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Williamstown's Chopsticks Restaurant Reopens
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After a six-week closure to address building code issues, a Main Street Chinese restaurant has been cleared to reopen, Town Hall reported Friday morning.   Town Manager Jason Hoch shared the happy news that Chopsticks restaurant was given the go-ahead to begin serving customers at any time after it was reinspected on Thursday and Friday.   In mid-October, the town ordered the restaurant's closure until it addressed several issues, including its fire alarm and fire suppression system.   At no point did the closure involve the town's health inspector or any food safety issues, Hoch said in October.   The restaurant was serving patrons by

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Williams Professor Wins Musicological Society Award
01:12PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Professor of Music W. Anthony Sheppard received the H. Colin Slim Award for his article "Puccini and the Music Boxes," which appeared in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association in spring 2015, at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society on Nov. 5 in Vancouver, Canada.

He was also named series editor for the prestigious AMS Studies in Music book series published by Oxford University Press.

The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of her or his career.


Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

Williams Russian Professor Named President-Elect of Scholarly Society
01:05PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Julie Cassiday, chair of German and Russian and professor of Russian at Williams College, has been named president-elect of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).

As president-elect, Cassiday will serve as vice president in 2017 and president in 2018.

Established in 1948, ASEEES is a nonprofit, non-political, scholarly society and the leading international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Eastern Europe in regional and global contexts.  

Cassiday will serve on the executive committee of the board of directors, which handles all aspects of the management


Williams Grad Named Rhodes Scholar
12:45PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A 2015 graduate of Williams College’s Center for Development Economics, Diala Issam Al Masri, is one of three newly named Rhodes Scholars from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon or Palestine.

This is the first year that the Rhodes Trust is choosing scholars from that region, the result of a new partnership with the Saïd Foundation that was announced in June. Al Masri is the first CDE graduate to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship is among the oldest and most prestigious academic awards for college graduates. It provides two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Al Masri was selected from among hundreds of


BCF Names Acting Executive Director After CEO's Sudden Death
11:08AM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families, a social services agency serving Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley since 1887, has appointed Diane Robie to the position of acting executive director, filling the vacancy caused by the recent death of President and CEO Carolyn Mower Burns.

Robie, who was senior vice president at Berkshire Children and Families, came to BCF from Vermont in 2015, after 20 years of experience serving children, families and communities in programs that ranged from family support to child permanency.

"Carolyn had both a vision in identifying the needs of children and their families and the ability to create and administer programs committed


Williamstown's Holiday Walk Returns Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:42AM / Friday, December 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Carols, cookies and canines will help lift holiday spirits this weekend in the Village Beautiful.   The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Walk gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with the Run with the Reindeer 5-kilometer run and offers up a full day of family-friendly activities.   The signature event, the Reindog Parade steps off from the Paresky Lawn at Williams College and heads down Spring Street starting at 3 p.m. Any dog owners are welcome to deck the hounds and join the fun starting at 2:30 outside Chapin Hall.   Although your dog need not be dressed as a reindog like the Grinch's Max, all the dogs and humans


Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools Begin Search for Interim Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Friday, December 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District is moving ahead with a plan that officials hope will bring an interim superintendent to the district as early as Jan. 1.   On Wednesday evening, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee held a joint meeting with its colleagues from Superintendency Union 71, the union of Lanesborough and Williamstown's elementary school districts, to consider a succession plan proposed by the two groups' Administrative Review Subcommittee.   The subcommittee proposed that the hiring committees authorize it to screen candidates and name a pool of up to three finalists who would be interviewed by the full Mount


'Moonlight': Illuminating
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:22PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016

The DNA of everything that is wrong, sad and perplexing about race relations in the U.S. is poetically discerned and illuminated in filmmaker Barry Jenkins' Oscar-worthy "Moonlight." Jenkins ingeniously utilizes the low-budget, art house look of his sociologically profound film about a young black man's journey in ghettoized America to personalize the tale without the least bit of affectation. It is storytelling in our best, lyrical tradition, ripping open barely sealed wounds in its engrossing proof that there's nothing like the real truth to get your attention.

In the slums of Miami, in an indeterminate near-past that implies the infinite stagnancy of such


Seven Years In, Cop on Top Continues To Grow
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been seven years since the first Cop on Top set in motion a series of fundraisers, growing every year, that has raised more than $600,000 for Special Olympic athletes.   "We've made so much money in our county program that we help other programs in other counties," said Officer Darren Derby, who along with Investigator John Bassi, has been heading the local efforts for years.   The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a local program that has raised money to pay for local Special Olympic athletes to participate — whether it be for transportation, equipment, uniforms. Locally it started with a Tip a Cop fundraiser and seven years ago

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McCann Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:33PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

This quarter, 107 students received high honors and 64 received honors.

High Honors

Seniors: Butler, Evan; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Foley, Alexis; Gardner, Makenzie; Gero, Christopher; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kaczowski, Kyla; Kipp, William; Klammer, Claire; Lampro, Tyler; Leab, Joshua; Mears, Kevin; Milner, Erica; Moreno, Nico; Pandell, Blaize; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander; Wood, Elizabeth.

Juniors: Boucher, Noah; Brown, Marley; Cahill, Alyssa; Charon, Ryan;


Three Realtors Join Burnam Gold
11:53AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three fellow Realtors have joined Burnham Gold Real Estate LLC.

Jane Miller has a life-long passion for the northern Berkshire region. Her family settled here in the late 1800s, making her a fourth-generation resident. Her years as a florist in her own shop in Williamstown helped her develop expertise in sales, and her 30-year career managing her husband's dental practice gave her extensive experience in client service. Her patience and understanding come from raising their two daughters while juggling her career.

Miller is an active member of Congregation Beth Israel and serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. She and her


Everyone Benefits When You Make Charitable Gifts
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:27AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

To begin with, you'll want to make sure you are giving to a reputable charity. That means you'll need to ask some questions. How does a group measure its effectiveness? Is it devoting as much of its contributions as possible to the actual work of the organization, or is it spending too much money on administrative costs?


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