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WAM Theatre Raises $3,225 with Online Play Reading
10:03AM / Thursday, May 14, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre's first online play reading raised $3,225 for the BRIDGE COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

The reading of "Campus Unrest," written by WAM Associate Artistic Director Talya Kingston, was presented via Zoom on Sunday, May 3. More than 180 audience members joined the reading, from around the USA, England, Canada and Germany, and many participated in the talk back with the playwright. 

In line with WAM's mission of donating a portion of all box office proceeds to organizations that work to benefit the lives of women and girls in our Berkshire community and worldwide, the play reading has raised $3,225 for the BRIDGE COVID-19 Emergency Fund so far.

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Great Barrington Public Theater Postpones 2020 Season
09:44AM / Thursday, May 14, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty around safely presenting onstage programs this summer, Great Barrington Public Theater has postponed its onstage 2020 season.

In lieu of the onstage solo festival planned for June at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, audiences can now watch a specially produced online series of solo pieces, "Bear Tales: Six Feet Together." These self-filmed pieces are free to view on the company website, and feature many of the solo performers and writers originally scheduled for the Bear Tales onstage festival. In addition, the series includes a new short play by David Mamet,

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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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Williamstown Fire District 'Slows' Building Project in Light of Economy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Thursday, May 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Prudential Committee on Wednesday discussed the need to slow down in its quest to replace the Water Street fire station in light of the current state of the economy.   But fire district officials will continue to try to get their project "shovel ready" in case federal grant money becomes available to support infrastructure projects in an attempt to spur that economy.   Prudential Committee Chair John Notsley opened Wednesday's monthly meeting with a statement about the project.   "With everything that's going on in the country today, based on the current situation with the [COVID-19] virus, we are experiencing layoffs,

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Council on Aging Key to Williamstown's Response to Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Thursday, May 14, 2020
 
Williamstown Council on Aging Director Brian O'Grady, seen in this file photo, addressed the Select Board on Monday during its virtual meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for most Americans.   At the Williamstown Council on Aging, they had a little recent experience to draw on.   "This is not our first disaster," COA Director Brian O'Grady told the Select Board during Monday's virtual meeting. "We had problems with all the people who lost their homes during [2011's Tropical Storm] Irene. We kind of had a good idea of what we were going to end up having to do.   "The

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Williamstown Rental Assistance Program Ready to Accept Applications
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:04AM / Wednesday, May 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust and Berkshire Housing Development Corp. on Wednesday will begin accepting applications for the trust's Emergency Rental Assistance Program.   Residents of the town who earn 100 percent of the Area Median Income as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are invited to apply for the grants.   The grant program is designed to award grants of up to $500 in most cases, but in cases of extreme need, qualified applicants may receive up to $1,000.   The trust has about $18,000 to devote to the program, or enough for 36

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Williamstown Officials Urge Vigilance in Use of Facemasks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Wednesday, May 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board kicked off its Monday meeting with a public service message, appearing from the comfort of their respective homes with the facemasks that they hope everyone will wear outside of theirs.   In its first meeting since Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all Massachusetts residents who are able to wear face coverings when they cannot socially distance, the board and town manager reminded their audience why that mandate is essential.   "The science shows it will decrease the likelihood of spread, and really, that's the spot we all need to be in on this," Town Manager Jason Hoch said.   Hoch said people should get into the habit of

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Family Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP North Adams Family Medical & Dental Center
07:43PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Family Nurse Practitioner Janine L. Risser has joined the primary care team at CHP North Adams Family Medical & Dental Center.

Risser began her primary care career in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, where she worked for many years in medical practices there. She most recently practiced at the University of New Mexico Family Health Clinic in Albuquerque, providing comprehensive urgent, ongoing and preventive care to patients of all ages. 

Earlier, she worked in private and community-based medical practices in Washington State, Oregon and Arizona. She has worked at several federally qualified health centers similar to CHP.

Prior to earning an advanced

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Berkshire, Statewide COVID-19 Trends Appearing to Decline
Staff Reports,
07:32PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are signs the Bay State may be turning the corner on the novel coronavirus that has so far caused more than 5,000 deaths in Massachusetts.    The Department of Public Health on Tuesday recorded the lowest number of reported deaths since March 4: 33   The number of hospitalizations has continued to decline at 4 percent. The number of patients in intensive care on Tuesday morning was 818, less than a third of the total of 3,127 hospitalized.    The Berkshires' death toll has remained at 37 for past week and had been at 36 for almost the week before that. The majority of deaths are linked to an outbreak of the highly contagious

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Berkshire County Selectmen's Association Awards Scholarships
Staff Reports,
04:30PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Berkshire County Selectmen's Association last week announced the award of scholarships to three Berkshire County high school students.   Hoosac Valley's Alannah McGrath of Cheshire, Mount Everett's Madeleine Soudant of Great Barrington and Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School's Sarah deBethune of Pittsfield were recognized the BCSA, which is composed of boards from 30 county towns.   "The organization engages in advocacy and best practice sharing to improve the functioning of local government," said Andy Hogeland of the Williamstown Select Board. "Our scholarship program is part of our goal of promoting

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Baker Files Spending Bill Aimed at Accessing Federal Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:16PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
ASHLAND, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday filed a supplemental budget bill to authorize about $1 billion to cover costs related to COVID-19.   But he explained at Tuesday's daily press briefing that the bill is designed to keep the commonwealth in line for more federal funding.   "The bill gives us the leverage we need to utilize federal financial support, like aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which can only reimburse state spending resulting from eligible disaster response activities," Baker said. "The supplemental budget would also ensure that adequate state spending has been authorized to allow the commonwealth to continue to

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update May 8
10:12AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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Great Barrington Farmers Market to Reopen With Restrictions
09:34AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Farmers Market will open for its 30th season on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Church Street location in downtown Great Barrington. 

Berkshire United Way has awarded the market a grant allowing the continuation of the Market Match program. This program offers a dollar- for-dollar match on all SNAP, WIC Farmers Market Check, and Senior Farmers Market Check purchase up to $25 per customer per week. HIP benefits can be redeemed at five market vendors. 

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the market managers have taken into consideration recommendations and policies from local, state, and federal governments, as well

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