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Local Officials Question State's Color-Coding on COVID-19 Map
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A near miss for the local public school district has sharpened calls for changes in the way the commonwealth assesses COVID-19 spread at the local level.   Steven Miller, a Williams College mathematics professor and member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, has long been critical of the red-yellow-green-gray system the Department of Public Health created this summer to categorize municipalities.   As it happens, Williamstown was categorized as yellow, meaning it had an averaged daily COVID-19 case rate of between four and eight (per 100,000 people) for two weeks at the end of September.   That meant the first classification of

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Governor Presents $45.5B Budget to For Fiscal 2021
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Wednesday, October 14, 2020
BOSTON — Nearly four months past the end of the fiscal year, Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a $45.5 billion budget for fiscal 2021 that will not change funding allocations to education and cities and towns and that will not raise taxes.    Baker felt that the revised House 2 budget should be able to make its way through the Legislature with some alacrity.    "There have been ongoing conversations all the way through this process with the Legislature and the fact that we're filing this, once we all have an understanding about what fiscal '21 revenue looks like, is not going to be a surprise to them," he said at Wednesday afternoon's press

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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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Williamstown Farmers Market Winds Down Successful Virtual Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Wednesday, October 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Farmers Market wraps up its season on Saturday, but Wednesday is the last day to order baked goods, dairy, fruits, produce or any of the items produced by a dozen local farmers.   When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in full force in March, the farmers market was faced with a choice: ride out the storm and see if conditions would allow the kind of face-to-face market that people have grown to love on Spring Street or overhaul the system and go virtual.   After a lot of hard work in a relatively short period of time, the market stood up an online ordering system that enabled the nearly 40-year institution to continue without missing a

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Millennials' Transmission Seen as Driving State’s COVID-19 Uptick
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:46PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday declined to characterize the commonwealth as being at the start of a "second wave" of COVID-19 transmission.   But he had no trouble identifying the source of a recent surge in the spread of the novel coronavirus.   "I think it's really important to point out once again … and Dr. [Deborah] Birx said the same thing when she was here last week: The biggest single issue that's driving case growth is familiar people being familiar with each other," Baker said Tuesday afternoon. "She talked, in particular, when she talked to us, about something we've seen in our own data, which is a really

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Cold Front Could Bring Snow for the Weekend
Staff Reports,
05:58PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Warming temperatures ahead of an approaching low pressure system with a sharp cool down with its passage.
Loop of forecast maps: https://t.co/ppSd7z6Ewe #nywx #ctwx #mawx #vtwx pic.twitter.com/K8VegAv8tI

— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) October 13, 2020 Mother Nature will be giving the Berkshires some warmth this week before sending a chill through the region — and possibly snow.    Temperatures are expected to rise into the low 70s on Thursday for some mild fall weather but that will be followed by heavy rain along the coast and cold front cross the country from the west.    Together, that may bring snowfall for the higher regions, and particularly to North

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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Eviction Diversion Initiative
11:57AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration has launched a $171 million "Eviction Diversion Initiative" to keep tenants safely in their homes and to support the ongoing expenses of landlords once the commonwealth's pause of evictions and foreclosures expires on Saturday, Oct. 17.    This strategy was developed by a cross-agency team assembled by the administration in coordination with the Massachusetts Trial Court to manage the end of the moratorium on Oct. 17 and reflects input from a broad range of stakeholders.   "The pandemic has created financial challenges for many individuals and families who are struggling with rent payments, and today we are

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Mount Greylock School Committee Debates Public Access to Meeting Packets
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional School District on Thursday advised the School Committee to continue denying the public access to information lest the committee's work become part of the "public discourse."   Last month, the committee heard a public comment drafted by iBerkshires.com reporter Stephen Dravis that questioned why the body refuses to post supporting material for topics under discussion at public meetings prior to the meeting.   The district's past practice has been to post background material — like a district policy to be voted on in a meeting or a draft budget — after the meeting has

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Williams Students Start Food Delivery Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:57PM / Monday, October 12, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A pair of Williams College students are turning a joke into a serious effort to establish a small business.   Wyatt Khosrowshahi and Brennan Lee were on track to be completing their senior year right now, but each decided to take a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the prospect of having to finish their college careers with remote classes.   But they kept their off-campus housing for the year, and they are making the most of it.   "We were both here this summer together, and it was interesting, because we had a group of friends who we knew were going to have to quarantine until they got two negative tests," Khosrowshahi said

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Mount Greylock School Committee Schedules Friday Meeting to Settle Turf Field Question
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:03AM / Saturday, October 10, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee could decide as soon as next Friday to put an artificial turf field project out to bid.   The committee has called a special noon meeting for Oct. 16 with the sole purpose of potentially putting to bed an issue that has consumed hours of discussion at the committee level, months of work by a subcommittee the elected officials convened and years of conversations in the community.   "We can try as much as we can to try to find common ground. But at the end of the day, there's going to be a difference of opinion as to what should be done, and it's our job as elected officials to take the vote,"

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@theMarket: One way or Another, Markets Expect More Stimulus
By Bill Schmick,
07:32PM / Friday, October 09, 2020
As the U.S. presidential elections approach, politics are becoming a bigger factor in what is moving the stock market. Some investors are already betting on the winner, and positioning their portfolios for an expected outcome. It is a risky bet to make.   As of this week, many on Wall Street are positioning for what they expect will be a "Blue Wave" where both houses of Congress and the next presidency of the United States will be captured by the Democratic Party. What, you may ask, is their reasoning, aside from partisanship?    Well, the number of polls that put Joe Biden in a widening lead, for one thing, as well as waning support for Republicans (once again,

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update Oct. 9
01:39PM / Friday, October 09, 2020
  October 9,

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Williamstown Developing Guidelines for Healthy Halloween
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Friday, October 09, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Thursday morning endorsed guidelines for Halloween that discourages gatherings beyond family units and calls for homeowners to distribute "grab and go" treats or goodie bags in a contactless way.   Town Manager Jason Hoch presented to the board a draft of the guidelines he plans to bring to the Select Board for its consideration at its Oct. 14 meeting.   Hoch said his thinking about the holiday has evolved and that he initially was inclined to suspend trick-or-treating in town because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   "For the longest time, I thought this was a bad idea," Hoch said of trick-or-treating.

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