Clark Airs 'Much Ado About Nothing'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute airs a presentation of "Much Ado About Nothing" (2 hours, 30 minutes), a production of London’s National Theatre, on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 pm. 
The Clark airs the broadcast in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
According to a press release:
In a fresh take on one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, this acclaimed production sets the romantic rivalry against the backdrop of the legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riviera, a site that has been visited by artists, celebrities, and royals. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love. Scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice (Katherine Parkinson) and Benedick (John Heffernan). Simon Godwin directs the comedy.
Tickets are $18 ($16 for members; $12 for children 10 and under). To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All sales are final

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Williamstown Town Manager Details Reasons for Trail Overrun

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A flawed design process is responsible for the $1.3 million overrun in a 2.4-mile bicycle and pedestrian path built under the auspices of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the town manager said this month.
The town is on the hook for that $1.3 million, which exceeds the 10 percent contingency that MassDOT built into the budget for a multimodal trail bid at around $5.3 million.
At a meeting of the town's Finance Committee this month, Town Manager Robert Menicocci gave his most detailed public explanation of how the project's cost came in so far above the $5.8 million that the state agency contributed.
"There are two programmatic pieces as part of the project that fall into the category of: In a perfect world, maybe it wouldn't have happened," Menicocci said. "One I think was the overall bid and design, which related to the fact that, a lot of time, these trails are put in on existing rail beds, and you know what you're going on. There is solid earth underneath you. And a lot of the area where our bike path went in, there was wetland underneath and relatively virgin land.
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