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New Williams College Science Building to Look Like One It's Replacing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Monday, March 26, 2018

The late Dagmar Bubriski's 42 Hoxsey St. home will be razed to make way for the new building unless someone comes forward to move it. The Bronfman Science Center can be seen behind it. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Meet the new Bronfman. Same as the old Bronfman.   That was the message to the Zoning Board of Appeals when Williams College presented final plans for the north building of the college's new science center on Hoxsey Street.   With the south building nearly complete, the college last week obtained final approval from the town for changes to its permit for the north building, which will replace the current Bronfman Science Center, where demolition is set to

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Williams Women's Swim Team Third at NCAAs
08:27PM / Sunday, March 25, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The final day of the 2018 NCAA Div. III championships was much like the first three days for the Williams College women's swimming and diving team — a lot of very good performances and one last national champion.   The Ephs were just that consistent over their time at the Indiana University Natatorium. They were rewarded for that consistent greatness with a third place team finish. Williams finished with 412 points, 27 better than fourth-place Denison. The final night of championships saw first year Laura Westphal win another with a great swim in the mile, senior Emma Waddell grab another second-place finish, Caroline White take home a second-place


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

Williamstown Fire District Eyes Raise for Firefighters
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:55PM / Sunday, March 25, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee that governs the town's fire district is aiming to give firefighters a 13 percent raise in recognition of their efforts and in hopes the department might attract some more men and women to the call-volunteer service.   On Wednesday afternoon, the three-person Prudential Committee met to begin building the budget request it plans to send to the district's voters on May 22.   Chairman John Notsley recommended — and his colleagues agreed — that the district give firefighters a bump from $16.80 per hour to $19 per hour.   "That's a fairly hefty increase, but the fact remains these are trained emergency


Williams Softball Rebounds from First Loss
06:13PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. — Rebecca Duncan made sure the Williams College softball team bounced back from its first loss of the season Saturday, throwing a three-hit shutout at Loras College as Williams finished with a split on the day with a 5-0 victory.   The Ephs are now 9-1 on the season. They play St. Thomas at 9 a.m. Sunday and follow that up with an 11:30 first pitch against Luther College.    Williams saw its eight-game win streak to start the season end with a sloppy 5-4 loss to Wisconsin-Superior in the first game Saturday. But Duncan was on point in the second contest of the day, allowing just three hits and one walk over a complete seven-inning effort in which she


Williamstown Elementary Sixth-Graders Win Berkshire Robotics Challenge
05:23PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

The team from St. Mary's School in Lee was called 'Anything But Last.' The team did not come in last in Saturday's Robotics Challenge.

LENOX, Mass. — A team of sixth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School won the 19th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Saturday.

Noelle Dravis, Julia Goh and Grace Winters took turns guiding the team’s Lego robot through seven rounds of competition, capped by a dramatic 110-100 win in the finals over the runner-up from the Berkshire Christian Homeschool group.

Lila Cohen-McFall, Emma Kate Hane and Emma Swoap also participated on the winning team, dubbed WES LegoHeads II, which


@theMarket: Trump's Trade Wars Sink Markets
By Bill Schmick,
08:55AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
World markets declined again this week. Despite world condemnation, which included most of America's economists and corporations, Donald Trump unilaterally forged ahead in implementing his own brand of protectionism. Investors fear the consequences.   While tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are still being negotiated, the president has upped the ante and is now pursuing China. The United States has long accused China of stealing our intellectual property. The Chinese, of course, have denied that and so, for years the discussions went round and round — until now.   On Thursday, our president announced his intention to slap $60 billion of tariffs on 1,300 product


Citizens with Disabilities & Their Families Share Their Stories
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Jane Ryder speaks at Friday's legislative breakfast.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elected officials from throughout the county Friday morning were at Berkshire Hills Country Club to enjoy the 18th annual Berkshire Disabilities legislative breakfast.   And they heard how any breakfast — or any meal — can be a challenge for some of their constituents.   "I was speaking with [United Cerebral Palsy's] Louise Norton in the assistive technology department one day, and she told me, 'Well, Jennifer, this is where I come in. I can help you to be able to communicate with [your daughter] and she

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Williams Women's Tennis Improves to 5-0
08:59PM / Friday, March 23, 2018
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The second ranked Williams College women's tennis team (5-0) defeated the No. 10 University of Chicago Maroons (10-3), 9-0, Friday morning.   Chicago entered off an upset 5-4 win over No. 7 Bowdoin the day before, but the Ephs came out on fire and took control early. Williams quickly won at first and second doubles and then with an 8-5 win at No. 3 by Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio and Emily Zheng, the Ephs took a 3-0 lead into singles.   The Ephs recorded five straight set wins in singles: Rachel Cross at No. 2, Leah Bush at No. 3, Chloe Henderson at No. 4, Mi Gancayco at No. 5 and Julia Cancio at No. 6.   Only Juli Raventos at first singles went


Williams Senior Named Watson Fellow
01:44PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Rob Hefferon has been named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow for 2017-18. Winners of the fellowship receive a stipend of $30,000 for 12 months of independent study and travel outside of the United States.

Hefferon joins 39 other students selected as Watson Fellows from among 152 finalists nominated to compete on the national level. The fellows, who hail from eight countries and 17 states and are selected from private liberal arts colleges and universities, will travel the world exploring a diverse range of topics and disciplines.

Hefferon, a Spanish and political science major from McLean, Va., will use his fellowship to pursue a project


Mass RMV Service Interruption Runs Through March 26
01:30PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

The Registry of Motor Vehicles has announced that all RMV services and system access, with the exception of law enforcement, will be unavailable from 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 26.

The service interruption is due to the RMV transitioning to a new computer system that will allow the RMV to comply with federal and state mandates. During this time, there will be no motor vehicles inspections available in the state, no RMV online services, and all RMV service locations will be closed.

Please note AAA locations will be unable to process RMV services for AAA members.


MCLA President Appointed to Two Local Boards of Directors
01:12PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James F. Birge has been appointed to the 1Berkshire Board of Directors and the Lever Board of Directors.

His participation on these two boards augments the college's outreach to the greater community as MCLA continues to maintain and expand vital connections throughout the Berkshires.

Birge said he is delighted to join the 1Berkshire and Lever boards as they, along with MCLA, work to elevate economic growth all over the region.

"I look forward to working with 1Berkshire and Lever to gain further insight on how we might best prepare our students to fill positions across the Berkshires," he said.


Proposed Williamstown Marijuana Facility to Hold Public Forum Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, March 23, 2018

Joshua Silver of Silver Therapeutics discusses his application for a medical marijuana dispensary at January's forum.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The commonwealth plans to open applications for recreational marijuana shops on April 1, but the business looking to open in the Colonial Plaza is getting ahead of the curve by hosting a community outreach session on Saturday, March 24.

  Silver Therapeutics CEO Joshua Silver explained Thursday that Massachusetts' Cannabis Control Commission already has outlined the rules governing applications for licenses to operate what it's calling "adult use marijuana establishments." One of those requirements is a community


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