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Breaking: Adams Man Accused in Terror Plot Pleads Guilty, Agrees to 20-Year Sentence
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
02:36PM / Monday, May 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Adams man accused by the government of plotting a terror attack and providing material support to the Islamic State pleaded guilty to all charges in federal court on Monday afternoon.

Alexander Ciccolo, 25, admitted to supporting ISIS, planning a terror attack at an unnamed college campus outside Massachusetts, illegally possessing firearms and assaulting a nurse at the Franklin County Jail on the first night of his incarceration during a 50-minute hearing before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni.   According to a plea agreement negotiated between Ciccolo’s lawyers and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ciccolo would be sentenced to 20 years in prison and a

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Berkshires Beat: Roots Rising Enters New Phase
01:40PM / Monday, May 21, 2018
Rise up

Roots Rising, Pittsfield's farm-based youth development program, was developed in collaboration by Alchemy Initiative and Berkshire Botanical Garden, and launched in 2017. Now that the program is in operation, the two organizations have agreed to shift to a single managing organization. This will ensure the most efficient oversight of the program’s continued growth and success. Effective immediately, Roots Rising will become a program of Alchemy Initiative, with Berkshire Botanical Garden stepping aside as a program partner.

Both Alchemy Initiative and Berkshire Botanical Garden are extremely proud of Roots Rising's achievements in its first year of operation. 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
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Williamstown Fire District Holds Annual Meeting Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:35AM / Monday, May 21, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The fire district will ask voters on Tuesday to fund a study of the district’s current and future needs.   Included on the warrant for the annual district meeting is an article requesting permission to spend up to $25,000 for the study.   “We’re going to go out and do [a request for proposals] for an analysis of the current fire department, what it looks like down the road, what we’re going to need and so forth,” explained John Notsley, the chairman of the Prudential Committee, which runs the district.   The Williamstown Fire District is a separate entity from town government and that has its own taxing authority.

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Music & Art Come Together This Summer With Painted Pianos
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Monday, May 21, 2018

Keith Bona checks out his piano at Memorial School.  ADAMS, Mass. — More than a dozen pianos are being transformed into singular artworks to evoke the county's musical and artistic heritage.    Dirty, dusty and out of tune, these castoffs found new partners as local artists tramped through the empty Memorial School last Tuesday to select the perfect piano for their endeavors.    Sue MacVeety of Sheffield had come prepared with primer, covering her selection with its first base coat of white. Keith Bona of North Adams picked a large upright and was planning out a celestial concept and figuring how he might use the frame-like back.   "This

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Local Collegians Making their Marks in Spring Post-Season
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09:30PM / Sunday, May 20, 2018
Taconic graduate Dom Nda is headed to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships next weekend in Wisconsin.   The UMass Boston senior qualified as an individual in the 100-meter dash and will run a leg on the Beacon’s 4-by-100 relay quartet. Earlier this month, the 4-by-100 relay squad broke the school’s record in the event by clocking a time of 41.15 seconds at the MIT Last Chance Qualifying Meet.   Nda is just one of several area alumni who are competing or have competed in national championships this spring.   At the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Championships over the weekend in Minnesota, Hoosac Valley graduate Kali

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MIT Edges Williams Softball to End Ephs' Season in NCAA Super Regional
09:06PM / Sunday, May 20, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- M.I.T. rallied from a three-run deficit to post a 7-5 victory over the Williams College softball team Sunday at Cole Field in the third and deciding game of a 2018 NCAA Div. III Super Regional.    The Engineers (38-9-1) took advantage of four Eph errors that led to five unearned runs and will advance to Oklahoma City, Okla., for the 2018 College World Series. The Ephs saw their season conclude with a 39-8 mark, one win shy of a repeat trip to the national championships. The 39 victories are a single-season record at Williams.    M.I.T. senior Amanda Lee was named the Super Regional's Most Outstanding Player.    Sunday's decisive

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Six Qualify to Regional from Pittsfield Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
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10:23AM / Saturday, May 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires held the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition at Belanger field on May 12.   Although the weather was un-baseball like - cold and rainy - the competition was held, and six boys and girls qualified to move onto the sectionals which will be held in Hadley on June 2.   Qualifiers at the sectional competition will move to the regional competition to be held at Fenway Park and the finals at the All-Star Game Weekend in Washington, D.C.   Qualifiers from the Pittsfield event included: Aiden Arsenau, Aiden Underdown, Jason Fields Jr., Lily Smith, Gavin O'Donnell and James Smith.

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Williams Softball Splits First Two Games of NCAA Super Regional
12:08AM / Saturday, May 19, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College junior Mackenzie Murphy threw a 2-hit shutout and senior Brenna Martinez hit a solo home run to account for game's only tally as the Williams College softball staved off elimination by edging M.I.T., 1-0, in Game 2 of the 2018 NCAA Div. III Tournament's Williamstown, Mass. Super Regional Friday on Cole Field.    The Engineers stole Friday's first game, scoring three times in the top of the seventh to rally past Williams — the big blow a two-out, two-run home run by sophomore Madi Pickett that snapped a 2-2 tie and led M.I.T. to the 4-2 victory.    Game 3 will be attempted to be played on Sunday, with rain

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Girls Inc. Awards Scholarship to 10 Young Women
08:45PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Girls Inc. of the Berkshires awarded scholarship to 10 young women at its annual Ruth P. Boraksi Celebration Evening on May 3. The event recognizes the achievements of young women throughout Berkshire County and awarded scholarships through the Ruth P. Boraski Funds for Girls and on behalf of area community partners.

Receiving Ruth P. Boraski Funds for Girls Inc. Scholarships were Sarah Beckwith and Marya Makuc from Mt. Everett Regional High School; Janayah Burgess and Molly Clement from Taconic High School; Danielle LaBlanc from Pittsfield High School; and Sophie Shron from Monument Mountain High School.

On behalf of area partners, scholarships were awarded to

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MCLA Announces Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards
08:38PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, presented by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

The recipients, all of whom recently were recognized at an MCLA ceremony, are Deborah Hartwig (Early Childhood – Community Setting), a Head Start teacher at Berkshire Head Start in Adams; April Mazzeo (Pre-K-Grade 2), a first-grade teacher at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in the Adams-Cheshire School District; Kimberly Comier (Grades 3-6), a

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Twenty Williams Students, Alumni Awarded Fulbright Grants
08:21PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eighteen Williams College students and two graduates have been offered Fulbright grants for 2018-19, matching the college's record set last year for the number of Fulbright recipients in one year.

Six of the honorees will receive one-year grants to study or conduct research in their academic fields, and 14 will receive English Teaching Assistantships for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States. 

All Fulbrighters work, live with and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences and working to develop academic and professional

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The Independent Investor: Are Americans Saving Enough for Retirement?
By Bill Schmick,
05:00PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
If you simply read the headlines, you would assume that over half of Americans aged 55 and over, have no savings as they approach retirement. That's a dramatic statement, but is it true?   Most statisticians derive that data by adding up those who have an IRA or similar tax-deferred savings account such as a 401(k). The latest data compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank's Survey of Consumer Finance indicated that 53 percent of households, age 55 to 64, had some savings in those tax-deferred accounts. So, yes, by that standard, almost half of all Americans fail the savings test.   But what about all the people who work for the government? There are 22 million workers toiling

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