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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Looks to Address Elders' Concerns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Friday, December 03, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's diversity committee Monday called on Town Hall to address accessibility and mobility issues on the sidewalk in front of the senior center.   Specifically, the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee suggested the town seek funding through the commonwealth's Shared Streets and Spaces Program to modify the sidewalk on the north side of Church Street, in front of the Harper Center and the Proprietors Fields elder housing complex.   The initiative grew out of a recent listening session several DIRE Committee members conducted at the Harper Center. They heard a number of concerns, including issues with parking, interpersonal

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The Retired Investor: The Hawks Return
By Bill Schmick,
11:47AM / Friday, December 03, 2021
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, during testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve bank, did an about face on monetary policy. Powell appeared to take on a new mantle, that of the nation's chief inflation fighter, casting aside his former dovish stance towards continued easing of monetary stimulus. Investors are asking "what changed?"   "We're now looking at an economy that's very strong and inflationary pressures that are high," Powell said. He went on to say that it might be "appropriate to wrap up our purchases a few months earlier."   Powell was referring to the planned tapering of the

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Williams College Men's Basketball Tops Worcester State
10:41PM / Thursday, December 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nate Karren scored 13 points Thursday to lead players in double figures as the Williams College men's basketball team topped Worcester State, 70-57.   Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 12, and Jovan Jones and Declan Porter added 11 and 10, respectively, for Williams.   Williams (6-0) goes to Wesleyan on Saturday.

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Pittsfield, Williamstown Libraries Host Zoom Talks With Ken Gloss
Staff Reports,
03:00PM / Wednesday, December 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire booklovers have two opportunities to hear from rare book specialist Kenneth Gloss this week.    The owner of the 200-year-old Brattle Book Shop in Boston and longtime contributor to WGBH-TV's "Antiques Roadshow" will be speaking via Zoom to audiences at the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Milne Public Library in Williamstown.    Gloss is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International

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BMC Nurse Earns DAISY Award Recognition
11:38AM / Wednesday, December 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center registered nurse Michaela LaPlante has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care.    LaPlante, who serves on 4 East in the hospital, received a glowing nomination for her care of a patient in her final days.    "You could tell from the moment that Michaela walked in the room that she has a passion for nursing and the care that was to be provided. She was knowledgeable, swift and precise in her care," said a relative of the patient. "She

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Baker, Polito Won't Run in 2022
Staff Reports,
11:02AM / Wednesday, December 01, 2021
BOSTON — After months of speculation on whether Charlie Baker or Karyn Polito would run for governor next year, both have pulled out of the race.    In a statement Wednesday morning -- following the publication of an article quoting Baker allies in The Boston Globe -- the Baker-Polito campaign announced "we have decided not to seek re-election in 2022."   "This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We love the work, and we especially respect and admire the people of this wonderful Commonwealth. Serving as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has been the most challenging and fulfilling jobs we’ve ever had. We will forever be

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Williamstown Housing Board Advised to Focus on 'Below Market' Demographic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:36AM / Wednesday, December 01, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust this month was encouraged to focus its activities on creating opportunities for people earning just less than the area median income.   A well-known local real estate developer and the CEO of Berkshire Housing Development Corp. both told the body that there are more funding options for from state and federal sources for housing aimed at those making 60 percent or less than the AMI than for those earning 80 to 100 percent of AMI, a federal measure that depicts a number that half of an area's population earn above and half earn below.   "If there is a demonstrated need for 60 percent [below

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Support iBerkshires, Support Local News on Giving Tuesday
03:15PM / Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Dear Readers,

iBerkshires.com, like many small local businesses, struggled through the pandemic. We understood that the local businesses that supported us with advertising through the years were having their own problems. And we knew that our readers were dealing with disruptions as well. 

During that time, we did our best to keep everyone updated on the course of the pandemic, its affect on schools and the community, and to provide a place for local business to keep their customers apprised of their hours and policies for free. 

Our goal for the past two decades has been to keep our community informed about the important events happening in the Berkshires. That has meant keeping

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Briefs Around the County: Talks, Music, Books & More
04:05PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
'Mohican Nation in Williamstown' Williamstown Rural Lands is hosting a Zoom panel discussion on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. on the "Mohican Nation in Williamstown" with panelists Stockbridge-Munsee Community Historic Preservation Manager Bonney Hartley, Williams College professors Christine DeLucia and Margaux Kristjansson, and Williams College sophomores Gwyn Chilcoat, Hikaru Hayakawa, and Jayden Jogweo who will discuss the results of their independent study on Mohican Nation past, present, and future in Williamstown.   Visit www.rurallands.org/events to register for the Zoom link. This panel discussion is one of a series of Talks on the Hill produced by WRL. A

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Springfield Diocese Adds New Name to Allegations Listing
03:09PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has issued a quarterly update to the online listing of "Finding of Credibility of Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor."   The update is part of the diocese's commitment to provide regular communications regarding safe environment efforts.   Effective Monday, Nov. 29,  the name of the late Rev. Joseph P. Quinlan has been added to the online list based on a credible finding by the diocesan Review Board. Quinlan was ordained in 1971 and died in 1989. The abuse reported in this allegation dates back to 1974 and involved a minor.   Quinlan’s full assignment listing can be found here.

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Mount Greylock Posts First Quarter Honor Roll for 2021
01:39PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has posted the names of those students making the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2021-22 school year.    Total school enrollment is 526 and 326, or 62 percent, have made honor roll for the first quarter.   Honor Roll Grade 12 Zoe Armet, Henry Art, Aidan Barnes, Jordyn Beaulieu, Adriel Benko, Edward Brannan, William Broadwell, Jillian Bump, Jack Catelotti, Cayden Conry, Christian Doucette, Maisie Dufour, Diego Galvez, Ryan Goss, Jonah Hane, Conor Harrison, Luca Hirsch, Simon Klompus, Madison MacHaffie, Preston Maruk, Catherine McAllister, Karissa McInerney, Eleanor McPartland, Jamie-Lee Meintjes, Isaiah

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Bay State Games Cancels Winter Figure Skating Competition
12:37PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Bay State Games are skipping the figure skating competition again this winter and the status of the hockey games are uncertain.    This would be the second year that competition in Northern Berkshire has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Winter Games were last held in 2020, just before the start of the pandemic. The Summer Games that year were canceled but were held successfully this past summer, as were some of the winter sports — but not in North Berkshire.     Williams College has hosted the annual figure skating competition for 35 years. The competitions are normally held in January, February or

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