remember a moment as terrifying as this,” Gage said.

Newman Center Fundraising Campaign

A $2 million fundraising campaign for a new Newman Catholic Center building on the University of Massachusetts campus that is under construction recently exceeded its goal.

“Miracles Happen: When Heart Speaks to Heart” raised $2.05 million from 565 donors. The campaign both covers construction costs and helps build an endowment fund for the center.

“While we’ve reached our goal, fundraising should continue through the spring, summer and early fall,” Virginia Webb, Newman’s chief development officer, said in a statement.

After selling its 1963 building to UMass for $12.5 million in 2020, the church leased the nearby Thatcher Road site to the university and contracted with DA Sullivan and Sons to construct a 19 000 square feet that will include a chapel, a research center with private study rooms, two lounges and a cafe, among other spaces.

Chamber Annual Meeting

The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an annual in-person meeting March 9 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Red Barn at Hampshire College.

Luncheon speakers will include College President Ed Wingenbach, Michael Gay, the chamber’s new chairman of the board, and Yasmin Chin Eisenhauer, executive director of the Amherst Cinema.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Visit for more information.


MONDAY: Public Shade Tree Committee, 5 p.m., on site for trees to be touched and removed at 174 Sunset Ave.

TUESDAY: Jones Library Committees on Personnel, Planning and Policy, 9 a.m., Budget, 1 p.m., and Building Outreach, 4 p.m.; Public Shade Tree Committee, 5 p.m.; Amherst School Committee, 6:30 p.m.