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Child Care Leader Recognized by State Women's Commission
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Thursday, June 25, 2020

Jane Winn, seen in this file photo, was also nominated as a Commonwealth Heroine for her environmental efforts.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic presented unheard of challenges for non-profit service agencies.   North Adams-based Child Care of the Berkshires faced more issues than many. But it had a leader who was more than up to the task.   "It is one thing to handle an $1.8 million construction project but to do it during a pandemic with a staff working remotely … it's been remarkable the way she has been able to keep up the morale, keep up the energy and keep the contact with some of the most vulnerable people in the county,"


State Guidance on Start of School Year Expected Thursday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:38PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School officials across the commonwealth are anticipating a Thursday announcement of state directives regarding the 2020-21 school year.   But they have been disappointed before.   "We were hopeful we would have the [education] commissioner's guidance," Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the School Committee's Education Subcommittee on Tuesday. "We were supposed to have it the week of the 15th, now we're in the week of the 22nd. We were hoping it would be released this morning. We received notice five minutes before the governor went on [Tuesday morning] that we weren't going to be receiving an update until


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

Report Finds 'Utterly Shameful' Conditions at Holyoke Soldiers' Home
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:08PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2020
BOSTON — An independent report on the outbreak COVID-19 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke that cost the lives of 76 veterans is "gut wrenching" to read and "utterly shameful," said Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday.    "Today the loss of life is difficult to even think or speak about. The events that took place at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in March, are truly horrific, and tragic," Baker said at a press conference on Wednesday. "COVID-19, as we all know, has claimed the lives of thousands of people in Massachusetts, and has been particularly devastating for long-term care facilities. ...   "But as this report reveals errors


Williamstown Select Board Pressed for Action on Racial Justice
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Twink Williams Burns is one of 15 people who testified on the need for action within the community.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bilal Ansari is an educated man with a long history in a town that claims to value both education and history.   But, as he explained Monday night, he cannot feel at home in the place where he makes his home.   "My father used to come visit his grandfather in Williamstown as a young Black child until he was 13 years old," Ansari said. "One day walking through the park with his uncle, who was about the same age as him, he was called a nigger. Growing up in Harlem, he got into an altercation with the person who called him that


Beck Wins Seat on Williamstown Planning Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:44PM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — By a margin of 100 votes, Peter Beck on Tuesday earned a five-year seat on the Planning Board.   Beck, a newcomer to town politics, took the seat from incumbent Alex Carlisle by a vote of 407-307 399-299, unofficially, in the only contested race on the town election ballot.   "I got a sense that there were people who were really supportive of what I was talking about," Beck said Tuesday evening. "I definitely heard from them, especially online.   "You don't know what proportion of the town that represents, but I do know I was hearing positive feedback from people who care about these issues in


Spring Street Will Be Closed Saturday for Outdoor Dining
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:15PM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the day the commonwealth began again allowing restaurants to serve diners indoors, the town announced that on Saturday it will temporarily close Spring Street to allow eateries to set up tables in the road.   At the end of Monday's more than 2 1/2-hour meeting of the Select Board, Chair Jane Patton announced that the street will be closed from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday.   Patton, the vice president of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, said there was unanimous agreement from the street's restaurants in a recent virtual meeting by the chamber that the owners wanted to give outdoor table service a try.   "We recognize that this is not


Berkshires Beat: BNRC Opens New Mahanna Cobble Trail
11:10AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Mahanna Cobble access

Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Mill Town have teamed up to create improved public access to Mahanna Cobble, a conservation reserve owned and operated by BNRC. Mahanna Cobble is free and open to the public, and rests atop the south-facing side of Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield.

Mill Town, which recently purchased the Bousquet ski resort, is focused on expanding outdoor recreation opportunities at Bousquet and around the Berkshires, including hiking activities. Together, BNRC and Mill Town have placed temporary signage at Bousquet to highlight an access route for hikers from the mountain's base lodge and parking area, up a ski hill, to BNRC's new


Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?
By Linda Moro,
10:33AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Unusual stress or depression. Anxiety about leaving the house or getting sick. Increased use of alcohol or drugs while isolated at home. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors getting worse. Difficulty creating daily structure for self or family. Trouble concentrating, anger, tearfulness. Suicidal thoughts. 

For many, mental health during COVID-19 can be hard to maintain. Especially if you are hard hit economically by the punch of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be experiencing financial and emotional struggles you never before have encountered. Or, mental health issues you have been managing well may be harder to handle. If you have children at home and must leave home for your job, your


State's Sales Tax-Free Holiday Set for Aug. 29-30
10:24AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
BOSTON — The annual sales tax-free weekend will still be held this year despite the anticipated drop in state tax revenue because of the novel coronavirus.   The Baker-Polito administration said the tax-free weekend will take place Aug. 29-30. This marks the second sales tax holiday held under the new law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018 that made the weekend an annual occurrence.   "The annual sales tax holiday is an opportunity for us to support small businesses and consumers, and this year, it's a great way to support our economy that's been impacted by COVID-19," said Baker in a statement. "This pandemic has created enormous challenges for the

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Ensure You Are Properly Insured
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:10AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020

There's certainly been plenty of volatility and uncertainty the past few months, but one aspect of your financial picture has probably remained stable: your need for insurance. And since National Insurance Awareness Day is observed on June 28, now is a good time to review your overall insurance coverage to determine if you and your loved ones are well-protected.

You might be surprised at the lack of protection among your fellow citizens. Less than 60 percent of Americans have life insurance, and just about half of those with insurance are underinsured, according to LIMRA, a research organization. 

Of course, you might think the reason so many people don't have insurance is


BCC Hires New Staff in Human Resources, Enrollment Services
09:04AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has brought on a new staff personnel in human resources and in the Enrollment Services department.

T.J. Karis has joined the Enrollment Services team as an admissions counselor. Karis recently graduated with honors from MCLA, majoring in philosophy and English literature plus a strong minor in Spanish. He also earned an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences with a concentration in world languages from Middlesex Community College. 

Most recently, he worked in Access Services at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. A lover of languages and linguistics, he is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Italian and


Old Williams Inn Slated for Demolition This Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College plans to begin demolition of the old Williams Inn as early as the beginning of August, a school spokesperson said on Monday.   Last Thursday, the college installed chain-link fence around the perimeter of the building site at the junction of Routes 2 and 7.   Monday morning, Williams Director of Media Relations Greg Shook said the fencing was installed to allow hazardous materials abatement to begin inside the former inn built in 1974 on college land. The college purchased the building and business from the Faulkners in 2014.    That abatement is scheduled to wrap up at the end of July with demolition to follow "soon


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