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Williams College 2021 Faculty Lecture Series
04:37PM / Friday, February 19, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will present its annual Faculty Lecture Series online, starting Feb. 25.    Lectures will be offered on Thursdays, Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, and April 1. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. Zoom links are provided on the college's website at events.williams.edu. The lectures are free and open to the public.   Feb. 25, Matt Carter, associate professor of biology, will present "The Food Network: How Your Brain Makes You Feel Hungry or Full."  March 4, Mike Glier, Alexander Falck Class of 1899 Professor of Art, will discuss "Answer Music: Observation and Abstraction of the Living

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Berkshire Grand Jury Indicts Former Olympian of Indecent Assault
Staff Reports,
04:23PM / Friday, February 19, 2021

BREAKING: #ConradAvondaleMainwaring, who I,@markfwespn @GregAmante + others have been investigating for 3 years, was arrested AGAIN today. This time on a dozen felony sexual assault counts (some against minors) in Massachusetts circa the 1970s. THREAD/
https://t.co/v3bbXAj86P

— Mike Kessler (@mikeskessler) February 17, 2021 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former Olympian has been indicted on 12 counts of indecent assault and battery alleged to have occurred in Becket and dating back 50 years.   Conrad Mainwaring, 69, was arrested by Los Angeles authorities on Wednesday on a fugitive from justice warrant related to allegations he had assaulted children while a camp counselor in

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Williamstown Town Manager Stepping Down
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Friday, February 19, 2021

The fallout from a federal lawsuit dropped late last year has seen the resignation of Town Manager Jason Hoch and the former Police Chief Kyle Johnson.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town Manager Jason Hoch announced Friday afternoon that he is leaving the position.

  Hoch has come under heavy criticism from many community members in the wake of a federal lawsuit that was filed in August against himself, the former chief of police and the town.   On Friday, he said the calls for his firing played a role in his decision to ask the Select Board to negotiate a way for him to leave the post he has held for five and a half years.   "It was certainly part of the

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As Anticipated, Williams Sees Bump in COVID-19 Positive Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Friday, February 19, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College saw the expected number of positive COVID-19 test results in its student population as it moved into the spring semester, officials said on Thursday.   Most of those positive tests were found among students before they returned to campus.   "We were kind of running three different [predictive] models, all using publicly available data sets," said Jason Rivera, the college's director of institutional research. "What it was doing was giving us a range of where we could possibly expect cases to go depending on how you want to plug in the numbers.   "As we got closer and closer to students arriving, we were

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Patrick Leading Panel on Low Vaccinations in Communities of Color
04:19PM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former Gov. Deval Patrick will lead a virtual panel of local health professionals on Tuesday to address the low numbers of COVID-19 vaccinations in the state's communities of color.    The novel coronavirus is disproportionately affecting Black and Hispanic people. Long-standing structural health and social inequities have increased the risks of sickness and death, which coupled with historic and systemic issues of maltreatment, have created an environment of mistrust with the vaccine process. According to the latest report by state Department of Public Health, only 3.3 percent of Hispanic or Latinx residents, 2.8 percent of Asian American and Pacific

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The Retired Investor: Clubhouse Comes of Age
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
The latest entrant into the social media orbit is an audio-only chat app called Clubhouse. The internet company had a $1 billion valuation before it had a business plan. That is even more surprising since membership is by invitation-only.   On Jan. 24, 2021, the company announced its latest $100 million fundraising effort, and for the first time presented a rough sketch of how it plans to start generating sales. Its Silicon Valley founders, Paul Davidson and Rohan Seth, are hoping to offer paid subscriptions, ticketed events, and other schemes to turn the site profitable.   You need to know an existing member in order to get an invite to join Clubhouse. Once you become a member,

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Williamstown Fire District Building Committee to Choose Owner's Project Manager
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District's Building Committee could have a recommendation on an owner's project manager for its planned fire station project as soon as Friday afternoon.   Building Committee Chair Elaine Neely on Wednesday reported to the Prudential Committee that her panel received nine responses to the request for qualifications issued by the district and conducted interviews with three finalists last week.   Representatives from Construction Monitoring Services, Colliers Property Management and the Architectural Consulting Group met for about an hour apiece over Zoom with the Building Committee, which includes the representatives from the district

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Berkshires Rates Highest in Population Percentage Vaccinated
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:10PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County again got high marks from the governor on Wednesday for being No. 1 in the percentage of vaccinations it's been administering.    "The big message we got from the public was vaccinate, vaccinate, and there's no question the fastest way to do this is with high volume sites," Gov. Charlie Baker said at Wednesday's daily briefing. "Now, it's worth pointing out that we have four county collaboratives right now that have been operating for several weeks in Berkshire County, Barnstable County, Franklin County and Worcester County.    "Those regional collaboratives, which have now been running for

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Snowstorm Headed for Berkshires Downgraded
04:19PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
: the forecast is now for 3 to 6 inches across the Berkshires with slightly higher amounts in the higher elevations. Snow will start falling in the Southern Berkshires between 2 and 4 p.m. and is expected to reach North Berkshire this evening. Light snow will continue through Friday and may cause icy and slippery conditions. A winter weather advisory is in effect for all of the Berkshires.    Pittsfield has declared a snow emergency beginning Thursday at 7 p.m.  with cars parked on the even side until Friday 7 p.m., when they should switch to the odd side.  Adams is warning motorists not to park on streets or in municipal lots beginning noon on Thursday through noon

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Vaccination Slots Open Up Thursday for Age 65, Certain Medical Conditions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:29PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
BOSTON — Vaccination slots will open up Thursday for those age 65 and older and anyone age 16 and up who has at least two medical conditions.   This will expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine for another million residents — but the wait for an appointment may be long.    "It's important to remember the federal government only sends states a small amount of vaccine every week," Gov. Charlie Baker said at this daily briefing on Wednesday. "But the last several weeks, the federal government has shipped about 110,000 first doses per week, to the commonwealth of Massachusetts.   "Unless we see a massive increase in shipments from the feds,

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Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Restoration of Residents' Pond
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission last week approved a pond restoration project for a homeowner on Henderson Road.   Margot and Bill Moomaw asked the town to allow them to address nuisance vegetation, particularly bur reed, that has taken hold in their pond since they treated it for Eurasian milfoil nine years ago.   "With this submission, the Moomaws are requesting approval for a multi-year pond management plan, beginning with hydro-raking to remove the accumulated biomass, muck and silt in order to create better conditions for aquatic species, and to restore depth to the pond," the couple wrote in a letter supporting their application.

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SVHC's Weekly COVID-19 Update: February 12
08:46AM / Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  February 12, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Nothing to Lose, So Much to

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