Town seeks public comment on updated OPEN SPACE & RECREATION PLAN. Deadline for input is Fri, Feb. 2.

Please send all comments to agroff@williamstownma.gov  LINK to OPEN SPACE & RECREATION PLAN here!The Town has recently updated it’s Open Space and Recreation Plan thanks to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

The Town is accepting public comment on the plan until Friday February 2.

 

W’town residents mailed 2024 Annual Street Listing, known as CENSUS FORM. Fill out & return form to Town Clerk’s office before March 31.

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. The census (Annual Street Listing) is a requirement per Massachusetts General Law.  Anyone who does not receive their census form in the mail by January 26 should call Town Clerk, Nicole E. Beverly at 458-3500 Ext. 101.

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 or dropping off a voter registration form to the Town Clerk’s Office, 31 North St.. You can also register to vote in person at The Town Clerk’s Office.
Voter registration forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s website as well:

https://www.sec.state.ma.us/divisions/elections/voter-resources/registering-to-
vote.htm

Parents of college students or members of the military who are registered voters in Williamstown should be aware that deleting those children from their census form will remove them from the active voters list. Also, households that have
dependent children in them, but are not listed on your census form should add their children to the form and complete the information that pertains to each child. Information regarding the children is not a public record and is used only by the schools for enrollment purposes. All forms should either be mailed back in the enclosed return envelope or
dropped off at Town Hall. You can use the Town’s drop box, located outside the front door of Town Hall or come into the office.

BIFF presents American film director series: “Cinematic Adolescence: Coming of Age Films by Auteurs”–4 films, monthly Feb-April.

B’shire International Film Festival series highlights the work of John Sayles, John Waters, Greta Gerwig, & Taiki Waititi.  The series will be held Saturdays at 3PM at the Duffin Theater in Lenox. The schedule:

 Sat, Feb 24 at 3PM – John Waters – HAIRSPRAY

Sat, March 23 at 3PM – Greta Gerwig – LADY BIRD

Sat, April 20 at 3PM – Taiki Waititi – JOJO RABBIT

Tickets for the talks are $15 or $50 for the entire series & may be purchased at https://biffmaauteur.eventive.org

  Howie Arkans will introduce the films, followed by a discussion of the film.  Arkans will propose some questions to help prompt the discussion as well as answer your questions and criticisms.   

Northern B’shire MLK Day of Service on Mon, Jan 15, 8:30am-2pm at MCLA Church St. Social Center, N. Adams

“A Day on, Not a Day Off”–all welcome to honor Dr. King’s legacy through volunteer community service projects.  Service site volunteering from 9am-noon, followed by Celebratory Lunch!! Register at MCLA Social Center at 375 Church St., N. Adams.

Community Contra Dance on Sat, Jan 13, 7:30-10:30pm at First Congregational Church, W’town.

Admission is pay-as-you can with a $12-20 suggested.  Masks required. Caller Paul Rosenberg, specializes in helping newcomers discover dancing. He will open the evening with simpler dances appropriate for novices & families with children. The calling will be gender-neutral.

Local musicians, Eric Buddington, Seamus Connor, and Jimmy Bergin enjoy tweaking the traditional jigs and reels with collaborative improvisations and forays into ragtime and other adjacent genres.  Their music will be lively, cheerful, and, above all, a delight to dancers.
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 unmasked while on stage.)  Be aware that, whoever your partner, you’ll wind up dancing with everyone in the room. You may wish to bring a spare mask to change into for comfort throughout the evening.
Visit www.NorthBerkshireDance.org for more information.