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Williamstown Resident Injured, Dog Killed in Traffic Incident

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A pedestrian suffered significant injuries and her dog was killed when they were struck by a vehicle on Main Street on Monday evening.
A Williamstown woman was crossing Main Street from north to south near Luce Road when she was struck by an eastbound vehicle at about 5 p.m., Williamstown Police said on Tuesday.
Her injuries included a broken leg and cuts on her face. She was "going in and out of consciousness when officers arrived," interim Police Chief Michael Ziemba said.
"First arriving police officers rendered first aid with passersby who had stopped to assist at the scene until [Northern Berkshire EMS] arrived," Ziemba said.
Fire Department personnel also responded to the scene to assist with first aid and traffic control.
Her dog was transported to Greylock Animal Hospital, where it was pronounced dead, Ziemba said.
The operator of the vehicle is from Adams, Ziemba said.
The incident is currently under investigation by Williamstown Police.

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Talks About Need to Fund Training in Town

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The diversity committee this week discussed the need for the town to make a long-term financial commitment to training for employees and members of town boards and committees in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.
"There has to be, especially around budgeting, when we talk about this work, some consistency," Noah Smalls of the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee said at its Monday meeting. "I'm struggling to imagine a scenario where you put aside money for training, and it's really a one-off, it doesn't come back in some form annually or quarterly or there's some line item in each department to work with.
"I struggle with it. … That is, in its own way, an undoing. It's one time. Without some consistency and work on the horizon and checking in on it, it goes to waste."
Smalls said that he sees a willingness among people who work in town government to build a more equitable and inclusive community but said past discussions about budgeting for training to support that work have bogged down.
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