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Williamstown Prepares to Protect Potential Post-Election Protests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Thursday, October 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town officials are preparing to protect demonstrators who may take to the streets in the wake of next week's presidential election.   "In Williamstown, there is a long history of visible, responsible and safe civic visibility and protest," Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Select Board at its Monday meeting. "That may well be again something that is exercised next week.   "From a police and community response point of view, we are most well equipped to protect physical safety at the edges of events. If you think about events at Field Park, we can keep vehicles out of the way as appropriate. We provide people an appropriate and


Letter: Vote YES on 2 for Ranked Choice Voting
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020

To the Editor:

Over the past eight years, I have written numerous columns in support of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV): "A case for instant runoff voting," (11/3/12)(Eagle); "Put Instant Runoff Voting on the Ballot," (11/4/14,Taunton Daily Gazette); "A Better Method for Pittsfield Elections," (9/25/15, Berkshire Eagle); "Let's work democratically to create a true democracy," (1/15/17, Eagle); "Become informed on ranked choice voting," (5/19/18, Brattleboro Reformer); "Ranked Choice Voting's time has come," (8/27/18, Eagle); "Fall River's election lesson," (3/22/19, Eagle and Bennington Banner); "Primary


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

Northern Berkshire Union Schools Report Fairly Smooth Reopenings
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:25PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Principals in the Northern Berkshire School Union reported last week that their reopenings have been going well.    Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Florida, Emma L. Miller and Rowe elementary schools reopened for in-person learning in September; Clarksburg has been operating with a hybrid model, largely because some classes are too large to properly distance within the building.    "Clarksburg can can be described as that wading into the beautiful lake, instead of jumping right in like my counterparts in the union, we took our time to reopen this school year with a very staggered, slow start," Clarksburg Principal Tara Barnes told the union


SVMC Name DAISY Award Recipient
01:36PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Registered Nurse Amanda Shakar has been named Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) first recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.   "Our nurses truly pour their whole hearts and minds into the work they do every day," Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer said. "The DAISY Award is a way for SVHC to ensure that our nurses receive recognition and praise for their compassionate and highly skilled work."   Duchene made the announcement earlier this month during a surprise presentation in the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center intensive care unit. Shakar was


Snow Possible for Berkshires on Friday
11:21AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The forecast for this week is "soggy and dreary," according to Accuweather, but don't worry, there's a snowstorm on the way as well.

A combination of a winter storm heading eastward and Tropical Storm Zeta moving up the coast will bring drenching rain and potential snow for the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.   "With a full changeover to snow now anticipated over the mountains, a moderate to heavy accumulation is appearing more likely over the higher terrain into Friday. Such a scenario could weigh down trees that still have a canopy of leaves and lead to power outages," according to Accuweather.   However, a high pressure system could push the wet


Political Sign Removal Sparks Question in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:38AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The one local race on the Nov. 3 ballot has led to accusations of candidate sign stealing.   But the candidate in question says she does not have enough information to be sure what is going on or even whether the sign's disappearance is politically motivated.   That is in part because the scene of the alleged crime was not a resident's lawn but the Town Green, a municipally owned stretch that runs along both sides of Main Street (Route 2), including in front of private residences located east of the Williams College campus to Cole Avenue.   Earlier this fall, a supporter of Elisabeth Beck, a candidate in the only contested election for the


Markey Speaks at Last-Minute Rally in Park Square
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:37PM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Markey is running for a second full term and has visited the Berkshires several times during the campaign. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Edward Markey drove straight from Washington, D.C., to Pittsfield on Tuesday at the tail end of his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate to condemn the Republican administration and promise better days if Democrats win next week.

"This is the birthplace of freedom, right out here in the Berkshires," he said. "In 1776, they declared independence. ... well, our declaration of independence is on Nov. 3, 2020, from Donald Trump."

He was greeted by more than a dozen supporters as he spoke about the importance of the


Williamstown Board Talks Reasons For, Against Replacing Police Chief
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01PM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday gave residents a window into one piece of the numerous conversations the body has been having in executive session since mid-August.   During the public comment portion of the twice-monthly public meeting, Janice Loux pressed the five elected officials to explain whether they individually recommended to the town manager that he remove the chief of police in the wake of allegations raised in a federal lawsuit against the town, town manager and chief.   Loux, one of many community members who have been pushing for the removal of both Chief Kyle Johnson and Town Manager Jason Hoch, was given an opening when Select Board members


Clark Art Names Clark-Getty Fellow
03:02PM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute announced the appointment of Sarah Grandin to a newly created position as the Clark-Getty Curatorial Fellow through a Getty Foundation Grant.    Grandin's appointment provides a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, during which she will assist in the development of a planned 2022–23 exhibition of eighteenth-century French drawings in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France.   "I am thrilled to hone my skills as a curator of graphic arts at the Clark through the Getty Paper Project fellowship," Grandin said. "The collaborative exhibition the Clark has launched to shed light on


Baker Warns of Coronavirus Spread Through Younger Population
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29PM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

I put the MA COVID data in a chart making it easier to spot differences by age category between April and now. That 0-19 age category really sticks out. Question is, does that mean elementary school kids? College students at parties? Original data:

— Steve Koczela (@skoczela) October 27, 2020 BOSTON — The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the over-60 crowd compared to the under-30s has flipped since April.    While this is good news for the state's most at-risk residents, the rising number of cases of the novel coronavirus in younger people is concerning, say public officials, pointing to numerous social


North Berkshire Groups Support Operation Warm for Local Kids
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
04:02AM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Operation Warm coats come in a range of sizes.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A collaboration of local community agencies have ensured that several hundred local children will have warm coats this winter.    The Rotary Clubs of North Adams and Williamstown, Berkshire Community Action Council, Northern Berkshire United Way, Santa Fund and the Elks Club of North Adams provided $4,455 to purchase 300 brand-new winter coats purchased from Operation Warm.    Volunteers from these local groups spent Saturday morning distributing the coats at Berkshire Family and Individual Resources.   "Today has run very efficient and smooth thanks to all our many volunteers

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Williamstown Sign Commission to Begin Review of Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The new signage approved by the Sign Commission for placement on Field Park. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Sign Commission is moving ahead with a plan to bring a revamped bylaw to next year's annual town meeting.   On Thursday, the commission met to deal with a couple of applications and discuss a request from Town Hall to look into a decades-old bylaw that appears to be out of step with current practice.   The commission agreed to designate two of its members to work with town staff and town counsel on a bylaw amendment proposal that the full commission can review and on which it can collect input from the general public.   Community Development Director Andrew


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