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'Rules Don't Apply': The Politics of Entitlement
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:23AM / Friday, December 09, 2016

Maybe it's because I've recently had my fill of bragging billionaires that I was slow to build interest in director-writer-actor Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply." The partially fantasized biographical sketch about the much mythologized Howard Hughes also starts off sluggishly and is a mite jagged. It isn't until about the midpoint, when Beatty's eccentric caricature begins to gel, that the mélange of loony and philosophical almost compensates for what then, alas, devolves into a run-of-the-mill romance.

In the opening scene we are welcomed into the opulently celebrated tarnish that is Hollywood just before the death knell sounds on the studio


Solid Waste District May Have Program Director Applicant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Friday, December 09, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Time's running out to find a new coordinator for the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District and officials hope they've finally found a qualified applicant who can take over.

Windsor representative Douglass McNally brought in three new applications Thursday for the program director position soon to be vacated by longtime Program Coordinator Sandy Totter.

But, he said, only one person out of the three is qualified and he recommended getting her in for an interview.

"I think we have one in the latest that is worth interviewing," he said. "She has a great skill base and I think it would be worth interviewing her ... she has the soft


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

Time for a Year-end Investment Review
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:40PM / Thursday, December 08, 2016

With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your long-term financial goals.

So, as you look back at 2016, pay close attention to these elements of your investment picture: 

Performance: Reviewing your investment performance over time is important in helping you determine if you’re on track to achieve your financial goals. So, in evaluating how your investments did in 2016, ask yourself some key questions: How did your investments do relative to their


Williamstown Elementary School Committee Chairman Steps Down
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Thursday, December 08, 2016

Joe Bergeron, elected this past May, agreed to step into the chairman's role.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A turbulent year in the governance of Williamstown Elementary School took another turn on Wednesday evening when Dan Caplinger stepped down as chairman of the School Committee.

Caplinger called a special 4 p.m. meeting of the body to announce his decision and decide on a new leader going forward.

The four members present from the five-person panel elected Joe Bergeron to replace Caplinger and decided that Vice Chairman John Skavlem should remain in that role. Skavlem was out of town on business and unable to attend the meeting.

"I've had to make a very difficult


Greylock Youth Basketball Team Tops Lee
02:20PM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Derek Paris scored 14 points, and Oscar Low added eight to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team to a 51-41 win over Lee last weekend.   Thomas Martin and Oliver Kocsis each scored seven in the win.   "We had a great team effort with nine of our 11 players scoring points," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "We have lots of room for improvement, but it's a good beginning."   Lucas Bombardier and Evan Heath scored nine apiece for Lee.   Greylock plays a double-header against the two Boys & Girls Club squads this weekend.   Girls Mia Filiault scored 18 points to lead Donut Man to a 20-18


High School Athletes Learn Leadership Lessons
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
12:23AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016

John Martin, left, and Major League shortstop Nick Ahmed speak to Berkshire County high school athletes on Tuesday morning at the Boys & Girls Club in Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the chief lessons of Tuesday's Berkshire County Student-Athlete Leadership Summit was that leaders serve those whom they lead.

But featured speaker John Martin gave the 130 high school students gathered in the Boys & Girls Club gym permission to be self-centered — if just for one day.

"When you have a chance to speak this morning in your breakout sessions, I want you to get a little bit selfish in your role as a leader," said Martin, a guidance counselor and coach


Salvation Army Donates Hundreds of Winter Coats to North Berkshire Vets
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:23PM / Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A chance conversation between Tina Samson, left, and Capt. Katherine Corno led to some 200 or more coats being delivered to City Hall on Tuesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Veterans Services Office on Tuesday took delivery of nearly 30 bags fillled with warm coats for local veterans.

The donation came courtesy of the Salvation Army and was prompted by a chance meeting between office assistant Tina Samson and Capt. Katherine Corno of the local Salvation Army post.

"We just walked into each other, it was out of the blue," said Samson, who was on Main Street in mid-November drumming up donations for gift certificates and socks for veterans.  "I had a box in my hand

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Williamstown Elementary Principal Lays Out Priorities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, December 06, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Maintaining staff and reinstating programs cut in the fiscal 2017 budget process are among the priorities of Williamstown Elementary School's principal.   Joelle Brookner gave a presentation to the School Committee at its Nov. 30 meeting in an order to help the panel understand the budget numbers it will see this winter when it weighs the FY18 budget.   "My overarching goal in all of this is to preserve staff," Brookner said. "We're a Level 1 school, and I know we have a budget to be aware of, but we really want to keep the school moving forward. … The most important part of that is preserving the teaching staff and the


Biz Briefs: Downtown Window Decoration Contest Winners Announced
01:38PM / Monday, December 05, 2016

The winners are ...: The Berkshire Emporium was voted the winner of the Holiday Window Decorating Contest sponsored by the North Adams Chamber of Commerce for its multi-window display featuring various rooms throughout Santa's North Pole home. The Berkshire Emporium will receive a gift certificate with the Mohawk Soaring club for a one-month membership and flight with an instructor in the spring.

Of the six participating volunteer groups that decorate empty storefronts, there was a tie between the North Adams Farmers Market Committee windows at 87 Main St. and the St. Elizabeth's Youth Group windows at 107 Main St. Those groups will split the volunteer group cash prize of $100


Berkshires Beat: Young Democrats Mobilize in Western Massachusetts
01:28PM / Monday, December 05, 2016

Rallying together: Young Democrats from across Western Massachusetts gathered Dec. 1 in Amherst, Mass., to formally establish a regional chapter of the party's youth organization, motivated, in part, by last month's election results. Representing three of Western Massachusetts four counties, energized activists crowded a coffee shop to select officers and discuss how to advance the agenda important to younger Bay State voters.

The meeting attracted high schoolers from Northampton and West Springfield, college students from various campuses and young professionals eager to encourage a rising generation of citizens to participate in public policy and run for office. Led informally

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Attorney General Upholds Williamstown's Waubeeka ByLaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:37AM / Saturday, December 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The owner of Waubeeka Golf Links has been chomping at the bit to move forward with a proposal to diversify the property in an effort to preserve the 50-year-old enterprise.

"We have talked about hiring a consulting firm, CBRE," Mike Deep said Friday morning in his office at the Cold Spring Road club. "They were actually here about a month ago, one of their managing directors came. And we showed them all of Williamstown. We showed them MCLA, Mass MoCA, the Clark. We gave them a nice tour of the area. We talked about Jiminy Peak. All the positive things in the area.

"We left it at: We were going to hire CBRE to do the feasibility study, to


Williamstown's Chopsticks Restaurant Reopens
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After a six-week closure to address building code issues, a Main Street Chinese restaurant has been cleared to reopen, Town Hall reported Friday morning.   Town Manager Jason Hoch shared the happy news that Chopsticks restaurant was given the go-ahead to begin serving customers at any time after it was reinspected on Thursday and Friday.   In mid-October, the town ordered the restaurant's closure until it addressed several issues, including its fire alarm and fire suppression system.   At no point did the closure involve the town's health inspector or any food safety issues, Hoch said in October.   The restaurant was serving patrons by

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