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Williamstown Town, School Races Shaping Up
04:14PM / Thursday, March 17, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- There will be at least two contested races in May’s town election, but two offices currently have no candidates, and time is running out to get your name on the ballot.

The deadline to return papers is Tuesday, March 22, at 5 p.m.

Nomination papers can be acquired at Town Hall during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and just 28 signatures are required to make a candidate eligible.

For two open seats, currently no one has taken out papers: a three-year term on the Library Board of Trustees and a three-year term on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee, from which James Gazzaniga is stepping down after

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Williamstown School Committee Adds to FY17 Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:28PM / Thursday, March 17, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee Wednesday advanced a fiscal 2017 budget that restores most of the cuts discussed at last week's public hearing and seeks a 6.26 percent increase in the town's contribution to the school.

The $6.62 million budget includes $6.13 million in appropriated funds — revenue from town taxes — an increase of $361,000 from last year's town appropriation.

The 6.26 percentage increase is well above the 2.5 percent "placeholder" figure included in the town budget presented to the Finance Committee earlier this winter and 2.5 percent higher than the 3.9 percent increase in the initial budget presented in 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,

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Mount Greylock School Committee Approves $11M Budget for 2017
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Thursday, March 17, 2016

MacDonald explains the foundations of the budget.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee approved a fiscal 2017 budget of $11 million on Tuesday night, up $413,000 over this year.

The approval followed public hearings held on Monday in Lanesborough and prior to the regular School Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Williamstown will see its assessment to the regional district rise to $237,328, or by 4.79 percent, over this year; Lanesborough will see a reductions of $13,549, or minus a half percent.

The split in appropriated assessments this year of 31.8 for Lanesborough and 68.2 for Williamstown is based on calculations of minimum required spending, the

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Williamstown Planners Advise Against Waubeeka Zoning Change
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A rendering of a possible site plan for a hotel along Route 7 in South Williamstown.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After nearly two hours of discussion on Tuesday, the Planning Board ended up in the same place it was six weeks ago: a 3-2 vote against proceeding with a proposed overlay district to allow a hotel at Waubeeka Golf Links.

In January, three members of the board voted to table the issue and stop working on a bylaw to send to town meeting until the owner of the property provided the panel with more information. On Tuesday, that bylaw was back for consideration after a citizen's petition put the issue on May's annual town meeting warrant.

This time, the Planning

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Mount Greylock Presents 'Nice Work If You Can Get It'
12:22PM / Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.

The school will present "Nice Work If You Can Get It," a fresh (2012) presentation of the music of George and Ira Gershwin, with a book by Tony Award-winning author Joe Di Pietro, based on works by Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse.  
Set in New York in the 1920s, the show tells the story of a band of bootleggers run by the illusive Brownbeard (senior Molly Wilson), looking for a place to stash a shipment of illegal gin. Billie (senior Nicole

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Is Your 'Financial Umbrella' in Place?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:41AM / Wednesday, March 16, 2016

April showers may bring May flowers, but March is National Umbrella Month.

While ranking high on the list of truly obscure celebrations, this “Month” can still teach us a few things – especially if we think about “umbrellas” that can help us protect our financial goals.

Consider these key areas:

* Your vulnerability to emergencies: It’s a good idea to maintain an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses. Without such a fund, you may need to dip into your long-term investments to pay for unexpected, and unexpectedly large, expenses such as a new furnace or a big bill from the doctor. You’ll want to keep your

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Hundreds Spent on Campaign For, Against Mount Greylock Project
Staff Reports,
10:24AM / Wednesday, March 16, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Former Selectman Robert Barton spent more than $500 opposing the proposed Mount Greylock Regional High School building project.   The project passed in Lanesborough by 134 votes on Tuesday and overwhelmingly two weeks ago in Williamstown. Both member towns had to pass debt exclusions for bonding the $64.8 million project before it could move forward.   According to a financial disclosure filed with the town clerk's office on Feb. 25, Barton has spent a total of $509.53 on lawn signs and the printing of literature handed out at the special town meeting. Meanwhile, the group Build Greylock has spent a total of $905.85 but has $2,515 in outstanding

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Mount Greylock School Project Wins in Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:15PM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Competing signs were posted throughout town in the weeks leading up to the vote. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Voters in Lanesborough approved a $64.8 million renovation and rebuild of the aged Mount Greylock Regional School by a 134 votes on Tuesday.   The tally was 633-499 with nearly 50 percent of the town's registered voters weighing in.   "I'm feeling relieved more than anything else and extremely grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen," said Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Chairwoman Carrie Greene.   "There were just so many people involved from the MSBA to the School Building Committee to all these people who

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Nominations Sought for New Williamstown Community Award
Staff Reports,
05:37PM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The medallion design for the new Scarborough Salomon Flynt Community Service Award.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two awards given annually at town meeting are being combined into a single honor.

Town Moderator Adam Filson and Bernadine Williams of the Williamstown Community Chest informed the Selectmen on Monday about a decision to combine the town's Faith R. Scarborough Community Service Award with the non-profit's existing Volunteer of the Year Award, which was named for Edith and Adolph Salomon.

The new award, which has the backing of the Scarborough family, will be named the Scarborough Salomon Flynt Community Service Award, in recognition of the Scarborough, the Salomons

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Berkshire Tidbits: Introductions to Cheese, Maple Dining
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:49PM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Matthew Rubiner of Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers is offering cheese workshops geared for children.

Classes and cheese pairing seminars continue at Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers this month.

Owner and presenter Matthew Rubiner has, wisely, divided his popular — FREE — kids' cheese tasting and talking classes, "Introduction to Cheese for Kids,"  by age group. He admits that they are now "improved by age segregation."

Rubiner invites 3- to 8-year-olds "to come, taste and discuss a range of cheeses, where cheese comes from, how it gets to be so darn delicious and other interesting facts," on Tuesday, March 22 between

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Williamstown Officials Stay Course on Community Preservation Act
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday declined to ask voters whether the town should continue participation in the Community Preservation Act.

In 2002, Williamstown voted to add a 2 percent surcharge on property valued at more than $100,000. The funds are granted each year by annual town meeting to support projects in one of three areas: historic preservation, open space and recreation and affordable housing.

On Monday, two current members of the town's Community Preservation Committee, which vets applications and makes recommendations to town meeting, suggested that after 14 years, it is time for the town to decide whether it wants to continue in the

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Lanesborough Assessment Drops in Mount Greylock Draft Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Despite the Mount Greylock Regional School District budget rising by nearly 4 percent, Lanesborough's cost to run the school is dropping.   The proposed fiscal 2017 budget presented by School Committee and administrative staff on Monday reduces Lanesborough's assessment by $13,549, or a minus a half percent. Williamstown is expected to see a 4.79 percent change or an increase of $237,328.   "Tomorrow night I will be presenting to Williamstown. It is the exact same presentation but their impacts are drastically different," Superintendent Douglas Dias said at the public hearing.   Dias said the driver behind the differences mostly

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