The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon October 21, 2013

15th Annual Williamstown Film Festival

The Williamstown Film Festival's 15th season will run October 30th through November 3rd. On the schedule: 30 films (many of them premieres) more than a half-dozen parties, and events at MASS MoCA, Williams College, the Clark Art Institute, and Images Cinema.

To tell us more we welcome Steve Lawson - the executive director of the Williamstown Festival and Joe Finnegan, President of the WFF Board and Sandra Thomas of Images Cinema.

New England News
6:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Williamstown To Apply For Cultural Designation

A view of Main Street in Williamstown
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The selectboard of Williamstown recently voted to allow the town to pursue a Cultural District Designation from the state of Massachusetts designed to promote economic development through the arts.

On Wednesday evening, the Williamstown selectboard gave the go-ahead for town residents to seek out a Cultural District Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The designation is not a monetary award but includes signage and serves as a badge of honor in recognition of community efforts to promote the arts and humanities.

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New England News
5:48 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Williamstown To Accept FEMA Grant to Acquire Damaged Mobile Home Park

Credit Wikimedia User Beyond My Ken

The Board of Selectmen in Williamstown has given town manager Peter Fohlin the authorization to sign off on a $6.1 million grant for the town to acquire and close a mobile home park partially destroyed in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.

Fohlin said that before Williamstown can accept the FEMA grant which would be used specifically to remove housing from the Spruces Mobile Home Park, the town will have to negotiate a transfer of ownership and operation of the park from current owners Morgan Management.

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New England News
5:35 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Report Adds More Information to Williamstown's Housing Dilemma

The entrance to the Spruces in Williamstown. Much of the mobile home park was destroyed by flooding associated with Tropical Storm Irene.
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A recently released report provides a deeper look into the housing needs of one small Berkshire County community.

Williamstown’s Affordable Housing Committee recently commissioned a study on the housing needs of the community by housing and development consultant, John Ryan. 

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New England News
4:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Williamstown Voters Decide to Take No Action on Housing Articles

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

More than 750 voters filled the gymnasium of the Mount Greylock Regional High School on Wednesday, with many expecting to vote on articles that would determine the future use for properties currently under conservation restriction.

One article was included as the result of a citizen’s petition, which sought to place a permanent restriction on the 30.5-acre parcel of land known as the Lowry Property, and a nearby 140-acre parcel known as the Burbank Property.

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New England News
6:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Williamstown Residents to Vote on Lifting Conservation Restriction on Land Eyed for Development

Gates to the Spruces Mobile Home Park in Williamstown, MA. Much of the park was destroyed in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.
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Residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts tonight will vote for or against opening a portion of conservation-restricted for development. The land is being considered as a potential site for new affordable housing units.

Williamstown has received a $6 million Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA to purchase and demolish the Spruces Mobile Home Park and build replacement affordable housing for residents at another area in town. Most of the homes in the Spruces were destroyed by flooding in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.

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New England News
5:46 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Berkshire Town Awarded Federal Dollars to Relocate Residents of Storm Damaged Mobile Home Park

Entrance of The Spruces mobile home park in Williamstown, MA
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A Berkshire town has received more than $6 million in federal funds to assist in relocating residents of a mobile home park  torn apart by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, but there’s still much debate within the community on how the town should move forward with relocation plans.

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New England News
5:57 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Williamstown Town Manager: Spruces Lawsuit Dropped

Owners of a mobile home park in Williamstown, Massachusetts that was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene last year have agreed to drop a lawsuit against the town. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

According to Williamstown Town Manager Peter Fohlin, the owners of the Spruces Mobile Home Park Morgan Management have dropped a Motion of Injunctive Relief against the town.

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