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Wednesday's Snowstorm Could Drop Up to a Foot
Staff Reports,
08:58AM / Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Sure, we've said it before, but the Berkshires may really get some snow this week.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued a storm watch beginning Wednesday afternoon and is forecasting accumulations in excess of 7 inches over the region.    Accuweather is describing it as "the most significant winter storm in several years" that could cause "near blizzard conditions" in parts of New York State and southern New England.    The storm will begin in the Ohio Valley and the southern Appalachians during Tuesday night and east through Wednesday.    Snow is expected to begin falling through Southern New England and the

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Williamstown Police Chief Resigns, Litigant Says He Will Drop Suit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:26PM / Monday, December 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police Chief Kyle Johnson is stepping down immediately from his post, and the police sergeant whose lawsuit sparked months of criticism of the WPD announced his intention to withdraw the suit.   Johnson's departure was announced early in Monday's Select Board meeting by Town Manager Jason Hoch, who, along with Johnson and the town, is a named defendant in a federal discrimination lawsuit brought by Sgt. Scott McGowan.   That lawsuit, which came to light in August, raised allegations of sexual misconduct and racist behaviors in the WPD that touched off months of protest in the North Berkshire community.   McGowan, who released his statement

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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
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Ultra-Cold Freezer at BMC Ready for COVID-19 Vaccine
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Monday, December 14, 2020

Ninety-six year old World War II Veteran Margaret Klessens is the first VA patient nationwide to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, at VA Bedford Healthcare System today at 12:07PM.

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— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) December 14, 2020 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center was prepared Monday for the first delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19.   The vaccine, given emergency authorization for use last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, must be kept at super cold temperatures of at least minus-70 degree Celsius. It's being distributed in a packaging — the so-called "pizza box" — that will allow doses to be kept

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update Dec. 11
10:17AM / Monday, December 14, 2020
  December 11, 2020   COVID-19 UPDATE: Vaccine News &

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Mount Greylock School Committee Talks About Long-Term Enrollment Trend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Monday, December 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Like most school districts, Mount Greylock is working every day to figure out how to get through the challenge of the next week in the COVID-19 pandemic.   Last week, the School Committee took some time to look at the difficulties the district will face in the next 10 to 20 years.   First-year Superintendent Jason McCandless used the opportunity of an often routine report on enrollment to talk about concerning long-term decline in student population that the two-town district can foresee over the next couple of decades.   He pointed to projections from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission that show the district's enrollment falling to 783

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Veteran Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Andrea Esposito
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:33PM / Sunday, December 13, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was an absolute pleasure to recently interview Andrea Esposito, who served 15 years in the Army and retired with the rank of staff sergeant. She was welcoming, outgoing and provided an excellent overview on her extraordinary military service as we met at Soldier On.   Her career is impressive as she had to overcome a great many obstacles in her life and used those experiences to excel as a leader in the Army.    Esposito grew up in North Haven, Conn., and enlisted in May 1985. Her basic training was at the famed Fort Dix in New Jersey, where she was in one of the first female companies at Fort Dix.   "I used humor and laughter to get

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Williamstown Planners Told to Focus on 'Micro' Model for Pot Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:01AM / Sunday, December 13, 2020

Anne Hogeland, bottom, addresses the Williamstown Planning Board and Town Planer Andrew Groff, top left. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For more than a year, the Planning Board has been hearing from people with strong opinions about whether the town should allow outdoor cannabis cultivation.   On Thursday, one member made a plea for comments who are not quite as invested in the issue.   "I'd like to hear from the massive middle of people," Peter Beck said.   "We're going to hear those [strong advocates], and there's a reason they're the ones who are most interested. But you've got a much larger portion of the town. … That's the

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@theMarket: Same Old Stimulus Song
By Bill Schmick,
01:00PM / Saturday, December 12, 2020
Investors should know better by now. Stimulus talks have been going on since July 2020, but politicians in the capital appear to be stuck on the same old issues. Unfortunately, the deadline for a 2020 compromise bill is less than three weeks away.   It is anyone's guess whether the nation's economic and pandemic plight will win over partisan politics. It hasn't so far. The financial markets are not taking kindly to failure at this point. The all-time highs we have been enjoying for the last two weeks have been built on investors' near certainty that at least $900 billion in new Federal stimulus money would be forthcoming shortly.   Those funds were supposed to help

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Mount Greylock School Committee Invites Public to Comment on Field Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40PM / Friday, December 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee is offering one more chance for proponents and opponents of an artificial turf field to make their cases before the panel decides whether to put the project out to bid.   On Tuesday, the School Committee settled on a format for a pair of special meetings to be held on Monday, Dec. 14, at 5 and 7 p.m.   The 5 p.m. session will provide an opportunity for one hour of comments from community members who sign up in advance. At 7 p.m., the committee will hear two 15-minute presentations — one for a synthetic field and one against — followed by 30 minutes for School Committee members to ask questions of

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The Retired Investor: Markets Ignore China Sanctions
By Bill Schmick,
01:08PM / Friday, December 11, 2020
During the past few weeks of this presidency, both the Trump administration and Congress have levied additional sanctions against the People's Republic of China. Financial markets and U.S. corporations have largely ignored those efforts; here's why.   Investors have learned over the past four years that tough talk on trade tariffs, blacklisting and other threats were largely ineffectual in curtailing the world's second largest economy. The facts are that U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods have been a failure. Our trade deficit with China is higher now than it was before the trade wars.   China's trade gap with the U.S. was 43 percent bigger in September, for example,

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Mingo's Sports Bar Hosting To-Go Pasta Dinner to Benefit State Street Tavern
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Friday, December 11, 2020

Bob Cellana, left, Mingo's manager Morgan Leveque and Dennis St. Pierre. Leveque helped spearhead the fundraiser to help the beleaguered T.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A few local bars haven't had the ability to reopen under the state's pandemic guidelines.    And that's left the State Street Tavern — where everyone is sure to know your name — dark since March.   Determined to see the neighborhood bar's doors reopen, another local establishment, Mingo's Sports Bar and Grill, hopes to rally the community behind its distressed colleague.     "This will help get us through the winter," co-owner Dennis

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Williamstown Board of Health Opts Not to Pursue At-Home Testing Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Friday, December 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Board of Health on Wednesday declined to look into a state-sponsored program that allows municipalities to purchase at-home COVID-19 test kits.   The main reason the idea did not garner much interest among the board members is that between the time it posted the Wednesday morning meeting and the time it actually met, the commonwealth announced that its Stop the Spread testing program is expanding to three sites in Berkshire County, including North Adams.   "Like everything else going on with COVID these days, events have moved beyond this," Williamstown Health Inspector Jeff Kennedy told the board. "Since this meeting was

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