Friday, December 05, 2014

O'Connor seeks Williamstown selectmen action opposing Kinder Morgan pipeline after lawyer's talk

Williamstown resident and anti-pipeline activist Anne O'Connor advised that experienced environmental attorney and blog correspondent Mary Douglas spoke on the proposed Kinder Morgan natural-gas pipeline through Berkshire County. Her public talk was Thursday, Dec. 4 at Williams College.  Her talk was entitled:  "Pipeline Politics in the Berkshires: The Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Project."

After the talk, O'Connor reports: "Some friends and I have decided to ask our Board of Selectmen to issue a Resolution Opposing the Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Championing Sustainable Energy, in solidarity with the many Massachusetts towns that would be affected by the proposed Kinder-Morgan pipeline. This would be along the lines of the resolutions passed by Pittsfield, North Adams and even towns that are not directly affected, like Northampton." She continues: "To that end, we are gathering signatures to show the townspeople support such a resolution."

Mary Stewart Douglas is the Washington correspondent for the Berkshire Edge online daily newspaper.  She is an environmental lawyer who has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, private firms, and, most recently, with an association representing the state and local administrators of the Clean Air Act.  Mary holds degrees from Smith College and Hastings College of the Law.The talk was organized by the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Moomaw's ask Williamstown town manager about fuel and CO2 mix of winter electric supply

From: MSMoomaw
Date: October 13, 2014, 10:45:14 AM EDT
To: Mark Cappadona <>, <>, <>
Cc: Nancy Nylen <>, <>
Subject: Fuel mix

Dear Mr. Fohlin:

I spoke with Mark Cappadona a week ago and at that time he recited a fuel mix for the Williamstown Community Power alternative.  He said he would send
the numbers (and percentages of each type) to me via email.  I have not received it, so I am requesting it again, as well as the answer to the following questions:

  • What is the overall mix of fuels?
  • What is the composition of the 19% miscellaneous cited to me over th telephone?
  • Is the current mix that was cited to me by telephone the mix that wil be maintained through the winter?

There is real concern that in reducing the "price" of electricity, that Colonial Power will be using coal and other highly polluting fuels and that it will purchasing these as demand for electricity increases during the winter.  This alternative is only less expensive (for the planet and us as citizens) if it produces less CO2 than the existing National Grid mix of fuels.

Many people in Williamstown installed solar panels on their homes in the past year out of a desire to do their part for the planet, and to help mitigate the effects of climate change.  They do not want to counteract this by buying less environmentally friendly electricity this winter.  You owe
the community honest written information about the fuel mix and carbon footprint of the fuel you are buying for the community. I am requesting the same information from National Grid so Williamstown citizens can make their own comparison. For our part, we will opt out for Green Start, the supplier we currently have.

Margot S. Moomaw
870 Henderson Road
Williamstown, MA 01267

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fwd: : Stroudwater Releases Report on Northern Berkshires Health Needs

Bill Densmore
Williamstown, Mass.
Off: 413-458-8001 / m: 617-448-6600

Begin forwarded message:

From: Debby Dane <>
Date: September 18, 2014 at 1:57:37 PM MDT
To: Alex Brooks <>, Tela Zasloff <>, Bill Densmore <>, Harry Montgomery <>
Subject: Fwd: : Stroudwater Releases Report on Northern Berkshires Health Needs


Debby Dane
Executive Director
WilliNet, Connecting You to Your Community
34 Spring Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Al Bashevkin <>
Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM
Subject: Fwd: : Stroudwater Releases Report on Northern Berkshires Health Needs
To: Cathleen Mcelligott <>, Al Bashevkin <>

Friends…here is the recently released Stroudwater Report offer recommendations following the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital. Please note that there will be two community presentations regarding this report...Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30 PM and Wednesday, September 24 at 9:30 AM at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Church Street Center Social Hall, Church St, North Adams.

Thanks to Cathleen McElligott for making this all happen.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: McElligott, Cathleen (DPH) <>
Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM
Subject: : Stroudwater Releases Report on Northern Berkshires Health Needs
To: Al Bashevkin <>

Can you help us disseminate….


Updated version with specific location noted at MCLA…



I am pleased to inform you that Stroudwater Associates has completed their assessment of the northern Berkshire community's health care needs and their report is posted on the website of the Department of Public Health (DPH) State Office of Rural Health, which commissioned the report.  Attached is a press release about this with a link to the report. The link is:


Please note that there will be 2 community meetings held at which the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Mass Department of Public Health will be present, along with the authors of the report, who will  discuss the report findings and answer questions.


The community meetings will be Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30 PM and Wednesday, September 24 at 9:30 AM at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Church Street Center Social Hall, Church St, North Adams.  


We look forward to meeting with you. Please help us spread the word about the community meetings.



Cathleen McElligott

Director, MDPH State Office of Rural Health

Massachusetts Dept of Public Health

180 Beaman St, West Boylston, MA 01583


Office Tel: 508-792-7880 Ext 2172 

Fax: 508-792-7706

Building Partnerships for Better Health in Rural Communities


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Al Bashevkin
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
61 Main Street Suite 218
North Adams, MA 01247
413 663-7588

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

JOIN US: Tell us if the Greylock Independent is meeting community needs - Tues., Sept. 23

If you'r reading this then you're invited -- Sept. 23, Tues., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church to . . .

