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Criticism Of Caccaviello Leads To Sharp Exchanges With Businesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:59AM / Monday, July 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Back on May 11, the owner of Otto's took to his personal Facebook to criticize the way the district attorney got the job.   David Capeless in March stepped down from the position early after working for months with the governor's office to get Paul Caccaviello appointed to the job. Capeless made no bones about it saying, "I am taking this step now because I want Paul to run for election as the district attorney as I did 14 years ago." He gave is full support behind his first assistant.   On March 14, Caccaviello was appointed. He now runs as the district attorney in the race, giving him somewhat of an advantage. And many have been


Berkshire Business Interns Learning From Real Experience
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, July 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Instead of taking the summer off, the Berkshire Business Interns are hard at work getting a glimpse of life after college.   Some of the 32 Berkshire Business Interns enjoyed some well-deserved respite Wednesday at Taconic Golf Club’s Fourth of July feast and took a small break from their 10-week summer internships.    "Learning how to follow the action is really important because there are clear expectations in college and achievable goals," Community Health Programs intern and North Adams native Morgan Michaels said.   "A big part of my job is finding the person that knows the answer to the question that no one else has


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

Harrington Running to Reform District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Sunday, July 08, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If you want things to change, you need to do something different.   That's Andrea Harrington's view when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system. And now, she wants to be that change. She is seeking election as the next district attorney following the retirement of David Capeless.    "We see progressive defense attorneys without prosecutorial experience being elected across the country. That's because if you want to change the system, it takes somebody with a different view," Harrington said.   "If you want reform, you need a reformer."   Harrington entered the race shortly after Capeless


Caccaviello Leans On Experience in Race for District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Saturday, July 07, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For Paul Caccaviello, the district attorney's job is a call to service.   After 14 years as the first assistant district attorney, Caccaviello is looking to fill the shoes being left by the retired David Capeless, who handpicked his successor. With some 30 years as a prosecutor, Caccaviello said he has the most experience and qualifications to take over the office.   "My philosophy is to show compassion when it is appropriate, have a consequence when it is needed. And it is not mutually independent concepts. Many times, if not the majority of times, you have to have a balance when confronted with something. I've been in the office,


Williams Awards Three Faculty Members with Bushnell Prize
01:48PM / Friday, July 06, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College have been recognized for excellence in teaching and writing.

Lucy Schmidt (economics), Janneke van de Stadt (Russian) and Heather Williams (biology) are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell '20 Prize, an award given annually to the faculty since 1995.

Schmidt was noted for her extensive publishing record and her work in making the economics curriculum more inclusive, van de Stadt for her pedagogical creativity in introductory and advanced courses in Russian, and Williams for her highly effective laboratory teaching and stalwart presence in neuroscience.


Lucie Schmidt

Schmidt, professor of economics,


Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:07PM / Friday, July 06, 2018

You should always be able to ask as many questions as you would like when working with your financial advisor. So, before you have your annual review, think carefully about what you'd like to ask.

Here are a few suggestions:

Are my goals still realistic? When you first began working with your financial advisor, you may well have articulated a number of financial goals. For example, you might have said that you wanted to pay for most of your children's college educations, or that you wanted to retire at a certain age, or that you wanted to travel for two months each year during your retirement. In fact, you could have many different goals for which you're saving and investing.


Baumann, Rondeau Help Bay State Hockey Team to Split
10:44AM / Friday, July 06, 2018
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Brock Baumann scored four goals Thursday to help the West team earn a split in a pair of games to open the Bay State Games hockey tournament at the Foxboro Sports Center.   The West team lost to Coastal, 7-4, in its opener but bounced back with an 8-4 win over Metro/Northwest.   Caleb Rondeau scored a goal and assisted on another on Thursday.   The West team Friday morning is set to play the Coastal team again.


Foehl Scores 36 in Mount Greylock's Summer League Win
09:33AM / Friday, July 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Toby Foehl scored 36 points and grabbed seven rebounds Thursday to lead the Mount Greylock boys basketball team to a 66-55 win over Hoosac Valley in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Mitchell Jezouit scored 12 in the win.   Hoosac Valley was led by Josh Paree's 16. Izaha Stubbs and Joe Delmolino scored 12 and 10, respectively.   In Thursday's other game, Drury defeated McCann Tech, 54-26.   Scott McGuire led the way with 20 points and eight boards. Reece Racette matched McGuire with eight rebounds and scored 15.   Bruce Davis scored nine points, and Keeghan Vidal had nine rebounds for McCann Tech.   League play continues


Knight Pushes Progessive Platform, Experience in DA Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, July 06, 2018
  LENOX, Mass. — Judith Knight says she isn't a natural politician. She's an attorney.   She's a defense attorney who has spent years on the other side of a courtroom from a district attorney's office that operated in a way that she doesn't think is for the best. Back in 2006, her frustration boiled over when she watched the district attorney's office prosecute a teenager over minor drug charges and she launched a campaign to take over the office.    She put forth a progressive platform that includes reprioritizing the cases the office handles, pushed for diversion programs to keep low-level drug dealers out of the courts, and looked to


Tanglewood Classical Season Opens; Taconic Blossoms
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:38PM / Thursday, July 05, 2018

Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder is playing at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood opens its classical season this week, with diverse and stimulating programming of classical and modern chamber and orchestral masterworks spanning three centuries, featuring Boston Symphony Conductor Andris Nelsons and the brilliant pianist Lang Lang. There’s diverse musical fare, from Mozart, Brahms and Richard Strauss to Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein.

For intimate and brilliantly performed chamber music, head north on Route 7 to Manchester, Vt., for Taconic Music. Finally, consider spectacular Sevenars Concerts in Worthington, Mass. Their celebratory 50th anniversary seven-week festival


Coming Back Like A Song: Cabaret or Play?
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
01:21PM / Thursday, July 05, 2018

"Hannah and Her Sisters" had a scene like this. So did many other movies.

Imagine a party in a New York City home. Two former musical performers are urged by the gathering to relive their old hits. Everyone gathers around the piano and off the performers go – amidst "oohs" and "ahhs" in recognition as an old song begins and polite applause as it ends. Then on to the next song.

"Coming Back Like A Song," a new play about Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen that just opened at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, is a lot like the above scene only the composers themselves are the performers. The play has a few


Silent Protest Staged at Williamstown Parade
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:00AM / Thursday, July 05, 2018

The annual parade marched down Main Street. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mother Nature was not the only one who may have made revelers at the town's annual Fourth of July celebrations a little uncomfortable.   A group of nine young people turned out at the parade and annual reading of the founding documents with thought-provoking signs that provided a balanced perspective to a day that, for some, is all about patriotism.   Dressed in plain black T-shirts and holding placards with messages like, "End Prison Slavery," and, "No One Is Illegal on Stolen Land," the group stepped onto Spring Street a little ahead of the parade as the American Legion Color


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