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Pittsfield Price Rite Closing Next Month
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:40PM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Price Rite Marketplace plans to close its Pittsfield location on Dalton Avenue by Sept. 30.   In a statement Thursday, Daniel Emmer with the supermarket's corporate communications confirmed rumors that the company will be closing the Pittsfield store.   "After 14 years, Price Rite Marketplace of Pittsfield has made the very difficult decision to close the store by September 30, 2020," he wrote. "Price Rite appreciates the loyalty of its customers who have supported the store through the years and its dedicated team members who have worked hard to serve our community."   He added that the company is sharing information


Williamstown Releases Town's Response to Discrimination Complaint
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:37PM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Select Board on Thursday released a redacted version of the town's response to a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.   That complaint that was referenced heavily in a federal discrimination lawsuit filed this month by Sgt. Scott McGowan.   In a two-page statement from the board, it notes that the MCAD complaint by McGowan contained most, but not all, of the allegations eventually included in the lawsuit he filed last week.   "Although we had hoped to release more information from the MCAD proceedings, Sgt. McGowan's counsel has objected to the release of any ‘negative


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

BCC Offers Networking and Cybersecurity Program
10:57AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is continuing to offer its Networking & Cybersecurity program for students interested in entering the workforce as a network technician and/or as a tier 1 cybersecurity analyst in a Security Operations Center (SOC). 

Students can also elect to transfer to a college or university to further their skills in computer Info Systems (CIS) to become a tier 2 or 3 security analyst or network engineer. On average, entry level analysts start out making about $62,000 a year.

"Anyone who has watched the news in the past couple of years knows why cybersecurity has become so important and the need for cybersecurity analysts is


Berkshire Museum Operating Hours Expand to Five Days Per Week
10:44AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum, which began a phased reopening on Aug. 1, will expand its operating hours to five days per week beginning August 31. 

The new schedule will be as follows:

• Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Saturday,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The museum will continue to close in the middle of each day, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and 1 to 2 p.m. the rest of the week, for a deep cleaning of all public spaces. Through August 29, the Berkshire Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Advance reservations are required to visit the museum. Guests are


Berkshire Money Management Planner Earns Master's in Personal Financial Planning
10:06AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Zack Marcotte, a certified financial planner at Berkshire Money Management, has completed a rigorous course program through the College for Financial Planning, earning a master of science in personal financial planning. 

Marcotte has been with BMM for almost 13 years, beginning his career as an 18-year-old intern.

"Zack has taken every opportunity for continuing education and professional development, and his work ethic is limitless," BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris said. "His dedication directly translates into being able to continually provide individualized and holistic services to our clients, who are like family. They deserve that dedication


Williamstown Affordable Housing Project on Cole Avenue Underway
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:36PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The construction of the affordable housing units is expected to be completed next year. 

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The construction of 41 units of affordable housing at the former Photech mill site is well underway, and completion is anticipated next June, according to the head of Berkshire Housing Developoment Corp.

  The town transferred the property, which sat on the town's books for years after a tax taking, and contributed cash toward the financing of the 330 Cole Ave. development.   When it is finished in the middle of 2021, the project will include 27 housing units restricted to residents making up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income, as calculated

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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Hears from Grassroots Groups
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Wednesday, August 26, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two grassroots groups that predate the town's Diversity, Inclusion, Race and Equity Committee caught the panel up on their activities at Monday's meeting.   The Williamstown Youth Abolition Coalition, which formed in July, and the Racial Justice Police Reform Group, which started in June, each gave a presentation to the DIRE Committee at its weekly virtual meeting.   The WYAC and the RJPR were among the voices calling for change that led to the Select Board establishing the DIRE Committee in July.   But their activities have extended beyond forcing town government to form a committee to start to reckon with issues of inequity in the


Pope Names Administrator for Springfield Diocese
05:10PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The bishop of Worcester has been appointed apostolic administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.   Pope Francis on Monday named the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus administrator effective immediately, in addition to continuing as the bishop of Worcester.   An apostolic administrator oversees the continuing operation of the diocese in the absence of an ordinary or local diocesan bishop. The See or Diocese of Springfield became "vacant" with the naming of Bishop Mitchell Rozanski as the archbishop of St. Louis.   "I am humbled by the confidence which the Holy Father has placed in me," said Bishop McManus in a statement.


BRTA to Return to Full Service Monday, Aug. 31
04:39PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is scheduled to return to full service beginning on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.   Copies of the new printed bus schedules will be available in the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), on the BRTA buses, or online at   Look for the "Effective June 29, 2020" date at the top of the schedules for the latest version. The free smartphone mobile app "RouteShout 2.0" is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.   Effective Monday, Aug. 31, 2020:   Route 4: Pittsfield – Dalton/Hinsdale Full hourly weekday schedules.   Route 11: Berkshire Community


Get the Most from Your 401(k)
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:34PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020
You won't see any greeting cards celebrating it, and it's not likely to be on your calendar, but in just a few weeks, National 401(k) Day will be observed. And this type of recognition may be warranted, too, because 401(k) plans have become key building blocks for a big part of people's lives – a comfortable retirement. Are you making the most of your 401(k)?   Of course, during the past few months, you may have had mixed feelings about your 401(k). After all, at the beginning of the coronavirus, when the financial markets tumbled, the value of your account probably fell significantly, although it has likely regained some ground since the initial


Williams College Welcomes Students Back for COVID-Restricted Semester
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A red outline on a Google Maps image provided by Williams College defines what areas will be accessible to students through at least the month of September.  

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Monday began the phased return of its student population for the fall semester with a mandatory test and quarantine period.

Students will be restricted to their dorm rooms for five to seven days, until they have received their second negative test for COVID-19.   The students are coming back to campus on a staggered schedule with several hundred returning each day.   All testing by the college is being reported out on a dashboard on Williams' website.   As of

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Pittsfield Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial On Target To Be Unveiled Sep. 11
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A monument honoring the five Berkshire County residents who died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is still on track to be unveiled at Veterans Way Park on Sept. 11, the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.    Arnie Perras of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 called into the Parks Commission's meeting held on the Zoom platform last week to give an update on the proposed monument and he said it is well on its way to completion.   "We have been getting a lot of compliments on this monument from contractors and folks who think it is just a beautiful monument," Perras said.    The piece will be installed near the World War I


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