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Summer Jazz Camp Brought Music to Bowe Field
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Saturday, August 22, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Summer Jazz Day Camp was in full swing at Bowe Field this past week.   Playing a musical instrument with others has topped the list of things not allowed during the pandemic, but musical director Richard Boulger found a way to make it happen.   "I thought let's go for it," Boulger said. "So we have been very ambitious...what better time than now to celebrate life with music."   Wind instruments require the player to blow air through the instrument creating spit. It is also impossible to play while wearing a mask. This is not optimal during a pandemic so the camp, that is typically held at Hoosac Valley High


Protesters March to Williamstown Police Station to Demand Reform
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:45PM / Friday, August 21, 2020

The weekly social justice rally walked from Field Park to the police station on Friday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — About five dozen protesters carried a lot of signs on the 1-1/2 mile march from Field Park to the Police Department.   And there is one sign that they hope will leave a lasting mark.   At the end of a half-hour demonstration in the police station parking lot, Bilal Ansari, a member of the town's Diversity, Inclusion, Race and Equity Committee called on someone from the department to have the courage to put a Black Lives Matter sign in the ground alongside the large sign that announces the building's presence on Simonds Road (Route 7).   Lt. Mike


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

@theMarket: Market's Window Getting Smaller
By Bill Schmick,
04:29PM / Friday, August 21, 2020
This week the benchmark S&P 500 Index made a minor new high for the year. While that is cause to celebrate, the question to ask is how much further can we climb in the face of a slowing economy before suffering a meaningful pullback?   Over the last few months, investors have been warned by just about every economist worth their salt that the country needs another jolt of federal stimulus. It has not happened. You can cast blame on whomever you want for that failure, but none of that matters to the over one million American workers who lost their jobs in the past week.    Even the Federal Reserve Bank, in releasing its July 28-29 Federal Open Market Committee meeting


North Adams RMV Reopening for Drop-Off Services
11:52AM / Friday, August 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Registry of Motor Vehicles office will reopen on Monday, Aug. 24, for drop-off registration and title services.    The local branch of the RMV has been closed since March as the state shifted operations online and postponed or extended deadlines during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The North Adams branch is one of eight locations being used for drop-off paperwork that can be completed within several business days.   Because of capacity, safety and public health limitations for maintaining social distancing, general appointments will not yet be available for customers at the North Adams Service Center.   Registration Drop Off Centers are

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Focuses on Police Procedure, Town's Response to Suit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, August 21, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Diversity, Inclusion, Race and Equity Committee has said from day one that it would be a place for difficult conversations.   On Wednesday evening, it had one that ended with one of its own members being accused of expressing white privilege.   The panel, which normally meets on Mondays, held a special meeting with the stated purpose of reacting to the Select Board's response to a federal lawsuit filed against the town, town manager and police chief last week.   The conversation included DIRE Committee members' dissatisfaction with that response and a more general discussion of police practices in the town of 7,700.   In


Registration, Early Voting Deadlines Set for State Primary
02:33AM / Friday, August 21, 2020
The last day to register to vote or to change voting affiliation for the Sept. 1 Massachusetts state primary is Saturday, Aug. 22.    The offices of town and city clerks will be open limited hours on Saturday, most from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8, for citizens to register to vote; contact your town clerk for times and locations. You can also register online or check whether you are registered to vote through the secretary of state's office. The deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. You may also check with your local boards of register through your town or city clerk to determine if you are registered.    Citizens may also vote by mail, by absentee

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Letter: Berkshires, Country Need Neal in Congress
Letter to the Editor,
07:30PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

To the Editor:

When I was mayor of North Adams, what I loved most about our Congressman Richie Neal was that to me and to all of us, he is simply "Richie." In this day and age it is refreshing to have a representative who remembers so vividly where he came from. A leader who is accessible, responsive and listens to his constituents. He is a fixture in the Berkshires, visiting our businesses, speaking to our children in schools and meeting with our local officials.

As a fearless, effective and trusted leader, Nancy Pelosi has proven time and again to be a formidable opponent to the Trump administration and current Republican leadership. It is very clear to me that she trusts our

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Guest Column: Morse Allegations a 'fishy' Story
By Rinaldo Del Gallo, iBerkshires columnist
07:03PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020
  There are vast differences in the way Alex Morse and Richard Neal finance their campaigns in the race for the 1st Congressional District. Morse is a "Justice Democrat" who does not take corporate PAC or lobbyist money. According to Sludge, Neal was the top House recipient of corporate PAC money in 2019. Of the 100 senators, only 10 take in more money from business PACs than Neal, according to Open Secrets.   This is an immensely important issue. Instead, we are dealing with vague allegations of sexual misconduct only three weeks before an election. According to a University of Massachusetts press release, "The allegations that Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse engaged in

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'The Wild One': Wandering Rebel
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:29PM / Thursday, August 20, 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

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The Retired Investor: Home Is Where the Hammer Is
By Bill Schmick,
04:45PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020
Remember those promises of how you were going to finish that deck, remodel the kitchen, or fix that faucet? Well, this year, many Americans finally stopped procrastinating.    It appears that there is at least one silver lining in this pandemic: a boom in home improvements. Take my brother-in-law, for example. He lives in a Maryland suburb with his wife and extended family, which consists of three adult children, plus a bunch of grandchildren. Faced with working from home, the entire family embarked on a do-over to their back yard. During the last few months, they installed an above-ground pool, built a gazebo, and purchased outdoor patio furniture. Since then, the back yard has


State DPH Setting Up Rapid Response Testing Deployment for Schools
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker has been encouraging school systems to in low-transmission areas to start at least some in-person education.  BOSTON — The state is launching a rapid response testing program for all K-12 schools in Massachusetts as part of a package of resources to encourage schools to bring students back into the classrooms.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said the testing program for the novel coronavirus would be made available to the schools based on criteria spelled out by the Department of Public Health in coordination with local boards of health.    "This program will be designed to quickly deliver testing resources for students and

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First Congregational Church of Williamstown Welcomes New Interim Pastor
11:00AM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Rev. Mark Seifried has joined First Congregational Church in Williamstown as an intentional interim minister.  

Seifried has relocated to the Berkshires from Boston, where he most recently served as the interim senior minister at Brighton Allston Congregational Church. In addition to assuming pastoral duties such as leading worship services, counseling and administrative functions, he will assist the congregation in furthering their efforts to advance racial, social, economic and climate justice, explore contemplative practices and an emerging progressive Christian theology, as well as support the church in its search and call processes for a settled


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