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Williamstown's Spruces Vote Likely in November
It was announced that it will be early October before the town can schedule the special town meeting it will take to move the process forward.

'Spruces Roof Group' Winding Down
"Given our mission and purpose and goals, is our work finished or do we need to continue to meet as a group?" — Jane Allen

Williamstown Selectmen Presses for Main Street Flooding Fix
"Our house was forced to act as a dam for Main Street. On Sept. 2, water reached the foundation of our house." — Chanda Shin

Two Years After Irene: A Desire to Stay in Williamstown
Higher Ground wanted to know what those residents and the ones who already left the park want in a new home and what they can afford.

State Official: Higher Ground Housing Project Could Be Real by 2015
"He said maybe it would be wise for us to focus on one project." — Jane Allen

Williamstown Selectmen Pull 'Distraction' Land Question
"We need to put all of our time and energy into having this come to a successful outcome." — Jane Allen

Williamstown Con Comm Frames Questions on Lowry, Burbank
"I think only four of the questions are really germane to the Conservation Commission." — Commissioner Hank Art

Williamstown Panel Discusses Rules for Land Decision
"The board has a row to hoe in convincing us because of our requirements." — Philip McKnight

Williamstown Selectmen Clarify Language on Lowry, Burbank
Specifically, the board asked the commission to consider releasing about 10 acres from the 30-acre Lowry property.

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!"


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