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News and events in Williamstown, Mass.

Annual Humane Race Set for Saturday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kitty cats painted by pupils at Williamstown Elementary School will be part of a display for the Humane Race. Christa Abel of Bark N' Cat said the Williamstown community has been supportive of the benefit race.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The annual Humane Race scheduled for this Saturday has been raising critical funds for the Berkshire Humane Society for 14 years.

Hundreds of dogs (and owners) take off each year from Water Street for a fun run and walk and that ends at the finish line on Spring Street.

It's a great time for people and their pets to get fresh air, meet friends and have fun.

"People love it because people love to run and walk with their dogs," said


Berkshire Tibits: Israeli Holiday, Cooking Demos
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:08PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016
This Tuesday evening, May 10, from 7:30 to 10, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day with Tastes of Israel at the Gateways Inn, 51 Walker St. in Lenox, 413-637-2532. The public is invited to come, take part in and enjoy this free event which will feature Israeli music, cooking demos and tastings — while they last — of Israeli food specialties.   Federation executive director Dara Kaufman said this celebration will kick off the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires new partnership with the Afula-Gilboa region of Israel. Michele Gazit, chef and owner of Gateways Inn, will assist visiting Israeli chefs Tamar Salemeh


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

Williamstown Selectmen Side With Waubeeka Petitioner, Against Planners
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:45PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted 4-1 to recommend next week's annual town meeting approve the "acreage-controlled" Waubeeka Overlay District bylaw amendment that is favored by the petitioner, the attorney for Waubeeka Golf Links owner Michael Deep.

At its last meeting before town meeting, the board considered its advisory vote on the last warrant article on the 35-article warrant. Earlier this winter, the board tabled its recommendation on that article in anticipation that compromise language could be reached in ongoing discussions of the Planning Board.

Last week, those discussions broke down in a 3-2 Planning Board vote for an amendment


Running With The Law 5K Race Planned For June
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Running with The Law" returned to the streets this past weekend with runs planned every Saturday up to a community road race planned for June.

Last fall, it was hard to miss North Adams Police officers running downtown with an entourage of nearly 20 elementary school students.

This same program, Running with The Law, returned Saturday for the spring session with a 5-kilometer road race planned for Saturday, June 11, to benefit Pop Cares, a non-profit organization that supports local cancer patients.

"We are kind of doing a spinoff of what we do with the Running with Law program. We are going to do a 5K and kind of get the whole community


'Disrupting Aging' Comes to the Berkshires
03:14PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County is home to one of the fastest growing populations of older adults in Massachusetts and across the country. In fact, about 21 percent of the population is currently over 65, and that number is expected to grow.

Our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse. Dr. Bill Thomas, an internationally acclaimed longevity expert argues that our cultural view of aging is all wrong.

Blending myth and science, live music and visuals, Dr Bill Thomas’ "Age of Disruption Tour" is a modern day Chautauqua (Chautauqua is an adult educational movement that Theodore Roosevelt called “the most American thing


Letter: Support Sarah Gardner for Williamstown Planning Board
Letters to the Editor,
03:10PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

To the Editor:

Last fall, the select board and the Planning Board jointly appointed Sarah Gardner to the vacant seat on the Planning Board, electing her from among a slate of strong candidates. I voted for Gardner then without hesitation, and I will do so again on Tuesday, when she goes up against another accomplished candidate for a five-year seat on the board.

Sarah Gardner stands out due to her in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with planning, making her an invaluable asset to the board as it works toward ensuring our town’s vitality now and into the future. Her vision combines a desire for economic growth with a sensitivity to the distinctive, rural quality of our


Letter: Gardner Has Skills, Experience for Planning Board
Letters to the Editor,
03:07PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

To the Editor:

Williamstown residents are fortunate to have someone of Sarah Gardner's experience and skills willing to serve on its Planning Board. Don't be fooled by the notion that good business decisions and good planning decisions are at odds. They go together like chips and dip.


Lauren R. Stevens




Letter: Vote Dan Caplinger for Williamstown School Committee
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

To the Editor:

My name is Dan Caplinger, and I'm running for re-election to the Williamstown Elementary School Committee. I've served on the committee since 2012 and became its chair in June 2015. I've also served in related roles on other local school committees, including the superintendency union committee between Lanesborough and Williamstown and committees concerning Mount Greylock regionalization and the selection of the current Tri-District superintendent.

Throughout my time on the committee, I have strived to learn about and listen to all of the views our community has expressed about the elementary school. I've sought to find common ground to move us toward our


Berkshire Taconic Awards $1.8 Million in Spring Grants Cycle
02:17PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the recipients of the first round of grantmaking for 2016. The foundation distributed a total of $319,245 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and grants totaling nearly $1.5 million from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund/Youth World Awareness Program, Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund, Lanesborough Initiative for Excellence Fund and Lee Fund for Educational Excellence.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools and


Mount Greylock Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
01:15PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District has released its Third Quarter Honor Roll.

Of total school enrollment of 556, 288 have made Honor Roll for the third quarter.

Grade 12: Elizabeth Bernardy, Ian Culnane, Bailee Duquette, Hannah Fein, Calvin Filson, Holly Fisher, Sophie Gerry, Adam Hall, Mollyann Haskins, Nicole Jones, Graham Kaegi, Bernhardur Magnusson McComish, Lucius Park, Tyler Rathbun, Maggie Rorke, Jasper Rosenheim, Noah Savage, Greta Savitsky, Tara Shastri, Anya Sheldon, Maeve Shine, Grace Smith, Melissa Swann, Samuel Swoap, Adly Templeton, Julia Whitney, Eleanor Williams, Hope Willis, Molly Wilson, Matthew Wiseman.

Grade 11: Lauren Aliberti, Kyle


Pasachoff Receives Grant for Expedition to View Total Solar Eclipse
01:05PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College professor Jay Pasachoff has received a grant of $25,000 from the National Geographic Society for his expedition to view the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.

This eclipse will be the first with a path of totality to cover the continental United States from coast to coast since 1918, 99 years ago. The grant comes from the Society's Committee for Research and Exploration.

The Williams College Eclipse Expedition will observe from Salem, Ore., from the campus of Willamette University. Drs. Jay and Naomi Pasachoff reconnoitered there for the minus-second anniversary of the eclipse, and worked together with the university's president,


Biz Briefs: Greylock’s Billow Receives 'Volunteer of the Year'
12:46PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

Volunteer award: The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council has recognized Joanne Billow, Marketing Services manager at Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Marketing Group in Pittsfield, with a “Volunteer of the Year” Award.

The Volunteer of the Year is selected by the Council leadership and honors an individual who exemplifies excellence in credit union marketing. The award was presented during the Council’s annual meeting at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., in March.

“Joanne has worked hard over the years as a judge in the CUNA Diamond Awards and as a strong voice in the growth of the nationally known


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