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Williamstown Receives Nearly $400K in CPA Requests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has received six requests totaling $385,100 for Community Preservation Act funds for fiscal year 2025.   Two of the biggest asks come from town entities.   According to a spreadsheet on the town's website, the Community Preservation Committee is anticipating having up to $232,532 available for the FY25 funding cycle.   That is the result of taking the town's anticipated CPA revenue and deducting out the money needed to pay off prior commitments to support the development of the Cable Mills housing complex on Water Street.   The primary source of the CPA money is a 2 percent on local property tax bills, after the first $100,000

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Pine Cobble Names Head of School
10:29AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pine Cobble School in Williamstown has appointed Dr. Alana Harte, a longtime educator, head of school as of Jan. 1, 2024, according to a December announcement sent to the school community by its board of trustees.

Dr. Harte joined Pine Cobble in 2020 and served, most recently, as acting head of school, and prior to that, assistant head of school, dean of students, and reading specialist.

She earlier held various positions in other schools, including eleven years as a middle school English teacher, and previously served as an equity consultant and qualitative researcher. She received an EdD in Educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana

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Northern Berkshire MLK Jr. Day of Service
08:00AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Committee invites the public to the annual Northern Berkshire MLK Jr. Day of Service to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this annual day of volunteering. 

Gather Monday, Jan. 15, as the Northern Berkshire community celebrates the life, principles, and ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a "Day of Service." A celebratory luncheon will follow.

The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. at MCLA's Church Street Center with coffee and pastries. Volunteer site service will take place from approximately 9:30 a.m. to noon. 

This is a family-friendly event

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Developers Drop Williamstown Housing After Threat of Appeal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In June 2022, Hicks Stone began talking publicly about a proposal to construct two-family homes on a Water Street parcel.   The development called for higher density than allowable under the town's zoning bylaw but might be allowable under the provisions of the commonwealth's Chapter 40B law, which provides for relief from local zoning if developments include some income-restricted, or affordable, housing.   Stone asked the board of town's Affordable Housing Trust whether it thought Williamstown was free of the provincial concept known as "NIMBY-ism."   "Largely, but not totally," he was told by the chair of the

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Williamstown Gathering Info on Livestock at Request of State Agency
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:14PM / Monday, January 08, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An attempt by the town's health inspector to cooperate with a state agency sparked a minor controversy on social media over the weekend.   On Sunday, a user posted anonymously on the "Williamstown Mass. Info & Issues" Facebook page an image of a form the the health inspector sent to area farms seeking information about the number and types of livestock they keep and acknowledging consent for the town's regular inspections of agricultural operations.   "Since when do we need an application for farm animals, did we get rid of right to farm??" the Facebook user posted. "im not sure if im being pranked or

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Community Contra Dance in Williamstown
08:00AM / Monday, January 08, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The first community contra dance of 2024 will be hosted on Saturday, Jan. 13, by North Berkshire Community Dance.     All dances will be taught by Paul Rosenberg, and live fiddle music will be led by Eric Buddington.  The dance will run 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Community Hall of the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown.    Admission is pay-as-you-can:  $12 - $20 suggested, and barter is also welcome.    Health precautions:  Masks required.  For this first post-holiday dance in a season of rising respiratory illness, NBCD has chosen to require masks on the dance floor. (Performers may go

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Williamstown Charter Review Committee Hones Report, Recommendations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Friday, January 05, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Charter Review Committee on Thursday neared completion of a final report it plans to submit to the Select Board on Jan. 22.   The review panel, which was appointed in 2022, has compiled a set of 10 proposed amendments to the 1956 document that provides a framework for town government.   Some of the proposed changes, like removing outdated references to the town's "Welfare Agent" and school committee, are a matter of updating the charter to reflect the current reality.   Others, like the creation of a recall provision for elected town officials and a new section on mechanisms for charter enforcement, are more substantive

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Adams Community Bank Changes Commercial Senior Team
12:32PM / Thursday, January 04, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) announced the retirement of Senior VP of Commercial Lending Donna Palma and the promotion of Tracy McConnell to succeed Palma.      After a career in banking spanning 47 years, Palma now enjoys a planned retirement. Palma has been a part of the ACB leadership team since March 2013, when she joined the bank.   "We are grateful for Donna's many years of service and her positive impact on our Commercial Lending division and the entire Bank," said Charlie O'Brien, ACB President and CEO. "The success and growth we've experienced in commercial lending can be directly attributed to her strategic vision

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Clark Art Screens 'The Lodger'
08:03AM / Thursday, January 04, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Clark Art Institute continues its series of British films honoring the birthplace of Sir Edwin Manton during its Manton Research Center building's fiftieth anniversary.    The Clark shows "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog" at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   With his third feature film, "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog," Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man (matinee

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Carpenter Breaks School Assist Record at Framingham State
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06:16AM / Thursday, January 04, 2024
Framingham State senior point guard Gwendolyn Carpenter last month broke the all time assist record at the school.   Her 466th career assist came in a win over Curry College on Dec. 9, breaking a 5-year-old school record.   Carpenter was averaging more than seven assists per game going into Wednesday's home game against Westfield State. She also led the Rams (11-1) in minutes played, averaging 36.8 minutes per contest and had scored 9.4 points per game.   Carpenter is no stranger to breaking records. As a senior at Mount Everett, she set Berkshire County's all-time scoring mark for high school basketball.   Framingham State visits MCLA on Wednesday, Jan.

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New Art Show at Images Cinema
03:10PM / Wednesday, January 03, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema will present a new art show in its lobby featuring paintings by James Allen entitled "The Elder Series."    There is an artist reception on Friday, Jan. 5, 5 to 6 pm. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street.   Information on the exhibit and more of Allen's work can be found here.

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Williamstown Seeking Input for Website Redesign
12:24PM / Wednesday, January 03, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Town of Williamstown is asking for community outreach to inform an overhaul of the municipal website.   The survey can be found here.

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