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@theMarket: Another Week of Market Volatility
By Bill Schmick,
04:29PM / Friday, June 01, 2018
As the month wound down, so did stocks. Pronouncements from Washington dominated the market's direction on a daily basis. We can expect to see that trend continue as the summer doldrums reduce liquidity and exaggerate market swings.   The adage of "sell in May," however, did not fulfill the bears' expectations this year.   Actually, the month of May has been pretty good for stocks recently. The S&P 500 Benchmark Index gained a smidge over two percent for the month this year. That's not to say those gains were easy. The stress level for those who are trying to trade this market is through the roof.   And that's because two opposing trends are


Eight Williams Seniors Win Fellowships for PostGrad Study at Cambridge
02:06PM / Friday, June 01, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University's Emmanuel College.

The eight seniors awarded the fellowship are Noah Betz-Richman, Krista Gelev, Eleanor Lustig, Jonathan Meng, Samuel Reinert, Thomas Riley, Samuel Swire and Angela Yeo.

Betz-Richman, a philosophy major from Minneapolis, Minn., will pursue a master of philosophy in history and the philosophy of science. At Williams, he was a student representative to the Philosophy department as well as a teaching assistant for the course, Philosophy 115: Personal Identity. With a Colin and Lilli Roche Student Research Program


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

Williamstown Resident Wins CPA Society Scholarship
02:01PM / Friday, June 01, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants has awarded a Williamstown student a scholarship from the MSCPA Educational Foundation.

This year, the Educational Foundation reached $1 million in scholarship dollars distributed to deserving students during the past 12 years. The students will each receive up to $2,500 to further his or her accounting education.

The mission of the MSCPA’s Educational Foundation is to inspire and support the next generation of CPAs in Massachusetts.  Fifty-one students were selected for the 2018 round of scholarships, a high-water mark for the Educational Foundation.

Suni Ton from Williamstown, currently a


Five Seniors Awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships
01:54PM / Friday, June 01, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Office of Fellowships has awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowships to five graduating seniors pursuing careers in the arts: Stephen Ai (music), Jordan Jace (poetry writing), Nicole Perez (dance), John Rodriguez (theater) and Alexandra Scarangella (art).

The Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship is a cash award established in 1940 that is granted to a member or members of the graduating class to support their continued work in the creative and performing arts. Prizes of $25,000 are awarded in the categories of writing, art, dance, theater and music.

Ai, a music and mathematics major from San Diego, Calif., will continue his study of


McCann Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian
10:39AM / Friday, June 01, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has named Aimee Louise Dowling and Daniel Joseph Gamari as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the class of 2018, according to Principal Justin Kratz.    Dowling, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Dowling, is a senior in the Business Technology Program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence and ranks first in her class with a 4.29 grade-point average. Her course of study included four Project Lead the Way courses that are above and beyond the required course load, as well AP Calculus and AP Physics and she is a member of the National

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Neal Announces $348K in NEA Funding for Local Cultural Programs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:29PM / Thursday, May 31, 2018

Victoria Beaupre tells how her experience with the Fall Festival of Shakespeare changed her personally.  LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli remembers when Lenox residents couldn't wait for the Tanglewood crowd to finally go home at the end of summer.    That was back when General Electric in Pittsfield employed 12,000 to 13,000 and the cultural attractions were more a matter of pride than the economy.    "Then General Electric and the papers mills started to cut back and go away," he said Thursday morning at Shakespeare & Company's Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. "We transformed ourselves, we pulled in


The Independent Investor: Italy's Crisis Threatens Financial Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:05PM / Thursday, May 31, 2018
A political crisis in the fourth largest economy in Europe has spilled over into the financial markets. Global stock exchanges greeted Italy's present political dysfunction by registering major declines — and the crisis may just be getting started.   Back in 2010 through 2012, readers may recall a similar eurozone calamity. Greece was at the center of that maelstrom and, at its worse, threatened the viability of the European Union and its currency, the Euro. This time around, many of the same issues are now bedeviling Italy. The country has the third largest debt load in the world after the U.S. and Japan. It still suffers from double-digit unemployment while their


Williams Athletics Program Wins Another Director's Cup
11:18AM / Thursday, May 31, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College came from 13th place in the fall and third place after the winter with a second consecutive spring season surge to win the 2018 NCAA DIII Directors' Cup.   Williams tallied 513.5 points this spring and a year ago the Ephs registered a record 630 points to come from behind to win their 20th Directors' Cup.   This year the Ephs' winning point total was 1,126.5 points (an average of 70.4 points per sport) accrued by 16 out of a possible 18 sports. Second place MIT tallied 1,001.5 points on 17 sports to finish second.   The NESCAC placed four teams in the top 10 in the final results with Middlebury placing fifth, Tufts eighth


Fairie Festival Drumming Up Enthusiasm for Annual Event
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:18PM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The reading was followed by painting colorful rocks, all part of the outreach program for the upcoming Berkshire Mountains Fairie Festival in June.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The audience was small but its members rapt as Kristen DeMeo read her book "The Garden Fairies" at the Williams Bookstore on Saturday morning.    The reading, along with some painting activity, is part of a push to get fairies front and center this spring in anticipation of the third annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival on June 16 at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds.   Gail Sellers, adorned in a woodsy tiara with butterflies, said the organization is reaching into the


Free Fun Fridays Coming Back for 10th Season
09:35AM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A record 100 cultural venues across Massachusetts will open their doors for free on Fridays this summer, marking the 10th anniversary of Free Fun Fridays, funded by the Highland Street Foundation to offer visitors no-cost access to museums, theaters, historic sites, archives and treasured collections.
Free Fun Fridays 2018 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 29 and continuing through August 31 — with 100 venues welcoming visitors in a free-of-charge public celebration of culture and history that is unprecedented outside of the national museums in Washington, D.C.
Over the course of the past decade, the Newton-based Highland Street


Pulmonary Specialist Joins BMC Physician Practice
09:31AM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Julio Miranda, a board- certified and fellowship-trained pulmonary and critical care specialist to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Miranda is accepting new patients in need of Pulmonary Care and is partnered with doctors Hafez Alsmaan, Kashif Aslam, Cynthia Callahan, Twinkle Chandak, Daniel Doyle, Michael Mortelliti and Jack Ringler, physician assistant Colleen Halvorsen Sinclair and registered nurse Rebecca Schaffrick at Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Miranda is board-certified in internal medicine, critical


Elementary, Secondary Teachers Highlighted at Williams College's Olmsted Breakfast
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 29, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As a Harvard Ph.D. in atomic physics, a fellow in the American Physical Society and, currently, interim president of arguably the nation's top liberal arts college, Tiku Majumder has accomplished a lot.   But at some level, he is still trying to satisfy his high school English teacher.   "For me, as totally a math/science kid from fairly early on, admittedly, surprisingly the teacher I think about more than any other is my high school English teacher," Majumder said Tuesday morning at the annual William College breakfast honoring recipients of the college's Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development. "Mrs. Soffer taught


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