Sunday, January 15, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Town of Adams and Adams Arts Advisory Board receive state-wide award, Kolis says
"This award in many respects acknowledges the effectiveness of the AAAB in fulfilling its stated goal of "Using the arts to advance the vitality and economic prosperity of the Berkshires." More importantly, it stands as a testament to the ability of a town's citizens--through hard work and selfless dedication--to dramatically alter not only the quality of life in their community, but also fundamentally alter and improve its basic economy.
"The background facts leading to the issuance of this award are both intriguing and entertaining. In several short years, Adams, a town which seemed to have long ago missed the opportunity to jump onboard the cultural economy bandwagon, has not only done so, but given its size has truly become the "mouse that roared." In the past few years a group of "creatives" for one reason or another decided to make Adams their home. Not long thereafter they found one another, got together and started to share their thoughts regarding the art they love and the town they had made their home.
"Eventually some members of the group wandered across Park Street and into the Adams Town Hall to meet Tony Mazzucco, the new Town Administrator. Over time and little by little magic started to happen. To preserve and promote this magic the creatives--under the auspices of the Town of Adams--formalized their ad hoc group into the Adams Arts Advisory Board and the magic sprouted wings and took to flight. "
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
PRINTABLE: The latest edition of the South Williamstown Community Association newsletter
The link below will allow you to print and read the latest edition of the SWCA newsletter:
State Sen. Adams Hinds office provides photo and statement about his Beacon Hill swearing in
BOSTON – Today State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) joined his colleagues in the historic Senate Chamber on Beacon Hill to take the Oath of Office and begin serving as State Senator of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District.
(Photo Credit: Antonio Caban / State House News Service)
"It was a profound honor to be sworn in today, during the opening proceedings of the 190th session of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," said Hinds. "What a privilege it is to start the work of representing all citizens of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District."
Hinds cast his first vote during this morning's session, in support of the candidacy of Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg (D- Amherst), who was unanimously reelected to serve as President of the Massachusetts Senate.
"This is a humbling way to start this new year, a year that must be one where we do all we can to ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive. I couldn't be more proud to do that work with all of you," said Hinds.
Senator Hinds' and his policy staff can be reached at the State House by calling (617) 722-1625 Monday through Friday during normal business hours. His temporary office suite is located in Room 413-F of the State House. His official Senate email account is Adam.Hinds@masenate.gov.
A full staff list, as well as the Senator's district office locations and phone numbers will be announced shortly.
Howard Dean, ex-Vt. gov and Demo prexy candidate speaking Jan. 11 at Williams
|Dean (source: Wikipedia)|
Dean's talk, which is open to the public, will take place in room 3 of Griffin Hall. Dean was governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003, serving five two-year terms, making him the longest-serving governor in Vermont history.
He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president in 2004, and then served as chair of the DNC from 2005 to 2010. His successful 50-state strategy as head of the DNC is credited with Democratic congressional victories in 2006 and 2008, as well as President Barack Obama's victory in 2008.
He is the author of You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004), Winning Back America (Simon & Schuster, 2003) about his life and the people and events that shaped him, beginning with his upbringing in New York, through his medical career, his service as governor of Vermont, and his presidential campaign. Dean pioneered Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing, which is centered on mass appeal to small donors, and is seen as more cost efficient than the more expensive contacting of fewer potential larger donors, and promotes active participatory democracy among the general public. He used these methods when founding Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, in 2004.
Leadership Studies is sponsoring this event. For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
New York Times lawyer David McCraw to speak Jan. 10 at Williams College on press freedom in Trump era
|(photo courtesy NYU Law School)|
SOURCE: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant, Williams College / (413) 597-4277; email:Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu
Friday, December 23, 2016
ABC clothing sale Donates $16,000 to four local charities
Williamstown, MA (December 22, 2016): The ABC Clothing Sale Steering Committee is delighted to announce the disbursement of $16,000 in unrestricted grants from the proceeds of its big annual Clothing Sale in September, and the numerous specialty and pop-up sales it has held throughout the year.
