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The Family Place to Host 'Back-Packed for Success'
10:43AM / Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Family Place is hosting a back-to-school event for kids entering pre-K through sixth grade at local northern Berkshire elementary schools.

Students and their parents can get a free backpack filled with school supplies and meet their school principal.

The event for families living in Florida and Savoy will be located at Gabriel Abbott Elementary School, 56 North County Road, Florida, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The event for families living in Williamstown, North Adams, Clarksburg, Adams, & Cheshire will be located at The Family Place, 61 Main St., North Adams, on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This event requires pre-registration

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Mount Greylock School Committee to Feature One November Race
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:24AM / Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Gary Fuls of Williamstown, above, will run to finish the term he was appointed to on the Mount Greylock School Committee earlier this month. Wendy Penner, right, is one of three Williamstown residents on the November ballot for two available four-year spots.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There will be one race for the five Mount Greylock Regional School Committee seats on the November ballot.

There are two seats for Lanesborough residents and three for Williamstown residents to be decided when voters of the two towns go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.   Williamstown has two four-year seats on the ballot: those currently held by Chairwoman Carolyn Greene and David

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Rivera Has Hopes for Broadway After WTF 'Visit'
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
03:59PM / Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Roger Rees and Chita Rivera are starring in 'The Visit' at Williamstown Theatre Festival, under the direction of John Doyle, right.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There was no way Broadway legend Chita Rivera could have gone unnoticed when she walked into the Williams Inn wearing a chic black outfit, black-rimmed glasses accentuating her big dark eyes, raven hair framing her face.  

Stunning!
 
Rivera is in the Village Beautiful to reprise her role of Claire Zachanassian in the Williamstown Theatre Festival  production of "The Visit" on the Main Stage from July 31 to Aug.17.  
 
With the book by Terrence McNally and music by iconic songwriting duo

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Greylock Donates $5,000 to Northern Berkshire YMCA Sports Camp Program
02:57PM / Monday, July 21, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Greylock Federal Credit Union has donated $5,000 to benefit the Sports Camp Program offered by the Northern Berkshire YMCA in North Adams.

The program provides a range of sports-related experiences to children ages 4-12 with weekly camp sessions running through Aug. 15.

Greylock’s Victoria May, assistant vice president, manager marketing promotions & partnerships, said Greylock is happy to partner with the Northern Berkshire YMCA.

"The sports camps offer the kinds of healthy experiences to community children that we are always ready to support,” she said.

Justin Ihne, CEO of the Northern Berkshire YMCA, said the donation is

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WES Appoints Six New Faculty Members
02:07PM / Monday, July 21, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Williamstown Elementary School has announced the appointment of six new faculty at Williamstown Elementary for the 2014-15 school year.

* Jennifer Downey will be teaching fifth grade. Downey graduated with a bachelor of science in Inclusive Elementary Education, Special Education and English from Syracuse University. She also holds a master of science in Literacy Education from Syracuse.

Downey has been a full time elementary classroom teacher at the C.T. Plunkett Elementary School in Adams since September 2007.

* Kathryn Galusha will be teaching first grade. Galusha is a graduate of Wheaton College, majoring in psychology and elementary education. She earned her

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Team of Rivals Excels at Bay State Games
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
01:55PM / Monday, July 21, 2014
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ROXBURY, Mass. -- The girls of the West squad came home from the Bay State Games with silver medals around their necks.   But the experience of playing for that team was as good as gold.   For a little more than a month, 12 girls from six different schools throughout Berkshire County sweated together it out in the gym at Pittsfield's Miss Hall's School, forming a cohesive unit that was able to hold its own against all-comers at the Boston sports festival.   Making the team allowed the girls to work on their game on the court and form bonds off the court.   "I think it was a great opportunity," recent Drury High graduate Emily Moulton said. "It

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Williams Grad Overseeing Pittsfield Prevention Partnership
01:27PM / Monday, July 21, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way has hired a new Pittsfield Prevention Partnership (PPP) coordinator.  

Arsema Abegaz, a 2014 graduate from Williams College, has been hired to fill the position that oversees youth substance use prevention efforts in the city.

“We are extremely excited to have Arsema joining our team” Karen Cole, coordinator of Youth Development at Berkshire United Way, said. “She brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to the position as well as being perfectly positioned to work with our area youth.”

Abegaz graduated from Williams College with a degree in economics in June 2014. Prior to that, she graduated with honors in

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Cold Case Expert Offers Thoughts on Unsolved Local Murders
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
03:26AM / Monday, July 21, 2014
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Sarah L. Stein reviews some of the aspects of killers during a talk for the OLLI program. Stein is an expert on cold cases. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lynn Ann Burdick was 18 years old when she disappeared while closing shop at the former Barefoot Country Peddlar General Store in Florida on the evening of April 17, 1982, less than an hour after a man attempted to abduct a girl from the Williams College campus.   Two other women about the same age, Cynthia Krizack and Kim Benoit, had also been abducted and found strangled in the northern part of the county within the previous six years.   In the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 1900, May Fosburgh was shot to death in her

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Berkshire All-Stars Fall Short in Bay State Games Finale
By Stephen Dravis, iberkshires Staff
08:10PM / Sunday, July 20, 2014
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ROXBURY, Mass. — Some of the best high school girls basketball players in Western Massachusetts went east with one simple mission: to show the world that Berkshire County hoops is legit.   Message delivered.   The West came up a little short on Sunday evening — literally and figuratively — in a Bay State Games gold medal game where the Bostonians' height proved decisive.   But after going 5-1 over three days and splitting with the Metro team that won the title, 78-65, on Sunday, the Berkshire all-stars have nothing to feel down about.   "I think the biggest thing is these kids came out here just wanting to prove they can play," West coach

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West Roars to Final at Bay State Games
10:13PM / Saturday, July 19, 2014
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MELROSE, Mass. -- Some of Berkshire County's best high school girls basketball players have proven to be some of the best in the state.

And on Sunday, they will look to end the debate.   The West team at the Bay State Games will play in the Gold Medal game Sunday afternoon at Roxbury's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center after posting a 4-0 record on the first two days of the tournament.   Mount Greylock's Lucy Barrett and Pittsfield's Peyton Steinman have been among the leaders of the squad, made up of six girls from public high schools and six prep school athletes.   "I'm so proud of this group of kids," West coach Matthew Ward said.

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