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'Bohemian Rhapsody': Fate, Free-Will and Rock 'n' Roll
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:32PM / Friday, November 09, 2018
I once knew a rock band, The Original Kounts, and, because lead singer Howard "Richard" Tepp was my best friend, I was sort of the manager for a while sometime in the late 1960s. That was before Bob Crewe's Larry Brown ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon") walked into Newark, N.J.'s Indian Pizzeria and heard Howie singing to the jukebox. I think I was eating a tuna sub. Well, before you could say rock star, Howie became Richard of Richard and The Young Lions, had a number one hit in Cleveland, Detroit and D.C. with his single, "Open up Your Door" and, as the apocrypha goes, might have also had a career-propelling hit in NYC were it not for the DJ strike.   No


Clarksburg Board-Gaming Event to Benefit Soldier On
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

A Red Sox baseball signed by Mitch Moreland will be raffled off on Saturday.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School's gym will be filled on Saturday with tables full of gaming enthusiasts trying to win their way through numerous board games.    The second annual "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragon" event hopes to match or succeed last year's benefit for homeless veterans that netted $2,500.   The event begins at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school on West Cross Road. Admission is free.    "We're trying to raise awareness of the issue of homeless veterans in Berkshire County," said teacher Michael Little who helping organize the


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

Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:01PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12, as a state and federal holiday.

This year's observance marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the

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Williams Professor Named Math Society Fellow
02:56PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Steven J. Miller, professor of mathematics at Williams College, has been named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for his contributions to number theory and service to the mathematical community, particularly in support of mentoring undergraduate research.

Miller is one of 65 mathematical scientists from around the world to have been named fellows of the AMS for 2019, the program's seventh year.

"This year's class of AMS Fellows has been selected from a large and deep pool of superb candidates," AMS President Kenneth A. Ribet said. "It is my pleasure and honor as AMS President to congratulate the new Fellows for their


Wahconah Alum, Olympic Team Coach, Addresses Student Assembly
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, November 09, 2018

Matt Whitcomb's Wahconah teammate Tom Keefe introduces him at Thursday's assembly.   DALTON, Mass. — One in a long line of successful Wahconah Regional High School athletes was back at the school Thursday to tell the student body to relish their failures.   "Surround yourself in strength," was the theme of Matt Whitcomb, a state high school champion, 1996 Wahconah grad and, more recently, coach on the U.S. Women's Cross Country Ski team that won the nation's first-ever Nordic gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games.   Whitcomb told the students that no matter what they were doing — whether athletics, academics or some other pursuit


Albert Honored With Superintendent Award at Mount Greylock
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, November 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Whether it be sports, academics, and giving back, Maddison "Maddie" Albert is a leader.   That's the Mount Greylock Regional School senior was awarded the Superintendent's Certificate of Excellence on Thursday evening. The annual award from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents is given to the top student in the senior class at high schools throughout the state.   "The superintendent's association essentially developed the expectations that it is a student at the very top echelon of the senior class who has contributed substantially to the life of the school. Maddie is such a perfect candidate for this,"


Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Celebrates 30 Years
10:58PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare will bring hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. 

Beginning on Nov. 15, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the nine-week program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties. During the program, students explore creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare as they create a 90-minute fully-produced performance to be shared with their neighboring communities. 

The weekend before, Nov. 8-11, the high schools will stage


The Independent Investor: Mid-Term Results Take Investor Focus Off Washington
By Bill Schmick,
04:33PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
True to form, the opposition party regained control of the House, while the ruling party, in this case the GOP, retained control of the Senate. If history is any guide, this means that little in the way of legislation will be coming out of Congress for the next two years.   In the past, investors and the stock market alike did better than you might expect under this kind of political paralysis. That's because financial markets abhor the unknown. Given the unpredictability of politics and legislation, investors are far more content with inaction than action, unless of course, those actions are favorable to the markets or the economy.   Take for example, the tax cut of 2018.


BCC, MCLA Align Community Health Programs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, November 08, 2018

Nicole Porther from MCLA said the need for trained community health professionals is growing as the population ages. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the population ages, there is a burgeoning need for community health educators.   Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts have recognized that need and on Tuesday signed an articulation agreement to start training those professionals.   "There are career opportunities which are so critical to well-paid positions doing work people love. We are particularly proud of getting our side of this launch and being able to align it so well with what is happening at MCLA," said BCC President Ellen


State Allocates $150K To Berkshires For Overflow Sheltering This Winter
Staff Reports,
01:35AM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has allocated $150,000 to provide addition shelters for those in need this winter.   The Department of Housing and Community Development is providing the funds to ServiceNet to provide overflow sheltering. ServiceNet will subcontract with other organizations in the county including Soldier On in Pittsfield, Construct in Great Barrington, and the Lousison House in North Adams to serve the homeless population this winter.   "It is welcome news that the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development will continue to provide funding for the Winter Overflow Homeless Shelter beds. The continued support of DHCD, the Berkshire


Leaving Your Job? What Should You Do With Your 401(k)?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:37PM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018

You've got a powerful retirement savings vehicle in your 401(k) plan, which offers various investment options and the chance to accumulate tax-deferred earnings. But if you leave your job before you retire, what should you do with your 401(k)?

You have several choices — and it’s important that you understand them, because your decision can greatly affect the resources you’ll ultimately have available during your retirement years. Here are the main options for dealing with your 401(k) from a previous employer:

* You could leave the money in the company's plan. Not all companies offer this option, but many do. If you like the investment choices available in your


The Twists and Turns of the District Attorney's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Andrea Harrington and her family the night of the primary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was Thursday, March 1, 2018, when the body of a woman was found in a nearby wooded area. Hours later, District Attorney David Capeless sent a notice to media outlets that he had a "major announcement."   Television stations on the scene where the body was found quickly went to air telling the public that a major announcement was pending.   The media advisory didn't say much but given the timing, it was assumed by many that Capeless would release information regarding the homicide and many in the public were glued to social media waiting to see if it was the body of a woman


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