|TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY|
|Spruces Housing Group Hopes to Clarify Park's Fate
"If there is room to put some number of houses, that might be a way to have our cake and eat it, too." — Ann McCallum
Williamstown Coordinating Panel Meets With Lowry Critic
"Unfortunately, when it comes to developing affordable housing, it's not affordable to develop." — Robert Scerbo
Williamstown Nears Deal to Acquire Spruces
"Hopefully, we'll be hitting you over the head with information." — Wendy Penner
Williamstown Panel Aims to Rule Spruces In Or Out
"What does it mean if FEMA is out of the picture and Morgan says, 'Here's your notice. We're closing the park?'" — Stanley Parese
Williamstown Committee Hears From Spruces Residents
"We don't want to be plopped in the middle of a city." — Cynthia Cleremont-Rebello
Williamstown Declines Civil Fingerprinting, Spruces Plan
"As a sign of the times, apparently, this is necessary and certainly the Massachusetts Legislature decided it was necessary." — Peter Fohlin
Williamstown Voters to Face Spending, Land Issues
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Mount Greylock Regional High School.
Williamstown Agrees to Accept FEMA Grant
"At some point, they're going to ask us, 'Where is it? We sent you a document worth $6 million, and you haven't returned it.' " — Peter Fohlin
Williamstown Conservation Panel Repeats Support of 'Timeout'
"By taking no action, we don't send a clear message." — Sarah Gardner
Letters: Reconsider Trading Farmland for Housing
We should not destroy one community asset — open space and agricultural land — in favor of creating another community asset — housing.
FAQs About Williamstown's FEMA Grant
The distribution of that money is complicated, and there are a few aspects of the program that town officials will continue to learn in the months ahead.
Letters: Vote on April 24 & Make Your Voice Heard
Are we going to allow the additional sacrifices of the Spruces residents to go unnoticed by removing options for development from the table?
Emotions Run High at Williamstown TV Forum
"I'm sorry it's caused so much tragedy for you all that you have to think about, 'I don't want to lose 10 acres,' or 'I want to hay there.'" — Tremus Thompson
Swiatek, Spruces Group Seek Town Funds to Help Buy Park
"We're just trying to have a better discussion and offer options to people." — Kenneth Swiatek 1 Comment
Williamstown Awarded Grant to Demolish Spruces
"It was in my mailbox yesterday morning." — Peter Fohlin
Letters: Conserved Lands Needs Advocates
Someone recently remarked to me, angrily, "We have too much conservation land in this town!"
Williamstown Board Delays Approval on Land Conservation
"... I recommend drawing a line in the sand and not approving another conservation restriction until we have a communitywide conversation." — Selectwoman Jane Allen
Residents Divided Over Future of Spruces Mobile Home Park
"Sometimes, you have to stop and think, logically, and realize the Spruces was a great place, but it's never going to be that again." — Carol Zingarelli 1 Comment
Williamstown Selectmen Press State on Emergency Ramp
"For the love of God, just change the alignment." — Selectman Tom Costley
Letters: Why Not a New Spruces?
My idea: Construct new homes on the Spruces site with elevated concrete and steel reinforced 7- or 8-foot high open air foundations
Williamstown Ag Panel: Housing Talk Premature
"We don't know if the grant will come through. And we don't know if the townspeople will release the land from conservation." — Kim Wells
Williamstown Planners See Options for Affordable Housing
"We have a group opinion that there is a need for affordable housing. As for endorsing specific sites ... we're not there yet." — Ann K. McCallum 4 Comments
Spruces Sales Negotiation Sparks Open Meeting Complaint
It was within the context of how we can do something to get these people out of harm's way." — Selectman David Rempell
Letters: Consider Other Options to Protect Spruces
The Spruces might yet have a future were it possible to protect the park from future flooding.
Letters: HooRWA Supports Spruces Purchase
Benign uses for The Spruces flood plain include those sought by the town: "agriculture, active and passive recreation, sports fields, a bicycle path and conservation land."
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