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Williams College, Chamber Discuss Downtown Parking with Selectmen
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Williamstown Chamber Director Emily Watts and Jamie Art, director of real estate for Williams College, explain parking plans during the college's construction around Spring Street.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College and the Chamber of Commerce believe they have solutions in place to avoid a repeat of last summer's parking woes on Spring Street, and they're asking downtown merchants to be part of the answer.   In 2015, parking inventory in the Village Business District was squeezed by construction vehicles related to the college's renovation of the Log pub on Spring Street. That project is completed, but downtown business owners have been concerned

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Del Gallo Challenges Democratic Candidates to Spending Limits
Campaign Statement,
04:41PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

The following is an open letter from Rinaldo Del Gallo III, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate:

During the first week of April, I sent my fellow candidates an email asking them to agree to voluntary spending limits.  Many progressives I have spoken to feel it is an excellent idea. I herein resubmit an open letter on the subject of spending limits, debates, and columns in local papers. This offer, previously submitted in early April, I offer for 10 days after publication of this letter by The Berkshire Eagle (on June 22).
 
Spending Limits

In early April, I was at an event with state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli and the subject of money and campaigns came up. He

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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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Williams College Elects 39 Seniors to Phi Beta Kappa
04:02PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the election of 39 members of the Williams College class of 2016 to Phi Beta Kappa, the national honors society.

The society has existed since the 18th century as a nationwide organization honoring students of the highest academic achievement at the college level.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is granted to the top five percent of the Williams class at the end of their junior year; 28 students were elected. At the end of their senior year, students in the 12.5 percent of the class, excluding those already elected, were eligible for election; 39 students were elected.

Those seniors are:

Emily Berg, mathematics, Durham, N.C.

Joseph

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
03:35PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging up to $1,400 to five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

* Victoria A. Ryan, Monument Mountain Regional High School

* Cody Ciepiela, Wahconah Regional High School (Recipient of the Down Syndrome Family Group Scholarship, which is funded by Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.)

* Elizabeth B. Bean, St. Joseph High School (Recipient of the Carol Craighead Memorial Scholarship Award,

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Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires Launched
03:28PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Nonprofits seeking help with everything from marketing to fundraising, manpower and professional development can turn to a new entity called the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.  

Founded by Liana Toscanini, former Development & Marketing Director for Community Access to the Arts, the Nonprofit Center is located at 40 Railroad St.

The mission of the NPC is to facilitate growth for charitable organizations through shared resources, affordable products and services, and creative collaborations.

“Many nonprofits need assistance getting to the next level.  I enjoy connecting people in our community and using my corporate and nonprofit

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North Adams Native Returns to Join Pittsfield Law Firm
03:10PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Smith, Green & Gold has welcomed Allyson Holmes as a new associate attorney to the firm.

Holmes, who joined the firm this June, concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, elder law and residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Before joining Smith, Green & Gold, she represented the city of Boston on various matters related to municipal law ranging from drafting and reviewing contracts, city ordinances, state legislation, license and intergovernmental agreements for city departments, procurement issues to litigating matters relating to zoning and land use  issues, construction disputes and appeals of city

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
02:55PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass.—Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2016 Dean’s List.

According to Dr. Frances Feinerman, vice president for Academic Affairs, to be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 159 students

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Lenox, Wahconah Students Win Youth Art Expo
02:47PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lucy McMahon from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School took the top prize in the Youth Art Expo, sponsored by the countywide coaltion Face the Facts: Reduce Teen Pregnancy.

Art was submitted by local youth from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, Lee Middle and High School, Wahconah High School, Miss Halls School, Taconic High School and Monument Mountain High School. The expo’s theme was, “Nine months from now, the only thing I am expecting is to be more …” Participating youth were asked to think about where they see themselves in nine months, and create an art piece which reflects that. Every participant submitted a piece that

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Biz Briefs: Technical Training Program Students Receive Certificate of Completion
02:05PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

Congratulations: Fourteen students recently received a certificate for completing the Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Technical Training Program. The entry level training program, which ran from February to June, provides students with basic manufacturing and workforce readiness skills.

Each student received a Certificate of Completion from Berkshire Community College as well as a MACWIC Level 1 credential that verifies mastery of basic manufacturing skills such as math, blueprint reading, metrology, safety and work readiness. The work readiness component was facilitated by Goodwill Industries.  

The program was offered through a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of

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Berkshires Beat: A New Place For a Walk in the Woods
01:28PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

Take a hike: Members of Southwestern Vermont Health Care staff and their families completed work on a new 1.4-mile addition to the regional trail system on Saturday, June 18.

The trail is open to hikers and bikers and traverses SVHC’s Bennington Campus in Bennington, Vt. The entire community is invited to use the trail for outdoor recreation. Access points include Dewey Street in front of the hospital, Stark Street Playground, Monument Avenue Extension, and Frost Drive.


A fair time: Berkshire Youth Fair Books are available for youths 5-18 who want to enter the fair. Youths can print the fair books off the web or call the 4-H office at 413-448-8285 . Some will be automatically put

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Lanesborough Bulldogs Shut Out Pittsfield Nationals
08:25PM / Sunday, June 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Four different pitchers combined on a six-hitter as the Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken Baseball team defeated the Pittsfield Nationals Little Leaguers, 16-0, on Sunday.   Jack Cangelosi, Panayiotis Constantopoulos, Derek Paris and Josh Polumbo split time on the mound, striking out 11 while walking just one.   At the plate, Constantopoulos had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs. Paris had three hits, including a double, and Oscar Low had a single, a double and two RBIs.   "Our team really came out swinging the bats scoring six in the first with another four in the second," Bulldogs coach Rick Paris said.   "We lost to

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Jezouit Pitches Cages to Shutout Win
08:17PM / Sunday, June 26, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Josh Jezouit threw a complete game three-hitter, and Jesse DiLego went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Cages Baseball Club under-22 team to a 2-0 win over Albany Baseball Fest on Saturday.   Mike Strizzi went 2-for-2 and scored a run, and Dan Flynn went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored for Cages.   Jezouit struck out five and walked five without allowing an extra-base hit.   Cages travels to face the South Troy Dodgers on Wednesday.

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