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A line forms quickly when Brian Cole pulls his new mobile restaurant to the side of the Spring Street.

Williamstown Mobile Taco Truck Gains Fanfare

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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The taco and burrito truck has caused quite a bit of excitement in Williamstown.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Mexican restaurant on wheels has generated a lot of excitement around Spring Street.

Williams College graduate Brian Cole recently began operating a taco truck he dubbed El Conejo Corredor, which translates to 'The Running Rabbit.' Cole transformed a van into a mobile food vendor and selling burritos and other Mexican goodies around town. Even without the Williams students on campus yet, he has already gained fanfare.

"It seems there has been a huge amount of excitement here," Cole said on Wednesday while he rushed to set up the truck in front of a quickly forming line of hungry patrons. "It brings people to the streets. It makes Williamstown more exciting."

The idea came to him last year and he spent this last summer working toward opening a restaurant for his fellow students. He looked at the real estate market and, since he is not currently in the position for a long-term investment, decided on the truck. He rents the kitchen at Hobson's Choice to prepare the food and then pulls the truck to the side of Spring Street to sell it.

"A truck made the most sense for what I was looking to do," Cole said. "I hope to focus on Spring Street area because that is where the people are."

For now, the truck operates during lunch hours and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights but when the students return to the campus, he plans to have late-night hours but isn't sure he'll continue during the winter.

While Cole has fielded questions of concern about the sanitation and health codes, the response from the community has been strong and if the lines that have already been forming are any indication of what is to come, it will be a busy semester.

"I'm selling burritos for $5, so I'm not getting rich yet," Cole said.

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Mount Greylock Committee Hears Concerns About Turf Field Plan

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Rubber infill from the turf field at Weston Field adheres to a reporter's leg after a minute lying down on the surface to take a photo.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee last week declined to slow plans for installing an artificial turf field at the middle-high school but members noted that there is still time to weigh health and environmental concerns before shovels go into the ground.
 
The full School Committee earlier in the spring authorized the Phase 2 grounds subcommittee to put the turf field out to bid this summer.
 
Since that time, committee members have heard from a number of residents concerned about studies that have linked "infill" materials in used in turf fields to higher rates of cancer and environmental contamination due to runoff from those fields.
 
"Some of the chemicals found in crumb rubber are known to cause cancer," a fact sheet from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell reads in part. Because of the large number of chemicals present in the infill, as well as the health effects of individual chemicals, crumb rubber made from recycled tires is the option that likely presents the most concerns related to chemical exposures."
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