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@theMarket: The Trump Trade Bluff
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, April 06, 2018
This week, our fearless leader upped the ante on the tariff tiff with China. It went like this: Trump announced his list. China announced theirs. And at the end of the week, the president sees them one better. Aside from the volatility, it is causing in the stock markets, not much besides headlines has been accomplished.   Are you seeing the pattern yet? Think back to Trump's schoolyard diplomacy with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. First, a furious exchange of tweets and name-calling between the two. That was followed by saber-rattling on both sides. More test missiles. Naval ships steaming toward the Peninsula. The media spent days explaining the "what ifs"

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'Step Up' Event Raises Awareness of Child Abuse in Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:39PM / Friday, April 06, 2018

Others didn't think Kiersten Thomann would graduate high school after she got pregnant. But, she proved them wrong with the help of local parenting programs. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Kiersten Thomann, a senior at McCann Tech, got pregnant, she heard what people were saying.   "People would say you can't do this, she ruined her life, she will never graduate," Thomann said.   "But I did do this. I am a great mom to my son. To me, having a baby at a young age meant my life had just begun. My son didn't take away my future. He gave me a new one."    She had quickly got in touch with Child Care of the Berkshires, which got her into

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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
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'Isle of Dogs': Will Wag Your Tail
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:33PM / Friday, April 06, 2018
Writer-director Wes Anderson's often brilliant, stop-motion animated feature, "Isle of Dogs," about a 12-year-old boy's search for his lost pup, packs its humor-filled, sociopolitical wisdom into 101 entertaining minutes like hard ice cream jack-hammered into a pint carton. Lose concentration for a second and you'll miss a manifesto, a dictum, a theory and perhaps two or three mini-treatises on government. It soon becomes clear that the bulk of its pontifications will be gleaned not in the theater, but in the den via successive screenings over the years.   Thus the best tack to take, if you can, is to sit back, relax and enjoy this genre heir to "Animal

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Kids Place Holds Annual Benefit Race on Saturday
By Ashlyn Marcil, iBerkshires.com
11:48AM / Friday, April 06, 2018

The 5K race to benefit Kids' Place begins at 10 a.m.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Kids' Place will hold its annual Champions Against Child Abuse 5k and 1 Mile Color Fun Run on Saturday, April 7.

The 5K race begins at 10 a.m. at the Kids' Place offices at 63 Wendell Ave. Registration for the 5K is $25 for adults and $20 for children 15 and under. The 1 Mile Color Fun Run kicks off at 11 a.m. Registration for that event is $20 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 5 and 15. Runners that want to participate in both events receive a $5 discount of both races combined ($40 for adults/$30 for children).

Laura Baran, the Development and Special Events

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Fallon Health Names Medical Director of Medicaid Programs, ACOs
11:22AM / Friday, April 06, 2018

WORCESTER, Mass. — Fallon Health, a mission-focused, community-based not-for-profit health care services organization, has appointed Dr. Linda Weinreb as medical director of its Medicaid programs and Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations.

A family physician with more than 25 years of experience directing clinical programs for, and conducting research with, vulnerable populations, Dr. Weinreb is a nationally recognized expert on the health and support needs of homeless families and the integration of behavioral health and primary care services for vulnerable populations. Dr. Weinreb has extensive expertise on the impact of social determinants on health and ways to address these

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Lanesborough Looks For Lower Assessment In Schools Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Friday, April 06, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Manager Paul Sieloff believes the school's proposed budget is still too much.   Sieloff said he believes the town's assessment for the now regionalized school district should be about $200,000 less. Particularly, he said the health insurance estimate is about $100,000 too high and he wants the tuition for New Ashford to be factored into the equation.   "Despite the calculations, you have, that you are about $200,000 over where you should be," Sieloff told Mount Greylock Regional School District officials on Monday.   He later added that the budgeting hawking among town officials "isn't an academic exercise when we

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Mount Greylock Committee Offers Interim Super Full-Time Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:03PM / Thursday, April 05, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District's Transition Committee Thursday voted to offer its superintendent position to interim Superintendent Kimberly Grady.   On a vote of 6-0-1 with committee member Steven Miller abstaining, the panel chose Grady from among two finalists for the position.   Thursday's special meeting of the Transition Committee kicked off with two hour-long interviews of Grady and Taconic High School Principal John Vosburgh, and the vote was preceded by a 45-minute discussion in which the committee members reflected on the answers they heard in the interview and discussed the extent to which each candidate would be a good

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The Independent Investor: Free Trade Vs. Fair Trade
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, April 05, 2018
In today's world, talk of tariffs is part of daily news headlines. Politicians use terms like "free" and "fair" almost interchangeably in discussing trade to justify their position for or against tariffs. Maybe it's time to review the difference between the two concepts.   While they may sound similar, free trade and fair trade are often at opposite ends of the pole. Free trade is a world where the gloves are off. It allows international cut-throat competition where the marketplace can drive the cost of products way below the price where anyone can make any money. Free trade makes things cheaper including the money we earn to produce those goods.   Fair

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Guest Column: Massachusetts Can Help End Campus Violence
By Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Guest Column
01:25PM / Thursday, April 05, 2018
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Sexual assault on college campuses is a national public health crisis. Statistics show that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college nationally. During their time at college, 43 percent of women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors and 13 percent of women report being stalked.   To put things in perspective in our state, more than a half a million students are enrolled in a Massachusetts institution of higher education. In 2014, there were 283 reports

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State Senate Passes Short-Term Rental Bill
01:20PM / Thursday, April 05, 2018

BOSTON — State Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, said the state Senate on Wednesday passed S. 2381, An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals. The bill expands the scope of the state's room occupancy excise tax and local option excise tax to include short-term transient accommodations.

"Short-term rentals have immense impact in the Berkshires and on cities and towns across the commonwealth," said Hinds. "I'm pleased that the Senate bill expands local control over short-term rental services and ensures that these services are competing in a fair and balanced hospitality market."

The legislation would generate an estimated $34.5 million and $25.5

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Williams Men's, Women's Lax Fall to Tufts
11:03PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018
MEDFORD, Mass. -- Caroline Nowak scored five goals and set up two more Wednesday to lead the Tufts women's lacrosse team to a 14-11 win over Williams.   The Ephs (4-5, 1-4 NESCAC) got four goals from Kara Wollmers and three from Emma Tenbarge.   Kami Cisneros made 12 saves for Williams, which hosts Amherst on Saturday.   Men's Lacrosse WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tufts held Williams scoreless in the fourth quarter to earn an 11-8 win on Wednesday.   Nick Shanks had a hat trick for the Jumbos.   Kevin Stump led Williams (4-5, 3-2) with three goals and an assist.   George Peele made 15 saves for the Ephs, who go to Amherst on Saturday.

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Williamstown Planners Consider Changing Zoning Proposals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Planning Board members, from left, Chris Winters, Susan Puddester and Chris Kapiloff.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Several dozen residents turned out Tuesday for a standing-room-only meeting of the Planning Board, which indicated its willingness to revise its ambitious proposal to alter residential zoning in the center of town.   Planning Board Chairman Chris Kapiloff opened the session by thanking the attendees for cramming into the Town Hall's largest meeting room and saying he was encouraged by the energy in the room. By the end of the three-hour meeting, one member of the board was asking residents to tell the panel the "smallest thing" the town would

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