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@the Market: Second Quarter Earnings on Deck
By Bill Schmick,
07:53PM / Sunday, June 28, 2015

Next week we get to do it all over again. The second quarter ends in three days and investors will begin to focus on company results once again. The first quarter was nothing to write home about and the second quarter may be more of the same.

The final revision of first quarter GDP resulted in a contraction of minus-0.02 percent, which was less than the minus-0.07 percent decline that was originally reported. The culprits: bad weather, the West Coast port disruptions, a decline in energy spending and a strong dollar. Over the second quarter some of these negatives should begin to dissipate.

Weather has taken care of itself. The ports are back to business, although the logjam that was


The Independent Investor: Tiny Houses Gain Appeal
By Bill Schmick,
05:01PM / Saturday, June 27, 2015

In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre.

For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space dramatically.

The typical American house is around 2,600 square feet. Until recently, builders were taking the "barbell approach" by building bigger and bigger homes at one extreme and smaller and smaller apartments on the other. This trend, I suspect, largely reflected the growing disparity toward higher income inequality in this country. The rich, builders reasoned, wanted and could afford the sprawling


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 Mom Review: Fairy Tales Come True at Jacob's Pillow
By Rebecca Dravis,
12:23PM / Friday, June 26, 2015

The stepsisters, far right, stole the show at 'Cinderella.'

BECKET, Mass. — One of the most amazing things about the New York Theatre Ballet's production of "Cinderella" was revealed after the show during a post-show question-and-answer session at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival on Thursday evening.

In a response to an audience question about the company's outreach in New York City Schools, founder and artistic director Diana Byer explained that the company had expanded a program that took children living in homeless shelters and introduced them to dance for two weeks to a scholarship program for children with talent and passion for


Mount Greylock Building Committee Adds Renovation Option
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:43AM / Friday, June 26, 2015
Mount Greylock School Building Committee checks out the basement of MCLA's Murdock Hall, part of a tour of the building. The committee's architects, Design Partnership of Cambridge, did the renovation of the historic building. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday decided to add another renovation option to the two already being analyzed by architect Design Partnership of Cambridge.   At its most recent meeting, the committee moved forward two addition/renovation plans and one new building design, the minimum required at this stage of the Massachusetts School Building Authority's feasibility study.   But on Thursday,


'Inside Out': Out and Out Insightful
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:41PM / Thursday, June 25, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Walt Disney Studios We're feeling really good about Pixar's latest production that follows the anthropormophized antics of real emotions.

Directors Peter Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen's "Inside Out," an animated delight about the human psyche, sublimely bridges the parent-child gap and manages to be fully entertaining on several wonderfully perceptive levels.

It is that rare breed of cinema that, without kowtowing compromise, plays to all groups along the age spectrum. Tapping into heartwarming wisdom and proffering universal truths, it's charmingly indiscernible as


Berkshire Mountaineers Head to AAU Nationals
By Shannon Boyer, Sports
02:02PM / Thursday, June 25, 2015
“All joking aside” seems to be the perfect idiom for the 11th grade Berkshire Mountaineers girls AAU team in the 2015 season.   After winning the Massachusetts Division 3 State Championship, they proved that it was no joke and that a trip to Nationals in Florida was in order for planning.   “Jon [Frederick] and I had an ongoing joke with the girls that if we won this tournament we would go to Florida and play in the national tournament,” head coach Frank Field said. “Well, I thought it was just a joke until about 60 seconds after the finals match and one of the girls came up to us and said ‘Okay, let’s start planning our trip to


Williamstown Housing Trust OKs Three Grant Applications
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, June 25, 2015
Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Richard DeMayo conducts Wednesday's meeting with Trustee Ruth Harrison. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday evening approved three new grants under its Mortgage Assistance Program.   The grants of $15,000 each will help two first-time homebuyers and one family displaced by the loss of a job at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, according to the senior vice president of Adams Community Bank who presented the applications to the board.   "I'm pleased to see that in response to the question, 'Would this loan be possible without the grant funds,' the answer is 'No,' "


North County Bids Farewell to NBCC Leader Bashevkin
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:45PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NBCC's outgoing founder Alan Bashevkin was surprised at his farewell party with Red Sox paraphernalia and that the Sox were retiring his number (which really wasn't true.) See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's been a series of goodbyes for Alan Bashevkin.

The founder and longtime leader of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition announced in March that he was stepping down after 29 years "to try something different."

Community and agency officials have taken notice: the state Department of Public Health awarded him the 2015 Commissioners Leadership Award in April, he said his goodbyes at the annual NBCC meeting last week and on Friday was

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The Classical Beat: Tanglewood Defines Summer Music in the Berkshires
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tanglewood in Lenox has a variety of opening week events.

For many music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres.

Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony’s websites, or for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

During the opening week’s events, from Thursday, June 25, through Wednesday, July 1, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their celebratory 75th Music Festival with a sampling

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Berkshire Museum Awarded Grant For Playground Equipment System
12:20PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr Pepper Snapple and national nonprofit KaBOOM! have awarded the Berkshire Museum a $13,200 Let’s Play Improvement Grant to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart, an innovative playground equipment system.

The grant, which will allow the Berkshire Museum to install the system at the museum, is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. Imagination Playground in a Cart is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination

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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, owner of Neathawk Signs and Design, to create a 3D sign for the business.

Neathawk installed the sign late Monday afternoon that features multicolored hand prints from the children as the leaves of a tree poking out of the top. Underneath the name and address "a place to grow" is written. The children's hand prints were taken at the school and Neathawk then scanned them into her design programs to create the sign.


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Grand Tradition Concert 2011
by Billsville
02:30PM / Monday, December 19, 2011
WilliNet has posted this year's Grand Tradition Concert, recorded on Dec. 11, at the Williamstown Elementary School. You can also find it on the WilliNet schedule here.

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