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First-Responder Profiles: EMT, Firefighter Brian Sears
07:14PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020

Brian Sears is a volunteer firefighter in Dalton. DALTON, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    Brian Sears wanted to be involved as a first-responder since he was a kid. He found the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream when he moved to the Berkshires from the Boston area. He's now an emergency medical technician


The Retired Investor: CSAs & Local Farms Make a Comeback
By Bill Schmick,
04:41PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020
While much of the nation's farming industry has been decimated by the global pandemic, here in the U.S. one tiny segment of the agricultural market is booming — the CSA.   The line at my local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pickup station was short this week. As usual, everyone wore masks and waited in line, 6 feet apart. One by one, customers stuffed their carry bags full of lettuce, radishes, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes and whatever else nature's bounty and Kate, our farmer, had planted this season. CSAs charge a seasonal, or sometimes yearly membership fee in exchange, you receive weekly boxes, or bags of fresh veggies, fruits, and more. My membership cost more

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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

Williamstown Officials: 'Yellow' COVID-19 Designation Not Accurate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:18PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's health inspector said Thursday he has no idea why the commonwealth's COVID-19 Community Level map is showing Williamstown as the lone "yellow" community in Berkshire County.   "I don't know where those numbers are coming from," Jeff Kennedy said. "I'm checking my computer. I'm checking the communicable disease database. I talked with my public health nurse.   "We only have, basically, one positive [COVID-19 test] in town right now, and that's the one you know about at Williams that's under isolation."   Late Wednesday, the state Department of Public Health posted its latest


'The Last Hurrah': Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Politics, But Were Told Not to Ask
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:43PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the


State Waits for Results in College Opening COVID-19 Rates
Staff Reports,
04:43PM / Wednesday, September 09, 2020
BOSTON — Massachusetts is making strides in reducing transmission rates of COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Wednesday, but he's holding off on further loosening of the economy for the moment.    "One of the things we talked about is trying to get through the school reopening and the college return," he said to a question about indoor dining and activities during his update Wednesday afternoon. "These are both really big and really important deals here in Massachusetts. They're hugely important for kids and for families and for educators and the college return is particularly important as well for many people who work at colleges and universities,


Williamstown Planners Prioritize Pot, Seek More Community Input
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Wednesday, September 09, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday discussed the conditions that led to a protracted town meeting debate with no resolution on a marijuana production bylaw and how the board can help produce a different outcome this time around.   The planners agreed that a redo of the pot bylaw proposal is a priority in the next half year leading up to May's annual town meeting.   And there was consensus that more engagement is needed with the town's Agricultural Commission, which ended up bringing a competing and contradictory bylaw to last month's pandemic-delayed annual town meeting.   Chair Stephanie Boyd argued that the result of that meeting, while


Williams College to Award Bicentennial Medal to Wole Coaxum at Convocation
03:04PM / Tuesday, September 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will present a Bicentennial Medal to alumnus Wole Coaxum at the fall convocation.   Coaxum, class of 1992 and founder of Mobility Capital Finance, will be presented the medal Saturday, Sept. 12, during the virtual convocation ceremony.   The son of Williams College's first Black president of the Society of Alumni, Coaxum left behind his managing director position at J.P. Morgan after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo. That event compelled him to think about how he could leverage his Wall Street experience and contacts to address the racial wealth gap. He founded one of the few Black-owned finance technology startups to


Williamstown Con Comm OKs Trail Along Green River
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Tuesday, September 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission recently gave the go-ahead for a half-mile trail that will allow users to walk along the Green River from the south portion of Linear Park to Main Street (Route 2).   The Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) last year obtained $5,000 in Community Preservation Act funding from town meeting to create the trail, which will essentially link both ends of Linear Park, which continues on the north side of Main Street.   John Case represented HooRWA before the commission, which has been involved in the discussion about the project from the beginning. Recently, members of the Con Comm made a site visit to go over the final

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Williamstown Housing Trust Restarts Mortgage Assistance Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:09AM / Sunday, September 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Thursday decided to raise the grant ceiling on the town's emergency rental assistance program and restart the DeMayo Mortgage Assistance Program.   The trustees agreed to hike the maximum award from the WERAP for a second time since it was created in the spring, this time from $2,500 to $4,000.   Meanwhile, in its first meeting since August's annual town meeting, the trustees agreed to resume the assistance program, which was suspended in April over concerns about limited funds and an impending need for a rental assistance program due to the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19


Williamstown Committee Moves Ahead with Spruces Planting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:43AM / Saturday, September 05, 2020

The bulbs would be planted in this lawn area.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town will be looking for volunteers next month to help plant thousands of flower bulbs in the south end of the Spruces Park.   The Spruces Land Use Committee met Wednesday morning to finalize its plans for a beautification project on the Main Street (Route 2) site and discuss whether it wants to sunset the committee formed in 2013 to help look at how to reuse the former mobile home park property.   Because of restrictions placed on the land by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which funded the town's acquisition of the land and closure of the park in the wake of 2011's Tropical


Northern Berkshire Students Garden Virtually
04:00AM / Saturday, September 05, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire 2020 Summer Youth Works program went virtual this year with a seven-week virtual gardening Program.   The Northern Berkshire Summer Youth program typically places students in paid internships with local companies but, like most things this year, COVID-19 forced the Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB) to adapt.   Through funding from the First Congregational Church of Williamstown and MountainOne, the BWB converted programming to a seven-week virtual gardening program.   The Berkshire Workforce Board partnered with Greenagers, a youth environment group, who supplied each student with a container garden. Greenagers provided lessons


Williamstown's DIRE Committee Talks About Need for Structural Change
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, September 04, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — While continuing to pressure the town to commission an independent investigation into allegations of racism and sexual misconduct in the Williamstown Police Department, the town's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee Monday emphasized that its effort to address inequity goes beyond the lawsuit that has roiled the community since it came to light last month.   A resident addressing the DIRE Committee during the public comment portion of its weekly virtual meeting suggested that the necessary discussions about the federal lawsuit filed against the town, police chief and town manager threatened to overshadow ongoing conversations that predate


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