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MassDOT Sets Public Meetings on Capital Investment Plan
03:00PM / Monday, May 14, 2018
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a series of public meetings throughout the commonwealth to solicit public input on its draft multibillion dollar MassDOT and MBTA Capital Investment Plan Update for fiscal years 2019-2023.    This program covers long-term highway, aeronautics, rail, and transit investments.   The meetings will begin on Tuesday, May 15, in Boston and continue for two weeks. The draft CIP includes all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.   MassDOT will hold two meetings in Western

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Pool Proposal May Be Most Discussed Item at Williamstown Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Monday, May 14, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Local basketball fans and fans of local government likely will not have to choose between the annual town meeting and Game 2 of the Celtics' Eastern Conference Championship series.   The prospective length of Tuesday's 7 p.m. meeting at Williamstown Elementary School was shortened significantly last month when the Planning Board pulled three zoning bylaw changes off the warrant.   With those contentious and potentially amendable items off the table, there is little else that has generated significant public comments in the months leading up to Tuesday's meeting.   One item with the potential to generate some debate on the floor is a

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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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Williams Softball Rallies Past Amherst to Advance in NCAAs
08:31PM / Sunday, May 13, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Margo Beck is saving her best for last.    The Williams College right fielder/catcher lined a tie-breaking single to left in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday, helping the Williams College softball team to a 3-1 win over rival Amherst in the championship game of the NCAA Div. III Tournament Williamstown Regional.   The Ephs won an NCAA Regional for the second consecutive year, and tied the school record for single-season victories with their 38th.    Williams (38-6) advances to the Super Regionals against either M.I.T or Tufts, who will play Monday at 11 a.m. and, if necessary, one more game following that contest. Amherst saw its season

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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Murphy, Williams Softball Hammers Amherst in NCAA Regional
06:23PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mackenzie Murphy went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and five RBIs Saturday to lead the Williams College softball team to an 11-0 rout of rival Amherst in the second round of the NCAA Division III regionals.   Williams advances to Sunday's noon winner's bracket game on Cole Field, needing to win once to advance to the super regional round next weekend. A loss for the Ephs in Sunday's first game will force a winner-take-all final at 3:30.   On Saturday, Jessica Kim went 2-for-5 with a double and scored twice.   Rebecca Duncan scattered five hits and struck out 10 to earn the complete game shutout as Williams improved to 37-6 on the

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MCLA Graduates Told to Find a Career that Captures Heart, Mind
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018

Astronaut and engineer Stephanie Wilson asks the graduates to mentor those who are follow them.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — College graduates are frequently sent off with a charge of doing their best and making the world a better place. But on Saturday, they were also reminded to reach behind them to help others along the path.    Stephanie Wilson, a member of a select group of humans who have rocketed into space, told the graduating class of 2018 at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that she hoped that her generation has done its job correctly serving as mentors to their generation.   "Hopefully, we have taught you how to establish a support network,

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@the Market: Stocks Look Ready to Reach New Highs
By Bill Schmick,
10:25AM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
The S&P 500 Index had its best week in two months. All the averages made good gains and investor sentiment numbers are improving. We could see a return to the January highs before summer unless something comes out of left field.   Left field has become a familiar place for the markets under the present political regime, but not all the news has been negative on that front. Take the release of three American prisoners by North Korea as an example. Kudos to the president for that one. Then there is the Iran nuclear deal — another campaign promise kept. Why are these important?   An American politician willing to keep his campaign promises is a historical event, in my

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Williams Women's Golf Finishes Second at NCAA Tourney
09:23PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Seventy-two holes and 1,261 shots were not enough to decide the 2018 NCAA DIII Women's Golf Championship. It took 74 holes for Claremont Mudd Scripps to edge the Ephs and claim the championship.    The Williams College women's golf team entered the fourth and final round of the NCAA Tournament in second place and four shots behind Claremont Mudd Scripps.   When the final round ended the Ephs had out shot CMS by four shots to tie the tournament after the regulation 72 holes. The NCAA DIII Tournament tiebreaker is that each team sends five players to tee off on the extra hole. The format is the same as the complete tournament. The team

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Letter: Caccaviello Clear Choice for DA
Letter to the Editor,
05:50PM / Friday, May 11, 2018

To the Editor:

Most Berkshire County residents will go their entire lives with only a vague concept of what role the district attorney's office has in the grand scheme of our criminal justice system. As discouraging as that may sound, it also indicates that the average citizen has been fortunate enough to not need the services of the DA's office.

If however, you find yourself the victim of a crime you will become all too familiar with the role the DA has in advocating for your dignity and rights. Who would you want on your side, navigating the legal system on your behalf? Who would you trust to win justice for you and your family? Would you trust someone who has never worked as a

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BCC, MCLA Agreement Creates Pathway to Physical Therapy Doctorate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Friday, May 11, 2018

College Presidents Ellen Kennedy of BCC and James Birge of MCLA say there are more oppurtunities for the two institutions to collaborate to make higher education more accessible to students. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The county's two public colleges are teaming up to create a pathway for physical therapy assistants to continue their education.    Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts signed an articulation agreement on Thursday that opens the opportunity for a four-year degree in health sciences with a concentration in pre-physical therapy to BCC graduates.   The health sciences and community health education were added to the

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'Tully': The Helping Hand that Rocks the Cradle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:41PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
There is a surprise twist in director Jason Reitman's "Tully," about a mom whose domestic struggles increase exponentially when she adds a third child to her already challenging brood.   Ordinarily, this wouldn't be big news. Lots of movies toss us an O. Henry in the ninth inning, some preceded by clues, others with no justification other than that they had no other way to end the thing. Y'know, when in doubt, drop the deus ex machina on 'em. But here, everything — the plot, the message, the who, what where and when — hangs on that curveball.   If nothing else, the story construction alone deserves kudos. Not because it is nifty, but because

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The Independent Investor: What's Up With Oil?
By Bill Schmick,
11:00AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
Two years ago, the experts were telling us that the price of oil would continue to fall. Twelve-dollar oil was a real possibility. The end of OPEC was nigh as well as their ability to influence geopolitics. It appears those predictions were premature.   The price of oil has more than doubled over that time, from roughly $30 a barrel in the spring of 2016 to over $71 a barrel today for West Texas Intermediate crude. Those same experts now expect the price could gain further, but there is no agreement on how much higher it can go.   The "swing" factor in that equation is firmly in the hands of American shale producers. They are the culprit of the past three-year decline in

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