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Mount Greylock Building Project Coming in on Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, July 14, 2017

Examples of the exterior finish materials chosen for the new construction at Mount Greylock. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday got its clearest picture yet of the cost for the addition/renovation project at the junior-senior high school.   And the news continues to be good.   Turner Construction, the project's construction manager at-risk, delivered the guaranteed maximum price for construction on the new three-story academic wing; cafeteria, media center, offices and central core; renovated gymnasium and auditorium; and demolition of the bulk of the old school.   And the price tag came in a hair under

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'Baby Driver': Runs on Hi-Test
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:54PM / Thursday, July 13, 2017
Ansel Elgort, who plays the title character in director Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver," stylishly employs an entrancing balletic flair in his hip, post-millennial interpretation of what his generation's consummate getaway man might be like.    Using flashbacks interspersed throughout the action-packed drama to inform just what goes into the making of this rare bird of the crime world, Wright, who also wrote the script, pens his protagonist's character study in the fashion generally reserved for superheroes. It's all environment, inner genius and je ne sais quoi.   The implied question that serves as subtext of this quick-moving, smart-alecky glimpse

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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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Williamstown Housing Trust Puts Questions to Habitat for Humanity
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Thursday, July 13, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday gathered information from the lone respondent to a request for proposals to develop housing on two parcels owned by the trust.   Five members of the board of Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity were at Town Hall to offer additional information to support the proposal it made to build a one-family home on Cole Avenue and one or two homes on a Summer Street parcel.   After discussing the project for a little less than an hour, the trustees decided to hold off on formally accepting the bid. Instead, Trustee Stanley Parese and Habitat board member Elisabeth Goodman — both real

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Region Hosting Variety of Classical Musical Offerings
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
08:53PM / Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It's here: the summer concert season is upon us. With programs across the region, concertgoers will have a wide range of classical music to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo piano and orchestral to opera and musical theater in concert; from chamber music to a thrilling Bach Brandenburg Concerto. 

This week I'll showcase three presenters that offer the best in chamber music, symphonic music, opera and musical theater.

Taconic Music
Ariel Rudiakov&Joana Genova-Rudiakov

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova-Rudiakov, co-founders and co-artistic directors of Taconic Music, the stimulating and innovative Manchester, Vt.-based

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Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:20PM / Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July is Independent Retailer Month. As you know, local stores bring vitality, creativity and economic growth to their communities, so it's worth celebrating those “mom and pop” shops. But they aren't the only entrepreneurs in the country – about 10 percent of workers in the United States are self-employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're thinking of joining these ranks, you may want to prepare yourself financially. 

For one thing, you may need to pay more in taxes, depending on your income. Self-employed individuals typically have to pay twice the amount in Social Security and Medicare taxes because they have to cover the

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AYJ Fund of North Adams Lead Sponsor of Cancer Conference
07:09PM / Wednesday, July 12, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The AYJ Fund of North Adams was a lead sponsor for the 2nd International Gliomatosis Cerebri Conference that was held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.    The conference in late June brought together leading physicians and researchers from Europe, Canada and leading cancer facilities from across the United States to collaborate, present research and advance the study of this rare brain cancer.   Kathy and Joe Arabia created the AYJ Fund to honor their 16-year-old daughter Anna Yan Ji Arabia, who died of gliomatosis cerebri in 2013. Upon diagnosis, the family determined it was unacceptable that there was no research being done on

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Williamstown Selectmen Approve Package Store Licenses
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Store at Five Corners, seen in this file photo, has opened once again. The Selectmen have approved sales of wine and malt beverages at the store in South Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved two new package store licenses — one on the north end of town and one at the south.   The Store at Five Corners in South Williamstown and the Express Mart at the corner of Simonds Road (Route 7) and Sand Springs Road were before the board seeking licenses to sell wine and malt beverages.   Ramesh Chaudhari addressed the board on behalf of the Express Mart, which opened a couple of months ago in a property that formerly had a gas

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Ciccolo Attorneys Seek Access to Witnesses' Identities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16PM / Tuesday, July 11, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A U.S. District Court judge will decide by early September whether to compel the government to disclose classified information to the attorneys for an Adams man accused of terrorism.   Alexander Ciccolo was in court on Tuesday for a hearing before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni on whether the government must reveal the identities of six "confidential human sources" and two "under cover employees" referenced in the government's filings in the 2-year-old case.   The government argued Tuesday that the defense has no "need to know" the classified information and it can be dealt with "in camera" as part of ex parte

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Summer Building Work Authorized at Williamstown Elementary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady introduces the School Committee to Andrew Paquette, center, and Chris Desjardins of The Management Solution of Auburn. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee last week decided to use the district's building renewal fund to address some summer maintenance issues for the 15-year-old structure.   At a special Wednesday morning meeting, three members of the five-person panel voted unanimously to approve up to $84,283 dollars for three different contractors to do roof, window and masonry work at the school, which opened in 2002.   "Some of this stuff is to be expected," Principal Joelle Brookner said.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for July
04:29PM / Monday, July 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Senator Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and his district staff will host three community outreach events during the month of July.     Hinds will convene his next Speak Up Western Mass public forum/community office hours event in Shelburne on Monday, July 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Shelburne Town Hall, located at 51 Bridge St.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, in the communities of Williamstown and Middlefield at the following locations: Williamstown Town Hall, 31 North St. Middlefield Town Hall, 188 Skyline Trail All residents

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Neal Talks Health Care In Recent Berkshire Visit
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Sunday, July 09, 2017

Neal spent time discussing various issues, though health care was the top, with reporters after announcing a grant for Fairview Hospital on Thursday. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A single payer health care policy has been picking up steam and support among Democrats locally and nationally.    It had been a key part of Bernie Sander's presidential platform. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth recently called for such a program to be considered. And Massachusetts state legislatures have put forth a bill to study on moving to one.   But U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is somewhat more reserved about bringing such a program to the federal level. He says he'd like to see Massachusetts

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Berkshire Arts & Tech Says Goodbye to Founding Director
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:32AM / Sunday, July 09, 2017

Julia Bowen, center, flanked by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Richard Alcombright on Saturday after receiving a certificate of recognition from the senator. Her husband, Brad Svrluga, is at left. ADAMS, Mass. — It's not every educational leader who gets a bridge, or two, named after them. But that's exactly how Julia Bowen will be remembered.    Bowen shepherded the Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School over the past 14 years, bridging its beginnings as a three-grade school in rented rooms to a middle and high school in its own renovated and expanded building.    Her legacy as executive director at BArT was cemented in

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