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The Independent Investor: Pay Gap for Women Is Growing
By Bill Schmick,
07:22PM / Thursday, January 17, 2019
If Citigroup, one of the world's largest banks, is any indication, women earn 29 percent less than their male counterparts. It also revealed that only 37 percent of its managerial jobs were held by females.   Wall Street has long been known as "the last bastion" for white males. But to Citigroup's credit, it just made public its internal assessment of the existing pay gap between the genders. One reason it did so was the new disclosure standards that are now required in the United Kingdom since last April.   Last year, when Citigroup first reported these numbers for its U.K. workforce, women were paid 44 percent less, and if bonuses were counted, the gap widened


Williamstown Encourages Short-Term Rental Owners to Register with State
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Thursday, January 17, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town officials agree that they need to take no action at the local level in response to the commonwealth's new law on short-term rentals.   But they are urging local homeowners to register their properties with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.   Late last year, in response to the explosion in short-term rentals because of the success of online services like Airbnb and VRBO, the Legislature passed a regulatory regime that was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.   Among other things, it makes short-term rentals subject to the same rooms and meals tax paid by hotels and motels.   "If you're under 14 cumulative nights [per

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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

Amherst Men's Basketball Team Spoils Williams' Perfect Season
10:33PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
AMHERST, Mass. -- Fru Che scored with eight seconds left to give the Amherst men's basketball team a 63-62 win over Williams on Wednesday night.   Che scored 11, one of four Mammoths in double figures as Amherst handed Williams its first loss of the season.   Bobby Casey scored a game-high 19 points for Williams, which shot just 36 percent from the field.   The Ephs (15-1, 4-0) host Middlebury on Saturday afternoon.   Williams and Amherst will meet in their NESCAC contest in Williamstown on Feb. 8.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Madeline Eck scored 19 points to lead Amherst to a 65-54 win over Williams.   Maggie Meehan scored 18, and Gabby


Biz Briefs: Balance Rock Investment Group Celebrates 20 Years With Move
02:01PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Happy anniversary

Balance Rock Investment Group closed out 2018 with after celebrating the firm's 20th anniversary and move to its new office space on South Street in Pittsfield. Formerly known as Colt Investment Services, Balance Rock Investment Group was founded by David Milligan in 1998. Specializing in developing retirement income strategies built on the best interests of each client and designed to promote clarity across all chapters of life, the firm’s personalized approach has attributed to its 20 years of growth and success.

In early 2011, in conjunction with its rebranding, Balance Rock Investment Group moved to new offices on Elm Street. Since that time, the firm's


What's Keeping You From Protecting Your Family's Future?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:08PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Think about your loved ones. What will their future be like? Can you picture them living in your house many years from now? Can you picture your children going to college? Can you picture your spouse or partner enjoying a comfortable retirement? These are all pleasant visions – but what if you weren't in these pictures?

If you were no longer around, you would leave a gaping hole in the lives of your survivors. The emotional element would be tough enough, but the financial aspect – the permanent loss of your income – could be devastating to all the hopes you have had for your family members. Fortunately, you can help prevent this 'worst-case" scenario from


Baseball in the Berkshires Museum Offers Red Sox,Yankees Items this Weekend
12:57PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass, -- The Yankee-Red Sox rivalry continues this weekend at the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall.   Long-time Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and  Yankee Troy Tulowitzki bats will be on display this weekend. These bats are exact replicas of the bats that these two All-Stars use.   Touch, hold and get your picture taken with these the bats.   The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.


Mount Greylock Grad Barrett Earns Regional Honor at Westfield State
11:25AM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Westfield State senior guard Lucy Barrett (Mt. Greylock/Williamstown, Mass.) Tuesday added New England Women's Basketball Association weekly honor roll honors to her resume after picking up the MASCAC Player of the Week award on Monday.    Barrett averaged 27.5 points, six rebounds, 4.5 steals, and shot 51.4 percent (19-for-37) from the floor in a 2-0 week for the Owls. She scored a game-high 31 points on 9-18 shooting from the floor and a perfect 10-10 at the line to propel the Owls past #25 Middlebury, handing the Pathers their first loss of the season.   Barrett connected on 10 of 19 shots from the floor and 3-for-7 from downtown while scoring a


College Notes: January & February 2019
04:53PM / Monday, January 14, 2019
Sports management majors Rachael Donahue of Pittsfield and Jacqueline Lemaire of North Adams were among 10 students from the Western New England University School of Business who spent part of their winter session in Australia. They are the first cohort to participate in the college's "J-Term" program of academic study and cultural experiences.   The students arrived in Sydney in time to take in the New Year's celebrations, including the spectacular fireworks atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and returned to Springfield for the start of the spring semester on Jan. 14. The two-week course, "International Business in Asia Pacific," was delivered through


Auditor Makes Recommendations to the District Attorney's Office
04:06PM / Monday, January 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An audit of the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office released Monday found that improvements were needed to the office's internal controls and recording of forfeited funds.     The audit covers the period from July 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018, and was requested by former District Attorney Paul Caccaviello shortly after his March 2018 appointment.   "As Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington takes the reins of the office, I encourage her to use this audit as a roadmap for improvement," State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said in a statement. "The recommendations in this audit will ensure the office


Berkshires Beat: Mt. Everett Students Join Dance Exchange Program in India
01:23PM / Monday, January 14, 2019
International experience

As part of the World Education Alliance program, five Mt. Everett students traveled to India in the fall, joining a group of 29 students from around the world. At the start of this academic year, the Keswick Public School in Madurai hosted Dance Mela, a workshop and dance performance that brought together international youth to learn Indian dance and experience Indian culture.  

Produced by Chris Graham, station manager of CTSB, a short video detailing the performance and workshop is now available online on the Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) website or on Vimeo. A documentary sharing the full story of the Mt. Everett student experience in


Williamstown Package Store Keeps Customers Coming Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, January 14, 2019

Gold Leaf is coming up on its first anniversary after a successful year in Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Family-owned Gold Leaf package store wants to keep it personal and supply its customers with exactly what they want.   "It is a family business and we want this to be personal. People who walk through the door know who we are what we have to offer and they know if they want something we can get it," owner Reena Sharma said. "A lot of the stuff you see is what people have recommended. We started off with two racks."   Manager and husband Sanjay Sharma agreed and pointed to the wall of various wines and beers in the Colonial Plaza package

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Williams' BioEYES Program Expanding to Six More Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Monday, January 14, 2019

Brayton third-graders look at zebrafish hearts through a microscope. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For 10 years, North County elementary students have been learning about how zebrafish populations multiply and grow through the BioEYES science program.   This year, the program itself is multiplying with plans to go into more than twice as many schools throughout the region.   BioEYES, a curriculum developed by the University of Pennsylvania, has been used for a decade by Williams College professor Martha Marvin and Williams students to teach about genetics and basic biology in third- and fourth-grade classrooms.   The outreach started modestly, with Marvin and a single


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