This past Tuesday, October 18, the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking held a town hall style meeting at the new, nearly open, and fabulous AmherstWorks in downtown. The event, "Envisioning a Safe and Vibrant Nightlife Locally: It's Your Turn to Speak Up!" was funded by a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration or SAMHSA as part of their Communities Talk series on prevent underage drinking.
The event was divided into 3 components - a panel, breakout sessions, and an open discussion among the 40 or so in attendance. Moderated by former Amherst Select Board chair and past CCC member, Stephanie O'Keefe, the panel included Anthony Vitale, UMass Amherst Student Government Association president; Sarah la Cour, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District; George Myers, general manager of both the Amherst Cinema and The Quarters in Hadley; and Sally Linowski, Associate Dean of Off-Campus Student Life and Community Education.