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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:08AM / Thursday, November 16, 2017

Planning Board Chairman Chris Kapiloff explains proposed zoning bylaw changes to town meeting on Tuesday.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School regionalization was not the only issue to sail through Tuesday's special town meeting without debate.   The town approved eight other warrant articles with minimal discussion, advancing a plan to replace the town's police station and authorizing changes to the town's zoning bylaws.   Voters OK'd the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans.   When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend

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Williamstown Culvert Replacement Project Begins
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Wednesday, November 15, 2017

As part of the parking lot project, the building that houses Lickety Split ice cream is going away, but signage on the nearby Danforth Building announces that the ice cream parlor will reopen there in the spring. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The "Little Dig" is under way.   Williams College on Tuesday began the long process of replacing the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River.   The project, part of a larger stormwater management plan that includes new underground detention tanks beneath the Spring Street municipal parking lot, is scheduled to run through May 2019 and, when it is over, greatly reduce the flooding problem that

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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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Williamstown & Lanesborough Approve School Regionalization
By Andy McKeever & Stephen Dravis,
07:29PM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — While there was some vigorous opposition in Lanesborough to the regionalization of schools with Williamstown, ultimately an overwhelming number of residents at Tuesday's special town meeting felt the plan was in the town's best interest.

"We have the best system in Berkshire County right now, three Level 1 schools, excellent educators, wonderful families in both communities that support education," said School Committee member PJ Pannesco, who has taught at Mount Greylock for decades and recalled times when students went to Pittsfield schools and when the town nearly closed down Lanesborough Elementary to join with

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Williamstown Selectmen Recommend School Regionalization to Tuesday Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted to recommend the town approve the expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include its two feeder elementary schools.   In concurrent Tuesday special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown, voters in the two towns will be asked to approve the current junior-senior high school district to include the elementary schools in each town.   Lanesborough voters will gather at 6 p.m. at Lanesborough Elementary School while Williamstown voters will meet at 7 at their elementary school.   The Selectmen have been discussing the proposed expansion for months but held off its final recommendation

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Biz Briefs: Greylock Donates $100,000 to Elder Services for Elder Nutrition Program
02:53PM / Monday, November 13, 2017
Staying healthy

Greylock Federal Credit Union has pledged to donate $100,000 over five years to Elder Services of Berkshire County. The gift is to support the Elder Nutrition Program, which provides meals through both Meals on Wheels and their 15 congregate meal sites located at Councils on Aging throughout the county.

ESBC's Elder Nutrition Program reaches some of the most vulnerable seniors in Berkshire County. According to a report from Elder Services, the typical person who receives a visit from a Meals on Wheels driver is between the ages of 75 and 90, female, widowed, and living alone on a fixed income. Each visit provides not only a hot nutritious meal, but also vital social

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Berkshires Beat: Home Instead Kicks Off 'Be A Santa To A Senior' Program
01:31PM / Monday, November 13, 2017
Holiday cheer

The local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Berkshire County is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Providing gifts and companionship at a time when seniors may need it most, the program is made possible through the generous support of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.

Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from Nov. 10 to Dec. 29. Those trees will be decorated with paper ornaments

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Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Monday, November 13, 2017

Skiing has always been part of the Berkshire's winter season but ski areas are now improving their winter sports options and becoming year-round attractions.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development.    1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark Art Institute or Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and

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Williams Women's Soccer Wins NCAA Tourney Second-Round Game
06:21PM / Sunday, November 12, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sydney Jones scored two second-half goals Sunday to lead the sixth-ranked Williams College women's soccer team into the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament with a 3-0 win over Brandeis.   Natasha Albaneze scored the game-winner with an unassisted goal in the 11th minute.   Jones scored a goal midway through the second half with an assist from Aspen Pierson and added another in the final minute with help from Georgia Lord.   Olivia Barnhill made three saves for the Ephs (18-1-1).

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Lanesborough, Williamstown Voters Face School Regionalization Question Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:38AM / Sunday, November 12, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Tuesday's special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown are the culmination of a process that began nearly a decade ago.   It was 2008 when Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School joined together to form Superintendency Union 71 and share central administrative services. Two years later, SU71 joined forces with the junior-senior high school to which elementary students matriculate, Mount Greylock, creating the so-called "Tri-District" shared services agreement.   Back when those relationships were formed, they were seen as stepping stones on the path to fully regionalizing the North County school

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Williams Women's Soccer Advances in NCAA; Football Tops Amherst in OT
12:02AM / Sunday, November 12, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The No. 6 Williams College women’s soccer team (17–1–1) defeated Lesley (16–3–3), 2-0, Saturday afternoon on Cole Field in the first round of the NCAA tournament.   With more than 100 fans in attendance, the NESCAC champion Ephs hosted the NECC-winning Lynx.   Williams enjoyed long spells of possession in the first half, but Lesley kept the home side off the scoreboard. Lynx defenders blocked several Eph crosses to prevent scoring opportunities.   The Ephs saw a chance in the 25th minute, when forward Natasha Albaneze volleyed a hard shot on goal from 20 yards out. Lynx goalkeeper Lilly Donovan, who entered the game

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Discusses Reasons Behind 'Change Orders'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:36AM / Friday, November 10, 2017

Exterior work progresses on the new construction at Mount Greylock Regional School. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee recently further clarified the concept of "change orders" that have begun to affect the building project's budget in a modest way.   At its most recent meeting, Building and School Committee member Al Terranova asked the district's owner's project manager to clarify the purpose of the orders.   "It doesn't mean we're expanding the project," Terranova said. "What we're doing is responding to recommendations from the contractor and the project manager and we have to

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'LBJ': Offers Hope From the Past
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:41PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
Viewers uninterested in politics and American history probably won't enjoy the insight and philosophical ruminations ventured by director Rob Reiner in his savvy biopic, "LBJ." Detailing the momentous ebb and flow of the times just before and after the ascension of Lyndon Baines Johnson to the presidency of the United States in 1963, Reiner, working from a script by Joey Hartstone, studiously puts forth a thesis worthy of an honorary master's degree.    If it had new information about the man behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I'd of considered a Ph.D.   Now, I won't attempt to pull away those who would much prefer the couch, the football game, a

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