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Letter: Project 2025 is bigger than Dobbs
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Saturday, June 22, 2024

To the Editor:

Please join Greylock Together and Indivisible chapters all across the country (13 in Massachusetts alone) on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Field Park in Williamstown on the two-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Bring signs, hear speakers, leave with actions to take.

The Dobbs decision two years ago was the tip of the iceberg. Since then, 14 states have banned abortion entirely and many more have restricted access. MAGA Republicans have made clear this is only the beginning. Trump and his enablers winning in 2025 means those things can go national. As outlined in Project 2025, produced by The Heritage Foundation and a coalition of 100

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Update: Mount Greylock Wins ‘As Schools Match Wits' Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:18AM / Saturday, June 22, 2024
Update: Mount Greylock won the championship with a 310-155 win over Longmeadow.    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If New England Public Media's "As Schools Match Wits" had questions about the meaning of perseverance or continuity, the Mount Greylock Mounties might ace those, too.   Mount Greylock this spring advanced to the championship match of the quiz show's 63rd season, which will be telecast on Saturday at 7 p.m.   And the Mounties did it with a team of four seniors that includes two three-year ASMW veterans and another competing in his second straight season.   One of the three-year veterans, Caleb Low, agreed that the team's collective

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Berkshire Youth Soccer Holds Season-Ending Tournament
Community submission,
09:21AM / Friday, June 21, 2024
LENOX, Mass. -- Eight teams earned championships last weekend in the finals of the Berkshire County Youth Soccer League spring season.   Teams of boys and girls in grades 5-6 and 7-8 participated in the season-ending tournament, organized by Donna Laroque and Nigel Gayle and hosted mostly at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.   One squad, the Williamstown Wildcats 12-and-under girls, is extending its season with a trip to this weekend's Massachusetts Tournament of Champions in Lancaster.   Teams winning Berkshire County league titles on June 15 included:   Under-12 Boys B Cup Final: GYAA 2, Williamstown Soccer Club 1 Girls B Cup Final: GYAA 2, Pittsfield Soccer

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Clark Art Presents Opera Lafayette and Ariana Wehr
08:01AM / Friday, June 21, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Wednesday, June 26, the Clark Art Institute presents a free classical concert on the career and repertoire of the famous eighteenth-century soprano Minette by musicians of Opera Lafayette and soprano Arian Wehr.    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Guillaume Lethière, the free concert takes place on the Clark's reflecting pool lawn at 6 pm.   According to a press release:   One of the great stars of theatrical life in colonial Saint-Domingue in the 1780s, the soprano Minette was unlike almost all the actors and actresses of that time in that she was a woman of African descent. The title of Marie Chauvet's novel

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'Striking Out Cancer' Event Returns June 29 in Pittsfield
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:00AM / Thursday, June 20, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Four years in and still swinging for the fences, the Striking out Cancer in the Berkshires fund-raiser returns on Saturday, June 29, at Clapp Park.   The all-day baseball and women’s softball games are the brainchild of city resident Joe DiCicco, who conceived the event as a way to raise money to support the Jimmy Fund for cancer research and patient care at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.   For $10, any player of any ability is welcome to join in the fun. Every participant receives a T-shirt commemorating the event.   The action gets under way at 9 a.m. with a ceremonial first pitch by a child who benefited from the Jimmy

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Williamstown Man Pleads Guilty To Child Sexual Abuse Charges
04:00PM / Wednesday, June 19, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Monday, June 17, Tom Nelson, 38 of Williamstown, pled guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to three charges related to child sexual abuse: Posing/Exhibiting a Child in the Nude Posing/Exhibiting a Child in a Sexual Act Dissemination of Matter Harmful to Minors, Second Offense According to a report from the District Attorney's Office, in 2021 the defendant utilized Omegle to make contact with an 11-year-old child. Through the connection on the Omegle, the defendant used predatory tactics to obtain graphic sexual content, on more than one platform, targeting an 11-year-old child. This is the second time the defendant has exhibited such predatory

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Grega Throws Perfect Game in BABL
iBerkshires.com Sports,
01:19PM / Wednesday, June 19, 2024
CHESHIRE, Mass. -- Will Grega struck out 13 in a perfect game on the mound Sunday to lead the Berkshire Bandits to a 3-0 win over the North County Kraken in a first-place battle in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   The Bandits (5-1) took over sole possession of first place in the league's 20-and-over division over the Kracken (4-1) with the win.   Grega helped his cause by going 1-for-3 with an RBI double and scoring a run on offense.   Demitri Ayers was 1-for-1 with a pair of walks and a runs scored, and Abdiel Cotto singled and scored a run in the win.   Jacob Hall took the loss on the mound for the Kraken with a complete-game effort, striking out eight and

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Clark Art Free Summer Hours, Transport, Events
10:56AM / Wednesday, June 19, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Summer 2024 at the Clark Art Institute brings new opportunities to discover some of its special exhibitions, opportunities to visit for free, a host of free events and activities, and free bus transportation between Williamstown and North Adams.
Free Evening Hours The Clark is adding extended evening hours and free admission on select dates this summer. Beginning June 19, the Clark offers free admission from 5 to 9 pm on Wednesdays through Sept. 25, 2024. Visitors can enjoy free evening access to two of its special exhibitions, "Guillaume Lethière" and "Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass." The Museum Store

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Clark Art Performance By Garcia Peoples, Mountain Movers
08:00AM / Wednesday, June 19, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute continues its Music on the Moltz Terrace concert series with a performance by Garcia Peoples on Sunday, June 23.    Mountain Movers opens. The free concert takes place on the Lunder Center at Stone Hill's Moltz Terrace at 5 pm.   According to a press release:   The dynamic band Garcia Peoples, featuring guitarists and vocalists Tom Malach and Danny Arakaki, drummer Cesar Arakaki, bassists Andy Cush and Derek Spaldo, and keyboardist P.G. Six., was formed in Rutherford, New Jersey. The group takes inspiration from the improvisational and psychedelic jam bands of the 1960s. With a stash of live recordings accumulating

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On a IV-II Vote, Mount Greylock Keeps Latin Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:04AM / Wednesday, June 19, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday voted to restore the middle-high school's Latin program for the 2024-25 academic year and beyond.   Six members of the committee attended the special meeting called last week to decide on whether to keep Mount Greylock a two-world language school or only offer Spanish to incoming seventh-graders starting in the fall.   Steven Miller moved at the outset of Tuesday's session that the School Committee utilize more or less $66,000 from the committee's reserves to close a funding gap for fiscal year 2025 and commit to funding Latin until at least next year's seventh-graders have

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SVMC Weekly Wellness Connection: June 14
09:24AM / Tuesday, June 18, 2024

June 14, 2024

A Time to Celebrate Differences & Promote Acceptance

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Autistic Pride Day, celebrated on June 18, is a movement led by people with autism spectrum disorder advocating for themselves versus

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Williamstown Con Comm Clears Summer Street Subdivision
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:18AM / Tuesday, June 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission last week gave its approval for a four-home subdivision on a town-owned parcel on Summer Street.   Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity was before the board with a notice of intent to build a 260-foot road with four associated building lots on a parcel currently owned by the town's Affordable Housing Trust.   The road and some of the home lots are planned in the buffer zone of a bordering vegetated wetland on the lot currently known as 0 Summer St.   Habitat plans to build four single-family, one-story homes priced for residents making up to 60 percent of the area median income on the parcel. The non-profit hopes

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