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Williamstown Water Street Project on Track for 2018
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:40AM / Sunday, October 30, 2016

Filbert Yee of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, center, conducts the public hearing held on Oct. 19.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The long-anticipated reconstruction of Water Street is expected to get under way in spring 2018.

Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen came to Town Hall this month for a public hearing on the project, which is 100 percent designed and ready to go to bid in August 2017.

"We've been working on it on and off with [Williamstown's Guntlow & Associates] for the last seven years," Greenman-Pedersen Project Manager James Noyes said. "Part of the delay was trying


No on 2 Campaign Rallies in Pittsfield as Election Day Nears
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:11PM / Saturday, October 29, 2016

MTA President Barbara Madeloni said so far 'the 413 is no on 2.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Corporations and big business cannot buy public education.   That is the message that those opposing Question 2, a ballot initiative calling for raising the cap on charter schools by a dozen, is sending.
  The opposition says the expansion of the charter school system will devastate the traditional public school system by allocating more public funding to the privately-run schools.   "The message you are sending across the nation is powerful. What you are saying is that big business, corporations, you cannot buy public education. That's the message that needs to

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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

Milne Library Hosts Author of 'Sniffer Dogs' and Real-life Sniffer
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bloodhounds like Daisy can smell different aromas in the same way we can differentiate noises and voices. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nancy Castaldo's latest science book for children, "Sniffer Dogs," had a real life example on hand at the Milne Public Library with a special guest appearance by Daisy, the Police Department's K-9 unit   The award-winning Hudson Valley, N.Y., author presented some her research about the amazing capabilities of a dog's nose Tuesday afternoon at the library to a group of dog enthusiasts and explained how their sense of smell helps people.   She said because of her background in conservation, she was first attracted to


Letter: David vs Goliath
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Friday, October 28, 2016

To the Editor:

My comments about the Massachusetts Senate race for our district: Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin).

I watched debates, read the articles, saw and heard local TV and radio appearances and have seen Facebook posts for both candidates. There are major differences between the two! Hurrah, a clear choice.

As a treasurer for a candidate many years ago, I know how to peek at the campaign finance reports (Everyone can: check OCPF for MA, next report 10/31). As of the end of August, Adam Hinds' campaign had reported $75,067 in donations and spent $54,681 vs Christine Canning-Wilson reporting $3,185 [in donations] and spending $2,922.

Seems like a financial Goliath


Mount Greylock Grad Dils Earns Academic Honor
02:42PM / Friday, October 28, 2016
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury College senior and Mount Greylock Regional School alumnus Tom Dils has been named a College Sports Information Directors of America District I First-Team Academic All-District selection.   Dils of Williamstown and his Middlebury teammate Adam Glaser each were recognized, the college announced on Friday.   The pair will be in action at Williams’ Cole Field on Saturday when the Panthers play the Ephs in the quarter-finals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship.   Dils currently boasts a 3.92 GPA as an English major. He has been a key contributor off the bench for the Panthers after moving up to a forward position a


'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back': Doesn't Quite Grab You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:35PM / Friday, October 28, 2016

It is what it is.

I contemplated saving approximately 805 words by simply having the above overworked phrase stand as my review of director Edward Zwick's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." However, despite its relatively appropriate description of this action-thriller starring Tom Cruise as the title maverick, fear of a random audit by the American Film Critics Oversight Committee induced me to proceed with the usual study in tortured prose that follows.

In this second film based on the character developed by novelist Lee Child, the ex-military police major-turned-vigilante once again fights for truth, justice and the American way — in his very own way. Expect the usual


Williamstown Elementary Surveying Families About Strategic Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Friday, October 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School is asking its families about their aspirations for the K-6 school.   The district is in the process of developing a strategic plan, and part of that process will be an electronic survey that is being sent to stakeholders, Superintendent Douglas Dias told the School Committee on Wednesday evening.   "We've asked people in the community to respond a week from this Friday so we can gather the data," Dias said. "The next step after that is to take the data, put it in a workable form and put together a group of staff, community, School Committee members and look at the data to see what we can come up with to


Williamstown Website Seeking Town Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:16PM / Thursday, October 27, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday heard pitches from two local nonprofits that promote the town — one that already receives financial support from the town and another that would like to.   Representatives from the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and the website Destination Williamstown told the board what they are doing to help bring business — especially tourist business — to the Village Beautiful.   Following on the heels of last year's report of the town's Economic Development Committee, the two groups stressed how their missions help achieve the goals stated in that report.   The Chamber already gets about half of its

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NBCC Hosts Forum on Youth and Substance Abuse
03:09PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is sponsoring a forum on marijuana and substance abuse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts college of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.  

The event is free and open to the public; pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m.

"Alcohol, Marijuana, and Opioids: What Parents Need to Know" will address the impact of alcohol, marijuana and opioids on a young person's brain and will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center,

It will be followed by questions from the audience and the discussion will include the viewpoint of several community panelists including Dr.


MCLA to Host Open House for Prospective Students
12:19PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host the second of three fall open house events for high school and transfer students interested in applying for admission to attend MCLA for the spring of 2017 or the fall 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 29. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Amsler Campus Center.

In addition to touring the campus, prospective students and families can learn more about the admissions and financial aid process; student life; attend an academic program overview; and explore the many opportunities MCLA has to offer, such as internships, study abroad, our honors program and undergraduate research.

Those who wish to find out more about


BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
11:33AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently recognized the academic achievements of 103 students during an Honors Convocation Program.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:



Adams: Aaron R. Biros, Jeremy R. Patterson, Chelise M. Rondeau

Becket: Rebecca J. Simmons

Cheshire: Amy L. Brassard, Katie Clarke, Dudley R. Johnson, Emily A. Thurston

Chester: Henry J. Fristik

Cummington: Marion T. Brooks, Alexander F. Griffith

Dalton: Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett, Oksana O. Dix, Whitney N.


Investors Should Avoid 'Great Expectations'
11:06AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Apart from death and taxes, few events in our world are consistently predictable – and investment returns are definitely not one of them. What can you, as an individual investor, do to cope with the ups and downs of the financial markets and make progress toward your long-term goals?

To begin with, you should be aware that the financial markets have fluctuated greatly – daily, monthly and yearly – over the past three decades. Overall, though, the financial markets trended upward, as measured by major indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S & P 500. Of course, as you've no doubt heard, past performance can't guarantee future results.



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