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No Contested Elections in Williamstown this May
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:02PM / Saturday, March 30, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There are no contested elections this spring in town.   Tuesday was the last day for potential candidates to return nomination papers with the required number of signatures.   On Wednesday morning, Town Clerk Nicole Beverly reported that four of the five positions on the May 14 ballot will have candidates.   Jeffrey Johnson has a spot on the ballot to run for another three-year term on the five-person Select Board.   Two other incumbents also will be on the ballot: Anna Halpin-Healy for the Milne Library Board of Trustees and Laila Boucher for the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District (McCann Technical) School

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Clark Art Free Gallery Tours for Parents and Infants
07:55AM / Friday, March 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, April 5 at 10:15 am, the Clark Art Institute hosts the next in its series of free tours of its permanent collection galleries designed specifically to meet the interests of new parents/caregivers and their infants.   Participants should meet at the Clark’s main Admissions desk.    The program is specially designed to provide new parents and caregivers with a stress-free experience that offers chances to socialize with others who are caring for young infants. The guided gallery tour offers an informal visit to the Clark’s permanent collection free from any concerns about short attention spans or fussy babies. Works by a

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Welcomes Players for 13th Season
By Leland Barnes, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:27AM / Friday, March 29, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. –  As it enters its 13th season, the Berkshire Adult Baseball League has a new commissioner.   Jared Martin takes over the reins this spring from BABL founder Lou Orazio.   The league, which has games mostly on Sunday mornings with some weeknights throughout the season, runs from early May through mid-August in two divisions, the 20-and-over Division and the 33-and-over Division.   “The 20+ year old division is full of mostly competitive players, while the 33+ year old division is a more fun environment and less on the competitive side of things,” Martin said.   As of late March, the league has 13 teams lined up for the 2024

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Williamstown Select Board Awards ARPA Funds to Remedy Hall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:09AM / Friday, March 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday allocated $20,000 in COVID-19-era relief funds to help a non-profit born of the pandemic era that seeks to provide relief to residents in need.   On a unanimous vote, the board voted to grant the American Rescue Plan Act money to support Remedy Hall, a resource center that provides "basic life necessities" and emotional support to "individuals and families experiencing great hardship."   The board of the non-profit approached the Select Board with a request for $12,000 in ARPA Funds to help cover some of the relief agency's startup costs, including the purchase of a vehicle to pick up donations and

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WCMA: 'Cracking the Code on Numerology'
11:47AM / Thursday, March 28, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) opens a new exhibition, "Cracking the Cosmic Code: Numerology in Medieval Art."   The exhibit opened on March 22.   According to a press release:    The idea that numbers emanate sacred significance, and connect the past with the future, is prehistoric and global. Rooted in the Babylonian science of astrology, medieval Christian numerology taught that God created a well-ordered universe. Deciphering the universe's numerical patterns would reveal the Creator's grand plan for humanity, including individual fates.    This unquestioned concept deeply pervaded European cultures

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Clark Art Screens 'Adaptation'
08:03AM / Thursday, March 28, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, April 4, the Clark Art Institute hosts a free screening of the 2002 film "Adaptation," the final installment in its five-part Williamstown Public Library 150th Anniversary Film Series.    In celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Williamstown Library, this film series explores the transformative power of reading. The Clark shows the film at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Of the screenwriters of the early twenty-first century, Charlie Kaufman might have the most revealing love/hate relationship with books. In Adaptation, he writes himself into the film

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Letter: Vote for Someone Other Than Trump
Letter to the Editor,
05:00PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2024

To the Editor:

I urge my Republican friends to vote for someone other than Donald Trump in November. His rallies are getting embarrassingly sparse and his speeches more hostile and confused. He's looking desperately for money, now selling poor-quality gold sneakers for $399. While Trump's online fans embrace him more tightly, more and more of the people who actually worked with Trump have broken with him, often issuing statements denouncing his motives, intellect, and patriotism.

Mike Pence is the most recent, but the list now includes William Barr, former attorney general (who compared him to a 9-year-old); former NSC Chairs Bolton and McMaster; former Defense Secretaries Mattis

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Dog Daycare Planned for Former Williamstown Restaurant Site
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The former Taconic Restaurant building on Cold Spring Road is on track to be used as a dog daycare and training facility.   Michelle Marrocco last week obtained a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals to operate Pup Place at 1161 Cold Spring Road, at the junction of Routes 7 and 2.   "The Pup Place helps 'pup parents' of Northern Berkshire County build trusting relationships with their dogs through training and daycare services, so they can live their happiest lives together," Marrocco wrote in a letter accompanying her application to the board. "The Pup Place's model ensures that dogs get the exercise and

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Governor Swears In Youth Advisory Council
08:04AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2024
BOSTON — Governor Maura Healey swore in the members of her Youth Advisory Council.    Established through an executive order, Council members will advise the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the entire administration on critical issues impacting Massachusetts, such as civic engagement, education, climate, housing, mental health and youth violence.    The Council is made up of 60 young people, ranging ages 16-21, from every region in Massachusetts, who will serve a two-year appointment.     From Berkshire County:   Aleksei Chang, Williamstown     Cameryn Wilk, Pittsfield     Leslye

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Williamstown Finance Committee Finishes Review of FY25 Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:32AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee last week voted to recommend town meeting pass a fiscal year 2025 budget that would result in about a 1 percent increase in the amount of money needed to be raised in property taxes.   The meeting at Town Hall was the last in a five-week series of sessions during which Fin Comm members repeatedly pushed to keep the tax levy increase as close to zero as possible at a time of rising costs both for Town Hall and the public schools.   "Overall, what I think you'll see is not a budget that is very exciting in terms of new ideas, new initiatives, things of that nature," Town Manager Bob Menicocci said when introducing the

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Habitat for Humanity Plans Wednesday Info Sessions on Williamstown Development
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:17PM / Tuesday, March 26, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will hold two information sessions this spring for residents interested in a planned five-home development off Summer Street.   The non-profit will explain more about the project on Wednesday, March 27, and Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Harper Center on Church Street.   The 1.75-acre lot currently is owned by the town's Affordable Housing Trust, which acquired it and a parcel at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street for the purpose of developing income-restricted housing.   Northern Berkshire Habitat built two homes on the Cole-Maple site and has turned its attention to Summer Street, where it

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Clark Art Lecture on Buddha Sculpture
08:07AM / Tuesday, March 26, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program presents a lecture by Cynthea J. Bogel (Kyushu University / Clark Fellow).    Bogel explores motifs on the pedestal of a key eighth-century sculpture: a colossal gilt-bronze Buddha (Nara period, 710–784) and the main icon of the temple Yakushiji. The talk takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Scholars interpret the pedestal motifs as a pastiche of Sinitic symbols inconsistent with Buddhist representation. Bogel understands the pedestals of important seventh and

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