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Berkshires Beat: BArT Students Help Puerto Rico, Local Community
01:30PM / Monday, December 18, 2017

BArT Student Ambassadors read to children at the Berkshire Museum literacy night as part of their community service efforts. Helping out

Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School ninth-graders recently decided that they wanted to raise $1,000 to help with the devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. The students put on a dance and hosted a "Penny Wars" event to reach their fundraising goal. The $1,000-plus donation was proudly sent to United for Puerto Rico last week.

In addition, the BArT Student Ambassadors have visited with the seniors at the Adams Council on Aging, read to children at the Berkshire Museum Literacy Night, and collected


Habitat for Humanity Explains Plan for Williamstown Lot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, December 18, 2017

Paul Austin of Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity addresses the trustees of Williamstown's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity plans to build three single-family home on a town-owned lot at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street.   Members of the non-profit's board of directors met Wednesday with the trustees of the town's Affordable Housing Trust to discuss Habitat's vision for the property. Earlier this year, the non-profit was the only respondent to a request for proposals issued by the town seeking a developer of subsidized housing on the site.   The Trust acquired the land in

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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

Solid Waste District to Undergo Review
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:28AM / Monday, December 18, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management is applying for state technical assistance grant to help it find more ways to obtain more funds.    Although no official vote was taken Thursday because of a lack of quorum, commissioners present agreed it would be a good idea to apply for a grant that would allow Veronique Blanchard, municipal assistance coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Protection, to survey all towns in the district in hopes of finding ways to increase the district's funding through the Recycling Dividends Program.   "You get the idea sort of what you want me to work on and then you fill out the application,


Ice Safety Tips From MEMA
Staff Reports,
12:03PM / Sunday, December 17, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The cold weather often means it is time to get out on the lake for some ice fishing, or skating, or any number of outdoor recreational activities.

But, before someone goes out on the ice, they should familiarize themselves with safety precautions because falling through the ice could be deadly.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, ice on moving water is never safe. And ponds and lakes thaw at different rates depending on the water currents, springs, depth, and natural objects in the water. The ice can be a foot thick in some places and only a few inches in others. The daily temperature also plays a role.

MEMA has issued the following tips in


@theMarket: Here Comes Santa
By Bill Schmick,
11:12AM / Saturday, December 16, 2017
With less than two weeks until Santa Claus shimmies down your chimney, investors are betting that what the Big Man has in his sack is lots and lots of gains to finish out 2017.   Now some might say that the signing of a massive tax cut is all the present investors need. After all, despite the rhetoric, we all know that the Republican tax cut is solely directed toward the wealthy, big business, and the stock market. As such, the indexes should continue to levitate between now and the New Year.   Investors are stocking up on the shares of those companies that will benefit most from the windfall profits they will receive as part of the reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35


'The Disaster Artist': No Soap, Radio
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:25PM / Friday, December 15, 2017
Director James Franco's "The Disaster Artist" reminded me of a non-joke that popularly circulated when I was a kid. It goes like this: Two elephants are in a bathtub and, when one says to the other, "Pass the soap," the other elephant informs, "No soap, radio."   You tell it and then you laugh, intentionally flummoxing your little friend who, afraid he'll look stupid if he doesn't laugh, chortles despite wondering why it's funny. Several decades since, I question, just a little, if the joke was actually on the jester ... that somewhere there was humor in the put-on.   Such, more or less, is the territory into which "The Disaster


The Independent Investor: Should You Roll Your 401(k) Into an IRA?
By Bill Schmick,
03:40PM / Friday, December 15, 2017
Some retiring workers roll their 401(k) tax-deferred savings account into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). There are good reasons to do so. But for those who are not retiring, the decision is not so clear cut. Here are some pros and cons to ponder.   In my neighborhood, for example, a local company with more than 300 employees is being acquired by another company from Chicago. As a result, the employees of the acquired company are being offered a choice: they can roll over their existing 401(k) into a new plan offered by the Chicago company, roll their 401(k) into an IRA, or just take the money out, pay taxes and spend it.   Obviously, the last option is the worst choice.


New Associate Joins Donovan O’Connor & Dodig
01:20PM / Friday, December 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kelsey Bain has joined Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, as an associate.  

Bain received both her J.D. and Master of Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School in 2017. While at Vermont Law School she worked as a Dean’s Fellow and an editor on Law Review. She has been published in the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law ("Planning for the Sun to Come Up") and the Idaho Law Review ("Undamming the Federal Production Tax Credit").

Prior to law school, she graduated from Tulane University in 2012 with a B.S. in Evolutionary Biology.  While developing her legal skills, attorney Bain worked as a legal


Four Guardian Employees Honored with Volunteer Recognition Award
01:17PM / Friday, December 15, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America honored four Pittsfield Office employees with the Volunteer Recognition Award during a Nov. 13 ceremony at which grants were presented to the four area nonprofit organizations for which the employees volunteer their time and energy.

The annual award presentation – consisting of a $1,000 check to the nonprofit organizations – showcases the community contributions of individual Guardian employees.

"We take great pride in our service to the community," said Gordon Dinsmore, head of Product for Individual Markets and President of Guardian's Berkshire Life subsidiary. "We give financial


English Professor Named First Williams-Mystic Faculty Fellow
01:02PM / Friday, December 15, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A new program that allows Williams College faculty to spend a semester at the Williams-Mystic program in Mystic, Conn., will begin in spring 2018 with Shawn Rosenheim, professor of English, as the first resident faculty fellow.

As the faculty fellow, Rosenheim will reside at the Mystic campus, participate in field seminars, contribute guest lectures and seminars, and incorporate aspects of the Mystic pedagogy back into his own teaching. During the semester, Rosenheim anticipates collaborating with the faculty as a guest lecturer and participant in interdisciplinary panels, and hopes to screen his film "Biosphere 2." He will also create a podcast about


Greylock 7th- and 8th-Grade Boys Hang on for Win
08:00AM / Friday, December 15, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Derek Paris hit a free throw with seven seconds left to secure a 39-36 win for the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade travel basketball team on Thursday.   Parish finished with a team-high 17 points in Greylock's win over Bennington, Vt.'s., Mount Anthony. Dylan Harrison hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points, and Alex Axt scored four for Greylock.   Mount Anthony got 18 points from Anthony Williams and 14 from Austin Grogan.   "Our kids in the second quarter pulled ahead with a 24-15 lead, but in the second half, their big, Anthony Williams, took advantage of his size and killed us on the boards with 12 of his game-high 18 in


Williamstown ZBA Sends Cell Tower Applicant Back to Drawing Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, December 15, 2017

Andrew Hoar chairs Thursday's ZBA meeting, which heard mostly complaints about the cell tower proposal.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday asked Verizon to consider a couple of alternatives for its proposed cell tower on Cold Spring Road at the junction of Routes 2 and 7.   The board continued the public hearing on the project, which requires a special permit and two zoning variances.   The project has been the subject of intense opposition from many town residents, who question it on several grounds that boil down to two essential issues: the public safety threat posed by a tower so close to a state highway and the visual impact in


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