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Williamstown Building Commissioner Addresses Economic Development Panel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:06AM / Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Building Commissioner Ryan Contenta addresses the town's Economic Development Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's building commissioner on Monday refuted the notion that his office is an impediment to economic development.   When the ad hoc Economic Development Committee this spring sought input from residents, a common complaint was that Town Hall needed a "more favorable atmosphere for business."   At Monday's meeting of the EDC, Building Commissioner Ryan Contenta and Community Development Director Andrew Groff appeared to talk about the town's application of Massachusetts building codes.   "The state building code is


Berkshire Tidbits: Harvest Fests, Historic Fare Fill Weekend
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
07:35AM / Tuesday, October 06, 2015
A grilled chicken and avocado sandwich with bacon and pest from The Hungry Traveler food truck that will be at the Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival.

Great Barrington Historical Society
Bake Sale Features Historic Goodies

Barbara Syer, president of the Great Barrington Historical Society thought it would be a better idea to have a bake sale than a tag sale to entice visitors to come to the Captain Thomas Wheeler House, the town of Great Barrington's museum and the Historical Society's headquarters.

Anbake sale.

With James Parrish, another Historical Society volunteer, Syer worked out a menu of doable baked goods from the 18th century, the period when the original


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

Hopkins Forest Welcomes Deer Hunters
01:19PM / Monday, October 05, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Hopkins Memorial Forest in Williamstown will be open to deer hunting by special permit during the 12-day shotgun season Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, excluding Sunday, Dec. 6.

A limited number of complimentary permits will be issued to hunters from local communities. Applications, which can be obtained from the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, are due back to the Center by Nov. 1. They will be evaluated on a first-come, first served basis and permits will be issued to selected hunters by mid-November.

Annually, 75 to 100 hunters are awarded permits to hunt in this research and teaching forest owned by Williams College, which closes the forest to


Williamstown Commons Receives National Award for Best Practices in Quality Care
12:24PM / Monday, October 05, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recently selected Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center as a recipient of the Silver Achievement in Quality award for its outstanding performance in the health care profession.

Williamstown Commons is one of only 128 facilities in the nation, and one of only four facilities in Massachusetts, selected to receive the silver award in 2015. More than 325 facilities across the nation applied for the 2015 silver award. The competitive award program highlights select centers across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term


Berkshire Taconic Announces Final Round of 2015 Grant Deadlines for Berkshire County
12:20PM / Monday, October 05, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the fourth and final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2015.

Covering the period from October through December, the fall grants cycle is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals.


For nonprofits

The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy supports nonprofits, public agencies or community organizations that provide services to the residents of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy. The fund has up to $100,000 to grant out this year. Applications are due Nov. 1.

The Central Berkshire Fund supports nonprofits, public agencies or community organizations serving the


Williams College Launches $650 Million Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign
10:40AM / Monday, October 05, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In a campus-wide celebration uniting students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, Williams College on Saturday night officially kicked off a multiyear campaign aimed at raising $650 million and engaging the entire Williams community in building the future of the college.

"Teach It Forward: The Campaign for Williams" is believed to be the most ambitious campaign in the college’s 222-year history and the most ambitious campaign in the history of liberal arts colleges. Following a three-year quiet phase of planning and fundraising, the college has secured $374 million in commitments toward its overall goal, and fully 66 percent of alumni have


Williams Shares Plans for Future Construction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Monday, October 05, 2015
Work continues on a new 60-bed dormitory on Stetson Court. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Thursday laid out its plans to dramatically change its campus and heard feedback from downtown merchants concerned about the growing pains those changes might create.   The school's executive director for design and construction gave an hourlong presentation at Images Cinema.   Rita Coppola-Wallace gave an update on the status of the college's current project and a look at what's to come, including a new bookstore on Spring Street, a new science center and a new Williams Inn.   Two of those projects, the college hopes, will bring increased vitality to


Thousands Rally In Springfield in Support of Sanders
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:54PM / Saturday, October 03, 2015
The Vermont senator held rallies in Springfield and in Boston on Saturday. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Some 6,000 people were "feeling the Bern" in Springfield on Saturday.   Bernie Sanders, who seeking to run for the Oval Office in 2016 on the Democratic ticket, called for a "political revolution" at a campaign stump at the Mass Mutual Center.  Sanders is the second candidate to stop in Western Massachusetts this week; Hillary Clinton, former New York senator and secretary of state, was in Holyoke for a fundraiser on Thursday.   For an hour, the Vermont senator outlined his platform, touching on a number of topics from income inequality to health

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@theMarket: October Should Be the Bottom
By Bill Schmick,
10:27AM / Saturday, October 03, 2015

The third quarter was the worst for stocks in four years. Here we are in October and if history is any guide, investors should expect a bottom in the stock markets over the next three weeks.

That does not necessarily mean that history is a dependable guide. Historical data has proven to be less than helpful over the last few years. That is largely because the central bank's heavy hand in the financial markets since 2008 has skewed the data. Their intervention in both the bond and stock markets has made technical as well as fundamental tools of investing all but meaningless in valuing the markets.

I have been expecting the stock markets to re-test their lows made on Aug. 24, something


Adams Anthony Center Focuses on Creative Spaces
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:10AM / Saturday, October 03, 2015
The Adams Anthony Center's most recent presentation focused on the development of live/work spaces for artists and other occupations. Speakers included Richard Tavelli, left, Francie Anne Riley, Eric Rudd and Bill Kolis.

ADAMS, Mass. — A group working to stimulate growth in Adams is looking hard at zoning as a stumbling block to transforming the Mother Town.

Members of the Adams Anthony Center, founded by William Kolis, has been holding a series of discussions around the creative economy and participating in roundtables in Adams and elsewhere to promote ideas and problem solve. A top priority is making it easier for artists to redevelop older buildings for living and


'The Intern': Works Well Enough
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:03PM / Friday, October 02, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Warner Bros. Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway play sweet and funny in the predictable but enjoyable 'The Intern.'

Point of disclosure: Bobby De Niro and I go way back … two years before I began reviewing films. It was in "Mean Streets" (1973), when he played Johnny Boy, that I first noticed and commended his thespic talent. Since then, I'd like to think I've proved an encouraging factor. I don't know… he's never really said anything to me about it. I hope he's not angry or something. Commenting on how he's segued from strong dramatic


The Independent Investor: The Stock Market & You
By Bill Schmick,
04:24PM / Friday, October 02, 2015

If one listens to the chatter throughout the financial media, you are most likely at your wits end in worry. No matter how much we may tell ourselves that this is not another 2008, the gnawing doubt in the pit of our stomach remains.

Let me say categorically that we are not entering another financial crisis. The stock market is not going to drop 50 percent from here, no matter what some strategists are saying. If you have been reading my columns since 2007, you know that when it's time to raise cash I say so. This is not one of those times.  You may not agree with me, (although you want to) so let me give you some food for thought.

Although the stock market and the economy do


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