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Faced with Funding Shortfall, Williamstown CPC Pauses Deliberations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:02AM / Saturday, January 30, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee on Wednesday decided to hold off until spring before deciding how much grant funding to recommend to June's annual town meeting.   The committee held its first meeting of the current funding cycle and quickly agreed by unanimous votes that all four of the applications before it are appropriate under the Community Preservation Act.   The problem is that the total funding requested exceeds the amount of money expected to be available in fiscal 2022 by $26,518. And the committee would like to carry some of its current balance into FY22 as a cushion in case next year's revenues underperform.   "It's

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@theMarket: A Roller Coaster Market
By Bill Schmick,
04:59PM / Friday, January 29, 2021
Investors learned a number of lessons this week. First among them was that stocks, on occasion, can go down as suddenly as they can go up. They also began to realize that it may take longer than expected before this pandemic is put to rest.   Over the last two weeks, I have been warning investors to shuck those rose-tinted glasses and take a more realistic view of exactly where we are in this pandemic relief world. That advise is starting to sink in. This week, the Biden administration, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and even Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, gave investors a more sobering look at the future.   The distribution and delivery

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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
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Mount Greylock Committee OKs New COVID-19 Plan, Reacts to Racist Incident
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:00PM / Thursday, January 28, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday agreed to a new decision-making process for moving from remote to hybrid instruction and issued a public statement condemning last week's racist incident at the high school and promising the district will "do better."   The district's administration has for weeks been negotiating with the Mount Greylock Educators Association to modify the memorandum of agreement that allowed the start of classes back in September.   The newly negotiated agreement "places more emphasis on local context and relies less on state provided metrics," School Committee Chair Christina Conry

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Deep Freeze Descending on the Berkshires; Nor'easter Up Ahead
Staff Reports,
05:24PM / Thursday, January 28, 2021
Temperatures are about to plummet across the region with wind chills as low as 20 below zero.    The National Weather Service has posted a wind chill advisory beginning midnight Thursday through at least noon on Friday.    The bitter cold air coming south from Canada may be accompanied by snow squalls and showers that could make travel hazardous. Friday is expected to be the coldest day so far this winter.    People should avoid being outdoors for lengthy periods over the weekend and to wear loose-fitting layers of warm clothing and a hat. Keep thermostats no lower than 55 and maintain the same temperature for both day and night.    Check on neighbors

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The Retired Investor: Make Way for the Retail Investor
04:59PM / Thursday, January 28, 2021
By now, you may have realized that this is not your father's stock market, nor will it ever be again. An entirely new army of investors have arrived on the scene with different attitudes, values, and beliefs. You can either hop on this train or be left behind.   Back in the day, burnt by the Financial Crisis of more than a decade ago, many investors decided to forsake the stock market, embracing bonds instead. Over that time, Americans amassed a $3 trillion in savings and 94 percent of that money went into bonds. Those bond buyers have had a good run, but all good things must come to an end.   Most fixed income investors are scrapping the bottom of the barrel if they are

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Berkshire Health Group Keeping Insurance Premiums Flat in FY22
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Thursday, January 28, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Towns and school districts throughout the county who are members of Berkshire Health Group will see no increase in health or dental insurance premiums in fiscal 2022, and the group will offer its units a premium holiday this June.   The BHG board of directors met virtually on Monday morning to hear a review of its fiscal 2020 audit and decide on the premium rate for the year that begins on July 1, 2021.   Berkshire Health Group is a joint purchase group that allows 32 governmental units throughout the county to combine their buying power to provide health insurance for their employees and retirees.   Under the plan's umbrella, there are more

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Baker-Polito Administration Files $45.6B Fiscal 2022 Budget Proposal
06:59PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration on Wednesday filed its fiscal year 2022 budget recommendation, a $45.6 billion proposal that continues the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses critical priorities including promoting economic growth, fully funding the first year of the landmark Student Opportunity Act, and supporting cities and towns across Massachusetts.   This balanced proposal does not raise taxes on the commonwealth's residents and preserves substantial financial reserves for the future, according to the administration.   Submitted as House 1, this budget recommendation provides $246.3 million in new funding for the Student

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Baker Acknowledges Frustration of Those Trying to Sign Up for Vaccines
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:27PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021
BOSTON — On the first day residents 75 and older could sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Charlie Baker said he knows people are frustrated about the time it takes to get those appointments, but the commonwealth continues to be constrained by the supply of vaccines on hand.   "I think the biggest challenge we're going to face on this rollout, and we've said this several times, is if demand does outstrip supply, which is where we're going to be for some period of time until the federal government can get to the point where their distribution to us reaches some level that's consistent with the number of people who are eligible to get vaccinated," Baker

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Berkshire County Has 8 Vaccination Sites for Phase 2 Rollout
12:50PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The state has released the expanded sites for COVID-19 vaccinations, including eight in Berkshire County.   Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout begins Monday, Feb. 1, by appointment. Currently there are three "mass vaccination" sites, including one in Springfield. There is expected to be 165 vaccination sites and seven mass vaccination locations by mid-February at public and private entities.    The first priority group in Phase 2 will be residents 75 and older who can begin to schedule vaccination appointments on Wednesday.   The locations in Berkshire County are, with links to online signup, the following:    • North

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update January 22
08:09AM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  January 22, 2021   Digital Discussion with SVHC and

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Williamstown Moves Ahead on Interim Police Chief Plan, Department Investigation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday decided to hire an interim chief of police while continuing to press forward with an investigation into the Police Department.   Without taking a formal vote, the board expressed a consensus around a plan to bring in a long-term interim chief to help the department move forward while the town completes an evaluation of how it wants policing to look in the future.   That evaluation is being led by a social work researcher who the town is hiring to study the issue and engage the community about its public safety needs. A local social worker who helped the town hire that researcher told the board that the study will take

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Governor Baker's 2021 State of the Commonwealth Address
08:43PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday delivered his State of the Commonwealth address from his office at the Massachusetts State House. Remarks as prepared for delivery:     Good evening. And thank you for joining me for a very different State of the Commonwealth address.   In a normal year, I'd be delivering this speech in the House Chamber to members of the House and Senate, the Cabinet, the Governor's Council, and our friends and families.   But this is not a normal year. So, I'm sharing my thoughts with you from my office here in the State House.   Tonight's address is just one more example of a gathering – a ritual of coming

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