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The Independent Investor: India's Bid for More Trade
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, September 26, 2019
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aggressively pushing for a greater share of global trade now that its neighbor to the north (China) is squabbling with the United States. In doing so, India is hoping to regain some economic momentum, kick-start employment, and reverse its slowing economy.   For those readers whose knowledge of India is limited to the next Bollywood musical, India's economy has been in the doldrums. It is still growing at a 5 percent clip, which may sound high to some, but it is at the lowest level in six years. The country's unemployment rate is presently at 8.19 percent, versus 6.27 percent last year.   Despite the poor performance of the

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'Downton Abbey': King of the Soap Operas
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:46PM / Thursday, September 26, 2019
Director Michael Engler's "Downton Abbey," a feature film continuation of the TV series that eluded me in its entirety during its very successful run, is full up with the stuff of royalty. I shouldn't laugh at the silliness of the outmoded form of government, which is truly my first inclination, big democrat that I am. But I'm reminded that I'm still counting on being invited to the coronation ball and hanging out a bit with the newly invested King Charles, should he yet ascend to the throne.   OK, OK, I still haven't written the letter. I've been putting it off for several decades, but still plan to get to it. It would explain that we are about the

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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
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DownStreet Art Caps Season on Thursday With Holden Street Music
04:15PM / Wednesday, September 25, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art, the last-Thursday-of-the-month popup program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, returns to the downtown for the last installment of the season from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26.   As always, DownStreet Art is free and open to the public.   There's always something new at each DownStreet Art so look for new gallery exhibits, Main Street storefront installations designed by local and regional artists, mural-making from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts' Kidspace, music, an Eagle Street beverage garden, a community bike tour of the city's murals, and more.   Here's

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Mount Greylock to Extend Bid Period for Fields Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Talia Cappadona, a student representative on the Phase 2 Subcommittee, and Chair John Skavlem participate in Monday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The subcommittee looking at addressing the athletic field needs at Mount Greylock Regional School decided to extend the bidding period in hopes that one or more of the three bidders can come back with a lower bottom line.   The district's Phase 2 subcommittee met Monday evening for the first time since Friday's opening of bids responding to the district's search for a contractor to install an artificial turf multipurpose playing field and make improvements to other fields to bring the district into line with

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Voices for Recovery Raising Awareness of Addiction
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, September 23, 2019

Stephen Murray speaks at Saturday's Voices for Recovery event. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stephen Murray is tired. In the past five years, the paramedic has responded to more than 100 overdoses.   "Many of my colleagues are burnt out by the constant barrage of substance-related calls," he said. "And I understand how they feel because I'm tired. ...   "I'm tired of seeing people my age die. I'm tired of seeing parents bury their children. I'm tired of seeing kids who lose their parents."   But Murray, a former addict himself, sees overdose reversals as an opportunity.   "Maybe this is rock bottom, maybe waking up and

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Williamstown Gathers Community Input on Street Lights
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Monday, September 23, 2019

Stephanie Boyd helps lead Wednesday's session. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — About two dozen residents Wednesday turned out for a forum to discuss plans to replace the town's street lighting with more energy efficient LED fixtures.   The consensus that emerged from the listening session was pretty clear: Those in attendance want to see a lighting plan that utilizes warmer temperature fixtures and reduces spillover lighting.   "More lighting is not better," Charles Fulco of the International Dark Sky Association said, speaking for many in the room. "Less lighting used properly is better."   The town is at a crossroads when it comes to how public

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Williams Men's Golf Second in Home Invitational
06:26PM / Sunday, September 22, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sam Goldenring finished at 1-under-par and tied for first place after Sunday's second round of the Williams Fall Invitational at Taconic Golf Club.   Goldenring tied Hamilton's Jack Habeeb, who carded a 2-under round of 69 in Saturday's first round.   The Ephs finished at 21-over as a team, one stroke behind team champion Babson.   MCLA placed 25th in the field.   The Trailblazers were based by Drury High graduate Nick Bator, who finished tied for 44th place at 13 over for the weekend.   Williams goes to Wayland next week for the NESCAC Qualifier.   Women's Golf SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Olivia White and Catalin Yturralde

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Williams Receiver Sets School Records in Win
05:32PM / Saturday, September 21, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Frank Stola set Williams College records by catching four touchdowns and compiling 233 yards in receiving as the Ephs beat Tufts, 44-8 on Saturday.   Bobby Maimaron completed 20 passes for 289 yards and ran for 102 yards.   Williams (1-1) hosts Bowdoin next Saturday.   Field Hockey HARTFORD, Conn. -- Claire Fitzpatrick scored in the 47th minute to give Williams a 1-0 win over Trinity.   Abby Lloyd stopped two shots to earn the win goal for Williams (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC), which hosts St. John Fisher on Sunday at noon.   Women's Soccer HARTFORD, Conn. -- Trinity's Aspen Hawkins scored in the 71st minute to give the Bantams a 2-1 win over

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'I Want You to Panic': Youths Lead Williamstown Climate Strike Event
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Saturday, September 21, 2019

Williamstown Elementary School fifth-grader Adele Low speaks about needing adults to 'step up and act now to save our planet.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The petite fourth-grader made her way up to the microphone. In a voice that belied her small frame, she explained why she took the opportunity to speak in front of the several hundred people who came out to the front steps of the Paresky Student Center at Williams College for the Williamstown Climate Strike on Friday.

"When I learned about climate change, I wanted to cry," said June, a fourth-grader at Williamstown Elementary School. "All the animals are going extinct. And it's just terrible."

Then her

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Kennealy Points to Lack of Quality Housing as Economic Threat
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:38PM / Friday, September 20, 2019

Secretary Kennealy, seen with BRPC Chairman Kyle Hanlon, was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner.  DALTON, Mass. — Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Michael Kennealy ticked off a long list initiatives of the Baker administration that included investments in broadband, education, workforce development and transportation.   And while there's still work needed in these areas, the administration is looking at what Kennealy is describing as a "major threat to the economy" statewide: Housing.   "So since 2010, we've added 300,000 people, 400,000 jobs, and less than 100,000 housing units," Kennealy told the annual dinner of

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Williamstown Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Vermont
Staff Reports,
03:38PM / Friday, September 20, 2019
READSBORO, Vt. — A Williamstown, Mass., man was seriously injured early Friday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving struck a guard rail on Route 100.    According to state police, Fran A. Rosasco, 74, was taken by medical helicopter to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center as a precaution because of the severity of the injuries to his chest, knee and shoulder.    The 2003 Harley-Davidson that Rosasco was riding is considered totaled.    A report by Trooper Colin Shepley of the Shaftsbury barracks states that Rosasco was traveling with another motorcyclist north on Route 100 when he failed to make a lefthand turn in the road. His motorcycle stayed to the

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Mount Greylock Turf Field Bids Come in Higher than Hoped
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Friday, September 20, 2019

Dan Caplinger, right, opens sealed bids as fellow committee member Al Terranova looks on. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District opened three bids Friday morning for proposed projects to improve athletic fields at the middle-high school.   All three were well above the figures targeted by the School Committee for the projects.   Clark Construction of Westfield, Mountain View Landscapes and Lawncare of Chicopee and RAD Sports of Rockland submitted bids ranging from $2.847 million to $2.984 million — an average of about $2.901 million — to install a new artificial turf playing field and make requirements to existing fields

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