Support Needed for 'Goals to Assist the Children of Fallen Soldiers'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams men’s ice hockey team is soliciting donations from individuals and families in the Williams community, as well as local businesses, to support the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF).

As part of the "Goals to Assist the Children of Fallen Soldiers," effort, the team is asking people to pledge a donation for every goal the team scores at home this season.

At the end of the season, the players will collect the donations and deliver 100 percent of the money to MSLF to support the college education of the children of Massachusetts soldiers who have lost their lives serving the country.

To date, the Ephs have already secured 25 donor pledges amounting to nearly $100 per goal. The Ephs have set a team goal of raising $5,000 this season. The Ephs will continue to accept donations throughout the season.

Those who would like to support "Goals to Assist" can contact Zach Miller at 10zcm@williams.edu.

Local business supporters include Where’d You Get That?!, Ephporium, Goff’s, Papa Charlie’s, Papyri Books and TGL Photos.

(Read Boston Globe article on the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund here).
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Williamstown Select Board Seeks New Proposal on Parking Regulations

By Rebecca DravisiBerkshires Staff

Michele Gietz, who owns Where'd You Get That on Spring Street, objects to changes in parking regulations downtown at Monday's Select Board meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board hit the brakes Monday on proposed changes to town parking bylaws.

Town Manager Jason Hoch at the Oct. 7 meeting presented a series of changes outlined in a memo from Police Chief Kyle Johnson. Together, Hoch and Johnson took stock of the town's parking rules over the last year after substantial completion of the construction on and around Spring and Latham streets prompted a revision to the spots designated as legal in the town's bylaws.

From that conversation sprung a wider evaluation of the bylaws and proposals that would impact parking throughout the town, from lifting the ban on overnight parking to taking time limits off Park Street. Hoch said at the Oct. 7 meeting that he hoped to give the board time to consider the proposals before approving any changes at its Oct. 21 meeting.

But at that Oct. 21 meeting, all five members of the Select Board said they had heard many concerns from residents about the changes.

"We've heard from a lot of folks," said Chairman Jeffrey Thomas, particularly comments in regards to potentially allowing overnight parking Spring Street lot and changes on Park Street. "These are great. We love to hear from the community."

Three members from the community came out Monday to be heard. 

First, the Rev. Nathaniel Anderson, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church on Park Street, spoke against lifting time limits on Park Street. While churches tend to be "underutilized" buildings outside of Sunday services, St. John's is not.

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