Letter: Williamstown Planning Board Election

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To the Editor:

Congratulations! Perhaps more townspeople will just say "No" to the progressing destruction of a lovely, traditional New England town. Current zoning restrictions are the result of careful deliberations. and have been time honored and starting this current ADU proposal with a questionable premise as to need, should be discussed thoroughly.

Rich Alley
Williamstown, Mass. 

 

 

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Williamstown Select Board Moves Toward Establishing Racial Justice Advisory Group

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Wednesday moved to create a committee that will, in part, collect stories about residents' experiences with racial injustice.
 
But first, the board got a taste of the kinds of stories that committee might hear.
 
"I'm a student," Mohammed Memfis told the board. "My second year at Williams, I was in Thompson Chapel, in the basement, having a meeting with one of my student groups, and a Williamstown Police Department officer came into the chapel, specifically into the group we were meeting in. There were a group of students there, including Bilal [Ansari] and I sitting on the couch.
 
"A police officer basically walked in … very aggressively looked at Bilal and I, stared at us and put his hand on his holster and stared at us. Another officer came in, tapped him on the shoulder, and they left. We were like, 'What is going on?' Never heard an answer back.
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