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Berkshire County Has 8 Vaccination Sites for Phase 2 Rollout
12:50PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The state has released the expanded sites for COVID-19 vaccinations, including eight in Berkshire County.   Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout begins Monday, Feb. 1, by appointment. Currently there are three "mass vaccination" sites, including one in Springfield. There is expected to be 165 vaccination sites and seven mass vaccination locations by mid-February at public and private entities.    The first priority group in Phase 2 will be residents 75 and older who can begin to schedule vaccination appointments on Wednesday.   The locations in Berkshire County are, with links to online signup, the following:    • North

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update January 22
08:09AM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  January 22, 2021   Digital Discussion with SVHC and

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Feeding the hungry
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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
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Williamstown Moves Ahead on Interim Police Chief Plan, Department Investigation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday decided to hire an interim chief of police while continuing to press forward with an investigation into the Police Department.   Without taking a formal vote, the board expressed a consensus around a plan to bring in a long-term interim chief to help the department move forward while the town completes an evaluation of how it wants policing to look in the future.   That evaluation is being led by a social work researcher who the town is hiring to study the issue and engage the community about its public safety needs. A local social worker who helped the town hire that researcher told the board that the study will take

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Governor Baker's 2021 State of the Commonwealth Address
08:43PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday delivered his State of the Commonwealth address from his office at the Massachusetts State House. Remarks as prepared for delivery:     Good evening. And thank you for joining me for a very different State of the Commonwealth address.   In a normal year, I'd be delivering this speech in the House Chamber to members of the House and Senate, the Cabinet, the Governor's Council, and our friends and families.   But this is not a normal year. So, I'm sharing my thoughts with you from my office here in the State House.   Tonight's address is just one more example of a gathering – a ritual of coming

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Williamstown Employees Resign After Complaint; Board Member Leaving
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Monday, January 25, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two employees of the town resigned Monday in the wake of a complaint about employee conduct.   And one member of the five-person Select Board will be leaving his post a year ahead of schedule.   Those were the surprises to emerge from a meeting that mostly focused on the town's efforts to investigate accusations of wrongdoing in its police department and develop a plan to replace its recently retired chief.   Select Board Chair Jane Patton announced the employees' departure at the start of the meeting.   Patton later said the town is just at the start of investigating the latest complaint and she was not at liberty to provide any

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State Moves Residents 65-and-Older Ahead in Vaccination Line
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47PM / Monday, January 25, 2021

Map of scheduled vaccination sites. The online map is expected to be updated with this locations later this week.  BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced that the commonwealth is moving residents age at least 65 ahead in the line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.   Individuals 65 and older will be moved into the second priority group for Phase 2 of the state's vaccination plan, which is expected to begin on Monday, Feb. 1.   The first priority group in Phase 2 will be residents 75 and older. They can begin to schedule vaccination appointments on Wednesday, Baker said at his daily COVID-19 press briefing.   According to the change in priorities

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Williamstown Fire District Reviewing OPM Candidates
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Monday, January 25, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District has received responses from nine architects interested in serving as the owner's project manager for a proposed fire station project and could have one on board as soon as March.   Treasurer Corydon Thurston on Wednesday reported to the Prudential Committee that members of the district's Building Committee have begun reviewing responses to its request for proposals and will meet next Thursday to begin discussing the applicants.   "The objective is that committee will determine how to evaluate proposals and narrow it to a couple of finalists," Thurston said. "We hope that will be done by the first week of February

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Stockbridge-Munsee Representative Talks With Williamstown's DIRE Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Monday, January 25, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Heather Bruegel looks forward to the day she can bring the story of her people to the people who occupy her homeland.   Bruegl, the director of cultural affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, met with the town's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee on Thursday to talk about how to take advantage of the new Stockbridge-Munsee extension office on Spring Street.   "In a perfect, non-pandemic world, we'd be able to gather in Williamstown," Bruegl said from her office in Wisconsin. "Every year, we host a powwow here in Wisconsin, obviously we didn't have it last year. I wouldn't envision a

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New Chef Jackson Changing Up Menu at Williams Inn
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:29AM / Sunday, January 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams Inn is looking toward the future with the addition of chef Daniel Jackson and the return of Sunday brunch.     "We got into this industry because we like to make people happy. So let's do that even though we are up against a pandemic," Cory Amman, the inn's director of sales said. "I think chef Dan has that same passion and desire ... I think he is passionate about people loving food and making that creation for them."   Jackson, who moved back to the area this summer, has more than 25 years of culinary experience. He most recently was a private chef for a former U.S. ambassador. His assignments brought

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Regional Planning Commission Tackling County Housing Issue
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:27AM / Saturday, January 23, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is taking steps to address the ever-growing problem of housing that Berkshire County faces.

"What we have been hearing and learning is that housing is becoming increasingly a problem in Berkshire County," Executive Director Tom Matuszko said at Thursday's commission meeting. "And a problem for a number of different ways and a number of different venues."

BRPC has partnered with countywide economic development organization 1Berkshire to develop a regional housing strategy, a policy that will set the stage for solutions and legislative support. The commission's former director, Nathaniel Karns

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@theMarket: Equities Register New Highs, Until They Don't
By Bill Schmick,
03:25PM / Friday, January 22, 2021

New highs are getting so common that investors are disappointed when markets fail to achieve them at least weekly. That should tell you something about the future direction of stocks, at least in the short term.

As investors piled into stocks again this week in anticipation of unending spending by the federal government, it might be time to take a few profits. Don't take that statement the wrong way. I am not calling for an end to this run-up in stocks. I think we could actually kiss the 4,000 level on the S&P 500 Index before we face a really big correction.

But that is only about a 3.5 percent move higher from here, something we could do between now and February if we get more

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BART Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
01:02PM / Friday, January 22, 2021

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 - 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.

The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 - 10 is Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.

More information on the school’s enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org. Despite COVID-19 closures, teaching and learning continues at BART and enrollment is moving forward as usual. Please reach out to the Enrollment Team with any questions.

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