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A 529 Plan Can Help with Those College Bills
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:25AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We’re near the end of another school year. If you have younger kids, you might be thinking about summer camps and other activities.

But in the not-too-distant future, your children will be facing a bigger transition as they head off to college. Will you be financially prepared for that day?

A college education is a good investment – college graduates earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetimes than high school graduates, according to a study by Georgetown University. But a bachelor’s degree doesn’t come cheap. For the 2015–2016 school year, the average expense – tuition, fees, room and board – was $19,548 at a public four-year school


Williamstown Voters Pass Waubeeka Hotel Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stanley Parese, the attorney for Waubeeka owner Michael Deep, addresses town meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters on Tuesday approved a zoning bylaw that creates an overlay district that would allow the creation of a hotel on the Waubeeka Golf Links property.   After a protracted debate that saw a series of amendments and amendments to amendments, the town passed the language preferred by Waubeeka's owner — the so-called "acreage-controlled" amendment that would allow a developer to seek a special permit to build a 120-room hotel and associated buildings in a 10-acre building envelope.   As a zoning change, the article needed a two-thirds


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 Town Meeting Passes School Budget With Protest Cut
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:53PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2016

School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger explains the reasoning behind the school budget at town meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday night approved the elementary school's requested fiscal 2017 budget — after cutting it by a symbolic $27.

There had been concerns that the $6 million budget would be "held hostage" by constituents angry at the reductions made to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program. But opponents expressed their displeasure with an amendment that cut the school's funding by $1 for every year that Side-By-Side has existed.

"It's not in keeping with the values of this community that we


Williamstown Fin Comm Advises Amended School Budget to Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, May 17, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Monday voted 6-2 to recommend that the annual town meeting approve the amended elementary school budget passed last week by the School Committee.   After more than two hours of discussion that frequently veered off into conversations on pedagogy despite the best efforts of Chairman Michael Sussman, a majority of the panel decided not to second guess the conclusion of the administration and School Committee and instead endorse the request for an additional $58,424.   That means the school district on Tuesday evening will ask the town for 6.35 percent more money than the district received in fiscal 2016.   Ironically, the


Berkshires Beat: Seeing the Signs in North Adams
02:39PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

Signs of the time: MountainOne Bank has given $10,000 to North Adams Partnership in support of new welcome and wayfinding signage throughout North Adams.

“The North Adams Partnership has undertaken the responsibility of developing a new branding campaign for North Adams as part of its economic development program. MountainOne Bank is committed to supporting this initiative, especially given that we are headquartered in North Adams," said Robert Fraser, president and CEO of MountainOne Bank. "We are dedicated to the communities we serve through robust lending and community banking programs, further enhanced by our Community Dividend grant program and volunteer leadership

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Williams College Awarded $500K Mellon Grant for WCMA
02:05PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Williams College $500,000 for the expansion of the museum’s online collection as a platform for experimentation, teaching and research.

With this grant the museum will inspire new ideas and practices in how campus museums in particular leverage their digital collections.

Enhancing engagement through online access has been a long-standing goal for the museum, which has now digitized much of its collection and made all of it available online. The three-year grant will support the development of in-depth cataloguing and metadata about the collection and openly accessible tools for deep engagement with collection


Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Leaders Participate in Training
12:54PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

Leading the way: Four Berkshire County nonprofit leaders participated in Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Institute, a collaborative and peer-learning program for executive directors across the region to strengthen their leadership and management skills.

Facilitated by veteran consultant Janet André Block, the program includes small group meetings for five full days, followed by two full days of personalized coaching and consulting for each participant.

The Nonprofit Leadership Institute is made possible through the generosity of individual donors and four Berkshire Taconic area funds.

Participating were Nick Pohl, Housatonic Youth Service


Williamstown Planning Board Finds No Open Meeting Law Violation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:51AM / Monday, May 16, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday morning unanimously voted that it found no violation of the Open Meeting Law by three of its members in regard to its May 4 meeting.   On May 8, two days before the recent town election, Luce Road resident David Leja filed the OML complaint alleging improper communication between three members of the five-person board.   On Monday morning, the board voted 5-0 to send Leja a response that read, in part, "the Board discussed this alleged violation, and we believe that based on factual evidence regarding the events that occurred between the meetings of April 28 and May 4 that no violation of the OML took


Williamstown Town Meeting Primer 2016
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Monday, May 16, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — All you need to know going into Tuesday's annual town meeting: Come early, plan to stay late and read up.   There will be plenty to talk about when the town's voters gather at Williamstown Elementary School, and if last Tuesday's Town Election is any indication, there will be plenty of people there to do the talking.   With four contested races on the ballot, the election drew nearly twice as many voters as turned out for the town's elections in 2015.   Three of the races decided last Tuesday are tied directly to — and arguably were driven by — issues that will be decided this Tuesday.   Town Clerk Mary Kennedy is


Williamstown School Budget Aims to Rebuild Reserve
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Monday, May 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee is seeking a 6.35 percent increase in the town's contribution to an fiscal 2017 budget that only increases 3.33 percent from FY16.

The difference: a choice the district has made about how to use School Choice revenue.   First-year Superintendent Doug Dias made it clear from Day 1 of the budget process that he wants to end the district's unsustainable practice of relying on School Choice revenue for operating expenses.   School choice money — the funds received from out-of-district pupils who attend the K-6 school — and grants combine to make what is known as non-appropriated revenue.   Most of


Williams Women's Tennis Advances to NCAA Quarters
06:55PM / Sunday, May 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams College women’s tennis team squared off against MIT in the NCAA Regional Finals on Sunday and swept doubles on its way to a 5-1 victory.   With the win today, the Ephs turn their sights to Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., host to the NCAA quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals of the team competition May 23-25.   "We are so excited and honored to be heading back to the final eight again this year," said head coach Alison Swain following the victory.   Doubles team Julia Cancio and Hannah Atkinson secured the first win of the day, 8-1. Maya Hart and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio ollowed suit with an 8-1 win of their

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Doyle Powers Krispy Cone to Cal Ripken League Win
03:56PM / Sunday, May 15, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Chase Doyle hit a pair of doubles, drove in three runs and stole four bases Saturday to lead Krispy Cone to a 9-5 win over South Berkshire in Cal Ripken Baseball League play.   Doyle also played a strong game behind the plate, hooking up with pitcher Damon Pause, who allowed one earned run and struck out four in 3-⅓ innings to earn the win.   Adam Sandifer contributed to the offense for Krisp Cone with a single, an RBI and two stolen bases.   Adams Community Bank 12, Fox Homes 4 LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jackson Shelsey struck out eight and allowed no earned runs in four innings to lead Adams Community Bank to a 12-4 win over Fox Homes on


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