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Williamstown Preparing Town Meeting Warrant for August

Much of the agenda looks as it did when plans for a May meeting were put on hold at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.

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Williamstown Select Board Moves Toward Establishing Racial Justice Advisory Group

The Select Board on Wednesday moved to create a committee that will, in part, collect stories about residents' experiences with racial injustice.

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Closer Look: Williamstown Residents Beginning Call to 'Defund' Police

The "defund police" movement has gained momentum nationwide in the weeks following the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Williamstown Police Chief Talks About Challenges of Community Engagement

Even in a small town with a low crime rate, the Williamstown Police Department faces obstacles when it comes to community policing.

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Williamstown Police Hold Community Dialogue on Racial Justice

The Police Department on Wednesday listened to input from residents about how it can do more to reach out to people of color at a time when violent, racist actions by police in other parts of the country dominate the national conversation.

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Greylock Federal Donates Bikes for North Adams Community Policing

The officers are highly visible in their neon yellow shirts and being on bikes offers a friendlier opportunity to relate to children and residents. Plus, Beverly said, being on a bicycle lets officers see and hear things they wouldn't normally see and hear in a cruiser.

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Pittsfield, Habitat Cuts Ribbon on New Police Substation

The new police outreach center on Columbus Avenue is now open. The center or substation dubbed the Community Outreach Post (COP), is aimed to bring the police more closely in line with the community in the west side neighborhoods.

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Volunteers Sought For New Pittsfield Police Substation

Following a homicide in the fall, residents of the westside came together calling for more to be done for public safety. One of those ideas was to open a police substation in the neighborhood. To help answer questions of funding it, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Carolyn Valli offered space in their Columbus Avenue building for it. Now, three months later, they're looking for volunteers to staff it.

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Brayton Students And North Adams Police Make Wreath

Last week, 40 students in Grade 6 worked with officers "hand in hand" to make the giant wreath out of paper hand cutouts.

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