- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) - An important step in the contentious effort to build a Muslim cemetery in Dudley could be decided this week.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals will vote at a special meeting Thursday on conditions for a special permit sought by the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester to develop the cemetery on what used to be farmland.

The Islamic Society’s purchase agreement of 55 acres is contingent upon receiving a special permit from the zoning board and approval from the Board of Health.

Many in town say they oppose the cemetery based on traffic and environmental concerns.

The Islamic Society’s lawyer says he thinks anti-Muslim bias is partially to blame for the opposition.

There’s also an effort underway for the town to purchase the land.

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