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How Can the Sandwich Generation Relieve Financial Stress?
11:31AM / Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Don't worry too much if you haven't heard, but April is National Stress Awareness Month. Of course, stress can present emotional and physical challenges to all of us, but if you belong to the “sandwich generation” – that is, you may be caring for aging parents while still supporting your own children – you may be facing some financial stress as well. What can you do to relieve it?

For one thing, be aware that you're certainly not alone. About one in seven middle-aged adults is providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child, according to the Pew Research Center.

Still, knowing that you have plenty of company won't provide you with

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Williamstown Planning Board Recommends Bylaw Changes to Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Wednesday, April 05, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Proponents of a zoning bylaw that will slightly expand the Village Business District again made their case at Monday's Planning Board hearing.   Taconic Golf Club is asking the town to expand the district by a little less than three acres to incorporate the land on which sits the course's clubhouse.   Currently, the clubhouse is in a residential district but is allowed to operate as an amenity to the course, a land use that predates the implementation of zoning in the town.   The problem, club officials say, is that while the club's restaurant is open to the public, such an operation is not strictly allowed in a residential zone, and

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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
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Higher Ed Commissioner Santiago to Speak at BCC Commencement
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02:47PM / Tuesday, April 04, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 57th commencement.   Santiago was appointed to his position by Gov. Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the commonwealth and its citizens. Santiago joined the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in April 2013 as the senior deputy commissioner for academic affairs.   "On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and

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Youth Center, Mount Greylock Budgets Sail Through Williamstown FinComm
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40PM / Tuesday, April 04, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two more chunks of the Williamstown budget have sailed through presentations in front of the Finance Committee.

At its March 29 meeting, the committee heard from the Williamstown Youth Center, seeking a $73,381 allocation from the town, and the Mount Greylock Regional School District, seeking an allocation of $6,394,541.

David Rempell, executive director of the youth center, first gave a brief presentation to the committee about the mission of the center, which provides before- and after-school care as well as vacation and summer camps. Rempell told the committee that the number of children enrolled in the after-school program has jumped 10 percent from last

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Another Hotel Proposal Heads to Williamstown's Town Hall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, April 04, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local motel owner is asking the town for permission to develop a new three-story, 77-room hotel on Main Street.   Vipul "Vinny" Patel, who owns the Northside Motel on North Street, will be in front of the Conservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals this month to seek four special permits that will allow him to develop the new hotel at 562 Main St. (Route 7), the site commonly known as the Lehovec property.   Patel's attorney and representatives of engineering firm Guntlow & Associates previewed the proposal for neighboring residents at an informal meeting last Thursday.   Attorney Donald Dubendorf said Friday that

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Williamstown Planners Make Proposed Pot Bylaw More Restrictive
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Wendy Penner argues against a zoning bylaw that would have allowed marijuana dispensaries in four commercials zones. The board revamped the bylaw to limit them to two. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday decided to recommend that May's annual town meeting approve four amendments to the zoning bylaws.   But one of those bylaw amendments underwent a major revision and the board decided to ask voters to set aside a fifth amendment it previously planned to recommend.   The board's annual public hearing to consider articles for town meeting drew a nearly full house to the Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room. Several residents addressed the board

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Biz Briefs: Two Pittsfield Businesses Get Help to Grow
02:23PM / Monday, April 03, 2017

There they grow: The city of Pittsfield has fully supported two local businesses, Modern Mold and Tool and Shire City Herbals, which were recently awarded tax incentives through the state's Economic Development Incentive Program to facilitate expansion projects in the city. The businesses were among 13 companies across the commonwealth that received tax incentives through the program. EDIP is designed to foster job creation and stimulate business growth; companies receive state and local tax incentives in exchange for job creation, manufacturing job retention and private investment commitments.

Modern Mold received $145,000 in investment tax credits toward a $3 million investment to

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Berkshires Beat: St. Stan's Sendings Soccer Balls, Legos to Haiti
01:34PM / Monday, April 03, 2017

To Haiti with love: Students in St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams presented soccer balls and Lego sets to Holly Palardy for children living in rural Haiti. Palardy is the assistant director of the Haiti Plunge, a mission founded by Sister Eunice Tassone through the Cote Center 30 years ago. Money for this gift was raised by the students during Catholic Schools Week, where daily activities are dedicated to one of the elements of Catholic schools - faith, service and knowledge.  

This year, during Vocations Day, Sister Eunice Tassone, a native of North Adams, spoke to students about her vocation and the Haitian Plunge Mission. At a school-wide presentation, she gave an overview of

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@theMarket: New Quarter, New Market
By Bill Schmick,
02:03PM / Saturday, April 01, 2017
As traders and institutions put to bed the first quarter, several concerns loom large in the weeks ahead. How things play out over that time period will have important implications for the averages, given that they are not far from their all-time, historical highs.   What will the Fed do in May? Will Washington pursue tax cuts and if so, will there be opposition?  What will first quarter earnings look like and how will markets react to all of the above? Let's look in my crystal ball, shall we?   Wall Street analysts expect corporate earnings to be higher by as much as 10-11 percent. That would be a big change from the recent past, where dismal guidance and feeble results

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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Friday, March 31, 2017

Frani Miceli's class participates in World Down Syndrome Day in honor of their classmate Cole by wearing crazy socks to school.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown Elementary School teacher has been named the Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down syndrome and has been with Miceli for both fourth and fifth grades. Miceli joined other award recipients as well as Principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.

"One of the reasons the kids in Cole's class are so wonderful to him and

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Living together is not what it used to be
By Bill Schmick,
05:33PM / Thursday, March 30, 2017
Times are changing. Over 12 million Americans now "live in sin," as my parents would say, and their numbers are increasing every year. As long as they remain together, everything is copacetic, but what happens when they break up?   Thanks to the economy, demographics, and life-style choices, young couples today are living together and having children despite their unmarried status. In my own family, my niece is pregnant, unmarried, and has no intentions of tying the knot. Although her partner is the love of her life, they have decided (for now) to keep it that way.   And in today's economy, there may be a lot of good reasons not to get married. Number one among them

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'Life': No Bowl of Cherries
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:22PM / Thursday, March 30, 2017

I'm tempted to give away the ending of director Daniel Espinosa's "Life," an extremely tense but run-of-the-mill outer space adventure that was heading for an only so-so rating even before its curiously misanthropic finish. I'd be doing you a favor.

Sure to be shocked, the viewer is left wondering why Espinosa, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, would paint such a depressing conclusion. You mean that's it? That's where we're headed? Well then, let me kill myself now. Even Schopenhauer, the granddaddy of pessimism, would be depressed.

Unable to recall another film that imploded so devastatingly in the last two minutes, canceling out

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