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'Southpaw': Winner by a Split Decision
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:02PM / Friday, July 31, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Weinstein Co. Jake Gyllenhaal steps into the ring to punch out a story told many times before and still lands a KO.

The stark realism of director Antoine Fuqua's emotionally charged "Southpaw" belies the fact that you've seen this classic boxing saga at least a couple dozen times before, if not more. Oh, they get changed up a little bit, depending on the era from whence they emerge, but the plot is inevitably familiar.

The protagonist, usually of little intelligence and bereft of an upbringing that might have prepared him for a more traditional occupation, grapples his way to

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The Independent Investor: Supermarkets Evolve to Survive
By Bill Schmick,
03:29PM / Friday, July 31, 2015

We take our local supermarkets for granted. Like gas stations, there seems to one on almost every corner, at least in suburbia. With competition from a variety of sources, supermarkets have been forced to reinvent themselves and are doing a good job doing just that.

Historically, supermarkets are a low-margin business, barely eking out 1-2 percent profit margins annually. Even the "hot" areas of the grocery market, like natural. organic and gourmet food emporiums only command 3 percent to 6 percent margins but to the big store chains that's an attractive option.

In addition, the supermarkets industry is highly fragmented with the top 10 chains only accounting for 35 percent

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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
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10th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow Set for Aug. 8-9
12:43PM / Friday, July 31, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. — After 10 years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year’s 10th annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities fun for the whole family.

The 10th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held on the grounds of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington on Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9.

The theme of this year's pow wow is "Rise & Shine: Coming Together." The event is a unique celebration and sharing of native culture through traditional songs, dances and art. Traditionally pow wows are

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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Names New Executive Director
12:03PM / Friday, July 31, 2015
Adam Hinds is leaving his position with the city of Pittsfield to take over as the new executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The board of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has named Adam Hinds as executive director of the coalition beginning Sept. 1.   Hinds brings a diverse background in community organizing, political campaigns and community dialogue in international settings to NBCC's mission of community support and action in northern Berkshire County.   He comes from the directorship of Pittsfield Community Connection. There he focused on positive development for high-risk youth and their families. At the

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Mount Greylock Committee Decides on Addition/Renovation Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:03PM / Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Mount Greylock School committees have chosen this model as the preferred option for a new high and middle school. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday decided on an addition/renovation plan to send forward to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.   At a joint meeting with the School Building Committee, the seven-member School Committee voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the building committee, which voted 8-1 in favor of the design dubbed R1c.3.   The "preferred option" that the district sends to Boston calls for the demolition of most of the existing academic space and the construction of a

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Biz Briefs: Mr. Tire, Tax Holiday, Business Directory
Staff Reports,
05:27PM / Thursday, July 30, 2015
Don't worry, Mister Tire will still be here when the snow flies.

Tired of Rumors

Larry Davis of Mister Tire in North Adams is assuring his many, many patrons that the 38-year-old family business is definitely not closing.

"It's come to our attention that the rumor about town has us closing our doors, or being sold to the highest bidder. We'd like to take the time to assure the community that neither of these things are true," the company posted on its Facebook page.

Rather, Davis will be spending less time at the shop, with his children Matt, Mike, and Tori, and general manager Scott taking over more of the operation.

"Larry's children will continue to

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Advocates Call For Expanding Medicare On Anniversary Of Bill Signing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:14PM / Thursday, July 30, 2015
Advocates held a 'birthday party' for Medicare outside of the Silvio O. Conte Federal Building.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Charles Wohl says the United States ranks 37th in the world in health outcomes.

But ranks first in per capita spending.

"That is terrible," Wohl said.   "We have a highly inefficient health-care system. Twelve to 30 percent of health-care spending goes down the drain for administrative costs."   However, with the Medicare system, only 3 percent of the total expenses are for administration. The rest goes directly to keeping the elderly and those with disabilities healthy.   That's why Wohl joined with others on

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Joan of Archetype: Playwright Explores Timeless Theme With Classic Story
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13PM / Thursday, July 30, 2015
Tina Packer as Isabelle d'Arc and Anne Troup as her daughter Joan. LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company audiences come to venue year round to see historical dramas and new works.   This summer, they get both rolled into one.   Thursday marks the world premiere of Jane Anderson's "Mother of the Maid," which tells the story of Joan of Arc through the eyes of her mother, played by the company's founding artistic director Tina Packer.   Like the Shakespeare histories that are a staple at the Kemble Street venue, "Mother of the Maid" uses the famous and the infamous to explore timeless themes and makes the events of yesteryear

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Legislature Overrides Cultural Council, Kindergarten Cuts
07:57PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — The state House and Senate voted on Wednesday to override Governor Charlie Baker's veto and restore $2.3 million in funding in the fiscal 2016 budget for the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Baker vetoed $162.8 million in line items when signing the the $38 billion budget several weeks ago. Most if not all of his vetoes were expected to be overridden by the Legislature.

Wednesday's vote restores funding for the Cultural Council to $14.16 million passed by the Legislature and means a 20 percent hike over last year's $11.8 million. The funding passed unanimously in the Senate and by 153-2 in House.

"The arts and cultural community is thrilled by the

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Images Cinema Launches a 'LEGO Drive' to Benefit UNO Community Center
03:46PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema continues its family-friendly film series Bright Young Things with a documentary about one of the world’s most successful toys.

In August, Images will screen "A LEGO Brickumentary." Narrated by Jason Bateman, this kid-firendly documentary explores the LEGO universe of creativity and inspiration. The narrative will take us to art galleries full of LEGO creations, introduce us to Master Builders making movies, explore the world of LEGO therapy and bring us along to meet AFOLS (Adult Fans of LEGO), each with amazing stories to tell. A LEGO Brickumentary explores the essential nature of human creativity and the ways we seek to build

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Mount Greylock School Committee to Pick Project at Thursday Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Mount Greylock School and School Building committees are expected to decide on Thursday which new school option to submit to the MSBA. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee plans Thursday to vote which of three building options it wants to advance to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for further study.   The School Committee will hold a joint meeting with the region's School Building Committee at 5:30 p.m. in the Mount Greylock Meeting Room.   The School Committee will consider the most up-to-date information from its architect and owner's project manager about the two addition/renovation plans and one new building

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The Classical Beat: Don't Miss Tanglewood, Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:51PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Miró String Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups, will play at Tannery Ponds in New York.

Tanglewood in Lenox is the place to be this week for brilliant and unforgettable performances. Why go? To experience the symphonic masterworks of Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich, while fabulous guest artists such as the masterful pianist Garrick Ohlsson, phenomenal singers Dawn Upshaw and Matthias Goerne, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will take center stage in the Shed.

Add to this the all-day spectacular audience favorite "Tanglewood on Parade," and you can expect another week of large-scale, not-to-be-missed stellar performances.

For

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