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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Community College Hosts Annual 40 Under Forty Awards
01:35PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
40 Under Forty
This year's awards ceremony will be held Thursday, March 29.

Berkshire Community College, in partnership with 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Eagle, is hosting the third annual Berkshire County 40 Under Forty Awards. The event aims to recognize outstanding young professionals who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. The event, taking place on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m., will be held at Berkshire Plaza Hotel.

The selection process again this year for winners was competitive and nomination driven. Nominees needed to demonstrate a commitment to business success, personal growth and community involvement. The judging panel was made up of


Berkshires Beat: NAMI Berkshire County Raises $15,000 at Cupcake Wars
01:02PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
Cupcake Wars

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County raised approximately $15,000 at its fourth annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Feb. 1, 250 in attendance. The event began with an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO of Pittsfield. Following dinner, three judges sampled the unique confections prepared by the following bakers and bakeries vying for the best cupcake in various categories: Gould Farm; Linda's Pastries; Berkshire Pathways, a Program of Viability; Simply Sweet; Gimme Some Sugar; Sarah's Cheesecakes & Cafe; and Jennifer's Cookies, Cupcakes & Confections.

The winners were:

People's Choice: Simply


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

Democratic Candidates For Governor Share Views at Pittsfield Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, March 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three Democratic candidates all believe that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker can be beat in the fall.    It is just a matter of which one of them will be on the ballot against him.   Will it be former Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Jay Gonzalez, or author and activist Bob Massie?   "There is a not a single issue where the majority of people feel he is doing a good job," Gonzalez said of Baker.   Polls have constantly shown Baker as being a very popular governor. But, the Democrats say when it comes to the issues, the Republican is just


New Williams College Science Building to Look Like One It's Replacing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Monday, March 26, 2018

The late Dagmar Bubriski's 42 Hoxsey St. home will be razed to make way for the new building unless someone comes forward to move it. The Bronfman Science Center can be seen behind it. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Meet the new Bronfman. Same as the old Bronfman.   That was the message to the Zoning Board of Appeals when Williams College presented final plans for the north building of the college's new science center on Hoxsey Street.   With the south building nearly complete, the college last week obtained final approval from the town for changes to its permit for the north building, which will replace the current Bronfman Science Center, where demolition is set to

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Williams Women's Swim Team Third at NCAAs
08:27PM / Sunday, March 25, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The final day of the 2018 NCAA Div. III championships was much like the first three days for the Williams College women's swimming and diving team — a lot of very good performances and one last national champion.   The Ephs were just that consistent over their time at the Indiana University Natatorium. They were rewarded for that consistent greatness with a third place team finish. Williams finished with 412 points, 27 better than fourth-place Denison. The final night of championships saw first year Laura Westphal win another with a great swim in the mile, senior Emma Waddell grab another second-place finish, Caroline White take home a second-place


Williamstown Fire District Eyes Raise for Firefighters
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:55PM / Sunday, March 25, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee that governs the town's fire district is aiming to give firefighters a 13 percent raise in recognition of their efforts and in hopes the department might attract some more men and women to the call-volunteer service.   On Wednesday afternoon, the three-person Prudential Committee met to begin building the budget request it plans to send to the district's voters on May 22.   Chairman John Notsley recommended — and his colleagues agreed — that the district give firefighters a bump from $16.80 per hour to $19 per hour.   "That's a fairly hefty increase, but the fact remains these are trained emergency


Williams Softball Rebounds from First Loss
06:13PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. — Rebecca Duncan made sure the Williams College softball team bounced back from its first loss of the season Saturday, throwing a three-hit shutout at Loras College as Williams finished with a split on the day with a 5-0 victory.   The Ephs are now 9-1 on the season. They play St. Thomas at 9 a.m. Sunday and follow that up with an 11:30 first pitch against Luther College.    Williams saw its eight-game win streak to start the season end with a sloppy 5-4 loss to Wisconsin-Superior in the first game Saturday. But Duncan was on point in the second contest of the day, allowing just three hits and one walk over a complete seven-inning effort in which she


Williamstown Elementary Sixth-Graders Win Berkshire Robotics Challenge
05:23PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

The team from St. Mary's School in Lee was called 'Anything But Last.' The team did not come in last in Saturday's Robotics Challenge.

LENOX, Mass. — A team of sixth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School won the 19th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Saturday.

Noelle Dravis, Julia Goh and Grace Winters took turns guiding the team’s Lego robot through seven rounds of competition, capped by a dramatic 110-100 win in the finals over the runner-up from the Berkshire Christian Homeschool group.

Lila Cohen-McFall, Emma Kate Hane and Emma Swoap also participated on the winning team, dubbed WES LegoHeads II, which


@theMarket: Trump's Trade Wars Sink Markets
By Bill Schmick,
08:55AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
World markets declined again this week. Despite world condemnation, which included most of America's economists and corporations, Donald Trump unilaterally forged ahead in implementing his own brand of protectionism. Investors fear the consequences.   While tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are still being negotiated, the president has upped the ante and is now pursuing China. The United States has long accused China of stealing our intellectual property. The Chinese, of course, have denied that and so, for years the discussions went round and round — until now.   On Thursday, our president announced his intention to slap $60 billion of tariffs on 1,300 product


Citizens with Disabilities & Their Families Share Their Stories
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Jane Ryder speaks at Friday's legislative breakfast.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elected officials from throughout the county Friday morning were at Berkshire Hills Country Club to enjoy the 18th annual Berkshire Disabilities legislative breakfast.   And they heard how any breakfast — or any meal — can be a challenge for some of their constituents.   "I was speaking with [United Cerebral Palsy's] Louise Norton in the assistive technology department one day, and she told me, 'Well, Jennifer, this is where I come in. I can help you to be able to communicate with [your daughter] and she

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Williams Women's Tennis Improves to 5-0
08:59PM / Friday, March 23, 2018
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The second ranked Williams College women's tennis team (5-0) defeated the No. 10 University of Chicago Maroons (10-3), 9-0, Friday morning.   Chicago entered off an upset 5-4 win over No. 7 Bowdoin the day before, but the Ephs came out on fire and took control early. Williams quickly won at first and second doubles and then with an 8-5 win at No. 3 by Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio and Emily Zheng, the Ephs took a 3-0 lead into singles.   The Ephs recorded five straight set wins in singles: Rachel Cross at No. 2, Leah Bush at No. 3, Chloe Henderson at No. 4, Mi Gancayco at No. 5 and Julia Cancio at No. 6.   Only Juli Raventos at first singles went


Williams Senior Named Watson Fellow
01:44PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Rob Hefferon has been named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow for 2017-18. Winners of the fellowship receive a stipend of $30,000 for 12 months of independent study and travel outside of the United States.

Hefferon joins 39 other students selected as Watson Fellows from among 152 finalists nominated to compete on the national level. The fellows, who hail from eight countries and 17 states and are selected from private liberal arts colleges and universities, will travel the world exploring a diverse range of topics and disciplines.

Hefferon, a Spanish and political science major from McLean, Va., will use his fellowship to pursue a project


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