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Governor Says Halloween Is a Go
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:22PM / Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Gov. Baker says trick-or-treating can be safer than 'thousands of indoor Halloween parties.' SALEM, Mass. — There have been plenty of holidays and events canceled this year because of the pandemic — but trick-or-treating won't be among them.    Gov. Charlie Baker, visiting Halloween central, said there would be no state mandates related to the spooky holiday.   "We're going to put out plenty of guidance ... But we're going to expect people to make decisions on their own at the local level," he said. "The reason we're not canceling Halloween is because that would have turned into thousands of indoor Halloween parties,

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Williamstown Police Union Calls on Select Board to Have Officers' Backs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Tuesday, October 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The local police union Monday accused the Select Board of not supporting law enforcement against "unfair and false allegations."   In a letter to Town Manager Jason Hoch, Officer Brad Sacco, the president of Massachusetts Coalition of Police Local 424, accused the Select Board and the Diversity Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee it appointed this summer of fostering an "environment of hostility" toward law enforcement.   "May I point out that there are no less than 16 other individuals who come to work every day and night 24/7 to protect and to serve the people of this great community," Sacco wrote. "Yet while

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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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Lever Seeks Applicants for Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge
01:32PM / Monday, October 05, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lever is now accepting applications for the Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge.   The challenge seeks entrepreneurs building regional businesses that will create jobs in the Mohawk Trail region. It is now accepting applications and one business owner will receive $25,000 to advance their project.   To qualify, entrepreneurs or their businesses must be located in the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership member towns of Adams, Ashfield, Charlemont, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Conway, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, New Ashford, North Adams, Rowe, Shelburne, Peru, Windsor or Williamstown.    Any entrepreneur seeking to establish and grow a sustainable,

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Six Surprising Facts about Breast Cancer Risk
11:13AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
Breast cancer is more common than you would think. Most people get worried about breast cancer when a member of their family is diagnosed. They have heard that breast cancer is largely genetic. While risk goes up for those with a family history, 70 percent of women diagnosed have no family history of the disease. In fact, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That's why the American College of Radiology recommends annual mammograms starting at age 40. Annual mammograms allow doctors to compare pictures from year to year and catch potentially concerning tumors earlier.   Screening makes a big difference. An increase in regular screening mammograms

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Williamstown to Begin Smoke Testing of Sewer Lines on Monday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Starting Monday in Williamstown, where there's smoke there's water.   Or, more to the point, there could be water leaking into the town's sanitary sewer lines.   Starting Monday the town and its engineering consultant, DPC Engineering of Longmeadow, will conduct smoke testing as part of a survey on the sewer lines.   The process involves blowing non-toxic smoke into the sewer mains and watching to see if any escapes at the surface.   If it does, that means there is possible leakage in the system at that point, which allows infiltration of groundwater into the system.   "This is all part of our evaluation overall,"

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Naumkeag Pumpkin Show Debuts 1,500 Jack-O'-Lanterns
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:50PM / Saturday, October 03, 2020

Brian Cruey and his team at Naumkeag have turned the historic mansion and grounds into an fantastical Halloween-themed garden. See more photos here. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Naumkeag is shining a light during these dark pandemic times wiith a spooktacular pumpkin show.    The historic home and gardens made an extra effort this year to provide a haunting outdoor experience, nearly doubling its jack-o'-lantern count to 1,500.   Brian Cruey, director for the eight Southern Berkshire properties of the Trustees of Reservations, said Naumkeag takes up a majority of his time because of the large acreage of historic land that it offers.   COVID-19 has not affected

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League of Women Voters Endorses Question 2, Ranked-Choice Voting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:18AM / Saturday, October 03, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Advocates for ranked-choice voting, the second public question on the ballot in November's election, point to last year's mayoral recall election in Fall River as Exhibit A when making their case.   Anne Skinner also points to a different election -- far less recent but far more impactful for all Bay Staters.   "There's very little question that Ralph Nader threw the election in Florida to [George W.] Bush," Skinner said, referring to the 2000 presidential contest. "[Nader] had 95,000 votes, and the margin of victory was less than 1,000. That creates a lot of bitterness toward third-party candidates.   "This would

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'Airborne Transmission, Prayer Flags for the Pandemic' Installed Along Hoosic River
02:06PM / Friday, October 02, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Artist Suzette Marie Martin installed 200 memorial flags along the River Street flood control chute in her piece "Airborne Transmission, Prayer Flags for the Pandemic."   Martin's public art installation consists of 200 surgical style face masks sewn to white cotton flags that are visually activated by passing airflow. Each flag is “socially isolated" in individual panels of the fence along the Hoosic River in River Street Park.   "My intention is that this artwork acts as a visual prompt to keep community safety in mind, and compassion in heart, as we endure the long-term effects of this pandemic," Martin

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Hears Concerns About Police at Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:42AM / Friday, October 02, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee this week heard from several residents who echoed the concerns raised by committee members about the presence of police officers in the town's public schools.   "I wanted to underscore one of the points Meg [Bossong] made about the perception of safety versus how policing can make us feel not only unsafe but how we are acclimating our children to a world where not even their schools are free of policing," Peggy Kern said. "Not even their buses are free of surveillance. I think that's a really important thing to think about.   "The moment my daughter steps on a bus, there is

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BRPC Supporting Measure to Create Comprehensive Health Districts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Friday, October 02, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has signed on in support of a bill that would create standards for boards of health, promote comprehensive health districts and establish appropriate funding.    The measure, HD.5306, was filed on Thursday morning by state Reps. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, and Denise Garlick, D-Needham, and has so far accrued 38 supporters, including state Reps. John Barrett III and Tricia Farley-Bouvier.   Laura Kittross, public health program manager for the BRPC, explained at Thursday's meeting of the Executive Committee that the bill if passed would accelerate the recommendations released last year after a two-year

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The Retired Investor: Halloween Could Be the Holiday Test Case
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Thursday, October 01, 2020
As October begins, mountains of candy have become a fixture in every store and supermarket. Halloween is the first in a series of fall into winter holidays. The candy companies are hoping it's going to be business as usual this year, but that depends on who comes to your door.    Whether it is trick-or-treating or costume parties, no one wants a visit from this year's most fearsome of monsters—the coronavirus. Worried parents wonder if this unwanted guest will be hiding among those candy wrappers, or in the noses, hands and mouths of excited children (or the parents and guardians accompanying them). Will one cough undo months of masks and safe spacing?   The

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