"We are grateful to be cooperating with so many in the Berkshires. Whether working alongside our wonderful volunteers, interacting with friendly bargain hunters, or supporting local agencies, ABC's efforts benefit our community through its commitment to recycling used clothing and sharing the proceeds with organizations in need."
– Julie MacDonald and Cathy Nolan, ABC Sale Co-Managers
"ABC" stands for "A Better Community," echoing the Sale's commitment to recycling clothing and household linens, and their mission to benefit local charitable organizations that serve at-risk families and youth and address hunger, poverty and inequality in Northern Berkshire communities.
This year the money was distributed between the following four organizations, to support their work in the communities of Northern Berkshire:
• The Elizabeth Freeman Center - provides life-saving, life renewing help to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and to their families
"The ABC Sale's donation to Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) will ensure that EFC's North Adams office can continue to provide lifesaving, life-renewing help to over 820 survivors of domestic and sexual violence in North County next year, and will support EFC's violence prevention education with children and youth in an ever-growing number of North County schools (including McCann, Hoosac Valley, BART, and Mt. Greylock)."
– Rebecca Bradburd, Director of Operations and Communications
• Louison House – Family Life Support Center - provides transitional and permanent housing solutions and food for the homeless. This work has recently been disrupted by a fire at Louison House, and so monies are needed to repair and rebuild as well as to provide ongoing support for families and individuals in need.
"Thank you to the A Better Community Clothing Sale for the wonderful donation to Louison House from the fall clothing sale. The donation came at a perfect time when we happened to be waiting for payments from our federal funding that were delayed. The funds were utilized in covering fall expenses for Louison House including food, supplies, and installation of new bookkeeping system to help us to better track our financial system. Thank you all for helping us to better serve the homeless in our community."
– Kathy Keeser, Executive Director
• Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative for the Friendship Center Food Pantry - Provides food and personal care items every Wednesday to households in North Adams, Clarksburg, and Florida. Numerous service agencies are available to pantry users during the sign-in process, including a nurse.
"This generous donation helps our all-volunteer organization continue to provide ample, nutritious food to our friends in need. The financial boost this grant gives us allows us to concentrate not on fundraising but on person-to-person service in a supportive environment that builds community."
– Mark Rondeau, Board President
• Williamstown Food Pantry at Sts. Patrick & Raphael Parish – distributes food and other support to around four hundred families, with Williamstown as the major area served.
"This holiday season the donation from ABC helped us wipe out the big cost of holiday groceries, and allowed us include a couple of little extra things – like butter – things that make it feel like Christmas. And extras to take our families through the vacation week when children don't get their lunch at school. We have a huge crew of volunteers. The whole community really kicks in for us - churches, colleges, non-profits, and individuals – and a donation like this really lifts everyone's spirits."
– Carol DeMayo, Director
None of this would be possible without the dozens of hard-working ABC volunteers who help collect, sort, wash, and price our donated clothing year 'round, as well as giving their all for the big sale in the fall. Here's what some of them had to say:
"It is enjoyable to be part of the effort!"
"I love ABC and what it does."
"It was great meeting and working with the ABC team!"
"We are grateful that the sale is such a great support to the area."
This year a large amount of clothing and bedding has already been donated to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, Soldier On, Haiti Plunge, Goodwill Industries, local veterinary clinics, and a village with extreme need in Malawi.
Collecting, sorting, and preparing clothing and linens for sale is a year-round operation, and volunteers are always needed and welcome. Donations of gently used clothing and linens are always appreciated and can be dropped off at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown. E-mail abcclothingsale413@
Sunday, December 18, 2016
BACKGROUND: Neighbors' letters of concern and other documents filed with town concerning 95-room hotel proposal
LINK: RELATED STORY
A Dec. 15 concern letter from Susan Abrams and Protik Majumber
20 Berkshire Drive
"While we acknowledge the importance of using commercially-zoned lots to promote economic activity, we feel this is not the best use of a parcel that abuts a quiet residential neighborhood, and we are not convinced that a large corporate-owned budget motel will ultimately benefit the town. The project has a number of potential impacts on residential neighbors such as loss of visual privacy, light pollution, increased exposure to strangers and potential crime, overload of utiliteis and sewer, overload of internet, trash containment, noise from service vehicles, and human noise."
