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Misc News from Speak Up

Again, for the purposes of archiving, here is a round-up of local and miscellaneous news recently posted on Speak up. Additional comments are welcome.

*From Jeff Z: “Williams makes financial aid “honor roll”.

*HWC on the Kellogg House.

*Student ’10 with an update on Spring Street construction: 

” The former furniture store is being gutted and recently new doors were installed- it looks like it is coming along nicely- the sign claims it will be done in Spring 2010- I hope before I graduate.
-The former dry cleaner (which moved up main street-now an inconveniently, most likely prohibitive long walk away) storefront has a sign that says: Coming Soon the Purple Pepper, Mexican Cuisine, Spring 2010- again hopefully actually before I graduate
– Hopefully the quickest project- They have finally started gutting and remodeling the former Art Gallery and a sign was up last week saying: Coming soon: Subway- I could use a few $5 foot-long subs my senior year.
P.S. I hope they keep the park where the former Purple Pub sat- it’s quite nice.”

*Jeff Z on a “fantastic local business”.

*Mike on “the thinnest kid at fat camp.”

Williams College’s Sawyer Library has been selected for the 2009 Best of Williamstown award in the libraries category. Each year, the Best of Williamstown award program recognizes outstanding local businesses that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Sawyer is the main campus library and houses collections that support the arts, humanities and social sciences. The collections also include most of the library systems’ government documents, videocassettes and sound recordings. Sawyer Library has a collection of nearly 700,000 volumes and seating for approximately 750 individuals.

*And again, HWC with a link to an interactive campus map of Williams:

New campus maps sprouting like dandelions. It appears that the federal regulations for information about handicapped accessibility are driving investment in a new round of interactive campus maps. I don’t recall seeing the interactive feature on Williams’ map before. Click a blue dot next to any buildng for a pop-up box detailing accessibility information:

*Jeff Z  on Pub / Spring Street update:

Interesting to note that the pub still needs a proprietor. I thought Mary was going to resume her role, that is a shame. I hope whomever takes ownership of the space respects the Pub’s history and special relationship with both town and college.

One of Paresky’s comments in this article (about the “urban”) views is a bit …. errrr … tone deaf. Still, glad this project is getting completed this fall, and it should be a great addition to the commercial district; the return the Pub (assuming it maintains much of the same character) will be particularly welcome.

*And on a MASS MoCA event:


Thanks for all the news, folks.

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#1 Comment By jeffz On August 29, 2009 @ 7:42 am

A few more local news tidbits:

New York magazine calls Lewitt MassMoca show one of the best EVER single-artist exhibits (I agree):


Several major newspapers have run this nice feature on Williamstown:


#2 Comment By sophmom On August 29, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

Thanks for posting the Spano article. It is a “gem” of a piece on Williamstown. I particularly liked this remark on WCMA:

The Williams College Museum of Art is in a contemporary building nearby, unmistakable because of the bizarre bronze eyes (big enough to sit on) by contemporary French artist Louise Bourgeois.

Even if there were no Clark Art Institute, the college museum, one of the best in the country, would still attract art lovers.