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Williamstown Planners Balk at Sweetwood Zoning Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:41AM / Monday, February 19, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week encouraged the owner of the Sweetwood Independent Living Community to take another stab at a proposed bylaw amendment that would allow for multifamily housing at the Cold Spring Road facility.   After CareOne attorney Jeffrey Grandchamp laid out a proposal to create an overlay district for the Route 7 parcel, a couple of board members raised concerns that the overlay could pave the way for a complete conversion of the site to multifamily housing and an end to assisted living for seniors.   "Sweetwood was created around 1980," Roger Lawrence said. "It was a special exception to create a large apartment

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Williams Men's Basketball Advances in Conference Tournament
06:48PM / Saturday, February 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Cole Prowitt-Smith and Brandon Roughley each scored 19 points Saturday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 67-47 win over Hamilton in the quarter-finals of the NESCAC tournament.   Prowitt-Smith finished with a double-double, grabbing 13 rebounds for Williams (20-5), which hosts Amherst on Saturday in the league semi-finals.   Photos from this game here.   Skiing HANCOCK, Mass. -- The Williams Alpine ski team finished off the slalom portion of their home carnival Saturday at Jiminy Peak.    Leading the women's team was Chloe Aust, who scored NCAA slalom points, finishing 30th. On the men's side, Evan Cook had

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Friday, February 16, 2024

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 19.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virginia. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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Berkshire Student Film Festival Seeks Submissions
02:00PM / Friday, February 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema will present its inaugural regional student film festival over the first weekend in May.    "This open call offers a felicitous opportunity for young creators of the Berkshires to see their short films on the big screen," said Images intern and Williams College student Minnie Lerner.    The festival is seeking submissions from high school and college students at schools within a 25 mile radius of Images Cinema, including Williamstown, North Adams, Pittsfield, and Bennington, VT. Submissions are now open until Sunday, March 17 and can be made upon accessing the Images website (imagescinema.org).    Up to two

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Clark Art Broadcasts 'King Lear'
08:01AM / Friday, February 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute broadcasts a recording of Shakespeare's "King Lear" filmed live in London.    This event takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Ian McKellen stars as King Lear in this tender, violent play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two aging fathers—one a King, one his courtier—reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with

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Williamstown Looking to Designate Leashed, Unleashed Dog Areas at Spruces
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:23AM / Friday, February 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday discussed finding a way to designate areas in the Spruces Park where dogs can and cannot be kept off leash.   The discussion was a continuation of last year's annual town meeting, where the meeting voted to take no action on a proposal to change the town's bylaw allowing dogs to be off leash or "under voice command" in the General Residence District.   Subsequent to the meeting, town officials realized there is a bylaw on the books that the Select Board, acting in its capacity as the town's Parks Commission, enacted in 1977 and amended 1998 that requires animals to be leashed in town parks.   That

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Letter: Democratic Writer Out of Touch With Reality
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, February 15, 2024

To the Editor:

Let me start by saying that I have zero expectations that this will be published on iBerkshires because any messages against the favored leftist narrative are not allowed on your platform.

After reading his letter to the editor entitled "Contrast Between Parties," I'm struggling to determine if Michael Wise is merely out of touch with reality or if he's intentionally attempting to gaslight people. My guess is that it's the latter.

He claims that "Only one of our national political parties cares anymore about good government," and asserts that is the Democrats. Is our wide-open southern border an example of that "good government?"

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Williamstown Select Board Urged to Sign Resolution on Gaza Cease Fire
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:30AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board Monday heard impassioned pleas to take a stand for peace in the continuing war in Gaza and resulting humanitarian crisis.   One of the many residents who turned out for the board's biweekly meeting talked about the horror they felt on Sunday evening as they watched a video of a young girl hanging from the side of a bomb damaged building in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza.   "And at that moment, there were cheers downstairs because the Chiefs had one," the Williams College student told the board over a Zoom link.   "We live in a time when we are blessed and cursed with such advancements in communication. We can

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Clark Art Offers Activities During School Vacation Week
08:00AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— From Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23, the Clark Art Institute hosts special activities during February School Vacation Week.    Every day this week, visitors can also pick up a set of complimentary colored pencils and a drawing pad at the Clark Center Admissions desk. Admission is free for all visitors through March 31, 2024.   Drop-in Cyanotype-Making Feb.  22, 2–4 pm Clark Center, Michael Conforti Pavilion Learn more about the photographic printing process. Drop in anytime from 2–4 pm and experiment with light-sensitive paper to make your own cyanotype.   Printmaking Workshops Feb.  23, 1 & 2 pm Clark Center,

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'Emancipation' Opens at WCMA
07:45AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—In conjunction with the 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) will present newly commissioned and recent works by Sadie Barnette, Alfred Conteh, Maya Freelon, Hugh Hayden, Letitia Huckaby, Jeffrey Meris, and Sable Elyse Smith in a new exhibition visualizing Black freedom, agency, and the legacy of the Civil War today and beyond.   The seven installations featured in "Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation"—spanning sculpture, photography, and paper and textile fabrications—will react to the legacy of John Quincy Adams Ward's bronze sculpture "The Freedman"

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Berkshire Running Sets Full Year of Charity Runs
Community submission,
06:42AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire Running Foundation has released the 2024 Race Calendar for the local nonprofit with several new events scheduled throughout the county.   Following its first official year operating as a nonprofit entity in 2023, the 501c3 organization, which has a mission of advancing and expanding on the positive impact the running community has on the neighborhoods we live, produced, and directed eight events in 2023. The Foundation donated just more than $48,000 to local nonprofit entities which benefit from each event.    The Foundation has also incorporated that all students in Berkshire County can run in these races for free. To encourage families to

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Mount Greylock Superintendent to Work on Culture Shift Over Next 3 Years
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:55AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School Superintendent has goals for the next three years that he characterized as simple yet profound.   "I think somebody could look at this and say, 'OK, Dr. McCandless, you are the Mayor of Simpleton,'" Jason McCandless said last week, referencing a single from the English rock group XTC. "'You want kids to be nice to one another, and you want them to show up at school. Big deal.'   "It is a big deal."   McCandless made that comment toward the end of a presentation on his goals to the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee at its Feb. 8 meeting.   McCandless told the

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