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Williamstown Planners Advise Town Meeting Postpone Action on Pot Bylaws
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, August 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In a split decision on Tuesday, the Planning Board voted to recommend town meeting take no action on either of the proposed zoning bylaw amendments related to the production of marijuana.   After hearing new testimony about proposed changes to the commonwealth's regulations about setbacks and how they might factor into a draft bylaw regulating outdoor cannabis cultivation in town, the majority of the board decided it was best not to move forward either on its own draft bylaw or one submitted by citizens petition that would continue the town's current practice of allowing outdoor commercial pot growth by special permit.   The move came one day


Mount Greylock School Committee Votes Down Remote Learning Start to School Year
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
11:05PM / Thursday, August 13, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two months of input and advice from Mount Greylock’s working groups looking at the reopening of school were undone in four hours of discussion by the School Committee on Thursday night.

On a 6-1 vote, the committee directed interim superintendent Robert Putnam to submit to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education a radically different plan for the start of the year that moves more children into the school building more quickly than the administration was recommending.   Subject to approval by DESE and, not insignificantly, collective bargaining with the district’s unions, there will be no two-week period of fully remote learning as


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

Berkshires Beat: Girl Scouts Present StoryWalk as Part of Silver Award Project
11:59AM / Thursday, August 13, 2020
Project W.I.L.D.

Two local Girl Scouts have launched a literacy and diversity project as they work to earn their Silver Award. Noelle Dravis of Williamstown and Emily Johnson of Lanesborough, both of whom will be ninth-graders at Mount Greylock Regional School this fall, created Project W.I.L.D. (Williamstown Inclusivity, Literacy and Diversity) to earn their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is a project that Girl Scout Cadettes undertake to benefit their communities.

The project consists of three parts. The main part of the project is a StoryWalk® along Spring Street featuring the book "Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You" by Supreme Court Justice Sonia


Doctor Returns to CHP Barrington OB/GYN
10:58AM / Thursday, August 13, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs welcomes Dr. Jill Samale in her return to the staff of CHP Barrington OB/GYN. 

Dr. Samale provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecology care to women of all ages. She is affiliated with Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital's Family Birthplace. She practiced previously with the CHP team and then joined Berkshire OB-GYN, a Berkshire Medical Center practice.

From 2006-2014, Samale practiced at South County Hospital Center for Women's Health in Wakefield, R.I. Earlier, she practiced at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. From 2000-2005, she worked in private practice at Baystate OB/GYN Group.



Williamstown Police Sergeant's Lawsuit Alleges Racism, Sexual Harassment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:25AM / Thursday, August 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday by a Williamstown Police sergeant paints a picture of a department plagued by racism and gender discrimination.   Sgt. Scott McGowan, a full-time police officer in the town since 2002, has named Chief Kyle Johnson, Town Manager Jason Hoch and the town as defendants in a suit alleging discrimination and retaliation against a whistle-blower.   McGowan, who is represented by Boston law firm Zalkind, Duncan and Bernstein, is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in amounts not specified in the 22-page complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.   Hoch on Wednesday afternoon said the town does not


Mount Greylock Interim Superintendent Proposing Fully Remote Start to School Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:10PM / Wednesday, August 12, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District's interim superintendent Tuesday told the community he will propose the district start the year with fully remote learning for general education students.   In a virtual town hall, Robert Putnam previewed the proposal for the start of school that he will present to the School Committee for a vote on Thursday evening. Districts throughout the commonwealth must present their reopening plans, approved by school committees, to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by Friday.   Putnam emphasized throughout his presentation that all of his plans for the preK-12, three school district are still subject


Williamstown Panel Looks at Context of Historic Monuments
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:46PM / Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A sign erected by the Williamstown Historical Commission to recognize the site of the 18th Century West Hoosac Fort. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's newest committee Monday got down to the business of finding ways to talk about the truth of the Village Beautiful's founding.   The Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee discussed two historical markers and whether they do more to sanitize that history and marginalize Native Americans than they do to educate the public.   Lauren Stevens of the 1753 House Committee told the DIRE Committee that his group has discussed how to properly contextualize one of the highest profile structures in town, a replica


Tanglewood's Online Festival Continues
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
11:47AM / Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival will enter its seventh week with a capacious selection of state-of-the-art digital audio and video streams. These performances were recorded at Tanglewood’s breathtaking spaces at the superbly designed Linde Center – a constituent part of the BSO's/Tanglewood’s new entity, the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI). Other concerts will include performances previously recorded and archived by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. 

A unique, all-encompassing digital music festival, the diversity of programming replicates a choice selection of the previously announced 2020 live performances Tanglewood had hoped to present this


How Can You Prepare for the 'New Retirement'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:23AM / Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A generation or so ago, people didn't just retire from work – many of them also withdrew from a whole range of social and communal activities. But now, it's different: The large Baby Boom cohort, and no doubt future ones, are insisting on an active lifestyle and continued involvement in their communities and world. 

So, what should you know about this "new retirement"? And how can you prepare for it?

For starters, consider what it means to be a retiree today. The 2020 Edward Jones/Age Wave Four Pillars of the New Retirement study has identified these four interrelated, key ingredients, along with the connected statistics, for living well in the new


Williamstown Ag Commission Weighs Tabling of Two Pot Bylaw Proposals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:36AM / Tuesday, August 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Agricultural Commission on Monday floated the idea of recommending town meeting next week take no action on either marijuana bylaw amendment on the warrant.   Faced with the prospect of a meeting with lower than typical turnout because of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a complicated debate over dueling land-use articles, Ag Commission Chair Sarah Gardner asked her colleagues whether it makes more sense for the meeting to table both the article proposed by the Planning Board and the article the commissioners drafted and put on the warrant via citizens petition.   "I'm nervous about voting on something so important with a small

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Williams Officials: Town's Safety High Priority in Reopening Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Monday, August 10, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College officials Friday sought to assure the Board of Health that the safety of the town is at the forefront of the school's plan to welcome students back to campus at the end of the month.   The college's vice president for finance and administration told the board in a virtual meeting that the impact on the community is something that is discussed every day by the school as it prepares for the beginning of students' arrival on Aug. 24.   "Every conversation is rooted in what is safe not only for the college community but the community as a whole," Matt Sheehy said. "As a community member myself living in town,

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Mount Greylock Adds Day in High School, Splits Elementary Days
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Monday, August 10, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — All students at Mount Greylock Regional School will be in school two days a week, and elementary school pupils will attend four days a week to start the school year under the latest iteration of the hybrid learning model announced Thursday by interim Superintendent Robert Putnam.   And the School Committee finalized its negotiation on a three-year contract with incoming Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless.   After meeting in exectutive session for about 15 minutes, the committee came out and voted 6-0 (with one member, Regina DiLego, absent) to approve a contract negotiated with McCandless, who was offered the job the week


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