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New Chief of Cardiology Joins Berkshire Health Systems
10:52AM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Peter Chien as the new division chief of cardiology at Berkshire Medical Center. 

Dr. Chien, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist, joins the BMC medical staff and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC. He is partnered with doctors Kyle Cooper, Andrew Potash, Georgianne Valli-Harwood and Shyama Wickramaaratchi at Cardiology Professional Services of BMC, and he is accepting new patients in need of cardiac care.

Chien has previously held leadership roles in several organizations and most recently practiced as a non-invasive cardiologist at York Hospital in York, Maine.

He is


Massachusetts Requiring Students Have Flu Vaccination
05:44PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2020
BOSTON — State public health officials on Wednesday announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending child care, preschool, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities.    State Department of Public Health officials say the new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by Dec. 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are


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 Apothecary Set to Open on Wednesday
12:19AM / Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Apothecary, a new retail pharmacy in Williamstown, will open on Wednesday, Aug. 19. 

The Williamstown Apothecary is a collaboration between Berkshire Health Systems and Williams College that will expand access to prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and many other products, in close proximity to the Williams campus. The Williamstown Apothecary is located at 72 Spring St. in Williamstown, a property owned by the college.

The hours of operation for the Williamstown Apothecary are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

"Williams has been excited to work


Williamstown Town Meeting Rejects Pot Bylaws
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:46PM / Tuesday, August 18, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After voting against the idea of delaying action on a pair of competing marijuana zoning bylaws and sending them back to the Planning Board, town meeting Tuesday voted down both proposals … and put the issue back in the lap of the Planning Board after all.

Williamstown's first recorded outdoor town meeting, held at Williams College's Weston Field athletic complex, started with the members facing conflicting bylaw amendments: one, proposed by the Planning Board, which would have placed tougher restrictions on indoor production of cannabis and eliminated outdoor cultivation in all the town's zoning districts and a second, drafted by the


Neal Says House Bill Will Prevent Changes in Postal Service
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:47PM / Tuesday, August 18, 2020

State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier flank the congressman. Both spoke to the necessity of the Postal Service and secure elections.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal used the U.S. Postal Service facility on Fenn Street as a background to underscore the vote he plans to make on Saturday to ensure reliable voting by mail.   "Ballot access in a representative democracy is fundamental and some of the proposed changes ... seem to me to as though they hint strongly at voter suppression," Neal said, with state Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier beside him.    Specifically, Neal was in the

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Williamstown Select Board Issues Statement on Police Lawsuit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:00AM / Tuesday, August 18, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Tuesday morning issued a statement calling allegations in a federal lawsuit against the town "disheartening" and committing to "prioritize our efforts to be transparent on these issues."   The board met Monday for more than three hours in executive session in a virtual meeting attended by the outside counsel retained to represent Williamstown in an action brought by Sgt. Scott McGowan, an 18-year veteran of the town police whose filing alleges racism, sexual assault and gender discrimination — in particular by the chief of police, who is named as a defendant in the suit.   McGowan's suit, which also

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Getting the Most Out of a Telemed Visit
By Dr. Bob Schwartz,
05:34AM / Tuesday, August 18, 2020

If you have a medical issue or it's time for your annual physical, the staff in your medical provider's office may recommend a telemedicine appointment. Also known as virtual visit or telehealth appointment, telemedicine allows you to meet with your provider by using the video chat function on an Internet-enabled computer, laptop, or smartphone.

Here's what you need to know to make the most of this new type of appointment.

Before you agree to a telehealth appointment, be sure that you know how your insurance will cover it. Most insurers are covering telemedicine appointments in the same way as in-person ones. The office staff likely has the information on hand and can share it


What Does an Unplanned Career Transition Mean for You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
05:27AM / Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has unsettled the country's employment picture for months and will likely continue to do so for a while. However, the nature and terminology of this disruption varies greatly among individuals – some have seen their jobs disappear, others have been "furloughed" and still others have been offered an early retirement. 

If you're in this final group – those either offered, or feeling forced to accept, an early retirement, how should you respond? 

Try to look at your situation holistically, rather than strictly in a short-term manner. Consider these four areas:

• Retirement: What does retirement really look like to you? Are you


Tanglewood Wraps Up Virtual Season
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
05:21AM / Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival will enter its eighth and final week with a broad selection of state-of-the-art digital audio and video streams. These performances were recorded at Tanglewood’s dramatic spaces at the superbly designed Linde Center – a constituent part of the BSO's/Tanglewood’s new entity, the Tanglewood Learning Institute. Other concerts will include performances previously recorded and archived by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. 

A unique, all-encompassing digital music festival, the wide range of programming replicates a choice selection of the previously announced 2020 live performances Tanglewood had hoped to present this

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McCann Technical Adopts Hybrid Model for School Reopening
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Tuesday, August 18, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School students will return to school Wednesday, Sept. 16, in person but only for vocational programming.   Principal Justin Kratz said on Monday that the School Committee last week approved a hybrid learning plan that would have students return to school only for shops.   "They [School Committee] voted and approved moving ahead with a plan that we do not have completely finalized yet," he said. "But our plan is to pursue remote learning for academics and then hybrid in person for vocational."   He said shops would rotate weekly with Grades 9 and 12 in school one week and Grades 10 and 11 the other


Williamstown DIRE Committee Calls for Inquiry of Police Allegations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Tuesday, August 18, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In just the fourth meeting of its existence and just five days after explosive allegations against the town's Police Department came to light, the Diversity, Inclusion, Race and Equity Committee on Monday passed its first resolutions.   One measure calls on the town to re-evaluate and revise the way it tells its own history in light of the historic presence and forced removal of indigenous people.   The second resolution demands that the town hold an independent, third-party investigation to look at the allegations raised in a federal lawsuit filed by Sgt. Scott McGowan.   The first resolution was an extension of the discussion the committee

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Letter: Vote Yes on 33, No on 34
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, August 17, 2020

To the Editor:

If you can do so safely, please attend Williamstown's annual town meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. (in person only) and stay to vote on proposed marijuana bylaws Article 33 (Limited Indoor) and Article 34 (Widespread Outdoor). The only sensible path forward is YES on 33 and NO (or postpone) 34.

We should not agree to postpone Article 33 until next year's town meeting. We'll need Article 33's insurance in the meantime against the intense development pressures we've already seen big cannabis bring to town.

Tabling Article 33 means we'd automatically revert to our woefully deficient 2017 bylaw with virtually no local zoning control (except ZBA general


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