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New England News
Wed September 18, 2013
Amherst Denies Request For 9/11 Flag Referendum
The Amherst, Massachusetts Select Board has denied a resident's request to let voters decide whether dozens of U.S. flags should be flown downtown every year to mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
The board has agreed to fly flags downtown every five years to mark 9/11, but Larry Kelley wants them up every year.
He asked the board to allow a nonbinding referendum on the issue, but was denied Monday night.
Chairwoman Stephanie O'Keeffe said a public referendum on the flag issue can come only as a result of a vote by the board, a Town Meeting vote, or by gathering signatures from at least 10 percent of registered voters.
Board member Diana Stein said the town commemorates 9/11 in many other ways.
Kelley vowed not to give up.
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