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DeMarsico's Wine Cellar Opens Tasting Room in the Norad Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

The DeMarsicos' wine list continues to grow. The winery operates on an agricultural license. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DeMarsico's Wine Cellar has been elevated.    The "cellar" is now situated on the second floor of the Norad Mill, giving the winery plenty of space for production, retail and wine tastings.    "And we have windows," laughed Cheryl DeMarsico.    Cheryl and her husband, Glen, started making wine as a hobby but as demand for their product grew — and they scored some awards — they opened for business in the basement at 28 Marshall St., in a room below Grazie Italian Ristorante, about a year and a half


Berkshire County Arc Names New Director of Staff Development and Training
02:30PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Shaun Hall to the position of director of Staff Development and Training.

Hall has been a valued employee for BCArc for 18 years, most recently being honored with the 2017 BCArc Employee of the Year award. Previously he was a BCArc employment manager for 10 years, working to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

Seven years ago, Hall was promoted to the new position of staff development specialist. The position's focus was to standardize the training throughout the agency. He has been instrumental in this position for the agency and grew his department to a team of three additional staff to


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

New Member Joins MCLA Board of Trustees
02:25PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as been named the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the board.

"Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA's Board of Trustees," Birge said. "Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a


Williams College Admits 1,163 Students to Class of 2022
12:51PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has extended offers of admission to 1,163 applicants for the Class of 2022. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 9,559.

"The incredible strength of the pool made selection especially competitive, but we are thrilled with the results," Richard Nesbitt, director of admission, said. "While the academic power of this group is impressive, their notable talents in co-curricular areas will enrich the community at large."

Of the admitted students, 103 are international students representing 53 different nationalities. Among American students, 50 percent identify as students of color: 220 students are Asian American,


Youth Hockey Tournament Continues All Weekend in North Adams
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12:01PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey’s Spring Fling tournament continues at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink with games Friday through Sunday.   The  NBYHL will welcome teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont to North Adams for two great weekends of youth hockey that began on March 9.   There will be a raffle table with great prizes and a concession stand selling yummy food.     Admission is free to all games, with action through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.   Come down and cheer on all the participants of this great event.  


Williamstown Cal Ripken Plans Skills Assessments
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11:54AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Cal Ripken program will hold skills assessments and welcome sessions next week at Williams College’s Town Field House.   Players who are new to the program or who are seeking to move up a division (Grant League to Rookie, Rookie to Minor, Minor to Major) need to attend a skills assessment. The skills assessments take about 90 minutes, and our coaches evaluate players' ability to hit, catch and throw to get a clearer picture of which league is appropriate for your player.   For Grant League and Softball players, these are simply "Welcome Sessions" to get kids playing ball.   The schedule is:   Grant to Rookie -


New Doctor Joins BMC Rheumatology Services
10:55PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Leonard H. Sigal, FACP, FACR, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Sigal joins Dr. Lauren Dudley at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC, and is taking new patients in need of rheumatology services in the community.

Sigal comes to the Berkshires from New Jersey, where he most recently served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, RW Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. He previously was on the faculty of


Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul Caccaviello said he'll lead the office with integrity and honor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new district attorney has taken office.   Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless.    "It is now my turn to step aside but I assure you I leave you in safe and sturdy hands," Capeless said.   Capeless is retiring and has opted not to finish out his term, but instead, pass the reins over to his first assistant -- a move that has faced a fair amount of criticism since it was announced two weeks ago.   Caccaviello took his oath of office in front


New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to


Mount Greylock Superintendent Search Panel Narrows Field to Two
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Superintendent Search Committee on Wednesday voted to send two candidates' names to the Transition Committee.   Search Committee Chairman and Transition Committee member Steven Miller said the screening panel did an in-depth review of the five applicants for the job and voted to advance two candidates to the hiring body.   The Transition Committee had charged the Search Committee with returning no more than three names. The finalists would be expected to visit the district for in-person interviews.   Miller was not at liberty Wednesday night to identify the two candidates who made it through the first stage of


Williamstown Select Board Discusses Proposed Zoning Changes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On one point, all concur about the Planning Board's proposed zoning changes for May's annual town meeting.   "I agree with your opening statement," Select Board member Andrew Hogeland said Monday night. "This is one of the more radical zoning changes I've seen."   What Hogeland said next will draw seconds from residents who have begun lining up to criticize the proposed zoning bylaw amendments.   "If you densify all these neighborhoods, including the rural neighborhoods, you are changing the character of the town," Hogeland said. "This strikes me as more than necessary to attract more housing to


Woman Found Not Guilty in Williamstown Hit-and-Run
Staff Reports,
05:28PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Williamstown woman was found not guilty on Wednesday of leaving the scene of a hit-and-run that has left a local woman in a coma for two years.    But she and her husband were both found guilty of misleading police in the days following the incident that seriously injured Cheryl J. LeClaire, 54, of White Oaks Road in Williamstown. They were found not guilty of conspiracy to mislead.    A Superior Court jury deliberated for eight hours before returning the verdicts in the cases against Sally J. Gould, 73, the driver in the incident, and her husband, John T. Gould, 71.   LeClaire was walking her dog on the evening of Feb. 9, 2016, along


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