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Williams College Donates $400K Toward Town's New Police Station
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Select Board voted to negotiate a three-year renewal of Town Manager Jason Hoch's contract.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced a $400,000 gift to the town to help build the new police station on Simonds Road.   With college Assistant to the President for Community and Government Affairs James Kolesar in the audience, Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Select Board on Monday that the school's gift will make it easier to achieve his goal of renovating and expanding the former Turner House on Simonds Road (Route 7) without adding to the town's property tax rate.   "I worked out all of this without having [the donation] in


Pittsfield's Carnevale To Lead Governor's W. Mass Office
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02:20PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MEMA's Regional Manager Patrick Carnevale will lead the governor's Western Massachusetts office.   Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Carnevale to run the Springfield office and be a liaison between the communities in Western Massachusetts and the executive branch.   "Our Springfield office serves as an important connector to support our constituents, local leaders and municipalities in western Massachusetts," Baker said in a statement. "With almost two decades of public service and his role in overseeing emergency management for western Massachusetts, Patrick is uniquely qualified to lead the office and we are proud to welcome him


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

Challenger Amatul-Wadud Dismisses Neal's Seniority Argument
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A crowd of about 50 or so attended the Indivisible Pittsfield meeting at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Monday evening. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tahirah Amatul-Wadud doesn't put too much stock in U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's seniority.   The talk around the sitting congressman is that if the House of Representatives turns in favor of the Democrats, then he'd be elected the chairman the Ways and Means Committee. The Springfield Democrat is currently the ranking member on that committee.   Amatul-Wadud is challenging Neal for the 1st Massachusetts District seat in the Democratic primary.   She says the district wouldn't be seeing anything special happen if he was


Williamstown Planning Board Moves Tuesday Hearing to Elementary School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:11PM / Monday, April 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It will be a different setting and, perhaps, a different conversation when the Planning Board holds its Tuesday public hearing on proposed zoning bylaw changes.   A week after the panel packed the Select Board meeting room at Town Hall, the Planning Board has scheduled a 7:30 Tuesday hearing in the auditorium at Williamstown Elementary School.   Since it already had a hearing posted for 7 p.m. at Town Hall, the body will meet there first and plans to immediately recess with the intention of reconvening across town in the larger space half an hour later.   While the room will be bigger, one of the proposals at hand is significantly smaller than the


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03:15PM / Monday, April 09, 2018

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Pays Veteran's Mortgage for One Year
01:45PM / Monday, April 09, 2018
How exciting

Keith Cosimini of West Springfield, Mass., was the winner of the Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind Mortgage Giveaway for veterans. Cosimini spent much of his career as an Army specialist. As the winner, he will be awarded $12,000 to pay his mortgage for the year. The giveaway was extended to active military members and eligible veterans, serving as an extension of the dedication of Berkshire Bank to the servicemen and servicewomen of our country.
When asked of how he felt about winning the Exciting Rewind giveaway, Cosimini said, "I couldn't believe that I won when I got the call. I had recently opened an account with Berkshire Bank and saw the contest on


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire OLLI Set to Kick Off Spring Semester
01:16PM / Monday, April 09, 2018
Lifelong learning

OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, offers almost two dozen varied courses this spring throughout the Berkshires. With no tests, no grades, and no prerequisites, OLLI classes are designed for those who enjoy learning, meeting interesting new people and exploring the Berkshire and beyond. To register for classes, call 413-236-2190 or go online. OLLI courses are designed especially by and for people 50 years and older, but everyone is invited to join and attend.

Weekly classes are held in Pittsfield, Lenox, Great Barrington and Williamstown this semester. Highlights include:

* The Fight to Vote: Kit Dobelle, former White House Chief


Williams Men's, Women's Tennis Post Wins
07:32AM / Monday, April 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The No. 5 Williams College Ephs men's tennis team Sunday defeated Wesleyan, 8-1.   Williams (9-2) went 3-0 in doubles to start the day and then cruised to five two-set wins in singles, wrpping up a weekend that started with a win over Middlebury.   "This caps off a great weekend for us," coach DAn Greenberg said. "We beat two tough teams and saw a few things we can definitely improve this week."   Williams gets to rest a week before travelling to Hartford to face the Trinity College Bantams on Saturday.   Women's Tennis WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Two undefeated NESCAC teams faced off on Sunday as Williams overcame Wesleyan


Mount Greylock to Retain Counsel on Building Scheduling Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:37AM / Monday, April 09, 2018

Transition Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron runs Thursday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee on Thursday decided to retain a Boston attorney to help the district protect its rights in regard to the $64 million addition/renovation project.   At issue currently is a change in the phasing of the project, which originally planned to have classes move into the new three-story academic wing during this month's vacation week.   This winter, it became apparent to the district that due in part to shortages of skilled tradespeople, that timeline would be impossible to keep. While the project remains on target


North Adams Committee Mulling Plastic-Bag Ban
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Monday, April 09, 2018

General Government Committee members Paul Hopkins, left, Rebbecca Cohen and Chairman Eric Buddington were seeking more input before continuing the discussion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Committee wants more feedback as it considers a ban on single-use plastic bags.    Nearly three dozen people attended last Wednesday's meeting in City Council chambers, and giving views both for and against the proposal. Wide-ranging discussion lasted nearly an hour and led committee members to hold off on any discussion that evening.    "We've heard compelling arguments in several directions," said member Paul Hopkins. "I'm going to


Williamstown Property Tax Nudging Up by 1.2 Percent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Monday, April 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's proposed fiscal 2019 budget would translate into an increase of 1.2 percent on the property tax rate, but most of that rise is attributable to the phased-in increase to pay the bond on the new Mount Greylock Regional School.   On Wednesday, Town Manager Jason Hoch gave the Finance Committee an overview of the latest numbers for FY19, projecting an increase of 20.81 cents on the 2018 tax rate of $17.94 per $1,000 of valuation.   The property tax on a $200,000 home — without either the Fire District or Community Preservation Act taxes factored in — would be $3,629.62 at the new tax rate of $18.15.   Of the proposed


Williams Softball Sweeps Wesleyan
09:05PM / Saturday, April 07, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Playing at Cole Field for the first time this season, the Williams College softball team Saturday earned a sweep of Wesleyan as Mackenzie Murphy and Rebecca Duncan did not allow an earned run in a pair of wins by scores of 5-1 and 12-0.   The Ephs improved to 17-4 overall, 4-1 in the NESCAC West while Wesleyan slipped to 8-11, 0-4. The two teams conclude their three-game set Sunday at noon in Williamstown.    Wesleyan scored its lone run of the day in the top of the first inning of the opener when Rielly Wieners singled home Danielle Rinaldi with two outs. The Cardinals were limited to only four hits and no runs over the next 11


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