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Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, November 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Toobin is a Harvard-trained attorney and classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He spent time in the office of the independent counsel prosecuting the Iran Contra Affair and later was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City. He wrote a book about Iran Contra and left the law in the 1990s to continue his writing career, including


Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Business Sponsors Thanksgiving Run/Walk to Benefit Autism Connections
03:27PM / Monday, November 20, 2017
What are you thankful for?

The second annual Thankful 5k Run/Walk to benefit Autism Connections will be held Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at Berkshire Running Center at 34 Depot St. Pittsfield. Race Directors Shiobbean Lemme and her husband and co-owner Kent decided to offer a free event to thank the community support for their family owned run specialty store and training center. The free event was part of the celebration of their move into their spacious training center and cycling studio last November.

The Lemmes have been running the business and specializing in race directing and timing since 2010. Among the largest races they have directed is the annual Steel Rail Half Marathon


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

Slick Conditions Blamed for Town Truck's Slide Into Hotel Structure
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:13PM / Monday, November 20, 2017

The truck slid down the small incline and into the building.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The first snowfall of the season in Williamstown got the winter driving season going with a bang on Monday morning when a town vehicle collided with one of Town Hall's neighbors.   No one was injured in the early morning low-speed collision of a town truck that appears to have slipped off the driveway that wraps around the municipal building, down a small incline and into a storage structure adjacent to the Northside Motel.   Town Manager Jason Hoch said the incident happened before his arrival at Town Hall just after 8 a.m.   He was not able to provide many details late

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Mount Greylock School Transition Committee Named
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, November 20, 2017

Williamstown's Dan Caplinger, left, and Lanesborough's Al Terranova will serve on the Mount Greylock transition committee.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three school committees who govern the Lanesborough and Williamstown school districts Wednesday named the transition committee that will lead the expanded Mount Greylock district through the November election.   The committees from Williamstown Elementary, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock set the Wednesday meeting in advance of Tuesday's special town meetings so they could discuss next steps whichever way the votes went.   After securing the approvals of Mount Greylock's member towns to


Residents Turn Out to Question Williamstown Cell Tower Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Monday, November 20, 2017

Jay Latorre discusses the sites that Verizon considered for a cell tower in Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — About a dozen residents turned out Thursday night to hear a presentation from Verizon Wireless about its proposal to install a 100-foot monopole cellular tower near the former Taconic Restaurant on Cold Spring Road.   The telecom company has an application before the town's Zoning Board of Appeals that likely will be heard in December after months of continuations at the request of the applicant.   The company and its representatives gave a 20-minute presentation laying out their reasons for needing additional cell coverage along that stretch of Route 7

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Williams Women's Soccer Team Reaches NCAA Final Four
06:28PM / Sunday, November 19, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Natasha Albaneze scored twice, and Natalie Turner-Wyatt had a goal and two assists to lead the Williams College women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Johns Hopkins to send the Ephs to eh NCAA Division III Final Four.   Olivia Barnhill made eight saves to earn the shutout win in goal.   Williams (20-1-1) plays Hardin-Simmons in the national semi-finals on Dec. 1.   Men's Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- C.J. Shugart scored a power play goal to break a 2-2 tie and send Williams to a 3-2 win over Colby on Saturday.   Max Fuld and Roberto Cellini each scored a goal for the Ephs (2-0), who got 17 saves from Michael Pinios.   Williams hosts


Williams Women's Soccer Advances to Sectional Final
03:44PM / Saturday, November 18, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Liz Webber scored the game-winner in the 15th minute Saturday as the Williams College women's soccer team earned a 4-0 win over Cal Lutheran in an NCAA Division III sectional semi-final on Cole Field.   Alison Lu and Natasha Albaneze also scored for the Ephs, who benefited from an own goal.   Olivia Barnhill made two saves for Williams, which moves on to Sunday's home sectional final and a chance to earn a trip to the Final Four.


'Murder on the Orient Express': Has You Humming the Scenery
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:38PM / Saturday, November 18, 2017
The beautiful romanticization of an era that in truth was only elegant for the well-to-do makes director Kenneth Branagh's version of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" a veritable feast for the eyes and imagination if not for the movie house detective in you.    Oh, there are wonderfully opulent appurtenances aboard the luxury train where famed Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot plies his craft with genius, whimsy and a gallantry too often eclipsed by humankind's less noble instincts.   Starring an all-star cast to match the assemblage of beautiful people in Sidney Lumet's 1974 adaptation of Christie's 1935 mystery, this group is also


Williamstown Hardware Store Holds Grand Opening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:00AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017

Snowblowers lined up outside the new Aubuchon Hardware.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Aubuchon Hardware's president and CEO on Friday said the chain's newest location affirms its commitment to the Village Beautiful.   William Aubuchon IV cut the ribbon on Aubuchon's Main Street store, which opened a few weeks ago but held its grand opening celebration until this Friday and Saturday.   Afterward, Aubuchon said the move from a smaller location in the Colonial Plaza to the east on Main Street (Route 2) was necessary to serve the store's clientele.   "We needed to take care of the customers in this area, and to do that appropriately, we needed more


E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017

E3 Academy students test out their recipes in the UNO Center kitchen.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every Wednesday, clients of the Friendship Center Food Pantry gather down the street in the First Baptist Church to sign in and wait their turn.

On a recent Wednesday morning, they got a little extra surprise: homemade treats prepared and presented by the students of the E3 Academy, a competency-based program of Drury High School that features a non-traditional classroom setup for students at risk of leaving school.

The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to


Williams Men's, Women's Basketball Open with Wins
09:00PM / Friday, November 17, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kyle Scadlock scored a game-high 32 points and pulled down 12 rebounds Friday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to an 80-68 win over Salem State in the Ephs' season-opener.   James Heskett scored 21 points, and Mike Greenman added 11 in the win.   Williams continues its season-opening tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. against the winner of Friday's late game between Suffolk and Stevens Institute.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Amanni Fernandez scored 14 points to lead four Williams Ephs in double figures as Williams Friday opened the season with a 77-57 win over St. Lawrence.   Lauren Vostal scored 13,


Festive Holiday Market Brings Artisans, Good Food, to Greylock Works
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:06PM / Friday, November 17, 2017

Karla Rothstein, earlier this week, holds up a long list of performers, artisans and vendors appearing at Saturday's Festive at Greylock Works.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some 60 vendors and artisans will be showing their wares in the spacious Weave Shed at Greylock Works on Saturday.    But this isn't your typical farmer's market or craft bazaar.    Instead of rushing through, the organizers are hoping patrons of Festive Holiday Market will slow down, have a cup of coffee, try some of the food being made by award-winning chefs, take time to talk to the artisans about their passion and, in general, just chill.    "I think sometimes

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