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Williamstown, Fire District Set Tax Rates for Fiscal 2021
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Wednesday, September 02, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The average property owner in Williamstown will see her taxes rise by about $87 in fiscal 2021.    The Select Board on Monday voted to maintain a single tax rate that for this fiscal year will be $17.30 per $1,000 valuation, down 30 cents from last year and 75 cents over the prior two years.    "I will say that typically when values go up, the tax rate goes down as long as the levy is kept to some sort of reasonable increase," said Town Assessor Christopher Lamarre. "And, obviously, this year the increase is very nominal."   The full tax levy will be $17,988, 059 to fund the spending plan passed earlier by voters. This


Markey, Neal Win Democratic Primaries
Staff Reports,
10:13PM / Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Congressman Neal's win in the primary means he will serve another term since there is no challenger in the general election.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal have won their primaries by large margins against U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, respectively.   The progressive senator had been down in the polls earlier this summer and there had been speculation the storied Kennedy name would aid in putting the 4th Mass District representative into the Senate chamber.    Each racked up a long list of endorsements, with the younger Kennedy getting a late boost from Speaker of the House Nancy


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

Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Agreement with Union on Start of School
By Stephen Dravis,
10:24AM / Tuesday, September 01, 2020
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Tuesday approved a memorandum of agreement with the district's union that lays out the plan for the start of the school year for students this month.   On a vote of 4-2, the committee OKed a proposal negotiated by interim Superintendent Robert Putnam with the Mount Greylock Educators Association that will have all general education classes conducted remotely from Sept. 16 through Oct. 2 in the PreK-12 district.   Starting on Monday, Oct. 5, the school district will open the schoolhouse doors for in-person instruction on a hybrid basis with students in the buildings for up to two days per week


Labor Day: Make Investments Work as Hard as You Do
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:53AM / Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Labor Day is almost here. Of course, this year, the holiday may have a different impact, given the employment-related stress and disruptions stemming from the coronavirus. Yet, it's good to recognize the value of work and its importance in achieving your life's goals. But if you're going to retire comfortably and reach your other financial objectives, you also need to invest – and your investments need to work as hard as you do.   To help make this happen, you need to know why you're investing in the first place. You likely have a variety of financial goals, including short-term ones – a long vacation, a new car – and long-term ones, such as a


Williamstown Residents Renew Call for Investigation of Police Department
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:01PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nearly 20 residents on Monday made often impassioned pleas for the town to take action regarding allegations of sexual harassment and racism in the town's Police Department.    The Select Board spent nearly two hours listening to some of the 70 people who dialed in to participate in the remote meeting, with many of those speaking calling for Police Chief Kyle Johnson and Town Manager Jason Hoch to be placed on administrative leave and an independent investigation to be launched.    "I'm asking you to get off your hands and make a statement and do something that's going to bring back the confidence and the security of the women


Pittsfield Man Dies From Injuries in Sunday Motorcycle Accident
04:22PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Pittsfield man died after his motorcycle struck a guardrail on Sunday afternoon.    Sean Depson, 40, apparently lost control of the motorcycle he was driving on New Ashford Road around noon.   Depson was riding with others at the time and police say preliminary evidence indicates that speed was likely the leading factor to the collision.   According to a release from the Berkshire district attorney's office, Williamstown Police responded to the single-vehicle crash at about 12:17 p.m. A landing zone was initially set up at Mount Greylock Regional School for a medical helicopter, according to scanner reports, but then Northern Berkshire


SVMC: Covid-19 Briefs Aug. 31
03:31PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
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MCLA Welcomes Students Back, Implements COVID-19 Precautions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:27AM / Monday, August 31, 2020

MCLA has signs around the campus reminding everyone to mask up and social distance. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Move-in weekend at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has generally been a celebratory affair as hundreds of students show up with parents and family in tow to prepare for the fall semester.    This year was a low-key affair as the annual event played out over several days with staggered arrivals and mandated COVID-19 testing — another sign of the changes wrought by the novel coronavirus pandemic.    "It looks very different, we've spread out moving over a few more days," said Gina Puc, dean of enrollment management and community


Chilling Snow Storm Draws Apprehensive Avian Migrants
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
08:00PM / Sunday, August 30, 2020

Cylindrical mesh thistle feeder will serve six finches here served at one time. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If ever there was a snow storm to remember it was that of early May in our Berkshires.   Forewarned by the aggressive weather watchers to inform us of the approaching tempest, one may wonder how our birds reacted to atmospheric signs that animals first perceive. Flocking birds of assorted genera appeared stunned by the daunting freeze that enveloped both the world of people and the spring migrating birds eager to resume nesting and procreation of their progeny.   All night the swirling snow fell in the valleys and foothills, and I felt concern for our cheerful charmers


Letter: Vote For Alex Morse
01:00PM / Sunday, August 30, 2020

To the Editor:

Here is a letter to support voting for Alex Morse in the Sept. 1 Massachusetts primary for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives' First Congressional District.

As a sometimes songwriter, my recent song, "Ripped," expresses why we should vote Morse on Sept. 1:

Name is Rip Van Winkle.
Just had a little dream.
How long have I been sleeping?
Seems like the same ol’ scene.

Does anyone care
That the world is still at war?
Or have we learned to share?
Do the rich ever grift and hoard?

Name is Rip Van Winkle ...

Which criminals are in office?
Are they the usual losers?
Or have they been locked up
Like the drug pushers?

Name is Rip Van Winkle


Letter: Morse Will Bring Progressive Values to Washington
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Sunday, August 30, 2020

To the Editor:

Too young. Too queer. Wait my turn.

Those are statements I heard too often during my 2019 campaign to represent Ward 5 on the Pittsfield City Council.

The barriers to running for office as a young, openly gay man are considerable, but thanks to decades of community advocacy and trailblazing politicians, they are no longer insurmountable. Prominent among that group, and prominent in Western Mass, is Alex Morse, the 31-year-old progressive mayor of Holyoke and current candidate for U.S. Congress in our district.

The insults I heard last year are the same ones Mayor Morse has fought to overcome every day since his election nine years ago. Most recently, the College


BCC to Offer New Certificate Programs This Fall
11:11AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will be offering two new certificate programs in the 2020-2021 academic year, including Law Enforcement and Mental Health Worker certificates – in addition to the Cannabis Industry certificate, which is now offering a second year cohort model this fall.

The Law Enforcement certificate falls under the Criminal Justice program. The certificate was developed and ratified by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Training and Education Committee as an important step in their goal to have a better educated and more professional workforce in the commonwealth. The certificate combines specialized criminal justice and general


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