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Veteran Video Spotlight: Narcheeso Massaconi
03:09PM / Friday, August 07, 2020

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Baker Pauses Reopening, Ups Enforcement of COVID-19 Mandates
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
02:30PM / Friday, August 07, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. -- Citing what he termed a “new phase” in the commonwealth’s battle against COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker Friday announced a new set of initiatives designed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.   That means delaying the next phase of Baker’s plan to reopen the state’s economy and increasing efforts to enforce the social distancing and face-covering mandates currently in place.   “Due to that slight uptick in positive cases, we are indefinitely postponing step 2 of Phase 3 in our reopening process,” Baker said Friday afternoon. “Five weeks ago, we laid out new economic sectors that could reopen in Phase 3. This

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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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McCann Class of 2020 Urged to Highlight the Positive
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:45PM / Thursday, August 06, 2020

Valedictorian Vanessa Harrington urges her classmates not to define their high school experience by the pandemic. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's class of 2020 did not want to make its graduation about COVID-19.   Valedictorian Vanessa Harrington told the 117 members of the class that she scratched her original speech that had been about the effects of COVID-19 and switched to talk about the some of the more positive things in the world    "It has taken over our lives and has become the topic of every conversation," she told the hundred or so attendees gathered on the football field on Thursday night. "So

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Deadline Friday to Register for Williamstown Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:18PM / Thursday, August 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The deadline to register for the Aug. 18 annual town meeting is Friday, Aug. 7.   Voter registration forms are available in the front of Town Hall in a clear display box and on the secretary of state's website, www.sec.state.ma.us/.   Unregistered voters interested in participating in the meeting must deposit the completed forms in the mail slot directly to the right of the front door of Town Hall no later than 8 p.m. Friday. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than Aug. 7.   The annual town meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18, (rain date of Aug. 19), at 7 p.m. at Farley-Lamb Field (Weston Field Athletic

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State Police Bust $3M Illegal Pot Growing Operation in Savoy
06:46PM / Thursday, August 06, 2020

Troopers say they confiscated nearly 3,600 marijuana plants with a street value of more than $3 million. The grow operation was using $10,000 a month in electricity. SAVOY, Mass. — State Police say they have busted an illegal pot operation in the small hilltown and seized more than $3 million worth of plants.    According to troopers with Cheshire barracks, an investigation into suspicious activity on Jackson Road resulted in the discovery of the growing operation and resulted in the arrest of two New York State men: Yebin Mai, 28, of Staten Island and Bin Huang, 32, of Brooklyn.   Troopers were assisted by members of the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit, the

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The Retired Investor: Tensions With China May Heat Up
By Bill Schmick,
05:12PM / Thursday, August 06, 2020
On Aug. 15, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Premier Vice President Liu He, will be facing off once again; this time to review the Phase One trade deal inked on Feb. 15. Neither side is especially happy with progress so far.   From the U.S. point of view, China has not lived up to its agreement to buy $200 billion of U.S. goods over their 2017 purchasing level. Chinese imports of agricultural products are actually lower than the 2017 level, which is about half the level needed to meet their promised target of $36.5 billion. The energy purchases they promised have also fallen woefully short of their commitment. Only 5 percent of their $25.3 billion in promised

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Williams Tightens Safety Rules for Returning Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
11:26AM / Thursday, August 06, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Thursday issued updated, more stringent regulations for students returning this month.

And the dean of the college noted that violations of the school's COVID-19 safety protocols could lead to "probation, suspension or expulsion."

In a letter to students posted on the college's website, Dean Marlene Sandstrom cites "shifting national conditions" and updated guidance from the commonwealth for changes to the rules that will govern students returning to the college.   One day after Smith College in Northampton announced that it will be going fully remote for the fall semester, Williams told students that they

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It's World Breastfeeding Week
By Kate Hylan,
10:59AM / Thursday, August 06, 2020

This week, Aug. 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, a global campaign to support, raise awareness and engage in conversations about breastfeeding.

At Community Health Programs and Barrington OB/GYN, we strive to help our patients feel informed and supported in their breastfeeding journeys. We have a team of lactation consultants, certified nurse-midwives, doctors, and nurse practitioners who are ready, willing and able to answer any breastfeeding questions and help our patients succeed in reaching their goals. In fact, many of us have breastfed (or are breastfeeding) our own babies and/or supported partners; so we can speak from both clinical and personal experience.

We understand that

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New Dentist Joins CHP
10:48AM / Thursday, August 06, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Yaman M. Kana has joined the CHP dental staff.

He is seeing patients at both CHP Neighborhood Dental Center in Pittsfield and North Adams Family Medical & Dental.

Dr. Kana received his dental education at Ovidius University of Constanta in Romania. He first practiced general dentistry in a private practice in Damascus, Syria, and also in the Syrian military.

He then settled in Boston, working in both a private practice and at Boston University's Dental Health Center.

Kana later worked at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, then went on to practice dentistry at DotHouse Health Center in Dorchester, HealthFirst Family Care Center in Fall River and,

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Williamstown Select Board Splits on Town Meeting Pot Articles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Thursday, August 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday was mostly unanimous in its recommendations to town meeting about the items on the annual meeting warrant.   But there were a few exceptions — principally on an issue that has dominated discussions at the Planning Board for months.   Voters will be asked to decide 37 questions at the 7 p.m., Aug. 18 meeting, scheduled to be held for the first time on record in the great outdoors, at Williams College's Farley-Lamb Field, home to the school's football and lacrosse programs at Weston Field.   The first 17 items, which include some procedural matters and minor appropriations, will be part of a "consent

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McCann Postsecondary Grads Overcame Obstacles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:35PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Diplomas were presented to 23 graduates on Wednesday. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 23 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary programs had waited nearly two months for the chance to graduate together.    Seated apart below the school sign on the side lawn, they were ready to singly be called to pick up their diplomas and cheered by families and friends set apart in clustered seats of four.    Superintendent James Brosnan said he'd had the honor of congratulating graduates of the program for 25 years, but this was a first for him, too.     "You have accomplished what others did not and that is

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Williams Track, Cross Country Teams Raise Money for Social Justice Causes
01:11PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In light of the recent conversation surrounding systemic racism in the United States, the Williams College track and field and cross country teams united to raise money for the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance.     "I thought that this was a really good way to be actionable," pole vaulter Cris Young said. "Williams is a private institution that holds a lot of wealth in and of itself, but I knew a lot of members of the Williams community are often in a financial place to be donating whether it's $5 or $300."   The Equal Justice Initiative is a nonprofit organization that is committed to

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