Letter: Amy Jeschawitz for Williamstown Planning Board

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To the Editor:

Williamstown will voters will face an important election on May 14, and it is crucial that Amy Jeschawitz be re-elected to the Planning Board.

When I first moved to Williamstown in 1988 as the principal of the Williamstown Elementary School, I was disappointed to note that new staff members hired at the school could not afford to live in Williamstown and had to find housing elsewhere. Unfortunately, the shortage of moderately-priced housing still exists. Given the importance of diversified housing choices for the economic future of our community, this is a very important issue.

As a member of the Planning Board, Amy recognizes this problem and has worked hard to provide solutions. At this year's town meeting we will vote on proposals that will help solve the problem. If we want to attract new families and businesses to town, it is imperative that we provide additional housing options.

Please join me in voting for Amy Jeschawitz for Planning Board on May 14.

David Rempell
Williamstown, Mass. 

 

 

 


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Williamstown Student Recognized in Letters About Literature Awards

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Sabine Guerra of Williamstown, a fifth-grader at Pine Cobble School, wrote a thoughtful and personal letter to author Raina Telgemeier about her book "Guts" as part of the Massachusetts Center for the Book's "Letters About Literature" reading and writing initiative that invites students from grades four to 12 to write letters to authors about the books that have had profound effects on them. 

The center received thousands of submissions from all corners of the state, continuing its tradition as one of the most robust LAL programs in the country. In fact, this year the program saw a 25 percent increase in participation, a fitting way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of LAL in Massachusetts. 

Sabine's letter was recognized as an Honors letter in the Level 1 category.

Sharon Shaloo, executive director of the center, thanked the students for sending their "personal and reflective explorations of the literary imagination."

"We are proud to administer this program in collaboration with the many teachers and parents throughout the commonwealth who support book culture among young readers," she said.

Rep. Paul McMurtry, House chairperson of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, joined Massachusetts Center for the Book in a virtual commendation of the students.  

"I'm pleased to congratulate all the students on their outstanding achievement," McMurtry said. "I'm grateful to the Mass Center for the Book for offering an imaginative cultural program that combines the joys of books, reading and writing and opens the minds of students, allowing for a small glimpse into the thinking of the next generation. Our future looks bright."

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