Cheshire Annual Census Mailed

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CHESHIRE, Mass. The 2022 Cheshire Annual Census has been mailed.
 
The Census is mandated by Massachusetts General Law and is valuable to have a current and correct residential count. The population count is important to the Town to apply for state and federal aids and grants. The count is also valuable to Hoosac Valley Regional and Northern Berkshire Vocational School Districts.
 
Residents are asked to review, correct if necessary, sign and return to the Town Clerk's office in the provided envelope. 
 
Please make sure all who reside at the address who are not listed on the form are added with all pertinent information, this would include dependent children. Census returns may be mailed or dropped off at the Town Hall.
 
The form cannot be used to register to vote or to change party enrollment.
 
The forms can either be mailed through the Post office or put in the "drop-box" at the Church Street Entrance to Town Hall.
Any resident who does not receive a form should call the Town Clerk at 413-743-1690 ext. 22 or email townclerk@cheshire-ma.gov.

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Cheshire Picks Alibozek as New Police Chief

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen voted on Tuesday to pick Sgt. Michael Alibozek to replace the retiring Timothy Garner as the town's new police chief, beginning July 1. 

Alibozek has served full time with the Police Department for the last five years after previously working part time in both Cheshire and Lanesborough. Alibozek's familiarity with the department and the town led the selectmen to pick him for the position. 
 
"For the record, though, both candidates offered extremely close skill levels. And I think, within the board, the decision was tough," said Selectman Raymond Killeen. "But the current employee provided slightly more benefits. Not necessarily skill-level benefits, but his association within the community." 
 
Alibozek was one of two finalists interviewed earlier this month. The other was Joshua Dufresne, assistant director of public safety at Mount Holyoke College. Selectman Ronald DeAngelis highlighted Alibozek's emergency medical technician experience as another reason he stood out over other candidates. 
 
"I think that, besides being the police chief, he is going to be available for a lot more emergencies for people than we had in the past," he said. 
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