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BCC, MCLA Agreement Creates Pathway to Physical Therapy Doctorate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Friday, May 11, 2018

College Presidents Ellen Kennedy of BCC and James Birge of MCLA say there are more oppurtunities for the two institutions to collaborate to make higher education more accessible to students. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The county's two public colleges are teaming up to create a pathway for physical therapy assistants to continue their education.    Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts signed an articulation agreement on Thursday that opens the opportunity for a four-year degree in health sciences with a concentration in pre-physical therapy to BCC graduates.   The health sciences and community health education were added to the

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'Tully': The Helping Hand that Rocks the Cradle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:41PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
There is a surprise twist in director Jason Reitman's "Tully," about a mom whose domestic struggles increase exponentially when she adds a third child to her already challenging brood.   Ordinarily, this wouldn't be big news. Lots of movies toss us an O. Henry in the ninth inning, some preceded by clues, others with no justification other than that they had no other way to end the thing. Y'know, when in doubt, drop the deus ex machina on 'em. But here, everything — the plot, the message, the who, what where and when — hangs on that curveball.   If nothing else, the story construction alone deserves kudos. Not because it is nifty, but because

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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

The Independent Investor: What's Up With Oil?
By Bill Schmick,
11:00AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
Two years ago, the experts were telling us that the price of oil would continue to fall. Twelve-dollar oil was a real possibility. The end of OPEC was nigh as well as their ability to influence geopolitics. It appears those predictions were premature.   The price of oil has more than doubled over that time, from roughly $30 a barrel in the spring of 2016 to over $71 a barrel today for West Texas Intermediate crude. Those same experts now expect the price could gain further, but there is no agreement on how much higher it can go.   The "swing" factor in that equation is firmly in the hands of American shale producers. They are the culprit of the past three-year decline in


Williams Women's Golf Four Back at Nationals
07:15AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The Williams College women's golf team has climbed to within four shots of first place Claremont Mudd Scripps after the third round of the four-round NCAA DIII Tournament.    The Ephs entered Thursday's day three trailing CMS by five shots.   On the day the Ephs were 23 over par and CMS was 24 over par, giving CMS a three-day total of 944 and the Ephs a score of 948. George Fox University, the top seeded team in the tourney, has crawled back into contention shooting a third round best team score of +13 and they now sit four shots behind the Ephs and eight behind CMS with a score of 952.   CMS managed to hold off the Ephs due to a


Mount Greylock Committee Presses for Guidance on OK'ing Demolition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, May 11, 2018

Laying tile in the new school addition. See more photos here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Tuesday discussed a looming decision point at which the district will have to decide whether to tear down the current middle/high school or keep it for the start of the 2018-19 school year.   Committee members gave the district's construction team a deadline of June 5, the committee's next scheduled meeting, to come with a recommendation and a realistic assessment of any potential issues that could jeopardize the availability of the school's new spaces on or about Sept. 1.   "You guys are going to have to guide us through


Mount Greylock Grad McComish Competes for Icelandic National Team
12:01PM / Thursday, May 10, 2018
RIGA, Latvia -- Mount Greylock Regional School alumnus and Bates College rising junior Benni McComish recently competed for the Icelandic National Team at the European Team Squash Championships.   McComish, a former boys soccer standout with the Mounties, went 3-2 in his matches at the tournament, where Iceland went 3-3-1, beating Estonia, Latvia and Luxembourg.   At Bates this winter, he helped the Bobcats go 12-6 and finish in third place in the Summers Cup (D Division) at the season-ending College Squash Association Men's Team Nationals.


BCAC Celebrates Collaboration at Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Thursday, May 10, 2018

BCAC Deputy Director Brian House introduces Greylock Federal Credit Union as the winner of the 'Community Hero Award.'

PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — In 2014, a coalition of Berkshire County nonprofits banded together to form the Community Connector Partnership in order to offer residents a more streamlined approach to finding services they may need in their lives.

On May 4, Berkshire Community Action Council, one of the founding members of the partnership that is now 30-plus members strong, celebrated the ideas of collaboration and community at its annual meeting at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

"It takes a holistic approach ... to help a family thrive," BCAC


Williams Women Five Strokes Back at NCAA Championships
09:03PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The Williams College women's golf team had an up and down Wednesday during the second round of the four-round NCAA Tournament and the Ephs are now in second place, five shots behind the leaders from Claremont Mudd Scripps.   CMS shot 317 today, Williams shot 322, and NYU moved into third place behind Williams by also shooting a 317 today. NYU trails Williams by five shots and Carnegie Mellon's 318 today moved them into fourth place, 11 shots off the lead and six behind the Ephs.    The Ephs and CMS were paired with their first round partners from Whitman College again today when they went off the first tee in the


BerkChique Fashion Fundraiser Returns May 11-13
02:51PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Berkshires' premier annual pop-up clothing sale and fundraiser, BerkChique!, returns for its seventh consecutive year on the weekend of Friday, May 11, through Sunday, May 13, at the West Stockbridge Historical Society, located at 9 Main St.

Since its inception in 2012, BerkChique! has donated more than $150,000 to support local nonprofits. This year the sale is being presented by and in support of WAM Theatre and its programs, with additional donations going to the Berkshire Humane Society, Community Access to the Arts and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

The annual event features new and gently used clothing and accessories in a variety of


'Show {Your School} Love Campaign and Contest’ Runs Through May 22
02:14PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this month (May 7-11), Berkshires MacKid will celebrate Berkshire County K-12 private and public schools and their teachers throughout the month of May in partnership with Realty Street, Mazzeo's Ristorante, Dalton General Store, Tyler and Pine Bakery, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, and the Pittsfield Suns.

Through May 22, individuals will be able to submit one vote per day per email address for the school of their choice online and then answer a few super quick questions to "show your school love."

The wining school will receive a luncheon in June for its staff courtesy of Realty Street, Mazzeo's Ristorante, Dalton General Store, and


Mental Health Month Marked in May
01:58PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — May is national Mental Health Month, and National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County is promoting awareness throughout the month.

The designation of May as Mental Health Month was started 69 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. This year, Mental Health Month is focused on the importance of balance in both mental and physical health, and how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, type two diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from


BMC Receives Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award
01:47PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the second year in a row, Berkshire Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

The 2018 distinction places BMC among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This is the second time in less than a month that BMC's Patient Safety record has been


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