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Following WPD chief’s resignation, sergeant withdraws lawsuit

Following WPD chief’s resignation, sergeant withdraws lawsuit
Jeongyoon Han, Kevin Yang, and Rebecca Tauber December 24, 2020
On Dec. 15, Williamstown Police Department (WPD) Sergeant Scott McGowan withdrew a lawsuit he filed this August against the Town of Williamstown, Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 and former WPD Chief Kyle Johnson. The withdrawal of the lawsuit came immediately following Johnson’s resignation as police chief on Dec. 14.

Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson resigns following months-long outcry over WPD misconduct

Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson resigns following months-long outcry over WPD misconduct
Jeongyoon Han, Kevin Yang, and Rebecca Tauber December 14, 2020
Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 announced that WPD Lieutenant Mike Ziemba would take responsibilities for Johnson as interim chief.

On Spring Street, a successful fall and a foreboding winter

Spring Street businesses like the Thai and Japanese restaurant Blue Mango benefited from the safe return of many students to campus this fall. (Jack McGovern/Williams Record)
Jack McGovern November 25, 2020

Spring Street businesses like the Thai and Japanese restaurant Blue Mango benefited from the safe return of many students to campus this fall. (Jack McGovern/The Williams Record) As most in-person...

Korean Garden moves to new Williamstown location

Korean Garden will soon move to Colonial Plaza in Williamstown after more than four years in North Adams. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record)
Joey Fox, Managing Editor November 18, 2020

Korean Garden will soon move to Colonial Plaza in Williamstown after more than four years in North Adams. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record) Korean Garden, long a staple of Korean fare in northern Berkshire...

WPD dispatcher who shared anti-Black racist Facebook posts resigns

WPD dispatcher who shared anti-Black racist Facebook posts resigns
Jack McGovern and Kevin Yang November 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This article contains images and descriptions of anti-Black racist and violent language and imagery. A dispatcher with the Williamstown Police Department (WPD) resigned on Thursday...

Amid dissent, Town Manager Hoch retains WPD Chief Johnson

Amid dissent, Town Manager Hoch retains WPD Chief Johnson
Jack McGovern, Jeongyoon Han, Kevin Yang, and Ella Marx November 11, 2020

Hoch announced his decision to retain Kyle Johnson as WPD chief at a Williamstown Select Board meeting on Oct. 26. (Photo courtesy of Willinet.) Johnson apologizes, announces investigation into new...

Governor Baker announces stay-at-home advisory, stricter limitations on gatherings to combat virus spread

Governor Baker announces stay-at-home advisory, stricter limitations on gatherings to combat virus spread
Ella Marx November 11, 2020

On Nov. 6, Gov. Charlie Baker implemented new coronavirus guidelines to combat the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, reflecting a recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. Confirmed...

Beyond the Bubble: Town elects members to Mount Greylock Regional School District Committee

Devika Goel/The Williams Record
Kit Conklin November 11, 2020

Devika Goel/The Williams Record If you have walked or driven around Williamstown this fall, you have likely spotted lawn signs bearing the names of those who campaigned for last week’s elections...

Once again, Berkshire County incumbents run unopposed

Once again, Berkshire County incumbents run unopposed
Joey Fox, Managing Editor November 3, 2020

(Visual by Joey Fox. All photos courtesy of the Massachusetts General Court and the United States Congress.) Today marks the end of voting in the 2020 general election, and with it comes the end of...

After years of controversy, Log murals to be removed

After years of controversy, Log murals to be removed
Magdalena Arias and Jackson Hartigan October 21, 2020

At the Log, Associate Conservator of Paintings Maggie Barkovic and Conservation Technician Matthew Hamilton, both from the Williamstown + Atlanta Art Conservation Center, apply a protective paper facing...

Ranked choice voting on the ballot in Massachusetts

Ranked choice voting on the ballot in Massachusetts
Niko Malhotra October 14, 2020

While much national news has recently focused on the presidential race, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity this year to implement ranked choice voting (RCV) for future non-presidential elections...

Berkshire County voting: Trends, data and predictions

Berkshire County voting: Trends, data and predictions
Kit Conklin October 7, 2020

(Joey Fox/The Williams Record) Berkshire County, like many other counties and states around the nation, is expecting a substantially high turnout for this November’s general election. Already, Berkshire...

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