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Williamstown Historical Commission Orders Delay on Hoxsey Street Demolition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, April 13, 2018

Wanda Bubriski testifies to the historic significance of her family's home. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Historical Commission on Thursday ordered a six-month delay for the demolition of a Hoxsey Street house that once was home to one of the town's most noted residents.   Williams College was before the commission with a request to raze the 19th-century Victorian home at 42 Hoxsey St. best known locally as the longtime home of Dagmar Burbriski.   Bubriski, who died in 2011 at the age of 84, was a well-known writer and columnist for local publications, hosted a weekly radio show, served on numerous civic and community boards, and was an outspoken advocate for


Letter: Stephanie Boyd for Williamstown Planning Board
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018

To the Editor:

I write to urge fellow Williamstown residents to vote for Stephanie Boyd for the Planning Board on May 8.

I've known Stephanie for more than 15 years and admire her smiling and analytical approach to planning and environmental issues, her compelling ability to communicate and her inclination to listen carefully and to think about all sides of issues.

Stephanie has a civil engineering background and has worked in several roles important roles for Williams College. She has a deep commitment to helping make Williamstown a better place to work and live. Stephanie was a small business owner on Spring Street, served as past president of the Hoosic River Watershed Association,


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

Applications Open for North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge
06:01PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  —  There's still time for local cultural entrepreneurs to vie for a $25,000 award and four months of help to get them started. 

The North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge is accepting applications through April 30, with four finalists to be announced May 9.   The winning concept will be chosen by a panel of business experts to receive funding and mentoring through Lever's resource network. A "Shark Tank" style pitch day for the four finalists will be held on Aug. 9 at Greylock Works and will be open to the public.      The goal of the challenge is to attract and develop new arts enterprises to join the Northern


The Independent Investor: The Facebook Fallacy
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018
After a grueling two-day inquisition before both houses of Congress, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has left the building. The question is how much did anyone really learn about the privacy issues of this social media behemoth?   As most readers are aware, the present controversy erupted when it was revealed that a Trump-campaign related firm, Cambridge Analytica, harvested personal data from millions of Facebook users. It spawned a huge controversy over privacy, cybersecurity and Big Data companies in general.   I watched as much of the hearings as I could stomach. What was clear to me was most of our so-called legislators had no idea how Facebook works. While some


McCann's Quinones, Mount Greylock's Hall Shine on Collegiate Diamonds
10:53PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.- The MCLA softball team enjoyed its time at the Zavattaro Athletics Complex on Wednesday as it swept a doubleheader from Lyndon State.   Kara Adams tossed a complete game one hitter and McCann Tech graduate Alanza Quinones drove in four runs to lead the Trailblazers to a 14-0 five inning win in game one and Kaylyn Holliday homered in game two to lead the offense as MCLA took that one 10-3.   MCLA is now 4-12 on the season while the Hornets drop to 0-6.   The Trailblazers are scheduled to play Bay Path Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in another twinbill.   Baseball SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Mount Greylock graduate and Union College freshman Adam Hall allowed just two


Williams Softball Blasts RPI
10:06PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College softball team launched six home runs Wednesday en route to a 13-2, 5-0 sweep of RPI at Cole Field.    The Ephs improved to 20-4 on the season heading into a three-game conference series with rival Amherst scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Friday's contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Williamstown. The Engineers slipped to 13-7 on the season.   In Wednesday's opener, the Ephs had eight hits — four of them home runs — and combined that with six walks to win 13-2 in six inning in a game stopped because of the eight-run mercy rule. Sophomore Kirstin Mapes went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs in the


Williamstown Planning Board Pulls All Proposed Bylaw Amendments
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:31PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Planning Board members Chris Winters and Chris Kapiloff, who encouraged the crowd to stay engaged in the process as the planners take another try at residential zoning.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In a series of unanimous votes spread over a 2 1/2-hour public hearing Tuesday, the Planning Board decided to pull all three of the zoning bylaw amendments it had planned to bring before next month's town meeting.   Faced with continued questions and — from some residents — fierce opposition to even a pared down version of the changes it proposed earlier this winter, the board decided to table all three warrant articles and schedule more public hearings throughout


Strategies for Your Investment 'Garden'
12:17PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

If you're a gardener, your busy season is at hand, as April has been designated National Garden Month. But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing?

Here are a few ideas for doing just that:

* Establish a timeline. As a gardener, you typically follow a well-defined timeline. You need to get the soil ready a few months before you want to plant, and you need to plant at different times, depending on what plants you choose. You even need to set up a schedule for watering, feeding, weeding and other garden care.

As an investor, you may also need to observe a timeline. During the early and middle stages of your career,


Williams Baseball Downs Trinity
10:47PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jack Roberts went 3-for-5 with a triple to lead the Williams College baseball team to a 7-4 win over Trinity on Tuesday.   Mike Stamas had a pair of hits, and Alex Panstares tripled in a run for the Ephs (4-12), who used six pitchers in the win.   Charlie Carpenter got the win with two innings of work out of the bullpen, and George Carroll pitched a scoreless ninth to earn a save.   Hoosac Valley graduate Matt Koperniak went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI for the Bantams (9-10).   Men's Lacrosse WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James McFarland and Kevin Stump each scored four goals to lead Williams to a 9-5 win over Hamilton.   George Peele made 13


Williams College Donates $400K Toward Town's New Police Station
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Select Board voted to negotiate a three-year renewal of Town Manager Jason Hoch's contract.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced a $400,000 gift to the town to help build the new police station on Simonds Road.   With college Assistant to the President for Community and Government Affairs James Kolesar in the audience, Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Select Board on Monday that the school's gift will make it easier to achieve his goal of renovating and expanding the former Turner House on Simonds Road (Route 7) without adding to the town's property tax rate.   "I worked out all of this without having [the donation] in


Pittsfield's Carnevale To Lead Governor's W. Mass Office
Staff Reports,
02:20PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MEMA's Regional Manager Patrick Carnevale will lead the governor's Western Massachusetts office.   Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Carnevale to run the Springfield office and be a liaison between the communities in Western Massachusetts and the executive branch.   "Our Springfield office serves as an important connector to support our constituents, local leaders and municipalities in western Massachusetts," Baker said in a statement. "With almost two decades of public service and his role in overseeing emergency management for western Massachusetts, Patrick is uniquely qualified to lead the office and we are proud to welcome him


Challenger Amatul-Wadud Dismisses Neal's Seniority Argument
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A crowd of about 50 or so attended the Indivisible Pittsfield meeting at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Monday evening. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tahirah Amatul-Wadud doesn't put too much stock in U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's seniority.   The talk around the sitting congressman is that if the House of Representatives turns in favor of the Democrats, then he'd be elected the chairman the Ways and Means Committee. The Springfield Democrat is currently the ranking member on that committee.   Amatul-Wadud is challenging Neal for the 1st Massachusetts District seat in the Democratic primary.   She says the district wouldn't be seeing anything special happen if he was


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