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Williamstown Elementary Surveying Families About Strategic Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Friday, October 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School plans is asking its families about their aspirations for the K-6 school.   The district is in the process of developing a strategic plan, and part of that process will be an electronic survey that is being sent to stakeholders, Superintendent Douglas Dias told the School Committee on Wednesday evening.   "We've asked people in the community to respond a week from this Friday so we can gather the data," Dias said. "The next step after that is to take the data, put it in a workable form and put together a group of staff, community, School Committee members and look at the data to see what we can come up


Williamstown Website Seeking Town Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:16PM / Thursday, October 27, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday heard pitches from two local nonprofits that promote the town — one that already receives financial support from the town and another that would like to.   Representatives from the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and the website Destination Williamstown told the board what they are doing to help bring business — especially tourist business — to the Village Beautiful.   Following on the heels of last year's report of the town's Economic Development Committee, the two groups stressed how their missions help achieve the goals stated in that report.   The Chamber already gets about half of its

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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

NBCC Hosts Forum on Youth and Substance Abuse
03:09PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is sponsoring a forum on marijuana and substance abuse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts college of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.  

The event is free and open to the public; pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m.

"Alcohol, Marijuana, and Opioids: What Parents Need to Know" will address the impact of alcohol, marijuana and opioids on a young person's brain and will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center,

It will be followed by questions from the audience and the discussion will include the viewpoint of several community panelists including Dr.


MCLA to Host Open House for Prospective Students
12:19PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host the second of three fall open house events for high school and transfer students interested in applying for admission to attend MCLA for the spring of 2017 or the fall 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 29. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Amsler Campus Center.

In addition to touring the campus, prospective students and families can learn more about the admissions and financial aid process; student life; attend an academic program overview; and explore the many opportunities MCLA has to offer, such as internships, study abroad, our honors program and undergraduate research.

Those who wish to find out more about


BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
11:33AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently recognized the academic achievements of 103 students during an Honors Convocation Program.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:



Adams: Aaron R. Biros, Jeremy R. Patterson, Chelise M. Rondeau

Becket: Rebecca J. Simmons

Cheshire: Amy L. Brassard, Katie Clarke, Dudley R. Johnson, Emily A. Thurston

Chester: Henry J. Fristik

Cummington: Marion T. Brooks, Alexander F. Griffith

Dalton: Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett, Oksana O. Dix, Whitney N.


Investors Should Avoid 'Great Expectations'
11:06AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Apart from death and taxes, few events in our world are consistently predictable – and investment returns are definitely not one of them. What can you, as an individual investor, do to cope with the ups and downs of the financial markets and make progress toward your long-term goals?

To begin with, you should be aware that the financial markets have fluctuated greatly – daily, monthly and yearly – over the past three decades. Overall, though, the financial markets trended upward, as measured by major indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S & P 500. Of course, as you've no doubt heard, past performance can't guarantee future results.



Williamstown Students Celebrate Words With Costume Parade
09:58AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — "The Cat in the Hat." "Charlotte's Web." "Harry Potter." The words "judge," "retro," "athletic" and "photosynthesis."

Words and books of all shapes and sizes were on parade on Wednesday morning during Williamstown Elementary School's annual Words Are Wonderful costume parade. The parade encourages students — and teachers — to dress up as their favorite word or book character to celebrate their love of reading with a walk around the front of the school in front of cheering parents and then through the Harper Center to brighten the day of local senior citizens.

The parade is


Health Connector Launches Insurance Enrollment Drive in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:11PM / Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Health Connector officials are urging citizens to explore their health insurance options during this enrollment season.

Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. With expected rises in health insurance premiums under the federal Affordable Care Act, it behooves people to look over their plans and update their accounts.

The word from the Health Connector is it's the time to shop for the best plan.

"A lot of time people think there's not an affordable option because they read the press like that, but there actually are very affordable options," Vicki Coates, the state Health Connector's chief operating officer, said. "It's


Senate Candidates Handle Slew of Questions During Debate At BCC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Most of the questions at Monday's state Senate debate were on the ballot questions, with each of the two candidates taking slightly different views on them.

Republican Christine Canning-Wilson and Democrat Adam Hinds are both seeking election to the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing. The two faced off at a debate Monday night sponsored by the Pittsfield Gazette and Berkshire Community College and moderator Dan Dillon said while the ballot questions are going to voters, the candidate's answers do reflect where they stand on hot topics in the state.

He started off with the question of expanding charter schools. The ballot question would

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Biz Briefs: Mentors Needed for Financial Literacy Workshop
01:41PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Mentors needed: Miss Hall's School is seeking area professional women to volunteer as mentors for the 17th annual Money Matters financial literacy workshops to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 17, at the school's Holmes Road campus. Eighth-grade girls from across Berkshire County will attend the program, which provides them with a foundation of financial understanding. This year's program will be facilitated by Dr. Mahnaz Mahdavi, professor of economics at Smith College and faculty director at the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (CIEC) at Smith College.

Volunteer mentors are asked to commit to one of the program's two days, which run


State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips
12:06PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween.

More children are injured by cars than fire on Halloween, so it’s important for children to learn and practice pedestrian safety and for drivers to use extra caution. Drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.

Other tips for Halloween costumes, decorations and trick-or-treating:

· Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.

· Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.

· Keep decorations like cornstalks away from heat sources and


Berkshires Beat: NBCC Looking for 'Neighborlies' Nominations
11:13AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Feeling neighborly: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) will host the Fall Neighborlies celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois St. Due to limited parking at the Synagogue, overflow parking will be available at the Stop and Shop on Route 2 (the side closest to Williamstown).

Twice a year, nbCC's Northern Berkshire Neighbors welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. Anyone may nominate individuals or groups in one or more of the following categories: neighborly acts, young


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