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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Raises Issue of Police at School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Although the year is starting remotely for the town's public school students, members of the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee are raising concerns about the police presence at the buildings kids will attend as soon as Oct. 5.   It is a topic that has been mentioned before in town and Mount Greylock Regional School District forums, but the comments at last week's DIRE Committee meeting were as strong as any to date in an official forum.   "I have people who have reached out to me that are afraid to bring their kids to the school because there are police officers there," Jeffrey Johnson said. "I'm just trying to

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Pupil Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Pine Cobble School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
05:52PM / Tuesday, September 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Tuesday evening, Pine Cobble School confirmed a third member of its community, a pupil, has tested positive for COVID-19.   Head of School Sue Wells informed iBerkshires.com of the positive test of a kindergarten student.   Earlier in the day, the Wells notified the media that a second kindergarten teacher had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.   The first positive test of a kindergarten teacher prompted the private elementary school to go fully remote for at least two weeks starting Monday.   That first test came back on Saturday, three days after a teacher in the kindergarten went home from school with a fever.   At that time, the

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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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Wednesday Presentation to Give Alternatives for Bennington-Williamstown Bike Path Idea
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, September 15, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Residents on both sides of the state line Wednesday will have a chance to learn about an idea for a bicycle path linking Bennington to Williamstown, Mass., and, perhaps even, someday, Lanesborough, Mass.   It will be some time before the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail is extended in Massachusetts from Adams through North Adams to link with a crosstown trail set to break ground in Williamstown next year.   And it will be years before a similar path could be built in Southwestern Vermont.   But that proposed journey of 35 miles takes a lot of steps, even before shovels go in the ground.   And on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., the Bennington County Regional

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Drop in Families Opting for Remote Learning Has Mount Greylock Officials 'Scrambling'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Tuesday, September 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An increase in the number of families planning to send their children for in-person instruction is raising concerns of a budget hit for the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   At Thursday's School Committee meeting, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Joelle Brookner told the panel that the administration was a "bit surprised" by the results of the most recent survey of families about their preferences for the academic year.   About half as many families as in a prior survey indicated a preference for remote instruction only in 2020-21. Currently, there are 24 of 181 pupils at Lanesborough Elementary School (13 percent) opting

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North Adams Turns Out for Abbreviated Freeman Center Walk
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:23PM / Monday, September 14, 2020

Police Chief Jason Wood gets ready for the walk.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nearly three dozen community members took the street on Monday night to walk a symbolic mile to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center and the victims of domestic violence it serves.   The annual fundraiser — Walk A Mile (in Her Shoes) — has been held for a decade in Pittsfield during one of the monthly Third Thursday events. Hundreds of people have participated in marching along North Street, with speakers, music and other activities.   The era of COVID-19 forced that to change, as it has so many social activities, and the center turned to virtual walks and a set of smaller groups

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Single Positive COVID-19 Test Prompts Pine Cobble School to Go Remote
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32PM / Monday, September 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Out of an abundance of caution, Pine Cobble School has moved to remote instruction for two weeks after one teacher last week tested positive for COVID-19.   The school received word on Saturday that a teacher who went home with a fever had tested positive on Friday for the novel coronavirus, according to Head of School Sue Wells.   That teacher's class had been remote since the instructor went home on Wednesday. The rest of the school, which opened for classes on Sept. 8, began a two-week period of remote instruction on Monday.   On Tuesday, Pine Cobble reported that a second faculty member, in the same grade as the first teacher who tested

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Williamstown's Monday Committees Take a Break
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:47AM / Monday, September 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It will be a quiet evening in town government on Monday with two high-profile committees electing not to hold previously scheduled meetings.   The Select Board last week canceled its regular twice-monthly meeting due to a lack of public business to conduct, and the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee decided to take a week off after holding a midweek session last Wednesday.   "The only agenda item for a public session would have been to approve some minutes, so we decided not to convene just for that," Select Board Chair Jane Patton said in an email replying to a request for comment about the cancellation.   Her board has

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Q&A: New Williamstown Elementary Principal Finds Great Team in Place
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:12AM / Sunday, September 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Changing jobs in the middle of a global pandemic can be tough. Moving 2,000 miles to do so is even tougher.   But Kristen Thompson was motivated to make a move and is dedicated to making the most of the opportunity to serve as principal at Williamstown Elementary School.   And she has found a community of like-minded professionals ready to take on the challenge of teaching in the COVID-19 era when students return for remote instruction on Wednesday.   "If I've learned one thing being at WES in this short amount of time, it is that we have a staff of absolutely dedicated, motivated and supportive teachers on staff here," Thompson

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Williams College Officials Pleased with Students' Compliance as Semester Begins
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Saturday, September 12, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Williams College got down to the business of feeding students' minds.   Feeding their bellies was almost as much of a challenge.   "I would say the hardest part of all this, actually, is how to feed students in this new environment," Williams Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration Matt Sheehy said on Thursday afternoon. "My colleague, Temesgen Araya, our new dining director, had the toughest job and just did amazing work — when you think about taking what is a traditional, buffet-served environment and having to flip it on its head and say, ‘How do you do to-go ordering, mobile ordering,'

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Williamstown Community Chest Collects for Local Food Pantries
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37PM / Friday, September 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A global pandemic can stop the Williamstown Community Chest from holding its annual fun run this weekend.   But it cannot stop the venerable non-profit from figuring out new ways to serve the community.   On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on all three remaining Saturdays this month, the Community Chest will accept donations for the town's food pantries and thank donors with a coupon for a "sweet treat" at a local shop.   "What would usually be happening tomorrow is our annual Fun Run," Executive Director Anne Singleton said on Friday morning. "It's a kickoff for our fund-raising campaign and it gives people

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Youth Soccer League Offering Competitive Opportunity for High Schoolers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, September 11, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As a dad, Stephen Nesbit knows how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for youngsters.   As an officer in the North Adams Soccer Club, he can do something about it.   "I'm a father, I have a 9-year-old and a 16-year-old," Nesbit said on Thursday morning. "Kids have been trapped in the house since March. They want to get out and run around with their friends. We're giving them a responsible option for that."   The NASC and its corresponding youth groups throughout the county are working to put together competitive opportunities for players of all ages, up to and including high schoolers, who likely will not have the

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Pushes for Transparency on Town, Police Issues
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Friday, September 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee on Wednesday voted to call on the town to update the Police Department's policy in an effort to increase transparency.   It also filed a few requests for public record, including the committee's second request for access to the town's personnel policies and procedures.   Andrew Art, who has taken the lead in drafting the committee's requests for information from the town, told his colleagues Wednesday that while the DIRE Committee has received information on policies specific to the Williamstown Police Department, its inquiries for more general personnel policies have gone on

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