. . . A listening session with the editors and organizers of The Greylock Independent -- a monthly, regional news source.


One snowy night last winter, 55 people showed up to a meeting called to discuss how we as a community want to respond to a distant corporation.s shutting down both of our area's publications.

Five of us started meeting regularly to try to figure out if it was feasible to respond to that call. The result is the formation of The Greylock Independent, maintaining a news web site and putting out a monthly print publication.

Now we are looking for some response from the community about how we are doing. Is the news and commentary we have provided in our first four issues and on our web site valuable? Are you willing to support us while we grow into a more capable news-gathering organization?

We want to know what you think. We need broad community participation to make this work. We need writers, we need readers, we need subscribers, and we need advertisers. So we are inviting the community to come together once again and share thoughts on the news environment of this area and where you'd like to see it go.

Alex Brooks, Editor & Publisher The Greylock Independent

Contributing Editor, Tela Zasloff Steering Committee: Bill Densmore, Marc
Jaffe, Harry Montgomery

No reservation is necessary; but email along questions so we can be prepared.

-- bill densmore

Bill Densmore
c/o Densmore Associates
Williamstown Mass. USA
mobile: 617-448-6600

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Fwd: Letter to President Adam Falk and Jim Kolesar RE: Harper House

Here is a copy of email correspondence from Williamstown resident Tela Zasloff to Williams College President Adam Falk regarding the college's proposal to raze a house on Stetson Court in order to make room for a new dormitory.   Here is a LINK to the iBerkshires story about the house and the Historical Commission vote to delay the tear down for at least 30 days.

From: Tela and Joe Zasloff <>
Date: September 6, 2014 at 1:24:38 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Letter to President Adam Falk and Jim Kolesar RE: Harper House
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Fwd: To the Williamstown Historical Commission. The Harper House on Stetson Court
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 01:20:31 -0400
From: Tela and Joe Zasloff <>
To: Adam F. Falk <>,, Tela Zasloff <>

Adam Falk, President
Williams College

Dear President Falk,

Below is a letter I sent today to the Williamstown Historical Commission, on Williams College's announcement at the commission's August 28 meeting, that the College intended to demolish the Harper House at 54 Stetson Court. 

The reasoning behind this decision, as explained by Executive Director of Design and Construction, Rita Coppola-Wallace, was based in inaccuracies about the history of the Harper House and showed that the College, in sending out one "internal email to the college community" about this house, was glaringly deficient in considering its responsibilities to the Town.

I hope you will weigh in on this issue and help the college decision-makers see that preservation of local historical treasures is part of their role.

Thank you.

Tela Zasloff
33 McCauley Lane
Williamstown, MA  01267
(413) 458-4846

To the Williamstown Historical Commission:
    William Barkin (2014)
    Linda Conway (2014)
    Sarah Currie (2015)
    K. Scott Wong (2015)
    Barbara McLucas (2016)

Dear Williamstown Historical Commission,

I read with some alarm, in iBerkshires, your commission's recent discussion of Williams College's intent to demolish the Harper House in order to build a dormitory.  My husband and I and our four daughters rented the house from Sylvia Harper for eight summers, 1980-1988, and still think of those years as the most precious of our Williamstown summers, primarily because of the graciousness and dignity of that house.

The Harper House is important to the town as a fine example of New England architecture and quality of living, with space and light in all the rooms and fixtures, arched doorways, windowseats that speak eloquently of an era in our history as only architecture can. Sylvia Harper was proud of the tradition this house represented and left around on table tops, tokens of her own and her husband's history, including letters between Mr. Harper's father and his good friend, Woodrow
Wilson.   From just being in such an atmosphere, we all, as a family, came to know Williamstown and New England tradition.

The iBerkshires article makes it clear that your commission is trying to figure out how it might recommend saving this house from demolition. Please continue to do so.

I would like to refer you to this article: about a Cambridge Historical Commission award granted to Harvard for saving, and moving three historic Victorian houses for Harvard Law School, to make way for a new academic  complex.  Williams College is, like Harvard, determining the fate of a piece of historic architecture invaluable to the town and I urge that Williams make the same kind of decision to preserve it. 

Tela Zasloff
Williamstown, MA




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Daley, Hogelund Williamstown selectman seats

Results just sent by Town Clerk Mary Kennedy:
BLANKS 79 23 90 192
HUGH DALEY 326 99 281 706
GARY FULS, JR 123 31 161 315
ANDREW HOGELAND 373 118 314 805
JACK NOGUEIRA 48 11 51 110
WRITE INS 1 0 1 2
TOTAL 950 282 898 2130

Friday, April 04, 2014

Fwd: ATTACHED: LIst of largest 20 unsecured creditors of Northern Berkshire Healthcare Inc.

This does not include "secured" creditors, which would the big bondholders such as the Massachusetts Health Care Finance Authority and I guess perhaps Wells Fargo Bank. They would have a claim on and control of the buildings and I can't imagine them not being willing to let BMC start using it if they pay any rent at all. The creditors on this list will all get nothing, it would appear.