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Berkshire DA will not charge officer involved in fatal shooting of 22-year-old Pittsfield man Miguel Estrella

Berkshire DA will not charge officer involved in fatal shooting of 22-year-old Pittsfield man Miguel Estrella

Ella Marx September 21, 2022
Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington will not press charges against the police officer who fatally shot Miguel Estrella, a 22-year-old Pittsfield resident, in March.
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Randal Fippinger and Jane Patton elected to Williamstown Select Board

Ella Marx May 11, 2022
Randal Fippinger and Jane Patton were elected yesterday to serve three-year terms on the Williamstown Select Board, defeating Bilal Ansari to win their seats. Patton was elected to the board with 921 votes, according to unofficial results released last night by the town clerk. Fippinger garnered 881 votes, and Ansari amassed 677.
Williamstown Select Board approves Robert Menicocci for next Town manager

Williamstown Select Board approves Robert Menicocci for next Town manager

Ella Marx May 4, 2022
The Williamstown Select Board unanimously approved a contract on April 25 for Robert Menicocci to become the next Town manager. Menicocci’s contract is for one year at a salary of $155,000 and can be renewed by agreement for two additional years.
Candidates for Williamstown Select Board gather for on-campus debate ahead of May 10 election

Candidates for Williamstown Select Board gather for on-campus debate ahead of May 10 election

Sofie Jones May 4, 2022
When Williamstown voters head to the polls on May 10 for this year’s local elections, they will choose between three candidates to fill two seats on the Town’s five-member Select Board: Bilal Ansari, Randal Fippinger, and Jane Patton. On Friday afternoon, the candidates came together for a community forum on campus in Bronfman Auditorium, co-moderated by members of the Record and Ephvotes, the College’s civic engagement organization, to share their campaign platforms with voters.
(Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

March in Pittsfield commemorates life of Miguel Estrella, killed by police shooting

Ella Marx April 13, 2022
A large crowd gathered in downtown Pittsfield on Sunday to march in response to the killing of Miguel Estrella, a Pittsfield man who was fatally shot by police responding to an emergency call on March 25.
The facilitated dialogue event on Saturday took place at Mount Greylock Regional High School.

Town community engages in facilitated dialogue about police-community relationships

Ella Marx and Julia Goldberg March 16, 2022
The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Community Relations Service and the Williamstown Police Department (WPD) implemented the DOJ’s Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships (SPCP) program for the Town this Saturday.
(Gabe Miller/The Williams Record)

Town Planning Board makes strides toward inclusionary zoning policy

Charlotte Staudenmayer March 9, 2022
At its Feb. 17 meeting, the Williamstown Planning Board finalized a list of zoning bylaw amendments addressing exclusionary zoning that will be the topic of a public hearing on Tuesday, March 22.
Feb. 28 Select Board meeting: Search for permanent Town manager continues

Feb. 28 Select Board meeting: Search for permanent Town manager continues

Ella Marx March 2, 2022
At Monday’s meeting, Select Board member Hugh Daley announced that the search committee for a permanent Town manager has finished accepting applications. The Town is currently engaged in its second search for a permanent Town manager over the past year.
Independent investigation finds former WPD chief, sergeant engaged in sexual and racial workplace harassment

Independent investigation finds former WPD chief, sergeant engaged in sexual and racial workplace harassment

Kevin Yang and Ella Marx January 26, 2022
An independent investigation commissioned by the Williamstown Select Board concluded that former Williamstown Police Department (WPD) chief Kyle Johnson and former WPD sergeant Scott McGowan engaged in multiple instances of sexual and racial workplace harassment from 2002 to 2019.
Leaky truck causes chemical spill on Routes 2, 7, 8

Leaky truck causes chemical spill on Routes 2, 7, 8

Gabe Miller December 8, 2021
A spill of aluminum sulfate — a water treatment chemical that can be toxic when ingested by humans or animals — along Routes 2, 7, and 8 closed Route 7 from Sand Springs Road in Williamstown to Pownal, Vt., on Saturday morning. The closure lasted from 6:29 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Select Board originally intended to find a permanent Town Manager by November, but instead will begin a second search in January. (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Select Board keeps Blanchard as interim town manager

Ella Marx and Rachel Schmidt December 1, 2021
The Williamstown Select Board voted 4-1 on Nov. 18 to retain interim town manager Charlie Blanchard through the end of April while it continues to search for a permanent town manager.
Macksey said she will propose an investment plan geared towards the city’s infrastructure needs within her first 100 days of office. (Photo courtesy of Haley Winchell.)

Jennifer Macksey to become North Adams’ first female mayor

Julia Goldberg November 10, 2021
Democrat Jennifer Macksey will become the first female mayor of North Adams in January after defeating opponent Lynette Bond by 200 votes in the Nov. 2 election. 
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