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Sept. 27 Select Board meeting: Board to interview Town manager candidates, discusses Article 37 implementation

Sept. 27 Select Board meeting: Board to interview Town manager candidates, discusses Article 37 implementation

Saud Afzal Shafi October 18, 2021
The Williamstown Select Board met on Sept. 27 to discuss the implementation of Article 37 and the ongoing search process for a permanent Town manager. Article 37 is a citizen’s petition — passed during the August 2020 Town Meeting — that aims to promote racial and socioeconomic equity within Town government.
Williamstown Select Board summer recap: DA Harrington answers questions about Brady list, DIRE committee adds new members

Williamstown Select Board summer recap: DA Harrington answers questions about Brady list, DIRE committee adds new members

Ella Marx and Saud Afzal Shafi September 15, 2021
Over the summer, the Select Board hosted Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington to answer Town residents’ questions about policies concerning police officers who have committed or been accused of committing misconduct. The board also confirmed new members to the DIRE committee and announced plans to release the findings of an investigation into WPD misconduct.
National civil rights group calls for WPD Officer Eichhammer’s removal for hanging Hitler photo

National civil rights group calls for WPD Officer Eichhammer’s removal for hanging Hitler photo

Eichhammer claimed photo in locker was a joke; Town manager unwilling to fire him
Ella Marx August 7, 2021
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization that focuses on racial justice, published a letter on Monday calling for the removal of Officer Craig Eichhammer from the WPD for the officer’s display of a photograph of Adolf Hitler in his station locker.
Current WPD officer admitted in 2011 to misconduct and lying to investigators

Current WPD officer admitted in 2011 to misconduct and lying to investigators

Irene Loewenson July 31, 2021
WPD Officer Craig Eichhammer admitted in 2011 to misconduct involving a civilian and to lying about it during an investigation, and he remained on the force with apparently minimal punishment, according to a document obtained by the Record this week through a public records request.
Since Friday, a wildfire has burned through over 900 acres of forest in Williamstown and Clarksburg. (Photo courtesy of Will Titus.)

Williamstown sees largest Massachusetts forest fire in over 20 years

Joey Fox May 19, 2021
A wildfire burned nearly 1,000 acres over the weekend, tearing across East Mountain, Pine Cobble, and Clarksburg State Forest to become the largest fire in Massachusetts since 1999.
May 10 Select Board meeting: Blanchard chooses Ziemba as interim police chief, board discusses role of DIRE committee

May 10 Select Board meeting: Blanchard chooses Ziemba as interim police chief, board discusses role of DIRE committee

Joey Fox and Ella Marx May 16, 2021
At the Select Board’s May 10 meeting, Interim Town Manager Charles Blanchard announced that after receiving six applications, he had chosen Acting Williamstown Police Department (WPD) Chief Mike Ziemba as interim police chief. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Town CO2 Lowering Committee proposes Net Zero Resolution

Town CO2 Lowering Committee proposes Net Zero Resolution

Declan Houlihan April 14, 2021
The Williamstown CO2 Lowering (COOL) Committee is pushing the Town to adopt its Net Zero Resolution, which calls for action to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and begin implementing a comprehensive climate action plan by 2023.
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