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Mount Greylock School Committee Holds Off on Track
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:36PM / Thursday, January 12, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted 6-1 on Thursday to put off building a track with a new multisport grass field for at least another year.   "We're going to build a good project," Carrie Greene said. "It's just going to be one year later. Instead of being ready spring 2024, it will be ready spring 2025."   Greene brought the one-year delay idea to her colleagues from the district's Field and Track Committee, on which she serves.   As she explained in a special meeting earlier this month, the delay was suggested because the estimated cost of the improvement to the middle-high school campus far

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
02:02PM / Thursday, January 12, 2023

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 16. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was

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Clark Art Screens 'Fantasia'
12:36PM / Thursday, January 12, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 pm, the Clark Art Institute screens Walt Disney's "Fantasia" in its auditorium.    The showing is the second event in the Clark's Film and Drawing series, inspired by the exhibition, "Promenades on Paper: Eighteenth-Century Drawings" from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.   According to a press release:   "Fantasia" (2 hours) illustrates animation's connection to the embodied, lyrical quality of drawing. When released in 1940, Disney studio's third feature film was a technological marvel, introducing stereophonic sound to the masses. A musical fantasy

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Letter: Williamstown Youth Center Essential Community Component
Letter to the Editor,
02:30PM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023

To the Editor:

I am writing to thank Pat Meyers for prompting me to share the many reasons why $77,000 is a reasonable request for the Williamstown Youth Center to make to the town Finance Committee. In fact, this amount is a bargain considering the sheer volume and quality of the programs we provide for our town's families.

First, I should clarify the numbers. It is true that the dollar amount of our request has increased in the past eight years. I would point out, however, that in 2014 the average daily attendance in our After School Program was around 80-85 students. This year, it is 110 out of a total enrollment of 161. To put things in perspective, about two-fifths of the

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BRPC to Receive $50K National Endowment for the Arts Grant
01:35PM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) announced it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $50,000.    This grant will support the Creative Compact for Collaborative and Collective Impact (C4) Initiative. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.   "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide," said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. "Projects such as this one strengthen

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Williamstown Annual Census
08:15AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown 2023 Annual Street Listing was mailed to all Williamstown residents.     The census (Annual Street Listing) is a requirement of the Massachusetts General Law. They can be filled out and returned to the Town Clerk's office promptly.  Failure to respond to the census will result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls.   Residents should not use the census form for the purpose of voter registration.  Any resident who is not registered to vote may register by going to the Secretary of State's website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ or by mailing a

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Roads, Housing, Fire Station on Table for Williamstown's ARPA Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:20AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday began discussing how to use nearly $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds that are available to the town.   There is no shortage of possibilities.   The town manager argued for a strategy that would use a portion of the federal funds to offset overruns on a state construction project and keep town finances stable. The fire district is asking for a town contribution to support its new building project. And a Select Board member pitched using the ARPA money to support other town priorities, like affordable housing and addressing food insecurity issues to benefit low- and moderate-income residents.   To date, the town

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Volunteer Activities in North Adams & Pittsfield for MLK Jr. Day
04:45PM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Both Berkshire County's cities will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with service-oriented activities.    The Northern Berkshire Day of Service will be will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Venable Hall gym on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus. Sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, volunteer activities will run from 9 to noon followed by a celebratory lunch at 12:30 in Venable gym.   In Pittsfield, the day will start off with a breakfast and keynote speech by Charles Redd, Berkshire Health System's diversity, equity and inclusion officer and a BCC alum, from 8 to 9 at First United Methodist

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Letter: Williamstown Youth Center
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023

To the Editor:

The Williamstown Youth Center has received money from the town of Williamstown every year since 2014. In 2014, they requested $70,000, and incrementally, their requests have increased to $77,000.

That financial support has become nearly automatic through the years. Are the town's taxes subsidizing those families who genuinely need financial assistance, or are the taxes sponsoring every family at the WYC? The WYC should become self-sustaining; otherwise, it will continually request funds from the taxpayers and other local organizations in perpetuity.

The Williamstown Community Chest provides an additional $55,000 a year to the WYC. In the future, that share of money

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Clark Art Airs The Met: Live in HD Production of 'Fedora'
03:32PM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast production of "Fedora" airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 12:55 pm in the fourth installment of the 2022–23 season of The Met: Live in HD.    The award-winning series of live, high-definition cinema simulcasts features the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary.    The Clark broadcasts the opera in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release, Umberto Giordano's drama returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in twenty-five years. The new production stars soprano Sonya Yoncheva

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Clark Art Airs The Met: Live in HD Production of 'Fedora'
03:32PM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast production of "Fedora" airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 12:55 pm in the fourth installment of the 2022–23 season of The Met: Live in HD.    The award-winning series of live, high-definition cinema simulcasts features the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary.    The Clark broadcasts the opera in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release, Umberto Giordano's drama returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in twenty-five years. The new production stars soprano Sonya Yoncheva

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MCLA to Offer National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinics
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11:12AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. –- The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Athletic Department will host two events on Feb. 4 to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day – an initiative that dates back to 1987 to encourage the participation of girls and women in sports. Clinic registration is open until Jan. 29.     The day will include a pickleball clinic and tournament for women from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium and a sports clinic for girls in grades 3-8 from 12 to 4 at the gym.   The sports clinic for girls will offer instruction in softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball.   Advanced registration and payment

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