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Back to School? Keep Kids Healthy and Happy
By Sandeep Kumar,
03:23PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dr. Sandeep Kumar

"Back to school" is just around the corner for our Berkshire County children. The new school year can be an adjustment challenge for the whole family – but your children's health can remain strong during this busy transition, and on into the school year.

At CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, we'd like to set you and your children and teens on a path to a healthy school season, with some helpful reminders and tips about sleep, stress, food safety and the importance of "downtime." And some advance planning can help to smooth the transition to the school year – regardless of whether you kids are in preschool, high school, or somewhere in

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Great Jazz, Super Musicals Wrap Up Summer Music Scene
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
03:04PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The final days of August bring a rush of terrific jazz, a dance party and musical comedies to all corners of the Berkshires.

 

Berkshire Jazz Showcase

Head for the Pittsfield Common on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a brand new enterprise, the the first Berkshire Jazz Showcase. Between 1 and 6 p.m. five of the area's most popular bands will take the stage for an extravaganza: The Lucky 5, Gruppo Mondo, the Ben Kohn Quartet, the Jason Ennis Quintet with vocalist Natalia Bernal and Andy Kelly Gypsy Jazz.

Founder Ed Bride explains that the event offers a showcase for local talent and a signature jazz event with artists who "could easily establish careers in jazz havens like New York,

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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
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Final Summer Tanglewood Concerts Honor Bernstein
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
02:28PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Leonard Bernstein conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1970. (Heinz Weissenstein/Whitestone Photo, via BSO Archives)

This week, Tanglewood concludes its 2018 classical programming, culminating with the always-anticipated traditional final concert, on Sunday, Aug. 26, featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony, which will be preceded by two brief works of Leonard Bernstein – a fitting tribute to cap this "Centennial Bernstein Summer" festival season.

Before the "Ninth," there are three exceptional programs you should consider attending in Ozawa Hall and in the Shed this week – most importantly the astounding lineup

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North Adams Hosts Eighth Annual Motorama on Sunday
01:59PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams will host its eighth annual Motorama on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main, Holden and Eagle Streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Anything with a motor is welcome.

Last year's Motorama brought more than 500 vehicles to the streets of North Adams, and this year hopes to draw record attendance. Those interested in exhibiting their vehicles can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The cost to enter a vehicle is $15, but the public can enjoy the event free of charge.

In addition to looking at

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Financial Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers
01:27PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

If you are, or will be, a caregiver for elderly parents or another close family member living with Alzheimer's disease, you may experience some emotional stress – but you also need to be aware of the financial issues involved and what actions you can take to help address them.

You will find few "off the rack" solutions for dealing with the financial challenges associated with Alzheimer's. For one thing, family situations can vary greatly, both in terms of the financial resources available and in the availability and capabilities of potential caregivers. Furthermore, depending on the stage of the disease, people living with Alzheimer's may have a range of

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Pittsfield Girls Softball Registering for Fall Ball
Community submission,
05:50PM / Tuesday, August 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD - The Pittsfield Girls Softball League has announced that registration for 2018 Fall Ball is now open.   Individuals looking to sign up may go to www.pittsfieldgirlssoftball.com. The cost is $40 to register online and the deadline to register is Aug. 27. Teams will be formed at the end of August with games beginning the week of Labor Day and ending in mid-October.    There will be two divisions. One division is for U10 players with birthdays in the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. The second division is for players U12 players as well as players aging out of U12 but going into 8th grade. Therefore, players born in 2007, 2006, as well as 2005 may register for this

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Pownal Man Charged With Making Threatening Call to SVMC
01:50PM / Tuesday, August 21, 2018
BENNINGTON, Vt. — A Pownal man is being charged with calling in a bomb threat that caused Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Pownal campus to declare a lockdown last week.    Allen L. Spaulding, 33, of Route 7 was charged with false public alarm violation and ordered to appear in Superior Court's Criminal Division on Oct. 1.   Spaulding is accused of making a threatening call via a cell phone on Aug. 14 at about 9:24 a.m. to the facility on Route 7 just north of the Massachusetts line. According to State Trooper Shawn Sommers, Spaulding was "located at a later date" and issued the citation to appear in court.  

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Clashes Over Permitting Fees
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, August 21, 2018

School Building Committee members Richard Cohen, left, and Hugh Daley, listen to an update from the district's construction team.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday debated how much the school district should pay in inspection fees for the addition/renovation project at the middle-high school.   The district has been carrying a $300,000 line item in the $65 million budget for "other project costs." Of that, about 24 percent, or $75,000, has been committed for moving costs.   Meanwhile, the town of Williamstown has notified the district that the project has run up more than $300,000 in permitting fees

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DA Candidates Battle in Pittsfield Gazette Debate at BCC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:55AM / Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The debate was more than standing room only. BCC officials set up an overflow room where attendees could watch Pittsfield Community Television's live broadcast. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington said some 95 percent of criminal cases end with plea deals crafted behind closed doors.    When one person gets probation after being caught with pounds of marijuana and guns, while another person is given a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for selling a joint worth of marijuana, it certainly gives people pause. They wonder, is the justice system fair?   "It is essential that the public has faith that the people making these decisions with integrity,"

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Biz Briefs: Williamstown Contractor Named to Big50 Class of America' Top Remodelers
03:59PM / Monday, August 20, 2018
Remodeling recognition

Jack Miller Contractors of Williamstown has been selected by Remodeling magazine to join the Remodeling Big50. Each year since 1986, the Remodeling Big50 inducts 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

This year's Big50 includes full-service remodelers, home improvement firms, insurance restoration firms and specialists in specific parts of the homes, such as

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Letter: Harrington Will Stand Against Injustice
Letter to the Editor,
02:43PM / Monday, August 20, 2018

To the Editor:

The district attorney race in our community is significant. Many have dedicated their life work preventing or making efforts to eradicate injustices in our criminal justice system.

Bryan Stephenson, a widely known lawyer and activist, stated at a TED Talk "many understand that the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice. We cannot be fully evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity. That all of our survival is tied to the survival of everyone. That our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with visions of humanity, compassion, and justice." He has dedicated his life

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Berkshires Beat: Williams Prepares to Welcome Class of 2022
02:26PM / Monday, August 20, 2018
Welcome to Williams

The 540 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2022 will arrive on campus on Monday, Aug. 27, for First Days, their official orientation to the college. The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college through meetings with academic advisers and opportunities to learn about academic departments and the campus. Students will also take placement exams and the college's mandatory swimming test. In between scheduled events, students will settle into their dorms and get to know their classmates.

During the second half of the week, first-year students will participate in EphVentures, a program that enhances their orientation experience

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