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'The Wild One': Wandering Rebel
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:29PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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The Retired Investor: Home Is Where the Hammer Is
By Bill Schmick,
04:45PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020
Remember those promises of how you were going to finish that deck, remodel the kitchen, or fix that faucet? Well, this year, many Americans finally stopped procrastinating.    It appears that there is at least one silver lining in this pandemic: a boom in home improvements. Take my brother-in-law, for example. He lives in a Maryland suburb with his wife and extended family, which consists of three adult children, plus a bunch of grandchildren. Faced with working from home, the entire family embarked on a do-over to their back yard. During the last few months, they installed an above-ground pool, built a gazebo, and purchased outdoor patio furniture. Since then, the back yard has



State DPH Setting Up Rapid Response Testing Deployment for Schools
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker has been encouraging school systems to in low-transmission areas to start at least some in-person education.  BOSTON — The state is launching a rapid response testing program for all K-12 schools in Massachusetts as part of a package of resources to encourage schools to bring students back into the classrooms.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said the testing program for the novel coronavirus would be made available to the schools based on criteria spelled out by the Department of Public Health in coordination with local boards of health.    "This program will be designed to quickly deliver testing resources for students and

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First Congregational Church of Williamstown Welcomes New Interim Pastor
11:00AM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Rev. Mark Seifried has joined First Congregational Church in Williamstown as an intentional interim minister.  

Seifried has relocated to the Berkshires from Boston, where he most recently served as the interim senior minister at Brighton Allston Congregational Church. In addition to assuming pastoral duties such as leading worship services, counseling and administrative functions, he will assist the congregation in furthering their efforts to advance racial, social, economic and climate justice, explore contemplative practices and an emerging progressive Christian theology, as well as support the church in its search and call processes for a settled


New Chief of Cardiology Joins Berkshire Health Systems
10:52AM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Peter Chien as the new division chief of cardiology at Berkshire Medical Center. 

Dr. Chien, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist, joins the BMC medical staff and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC. He is partnered with doctors Kyle Cooper, Andrew Potash, Georgianne Valli-Harwood and Shyama Wickramaaratchi at Cardiology Professional Services of BMC, and he is accepting new patients in need of cardiac care.

Chien has previously held leadership roles in several organizations and most recently practiced as a non-invasive cardiologist at York Hospital in York, Maine.

He is


Massachusetts Requiring Students Have Flu Vaccination
05:44PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2020
BOSTON — State public health officials on Wednesday announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending child care, preschool, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities.    State Department of Public Health officials say the new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by Dec. 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are


Williamstown Apothecary Set to Open on Wednesday
12:19AM / Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Apothecary, a new retail pharmacy in Williamstown, will open on Wednesday, Aug. 19. 

The Williamstown Apothecary is a collaboration between Berkshire Health Systems and Williams College that will expand access to prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and many other products, in close proximity to the Williams campus. The Williamstown Apothecary is located at 72 Spring St. in Williamstown, a property owned by the college.

The hours of operation for the Williamstown Apothecary are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

"Williams has been excited to work


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, owner of Neathawk Signs and Design, to create a 3D sign for the business.

Neathawk installed the sign late Monday afternoon that features multicolored hand prints from the children as the leaves of a tree poking out of the top. Underneath the name and address "a place to grow" is written. The children's hand prints were taken at the school and Neathawk then scanned them into her design programs to create the sign.


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Grand Tradition Concert 2011
by Billsville
02:30PM / Monday, December 19, 2011
WilliNet has posted this year's Grand Tradition Concert, recorded on Dec. 11, at the Williamstown Elementary School. You can also find it on the WilliNet schedule here.

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