"We ask you to consider carefully whether this project makes sense for Williamstown . . . . "
Development plan review submittal:
Architect's schematic plan:
Site rendering (diagram):
Letter from neighbor Alexander Davis:
Letter from abutters Cathy M. Johnson and Thomas L. Gais
No market analysis for this hotel has been performed according to the development team at a
meeting with abutters on December 3.
Email from Jack Madden Dec. 13, to Andrew Groff with long CC list.
(concerning sewer backup) "Given that the proposed hotel is in a commercial zone, I assume such a use is allowed by right. I am not opposed to the hotel per se."
Email dated Dec. 14 from Norma Miller, 12 Orchard Lane
(concerning article and history about Howard Johnson's Motel:
A Dec. 12 letter of concern from Cary Campbell and Rachel Bukanc
Dec. 9, letter from Vincent P. Guntlow to the ZBA talks about Dec. 3 meeting with nearly 20 abutters.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Shakespeare & Company Presents a Winter Studio Festival of Plays 🎭
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Fwd: News Alert: Adventures in Learning is now LIVE!
Alert from Williamstown - Lanesborough Public Schools -- Dec. 13, 2016
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If you are interested in signing your child up for a class, please complete the registration (one per child) online at adventuresinlearning.williams.
We really need registrations completed by 5 PM on Tuesday the 13th! We will then do any lotteries for any classes which exceed the maximum number, with the goal of having each child enrolled in at least one class.
Please note that we have paper copies of the registration here in case you do not have access to the internet. We also are lucky to be able to offer scholarships thanks to the PTO. Please contact Ms. Brookner or Ms. Katz if you would like to receive one (requests are confidential).
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Williams College announces the Olympia Companies as new management for Williams Inn
SOURCE: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant, Williams College,; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., December 13, 2016—Williams College announced today the selection of a real estate and hospitality company to help design and then manage a new Williams Inn.In preparation, the Olympia Companies, based in Portland, Maine, will begin managing the existing Williams Inn beginning July 1."Olympia's team is a good fit for this project, with their extensive experience helping to guide the design of, and then managing, inns in college towns," said Fred Puddester, Williams' vice president for finance and administration. "They're also known for making these inns community spaces that welcome townspeople as well as visitors, as the Williams Inn has always done."Olympia officials said they look forward to welcoming staff members of the current inn as they work together toward a seamless transition. Employees who choose to transition to the new management company will experience no staffing changes through at least the first six months of Olympia's management.In 2014, the college purchased the inn from longtime local innkeepers Carl and Marilyn Faulkner. At that time, Main Street Hospitality Group was brought in to manage the inn."We want to thank Main Street for the incredible job they did managing the transition from the Faulkners and for their professionalism running the inn over the last two years," Puddester said. "This is a challenging property to run, and Main Street did a fabulous job. We are grateful to Sarah Eustis, Greta Kipp, and the entire team at Main Street."Olympia will contribute its expertise to the planning underway for the building of a new Williams Inn at the base of Spring Street in Williamstown. That design work is being led by the firm Cambridge Seven Associates.Olympia currently manages The Inn at Swarthmore at Swarthmore College, The Hotel at Oberlin at Oberlin College, the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern at Bowdoin College, and The Alfond Inn at Rollins College in Florida."We're honored to be chosen as the manager for the Williams Inn and to contribute to the vision of Williams College and the Williamstown community for a new Williams Inn on Spring Street," said Kevin Mahaney, president & CEO of The Olympia Companies. "It aligns with our approach to the campus hospitality market, which is to work with a college to understand its goals and create seamless connections for campus, community, and visitors."