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Clark Art Celebrates Halloween
08:03AM / Friday, October 27, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Oct. 28, visit the Clark Art Institute in costume to celebrate all things spooky, silly, and anything in between.    From 2–4 pm, visitors are invited to design their own masks in the lower level of the Clark Center.   Take advantage of the last chance to see the exhibition "Humane Ecology: Eight Positions" before it closes on Oct. 29. Presented in outdoor and indoor spaces at the Clark, including both the Clark's Conforti Pavilion and the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, the exhibition features eight artists who explore the inseparability of the natural and social.    In addition, visitors can explore the

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Mount Greylock School Officials Celebrate Senior Honor, Discuss MCAS Results
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:24AM / Thursday, October 26, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee last week honored one of the district's high achievers and expressed concerns about measurement of achievement for all students in the middle-high school.   The monthly meeting started on a high note with the annual recognition of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Academic Excellence Award.   Superintendent Jason McCandless announced that Mount Greylock senior Vincent Welch is latest in "an extraordinary collection of young people" to receive the award during McCandless' time in Lee, Pittsfield and the Lanesborough-Williamstown district.   "He has a true passion

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Williams Field Hockey Rallies Past Trinity
05:56PM / Saturday, October 21, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Elizabeth Scarcella scored a pair of goals Saturday to lead the Williams field hockey team to a 4-2 win over Trinity.   Gates Tenerowicz made three saves to earn the win in goal for Williams (9-4, 6-2 NESCAC), which goes to Bates on Sunday.   Football WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Spencer Fetter threw for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead Trinity to a 41-14 win over Williams.   Colin McCabe ran for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns.   Williams (2-4) goes to Bates on Saturday.   Women's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Brianna Wright scored in the 82nd minute to snap a 1-1 tie and send Williams to a 3-1 win over Trinity.   Aria Bozzi-Mackay

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Williamstown Receives Wage Classification Study
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:21AM / Friday, October 20, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The job classification and compensation study commissioned by the town will help the municipality attract and retain employees for years to come, the consultant said on Monday.   "If you talk with comparable communities every year about what they're doing with the general [pay] increase … and if you take your ranges and adjust on average the minimum and maximum amount, you'll stay in the market," Joellen Cademartori told the Select Board at its Monday meeting. "This will last you for a long time — five, 10 years or more."   Cademartori walked the board through a 98-page report by her firm, GovHR, which the town

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Q&A: Muslim Journalist Seeks to Build Understanding in Saturday Talk
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:49PM / Thursday, October 19, 2023

Robert Azzi WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Robert Azzi does not expect anyone to walk out of one of his talks agreeing with everything he says.   He does hope they will be open to appreciating different perspectives.   The photojournalist and columnist from New Hampshire's Seacoast Region, will be at the Milne Public Library on Saturday to present a program he has titled "Ask a Muslim Anything."   It is a talk he has delivered hundreds of times but not usually against a backdrop of war being raised between Israel and the largely Muslim region of Gaza.   Azzi recognizes that current events may color the conversation. But his talks are not about politics

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Williamstown's CARES Project Gives Final Report to Select Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:50AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The survey was completed over a two years and more than 150 interviews.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After two years of study and analysis, the Community Assessment Research project found that a significant number of town residents do not feel a strong sense of safety or well-being in town.   But the main takeaway from the author of the CARES Project's final report was more optimistic.   "The next topic is 'Who's responsible for making sure people feel safe and welcome,' " Kerri Nicoll said while breaking down the 64-page report for the Select Board on Monday. "Without a doubt, this was the question where there was the most agreement. The

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Williamstown Planners Told to Consider Townwide Measures
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:10AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week began a discussion about a bylaw proposal that would allow greater density in residential development in the town's rural districts and complement a "cottage court" bylaw it is developing for the core of town.   The cottage court bylaw, which the board is aiming to bring to town meeting in May, would allow up to 12 free-standing dwelling units per acre in the town's General Residence zoning district, where homes are currently allowed on lots measuring at least 10,000 square feet, or a little less than a quarter of an acre.   At its Oct. 10 meeting, the board heard an objection from a resident who questioned

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Kane-Smalls Leads Mount Greylock to OT Win in Title Game
03:03PM / Monday, October 16, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Noah Kane-Smalls hit the game-winning shot in overtime Sunday to lead Mount Greylock to a 65-64 win over Hoosac Valley in the Northern Berkshire Sports Academy fall high school basketball league.   Kane-Smalls finished with a double-double, scoring 25 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.   Desmond Cobb also had a double-double for the Mounties with 24 points and 13 boards.   Ward Bianchi scored 11 points, and Nolan Barnes grabbed 15 rebounds in the win.   Hoosac Valley was led by Trevor Moynihan with 23 points, including five 3-pointers.   Joey McGovern also hit five 3s and scored 16 to go with 15 rebounds for the Hurricanes.   A

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Clark Art Conference on African Art in European Discourse
11:38AM / Monday, October 16, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 20, the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute hosts a Clark Conference, The Fetish A(r)t Work: African Objects in the Making of European Art History 1500–1900.    The program begins at 9 am in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. The program is free and open to the public.   According to a press release:   The conference brings together scholars across the humanities who examine the making and "invention" of African art in European discourse. Convened by scholar and former Clark Professor Anne Lafont (The School for Advanced Studies in the

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Big Pass Play Late Lifts Williams Football to Road Win
10:13PM / Saturday, October 14, 2023
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Sam Jaffe caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Owen McHugh Saturday to break a 17-17 fourth-quarter tie and send the Williams College football team to a 24-17 win over Hamilton.   McHugh threw for 215 yards and ran for a team-high 69 yards in the win.   Williams (2-3) is home on Saturday to face Trinity.   Field Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kiki Higgins scored to give Williams a 3-1 lead, and it held on for a 3-2 win over Wesleyan.   Claire Colvin and Meaghan Boehm also scored in the win.   Gates Tenerowicz made five saves to earn the win in goal for Williams (7-3, 4-1 NESCAC), which travels to Tufts on Sunday.   Volleyball BEVERLY, Mass. --

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Williamstown Con Comm Clears College Field House Demo
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:01AM / Saturday, October 14, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission Thursday gave the green light to Williams College's plan to demolish its Towne Field House.   The college was before the panel to request a negative determination of applicability under the Wetlands Protection Act for the demolition project near Christmas Brook.   The commissioners found that the college, which plans silt sacks in all storm drains and a silt fence along Latham Street, which runs between the field house and the brook, had adequate erosion measures planned.   The plan also calls for a wash area for trucks entering or leaving the demolition site. Williams Senior Project Manager Shaun Garvey said the

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Clark Art Hosts Book Talk With Design Author
08:00AM / Friday, October 13, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a book talk and conversation by Williams College Environmental Studies Professor Laura J. Martin.    Martin is the author of "Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration" (Harvard University Press, 2022), which examines how, in this age of biodiversity crisis, many wild species will not survive without acts of human care. The event takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   Martin speaks to what can be learned from the past century of ecological restoration; discusses what it means to be wild; and offers a call for ecological

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