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Clark Art Institute Presents New Podcast Series
11:04AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program has premiered a new podcast series this summer.

"In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing" considers art's role in society, how knowledge is shared, the way histories are made, and the personal stakes of scholarship. Each episode offers a lively, in-depth look into the life and mind of a scholar or artist working with art historical or visual material. Discussions touch on guests’ current research projects, career paths, and significant texts, mentors, and experiences that have shaped their thinking. 

The first episode was Aug. 25. Ten more are planned for the first


Freeman Center Continues Fundraiser During Time of Heightened Need
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:23AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a drop at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to the Elizabeth Freeman Center's domestic abuse and sexual assault hotline have returned to the kind of numbers the non-profit saw in the summer of 2019.   If anything, it's getting more calls. And the callers are in greater peril.   "Beginning in May, we started to see a sharp increase in hotline calls, particularly those coming in on the weekends and evening hours," Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick said this week. "We could get between 12 and 15 calls on a weekend alone.   "And the calls were different, too. They're more severe. The violence

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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

@theMarket: Markets Reach for the Sky
By Bill Schmick,
03:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2020
Credit the Fed for this week's bump up in the averages. Technology shares led the charge as usual, shrugging off a sinking economy, higher unemployment and no progress on another bail out. What else is new?   At the annual Jackson Hole Symposium of world central bank leaders, conducted virtually this year, Jerome Powell, the chairman of our central bank, took center stage. In his prepared remarks, Powell announced a shift in the U.S. inflation policy. Rather than using the oft-stated, long-held inflation target of 2 percent, the Fed will now "seek to achieve inflation that averages 2 percent over time."   What's the big deal, you might ask? In laymen's terms,


'Friendly Persuasion': Love, Quaker Style
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:51PM / Friday, August 28, 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


Mount Greylock Still Negotiating with Union on Return to Classes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:39AM / Friday, August 28, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday agreed on a plan for the sports program at the middle/high school but failed to agree on an agreement with the district's teachers about a plan to resume school in September.   After meeting in executive session for more than 2 1/2 hours, the seven-member panel returned to open session to inform the audience viewing its virtual meeting that it would not, as planned, be taking a vote on a memorandum of agreement with the Mount Greylock Educators Association.   "We want to acknowledge first how much everyone … really needs more clarity on our fall plans," committee member Jamie


Williams Removes Two Students for Breaking COVID-19 Protocol; First Round of Student Tests Yield No Positives
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:09PM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has removed two students from campus for violating the school's quarantine order for returning students.   President Maud Mandel made the announcement in an email to the college community on Thursday.   "Over the last few weeks, we've regretfully had to convert two on-campus students to remote study status after they violated the college's quarantine," Mandel wrote in a letter co-signed by Dean Marlene Sandstrom. "Judging from the campus reaction, some people may not understand the reasons for our policies, or may feel we're enforcing them too strictly."   Mandel did not specify the nature of the


Pittsfield Price Rite Closing Next Month
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:40PM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Price Rite Marketplace plans to close its Pittsfield location on Dalton Avenue by Sept. 30.   In a statement Thursday, Daniel Emmer with the supermarket's corporate communications confirmed rumors that the company will be closing the Pittsfield store.   "After 14 years, Price Rite Marketplace of Pittsfield has made the very difficult decision to close the store by September 30, 2020," he wrote. "Price Rite appreciates the loyalty of its customers who have supported the store through the years and its dedicated team members who have worked hard to serve our community."   He added that the company is sharing information


Williamstown Releases Town's Response to Discrimination Complaint
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:37PM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Select Board on Thursday released a redacted version of the town's response to a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.   That complaint that was referenced heavily in a federal discrimination lawsuit filed this month by Sgt. Scott McGowan.   In a two-page statement from the board, it notes that the MCAD complaint by McGowan contained most, but not all, of the allegations eventually included in the lawsuit he filed last week.   "Although we had hoped to release more information from the MCAD proceedings, Sgt. McGowan's counsel has objected to the release of any ‘negative


BCC Offers Networking and Cybersecurity Program
10:57AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is continuing to offer its Networking & Cybersecurity program for students interested in entering the workforce as a network technician and/or as a tier 1 cybersecurity analyst in a Security Operations Center (SOC). 

Students can also elect to transfer to a college or university to further their skills in computer Info Systems (CIS) to become a tier 2 or 3 security analyst or network engineer. On average, entry level analysts start out making about $62,000 a year.

"Anyone who has watched the news in the past couple of years knows why cybersecurity has become so important and the need for cybersecurity analysts is


Berkshire Museum Operating Hours Expand to Five Days Per Week
10:44AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum, which began a phased reopening on Aug. 1, will expand its operating hours to five days per week beginning August 31. 

The new schedule will be as follows:

• Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Saturday,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The museum will continue to close in the middle of each day, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and 1 to 2 p.m. the rest of the week, for a deep cleaning of all public spaces. Through August 29, the Berkshire Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Advance reservations are required to visit the museum. Guests are


Berkshire Money Management Planner Earns Master's in Personal Financial Planning
10:06AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Zack Marcotte, a certified financial planner at Berkshire Money Management, has completed a rigorous course program through the College for Financial Planning, earning a master of science in personal financial planning. 

Marcotte has been with BMM for almost 13 years, beginning his career as an 18-year-old intern.

"Zack has taken every opportunity for continuing education and professional development, and his work ethic is limitless," BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris said. "His dedication directly translates into being able to continually provide individualized and holistic services to our clients, who are like family. They deserve that dedication


Williamstown Affordable Housing Project on Cole Avenue Underway
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:36PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The construction of the affordable housing units is expected to be completed next year. 

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The construction of 41 units of affordable housing at the former Photech mill site is well underway, and completion is anticipated next June, according to the head of Berkshire Housing Developoment Corp.

  The town transferred the property, which sat on the town's books for years after a tax taking, and contributed cash toward the financing of the 330 Cole Ave. development.   When it is finished in the middle of 2021, the project will include 27 housing units restricted to residents making up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income, as calculated

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