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Lanesborough-Williamstown School Committees to Discuss Complaint Against Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:16AM / Saturday, November 05, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The public school committees of Williamstown and Lanesborough will hold a joint meeting Monday evening to discuss the “competence of the superintendent” of the Tri-District.   The committees late this week posted the agendas for their respective sessions, which have two topics of discussion: “As determined by the School Committee to discuss the professional competence of the Superintendent and complaints or charges against the Superintendent of Schools," and " to conduct negotiations with non-union personnel."   The agendas indicate that the committees may vote to immediately proceed to an executive session to

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'Denial': Adding Insult to Injury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:26PM / Friday, November 04, 2016


Point of disclosure: That was the number on the inside of my mother's arm ... my personal proof that there was a Holocaust. The A denoted Auschwitz. The numbers added up to 13. She said it was her lucky number. I don't think she'd mind me telling you. While there were times when Dorothy Goldberger (R.I.P.) absolutely drove me out of my mind, I can't remember her ever lying to me.

She didn't talk about it at first, nor did any of the other survivors who visited our home shortly after WWII. Or at least I didn't hear it ... only snippets, the name Hitler used interchangeably with the still not popularized term, Holocaust. All were firsthand witnesses. Later,

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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

Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Kicks Off 2016 Campaign
11:04AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund is kicking off its annual campaign drive to ensure no child in the region goes without a toy this Christmas.

Last year, generous donors provided more than $12,000, ensuring more than 300 local children had a toy or book for Christmas.

It's easier than ever to support this time-honored tradition that has again set a goal of $12,000: Click here to donate via PayPal. Check donations also can be sent by mail to P.O. Box 1724, North Adams, MA 01247.

The fund drive provides eligible families in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, North Adams, Savoy and Williamstown with a gift certificate to buy toys for children ages 12 and


DeMarsico Pasta Dinner, 5K Set for Nov. 12 and 13
09:20AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The annual Up Front  for DeMar 5K race and 1 mile walk and pasta dinner will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.   These annual events raise money for the SPC Michael R DeMarsico II scholarship fund and to honor DeMarsico and all who serve and have served.   SPC DeMarsico was killed in action on Aug. 16, 2012, while serving in Afghanistan. "DeMar" to his fellow battle buddies, he served at the front of his battalion searching for IED's. The young specialist discovered 16, saving many men in his unit, before stepping on one.   In the days and weeks that followed Michael's death, his community came out in full support of


Young BArT Harriers Excel at League Championships
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
08:00PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. -- In its first year hosting the River Valley Athletic League cross country championships, the teams from BArT Charter were hospitable.   The course at the Greylock Glen? Slightly less so.   “We definitely have the hardest 5K course in the county, I think,” Berkshire Arts and Technology coach Bennjamin Griffin said on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s 550 feet of elevation gain, and there are four significant climbs on it. I think some of the kids come in a little underprepared if they’re from other schools.”   That cannot be said of individual champions Mac Sloan-Anderson of Greenfield’s Four Rivers and Delaney Bullock of


Autumn Leaves Prelude to White Winter
03:08PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Driving around Northern Berkshire County this gorgeous October treats both residents and visitors alike to stunning, vibrant, oranges, reds and golds of the autumn leaves. Leaf peepers drive to the Berkshires from all over to take in the breathless beauty of the trees atop Mount Greylock, Jiminy Peak, the Taconic Mountains and more.

In the midst of this beautiful time of the year, many are already lamenting the coming of winter. Rather than revel in the current beauty and enjoyment of the moment, folks are saying, "sure, it’s nice now, but you know what’s next,” and other statements expressing a similar sentiment. Generally speaking, it's good to enjoy the


Letter: Check Hinds on Tuesday
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

To the Editor:

As we look out to next Tuesday, there is a wide breadth of questions and various positions both national and local that every eligible voter has the right and responsibility to vote on. No matter what side you take on any of these decisions, they will not only affect our lives, but the lives of future generations in the commonwealth, our nation, and our world.

If I can make a statement on one of those votes, I would urge you to support Adam Hinds for state Senate. Adam has proven his ability to listen and work with the community and has an incredible capacity for working with colleagues at both the state and national level. The support he has received for his candidacy


Don't Overlook Long-term Care Costs
12:34PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

How much money will you need in retirement? To arrive at an estimate, you should consider various factors, such as where you'll live, how much you plan to travel, and so on. Not surprisingly, you'll also need to think about health care costs, which almost always rise during retirement. But there's one area you might overlook: long-term care. Should you be concerned about these costs?

In a word, yes. Expenses for long-term care – which can include receiving assistance at home as well as prolonged care in a facility – can be surprisingly expensive. Consider the following statistics, taken from the 2016 Cost of Care Study issued by Genworth, an insurance company:



Letter: Question 2 Contrary to the Commonwealth
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Tuesday, November 01, 2016

To the Editor:

Charter schools are an expensive proposition in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with no oversight from our locally elected officials.  This year over $400 million will be diverted from local school districts to fund these privately managed schools.

The broad coalition that has organized against this misguided ballot initiative speaks to its significance.  Why would over 135 organizations including the Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association, the NAACP, and both major teachers unions (MTA and AFT) be against the proposal?  Why have over 200 schools committees, 23 town boards and city councils, and 31 mayors said No On 2?  It’s the simple


MCLA to Host 2nd Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference
03:21PM / Tuesday, November 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The second annual Berkshire Natural History Conference will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists as well as acclaimed authors on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.

"This annual event will bring natural history home to the Berkshires," said Tom Tyning, a professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College and a lead organizer of the event. "We are really excited to gather programs and like-minded people together to help understand and appreciate the deep natural heritage that surrounds us all in the Berkshires."

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is


Kennedy Rallies Berkshire Dems For Final Election Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:14PM / Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Those in attendance gathered for a quick group photo before heading back to work on the campaign efforts for Democratic candidates. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a lot of frustration with politics, especially on the national level, shown throughout this campaign season. While local Democrats say they understand it, they want to take seats in government to fix the causes of that frustration.   "For those who are so frustrated, and we have to acknowledge that frustration comes from a very real place for far too many people — an economy that despite our best efforts is leaving a lot of folks behind or in danger thereof, we've got a criminal justice system where


New Ashford Celebrates Restoration of Historic Schoolhouse
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Funds to build the structure were approved by town meeting in 1791. It did duty as a school, town hall and library for many years.

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — It took a village to save the town's 1792 Schoolhouse.

Along with some elbow grease and thousands in donations.

The village came together on Saturday morning to celebrate the restoration of one of its oldest and most historic buildings, complete with a cadre of graduates who brought with them memories of a time before school buses and indoor plumbing, when discipline was a given.

"If not, we got a ruler on our hands," said Cecile Love, 101, who chuckled, "I got into lots of things I shouldn't


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