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Clark Art Lecture: Making Visible/Rachel Ruysch
08:09AM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —Class of 1974 Curatorial Fellow Robert Schindler will present the talk "Making Visible/Rachel Ruysch" as part of the Clark's Research and Academic Program's lecture series.    The lecture will be recorded and made available on the Clark website from March 19 through June 15.   According to a press release, Schindler introduces the career, work, and legacy of Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750), considered one of the foremost still-life painters of her time. Research on Ruysch's life and work lags behind that of many of her male contemporaries, which stands in stark contrast to the fame and fortune she achieved during her long


Boskovich Seeks to Give Voice to Voiceless in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Anthony Boskovich did not set out with a desire to run for Select Board.   He is answering the call of other residents who feel they have been left out of town politics, he said this week.   "I started getting calls from people," Boskovich said. "They were expressing real concerns that they were being shouted down if they dared express a viewpoint that was different from what they would call activists. I don't want to label anyone, but they felt they were being shouted down. They were worried about expressing their opinions. There were business owners who came to me and said, 'I don't dare say anything because I will get


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

Vaccinations Open to All Adults April 19; State Getting Boost in Vaccine Doses
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:44AM / Wednesday, March 17, 2021
BOSTON — All residents ages 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine on Patriots Day, April 19.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday morning announced new dates of eligibility for those ages 60, 55, with certain medical conditions and employed in specified occupations.    Speaking at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, the governor said states were informed of the increased doses during a call with federal officials on Tuesday night.    "The news about the arrival of more vaccine from the federal government means we will be able to move faster to get doses to our residents, and this is long overdue and welcome," he

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MCLA Faculty Authors Present Panel on Book Writing and Publishing
08:09AM / Wednesday, March 17, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — MCLA faculty members from different academic departments will present an April 6 virtual roundtable discussion about their most recent and forthcoming book publications from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 6.    Featured speakers will share information about their books, writing practices, and publishing processes.     This event is free and open to the public, and community members are welcome to attend. Register in advance at    Moderated by Assistant Professor of English Victoria Papa, who also directs The Mind's Eye, a research and praxis initiative at MCLA,


MassDOT Receives Mostly Favorable Comments About Rotary Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Wednesday, March 17, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation is evaluating comments from a "virtual meeting" on a conceptual plan to install a rotary at the junction of Routes 7 and 43 in South Williamstown.   MassDOT collected 100 comments from the meeting in January and February and shared them with the town, which posted the responses on its website.   The majority of those who responded — 51 out of 100 — checked the box indicating they were in favor of the plan, with another seven saying they were "leaning" in favor and just 17 out of 100 saying they were not in favor.   The rest marked the boxes for "less in favor" (11) or


Yo-Yo Ma's Performance at BCC Vax Clinic Became International News
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Today at the #MyBCC vaccine clinic, folks waiting in the observation area were graced by the musical talents of amazing cellist Yo-Yo Ma! 😍😍😍

Posted by Berkshire Community College on Saturday, March 13, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College made international headlines with a video of 18-time Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing at the Paterson Field House vaccination clinic on Saturday.

After receiving his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Ma spent the required 15-minute waiting period performing a rendition of "Ave Maria" and the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite No 1.

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Williamstown Accused of Trying to 'Crush' Critics of Police Department
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:17PM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A member of the town's diversity committee Monday suggested that the town's decision to place a police sergeant on administrative leave could be a retaliatory move and that the allegations against the sergeant are less egregious than those against officers accused of under investigation for unlawfully accessing a Registry of Motor Vehicles database.   On Tuesday morning, the town manager said the town is "keenly aware of the obligation to avoid any retaliatory actions" and that the paid administrative leave is justified by the need to investigate efforts to look into new information about Sgt. Scott McGowan.   The decision on


Time for some financial spring cleaning
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:26AM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021
In just a few days, we will experience the vernal equinox – one of the two times in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator. Apart from this astronomical anomaly, though, the equinox is mostly known as the beginning of spring – a fresh beginning and the time to spruce things up. This year, as you tidy up your home and surroundings, why not also consider some financial spring cleaning?   Here are a few ideas for getting your financial house in order:   "De-clutter" your portfolio Over the years, many of us tend to pick up duplicate items that find their way into the nooks and crannies of our homes, gathering dust and remaining unused. Over time,


MCLA Green Living Seminar: Emissions Info Can Prompt Greener Flights
08:00AM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Angela Sanguinetti, research environmental psychologist at the University of California, Davis, will give a talk titled "How Emissions Information Can Prompt Travelers to Purchase Greener Flights" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Sanguinetti earned a B.S. and M.S. in psychology, with an emphasis in behavior analysis, from CSU Stanislaus, and a Ph.D. in


Williamstown FY22 Town Spending Expected Not to Impact Property Taxes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is anticipating no net increase in taxation as a result of the town's operational budget in fiscal year 2022.   That was the bottom line takeaway last week when Town Manager Jason Hoch presented the FY22 budget to the town's Finance Committee.   What is unknown at this point is the size of an increase in the assessment from the Mount Greylock Regional School District. Total education outlays (which includes a much smaller assessment from McCann Tech) accounts for about 52 percent of the revenue raised by property taxes in FY21.   One day after Hoch's presentation to the Fin Comm, the Mount Greylock School Committee heard from


Some Williamstown Town Election Ballot Spots Still Empty
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:16PM / Monday, March 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With just more than a week to go to file papers for the spring's town election, two positions still have seen no interest from potential candidates.   And two more offices have seen potential candidates pull nomination papers that have not been returned as of Monday morning.   The deadline for returning papers with a sufficient number of nominating signatures is Tuesday, March 23.   Town Clerk Nicole Pedercini on Monday reported that no one has taken out papers for a five-year seat on the Williamstown Housing Authority or a three-year seat on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District Committee, the McCann Technical School


SVHC's Weekly COVID-19 Update: March 12
08:21AM / Monday, March 15, 2021
  March 12, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Our Generation's


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