- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts town official is urging an Islamic group to resume negotiations after the town rejected the group’s latest proposal for a Muslim cemetery on abandoned farmland.

Jason Talerman, a lawyer for the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester, said last week the group ended talks with the town of Dudley after officials turned down the group’s proposal to use 55 acres of farmland for the cemetery. He said the group will pursue the plan in the courts.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/2eX5TNq ) reports that Jonathan Ruda, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Wednesday he thought both sides had reached an agreement on “material issues” and were expecting to announce a resolution to the matter.

Ruda says the board remains willing to negotiate with the society “in good faith.”


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com



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