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Williamstown Select Board Asked to Back Bylaw on Junk Boats
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Tuesday, March 17, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A resident is asking the Select Board to consider placing a bylaw amendment on May's annual town meeting warrant that would regulate storage of junk boats on residential properties.   Jerry Smith was in front of the board last week with his attorney, Stanley Parese, to explain their proposal to amend a 50-year-old bylaw on junk cars to include watercraft.   "Jerry has a concern, as do a number of people in his neighborhood, with boats," Parese told the board. "I understand from Jerry there are any number of people in town who have concerns about boats.   "I don’t think there’s a junk boat lobby in Williamstown


North Berkshire Opens COVID-19 Operations Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:40PM / Monday, March 16, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee has opened an operations center to coordinate efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.    The center will be staffed weekdays for the time being with representatives including health officials, first-responders, public safety and partner organizations.    "We have a centralized COVID-19 operation center that is committed to unifying all our regional partners," said Amalio Jusino, co-chairman of the REPC and the multi-agency communications coordinator. "Our commitment is to be a single source of communication directly to FEMA to streamline resources and potential assets


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

Williamstown May Face Competing Bylaw Proposals on Pot Production
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:32AM / Monday, March 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town appears to be on track to have dueling zoning bylaw amendments on marijuana at May's annual town meeting.   The Planning Board this week advanced a proposal that would update some of the language in a 2017 town bylaw, establish guidelines for odor control at indoor pot growing facilities and ban outdoor commercial cannabis production in town.   Meanwhile, the Agricultural Commission is going forward with a plan to propose a competing bylaw amendment that would allow outdoor production by special permit and with more restrictive setback requirements than currently in place.   Either proposal would need a two-thirds majority at town


Governor Closes Schools Statewide, Bans Gatherings of More Than 25
06:31PM / Sunday, March 15, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at a press conference detailing emergency actions being taken by his office.

BOSTON — State officials are taking "unprecedented" measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, including closing all private and public schools, banning gatherings of more than 25, prohibiting on-premise patronizing of restaurants and taverns, and disallowing all visitors to long-term care facilities and nursing homes. 

The school and restaurant orders take effect Tuesday.

"I realize these measures are unprecedented. But we're asking our residents to take and understand the rationale behind the guidance," said Gov. Charlie Baker at


Veterans Spotlight: Sgt. Delphia Took Care of Fellow Soldiers
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:05PM / Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dick Delphia served as a corpsman at a hospital in Germany.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — What an absolute pleasure to sit and interview veteran Dick Delphia recently. Delphia served his country stateside as a corpsman from Jan. 1, 1953 to to Jan. 1, 1956.    At the age of 86, he is tremendously fit (he and his wife, Teresa, ride their stationary bikes every day), honest and possesses an "old school" humility.   Delphia had to quit Pittsfield High School at the age of 14 because of the sudden death of his mother.   "I had to take care of the family ... there was six of us" he remembered.   He enlisted at the age of 19 and was sent to

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Guest Column: SVMC Preparing for Coronavirus Containment, Treatment
04:03PM / Sunday, March 15, 2020
  Dear Community Member,   The health and safety of the patients, caregivers, and communities we serve is our most important priority. Our hospital and community health centers remain open and safe, and there has been no disruption to the high-quality patient care that we provide.   Beginning in mid-January, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) took a proactive and measured approach for planning for the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19, by holding daily multidisciplinary meetings. When confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States escalated, we immediately implemented appropriate response protocols. When SVHC admitted Vermont's first presumptive positive patient


North County Food Pantries Alter Pickup Routines
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:03PM / Sunday, March 15, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Food pantries in Northern Berkshire County are grappling with how to keep serving residents in need while keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the St. John Paul Charity Center food pantry in Adams announced it will be closed until further notice, both the Al Nelson Friendship Center in North Adams and the Williamstown Food Pantry have opted to modify their routines to continue to remain open.

Carol DeMayo, who runs the Williamstown Food Pantry, said absent any formal direction from officials, she and her team decided to pre-bag items and leave them on a table outside the pantry's outside door for people to drive by and grab this

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Pignatelli Wants Override of Regs Keeping State News Off Cable
04:13PM / Saturday, March 14, 2020
LEE, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli is asking the state's congressional representatives to push for an emergency override that will bring Massachusetts news to the Berkshires as the state addresses the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.   The letter to U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal asks for an override or modification of the Federal Communication Commission's outdated regulations that place the farthest west county of Massachusetts in the New York Capital District's "Designated Market Area."    "Governor Baker declared a state of emergency earlier this week in response to the


State Creates COVID-19 Command Center
11:57AM / Saturday, March 14, 2020
BOSTON – The governor has created a COVID-19 Response Command Center to be headed by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.    The command center reports to Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and will be the commonwealth's single point of strategic decision making and coordination in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.   "Our administration has been working for weeks to address the outbreak of COVID-19, and the new Response Command Center we are launching today is an important step in our planning and preparedness efforts," said Baker in a statement announcing the action on Saturday mornng. "Led by Secretary Marylou


Springfield Diocese Cancels Masses, Schools
08:03PM / Friday, March 13, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has canceled all Masses and other activities within its parishes.    Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has issued these updated directives based on the current situation regarding the novel coronavirus and statements from federal and state officials. Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday afternoon issued an emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of more than 250 people in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19.   Rozanski has ordered:    • All Masses and other activities are suspended in all parishes until further notice. He urges parishioners to view the televised Mass, the "Chalice of


North Adams Declares State of Emergency, Limits City Hall Access
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:48PM / Friday, March 13, 2020

The mayor says processes are being put in place to protect employees and citizens while still providing services.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North County towns are declaring states of emergency or taking other actions to better deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Mayor Thomas Bernard, speaking at City Hall with Adams Town Administrator Jay Green and Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch, said he was making the declaration "in line with our overall planning and preparedness and it ensures that we are able to protect the public health and safety, as well as to expedite the procurement of goods and services that we will need to respond to the coronavirus


Berkshire Health Systems Institutes Visitor Protocols
04:28PM / Friday, March 13, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital, in Great Barrington, have announced changes to visitation policies in line with national trends and to further lower the risk of transmission of infectious disease, including the coronavirus COVID-19.    Hospitals and other health-care facilities across Massachusetts and the United States have enacted similar visitation restrictions.   "Berkshire Health Systems is committed to protecting the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff, and this change helps us to enhance our ongoing efforts to minimize the potential transmission of COVID-19," said Dr. James Lederer, chief medical


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