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State Waits for Results in College Opening COVID-19 Rates
Staff Reports,
04:43PM / Wednesday, September 09, 2020
BOSTON — Massachusetts is making strides in reducing transmission rates of COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Wednesday, but he's holding off on further loosening of the economy for the moment.    "One of the things we talked about is trying to get through the school reopening and the college return," he said to a question about indoor dining and activities during his update Wednesday afternoon. "These are both really big and really important deals here in Massachusetts. They're hugely important for kids and for families and for educators and the college return is particularly important as well for many people who work at colleges and universities,

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Williamstown Planners Prioritize Pot, Seek More Community Input
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Wednesday, September 09, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday discussed the conditions that led to a protracted town meeting debate with no resolution on a marijuana production bylaw and how the board can help produce a different outcome this time around.   The planners agreed that a redo of the pot bylaw proposal is a priority in the next half year leading up to May's annual town meeting.   And there was consensus that more engagement is needed with the town's Agricultural Commission, which ended up bringing a competing and contradictory bylaw to last month's pandemic-delayed annual town meeting.   Chair Stephanie Boyd argued that the result of that meeting, while

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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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Williams College to Award Bicentennial Medal to Wole Coaxum at Convocation
03:04PM / Tuesday, September 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will present a Bicentennial Medal to alumnus Wole Coaxum at the fall convocation.   Coaxum, class of 1992 and founder of Mobility Capital Finance, will be presented the medal Saturday, Sept. 12, during the virtual convocation ceremony.   The son of Williams College's first Black president of the Society of Alumni, Coaxum left behind his managing director position at J.P. Morgan after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo. That event compelled him to think about how he could leverage his Wall Street experience and contacts to address the racial wealth gap. He founded one of the few Black-owned finance technology startups to

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Trail Along Green River
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Tuesday, September 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission recently gave the go-ahead for a half-mile trail that will allow users to walk along the Green River from the south portion of Linear Park to Main Street (Route 2).   The Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) last year obtained $5,000 in Community Preservation Act funding from town meeting to create the trail, which will essentially link both ends of Linear Park, which continues on the north side of Main Street.   John Case represented HooRWA before the commission, which has been involved in the discussion about the project from the beginning. Recently, members of the Con Comm made a site visit to go over the final

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Williamstown Housing Trust Restarts Mortgage Assistance Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:09AM / Sunday, September 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Thursday decided to raise the grant ceiling on the town's emergency rental assistance program and restart the DeMayo Mortgage Assistance Program.   The trustees agreed to hike the maximum award from the WERAP for a second time since it was created in the spring, this time from $2,500 to $4,000.   Meanwhile, in its first meeting since August's annual town meeting, the trustees agreed to resume the assistance program, which was suspended in April over concerns about limited funds and an impending need for a rental assistance program due to the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19

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Williamstown Committee Moves Ahead with Spruces Planting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:43AM / Saturday, September 05, 2020

The bulbs would be planted in this lawn area.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town will be looking for volunteers next month to help plant thousands of flower bulbs in the south end of the Spruces Park.   The Spruces Land Use Committee met Wednesday morning to finalize its plans for a beautification project on the Main Street (Route 2) site and discuss whether it wants to sunset the committee formed in 2013 to help look at how to reuse the former mobile home park property.   Because of restrictions placed on the land by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which funded the town's acquisition of the land and closure of the park in the wake of 2011's Tropical

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Northern Berkshire Students Garden Virtually
04:00AM / Saturday, September 05, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire 2020 Summer Youth Works program went virtual this year with a seven-week virtual gardening Program.   The Northern Berkshire Summer Youth program typically places students in paid internships with local companies but, like most things this year, COVID-19 forced the Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB) to adapt.   Through funding from the First Congregational Church of Williamstown and MountainOne, the BWB converted programming to a seven-week virtual gardening program.   The Berkshire Workforce Board partnered with Greenagers, a youth environment group, who supplied each student with a container garden. Greenagers provided lessons

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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Talks About Need for Structural Change
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, September 04, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — While continuing to pressure the town to commission an independent investigation into allegations of racism and sexual misconduct in the Williamstown Police Department, the town's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee Monday emphasized that its effort to address inequity goes beyond the lawsuit that has roiled the community since it came to light last month.   A resident addressing the DIRE Committee during the public comment portion of its weekly virtual meeting suggested that the necessary discussions about the federal lawsuit filed against the town, police chief and town manager threatened to overshadow ongoing conversations that predate

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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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'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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