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'Criminal' Reveals the Human Stories Behind the Crimes
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
04:03PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Podcasts about serial killers are part of the modern aural landscape, a combination of the heightened interest in true crime and the ability of anyone with a computer to create a podcast. Boasting journalistic chops and professional production, the podcast "Criminal" exists as the gold standard of the genre, not just telling stories about crime, but examining the human stories revealed through the crimes.   For the last six years, host Phoebe Judge has guided her audience through crimes in history and more recent transgressions. Sometimes they have a larger social significance, other times they bring to light curious characters. Sometimes they


'Downhill': It's all Relative
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:42PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
"Downhill," an Americanized adaptation of Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's "Force Majeure," a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, doubtlessly lost something in the translation. Indeed, this variation on a comedy-drama about a family on an Alpine ski vacation evokes a smidgen of its Continental DNA.    Yet, in taking its uncertain path to some hoped for humanistic revelation, it seems like it'd be much happier if only it could jump the tracks from classically cerebral comedy to safely domesticized farce.   Not to say that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as the marrieds with issues just bursting to unravel don't


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

Woodlands Partnership Towns Get $260K in State Funding
01:29AM / Friday, February 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The newly established Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership's grant program has received $260,000 in funding from the state to support forest stewardship, nature-based tourism and climate education.   The funds were announced last week by Gov. Charlie Baker and will build on the shared stewardship agreement signed last November between the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, the 10 of the participating municipalities and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.   Each community will receive $20,000 toward projects and programming and the FRCOG is getting $60,000 for a regional tourism assessment.   "Improving the


The Independent Investor: Can Politicians' Promises Be Believed?
By Bill Schmick,
10:08PM / Thursday, February 20, 2020
As the 2020 presidential election campaign heats up, so do the promises. Lower taxes for some, higher taxes for others, better health care, higher Social Security payments; whatever it takes to get elected seems to be on the table for now.   But most politician's promises are made to be broken. Once the candidate becomes the president, reality sets in and the blame game starts. "The House is against me." "The Senate won't cooperate." "The deficit is too large." "Spending is out of control."    The list of excuses goes on and on.   Truth be told, Donald Trump has come the closest to fulfilling at least some of his promises.


Williams Inn Combines Food & Brew for Youth Center Benefit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:00PM / Thursday, February 20, 2020

David Fields of Wormtown delivers a draft at the brewery's 'takeover' of the Barn on Jan. 29. Patrons got to try the beer and some of the food pairing from chef Kevin DeMarco. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interest in craft brewing has been inspiring menus that reflect the unique tones of these ales, lagers and stouts.    We're not talking hot dogs and backyard barbecues — although there's certainly nothing wrong with that — but rather pairings akin to popular wine dinners at which both food and beverage are matched to complement and enhance each other.   Think crab cakes, Korean BBQ, cheddar cheese fondue and chocolate layer


Clark Art Board of Trustees Chooses New Chair
11:06AM / Thursday, February 20, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eric L. Cochran was recently selected to serve as the next chair of the Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute, effective May 9, 2020.

Cochran succeeds O. Andreas Halvorsen, who has served for six years in the leadership role. Robert G. Scott, the vice chair of the clark's board, will continue to serve in his current position.

Cochran is a partner in the New York office of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He holds a bachelor's degree from Williams College (1982) and a master's degree (1984) and juris doctor (1986) from New York University.

"Serving as the


CHP Names New Physician to Berkshire Pediatrics
10:50AM / Thursday, February 20, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Dr. Janice Pride-Boone has joined CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield, with a special interest in pediatric obesity.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1981 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Pride-Boone most recently worked as locum tenens physician with the Indian Health Service in Albuquerque, N.M., and at pediatric practices in Plattsburgh and Brooklyn.

From 1985-1995, Pride-Boone practiced pediatrics in the Albany, N.Y., area, including at Whitney M. Young Community Health Center, where she established a pediatric obesity program.

In 2003, with her particular interest in pediatric obesity, Pride-Boone founded Strong Me! Weight Management Program,


Williamstown Needs Candidates for May's Town Election
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, February 20, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As of midday Tuesday, candidates have taken out papers for six of the eight elected postitions that will be on the ballot at the May 12 town election.   Both incumbents on the Select Board, Andrew Hogeland and Hugh Daley, have taken out papers for another three-year term on the body, Town Clerk Mary Kennedy said on Tuesday.   So far, Hogeland is the only candidate who has returned his completed nomination papers.   In addition to those two slots, voters will be asked elect three members of the Housing Authority, two members of the David and Joyce Milne Public Library Board of Trustees, and one member of the Planning Board.   Kennedy said


Mount Greylock Likely to Stay with Winter/Spring Vacation Weeks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Wednesday, February 19, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It likely will be at least another year before the Mount Greylock Regional School District considers a move away from the traditional February and April vacation schedule.   And it looks like a switch to a single week off in March may not be in the cards at all.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady last week presented a tentative 2020-21 academic calendar to the School Committee for its consideration. As drafted, the calendar would stick to the familiar practice of a week off starting with the Presidents Day holiday in February and another commencing with Patriots Day in April.   The committee has in the past discussed whether it made sense to switch


College Notes: January & February 2020
04:19PM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hannah King of Pittsfield. Seniors in the Lasell University Honors program shared self-designed research components with the Newton campus community at a recent showcase, including two local students.   Allison Wheeler of Adams shared "Plastic Planet: Combating Global Pollution Through Politics and Personal Accountability."    "Plastic bag bans are being instituted across the state, the country, and the world, and the grocery store I work at is located in a city with a plastic bag ban," she said. "As an environmental studies student, I am always asking myself, 'How do you influence the average person to adapt


Letter: Quit Smoking for Heart Health
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020

To the Editor:

February is American Heart Month — a great time to quit vaping, smoking or other tobacco products.

Smoking can lead to narrowing blood vessels and high blood pressure and it is a leading cause of heart disease. Vaping is still fairly new and less is known about its effect on the heart. However, the American Heart Association reports that two new studies find that vaping may be just as dangerous by increasing heart disease risk factors.

So, for American Heart Month, make a resolution for a healthier life for you and your family. If you vape, smoke or use other tobacco products, quitting is the most important step you can take to protect your health.

If you want to quit


Biz Briefs: Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Hosts Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week
11:54AM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week

Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has announced Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week, a seven-day promotion running March 1-7. During Restaurant Week, 13 participating restaurants will serve a lunch or dinner pre-fixe for $20.20 or another amount ending with $.20 (tax and gratuity not included).

The goal of Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week is to highlight the numerous and diverse dining options of downtown Pittsfield and to help boost business during what is typically a slower time of the year for restaurants. DPI encourages residents to support their downtown favorites or try somewhere new. Participating restaurants include: Dottie's Coffee Lounge, Eat on


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