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MCLA Recognized for Community Service
02:29PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently was named to the 2016 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

MCLA President James F. Birge said the college is pleased to be recognized for the community service that students, faculty and staff engage in throughout the year.

"MCLA has a long history of volunteer service," Birge said. "Whether it's volunteer work, civic engagement or service-learning in the community, or even beyond the Berkshires, these efforts prepare our students


Berkshires Beat: Boys & Girls Club Receives $9,948 Donation
01:58PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Ninety-nine hundred thank yous: The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires has received a $9,948 donation from the Pittsfield Ninety Nine Restaurant as part of the restaurant chain's annual October fund raising efforts on behalf of local Boys & Girls Clubs. The amount raised by the Pittsfield Ninety Nine, located at 699 Merrill Road, was the eighth highest of the 106 Ninety Nine stores participating in fundraising efforts for their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

The money was raised with support of the staff, which asked each and every guest to help us support our Boys & Girls Club and put together gift baskets and homemade baked goods to raffle off and sell. The restaurant


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
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Cariddi Planning Listening Sessions in North Berkshire
01:35PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, has scheduled a series of community meetings for January.

The community meetings, titled "There Ought to be a Law," will allow citizens to share ideas about local and district issues, state government, and legislation – particularly what laws should exist and what laws, if any, should be repealed.

"Many legislators across the country have hosted similar meetings and I felt that it was important to do the same here," Cariddi said in a statement. "These meetings will give members of the public the opportunity to share ideas."

The schedule is as follows:

• Lanesborough,


Biz Briefs: Scooby Doo Drops In To Lee Outlets
01:28PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Nice work, Scoob: Lee Premium Outlets hosted a meet-and-greet with Scooby Doo, everyone's favorite crime solving Great Dane, on Dec. 26. Scooby Doo was onsite as part of the "HANNA-BARBERA: The Architects of Saturday Morning" exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which is open through May 29. Scooby took photos with children and met his fans.

Getting real: Berkshire Community College will offer Real Estate Licensing for the Salesperson starting Jan. 30. Workshop participants will study basic real estate principles and the laws governing real estate licensing. Topics will include: brokerage and agency, contract law, finance, appraising, deeds, closing and settlement,


Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Hears from Applicants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Monday, January 09, 2017

The historic First Church is seeking $8,608 to fix its foundation.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Harsh winter weather and warm summer days are on the minds of the Community Preservation Committee this year.

Of the eight projects applying for Community Preservation Act funding for fiscal 2018, three share the common theme of preserving historic sites damaged by the annual freeze-thaw cycle.

Two town entities are seeking the blessing of the CPC, which recommends funding for approval at May's annual town meeting. The Department of Public Works wants $46,000 to restore and protect a town-owned historic stone wall on River Street (Route 43), and the Conservation Commission, which cares


Berkshire Photography & Printing Offers Local Printing Option
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:26AM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Berkshire Photography recently opened at the corner of Main and Marshall streets. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Photography and Printing on Main Street is setting up as a one-stop for local printing needs.   Ken Cooper, owner of the new business on 42 Main St., most recently occupied by Common Folk, said he can put just about any image on anything.   "We embroider, screen print, do custom wood signs and basically anything else," Cooper said. "Hats, jackets, shirts, slate and pretty much whatever you need to be done … just bring it down and we can recreate anything whether it's on a business card, a piece of paper or even a


Long Road to Recovery for Victim in Williamstown Hit-and-Run
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:33AM / Sunday, January 08, 2017

McCarthy's injuries might not have been life-threatening but they have been life-changing. The private-duty nurse has not been able to work and is taking longer than expected to recover. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The woman struck in what police characterized as a hit-and-run accident last October is a long way from being able to walk, let alone run, herself.   Wendy McCarthy was struck by a vehicle outside her home on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) on Oct. 1.   The same news release that called the incident a hit-and-run also characterized her injuries as "serious, non-life threatening." And that was technically true. Prompt response by emergency personnel


@theMarket: Markets in Good Shape for Now
By Bill Schmick,
06:22PM / Friday, January 06, 2017

As the equity markets continue to consolidate around record highs, investors wait for the presidential hand-off on Jan. 20. This could turn out to be the best thing that could happen for the bulls.

Remember readers, there are two kinds of corrections; the kind we have been experiencing for the last three weeks, and the nasty kind that no one really wants to go through. The longer we back and fill, the greater the chances that the next move will be higher.

The caveat, of course, is that investors' expectations will be satisfied, once Donald Trump and Congress get down to work. That could be a big if. So far the only thing the press, the politicians and Donald Trump appear to be


'Fences': Scales the Dramatic Heights
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:32PM / Friday, January 06, 2017

Denzel Washington's phenomenally touching, multitextured performance in August Wilson's "Fences" sings a heartrending paean to every dad who struggled to make a living, raise a family and preserve his human dignity in the face of herculean obstacles. Plying one of the most complexly realized, tragic American figures since Arthur Miller's iconized Willy Loman, the philosophical, historical and psychological contemplations Washington plumbs are packed with seriocomic emotion.

This is filmed theater at its very best. Utilizing only four or five sets to occasionally supplement the working class, Pittsburgh back yard where most of the action takes place, Denzel


Paris Leads Greylock Boys to Win in Tourney Opener
08:49AM / Friday, January 06, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held on Thursday for a 43-33 win over the CYC in the Dalton CRA's Jim Horth Tournament.   Derek Paris hit a 3-pointer to get Greylock off to a quick start on his way to an 11-point night.   CYC battled back to get the deficit down to four points late, but Oscar Low (five points) and Malcolm Waynick (eight points) hit free throws to extend Greylock's lead.   "It was a great start for the kids, and we were able to get many kids with quality minutes, which, in turn, helped eight of our 11 players get on the scoreboard," Greylock coach Rick Paris


Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Copes With Declining State Match
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Friday, January 06, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee on Wednesday took its first look at the 2017 applicants for CPA funds and returned to the familiar ground of discussing how conservative the committee should be in allocating those funds.   Representatives from eight groups seeking Community Preservation Act funding made their case to the body, which is charged with vetting applications and making recommendations to May's annual town meeting.   Town Manager Jason Hoch, a voting member of the committee, informed his colleagues that a declining "match" from the commonwealth means the town will have less money in its CPA account for fiscal 2018 than he


Ross Leads Greylock to Youth Basketball Win
04:59PM / Thursday, January 05, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Patrick Ross scored 12 points Wednesday to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade travel boys basketball team to a 46-13 win over Berlin, N.Y.   Greylock started its second string, and the reserves made the most of the opportunity, coach Rick Paris said.   "It was a great experience for them to get a majority of the playing time and to be able to work on our offensive sets and plays," he said. "We were able to run our plays effectively, and the kids were getting to the rim.   "We had 11 of our 12 players score, which was great to see. Being able to put up 46 points in regulation playing with seven-minute quarters and without


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