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Baker: No End to Labor of Stopping Virus, No Quick Route to a Vaccine
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:59PM / Thursday, September 03, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Labor Day weekend message from Gov. Charlie Baker was clear on Thursday: The work of containing COVID-19 continues.   Baker used his now semi-daily encounters with the capital press corps to renew his call for vigilance around practices of hygiene, social distancing and face coverings that experts say will limit the spread of the novel coronavirus responsible for killing 8,800 Bay State residents and 185,000 Americans overall.   He also acknowledged that a life governed by those practices "stinks."   "We know that many of our residents are tired," said Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo, who joined Baker at the news conference.

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The Retired Investor: Mask Mania Helps Small Business
By Bill Schmick,
02:39PM / Thursday, September 03, 2020
There was a time, when obtaining a protective mask to combat the spread of the coronavirus was almost impossible. That time has passed. Today, as more than half the country requires citizens to wear them, masks have become essential and almost a fashion statement.   Back in March of this year, as COVID-19 raged across the country, first-responders were desperate for all kinds of protective gear. In the Berkshires, where I sit, a cottage industry developed. Volunteers on home sewing machines were producing masks and delivering them to the local hospitals. Various small businesses around the nation were also producing masks. Originally, their motives were purely altruistic, simply to

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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
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'The Last Picture Show': End Credits in a Texas Town
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:20PM / Thursday, September 03, 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

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Thursday, September 03, 2020

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 7. Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states to

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CATA Annual Art Show Opens At The Clark Art Institute
08:55AM / Thursday, September 03, 2020

 

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents its annual art show "I Am a Part of Art" at the Clark Art Institute featuring more than 50 paintings and drawings by artists with disabilities from across Berkshire County and Columbia County, N.Y.   The exhibit hangs at the Clark Art Institute's Lunder Center at Stone Hill from Aug. 29 through Oct. 25. An online, multimedia version of the exhibit will launch in mid-September at CATAarts.org. The virtual component will include behind-the-scenes photos, video commentary from CATA artists, and digital "art talks" from guest curators at the Clark Art Institute and Community

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Williamstown, College Coordinating COVID-19 Effort
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Thursday, September 03, 2020

One of a dozen public service messages displayed on Spring Street. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A longtime member of the town's Board of Health on Wednesday said he is happy with the lines of communication between the town and Williams College as the school continues to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester.   Dr. Erwin Stuebner also said that while it was unfortunate the college had to change the status of two students to remote learning because of violations of Williams' COVID-19 protocols, it is also encouraging to see the institution take that step.   "[Williams President Maud Mandel] had a communication to the community about that,"

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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

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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

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Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Agreement with Union on Start of School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
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

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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

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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

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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

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