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Polls were open yesterday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Williamstown Elementary School to decide six local offices. (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Johnson and Hasty win Select Board elections in victory for progressive slate

Lawrence, Dew win seats on Planning Board, Housing Authority
Joey Fox May 12, 2021
Jeff Johnson and Wade Hasty defeated Tony Boskovich ’74 and Albert Cummings IV after a hotly contested campaign in yesterday’s double-header Select Board election. Johnson and Hasty were informally aligned in a progressive-leaning slate that emphasized the need for racial justice in the Town.
(Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

96% of on-campus students have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Record survey estimates

Vast majority of students are not yet fully vaccinated
Annie Lu, Grady Short, and Kevin Yang May 5, 2021
Ninety-six percent of students living on campus have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a Record survey sent to the entire student body on Saturday estimates. Only 9.6 percent of the 751 on-campus students who responded, however, are fully vaccinated, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines as occurring two weeks after the final required dose.
Yard signs for the four Select Board candidates have taken over the Town’s lawns and green spaces. (Photo courtesy of Andi Bryant.)

Double-header Select Board elections heat up over racial justice, Town civility

Joey Fox and Ella Marx May 5, 2021
As Election Day fast approaches, the Record spoke with three Select Board candidates, as well as local advocates and activists, to better understand the dynamics of two races that will define the Town government for years to come.
An April 30 email from Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische noted that the College would likely keep current forms requiring masks and social distancing when outdoors until the end of the semester, despite the new mask mandate in the state.

As Massachusetts lifts outdoor mask mandate, College protocols unchanged

Maddy Lawler May 5, 2021
Gov. Charlie Baker on April 27 announced an order, effective April 30, to lift the state’s mandate requiring masks outdoors at all times. The College, however, will likely continue to require outdoor masking for the remainder of the semester.
Rows of breakfast orders await pickup outside of Goodrich Hall on Sunday morning. (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Goodrich reopens for mobile ordering, faces influx of student demand

Jaiha Lee May 5, 2021
Goodrich, the popular student-run coffee bar, has reopened for takeout orders during the first three weekends of May after being closed since the pandemic began. Demand for the Goodrich offerings was so high that on the coffee bar’s second day back in business — Sunday, May 2 — the online ordering software crashed.
Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in April 2019, before its closure. (Photo courtesy of Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle.)

State reaches settlement with Williamstown nursing home over allegations of resident mistreatment

Fiona Seibert, Sonia Prasad, and Katie Jung May 5, 2021
The owners of the now-closed Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Williamstown reached a settlement last month of $110,000 with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after repeated allegations of failure to care for residents.
Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

Campus Safety and Security May 5, 2021
1:19 p.m. Morgan Hall: A student called Campus Safety and Security (CSS) to report an odor of incense. An officer arrived and verified a very strong odor of what could be described as incense. 
April 26 Select Board Meeting: Board votes on draft warrant; continues search for town manager, police chief

April 26 Select Board Meeting: Board votes on draft warrant; continues search for town manager, police chief

Ella Marx and Emily Kuwaye May 3, 2021
The Select Board reviewed proposed articles in the draft warrant that will be presented at the annual Town meeting on June 8. The board also heard updates on the searches for the permanent town manager and interim police chief.
College to require students to get vaccinated before fall semester

College to require students to get vaccinated before fall semester

Irene Loewenson April 23, 2021
The College will mandate that students get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Aug. 1 unless they receive a medical or religious exemption.
The candidates for the three-year term on the Select Board are Tony Boskovich (Above Left) and Jeff Johnson (Above Right). The candidates for the three-year term on the Select Board with one year remaining are Wade Hasty (Center Left) and Albert Cummings (Center Right). The candidates for the seat on the Planning Board are Ken Kuttner (Below Left), Susan Puddester (Below Center), and Roger Lawrence (Below Right). (Photos courtesy of Tony Boskovich, Jeff Johnson, Wade Hasty, Ken Kuttner, and WilliNet.)

Contested races on the ballot for Town elections in May

Joey Fox and Ella Marx April 21, 2021
After a turbulent year for Williamstown marked by reports of police misconduct, the continued hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resignation of several Town officials, Williamstown voters will go to the polls on May 11 to vote for two new members of the Williamstown Select Board alongside several other local races.
Bowdoin is one of dozens of colleges across the country that has announced students will be required to be vaccinated for the fall. (Photo Courtesy of Daderot/Wikimedia Commons.)

In Other Ivory Towers: U.S. colleges require COVID-19 vaccination for fall

Maddy Lawler April 21, 2021
At least a dozen colleges and universities across the U.S. have said they will require students planning to enroll in the fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
If confirmed, Wormuth '91 would become the first woman to serve as Secretary of the Army. (Photo Courtesy of Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons.)

Biden to nominate Christine Wormuth ’91 to be first female Army secretary

‘A baton relay race’: Wormuth discusses her career in public service with the Record
Annie Lu and Kitt Urdang April 21, 2021
On April 12, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Christine Wormuth ’91 to serve as Secretary of the Army. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve in this role. 
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