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Williamstown Takes Big Step Toward Replacing Streetlights
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Friday, February 12, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A years-long effort to replace the town's streetlights with more efficient LED fixtures may be resolved as soon as June's annual town meeting.   The Select Board on Monday approved an intermunicipal agreement to transfer authority over the street lights from the Williamstown Fire District to Town Hall.   Once the Prudential Committee, as expected, gives the agreement its blessing, the way will be clear for the town to purchase the existing lights from National Grid, which has offered to sell the used lights for $1.   At that point, the town will have responsibility for maintenance of the lights, Town Manager Jason Hoch explained to the

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Mount Greylock Shares Detail on Zoom Bombing, Vows Work on Anti-Racism
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:57PM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee on Thursday that the district had concluded its investigation into a January "Zoom bombing" incident and promised that the district will "move forward better and wiser as a school community and a community in general."   McCandless revealed that the person who intruded in a high school virtual classroom and played racially offensive music was "a young person of color," but quickly noted that the perpetrator's intent was less relevant than the impact it had on the victims.   "Whether this particular incident was based in racism or

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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,

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
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The Retired Investor: Gambling, the Vice We Love
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
The pandemic has altered the behavior patterns of many Americans. It has also forced states to re-examine their thinking in several areas, especially in taxation and spending. One of the biggest winners in this process appears to be gambling.   Clearly, with most of the nation's leisure activities shut down, more and more Americans are looking for something to occupy their time. At the same time, thanks to massive losses in tax revenues, states are scrambling for ways to make ends meet. Sports and other forms of online gambling are an easy answer to shoring up state budgets, while satisfying the consumer's demand for more action in this burgeoning leisure market.   The

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BMC Presents Inaugural 'DAISY' Award to Cardiac Nurse
12:33PM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
PIITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Cardiac care nurse Susan Alibozek was honored with Berkshire Medical Center's first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care.   Based on a nomination received from the granddaughter of a BMC patient, Alibozek had a huge impact on the patient and family.   "My grandmother fell and broke her femur around her hip joint implant. It was a bad break that required a lengthy surgery. When we got to BMC, the doctors were also concerned about her heart so she was admitted to the 4th floor.

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Clark Art To Host Virtual Programming For Kids
08:13AM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —The Clark Art Institute resumes its Start with Art program for families with young children with free online events on Feb. 13 and March 13.   The Start with Art program introduces young children between four and seven years old to art. These online programs allow preschoolers and their parents and caregivers to look, make, sing, and play with new friends as they look closely at art in the Clark's collection, including some art that can't be seen in the galleries.    February's theme is Love of All Kinds, and participants are encouraged to bring something they care about to the online sessions to share with others on the Zoom

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Mount Greylock Committee on Remote vs. Hybrid Question Remains Secret
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:36AM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In-person classes resumed for most students in the Mount Greylock Regional School District this week with the blessing of a secret committee created recently under a memorandum of agreement between the district and its union.   But guidance from the Attorney General's Office suggests that committee and others like it are subject to the Open Meeting Law.   Superintendent Jason McCandless this week said the public health metrics the district uses to determine whether to stay fully remote indicated that a return to hybrid instruction on Monday, Feb. 8, was appropriate.   The six-person committee formed under the MOA is charged with

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Williams College, Partners to Seek More Accurate, Just Historical Narrative
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:31PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021

 
Black and white photograph of Maryland sailmaker Curtis Downes, circa 1950. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The mythology of America's founding developed over the course of centuries.   It will take many years — and many hands — to set the record straight and create an accurate historical picture of how the United States came to be.   Last week, Williams College took a big step in helping that process when it was named, along with two academic partners, the recipient of a $4.9 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the non-profit's Just Futures Initiative.   Williams, the Mystic (Conn.) Seaport Museum and Brown

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Mathias Bartels Community Goes Virtual
04:23PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Due to COVID - 19, the 11th annual Mathias Bartels Community Nordic Ski event is going virtual and global.   Skiers will be able to participate anytime during the week of Feb 14 through the 21. Participants can ski, run or choose another outdoor activity.   Participants are asked to take a photo or video of themselves and to submit it no later than Feb 22.   On Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. a virtual celebration will be held to share experiences and celebrate Bartels. Awards will also be announced.   There will be a local course option: A 6-kilometer course will be set up at Mt. Greylock Regional High School (weather

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Move to Vaccinate Companions of 75-and-Older Hailed as 'Game-Changer' by Senior Advocate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  DANVERS, Mass. — Starting Thursday, residents 75-and-older who make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at one of the commonwealth's mass vaccination sites will be allowed to also make an appointment for a companion of any age to accompany them to the site and receive a vaccination of their own.   Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement on Wednesday during a visit to the mass vaccination site at the DoubleTree Hotel. He said the move was being made to encourage older Bay Staters who might be hesitant to attend one of the sites, like the one at Eastfield Mall in Springfield.   The head of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley shared the podium with Baker and

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SVMC Receives Fifth ANCC Magnet Recognition
04:02PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has attained its fifth designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.   SVMC was the first hospital in Vermont to receive the designation in 2002. This fifth consecutive recognition places SVMC in a community of only three five-time hospitals in New England and only 28 five-time hospitals worldwide.   "The Magnet designation is challenging. It takes sustained commitment throughout every day of our practice and strong and productive relationships with physician colleagues and others in every department within

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SVHC Launches Medical Weekly Video Program
09:29AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. —Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) announced the launch of a new weekly interactive digital presentation called Medical Weekly with Trey Dobson.   The show will be produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). The show will air at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Feb. 10.   "Throughout the pandemic, Southwestern Vermont Health Care has worked to keep patients informed through a weekly e-newsletter and regular video updates," said Trey Dobson, MD, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) chief medical officer and the host of the show. "We have heard great feedback and aim to increase and enhance our connections

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Williamstown Picks Police Investigator, Calls for Chief Advisory Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday agreed to hire Brookline attorney Judy Levenson to conduct an investigation into the allegations raised in a discrimination lawsuit filed against the town last year.   In a separate conversation, the board and town manager agreed to extend a search for volunteers to serve an advisory committee to help Town Manager Jason Hoch select an interim chief for the Police Department.   The investigation was sparked by a lawsuit filed in August by Police Sgt. Scott McGowan. The suit subsequently was dropped in December, and the board decided this winter to proceed with an independent, third-party probe into the issues McGowan raised,

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