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Letter: Support Sarah Gardner for Planning Board
Letters to the Editor,
10:04PM / Saturday, May 07, 2016

To the Editor:

Without reservation, I support Sarah Gardner for the five-year term on the embattled Williamstown Planning Board.

Although Sarah has been much maligned in some circles for her stance on the Mike Deep/Waubeeka Zoning change, those of us who have actually attended Planning Board meetings and the hearing (and/or watched the meetings or the hearing on WilliNet) know that the negative comments about Sarah are not based on fact. In addition, she has been the victim of very negative and blatantly biased news coverage, especially from The Berkshire Eagle.

Please, voters, cast your vote Tuesday based on reason and fact. Sarah's planning credentials are exceptional. She is


Letter: Caplinger for Williamstown School Committee
Letters to the Editor,
10:00PM / Saturday, May 07, 2016

To the Editor:

I am pleased to endorse Dan Caplinger for the Williamstown Elementary School Committee.

I had the privilege of working with Dan on the WES committee for several years. I was consistently impressed with Dan's dedication to children, understanding of the budget, and willingness to do all the hard work this position requires.

Dan has devoted untold hours over the past several years to understanding how the WES school district works. His financial background gives him keen insight into the budget and into possible future questions including regionalization. He has worked on several contract negotiating subcommittees as well as the regionalization subcommittee.

Last year,


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

Williams Softball to Host Conference Title Game Sunday
05:48PM / Saturday, May 07, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College softball team banged out 13 hits in four innings Saturday, scoring in every inning en route to a 17-4 victory over Tufts in a game shortened to five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.

Williams (31-8) advanced to Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship of the 2016 NESCAC Tournament and will need one win to capture the title. Tufts (26-9) faced Amherst later Saturday in another elimination game.

The Ephs scored five times in the first against the Jumbos, the defending NESCAC and national champions. They added three in the second, five in the third and four in the fourth.

In the first, Erica Li drew a lead-off walk from Tufts starter Erica


North County Cultural Institutions Offer Peek at Summer Seasons
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:20AM / Saturday, May 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Summer 2016 in Northern Berkshire will be filled with world-class art, music and theater.

Oh … and nudity.

The Clark Art Institute gave a sneak peek — pun intended — of its summer show titled "Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado" on Wednesday evening during an event hosted by the North Adams Chamber of Commerce that invited several North County cultural institutions to share their upcoming seasons.

Halfway through the event, hosted by Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Clark's director of communications Vicki Saltzman raised some eyebrows and elicited some giggles from the crowd of about 100 people when

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Williamstown Seeking Third Half-Day Section to Preschool
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:46PM / Friday, May 06, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School officials plan to add a third half-day section to its Side-By-Side preschool program, a move they hope will ease some of the concerns that have riled the community in recent weeks.

Superintendent Douglas Dias said on Friday that the decision to add the third section was driven by a desire to accommodate all families who had applied for the program.

"It came out of us doing a lottery at the beginning of the week, and we saw a handful of kids didn't make it in the lottery," Dias said. "We said, 'What can we do to make this happen?' "

In announcing the expansion of the program for the 2016-17 school


Class Offered for New Football Officials
03:04PM / Friday, May 06, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Football Officials Association will hold a course for new football officials on June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 826 Valentine Road.   Please contact Peter Ochs (413-443-4364), Wil Bourdon (413-743-3267), or any member of the association for more details.


The Independent Investor: Giving Up Control in the Event You Need To
By Bill Schmick,
02:46PM / Friday, May 06, 2016

The more successful you are, the more difficulty you face in wrestling with one inescapable fact. In preparing to pass the torch to your heirs, you need to give them the power to decide what happens to you and your estate in the event you can't.

That's not an easy thing to get your arms around if you have been the go-to guy or gal that the family depends on when life's hard knocks come visiting. How do you entrust your own health and wealth to others? Even if you love them to death, are they really capable of taking care of you in your time of need?

No question, it is a problem that you need to deal with and resolve before that family meeting I have been writing about in this


Gardner, Puddester Make Cases for Williamstown Planning Board Seat
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:01PM / Friday, May 06, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — While many residents view Tuesday's Planning Board races as a referendum on the current board's actions regarding the Waubeeka Overlay District, a pair of candidate forums focused more on the candidates' philosophies and experiences.

At an April 13 League of Women Voters forum featuring three candidates running for a two-year spot on the board, the golf course issue was not raised directly.

An April 26 discussion between the two candidates (Sarah Gardner and Susan Puddester) for a five-year seat saw several mentions of Waubeeka but more discussions about general principles and the candidates' backgrounds.

"The part of the Planning Board


Letter: Support Hogeland for Planning Board
Letters to the Editor,
12:39PM / Friday, May 06, 2016

To the Editor:

Anne Hogeland is running for the two-year slot on the Williamstown Planning Board, and there hasn't been a more opportune time than next Tuesday's town election, to vote her on it.

The Planning Board is assigned, by state law, to prepare studies on land use, housing, conservation, and business development, to review zoning bylaw amendments and propose some of its own, and to make its decisions based in community support. We need to elect board members who reason with logic and open-mindedness, who are willing and able to do research and build on their own expertise in the law and town planning, who have a clear sense of their responsibilities to the whole town, and


Williams Senior Awarded Journalism Fellowship
11:42AM / Friday, May 06, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Elizabeth Jacobsen has been awarded the Jeffrey Owen Jones ’66 Fellowship in Journalism. The $10,000 grant is intended to assist a graduating senior in starting a career in journalism, whether in traditional or new media.

The Jones Fellowship was established in 2009 to honor Jones, who passed away from lung cancer in 2007. Jones was an Emmy-award winning writer, producer, and film professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. While a student at Williams, Jones was editor of the school newspaper, The Williams Record.

A fellowship committee gathers each spring to consider project proposals. The committee aims to select a student


MassDOT's Adams Rail Line Project Falling Short of Station
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Friday, May 06, 2016

Selectman John Duval attended the meeting in Pittsfield to urge MassDOT officials to finish the 6/10 of a mile needed. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a newly renovated train station in Adams but no train.    In 2014, taxpayers in Adams reluctantly put up funds to purchase and renovate a former Hoosac Street car wash into the Adams Station, an end point to the Berkshire Scenic Railway's Hoosac Valley Service.   The idea to run Berkshire Scenic Railway trains between Adams and North Adams was first announced in 2013 and plans were laid to fix up the Pan Am lines from Burke Construction to North Adams. An additional 6/10th of a mile of track from there to Hoosac


'Keanu': Puss & Galoots
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:36PM / Thursday, May 05, 2016

More misses than hits in director Peter Atencio's "Keanu," a rambunctious action-comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, suggest that the effort might best be enjoyed by fans of the duo's Comedy Central sketch series, "Key & Peele." Oddly, though, while unaware of the pair's cable TV fame and thus essentially a representative of the Great Unwashed, this admittedly easy chortler laughed much more than the supposed target audience with whom I viewed the movie.

While it behooves to academically note that the essence of comedy hasn't changed since Oog tripped Grouk as he exited his cave, the art of making folks chuckle, titter and hopefully


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