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The Independent Investor: How 'Black' Will This Black Friday Be?
By Bill Schmick,
08:39AM / Friday, November 20, 2015

For retailers, the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday traditionally signals the beginning of the do-or-die holiday selling season. The question worrying Wall Street and retailers alike this year is will the results justify the hype?

Listening to the third-quarter earnings and revenue guidance from retailers last week, there was little to applaud. Department stores were especially downbeat on their expectations for the entire 2015 holiday shopping season. Big discount stores, like Walmart, were less negative, and argued consumers were simply keeping their powder dry, while waiting for next weekend's super deals.

Some analysts argue that the disappointing earnings most retailers posted had


Guest Column: Why Is Berkshire County Education Task Force Important?
By John Hockridge, Guest Column
08:16AM / Friday, November 20, 2015

With a nod to Bob Dylan, "the times they are a changing."

The Berkshire County Education Task Force hopes to address changes in the educational landscape of our region by articulating a clear direction for our shared future that is intentional and focused on quality, sustainable preK-12 education.

The task force is trying to proactively address these changes affecting Berkshire public school districts:

● A general decline in student enrollment that is expected to continue;

● Rising operational costs (ie. benefits, special education, technology);

● Declining/flat revenues leading to additional financial burden to towns and

municipalities; and


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

Letter: BArT Example of Charter School Success
Letters to the Editor,
07:00AM / Friday, November 20, 2015

To the Editor:

A recent Pittsfield School Committee discussion included some misinformation about public charter schools that I would like to respectfully correct. (Pittsfield School Committee Endorses Moratorium on Charter Schools, Nov. 13)

Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BArT) is a tuition-free, public school, open to all students in Grades 6-12 from Pittsfield and Northern Berkshire County. We prepare students for college by promoting mastery of academic skills and content with a strong foundation in arts and technology. The school provides an educational community that regards everyone, including teachers and parents, as lifelong learners.

BArT serves a


BRPC: $815 Million Invested In Berkshire County Since 2012
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:08AM / Friday, November 20, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There has been at least $235 million in public monies and $580 million in private investment in the county over the past three years in ongoing or completed projects.   But those figures haven't translated to employment or wage increases.   The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission approved Thursday the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy performance report. The report outlines the status of an array of economic development projects — including improvements to the Pittsfield Municipal Airport, renovations at Williams College, and the Hoosac Wind Farm.    "I expect that to be underestimated because that is just the


Mount Greylock Committee Advances Pared-Down School Building Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:44AM / Friday, November 20, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday approved a building project budget that lowers the projected cost to local taxpayers by about 16 percent from the figure estimated just four months ago.   The committee, on the recommendation of its School Building Committee, authorized owners project manager Dore & Whittier to submit a schematic design to the Massachusetts School Building Authority that includes a total project budget of $64.8 million.   That was the number that came out of this week's reconciliation of the estimates from the district's construction manager, Turner Construction, and Essential Estimating of

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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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