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'The Boss': Corners the Funny Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

It has been suggested that Melissa McCarthy's scurrilous business tycoon in director-husband Ben Falcone's "The Boss" is a female Donald Trump. Indeed, there are similarities, the main difference being that McCarthy's robber baron is likeable. While equally egocentric, delusional and selfish to a fault, we sense there's a moral core there somewhere. Fact is, real-life people rarely repent and change their spots. So we count on fictitious Scrooges to seek redemption and please our innate sense of right and wrong.

A prologue detailing a childhood scarred by abandonment explains the psychology that went into creating McCarthy's Michelle Darnell, the mogul


Mount Greylock School Building Committee Discusses Design Details
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, April 15, 2016

Stephen Wentworth, third from left, attends Thursday's meeting of the School Building Committee. He is slated to fill a vacancy on the committee.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday started digging into the nitty gritty of design work that will produce a final plan for the district's addition/renovation project.

Although the broad strokes of the project were hashed out in the project's feasibility and schematic design phase, much of the detail work was saved until after the district and the Massachusetts School Building Authority knew that the project had local voters' approval, which it won last month.

On Thursday night,


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

Lanesborough Elementary Testing Out Breakfast Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Friday, April 15, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Elementary School is piloting a new breakfast program.   Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that the "grab and go" program will provide small breakfast meals to anyone who signs up. The meals will cost $1.25 with a discounted rate for those who qualify for reduced lunch, and free for those who qualify for free lunch.   "There are a lot of different models for breakfast programs," McEvoy said.   Lanesborough's program is different from what's happening in Pittsfield, where every student receives a free meal. But, it still accomplishes the goal of providing the ability for it.    "Studies have shown


The Independent Investor: Have You Had 'The Talk' Yet?
By Bill Schmick,
02:18PM / Thursday, April 14, 2016

Whether you are a Baby Boomer or the child of one, it is about time you faced the music.

We all know that life ends, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. Having a family meeting before it is too late may save all of you needless heartache and financial turmoil.

Today, we are in the midst of an enormous transfer of wealth within America. Trillions of dollars of assets are passing from one generation to another and will continue to do so over the next couple of years. And whenever large amounts of money are involved, there is a need for knowledge, advice and estate planning. You can't do that if you or your family is in the dark when it comes to family finances.

Most experts will


Southern Vermont College Hosts Girls Soccer Clinic
12:38PM / Thursday, April 14, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Southern Vermont College women’s soccer team will host a Spring Soccer ID Clinic for girls in grades 9 through 12 on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Under the direction of coach Michael Zauzig, the one-day, five-hour clinic will focus on skill development and instruction with tactical training and small-sides games. Assistant coach Shawnee Webster and members of the women’s soccer team will assist with the clinic.

Participants should bring cleats, weather-appropriate clothing, water bottle, shinguards and indoor shoes in case of inclement weather. The cost is $40 per person, which includes lunch and a T-shirt.

To register and/or for more


Biz Briefs: April 14-20
11:49AM / Thursday, April 14, 2016
Ruby Sparks is celebrating five years in business.

Grants for businesses: The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation is seeking applicants for matching grants of up to $5,000 that it can award to businesses in Pittsfield and Berkshire County for technical assistance services, such as financial, architectural, legal, engineering, or specialized business planning services.  The funding was awarded to PERC by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.

The purpose of the technical assistance grant program is to help small businesses with 20 or fewer employees expand, grow, improve their operations and create jobs.  All individuals, especially women, minorities,


Greylock After-Prom Auction Features 82 Items
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:10AM / Thursday, April 14, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If you did not catch last weekend's fund-raiser for the Mount Greylock After Prom program, you are in luck.

There is plenty of time to get in on the action as more than 80 items are up for grabs in a charity auction to benefit the post-prom festivities.

For more than 20 years, attendees at Mount Greylock's prom have been transported from the site of the formal to an informal gathering where they can keep partying — and stay safe — through the night.

In recent years, the after prom festivities have been held at Greylock Bowl and Golf in North Adams, which also was the location of last Saturday's party Dueling Pianos benefit concert.


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Berkshire Tidbits: Preparing for Passover
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:57PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The menu for the Haven Supper Club for the week of April 11 to 15 will be:

Roast chicken with asparagus, roasted potatoes and sherry mushroom sauce Lemon roasted rainbow trout with sautéed kale and basmati rice Roast pork loin with sautéed spinach, polenta and pineapple chutney Mushroom risotto with butternut squash and asparagus

Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for 12 dinners. They can be any of the dinners.

Order by Wednesday, pick up at the bakery in Lenox on Friday. The staff suggests people can order for different meals and can choose among that


Williamstown Elementary Starts Vacation Early Because of Widespread Illness
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health and school officials have decided to close Williamstown Elementary School on Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, in response to a flu outbreak at the school.

Families were informed of the decision on Wednesday at the regularly scheduled 1:30 dismissal. The school will be off limits to all school and non-school activities through Monday to allow the building to be cleaned allow for “any residual spores to die” according to a school-wide email.

Starting Monday, the school saw nearly 100 children and 20 staff members calling in sick.

“We called the Board of Health in earlier in the week and talked to them again

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While Paying Off Student Loans, Donít Forget About Retirement
11:46AM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Even if you’ve been out of school for a few years, you may still have a vivid reminder of college: your student loan debt.

Since you’ve joined the workforce, you might be paying back your loans as best you can. But can you gradually reduce your debts while still putting money away for your long-term goals – such as retirement?

Of course, you might think it’s premature to even think about retiring, since you probably have decades to go before you say goodbye to the working world. But the sooner you begin saving and investing for retirement, the more time you’ll have for your money to grow. Plus, your early start will help you avoid having to play “catch


Williamstown Planning Board Considers Waubeeka Rewrite
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:40PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday began hashing out compromise language on the zoning bylaw that would allow a hotel to be built at Waubeeka Golf Course.

But after the board's discussion ended, the attorney for Waubeeka's owner indicated a key aspect of the board's current bylaw remains unacceptable.

Town Manager Jason Hoch introduced the draft to the board as a "starting off" point to reset the discussion that became increasingly contentious before the board's decision to stop working on its own bylaw in January and became even more rancorous after proponents of the hotel idea put a bylaw on the annual town meeting warrant by citizens'


Williams Men's Lacrosse Defeats Hamilton
10:38PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Riley Hoffman scored with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over Hamilton on Tuesday.   Williams (4-7, 3-4 NESCAC) got 12 saves from Miles McCarthy.   The Ephs host Colby on Saturday.   BASEBALL AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- The Union College baseball team defeated Williams, 7-6, in extra innings on Tuesday.   Adam Dulsky went 3-for-3 with a double and two walks,a nd Adam Regensburg homered for Williams (6-12), which travels to Welseyan on Friday.



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