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New North Adams Eatery Features Salad Bowls, Specialty Coffees
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Friday, August 03, 2018

Laurel Emery prepares the base for the salad bowl in a biodegradable container. The restaurant seats about 40 and offers eat in or takeout. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Five days in, manager Laurel Emery is confident that Bowlin' on the River will be a success.    "I can tell we're doing well because we have repeat customers already," she laughed.    The restaurant, located in the former Brewhaha space on Marshall Street, opened for business last Friday. Right now, it's open from 11 to 4 seven days a week and offers n build-your-own salads, beverages and specialty coffees, including a nitro cold-brew, although Emery says it plans to expand in

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Williamstown Sets Tax Rate for Fiscal 2019
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Friday, August 03, 2018

Assessor Bill Barkin testifies at Monday's tax classification hearing. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday set a tax rate for fiscal 2019 that is $18.58 per $1,000 of property value. That is up just 8 cents from last year and represents an 11-cent increase on the town side and a 3-cent decrease in the Fire District portion.   The board met jointly on Monday with the Prudential Committee, which oversees the Fire District, to hold its annual tax classification hearing. As has been the town's practice, both bodies agreed to continue with a unified tax rate instead of shifting more of the burden onto commercial properties.   Assessor William Barkin

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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,

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The Independent Investor: The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market
By Bill Schmick,
04:44PM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
There was a time, back in the late Nineties, that publicly-traded stocks were the envy of all companies, great and small. But times have changed, and since then the number of public companies have fallen by 50 percent.   You might have missed that trend, however. That's because the market capitalization of equities has been increasing for a decade. This year the market cap of the U.S. stock market hit a record $32.2 trillion. Globally, the World Bank estimates stock market capitalization is above $80 trillion. The largest contributor to this trend has been the large increases in stock prices.   Bottom line: investors are simply bidding up the prices of existing stocks in an

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Williamstown Select Board Opts to Wait on Trails Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:03AM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the Select Board and the town manager Monday disagreed slightly on whether the town may need a new committee to monitor hiking trails and whether the board has the authority to create one.   The conversation was started by a proposal former Conservation Commission member Robert Hatton brought to the board earlier this summer for a new committee that would be responsible for making sure trails are maintained throughout the town.   The Select Board took no action on that idea at its July 9 meeting. At a subsequent meeting of the Conservation Commission, that body voted to send a letter to the Select Board recommending "a Trails Committee

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District Attorney Candidates Display Differences in Lengthy Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, August 02, 2018

Andrea Harrington promised to be a leader who inspires others to address the issues. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Judith Knight says she has "shown you what I am."   On Wednesday night, the candidate for district attorney boasted of some 30 years of work in the community. She stood as a defense attorney more than a dozen years ago for teenagers for whom she believed were inappropriately getting the book thrown at them from former District Attorney David Capeless for selling marijuana.   When those from the West Side neighborhood felt the same injustice was being served on young woman in 2007, Knight showed up again. In 2008, there was a similar call. In 2012, after a

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Berkshire YMCA Seeks Nominations for 'Changing Lives After 55' Awards
02:01AM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Family YMCA's inaugural Changing Lives After 55 awards will celebrate and recognize community members over the age of 55 who have made significant contributions and achievements in Berkshire County.    Local financial management firm, Berkshire Money Management, has signed on as the event's title sponsor; iBerkshires.com is one of the media sponsors along with The Berkshire Eagle.   The awards night, slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Berkshire Money Management in the historic Model Farm, the former Crane & Co. Mansion in Dalton, will salute honorees in the areas of Education, Arts and Culture, Business,

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Emergency Responders Drill for Evacuation, Shelter Operation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:52PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Thomas Grady of the Berkshire County sheriff's office addresses the drill participants on Wednesday morning.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency responders from throughout North County were at the St. Elizabeth's Parish Center on Wednesday and hoping that their next visit will not be any time soon.   The police, fire, and ambulance personnel were on hand to take part in an evacuation and emergency shelter simulation organized by the county's Regional Emergency Planning Committee.   Although they wore different uniforms with various insignia from their hometown agencies or municipalities, the emergency personnel in the room shared a common mission: keeping

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Wonderful Week on Tap in the Berkshires
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
02:26PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Pat Metheny will perform at the Mahaiwe.

The first week in August brings great jazz and pop music to the Berkshires. Guitarist Pat Metheny, the pop group Blondie and a live production by the Barrington Stage presage a wonderful week.

 

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The charming theater in the heart of Great Barrington will be alive with the jazz of iconic guitarist Pat Metheny on Thursday, Aug. 2. Metheny headlines a show that will also include his drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and keyboardist Gwilym Simcock.

Metheny does not just appeal to jazz purists. His music is wide-reaching enough to be enjoyed by even the most casual pops fan. This is a don't-miss. For more

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
02:01PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

With the arrival of August, we are at the mid-point – the height of the classical music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer an enthralling mix of large-scale, powerful and melodic symphonies by Sibelius and Prokofiev, as well as beloved piano with orchestra works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff. The week's highlight, on Aug. 7, will be the all-day "Tanglewood on Parade" events. Read below for the details.

Devotées of solo piano music should consider attending the brilliant pianist Lynelle James' solo recital, featuring works of Mozart, Liszt, Chopin and Nicolai Roslavets (1881-1944) on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Sevenars Academy in South Worthington,

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Consider These Financial Tips for Single Women
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:26PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

If you're a single woman, most of your financial challenges and aspirations may resemble those of single men. Men and women face the same economic stress factors of modern life, and both groups have similar financial goals, such as the ability to retire comfortably. But women still face specific obstacles. You need to be aware of these challenges – and do everything you can to overcome them.

For example, women still face a wage gap. In 2017, women earned 82 percent of what men earned, according to the Pew Research Center. However, the wage gap narrows among younger workers, and may even disappear for highly educated women, especially those in the STEM fields – science,

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Berkshire District Attorney Candidates Field Questions at Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Paul Caccaviello, the incumbent, is facing off against challengers Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington in the September primary that will decide the next district attorney. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three candidates for district attorney stuck to their talking points on Tuesday during a fast-paced forum sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women Voters.    Paul Caccaviello, Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington sought to impress the audience of at least 100 with their experience and progressive bona fides during the hourlong program in the Paresky Center auditorium on the Williams College campus. The session moderated by Kathy Campbell, a member of Amherst League of

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20th Annual Monument Cup Welcoming Teams
10:31PM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Monument Cup Soccer Committee is again hosting a 3-on-3 soccer tournament for youth players in the U10, U12 & U14 age groups, in both boys and girls divisions on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Each team of three to four players is guaranteed at least three matches, with the top four teams in each division advancing to the semifinals.   The finals for each division will be played under the lights.   The entry fee is $80 per team before Aug. 15, $100 per team if submitted after. Each division is limited to 16 teams, so apply early. Teams from around the region are expected.   For more information and/or

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