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Letter: Williamstown Election Can Affect Diversity
Letter to the Editor,
12:00PM / Sunday, June 14, 2020

To the Editor:

Election day in Williamstown is June 23 and the only contested race is for the Planning Board. We are a small town with small-town politics. We often don't think about how issues in our community fit into the issues playing out on the national stage. This year, especially, everything else seems so much more important.

The Planning Board is responsible for creating long-term plans and researching demographic and economic trends and how they might impact our community. The Board develops zoning bylaw amendments that influence how our town grows and changes in the future.

Currently, Williamstown has higher than the state average number of people in their early 20s (the


Williamstown Making No Plans for On-Street Dining
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:14PM / Saturday, June 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After gathering input from residents and business owners, the town is making no plans to block off Spring Street to allow eateries to set up outdoor tables.   Town Manager Jason Hoch last month floated the idea of temporary closures during limited hours as a way to help local businesses recover from the closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.   For months, restaurants throughout the commonwealth were limited to take-out and delivery service only. Hoch in late May anticipated that when the commonwealth moved to Phase 2 of Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to reopen the economy, restaurants would be allowed outdoor but not indoor table service


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

'Eight Men Out': Say It Ain't So, Joe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Saturday, June 13, 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


Adams Community Bank Taps New VP of Commercial Lending
12:46PM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — Tracy McConnell joined Adams Community Bank as vice president of commercial lending. 

McConnell, a seasoned veteran in commercial lending, joins ACB with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, having worked in other financial institutions in Berkshire County.

"We are thrilled to have Tracy as part of our Commercial Lending Division. Her extensive lending background and broad knowledge of the commercial industry strengthens our core team as we meet the growing needs of local business owners and commercial borrowers," said Charles O’Brien, President and CEO.

As vice president of commercial lending, McConnell will focus on further


Temple Anshe Amunim Names New Rabbi
11:38AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch has been named the permanent spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Amunim, a congregation serving the Reform Jewish community of Pittsfield, effective July 1.

Rabbi Hirsch has served the congregation in an interim role for the last two years supporting their period of transition.

"In the last two years, Rabbi Hirsch has become a beloved member of our congregational community. In good times and bad, particularly during this pandemic, she has provided our members with wisdom, stability, inspiration and forward thinking," said Joshua M. Cutler, president of Temple Anshe Amunim's Board of Trustees for the last two years. "As we


Greylock Federal Names Chief Administrative Officer
11:11AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — JamieEllen Moncecchi has been named senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Greylock Federal Credit Union. 

Her areas of responsibility now include administration, marketing, community partnerships and support, board governance and human resources.

"JamieEllen has always demonstrated strong and capable leadership and has continued to expand her role through hard work and a long list of achievements," said President/CEO John L. Bissell. "She is one our most trusted employees and I congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition."

Moncecchi joined Greylock in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in a


@theMarket: Markets Fear New Virus Surge
By Bill Schmick,
09:15AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020
Thursday happened to be one of the worst days for the market all year. Stock indexes dropped between 5-6 percent in the blink of the eye as the number of COVID-19 cases spiked higher in several states. Was that simply an excuse to sell, or should we be worried about a second surge?   As far as a second surge is concerned, I don't know what Wall Street is talking about. We are still in the initial phase of the pandemic. All that has happened is that a number of states are playing catch up with ground zero states like New York, New Jersey and California. Of course, it doesn't help that most states, like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama, etc., have all but ignored the

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Mount Greylock Committee Member Pushes Back on Talk of Reduced School Capacity
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:55AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday called for more local control over how schools reopen in the fall.   Steven Miller suggested during the committee's monthly meeting that the district ask the commonwealth to allow school districts to decide for themselves whether they can safely hold classes for all students in the school building or consider some sort of hybrid model that incorporates remote learning while reducing capacity for the buildings.   "I think we do really want to consider what the data is saying about the coronavirus, what is its effect on children, what is the effect of remote learning what do we


The Retired Investor: The Virus & the Stock Market
By Bill Schmick,
11:19AM / Friday, June 12, 2020
Once upon a time, the world suffered from a pandemic. The global stock markets collapsed. The world's labor force disappeared, and the economies in every corner of the world plunged. All seemed lost until one day, the virus mysteriously disappeared, and every one lived happily ever after.  If you liked that fairy tale, I also have a bridge I can sell you.   Don't say we were not warned. Every epidemiologist that wasn't on the government's payroll has been sounding the alert to prepare for a second wave of the COVID-19 virus. So why didn't we listen? There are a number of reasons.   Number one, it is an election year. If the economy doesn't show signs


Williamstown Fire District Proposes Tax Cut for FY21
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Friday, June 12, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District will ask voters to approve a slight tax decrease when they convene the annual district meeting at the end of the month.   On Wednesday, the Prudential Committee, which oversees the district, finalized the warrant for the annual district meeting and election.   The committee proposes a fiscal 2021 budget of $565,865, a drop of 2.80 percent, or $16,286, from the $582,151 voters OK'd last May for FY20.   Although the largest single piece of the budget, the district's operating expenses, is up by 1.58 percent to $495,865, the district will not be asking voters to approve $24,000 worth of additional expenses compared to a year


Two BCArc Site Managers Promoted to Residential Supervisors
11:32AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County ARC has promoted two site managers to residential supervisers.

Jamie Sigoski was recently promoted to residential supervisor, where she oversees the operations of four group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Previously she supervised a home in Lanesborough. 

Sigoski joins a team of nine supervisors, who, collectively, oversee BCArc's 43 homes across Hampden and Berkshire counties.  

A Pittsfield native and mother, she has worked at several human service agencies, and for a variety of programs at BCArc. 

"Years ago I saw myself in early childhood education, but after I took a job at BCArc, I fell in love with


In Williamstown, Fewer Town Election Hours, Higher Prices at Transfer Station
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:28AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday set narrower hours for this month's town election and authorized a jump in the cost of disposal at the town's transfer station.   The latter will see increases of up to 60 percent per bag, the first increase in the per bag cost in more than a decade. The move will help the town keep pace with recent increases in the price it pays for disposal of solid waste.   The move was anticipated in February, when Hoch presented his fiscal 2021 budget to the town's Finance Committee.   On the election front, acting on the recommendation of Town Clerk Nicole Pedercini, the board voted unanimously to set the hours for the

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