Pine Cobble School to Host Open House

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pine Cobble School will host an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, its first such fall event in the post-pandemic era. 
 
Open to all families, this free event gives parents and guardians a chance to tour the school's eighteen-acre, historic campus; learn about the school's curriculum, arts and sports programs, and more; meet with teachers, administrators, and current Pine Cobble families; and get any questions answered about the school. Refreshments will be available.
 
Pine Cobble School is an all-gender independent day school for children from early childhood through eighth grade. It is an inclusive community that welcomes students from all cultures and backgrounds with open arms and prepares them to be global citizens.
 
Founded in 1937, the school serves children from the Berkshires, Vermont, and New York State. It has kept many of its original traditions, such as Mountain Day and Winter Sports Fridays. More recent additions have included Language Day and Science Day.
 

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Williamstown Decides to Clear Out Water Street Lot

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A long-time de facto parking lot on Water Street will be closed to vehicles as of March 1, the town has announced.
 
The 1.27-acre dirt lot that was most recently the site of the town garage has been used to park cars for decades. But the town has never formally considered it a parking lot, and it is not paved, lined or regulated in any way.
 
The town manager Thursday said that concerns about liability at the site led to a decision to place barriers around the lot to block cars this winter and for the foreseeable future.
 
"Over the fall, we kept an eye on it, and what we were seeing was upward of 160 or 170 cars on any given day," Bob Menicocci said. "It got to the point where, because of its unregulated nature, the Police Department was getting calls for service saying, ‘I'm blocked in. Can you tow this car?' that kind of thing.
 
"It was becoming an untenable situation."
 
The town's observation of the lot found a high percentage of the cars belonged to people connected to Williams College, mainly students who used it for overnight parking. That conclusion is borne out by the way the lot tends to be a lot emptier during college breaks.
 
In the fall, the school's student newspaper ran an article describing the lot as, "a perfectly legal spot to stash a car, and thus, [where] it seems that College students have lucked into a free, convenient parking lot."
 
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