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Williamstown Moves to Build Police Station on Simonds Road
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:22AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town took its first steps toward moving its police station and a non-profit recreation center received a season alcohol licence.   Also, Williams College announced plans to install a 6 foot-by-12 foot box culvert under downtown. (Story to come)   Other than that, it was a quiet night Monday at Town Hall.    The twice-monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen had a full agenda on the first Monday after last week's annual town meeting.   As has often been the case in recent years at Town Hall, a big part of the agenda centered on construction.   In the case of the town, it is a planned renovation and addition to the Turner


Berkshires Beat: Williams Environmental Center Earns Petal Certification
03:41PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Nearing the goal: The Class of 1966 Environmental Center has achieved Petal Certification, meeting six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge. Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives Director Amy Johns accepted the building’s Petal Certification at the Living Future Conference in Seattle on May 18.

Twelve months of consecutive data showed that the center qualified in six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge, but fell short for the energy standard, just missing full certification as a Living Building. The LBC program, administered by the International Living Future Institute, is the most


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

Berkshire Bank Moving Corporate Headquarters to Boston
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:24PM / Monday, May 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank is moving its corporate headquarters this Boston later this year as it acquires Commerce Bancshares Corp., increasing the bank's holdings to $12 billion.   The $209 million acquisition makes Berkshire Hills Bancorp the largest regional bank in Massachusetts, according to officials, and the first regional bank headquartered in Boston in decades. Bank officials say moving its corporate headquarters will not affect its employees here and that the operational center will remain on North Street.    "Locating our corporate headquarters in Boston will not take us away from our roots in Berkshire County; we remain committed to all of


Biz Briefs: CompuWorks Celebrates 30 Years in IT Services
03:05PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy anniversary: CompuWorks, a Pittsfield-based managed IT services provider (MSP) specializing in making companies more efficient, innovative and profitable through the effective use of technology, is celebrating 30 years. The company reflected on its history in an address to its employees.

Founded in 1987 by David Hall and Alan Bauman, CompuWorks' mission has always been to help its clients maximize the business impact of technology. The company believes that technology should be a competitive asset, not simply a necessary evil.  CompuWorks serves as the outsourced IT department for most of its clients who range in size from 20 employees to over 1,000 and are generally


Failed Williamstown Hotel Applicant Weighs Legal Options
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Engineer Charlie LaBatt discusses the height of a proposed hotel during a site visit to 562 Main St. on Thursday afternoon. Looking on are Zoning Board of Appeals members Keith Davis, left, and Andrew Hoar.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The attorney representing the applicant denied a chance to develop a Main Street parcel said Friday morning that it is "too soon to say" what, if any, remedy his client will pursue.   Williamstown attorney Donald Dubendorf said his client, Vipul "Vinny" Patel, was "disappointed" with Thursday's Zoning Board of Appeals decision denying him four special permits needed to develop a three-story, 77-room hotel at


Williamstown Rural Lands Honors Retiring Executive Director
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, May 21, 2017

David McGowan addresses the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation annual meeting on Saturday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Surrounded by the pastoral setting she worked for more than two decades to protect, Leslie Reed-Evans received the heartfelt congratulations of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Saturday afternoon's annual meeting.   And the non-profit's outgoing executive director returned the favor with a challenge.   "We still have work to do," she told the crowd gathered beneath a tent at the foundation's Cold Spring Road headquarters on Sheep Hill. "So next year, when I'm sitting where you are, I want to see all the same faces


@theMarket: The Trump Dump
By Bill Schmick,
10:09AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
Investors were shocked this week when the U.S. stock markets fell almost 2 percent in one day.    Wall Street blamed it on the growing scandals engulfing the White House. However, there was little follow through despite predictions that this was the beginning of the long-awaited pullback.   To be honest, much of the controversy coming out of Washington — demand for Trump's impeachment, obstruction of justice, witness-tampering, etc. — is simply partisan politics deliberately fueled by a biased media. All of the above, which had been building for days, finally reached the tipping point for investors. As weak-kneed day traders started to sell, the program


Hinds Gives BRPC Updates From the State House
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:01AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Local organizations have great long-term plans for the future of Berkshire County. But, state Sen. Adam Hinds said the state needs to get the "fundamentals right" before that can take hold.   Hinds spoke with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday and reviewed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. He said 1Berkshire also has a similar blueprint with how to revitalize the Berkshire economy. But, both plans are still two or more years away, he said.   "In the interim, we need to double down on getting high-speed internet right and double down on education," Hinds said.   The Pittsfield Democrat said population


The Independent Investor: Health-Care Costs Are Strangling Us
By Bill Schmick,
05:03PM / Friday, May 19, 2017
Recently, none other than the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has sounded the alarm on what he sees as the number one threat to American businesses — rising health care costs. His advice is that we better do something and do it quickly.   While Congress bickers over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, there is still a large body of American politicians who believe we should simply return to the good old days. While they fiddle with adjusting insurer's premiums, or gutting Medicaid, the entire healthcare system surrounding them continues to burn. While they debate whether you should be responsible for your own medical insurance and how much Medicare should cover, health care


Three Williams Seniors Win Oxford Fellowships
01:38PM / Friday, May 19, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three Williams College seniors have won fellowships for two years of post-graduate study at Oxford University.

Allison Holle and Gordon Wilford have won the Donovan-Moody Memorial Fellowship for study at Exeter College at Oxford. Jeffrey Sload has won the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for study at Worcester College at Oxford.

Holle is an Arabic studies major from Baltimore, Md., who plans to pursue a master's of philosophy in Islamic art and archaeology. She wants to focus her studies at the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, and to specialize in the material culture of medieval Egypt.

Holle has studied abroad in Egypt


Maintaining Your Current Sign Offers Many Benefits
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01:08PM / Friday, May 19, 2017

Dust and clutter begins to take over as we hibernate for winter, waiting for the highly anticipated weather of spring and summer to provide a fresh start through the ritual of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is not only for emptying garages and raking lawns, but it is also the perfect time to spruce up your business's sign.

By regularly maintaining your current sign through the completion of seasons one can significantly save their company money. Companies are always torn between two very popular provers: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and "Prevention is better than cure" - and this is especially true when it comes to signage. Now you may be asking,


Williamstown ZBA Denies Hotel Bid for Lehovec Property
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:55PM / Thursday, May 18, 2017

A rendering of the hotel proposed for the Lehovec property. The ZBA on Thursday denied the special permits for the project. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday ruled against four applications for special permits that would have allowed the development of a 77-room, three-story hotel at 562 Main St.   The application to develop the so-called Lehovec property on Route 2 next to the former Agway met with fierce opposition from residents in the neighboring Colonial Village development.   In a packed Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room, a couple dozen of those residents applauded speakers who rose to the podium to ask the ZBA to reject the


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