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Williamstown Select Board Makes Choice for Town Manager Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
03:10PM / Saturday, April 09, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Six months after the Williamstown Select Board found itself unable to offer the town manager job to either of two candidates, it wanted to give the job to both finalists.   But forced to make a choice, the board Saturday afternoon decided to offer the post to Gloucester native Robert Menicocci, who finished ahead “by a nose” in the minds of the board members.   In a 5-0 vote, the board authorized Chair Andy Hogeland to enter negotiations with Menicocci but also authorized Hogeland to pivot to negotiations with runner-up Alex Torpey if, for any reason, the talks with Menicocci do not bear fruit.   “The way I felt was that if either

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Williamstown Brothers Achieve Eagle Scout Rank
08:10AM / Saturday, April 09, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Brothers James and Eddie Brannan have achieved the rank of Eagle Scouts, the town's first since 2017.   According to a press release, since its establishment in 1911, only 4 percent of Scouts have earned Eagle rank, the organization's highest accomplishment. The rank is awarded after a lengthy review.   As part of the process, each completed a community-based project. James's Eagle Scout project was to rehabilitate a long-neglected courtyard at Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield. He also built two new raised planters for use by the school community.   "My mom teaches at Herberg so she suggested the idea to me," James said.

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Williamstown Select Board Conducts Interviews with Town Manager Finalists
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
07:07PM / Friday, April 08, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Two finalists for the position of town manager made their case to the Select Board on Friday afternoon.   On Saturday, the board will decide whether one of them makes the grade.   Each was interviewed for a little more than an hour at town hall before an evening event at the Log on Spring Street, where community members had the opportunity to hear remarks from each candidate and meet them in person.   Select Board members said they would welcome comments from community members after the televised interviews and informal Friday evening “meet and greet.”   The candidates, Robert Menicocci and Alex Torpey, each started the more formal

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Williamstown Select Board Conducts Interviews with Town Manager Finalists
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
06:56PM / Friday, April 08, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Two finalists for the position of town manager made their case to the Select Board on Friday afternoon.   On Saturday, the board will decide whether one of them makes the grade.   Each was interviewed for a little more than an hour at town hall before an evening event at the Log on Spring Street, where community members had the opportunity to hear remarks from each candidate and meet them in person.   Select Board members said they would welcome comments from community members after the televised interviews and informal Friday evening “meet and greet.”   The candidates, Robert Menicocci and Alex Torpey, each started the more formal

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Williamstown Diversity Committee Seeks Transparency from School District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05PM / Friday, April 08, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's diversity committee is discussing with Mount Greylock Regional School District how to share information about incidents in the school and steps to address them.   At Monday's meeting of the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee, Noah Smalls reported on a meeting he had met with two other DIRE Committee members, Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless and Jake Schutz, the principal at the middle-high school.   The meeting followed a number of incidents in the district, including at Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock, where it recently was reported that an adult used the "n" word in the

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Medical Anthropologist Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly
08:11AM / Friday, April 08, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — In common conversation, the words "medical" and "anthropology" are not often found side by side. But, there's actually a whole field exploring how these two concepts overlap. It's called Medical Anthropology.    Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson is pleased to welcome Carolyn Smith-Morris, PhD, one of the foremost experts in the field, at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.    The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is

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Williamstown Town Manager Finalists Named
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:45PM / Thursday, April 07, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The former mayor of a New York City suburb and the social services director of a California county will interview with the Select Board on Friday afternoon for the vacant town  manager position.   On Thursday, the Town Manager Search Committee recommended two finalists to interview for the job currently held by interim Town Manager Charlie Blanchard.   Starting at 1:15, the Select Board will meet both candidates in person at town hall. The board plans an event at the Log on Spring Street for community members to meet both candidates at 6 p.m. Friday; that event will include presentations by the candidates at 6:20 and 6:30.   On Saturday at

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Tufts Men's Lacrosse Tops Williams
08:34PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Camden Kelleher scored five goals Wednesday to lead the Tufts men's lacrosse team to a 19-10 win over Williams.   Calvin Caputo and Jake Haase each scored a pair of goals for Williams.   Will Bock made 22 saves in the loss.   Williams (5-4, 4-2 NESCAC) hosts Babson on Saturday.

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Williamstown Residents Can Meet Town Manager Finalists Friday Evening
08:45AM / Wednesday, April 06, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Residents are invited to a meet and greet for finalists for the town manager position on Friday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Log on Spring Street.   Those candidates will be finalized after the Town Manager Search Committee meets in executive session on Thursday to finalize a list of people to be interviewed by the Select Board on Friday and Saturday.   The Select Board interviews will be held in open session starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, and the informal event for community members will follow that evening.   "If Williamstown citizens would like to offer their opinions on candidates after the meet and greet, they can email the Select

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Williamstown Historical Museum Presents a Conversation About History
08:18AM / Wednesday, April 06, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Historical Museum will present a free panel discussion on the subject of History titled: "A Conversation About Stories, Told, Revised, and Untold," on Saturday, April 9 from 11 am in the Community Room at the Milne Public Library.   The three participating panelists and moderator are long time area educator/scholars who will discuss both their particular current projects as well as the broader question of why understanding history is valuable and how and why such stories are told, revised, and untold.   Participating panelists are: Frances Jones-Sneed, professor Emeritus of history at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts,

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Clark Art Lecture on Photography's Influence on African American Civil War Narratives
04:00PM / Tuesday, April 05, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute presents a virtual talk by Deborah Willis, author of "The Black Civil War Soldier," exploring the role of photography in shaping African American narratives of the Civil War.    Willis's lecture, "(Re)telling Stories in Photography About The Black Civil War Soldier," will be broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live (@clarkartinstitute) on Saturday, April 9, at 2 pm.   Though both the Union and Confederate armies excluded African American men from their initial calls to arms, many of the men who eventually served were black. Simultaneously, the emerging art of photography blossomed—marking the Civil

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Letter: Bilal for Williamstown Select Board
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Tuesday, April 05, 2022

To the Editor:

I am writing to urge Williamstown voters to elect Bilal Ansari to the Williamstown Select Board on Tuesday, May 10. Dr. Ansari has dedicated himself to a life of service, to helping people resolve difficult situations. He listens intently and responds carefully with compassion. He appeals to our best nature. These are essential skills needed at this moment in our town.

Dr. Ansari does not believe that he alone has the solutions to all of the challenges facing our town. Instead, he wants to hear from those comfortable speaking up and also those who, until now, have not felt comfortable nor heard at all. He believes it will take a village to share concerns and work together

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