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ArtCountry Enters Second Year With Incentives to Keep Visitors Around
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Thursday, April 26, 2018

Robert Wolterstorff, Lisa Dorin, Olivier Meslay, Mandy Greenfield and Joseph Thompson gave overviews of the exhibitions and performances planned at their institutions.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — North County's premier art institutions are doubling down on efforts to keep visitors entranced and entertained — and staying longer.   The pillars of "ArtCountry" are partnering on multivenue passes designed to extend their reach and second-day options that offer tourists a chance to linger and contemplate the art.    "The thinking behind that is there's a lot to see," said Joseph Thompson, director of the Massachusetts Museum of


Williams Women's Lax Finishes with Loss to Middlebury
09:52PM / Wednesday, April 25, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jenna McNicholas scored four goals Wednesday to lead the Middlebury women's lacrosse team to an 18-6 win over Williams.   Sophia Millay scored four for the Ephs (6-9, 2-8 NESCAC), who got a combined two saves from the goalie tandem of Kami Cisneros and Ana Alvarenga.


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

Take Steps to Control Your Investment Taxes
03:17PM / Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tax season is finally over. Of course, how much you pay in taxes depends on a variety of factors, many of which you can't control. But you might give some thought to how you can manage your investment-related taxes.

Here are some suggestions to consider:

* Contribute to your employer's retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b) or 457(b), contribute as much as you can afford. The more pre-tax dollars you put in to your retirement plan, the lower your taxable income. Your employer also may offer a Roth 401(k) option, under which you invest after-tax dollars, so your annual income won’t be lowered and your withdrawals will be


Williamstown Select Board Salutes Volunteers, Recommends Sand Springs Article
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Select Board Chairman Hugh Daley opened Monday's meeting by saluting a local teen he had seen wading into the Green River to remove construction debris.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday recognized some local residents who are doing their part to pitch in and help the Village Beautiful live up to its nickname.   Chairman Hugh Daley opened the meeting by talking about an incident over the weekend when he witnessed local youth Teague Murphy selflessly wade into the Green River to remove some construction materials that had been thrown into the water.   "I went over Sunday to walk my dog, and and we noticed there were a couple of those large


Stockbridge Officials Share Concerns With Lt. Gov. Polito
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:44PM / Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chabon and Cardillo spent about an hour with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito talking through issues. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito vowed to work with town, state, and federal officials to find a way forward with the Stockbridge Bowl dredging project.   The $4 million project to restore the lake was stalled recently when an endangered snail was found to be located there and in only one other state lake.   Board of Selectman Chairman Donald Chabon said the lake is in dire need of restoration and the species wouldn't survive if the lake's overall ecosystem isn't improved.   "This is not preserving our species. This is just destroying our lakes.


Four Freedoms Presents Day of Civic Empowerment
04:51PM / Monday, April 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Area residents have the opportunity to attend more than 25 civic and election-related workshops at no charge this Saturday, April 28, on the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The workshops are presented by the Four Freedoms Coalition in partnership with MCLA. The workshops will take place at the Church Street Center, 375 Church St.

Titled "Step Up!"  the daylong event features non-partisan civic workshops led by North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Rep. Paul Mark, North Adams City Councilors Benjamin Lamb and Marie T. Harpin, Multicultural BRIDGE founder and CEO Gwendolyn Hampton-Van Zant, Shirley Edgerton


ArtWeek to Launch Across Massachusetts
02:39PM / Monday, April 23, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek will present its largest season lineup ever.

The award-winning creative festival will offer more than 500 events from April 27-May 6 — more than double the size of the 2017 festival. For the first time, ArtWeek events will take place across the commonwealth, with a presence in 155 neighborhoods and towns across all six regions of the state.

The festival aims to provide participants with new ways to get creative and make art and culture more accessible to everyone. This season, more than 70 percent of all ArtWeek events are free. Visit the website to view the full calendar of


Berkshires Beat: Sen. Hinds Reads Aloud to Young Children in Pittsfield
01:57PM / Monday, April 23, 2018
Time to Read

Dr. Brian Dempsey is sending families home from checkups with free books and a very important prescription for the parents: "Read aloud to your children every day." In support of that effort, Sen. Adam Hinds visited the pediatrician's office on April 20, not only to cheer him on, but to practice what doctors preach by reading to a group of young patients.

Dr. Dempsey participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prescribes books and reading aloud to give young children a foundation that is crucial for success. Embedded within the existing healthcare system, Reach Out and Read’s model includes providing a new, age-appropriate book for each child to take


Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Names Award Finalists
12:29PM / Monday, April 23, 2018
The finalists are ...

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has announced the names of the 21 finalists for the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards. The winners in each of seven categories will be announced at the first Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, May 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Tickets for the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast are $40 per person. Register online or call 413-645-3151.  

Nominations were solicited throughout February and March. A team of 14 judges from the business sector reviewed and ranked the nominations, choosing the finalists and winners at a meeting earlier in April at Berkshire Bank. The finalists are:


BHS Expands Endocrinology Care With Addition of New Doctor
12:04PM / Monday, April 23, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Zaighum Rana, a board- certified and fellowship-trained endocrinologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC.

Dr. Rana is accepting new patients in need of endocrinology and metabolism services and is partnered with doctors Brian Phillips and Krithi Ramesh and nurse practitioners Robyn Korte and Roberta Mansen at Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC.

Rana received his medical degree from Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie, Grigore T Popa, Romania, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary's Hospital,


Williamstown ZBA Wants Expert Testimony in Person on Cell Tower Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Monday, April 23, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After a year of hearings, community forums and consultations with the town's third-party peer reviewer, the Zoning Board of Appeals wants one more opportunity to clarify the key issue on a proposed cell tower at the junctions of Routes 2 and 7.   The board decided Thursday to continue its public hearing into May in order to arrange for a personal appearance by Walter Cooper of Williamsburg, Va., who has been the town's consultant throughout Verizon Wireless' application to erect a monopole tower at 1161 Cold Spring Road, in the parking lot behind the former Taconic Restaurant.   After more than two hours of testimony on Thursday, the ZBA


Williams Baseball Holds Down Hamilton
07:42PM / Sunday, April 22, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Five Williams pitchers combined to hold Hamilton to three hits Sunday, helping the Ephs a key 4-1 win over their NESCAC West Division rivals at Cole Field.    The Ephs, winners of five out of their last eight games, improved to 8-15 overall and 4-5 in the West while Hamilton slipped to 13-14 overall and 3-5 in the West. Williams is home Tuesday vs. RPI at 4 p.m. The Ephs will head to Wesleyan Friday and host the Cardinals for a Saturday doubleheader in a showdown for second place and a spot in the NESCAC Tournament.    "We had two-must win games this weekend and we won them both," Ephs' head coach Bill Barrale said.


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