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Williamstown to Move Forward on Searches for Interim Chief, Town Manager
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, February 22, 2021

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The departure of the town manager may not slow the town's search for an interim chief of police, the chair of the Select Board said on Friday afternoon.

"My sense is we're not going to put the interim town manager search over the interim police chief search," Jane Patton said. "We're going to move forward on both."   Patton noted that an interim town manager would have the authority to appoint an interim police chief, presumably with the same community input that was anticipated when outgoing Town Manager Jason Hoch was heading the search.   According to the town charter, the town manager is the only position appointed

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Lt. Dominick Sondrini
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:11PM / Sunday, February 21, 2021

Lt. Dominick Sondrini with family. DALTON, Mass. — Dominick Sondrini served his country in the Marine Corps for four years as a lieutenant.    Growing up in Dalton, he attended the former St. Joseph's in Pittsfield and Wahconah Regional High School. After graduating from Western New England College, he was sent by the Marines to Quantico, Va., for Officer Candidate School, where he also completed the demanding Infantry Officer Course.    "Getting through these felt like a massive accomplishment — the drill instructors, some were mean, some were funny. There's so much yelling but I found lots of elements funny," he remembered, and

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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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IS183 Adjusting to Digital Platform, Welcomes New Faculty Artists
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:33AM / Sunday, February 21, 2021

Artist and speaker Pops Peterson, seen with students in this file photo, his hosting a scholarship fundraiser to help children attend IS183 Art School.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — A well-known Stockbridge art school quickly pivoted to digital learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with success and is now welcoming three new faculty artists to its talent pool.

"It's been full of changes, and full of innovation, and definitely challenges," Executive Director Lucie Castaldo said in regards to the historical year. "Virtual programming is going great, better than any of us expected because we really had no idea."

Since last April, IS183 Art School has had 648

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Speaker Challenges Williams College's Racist Legacy in Keynote to Daylong Dialogue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:20PM / Saturday, February 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A keynote speaker for Williams College's annual Claiming Williams day challenged the school to confront its racial history, acknowledge its racist present and work toward an antiracist future.   Black queer femme activist Erika Hart, an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania's Widener University, addressed the college community and the public in an hourlong forum at the center of the college's full day of discussions and workshops with the theme "From Racial Injustice to Restoration."   Hart educated her audience about the roots of racism in society and the ways in which the college's own history is rooted in imperialism and

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@theMarket: Stocks Versus Bitcoin
By Bill Schmick,
04:48PM / Friday, February 19, 2021
There was no contest this week. Cryptocurrencies took center stage as the stock market churned, chopped and gave investors a little indigestion. Welcome to the market's brave new world.   It appeared that Bitcoin was the answer to whatever ails you. Higher interest rates, the threat of higher inflation, weaker (or stronger) dollar, no problem just buy Bitcoin. By the end of this week, the crypto coin had chalked up a 15 percent gain and was trading above $52,000. Ethereum, Bitcoin's younger cousin, was also up 10 percent.   None of the financial market's usual suspects — stocks, bonds, or commodities — could come close to those kinds of gains. Detractors

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Williams College 2021 Faculty Lecture Series
04:37PM / Friday, February 19, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will present its annual Faculty Lecture Series online, starting Feb. 25.    Lectures will be offered on Thursdays, Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, and April 1. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. Zoom links are provided on the college's website at events.williams.edu. The lectures are free and open to the public.   Feb. 25, Matt Carter, associate professor of biology, will present "The Food Network: How Your Brain Makes You Feel Hungry or Full."  March 4, Mike Glier, Alexander Falck Class of 1899 Professor of Art, will discuss "Answer Music: Observation and Abstraction of the Living

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Berkshire Grand Jury Indicts Former Olympian of Indecent Assault
Staff Reports,
04:23PM / Friday, February 19, 2021

BREAKING: #ConradAvondaleMainwaring, who I,@markfwespn @GregAmante + others have been investigating for 3 years, was arrested AGAIN today. This time on a dozen felony sexual assault counts (some against minors) in Massachusetts circa the 1970s. THREAD/
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— Mike Kessler (@mikeskessler) February 17, 2021 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former Olympian has been indicted on 12 counts of indecent assault and battery alleged to have occurred in Becket and dating back 50 years.   Conrad Mainwaring, 69, was arrested by Los Angeles authorities on Wednesday on a fugitive from justice warrant related to allegations he had assaulted children while a camp counselor in

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Williamstown Town Manager Stepping Down
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Friday, February 19, 2021

The fallout from a federal lawsuit dropped late last year has seen the resignation of Town Manager Jason Hoch and the former Police Chief Kyle Johnson.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town Manager Jason Hoch announced Friday afternoon that he is leaving the position.

  Hoch has come under heavy criticism from many community members in the wake of a federal lawsuit that was filed in August against himself, the former chief of police and the town.   On Friday, he said the calls for his firing played a role in his decision to ask the Select Board to negotiate a way for him to leave the post he has held for five and a half years.   "It was certainly part of the

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As Anticipated, Williams Sees Bump in COVID-19 Positive Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Friday, February 19, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College saw the expected number of positive COVID-19 test results in its student population as it moved into the spring semester, officials said on Thursday.   Most of those positive tests were found among students before they returned to campus.   "We were kind of running three different [predictive] models, all using publicly available data sets," said Jason Rivera, the college's director of institutional research. "What it was doing was giving us a range of where we could possibly expect cases to go depending on how you want to plug in the numbers.   "As we got closer and closer to students arriving, we were

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Patrick Leading Panel on Low Vaccinations in Communities of Color
04:19PM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former Gov. Deval Patrick will lead a virtual panel of local health professionals on Tuesday to address the low numbers of COVID-19 vaccinations in the state's communities of color.    The novel coronavirus is disproportionately affecting Black and Hispanic people. Long-standing structural health and social inequities have increased the risks of sickness and death, which coupled with historic and systemic issues of maltreatment, have created an environment of mistrust with the vaccine process. According to the latest report by state Department of Public Health, only 3.3 percent of Hispanic or Latinx residents, 2.8 percent of Asian American and Pacific

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The Retired Investor: Clubhouse Comes of Age
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
The latest entrant into the social media orbit is an audio-only chat app called Clubhouse. The internet company had a $1 billion valuation before it had a business plan. That is even more surprising since membership is by invitation-only.   On Jan. 24, 2021, the company announced its latest $100 million fundraising effort, and for the first time presented a rough sketch of how it plans to start generating sales. Its Silicon Valley founders, Paul Davidson and Rohan Seth, are hoping to offer paid subscriptions, ticketed events, and other schemes to turn the site profitable.   You need to know an existing member in order to get an invite to join Clubhouse. Once you become a member,

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Williamstown Fire District Building Committee to Choose Owner's Project Manager
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District's Building Committee could have a recommendation on an owner's project manager for its planned fire station project as soon as Friday afternoon.   Building Committee Chair Elaine Neely on Wednesday reported to the Prudential Committee that her panel received nine responses to the request for qualifications issued by the district and conducted interviews with three finalists last week.   Representatives from Construction Monitoring Services, Colliers Property Management and the Architectural Consulting Group met for about an hour apiece over Zoom with the Building Committee, which includes the representatives from the district

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