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First weeks of January bring milder weather to the Berkshires

First weeks of January bring milder weather to the Berkshires

Grady Yuthok Short January 25, 2023
Until a storm blanketed the College in nine inches of heavy snow Sunday night, Winter Study had lacked one of its most characteristic features. The first two weeks of January included just one day of measurable snowfall in Williamstown, totaling only 0.3 inches, according to data provided by the College’s Environmental Analysis Lab.
Williamstown police officers unanimously support the use of body cameras.

Williamstown appoints Michael Ziemba as its first permanent police chief in two years

Ella Marx December 28, 2022
Since December 2020, Michael Ziemba has served in several different roles within the Williamstown Police Department (WPD), including lieutenant, acting chief, interim chief, and — as of Dec. 20 — permanent chief.
Williamstown police officers unanimously support the use of body cameras.

WPD to implement body cameras

Julia Goldberg December 7, 2022
The Williamstown Police Department (WPD) will equip all of its officers with body-worn cameras after the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security awarded it an $18,941 grant.
The Spring Street Market and Cafe recently raised the prices of its sandwiches by $1 in response to inflation. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

Inflation hits Spring Street restaurants

Skylar Yarter and Julia Goldberg November 30, 2022
Businesses on Spring Street have experienced shortages and increases in supply costs due to inflation.
At the 2022 Town Hall meeting, voters approved small amendments to the charter. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

Williamstown seeks to review Town Charter

Ella Marx November 30, 2022
The Charter Committee hopes to perform a larger, more comprehensive review of the Town Charter, solicit input on the revision from Town officials and residents, and propose changes to the charter at the 2024 Town Meeting.
The proposition, in polls Nov. 8, has largely split voters down party lines. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record)

Mass. to vote on granting driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status

Lena Kerest October 25, 2022
Proposition 4 will ask Massachusetts voters on the Nov. 8 general election ballot whether they approve of the Work and Family Mobility Act, the state law that would allow undocumented individuals to obtain driver’s licenses and learner’s permits.
At eight stations spread across the room, attendees could read about a specific topic from the Town’s Existing Conditions Report.

Town solicits residents’ input for upcoming comprehensive plan

Julia Goldberg October 19, 2022
Williamstown residents gathered at an interactive open house on Thursday to share thoughts and concerns that will inform Envisioning Williamstown 2035, a long-term comprehensive plan for the Town. The plan, to be released by May 2023, will serve as the Town’s “official blueprint” for action “related to land use, infrastructure, and community development” over the next 10 years, according to its website.
The Store at Five Corners reopened after raising $800,000 in donations to purchase and renovate the store. (Gabe Miller/The Williams Record)

The Store at Five Corners reopens under new management after two years of closure

Sam Coyle October 18, 2022
The Store at Five Corners reopened under new ownership on Aug. 16 after closing in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The South Williamstown store, which sells made-to-order sandwiches and groceries, occupies a historic 250-year-old building that served as a tavern during the American Revolution.
The median home price in Williamstown, which has risen over 40 percent in the past year, is now $492,000. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

Town releases Existing Conditions Analysis, takes steps towards completing comprehensive plan

Julia Goldberg October 5, 2022
The Williamstown Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has released its Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that will aid the committee’s development of Envisioning Williamstown 2035, a comprehensive plan set to outline a community-driven vision of the Town’s physical development.
Local residents to put up signs in Town for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Local residents to put up signs in Town for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Gabe Miller October 4, 2022
Williamstown residents justin adkins, Drew Art, Christine DeLucia, Randal Fippinger, and Jim Reische, will be putting up 50 signs in Town commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 10.
Members of the walk gathered at the Williams Inn before proceeding north up Spring Street. (Lena Kerest/The Williams Record)

‘Rise Together’ walk on Spring St. raises funds for Elizabeth Freeman Center

Lena Kerest October 4, 2022
The Spring Street midday rush was busier than usual last Friday as the Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) held its annual Rise Together for Safety and Justice walk to raise awareness and funds. The event was co-hosted by RASAN, SAPR, and Greylock Together.
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 20, 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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