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Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department Brings Video Connect Sessions to Correctional Facility
11:25AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Sheriff's Department has implemented video connect technology through its partnership with Securus Technologies. 

The implementation of video connect sessions went live on May 19 to provide incarcerated individuals with the tools necessary to see and connect with their loved ones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"It is part of our job to help prepare the incarcerated for reentry and maintaining ongoing communications with loved ones plays a vital role in success when they are released," Sheriff Thomas Bowler said. "It was a priority for us to fast track this program for our population given the


Mass MoCA Approved for Major NEA Grant
11:10AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is one of a select number of initiatives the National Endowment for the Arts has approved for a major "Our Town" grant.

Selected as one of just 51 grants nationwide in this category, the two-year, $100,000 matching grant will support the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition, a collaborative initiative designed to maximize artist support in the North Adams community and better connect artists to regional resources and to each other. 

The coalition, which formed last year, is spearheaded by Mass MoCA's Assets for Artists Program alongside the city of North Adams and other area arts stakeholders such as


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

Williams Biology Professor Wins NSF Grant to Study New Species
10:53AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Luana Maroja, associate professor of biology and chair of the biochemistry program at Williams College, has been awarded a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation. 

The five-year, $300,000 grant will support her research that examines how new species arise and persist across different environments.

Maroja's project, titled "The Evolution and Maintenance of Variable Species Boundaries," combines field work with new technology to increase understanding of how speciation — the process through which new species are formed and a fundamental driver of biodiversity — takes place. Working with a complex of field cricket

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Berkshire Health Systems Initiates COVID-19 Antibody Testing
10:44AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has begun providing COVID-19 antibody testing in the community, which will help residents to know if they have had COVID-19 at some point in the past, but officials stress that testing does not ensure immunity from the virus. 

The testing is available through a blood test and only with a physician order. Interested residents can ask their primary care physician to submit an order to the BHS Laboratory for a test to be drawn at a BHS blood draw station. The result will then be provided to the physician, who will relay the result to the patient.

Patients accessing the antibody testing will be responsible for any co-pays, deductibles or


Williamstown Transfers Former Photech Property, Housing Project to Start 'Within One Week'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — More than six years after the Select Board narrowly awarded development rights for the former Photech mill property to Berkshire Housing Development Corp., the town has formally transferred the property to the Pittsfield nonprofit.   At Monday's Select Board meeting, an enthusiastic board voted 5-0 to execute a deed for the property at 330 Cole Ave., to the Pittsfield-based non-profit, which plans to create 41 units of subsidized housing, utilizing the existing four-story structure and building new town houses.   Town Manager Jason Hoch told the board that the project is "funded and ready to begin" and that work at the site could commence


Bishop Rozanski Named Archbishop of St. Louis
10:51AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski has been named as the archbishop of St. Louis.    Pope Francis made the announcement on Wednesday morning that Rozanski, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, will replace the retiring Robert J. Carlson in St. Louis.   A press conference is being held Wednesday in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to introduce the archbishop-to-be.   Rozanski was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore when he was named the 9th bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in 2014. The diocese encompasses the Roman Catholic parishes of Berkshire County, of which St. Joseph's in Pittsfield is the "Mother

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Berkshire HorseWorks Reopens With COVID-19 Precautions
04:10PM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020

CAPTION HERE RICHMOND, Mass. — Berkshire HorseWorks is reopened its facility to the public on Monday and implemented new "COVID Clean" restrictions while allowing clients to receive mental health treatment and engage in fun outdoor activities safely.    Specializing in Eagala's Model Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Team Building, the nonprofit ranch will make programs available while implementing social distancing, the use of masks and hand-sanitizer, and the sanitizing of facilities before and after appointments.   "Everyone is hurting on so many levels. We would be remiss if we hadn't found a way to offer our services and


Nearing Retirement? What Questions Should You Ask?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:00AM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020

The recent market volatility has affected just about everybody's financial and investment situations. So, if you were planning to retire soon, will it still be possible?

Of course, the answer depends somewhat on your employment situation. With so many people's jobs being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, your retirement plans may also have been thrown into confusion. But assuming your employment is still stable, what adjustments in your financial and investment strategies might you need to make for your retirement?

Here are a few areas to consider, and some questions to ask yourself:

• Retirement goals: Now is a good time to review your retirement goals and assess your


Half-Empty Classrooms, Hybrid Teaching Models Mulled in Mount Greylock District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Much is unknown about how the start of school will look in the fall, but the Education Subcommittee of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee got one definite piece of information on Monday morning.   "Is it possible that we might be in a guidance situation where we could have a full classroom of students?" Chair Steven Miller asked Superintendent Kimberley Grady.   "No," Grady answered.   "It’s going to be reduced class sizes."   How schools go about reducing numbers in the classroom is yet to be determined, and districts like Mount Greylock are waiting for further guidance from the


Mount Greylock School Committee Member Clarifies Her Position on Williams Gift
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:17AM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A veteran member of the Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday sought to put into context her recent comments about the district's need to maintain a building maintenance fund from the proceeds of a $5 million capital gift from Williams College.   Carolyne Greene, who recently rejoined the School Committee after a couple of years away from the panel, explained her May 14 comments during last week's meeting of the committee's Finance Subcommittee.   "Of course [preserving a maintenance fund] makes sense," Greene said. "It makes a great deal of sense. My comment questioning it was in the context of setting up a


Tourism Destinations to Rely on Visitors' Compliance for Successful Reopening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:46PM / Monday, June 08, 2020

1Berkshire's Ben Lamb, top left, moderatesa virtual town hall with, clockwise from top right: Canyon Ranch Managing Director Mindi Morin, Norman Rockwell Museum CEO Laurie Norton Moffat and Trustees of Reservations Southern Berkshires Director Brian Cruey. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Museum-goers are used to signs reminding them not to touch the exhibits.   This summer, they may see reminders not to touch their own faces.    If the commonwealth progress through the phased reopening announced by Gov. Charlie Baker last month, museums could be allowed to open as early as July. Recently, the director of Stockbridge's Norman Rockwell Museum and the Southern


Small Classes, Plenty of PPE Advised School Reopenings
04:02PM / Monday, June 08, 2020
BOSTON — Schools planning to reopen in the fall will have to reduce their class sizes to no more than 10 students and keep students 6 feet apart as much as possible.    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidelines Friday on required sanitation supplies and safety for reopening schools this fall.    The memorandum covers the first 12 weeks of school and includes social distancing protocols based on the understanding of COVID-19 at the present.    That includes smaller classes at 10 and no more than two staff in a classroom at time. Whenever possible, the students should be isolated in smaller groups with a "consistently


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