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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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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
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SVMC: COVID-19 Update July 14
03:26PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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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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New Hope United Methodist Church Names New Pastor
09:57AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The congregation of New Hope United Methodist Church, serving North Adams and Williamstown, this month officially welcomed its new pastor, Stephen Dale, appointed by Bishop Devadhar to lead the congregation.  

Dale joins the Northern Berkshire community after serving two years in Bennington, Vt. He started the Bennington AfterDark community in late 2018, and was invited to serve the Pownal UMC as pastor in July 2019.

Dale has been serving churches in New England for the past 11 years, beginning as a licensed local pastor and completing his master of divinity at Boston University in 2015. Dale was commissioned into provisional membership after a year in

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
09:33AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 56 local students among the 166 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year, which ended May 22.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Ella Biancolo, Pittsfield; Emily Carmel, Pittsfield; Angela Guachione, Pittsfield;

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Protect Yourself Against Financial Scammers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:23AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

It's unfortunate, but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest "industries" has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you will want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself.

For starters, just how widespread is financial fraud? Consider this: In 2019, more than 3.2 million fraud cases were reported to the Federal Trade Commission, with identity theft being the most common type of fraud, accounting for about one-fifth of the overall cases. And fraudulent new accounts (mortgages, student loans, car loans and credit cards) amounted to about $3.4 billion in 2018, according to a study by Javelin Strategy

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Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Opens July 20
05:49AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
DALTON, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires is opening its newest exhibit, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” in the Gallery at the Stationery Factory on Monday.   The exhibit will be open from July 20 through Sunday, Sept. 20. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with weekend hours to be announced at a later date. It is also open by appointment by calling or texting 413-822-6738 or emailing lmgymfest@aol.com.   The exhibit has new displays, artifacts and photos that assist in telling the stories of the rich history of baseball in the Berkshires. In March 2019, The Boston Globe called Baseball in the Berkshires "A Museum Worth Catching.”   Visitors are

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Recognizes Good Works
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Monday, July 13, 2020

NBCC remembers Gail Nelson, longtime volunteer with the coalition.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual meeting of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is normally a time for neighbors to gather and consider the good works the coalition and its volunteers have done over the past year.    This year was different, as so many things are because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.    Instead of congregating for breakfast and speeches and recognitions, Executive Director Amber Besaw turned to another model of neighborly engagement for the group's 33rd annual meeting.    To the strains of "It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood,"

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Lanesborough Bulldogs 16U Team Opens Year 3-1
04:31PM / Monday, July 13, 2020
Owen Gagne went 5-for-9 with three doubles and threw a complete game win on the mound over the weekend to help the Lanesborough Bulldogs 16-and-under travel team go 3-1 in its opening weekend.   Catcher Derek Paris was 5-for-12 at the plate with a homer, a triple, a double and seven RBIs in the four games. Landen Jamula was 4-for-11 with three doubles.   In Gagne’s Sunday win, a four-inning, 11-4 decision, he struck out five, walked none and allowed one earned run.   Jack Cangelosi struck out nine and walked two while giving up two earned runs in six innings of an 8-4 win on Sunday. He threw three innings of shutout ball, striking out six and allowing one hit in an 8-1

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