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Mount Greylock Interim Superintendent: State Pushing for In-Person Instruction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:03PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Baker administration is pushing school districts to form plans that allow all students to return to the classroom, according to comments from the interim superintendent of the Mount Gryelock Regional School District.   Speaking on Tuesday to the School Committee's Education Subcommittee, Robert Putnam said that while districts are required to create plans for the fall that would allow remote learning or a hybrid of remote and in-person instruction, the message from Boston is that the goal is to get students back in school buildings.   "The commissioner of education, Commissioner [Jeffrey] Riley, basically, he's prioritized getting kids

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'Moonstruck': Like a Big Pizza Pie
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:50PM / Thursday, July 16, 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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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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Ventfort Hall Reopens for Public Tours
09:37AM / Thursday, July 16, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — Ventfort Hall is opening the museum to the public again as of Thursday, July 16. 

The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesdays.

Self-guided tours are by prepaid reservation only at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. The mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox, Mass.

Admission is $18 adults, $17 seniors 65 and over, $10 students with ID and $7 children 5-17. Call 413-637-3206 to reserve a tour.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as an important partner of the Lenox Cultural District, one of the

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Williamstown Select Board Appoints Members to Diversity Panel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday appointed eight community members and one member of its own panel to serve on a newly formed advisory committee on diversity and equity.   The board decided this summer to form a committee in response to community concerns about racial justice growing out of the nationwide conversation following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.   Twenty-five residents either applied or were nominated by their fellow townspeople, Select Board Chair Jane Patton reported.   "In the entire time I've been on the Select Board, that has never been the case," Patton said about the high rate of

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First-Responder Profiles: Paramedic Christine Isca
06:00PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Christine Isca, front, with colleagues at the COVID-19 test site. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    Paramedic Christine Isca has been working in emergency medical services for two decades and is currently the training supervisor and instructor coordinator for County Ambulance Service. She tells us about the

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Pittsfield City Council Recognizes Environmentalist
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council honored local environmentalist Jane Winn as one of the commonwealth's Unsung Heroines   Before breaking into the evening's business Tuesday, the council took a moment to recognize the executive director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.   "In regular times, before the world has turned upside down ... I would be with you probably with a full audience to celebrate as we do every year," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who nominated Winn. "I am really pleased to present to you Pittsfield's 2020 Unsung Heroine Jane Winn."   The Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women annually

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Letter: Williamstown's Racist Legacy
07:00PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

To the Editor:

Williamstown White-Only Village: The Force of The Unenforceable on My Black Family

"Profoundly sad" is the insensitivity of the correlation between the duration of the officers suffocating the life out of George Floyd and how Black lives feel under the knee of 70 years of "inoperative" racist laws that are still psychologically effective covenants of the white-only Village Beautiful.

Eight minutes and 46 seconds of the screaming of bystanders pleading for corrective action, George Floyd begging "I Can't Breathe" and then — after the living would not listen — George began holding a" listening exercise" with his dead

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Williamstown Preparing Town Meeting Warrant for August
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday began going over the revised annual town meeting warrant for the rescheduled gathering on Aug. 18.   Much of the agenda looks as it did when plans for a May meeting were put on hold at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.   But Town Manager Jason Hoch explained that there will be adjustments to the fiscal 2021 spending plan.   "We have three levers to deal with in terms of budget right now," Hoch said. "The first is reducing the proposed budget in some areas. In some cases, there are areas where we can pull back or delay [spending]. We have better information now than we had back in

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update July 14
03:26PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  July 10,

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Mezze Restaurant Group Names Two New Co-Owners
10:19AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mezze Restaurant Group added two new individuals to its ownership structure on July 6. 

In recognition of their many years of service and their importance to the future of the business, co-owners Nancy Thomas and Bo Peabody have announced Linda Stripp and Nicholas Moulton will become new co-owners of Mezze Restaurant Group.

"I am incredibly excited to welcome Nick and Linda as co-owners of Mezze Restaurant Group. Their contributions to date and their roles in our continued expansion are critical," Peabody said. "Linda's leadership of our events business – our fastest-growing category – has been extraordinary, while Nick's

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Berkshire County Arc Elects New Board Chair
10:13AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Ferry has been elected Berkshire County Arc's chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been serving as the board's treasurer for 16 years.

Ferry brings to the position more than 30 years with Berkshire Bank, most recently as senior vice president, commercial regional president, for Berkshire County and Vermont regions.

"I look forward to working with the board and BCArc's staff to ensure the continued delivery of services to our individuals and families, while maintaining the financial stability of the agency into the future," Ferry saud. "There will always be new challenges, new regulations, a changing economy, and leadership.

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St. Stan's Announces Fourth Period Honor Roll
10:02AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams has announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2019-20 school year.

A student merits high honors for an average of 93 or higher. A student merits honors for an average between 85 and 92.

Grade Eight

High honors: Maggie Little, Joseph Roy, Athena Shafer

Honors: Ty Barrett, Nikolai Mendel

Grade Seven

High honors: Colin Daly, Logan Driscoll, Jacinta Felix, Mary Haight, Cole Maxwell, Noah McGrath, Joshua Touponce

Honors: Samuel McGrath

Grade Six

High honors: Gabrielle Driscoll, Timothy Kupiec, Andrew Meaney

Honors: Manuel Dupras, Ian Militello, Grace Perreault, Aidan Tremblay.

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