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Little New Growth Leads to Tough Budget Choices in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:43AM / Wednesday, November 22, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Rising costs plus flat revenues add up to a tricky budget season for Williamstown Town Manager Robert Menicocci this winter.   "Out of the gates, we have a match problem," Menicocci told the Select Board at its Nov. 13 meeting.   "Property taxes always have the 2.5 percent levy limit on them from Proposition 2 1/2. And unless you have significant property growth in terms of coming on the [tax] rolls, like we did with Cable Mills last year, that's our only source of additional growth to help fund either new requests or fund gaps like we have now with what we're facing with inflation."   Against that potential 2.5 percent

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Mount Greylock School Committee Looks at New Library Policy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:22PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee last week began the process of enacting an updated and expanded district policy on library material selection and review.   The 1,500-word proposed policy came to the full panel via its policy subcommittee and would appear to replace two existing policies, titled "Library Materials Selection and Adoption" and "Library Resources," that add up to about 800 words on the topic.   The proposed policy received a "first read" at the School Committee's Nov. 14 meeting. No action could be taken on the proposed rules until after a second read at a subsequent meeting.   The new policy would

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Clark Art Announces Summer 2024 Exhibitions
10:12AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute announces its summer 2024 schedule, featuring  exhibitions, events, and activities.    Leading its summer program is a major new exhibition of works by French artist Guillaume Lethière featuring some eighty paintings, prints, and drawings. Organized in partnership with the Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum), the exhibition premieres at the Clark and then travels to Paris for an autumn 2024 exhibition at the Louvre.   "We are already looking forward to summer 2024," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute. "Our exhibition on Guillaume Lethière promises to be an

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Williams Men's Cross Country Fourth at NCAA Championships
08:13AM / Sunday, November 19, 2023
CARLISLE, Pa. -- John Lucey finished sixth Saturday to lead the Williams College men's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship.   Pomona-Pitzer won the team competition with 158 points, one point ahead of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, whose Ethan Gregg won the men's title.   Williams' men finished with 212 points.   Genna Girard was the top finisher for the Williams women, placing 32nd in a 292-runner field. The Williams women placed sixth in a team competition won by Carleton.   Football LEWISTON, Maine -- Owen McHugh threw for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Williams to a 43-0 win over Bates.   McHugh also ran

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Mount Greylock Breaks Ground on Field, Track Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Friday, November 17, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A few days before the holiday break, Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless got a jump on the festivities.   "As is always the case on this campus, there is a spirit of gratitude," McCandless said in a midday ceremony on the middle-high school campus. "And we are so grateful to so many people and so many organizations today."   And, no doubt, many of those people were grateful to see Friday come.   Community volunteers, school officials, coaches and parents gathered just to the east of the school for a ground-breaking for the $4.3 million track and field project that will be completed at the site over the next couple of

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Williams College Finds Indoor Facilities for Athletes in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:00AM / Friday, November 17, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Williams College is looking eastward for athletic facilities with the closure of the Towne Field House.   The Planning Board on Monday approved a change-of-use application for a unit at 69 Union St. to operate a fitness facility. The special permit would allow the college to extend its use of the spaces in the former Shapiro Chevrolet dealership for its athletes.   Alicia Schneider, property manager for CT Management Group, said the 8,000 square foot space had been used as a shop and storage by GEM Environmental.   "We just rented them the previous J-Star gymnastics space, so they already are in the fitness facilities that we have," she

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Williamstown Asked to Take Stand on Gaza Crisis
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Thursday, November 16, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A resident Monday asked the Select Board to take a stand on a humanitarian crisis unfolding half a world away.   Benjamin Grimes addressed the board at the end of its meeting to ask the elected body to pass a resolution supporting the Palestinian people of Gaza and calling for a ceasefire in Israel's ongoing campaign to root out the Hamas militant faction.   "I won't traumatize us by recounting the atrocities, except to note that the death toll in Gaza is now over 11,200 people, including more than 4,000 children," Grimes said in a prepared statement delivered during the board's public comment period. "Try to imagine all the

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Haddad Subaru Wins National Love Promise Award
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:12PM / Wednesday, November 15, 2023

General manager Chris Kramek, Strong Little Souls founder Madison Quinn and Haddad Marketing Director Beth Maturevich with national award presented to the dealership by Subaru.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Haddad Auto Group has become an integral part of the community through more than 90 years of donations and initiatives.    Haddad Subaru's most recent collaboration was a family day with local non-profit for pediatric cancer Strong Little Souls, which earned it a National Love Promise award. This is the first time this dealership has won the national recognition given by Subaru of America.    Subaru of America awards two out of its 630 retailers in the

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Clark Art Opens Exhibit on its British Prints, Drawings
11:43AM / Wednesday, November 15, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of its Manton Research Center, the Clark Art Institute presents a varied selection of British works on paper acquired over the last fifty years.    "50 Years and Forward: British Prints and Drawings Acquisitions" opens on Nov. 18, 2023 and is on view through Feb. 11, 2024 in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery, located in the Manton Research Center.   "The Manton Research Center is the home of our works on paper collection and its fiftieth anniversary commemoration provides us with a wonderful opportunity to showcase the exceptional British prints and drawings that are a part of this

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Williamstown Fire Station Project Clears Conservation Commission
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:23AM / Wednesday, November 15, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District last week cleared one of two local regulatory hurdles facing the new station project on Main Street.   By a vote of 7-0, the Conservation Commission approved and set conditions for the construction project to replace the aging station on Water Street. This Thursday, fire district officials will be back at Town Hall to seek the OK of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the $22.5 million project that district voters overwhelmingly approved in February.   Charlie LaBatt of Guntlow and Associates represented the district before the Con Comm, which has jurisdiction over the former Lehovec property at 562 Main St. (Route 2) because

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Clark Art Talk by Stockbridge-Munsee Author
11:36AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a talk by Stockbridge-Munsee author Misty Cook exploring the use and history of local plants.    The event takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   In this talk, Misty Cook discusses tribal history and plant medicines, creating a rounded picture of what life was like in the Homeland prior to being forcibly removed. She also examines how Mohican peoples interact with the land around them to use these herbal medicines today.   Free. Presented in collaboration with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. 

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BArT Theatre Presents 'Tracks'
08:00AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School Theatre announced its production of "Tracks."   The show will run on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm, with additional performances on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.   "Tracks" was written by Peter Tarsi. This production is directed by BArT Senior Jace Ziarnik and stage-managed by BART Senior M Schrade.   According to a press release:   A group of strangers meet in a dirty subway station. They have arrived with limited personal belongings. Their watches have stopped. They all claim to be in different cities. But they soon learn there is no way out of the station. And

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