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State Changes COVID Color Codes to Reflect Test Positivity Rate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Friday, November 06, 2020
BOSTON — The Baker Administration is changing the way it decides how municipalities are categorized as red, yellow or green for COVID-19 transmission and continuing its push to have public schools prioritize in-person instruction.   On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders announced what Baker called a "more nuanced" color coding system that takes into account test positivity rates instead of just incidence of COVID-19 per 100,000 of population.   And Secretary of Education Jim Peyser and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley joined Baker at his news conference to reinforce the idea that

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Mount Greylock Regional School Records To Be Destroyed
08:55AM / Friday, November 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School graduates from the 2012-2013 class have until the end of the month to retrieve their records.    In accordance with state regulations, all temporary cumulative school and health records for students who have graduated from or left Mount Greylock Regional School during the 2012 - 2013 school years will be destroyed on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.    State regulations require that student records be destroyed seven years after the student graduates. However, the high school transcript that includes the grades for the four years of high school is maintained for 60 years following graduation.   Any student who is

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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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The Retired Investor: Polling Business Takes a Body Blow
By Bill Schmick,
04:20PM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
There has been one clear loser thus far in the outcome of the 2020 presidential elections and it is not the candidates. The polling industry has gotten it wrong twice in a row. Can the industry survive that kind of mistake?   As votes across the nation continue to be counted, the pollsters and the media, which count on those polling results, are asking how Vice President Joe Biden's 10-point lead nationwide could have evaporated in the blink of an eye.    Political polling is a type of public opinion polling, which in the past (when done right), is a fairly accurate social science with established rules about sample size, random selection and margin of error. The top

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'Planes, Trains and Automobiles': Conveys Friendship
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:21PM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
I wish that I were reviewing one of the several movies about this pox upon our house that are certain to be made when the horror is deep into our rearview mirror. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Mini Heatwave Warming Up the Berkshires
Staff Reports,
01:47PM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
After a brief flirtation with winter, the Berkshires will see sunny skies and warming temperatures as a mini heatwave heads our way.    The jet stream will move north to allow a warmer air to flow through the Midwest and Northeast that could mean record high temperatures for this time of the year.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., describes Thursday as a "fairly quite, albeit atypical November day" with the biggest story being the "heat." Some communities have already reached into the 70s with more expected to follow over the next few days.    "The overall message being a prolonged period of well-above-average

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Williamstown Police Sergeant Counters Town's Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The opening salvos have been fired in a discrimination lawsuit between a Williamstown police sergeant and the town.   Now it is up to U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson to decide whether there are grounds to proceed with a large piece of the suit filed by Scott McGowan.   Last month, the attorneys for the town, Town Manager Jason Hoch and Police Chief Kyle Johnson asked Robertson to dismiss three of McGowan's five complaints. Counts 3, 4 and 5 seek unspecified damages for handicap discrimination, violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and violation of the federal Rehabilitation, Comprehensive Services, and Developmental Disabilities

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'Protect The Results' Gets Comfortable in Park Square Until Election Over
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Drew Herzig of Indivisible Pittsfield holds one of the signs provided by Protect the Results.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A symphony of car horns were heard at Park Square on Wednesday afternoon as local residents participated in the nationwide "Protect The Results" rally.  

  Thousands of ballots are still being counted in key states that will determine the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Organizers of "Count Every Vote" say the daily rallies are tentative and dependent on the results.   With Democratic candidate Joe Biden eking out a slim lead as mail-in and early voting ballots are counted, local Democrats and progressives say

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Williamstown's DIRE Committee: Hate Letter Adds Fuel to Our Fire
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Mohammed Memfis conducts Monday's meeting of Williamstown's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the town's Diversity Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee Monday had a simple message to the person who sent an anonymous, threatening letter to a member of the Williams College community.   "You're adding fuel to our fire," Mohammed Memfis said.   Memfis, a Williams student, took a few minutes at the start of DIRE's twice-monthly meeting to react to last month's announcement by college President Maud Mandel that an unnamed member of the college community received a letter at their home

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Greene Wins Seat on Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:35PM / Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Williamstown had a turnout of 76 percent. 

Carolyn Greene will finish the last two years of a four-year term on Mount Greylock Regional School Committee. Results from Lanesborough gave Greene 759 votes to Elizabeth Beck's 536. The total vote from both towns gave Greene 2,831 votes to Beck's 1,527, a 1,304 vote difference.

“Lizzy Beck had an impressive showing with an important platform,” Greene said Tuesday night. “I was glad to see her center the issues of race, equity and inclusion.   “I am looking forward to continuing the work of the School Committee, and I am honored to have the trust of the majority of

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Election Day in the Berkshires 2020
Staff Reports,
11:20PM / Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Clarksburg still uses its historic ballot box.  Election Day for the Berkshires was sunny and brisk, with little to impede a steady flow of voters to the polls.    For all the concerns about disruptions — they were boarding up downtown Boston! — voting appears to have gone smoothly and efficiently even with pandemic precautions.    The primary election had provided a good template for town and city clerks to follow and the surge in early and mail-in voting may well have taken the edge off long lines in what is expected to be a record-breaking turnout.    There were no local races on the ballot since the entire Berkshire delegation was

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SVMC Received $2M Gift Toward Emergency Department Expansion
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
01:16AM / Tuesday, November 03, 2020

The red area is the existing Emergency Department; the blue is the 6,700-square-foot addition.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation has received a $2 million gift from friends of the hospital for the expansion and renovation of the emergency department and front entrance of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.     The $2 million gift is one of the largest donations in the hospital's history. The Donald Kendall family, owners of Mack Molding, pledged $5 million toward Vision 2020 projects in 2018. SVHC has also received three other $1 million gifts for the project.   "We are deeply humbled by this remarkable show of

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Galvin: Election Process Marked by Integrity, Safety
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:28PM / Monday, November 02, 2020
BOSTON — The secretary of state on Monday defended the electoral process and honor of his colleagues across the country and assailed the president for attacking the integrity of mail-in ballots.   He also said the Bay State is prepared to count an anticipated record number of ballots and have results available on Tuesday night.   William Galvin met with the media on Monday morning against a backdrop of questions being raised nationwide and in the White House about the process for choosing the president of the United States.   In particular, President Donald Trump on Sunday said it was "terrible" that not all ballots would be counted on Election

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