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Williams Announces Tenure for Four Faculty Members
03:20PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Following the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Williams College Board of Trustees Executive Committee has voted to promote four faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure.

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January and the promotions will take effect July 1 for Jacqueline Hidalgo, Latino/a studies and religion; Sarah Jacobson, economics; Luana Maroja, biology; and Will Olney, economics.

Hidalgo came to Williams in 2008 as a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow; she was named an assistant professor in 2010, the same year Jacobson, Maroja, and Olney joined the faculty.

Hidalgo teaches courses including


Williamstown Dog Park Proposal Raises Concerns at CPC Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:11AM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee last week had the usual pointed questions for applicants seeking town funds for their projects, but the biggest division at the Wednesday meeting was between two sets of applicants.   The Williamstown Historical Museum found itself at odds with a group of residents who are looking to create a dog park at the South Williamstown site the museum expects soon to call home.   The museum was before the committee in search of nearly $15,000 for a historic preservation project unrelated to its upcoming move. The South Williamstown Community Association is looking for $3,500 in Community Preservation Act funds to help build


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

Williamstown Selectmen Discuss Safety of Main Street Intersection
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Tuesday, January 12, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday heard concerns about the safety of a Main Street intersection.   David Armet, who was injured in an accident at the corner of Main Street (Route 2) and Colonial Avenue, told the board that the site has issues that the town should address on its own and/or in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.   "That night, laying in the hospital, I thought I was pretty lucky to be alive, and I want to see if the town can do something about this," Armet said. "The issue there, in my opinion, is there's a bit of a blindspot along what is being promoted as a bike lane."   Armet


Community Input Sought for Cole Avenue Affordable Housing Site
10:43AM / Monday, January 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Committee is seeking public input at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, about the proposal to develop the property at 330 Cole Ave. into affordable housing units.

The initial stages of long-awaited development of the property, commonly known as the PhoTec site, are now under way. New conceptual plans have been developed that include the renovation and use of the existing “cube” building, as well as construction of two-story townhouses, creating 46 one-, two- and three-bedroom units for individuals or families of all ages with low or moderate incomes.

As part of its monthly meeting, the Affordable Housing Committee has asked the


Williams Men's Basketball Loses at Trinity
04:37PM / Sunday, January 10, 2016
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Trinity senior guard Jaquan Starks drove the lane and banked in a floater with 9.0 seconds remaining to give the Bantams (9-4) a 76-75 win over the Williams Ephs (8-5) on Sunday.   In a wild, exciting game, Trinity was able to make one more big play than the Ephs down the stretch. With the loss, the Ephs are now 0-2 in NESCAC competition.   Ed Ogudenko led the Bantams with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Shay Ajayi also contributed 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals.   Kyle Scadlock led the Ephs with 20 points while Bobby Casey contributed 17 off the bench.   Williams next plays on Tuesday at home against Johnson State at 7 p.m.   WOMEN'S


Adams Youth Basketball Team Wins Dalton Tourney
04:27PM / Sunday, January 10, 2016
DALTON, Mass. -- The Adams fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball team Sunday defeated Greylock, 44-39, in the championship game of the Jim Horth Memorial Tournament, hosted by the CYC at Nessacus Middle School.   Carson Meczywor scored 10 points for Adams. For Greylock, Derek Paris scored 18, and Tate Kuster added nine.   Earlier in the day, Greylock defeated the Boys Club, 48-27, to reach the final.   Derek Paris scored 15 and Thomas Martin added 12 for Greylock, which rallied from an early 12-11 deficit and used tough defense in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.   Cam Sime scored six for Boys Club in the loss.


North Adams Youth Baseball Transitions to Cal Ripken
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
02:48PM / Sunday, January 10, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Little League is no more, but rather than let it go away completely, its leaders decided to take the city's youth baseball program in a different direction.   And they found a new home in Cal Ripken Baseball.   The newly formed North Adams Cal Ripken League will play its inaugural season this spring. Moving from Little League to Baltimore-based Cal Ripken Baseball has a couple of advantages for local ballplayers, according to league President Marc Field.   But the chief advantage is that it allows North Adams youth baseball to survive and rebuild at a time when membership numbers are not high enough to sustain membership in


Williams Men's Hockey Comes Back to Top Trinity
10:35PM / Saturday, January 09, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's hockey team scored three goals in the final nine minutes to earn a 3-2 win over Trinity on Saturday evening.   Zander Masucci assisted on the tying goal and scored the game-winner on the power play with 5 minutes, 47 seconds left as the Ephs improved to 7-3-1 (5-1-1 NESCAC).   Michael Pinios stopped 31 shots as the Bantams (7-3-1, 3-2) outshot the Ephs 33-24.   Williams hosts Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon.   WOMEN'S HOCKEY   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bowdoin scored with 2 minutes, 39 seconds left to snap a 2-2 tie and earn a 3-2 win over Williams on Saturday.   Abby Brustad and Chelsey Stevenson scored for


Lanesborough-Williamstown Youth Basketball Opens Tourney With Win
11:40AM / Saturday, January 09, 2016
DALTON, Mass. -- The Greylock 5th and 6th boys basketball team got off to a strong start the Jim Horth Memorial Tournament on Thursday at Nessacus Middle School.   Greylock defeated the host, CYC, in a hard-fought 36-33 contest.   Greylock played from behind the entire night unil taking one-point lead with just less than two minutes left.   Derek Paris (10 points) hit a pair of free throws with 45 seconds on the clock to give Greylock a three-point cushion, and CYC missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.   Cangelosi matched Paris with a team-high 10 points.   The six-team tournament continues through Sunday.


Williams Women's Hockey Wins
12:28AM / Saturday, January 09, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Emily Kreuger and Chelsey Stevenson scored two goals apiece to lead the Williams College women's hockey team to a 7-1 win over Bowdoin on Friday night.   Christina Cleroux stopped 17 shots for the Ephs (6-3, 4-1 NESCAC).   Williams hosts Bowdoin (3-5, 1-2) again on Saturday at 3 p.m.   MEN'S BASKETBALL AMHERST, Mass. -- Jeff Racy and Connor Green scored 16 points apiece to lead the Amherst College men's basketball team to a 68-66 win over Williams on Friday night.   Edward Flynn scored 16 for Williams (8-4, 0-1 NESCAC).   Amherst (11-1, 1-0) committed just five turnovers while forcing 13.   Williams is at Trinity on


Milne Library Seeks Donations of Books
01:58PM / Friday, January 08, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Friends of Milne Public Library is accepting through March 31 new or gently used book and media donations for its annual book sale.

Donations can be brought in bags or boxes to the library at 1095 Main St.

To arrange for large donations, please call 413-652-2064 or 413-458-2276. For more information about donation guidelines, visit the Friends’ website,

The 2016 book sale, silent auction, cafe and bake sale will be held Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, at Williamstown Elementary School.

The annual event generates funds to support children’s programming, staff development, and technology at the library.

For more


Volunteers Needed for 23rd Annual MLK Day of Service
01:52PM / Friday, January 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition encourage all community members to participate in volunteer service projects for the 23rd annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Youth and youth groups, in particular this year, are encouraged to participate. All volunteers are urged to register for the service task they would like to take part in.

In addition to the volunteer service projects, a free community lunch and celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center. The program will include the presentation of this


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