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@theMarket: Bailout blues
By Bill Schmick,
03:53PM / Friday, July 24, 2020
Investors have been giving Congress the benefit of the doubt — until now. A long-promised second tranche of fiscal stimulus was supposed to be passed by the end of the month. The clock is ticking, but the horse-trading has just begun.    On Aug. 1, the rent is due for millions of Americans. The sunset of the $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits legislation, which amounts to almost 60 percent of their benefit, will have expired unless Congress acts. The GOP has dragged its feet for almost two months, hoping that the economy would bounce back, and relieve them of their responsibilities. The GOP and their leaders miscalculated.   Right now, the two sides are far

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Williamstown Planners Recommend Outdoor Pot Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, July 24, 2020
 
A chart prepared by Chair Stephanie Boyd compares the current 'state of play' under a 2017 zoning bylaw and the rules that would be in effect if August's town meeting passes a bylaw on the warrant via citizens petition. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Wednesday voted to recommend town meeting pass a bylaw amendment that will allow outdoor production of marijuana in the town's rural residence districts.   Although the board itself has a draft bylaw amendment on the annual town meeting warrant that prohibits outdoor production for commercial purposes, the panel by a vote of 3-2 recommended passage of a bylaw on the warrant via citizens

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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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'Auntie Mame': 'Life is a Banquet, and Most Poor Suckers Are Starving to Death'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:27PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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The Retired Investor: The Weakening Dollar
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
Sometimes, investors are so focused on the trees that they miss the forest entirely. Take the U.S. dollar, for example. It has been declining at an alarming rate, yet no one seems to care.   Today, investors are occupied by a number of trees — earnings, stock prices, dividends, earnings results — that a weakening currency is almost an afterthought. Unfortunately, if the dollar continues to weaken, it could radically change your investment choices.    Most readers, in general, believe a strong dollar reflects a strong economy. The fact that it makes our exports more expensive, and imports cheaper, is also true. A strong dollar, in the past, has also been a safe

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 24-30
03:20PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
On Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m., The Colonial Theatre hosts  The Naughton Family in Concert, featuring singer/songwriter Greg Naughton, Tony Award-winner James Naughton, Broadway actress Kiera Naughton, and Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara! Enjoy an evening of group numbers, sweet duets, funny originals, and powerful solos.

  FUN & LEARNING   On Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m., Hancock Shaker Village will present Back Porch Music, a socially distanced live concert on the lawn with Billy Keane of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. This is

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Mill Town, Dalton CRA Offer Music on Main Live Music Series
10:49AM / Thursday, July 23, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Mill Town and the Dalton Community Recreation Association have partnered to host a series of free weekly outdoor live music concerts on the lawn of the Mill + Main property in Dalton.

With Gov. Charlie Baker's announcement of Massachusetts Phase III reopening in the beginning of July, the group received the green light to invite the public to come together safely and enjoy the newly renovated property during the coronavirus pandemic. The group has worked closely with the town of Dalton Department of Health to put in place strict social distancing protocols in adherence with public health and safety guidelines.

The events run every Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Williamstown Con Comm Contemplates Adding a Trail on Conserved Parcel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission decided to hold off on a proposal to install a new trail on one of the parcels under its control until it has more information about potential environmental impacts.   At its July 9 meeting, the commission discussed a request from a former member of its body to install a trail on the Deans Lot, a 47-acre parcel off White Oaks Road.   Commissioner Henry Art argued that while a hiking trail has benefits, those do not come without a cost. And in this case, he was concerned about protected species on the parcel that could be adversely impacted.   "Since there are a handful, literally, probably five to seven plants on

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Berkshires; More Rain Expected Thursday
06:33PM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The Berkshires could be in for some wild weather as several storm systems move through the area.    The National Weather Service has posted a severe thunderstorm warning until 10 p.m. for the Berkshires, eastern New York, northwestern Connecticut and Southern Vermont. Wind gusts could reach up to 70 mph in some areas.    The potential for severe weather stretches from Charleston, W.Va., up the Atlantic Coast to Upstate New York.    "A very humid air mass spreading out across the East into Wednesday evening is going to be a key ingredient which will cause some heavy thunderstorms to break out, especially in the central Appalachians and the mid-Atlantic

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Williamstown Ag Commission: Outdoor Pot Cultivation Could Help Farm Viability
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:23AM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Agricultural Commission on Monday discussed its strategy for convincing town meeting to approve a bylaw amendment that allows for the outdoor growth of marijuana under a strict regulatory regime.   The commission drafted a bylaw proposal that has been submitted by citizen's petition to be considered at the annual town meeting -- rescheduled to Aug. 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Wednesday, the pro-outdoor cultivation proposal will be the subject of a public hearing conducted by the Planning Board, which has its own bylaw proposal on the town meeting warrant.   The Planning Board's proposal would allow only indoor pot cultivation;

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Williamstown Board of Health Talks Students' Return With College Officials
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Monday morning reviewed Williams College's plan for the return of students for in-person instruction in the fall.   The members of the board were familiar with the presentation given by the college's president to the community last Wednesday, but they had some follow-up questions for a panel that included Williams Vice President for Finance and Administration Fred Puddester, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration Matt Sheehy and Director of Medical Services Deborah Flynn.   Most of those questions involved the college's testing protocol for students and staff.   Dr. Erwin Stuebner kicked things

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Williamstown Police Looking into Cemetery Vandalism
By Stephen Dravis,
12:28PM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Sticks that once held American flags adorning graves at East Lawn Cemetery are disposed of in a trash can at the cemetery. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Police Department is investigating a vandalism incident at East Lawn Cemetery, Lt. Michael Ziemba said on Monday evening.   Visitors to the cemetery on Saturday discovered that a couple of dozen American flags on the graves of veterans and at least one member of the town's fire district were removed and the wooden flag sticks left behind.   "We are fairly confident based on the number of flags and the short time frame (Friday night) that this is not an animal," Zimeba wrote in response to questions about

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Tanglewood Serves Up Virtual Menu
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
09:54AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

As the coronavirus has necessitated the cancellation of virtually all publicly presented classical music concerts in venues large and small, music lovers in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont have been made bereft of all live music performances. We have had, though, other options: streaming via the Web, YouTube and Facebook videos are legion, and, for opera lovers, Metropolitan Opera hi-def recordings on several regional PBS TV channels have continued past the traditional end-of-season May broadcasts.

Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s Berkshire summer festival in Lenox, was forced to cancel its full season but has found a novel way to surmount this misfortune via streaming a wide

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