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Williamstown Select Board Praises Community Spirit in Fight Against Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In an attempt to maintain some normalcy, the Select Board on Monday held its regular twice-monthly meeting.   But it was clear that things are anything but normal.   For starters, the board's five members held their first-ever virtual meeting, taking advantage of the commonwealth's recent temporary exemption to the Open Meeting Law and utilizing the Zoom video conferencing platform.   And the discussion focused almost entirely on the topic that is consuming their constituents and most of the nation, the global pandemic that necessitated things like virtual public meetings.   The night began with each of the board's members making

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Know the Four Uses of Cash
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:16PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020

It's important to have cash available for your everyday spending and the inevitable rainy day. However, you also need to develop a cash strategy that can contribute to your long-term financial success. But just how much cash do you need? And in what form?

To answer these questions, it's useful to look at the four main uses of cash:

• Everyday spending: Your everyday spending includes the cash you use for your mortgage, utilities, groceries and so on. As a general guideline, you should have one to two months of living expenses available during your working years, and perhaps a year’s worth of living expenses when you’re retired. (The latter can be adjusted higher or

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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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March 24 COVID-19 Briefs: Bus Social Distancing, NAPS Adds Meal Site
03:45PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
BRTA Wants Riders to Sit Apart   The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has instituted social distancing while riding. Signs will be posted in all vehicles prohibiting seating directly behind the vehicle operator, unless a mobility device prevents sitting elsewhere. As of this moment, there have been no changes to any BRTA bus routes or schedules.   All BRTA vehicles and both facilities receive daily cleaning using products that are effective against the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Public use of the Intermodal Transportation Center has been limited to those utilizing BRTA's bus service, intercity bus, or Amtrak.  Tables and seating at the ITC

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Baker Discusses Genesis of 'Essential' Business List
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:32PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
BOSTON — As the state order to close "non-essential" businesses went into effect on Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker addressed criticism that the commonwealth's definition of "essential" is overly broad.   "The essential operation portfolio we put out builds off a national standard that every other state that heads down this road has used as a baseline," Baker said in response to a question at a noon news conference. "I don't know what the crossover would be between states, but I would put it north of 90 percent."   Baker said the list of essential operations published by his administration is "well defined and

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Administration Filing Measure to Extend, Suspend Deadlines
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:03PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
BOSTON — The governor's office is filing a municipal relief package giving broad leeway to communities and school districts to extend deadlines and fees and bring back retired first-responders.    "It's amazing the details of how government works but when in a crisis like this, these adjustments need to be made, so that it can continue to work," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said at Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing.   The emergency legislation would allow municipalities to bring retired firefighters and police back on board by suspending the cap on hours and compensation for pensioners.    "We've heard a lot about front-line workers -- your

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Faithful Turned to Technology to Connect During Pandemic
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Diane Burdick is strong in her faith and rarely misses Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.   But last week's emergency closures of gathering places — including houses of worship — to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus has left many of the faithful cut off from a source of comfort in difficult times.    Technology is now allowing parishioners to participate — although at a remove. Burdick and her family were able to watch the Mass at St. Elizabeth's via Facebook on Sunday morning.    "My family loved it! We attend Mass regularly and are pretty involved in our Catholic community so

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Carolyn Greene Lone Applicant for Mount Greylock School Committee Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:41AM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The vacant seat on the Mount Greylock School Committee likely will be filled by a very familiar face.   On Thursday evening, Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the remaining six members of the panel that there is one applicant still in the running for the post vacated by Dan Caplinger last month.   Two Williamstown residents applied for the position by the Wednesday deadline, but Grady mentioned at the end of a 45-minute meeting held by teleconference that the field has narrowed to one: former School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene.   "I understand the complexities of regional budgets and collective bargaining agreements, am familiar with

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Williamstown Food Pantry to Distribute Wednesday Morning
Staff Reports,
08:16PM / Monday, March 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Food Pantry will hold its next pickup for those in need on Wednesday from 9:30 to noon at its 53 Southworth St. location.   Director Carol DeMayo Monday confirmed that pantry has benefited from an increase in donations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.   "People really want to do something," she said. "The generosity of the community has been incredible."   The pantry, which serves its host community as well as Hancock and Pownal, Vt., accepts donations non-perishable foods and personal care items 24 hours per day in the vesitbule of the Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish Center, where the pantry is

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March 23 COVID-19 Briefs: BMC Not Seeking Homemade Masks
05:06PM / Monday, March 23, 2020
BMC Not Accepting Homemade Masks Berkshire Medical Center is not accepting homemade masks at this time. Several groups on Facebook have been discussing a grassroots effort to make the masks and sharing patterns but Michael Leary, director of media relations for Berkshire Health Systems said, "we are not accepting any donations yet as our supplies are stable right now."   Leary said the hospital was grateful for the community for offering to donate supplies or sew the masks but that it was waiting for guidance from the Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.    "This certainly may be an option for us in the near future. We are

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Governor Orders Nonessential Services to Close or Work Remote
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:33AM / Monday, March 23, 2020

LIVE COVID-19 update: https://t.co/9eihELHGs1

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) March 23, 2020 BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order on Monday morning for only essential services to continue operating and reduced the 25-person gathering limit to 10.   The move comes just days after Baker said there was no need to follow in the footsteps of neighboring states New York and Connecticut, who issued similar orders.   On Monday morning, Baker said there were a number of factors that led him to take the step.   "We're in constant contact with other governors, other states, federal and local officials, health care experts and a host of other

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Mount Greylock School Committee Holds First Remote Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, March 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The commissioner of education has no plans to extend the closure of schools in the commonwealth beyond April 7, but Friday promised to give superintendents a four- to five-day heads up if an extension is warranted, the Mount Greylock Regional Schools superintendent reported.   Kimberley Grady appeared Friday with Town Manager Jason Hoch for one of his regular Town Hall updates in a short video produced by the town's community access television station, WilliNet.   Earlier in the day, she participated in conference calls with Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley and the superintendents of Berkshire County.   "[Riley] has asked us to

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Williamstown Select Board Pivots to Teleconferencing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Monday, March 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Although several government meetings have been canceled in the last week because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Select Board will convene Monday as scheduled -- but via remote connection.   Town Manager Jason Hoch confirmed Thursday afternoon that the board will meet utilizing the Zoom videoconferencing platform.   The town's community access television station, Willinet, which regularly telecasts meetings from Town Hall, will transmit Monday's virtual meeting live and make it available for later viewing on the Willinet website.   Hoch said that Monday's meeting will be strictly a meeting of the five-member board. The planned joint

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