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New Ashford School Committee Endorses Compromise School Tuition Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Friday, March 23, 2018
NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Thursday morning voted 2-1 to accept a three-year phased-in tuition agreement for elementary school pupils negotiated with representatives from the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   Superintendent Peter Dillon and School Committee Chairwoman Brenda Frye reported that they negotiated Wednesday morning with Mount Greylock interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady and Transition Committee member Chris Dodig to find a compromise that will meet the district's aim of raising tuition to match the per-pupil rate for Lanesborough Elementary School as published by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   As agreed

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The Independent Investor: Medicare Premiums and Your Income
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
We all know that Medicare is not free. Once we enroll in Part B and D, we start paying monthly premiums. What many consumers fail to realize is that how much you pay depends on how much you make.   For most of us, this is a moot point. We assume that we will be retiring at 65 years old (at the same time Medicare kicks in) but that assumption is no longer accurate. The reality is that Social Security, retirement, and Medicare can happen at different times in your life.   Take, for example, Social Security benefits. Every year the target date for full retirement creeps higher. It used to be 65, but now, for many, it is edging up to almost 67 over the next few years. When that


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

'Love, Simon': You've Got Blackmail
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:54PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
While director Greg Berlanti's "Love, Simon" is at once funny, serious and important, it's a darn shame that it is so very apt ... that this astute tale about a teenage boy's struggle to make his gayness known is revolutionary at all. Memo of inquiry to American civilization: It's the spring of 2018, and this fact of life is just making the mainstream? Well, better late than never.    Truth is, attitudinal changes come slowly, especially to the narrow-minded. But the seed of tolerant reformation, boosted during the enlightenment of the '60s, has finally gained pragmatic traction. Today's kids, who have of late heroically evidenced that they'll


Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Police Station Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Plans for a new police station remain on track after the Zoning Board of Appeals last Thursday granted a special permit to expand the former Turner House veterans home at 852 Simonds Road.   Town Manager Jason Hoch was in front of the board with members of the design team planning the renovation of the site, which includes a two-story addition at the back or west side of the home.   The chief sticking point for the zoning board was the town's request for relief from noise limitations in the bylaw.   The station's backup power generator, per the manufacturer's specifications, has to be exercised once per week for 20 minutes, and at its


Lanesborough Elementary Class Size Leads to Broader Funding Discussion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Thursday, March 22, 2018

Williamstown Elementary School Principal Joelle Brookner and Lanesborough Elementary School Principal Martin McEvoy participate in Tuesday's Transition Committee meeting.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A question about the size of a single classroom at Lanesborough Elementary School led to a big-picture discussion about school funding at Tuesday's Mount Greylock Transition Committee meeting.   And it highlighted one of the challenges the district is likely to face as it implements an elementary school funding approach that paved the way for passing full regionalization in November.   At issue was next year's fourth grade at the PreK-6 school, one of three

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Williams' Softball Team Rallies to Top Chicago in Extra Innings
07:59PM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. -- It was played in Florida in March but had more of a May postseason feel to it Wednesday as the Williams College softball team defeated the University of Chicago, 5-4, in eight innings Wednesday behind dramatic hits from Margo Beck and Kirstin Mapes.   The Ephs then moved to 6-0 with a 13-2, five-inning victory over Western New England at Legends Way Park.    In the first game, Williams trailed Chicago, 2-1, with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the seventh inning when Beck drilled a 2-0 pitch high and deep to left that cleared the fence for her first home run of the season. After Holli Jones lined a two-run double in the top of the eighth to


Time for Financial 'Spring Cleaning'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:41AM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer – so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the "spring cleaning" concept to your financial environment, too.

How can you tidy your finances? Here are some suggestions:

"De-clutter" your portfolio. As you go through your home during your spring cleaning rounds, you may notice that you've acquired a lot of duplicate objects – do you really need five mops? – or at least some things you can no longer use, like a computer that hasn’t worked since 2010. You can create


Grady, Taconic's Vosburgh Named Finalists for Mount Greylock Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mount Greylock Transition Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron, left, and Search Committee Chairman Steven Miller participate in Tuesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee on Tuesday voted to interview interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady and Taconic Principal John Vosburgh for the permanent superintendent post.   The committee, an amalgam of the three elected school committees at Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary, was presented two candidates by its Search Committee, which reviewed five applicants for the post.   On Tuesday, Search Committee Chairman Steven Miller told


Andrea Harrington to Challenge Caccaviello for District Attorney
10:49PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local attorney Andrea Harrington took out papers on Tuesday morning to primary Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello, who was sworn in just five days ago.   The former Democratic candidate for state senator had hinted last week on "The John Krol Show" that she was interested, saying people had reached out to her about running and that she was "taking a really hard look at it."    She ended any speculation by pulling papers Tuesday morning at the secretary of the commonwealth's office in Springfield.  She said she will be officially kicking off her campaign in the weeks ahead.   "I'm excited to

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Fallon Health Puts Two Local Councils on Aging on the Road
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The two Nissan Rogues were branded with each Council on Aging logo and Fallon Health's graphic. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Adams and Lee Councils on Aging took possession of two shiny copper-colored Nissan Rogues on Tuesday, courtesy of Fallon Health.   The gifts, along with a number of "big checks," is the health insurance provider's way of supporting the community, said Richard P. Burke, president and CEO.   "We think it's important to support the communities within which we offer our products and services," he said as recipients of this year's Fallon Health grants admired the pair of sport-utility vehicles parked outside the offices


Democratic Candidates for Governor to Speak in Pittsfield
03:34PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three gubernatorial candidates running in the Democratic primary will appear at the American Legion on Wendell Avenue on Sunday at 4 p.m.   Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren will present their platforms in a forum to be moderated by state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield.    The forum is being sponsored by the Berkshire Democratic Brigades and the Berkshire Central Labor Council.   Warren is a veteran and former mayor of Newton, Massie is a global sustainability advocate, and Gonzalez is a former health system CEO and Health Connector chairman.   This event is free but the sponsors are encouraging donations to help support


NBCC Forum: 'Domestic Violence is a Matter of Life or Death'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meeting on Friday stood to indicate that they have been touched by domestic violence in some way, personally or professionally.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — By the end of the exercise, nearly everyone was standing.

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday were urged to stand if they ever had responded to a domestic violence situation, counseled a domestic violence victim, suspected a friend or family member of being a victim of domestic violence, or were themselves affected by domestic violence. Nearly all of the 75 guests stood up.

"So we can see that we're already standing together for


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