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The Independent Investor: Credit Freeze for Free
By Bill Schmick,
03:30PM / Thursday, September 27, 2018
It just got cheaper to freeze your credit files, thanks to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. But should you do it?   The law, signed by President Trump back in May, only took effect this month. It requires the three major credit reporting bureaus — Equifax, Trans Union and Experian — to drop the fees to freeze your credit. Those fees ranged from $3 to $10 per person, times three credit bureaus, plus more charges to "thaw" your credit. Consumers can now also un-freeze their files, either temporarily or permanently, free of charge.   Thanks to a recent spate of credit breaches, Congress felt it needed to do something about the

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Williamstown Town Manager: Inspection Fees 'Never Optional'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, September 27, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town manager Monday explained to the Select Board his rationale for allowing the Mount Greylock School District to wait three years to pay its permitting fees on the addition/renovation projection at the middle-high school.   Jason Hoch also talked about the process by which the town arrives at the fee schedule that has been called into question by some district officials and residents of Lanesborough and Williamstown.   "If you go back to 2015, there were a couple of things that were in play at that point as we started to think about building fees for the high school," Hoch said at Monday's board meeting. "We had just come out of

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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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Berkshires Beat: Children's Races Kick Off Fall Foliage Festival
12:41PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The winners are ...

The annual Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair, presented by Northern Berkshire United Way and the Adams Youth Center, kicked off the Fall Foliage Festival on Sept. 22, with local families coming to Houghton Street to enjoy a morning of fun with local nonprofits offering games, art projects, and giveaways.

Terry A La Berry & Friends delighted the crowd with popular children’s tunes before the 30 registered racers lined up for their races. The winners were presented with medals by Mayor Tom Bernard at the end of the event. All participants received participation ribbons. The 2018 annual Fall Foliage Children’s Race winners were:

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Mount Greylock Regional Teachers End Job Action
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:20PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its teachers union have reached an accord to end the job action that has limited extracurricular activities at the district's three schools.

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady late Wednesday morning sent an email to the Mount Greylock community announcing that, while contract negotiations continue, the teachers have agreed to end the job action that has affected students at Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary.

"We understand that the negotiation continues to reach a final contractual agreement, but we are thankful that the parties were able to find common ground to

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Understanding Risk Tolerance Is Essential for Investment Success
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:17AM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

To succeed as an investor, you might think you need to know about the economy, interest rates and the fundamentals of companies in which you would like to invest. And all these things are indeed important. But it's most essential to know yourself. Specifically, you need to know how much risk you are willing to tolerate to achieve your goals.

Of course, you've lived with yourself your entire life, so you probably have a pretty good idea of your likes and dislikes and what makes you comfortable or uncomfortable. But investing can be a different story.

Initially, you may believe you have a high tolerance for risk, but if the financial markets drop sharply, and you see that

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Williamstown Select Board Members Fear 'Opening the Spigot' on Non-Profit Funding
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Finance Committee member Steven Sheppard addresses the board on the non-profit funding application his working group developeed. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board has reviewed a proposed application for non-profits seeking town funds and concluded that the document is a good vetting instrument, but, in general, the town officials hope it is little used.   "I think we do have to start from the position of … we don't want an increase in applications," Select Board member Hugh Daley said at Monday's meeting. "If anything, we're the funder of last resort."   His colleague Jeffrey Thomas said he feared at first that the

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Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Gov. Charlie Baker helped break ground on the $13.7 million project.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shawna Axenroth and her daughter go hiking in the scenic Berkshire Hills and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen.

And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers.

Axenroth is at Berkshire Community College and her daughter is just starting the first year of high school. They both want to live and work fruitful careers in the science field in their hometown.   But the way it has been going in the region, there hasn't been much reason to be optimistic about that prospect. The population has been declining, particularly with the younger

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Mount Greylock Committee Hears Concerns About Disparities at Elementary Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Complaints about perceived inequities between the district's two elementary schools were brought to the Mount Greylock Regional School District on Thursday evening.   Mixed in with concerns about the ongoing labor strife in the newly expanded district were several comments about disparities between Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School, where, committee members were told, pupils do not have access to the same opportunities for music instruction and a currently unfilled library position is straining resources.   "When I was hired eight years ago, I was asked to get the instructional music program off the ground,"

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Berkshire YMCA Honoring Those 'Changing Lives After 55'
03:31PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Family YMCA's inaugural Changing Lives After 55 awards will celebrate and recognize community members over the age of 55 who have made significant contributions and achievements in Berkshire County.    The awards night, slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Berkshire Hills in Pittsfield, will salute honorees in the areas of education, arts and culture, business, nonprofit, youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.   Tickets to the event are $35 and can be purchased at bfymca.org/changinglives55.   Those being honored are: C. Jeffrey Cook, a principal of the law firm Cohen Kinne Valicenti Cook

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Biz Briefs: Humane Society Opening Second Catwalk Boutique
02:24PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
Catwalk Times Two

Berkshire Humane Society will open a second location of Catwalk Boutique, its successful women's resale shop, in downtown Lenox this coming winter/spring. Dates are to be determined. The original Catwalk Boutique, located at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, opened in May 2014. The shop specializes in affordable women’s clothing with an emphasis on designer and upscale labels, current styles, and contemporary fashion. All clothing is like-new or very gently used. Shoppers can also purchase handbags, jewelry, shoes, and accessories such as scarves, hats, and gloves. All proceeds from the shop benefit Berkshire Humane Society.

"Our shop in Great

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Williams Field Hockey Comes Back to Win at Bates
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:13PM / Sunday, September 23, 2018
LEWISTON, Maine -- Isabel Perry scored in the 59th minute to break a 2-2 tie and send the Williams College field hockey team on to a 4-2 win over Bates on Sunday.   Meredith Wright and Perry each had a goal and an assist for the Ephs, who rallied after falling behind in the sixth minute.   Abby Lloyd and Emma Santucci combine to make seven saves in the Williams goal.   The Ephs (4-1, 3-1 NESCAC) host Springfield College on Wednesday.   Women's Soccer LEWISTON, Maine -- Pittsfield High graduate Ilana Albert registered an assist to help Williams notch a 3-0 win over Bates.   Georgia Lord, Sarah Hollinger and Dawn Pesco each scored for the Ephs, who got three saves

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Democrats Open Pittsfield HQ For November's Election Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Sunday, September 23, 2018

 
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier introduced Andrea Harrington, calling her successful campaign for the Democratic nomination an inspiration. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the primaries in the rearview mirror, Democrats are gearing up for the -final election push.   Locally the party opened a North Street headquarters for the coordinated campaign.   The office will serve as the local headquarters for campaign staffer working on behalf of Democratic candidates up and down the ticket -- from Congress to district attorney.   "We have an incredible slate of Democratic candidates from the top to our incredible local winner Andrea Harrington for district

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