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'Doctor Strange': Physician, Heal Thyself
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:39PM / Thursday, November 10, 2016

Back in the day, when I was a weekend Hippie hanging out at a friend's home I deemed the clearing house of all things late 1960s, travelers of all stripe would pop in, flop into a beanbag chair and regale us with tales of their adventures. The chronicle might begin with, "Been going through some really heavy changes, man," often followed by a description of some strange, exotic place where one might foreseeably learn the secret of life. I imagined it to look somewhat like Kamar-Taj, where the title character of "Doctor Strange" goes to seek healing.

In director Scott Derrickson's highly entertaining film based on the famed Marvel Comics character of the same


Terranova Wins Write-In Campaign For Mount Greylock School Committee
Staff Reports,
05:50PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2016

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Al Terranova won a seat on the Mount Greylock School Committee in a write-in bid.

Terranova was facing David Vogel, both of whom were mounting write-in campaigns for the seat being vacated by Richard Cohen, who resigned. The seat is one of three representatives that Lanesborough has on the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee. Sheila Hebert ran unopposed to retain her seat and Christopher Dodig's term doesn't expire until 2018.   Terranova, a longtime Finance Committee member, won the election after receiving 190 combined votes in Lanesborough and in Williamstown. That's compared to 59 for Vogel. Terranova found significant support in


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

Miss Hall's Presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
02:43PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2016

PITTSFIELD — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will take to the high seas this fall, pursuing the story of how Peter Pan became "The Boy Who Never Grew Up" and performing the award-winning play "Peter and the Starcatcher." Shows will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11; at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12; and in a matinee at 2 on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Based on the best-selling novel "Peter and the Starcatchers," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. It opens with a young orphan and his two companions shipping out aboard the Neverland from Victorian England to a distant island. Also on board is a trunk of


No on 2, Yes on 4, and Community Preservation Act Adopted
By Andy McKeever,
12:42AM / Wednesday, November 09, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Money can't buy votes.   At least that's what voters said when it came to Question 2, a ballot initiative calling to raise the cap on the number of charter schools by a dozen.   Voters overwhelmingly shot down the expansion of the charter school system on Tuesday by a 2-1 margin. That is despite proponents outspending opponents by some $10 million. Those pushing for more charter schools spent $24.1 million as of Oct. 31, compared to $14.5 million spent by opponents.   "The power of people is stronger than money. The influence of the Wall Street corporate hedge fund, funding about $20 million of this with 80 percent being out of state


Berkshire County Election Day 2016
Staff Reports,
04:15PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2016

The Finale

The upshot: Adam Hinds won the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin B. Downing and state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier retained her seat representing Pittsfield. Both defeated their opponents by wide margins.  

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal will also return to Congress after easily besting two challengers.

Also passing was Pittsfield's adoption of the Community Preservation Act by an impressive vote of 15,331 by 4,169.

The statewide ballot questions were an up and down, with recreational marijuana and the banning of confinement cages for livestock passing; another slots facility and lifting the charter caps going down.

Clarksburg hit 78 percent turnout and Pittsfield 70

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Berkshire County Heads to the Polls for Election 2016
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:58AM / Tuesday, November 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's election day in Massachusetts, unless you're one of the one million voters who have already cast ballots.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; find your polling station here. It's suggested you bring an ID if you're voting for the first time, your registration has been inactive, there may be some question to your status or you have to complete a provisional ballot.

Berkshire County voters will only find a couple of local issues on the ballot this year. They'll be determining the replacement for state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, who is departing after 10 years representing the far western part of the state, and a number of


Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Leaving Post Under Fire
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:38PM / Monday, November 07, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The brief tenure of public schools superintendent Douglas Dias came to an end Monday after an evening of lengthy closed-door discussions among the three school committees he served.

Dias, who was hired to administer the Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District in spring 2015, is leaving the post in the wake of undisclosed "complaints or charges" leveled against him.

"After careful consideration of our respective managerial and educational priorities, the parties agreed to sever the relationship," Dias' attorney, Michael Long of Hingham, said in a brief statement. "We wish each other well in our future endeavors and will have no


Local Call/Volunteer Firefighters Graduate State Training Program
02:10PM / Monday, November 07, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Deputy Director Joseph Klucznik presented certificates of completion to members of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class 60 on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Department of Fire Services' Springfield campus.

The 28 graduates, 25 men and three women, represent the 18 fire departments. Berkshire County firefighters graduating and their departments are Andrew Heath and Quinn Whitney (Cheshire); Matthew McNulty and Joshua Thomas (Dalton); Jessica Dezieck, Mohamed Morell and Mike Powell (Great Barrington); Tyler Collins (Lee); Cody Funk and Kyle Hutson (Monterey); David Smith (New Marlborough); and Michael Renton


Biz Briefs: Massachusetts Maple Producer Wins Top Honors
01:28PM / Monday, November 07, 2016

How sweet it is: Melissa Leab of Hancock took a top honor for her product and another was recognized for his decades of dedication to the industry at the North American Maple Syrup Council’s annual competition in Burlington, Vt.

Leab won first place in the Maple Cream category, and further beat out all other entries to claim Best of Show among all Maple Products. Sugarmakers from the United States and Canada submitted 170 entries into the contest, making for very tough competition in each category. Leab and her husband Rob own and run Ioka Valley Farm, and she is also president of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association.

There are more than 250 maple sugaring operations in


Berkshires Beat: Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Holds Fall Neighborlies
12:54PM / Monday, November 07, 2016

Neighborly feeling: The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held its Fall Neighborlies Community Recognition Award Ceremony at Congregation Beth Israel on Nov. 2. Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community. More photos can be found here.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition staff and board members, and Mayor Richard Alcombright presented Neighborlies to the following recipients:

Community Health and Wellness: Amalio (AJ)


UNICO Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame Inductions Set for Nov. 18
12:25PM / Monday, November 07, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- UNICO will induct five athletes in its Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.   The 21st induction dinner and ceremony will be held at Berkshire Hills Country Club. Past recipients are encouraged to attend. The five 2016 recipients will join 112 other Berkshire County coaches and players (amateur and professional) who have been inducted over the past 20 years.   These five individuals not only exhibited exceptional athletic skills that were developed through various Berkshire County youth programs, but also have given back to their communities.   The 2016 UNICO Hall of Fame recipients are:   MIKE GLADU Gladu played four years at


BHS Opens Specialty Practices Center at North Adams Campus of BMC
12:15PM / Monday, November 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams campus of Berkshire Medical Center is now home to a convenient, single site for multiple physician specialties and associated programs, providing North Berkshire and Southern Vermont patients with greater access to care.

Northern Berkshire Specialty Practices of BMC opened Nov. 1 on the first floor of the North Adams Campus, with access through the main lobby at 71 Hospital Ave.

Northern Berkshire Specialty Practices of BMC will consolidate in one location the offices of several BMC physician practices, including: Cardiology Professional Services of BMC; Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC and BHS Diabetes Education; Hematology Oncology


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