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The Retired Investor: Tensions With China May Heat Up
By Bill Schmick,
05:12PM / Thursday, August 06, 2020
On Aug. 15, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Premier Vice President Liu He, will be facing off once again; this time to review the Phase One trade deal inked on Feb. 15. Neither side is especially happy with progress so far.   From the U.S. point of view, China has not lived up to its agreement to buy $200 billion of U.S. goods over their 2017 purchasing level. Chinese imports of agricultural products are actually lower than the 2017 level, which is about half the level needed to meet their promised target of $36.5 billion. The energy purchases they promised have also fallen woefully short of their commitment. Only 5 percent of their $25.3 billion in promised

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Williams Tightens Safety Rules for Returning Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
11:26AM / Thursday, August 06, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Thursday issued updated, more stringent regulations for students returning this month.

And the dean of the college noted that violations of the school's COVID-19 safety protocols could lead to "probation, suspension or expulsion."

In a letter to students posted on the college's website, Dean Marlene Sandstrom cites "shifting national conditions" and updated guidance from the commonwealth for changes to the rules that will govern students returning to the college.   One day after Smith College in Northampton announced that it will be going fully remote for the fall semester, Williams told students that they

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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It's World Breastfeeding Week
By Kate Hylan,
10:59AM / Thursday, August 06, 2020

This week, Aug. 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, a global campaign to support, raise awareness and engage in conversations about breastfeeding.

At Community Health Programs and Barrington OB/GYN, we strive to help our patients feel informed and supported in their breastfeeding journeys. We have a team of lactation consultants, certified nurse-midwives, doctors, and nurse practitioners who are ready, willing and able to answer any breastfeeding questions and help our patients succeed in reaching their goals. In fact, many of us have breastfed (or are breastfeeding) our own babies and/or supported partners; so we can speak from both clinical and personal experience.

We understand that

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New Dentist Joins CHP
10:48AM / Thursday, August 06, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Yaman M. Kana has joined the CHP dental staff.

He is seeing patients at both CHP Neighborhood Dental Center in Pittsfield and North Adams Family Medical & Dental.

Dr. Kana received his dental education at Ovidius University of Constanta in Romania. He first practiced general dentistry in a private practice in Damascus, Syria, and also in the Syrian military.

He then settled in Boston, working in both a private practice and at Boston University's Dental Health Center.

Kana later worked at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, then went on to practice dentistry at DotHouse Health Center in Dorchester, HealthFirst Family Care Center in Fall River and,

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Williamstown Select Board Splits on Town Meeting Pot Articles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Thursday, August 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday was mostly unanimous in its recommendations to town meeting about the items on the annual meeting warrant.   But there were a few exceptions — principally on an issue that has dominated discussions at the Planning Board for months.   Voters will be asked to decide 37 questions at the 7 p.m., Aug. 18 meeting, scheduled to be held for the first time on record in the great outdoors, at Williams College's Farley-Lamb Field, home to the school's football and lacrosse programs at Weston Field.   The first 17 items, which include some procedural matters and minor appropriations, will be part of a "consent

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McCann Postsecondary Grads Overcame Obstacles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:35PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Diplomas were presented to 23 graduates on Wednesday. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 23 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary programs had waited nearly two months for the chance to graduate together.    Seated apart below the school sign on the side lawn, they were ready to singly be called to pick up their diplomas and cheered by families and friends set apart in clustered seats of four.    Superintendent James Brosnan said he'd had the honor of congratulating graduates of the program for 25 years, but this was a first for him, too.     "You have accomplished what others did not and that is

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Williams Track, Cross Country Teams Raise Money for Social Justice Causes
01:11PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In light of the recent conversation surrounding systemic racism in the United States, the Williams College track and field and cross country teams united to raise money for the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance.     "I thought that this was a really good way to be actionable," pole vaulter Cris Young said. "Williams is a private institution that holds a lot of wealth in and of itself, but I knew a lot of members of the Williams community are often in a financial place to be donating whether it's $5 or $300."   The Equal Justice Initiative is a nonprofit organization that is committed to

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Mount Greylock Committee Member Pushes to Reopen Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Steven Miller participates in a recent meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee via Zoom. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the Mount Greylock School Committee's Education Subcommittee on Tuesday repeatedly pressed the district's interim superintendent to develop benchmarks that could be met in order to allow a return to full in-person instruction.   For now, school officials are planning to begin school in mid-September in a hybrid model that sees half the students in preK through ninth grade attending classes in person two days a week with the rest of their time on learning spent remotely; sophomores through seniors in high school would attend

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Williamstown Select Board Recommends Social Justice Articles to Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday recommended to town meeting passage of two warrant articles designed to address issues of racial equity and diversity after reconsidering an earlier decision to make no recommendation on one of the measures.   The last two items on the 37-article warrant for Aug. 18's outdoor annual town meeting at Weston Field were generated by way of citizen's petition.   The first asks town meeting voters to commit to the "Not In Our County Pledge" generated by the Great Barrington-based group Multicultural BRIDGE. The second, titled "Equity," calls on all agencies and committees of town government to re-examine

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Williams College Promotes Seven Faculty Members to Full Professor
04:49PM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the promotion of seven faculty to full professorships, effective July 1, 2020. 

They include Jessica Chapman, history; Lisa Gilbert, geosciences; Christopher Goh, chemistry; LeRhonda (Rhon) S. Manigault-Bryant, Africana studies; Ashok Rai, economics; Neil Roberts, Africana studies; and Fred Strauch, physics.

In addition, eight faculty have received new named chair positions: Daniel Aalberts is the Kennedy P. Richardson ’71 Professor of Physics; Stephen Freund is the John B. McCoy and John T. McCoy Professor of Computer Science; Marc Gotlieb is the Halvorsen Director of the Graduate Program in Art History; John Limon is

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Berkshires Beat: Food Pantry Returning to Eagle Street Starting Aug. 12
10:38AM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Back home

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 12, the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry will return to operating out of its home at 45 Eagle St. in North Adams. At that time, the hours will change to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those coming directly to the Friendship Center. Intake and food distribution will take place at the front door. Those who cannot physically come to the food pantry or who feel ill, may call 413-664-0123 on Wednesday during hours of operation to set up a delivery. Deliveries will take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Thursday, Aug. 13.

The Food Pantry will operate from the Holden Street side of the St. Elizabeth Parish Center one final Wednesday, Aug. 5, during two sessions, 10

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Tanglewood Online Festival Enters Sixth Week
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
09:51AM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival will enter its sixth week with an expansive range of innovative digital audio and video streams. These performances were recorded at Tanglewood's new and breathtaking spaces at the superbly designed Linde Center – a constituent part of the BSO's/Tanglewood's new entity, the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI). Other concerts will include performances previously recorded and archived by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. 

A unique, all-encompassing digital music festival, the array of programming replicates a choice selection of the previously announced 2020 live performances Tanglewood had hoped to present this summer,

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