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The Independent Investor: If You Are Laid Off, Read This
By Bill Schmick,
06:39PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020
As of the end of April, more than 30 million Americans have joined the ranks of the unemployed. Companies have closed, while the pandemic has forced many employees to remain at home. If you are one of the jobless victims of this pandemic, here is some advice on your next steps you might take.   First off, do not panic. If there was ever a time for this to happen, it is now. The federal government has provided you with a list of additional benefits that can help you through this unfortunate period. But the first things you want to know is will there be a severance package? If there is, the amount of  money you receive will most likely be determined on your length of employment. It

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May Is Mental Health Month; Time to Maintain 'Connection' During Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020
BOSTON — You do not hear much about the up side of a global pandemic, but Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday was able to inject a note of levity into his daily COVID-19 update.   "I've tried for years to get my three kids to read books — wildly unsuccessfully," Baker said. "My daughter and a friend of hers [recently] decided to start a book club because it would give the two of them plus a number of their friends a reason to chat every night, something to talk about.   "They have now been reading books for a couple of weeks, talking every single night about what they're reading in the books they've got. They even asked me what I would

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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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Williams College Geosciences Professor Wins NSF Grant
04:58PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — José Constantine, associate professor of geosciences at Williams College, has been awarded a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation. 

The two-year grant, in collaboration with Claire Masteller, assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, totals $299,000, with $135,000 to support Constantine's research on why rivers move, jump, and reshape the landscape and the impact that has on communities.

Constantine's project, titled "Invisible Floods on the Mississippi River Floodplain: Unravelling the Causes of Urban Flooding in a Community-Centered Approach to Geomorphology," aims

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'Sullivan's Travels': Goes First Class
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:19PM / Thursday, April 30, 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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Big Y Appoints Sheffield Woman as New Marketing Leader
12:09PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y Foods has appointed Sarah Steven of Sheffield as senior director of marketing. 

In this new capacity, Steven will oversee all aspects of marketing across the company’s brands of Big Y World Class Markets, Big Y Express Gas and Convenience, Fresh Acres specialty market and Table & Vine wines and spirits. As such, she will lead the marketing team to further develop the brand's digital initiatives, including programming to support the launch of e-commerce. Her work on the brand will ensure that Big Y continues to grow its customer base within existing markets as it expands to new regions in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

"I am excited

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Barrington Stage Postpones Part of 2020 Summer Season
11:27AM / Thursday, April 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage is postponing its previously announced 2020 season until the summer of 2021 but is moving forward with late-summer and fall productions with new procedures in place.

"We think there is a strong need to do an alternate season that honors live theater, that allows us to assemble safely and reminds us we are not alone in this self-isolated world we find ourselves in," Artistic Director Julianne Boyd said in an email to supporters. "We want to give you a safe place where you can experience wonderful stories and music and for a few short hours transport you to a different world."

In the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage theater, Barrington

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Williamstown Fire District Gets Input from Town Manager on Building Process
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:40AM / Thursday, April 30, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town manager Tuesday shared some insights into the process the town followed to build a new police station in order to inform the Prudential Committee about how it might proceed with its plans to replace the Water Street fire house.   The committee, which oversees the Williamstown Fire District, has followed a slightly different path than the town, but there are lessons the panel was able to take away from the discussion.   The principal takeaway was that the Prudential Committee is on the right track with its plan to seek an owner's project manager to help move the project alone.   Town Manager Jason Hoch verified that the district could

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Polito, Baker Discuss How 'Reopening' Board Will Function
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33PM / Wednesday, April 29, 2020
BOSTON — One day after naming an advisory board to develop a phased approach for reopening the commonwealth, state officials provided some insight into how they see that board operating.   At Wednesday's press availability, Gov. Charlie Baker was asked whether he was concerned that the 17-person panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito might not have a wide enough cross section of the commonwealth's economy.   Polito explained that the members of the advisory board will be conduits for information.   "For instance, if you are a restaurant owner, you would navigate to the representative on the board who has that experience level," Polito said. "We

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Williamstown Encouraging Voters to Obtain Mail-In Ballots
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Wednesday, April 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday discussed the possibility of cutting back on polling hours for the annual town election that already has been postponed to June in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   And town officials strongly advised voters to take advantage of the mail-in voting already under way.   Town Clerks Mary Kennedy and Nicole Pedercini addressed the board at its twice-monthly virtual meeting to talk about the adjustments being made for the now June 23 election day.   Kennedy said the town has arranged to install plastic shields at the polling station at Williamstown Elementary School to protect poll workers. And the town is in the process of

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Greylock Federal Has Made $23 Million in Payroll Protection Loans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:28PM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Bryan and Teresa Cadran, who now own the company started by his father, were able to bring back two laid-off workers and will be able hire a third for an open position.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Repro Systems has been making signs and graphics for commercial and personal use for 40 years. But when the pandemic hit, the family business saw its workflow drop by 75 percent.    "I think it was like the domino effect," said Bryan Cadran, who runs the business with his wife, Teresa, and a few employees. "First the building community and then the graphics, so as some businesses closed or stayed at home, our production just dropped — just like a light

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Baker Extends Non-Essential Business Closure Order through May 18
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
12:39PM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Tuesday that he is extending the order to close non-essential businesses in the commonwealth through at least May 18 and creating an advisory panel to develop plans for a phased reopening of the commonwealth's economy.   Baker also extended to May 18 the ban on public gatherings of 10 or more people, which, like the non-essential business order, was to have ended next Monday.   Although the commonwealth has seen a plateau in the metrics used to study the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not seen a decrease in those measures, Baker said. And until those numbers start to come down, it is not appropriate to talk

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NAMI Berkshire County Announces 'Warm Line'
11:19AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County has instituted a "warm line" at 413-445-1136

The "warm line" is a phone number that people can call to talk to either a NAMI-BC staff or a community-trained volunteer having lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and/or to assist individuals through a difficult time, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAMI Berkshire County will provide support over the phone as well as resources as available. Calls will be accepted during the day and evening until 8 p.m. Callers experiencing isolation, fear, stress can speak to someone so they will not feel as isolated and find some coping

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