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Berkshires Beat: Naumkeag Celebrates New Greenhouse With Party
02:18PM / Monday, August 14, 2017

The new Naumkeag greenhouse complex was celebrated on July 22.

Quite a party: More than 250 guests from the Berkshires and beyond attended The Trustees' annual Naumkeag Garden Party on Saturday, July 22. This year's event was hosted by The Trustees and a Host Committee including several supporters of the organization from the Berkshires and beyond.

The evening featured the celebration of the construction of the new Naumkeag greenhouse complex in Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate's historic and recently restored gardens as well as the launch of Naumkeag’s new flower fields. Garden inspired libations and bites by Berkshire Mountain Distillers and STARR Catering were

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Hundreds Rally in Williamstown to Stand With Charlottesville
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Monday, August 14, 2017

The rally was put together in a day.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Within 24 hours of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., more than 300 area residents circled Field Park to protest the actions of white supremacists.    The gathering swiftly organized by Greylock Together was one of nearly 800 known rallies against racism across the nation, including one at Park Square in Pittsfield by the Four Freedoms Coalition.   "A lot of people wanted to get to together and show support for our country against white nationalism, against domestic terrorism," Geraldine Shen said as a cacophony of horns blared in support as drivers entered the rotary. "I think

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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
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BCAC Opens Doors, Builds Collaboration
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Sunday, August 13, 2017

The open house was family oriented with food, games, and the Boy Scouts put up a rock wall for children to climb. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When it comes poverty, BCAC knows it can't solve it alone.   Berkshire Community Action Council is the county's federally designed anti-poverty agency and provides an array of programming to help low-income individuals. But, it isn't able to provide every single need some one has to get out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. So, it has reached out to organizations that can fill those gaps.   "One of the things we are particularly proud of is that we run the community connector partnership. That is a collaboration of

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Education Task Force Takes in Reaction to Countywide District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:34AM / Sunday, August 13, 2017

William Cameron, second from left, takes issue with the idea of a modified regional supervisory union. DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force assessed the fallout from its July 15 vote advocating a single school district for the county and discussed its strategy for explaining that recommendation to school officials, town officials and the public at large.   Nearly a month after acting on the data accumulated in Phase 2 of the task force's multiyear study of the county's education system, the members at Saturday's meeting remained firm in their commitment that a single school district provides the best long-term option for providing

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Carrier Leads Team to Giorgi League Title
10:12PM / Thursday, August 10, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Lawrence Carrier scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday to lead

 

Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli to a 75-70 win over Yard Work By Dan in the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

  Carrier hit a pair of 3-pointers and shot 5-for-3 from the line on his way to earning the league's Most Valuable Player honor.   Dave Wellington backed him up with 20 points -- five on 3-pointers -- while Sedale Jones scored 16 to go with seven rebounds and a block.   Taverick "Tank" Roberson led Yard Work by Dan with 20 points and eight boards.   Shaq Ardray scored 18 points on six

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Hinds Pushing For Criminal Justice Reform, Asks NAACP For Support
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, August 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds is looking to be at the forefront of pushing for criminal justice reform.   The freshman senator from Pittsfield hadn't been in office in the fall when dozens of bills began relating to reform piled into the Legislator nor was he appointed to the judiciary committee. But, he's trying to elbow his way in to advocate for major overhauls of the system.   "It has now been made abundantly clear from both sides of the Legislature that the fall is when we will take on criminal justice reform," Hinds told the local branch of the NAACP on Wednesday when he sought input so he was in "lockstep" with the

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Williamstown Housing Trust Approves Habitat for Humanity Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Thursday, August 10, 2017

Affordable Housing Trustee Stan Parese discusses the purchase and sales agreement on two town-owned housing lots.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday accepted a proposal to develop two town-owned building lots, but it remained open to further discussion about how many housing units could fit on one of them.

The trust voted, 7-0, to authorize a purchase-and-sales agreement with Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the only respondent to the request for proposal the trustees issued on lots it purchased on Summer Street and at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street.   Officials from the North Adams-based non-profit, an affiliate of Habitat for

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Tanglewood, Sevenars Showcase Great Music
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:41PM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tanglewood this week will be very rewarding and diverse, with spectacular musical riches across the centuries, representing the progressive continuum of styles: music that's both ancient and new, and everything in-between.

Tanglewood continues its classical programming into mid-August, featuring powerful symphonic works – all audience favorites - performed by the Boston Symphony. The "heavy hitters" are: Stravinsky (the primordial "Rite of Spring"), Beethoven's exultant/tragic Seventh Symphony, Brahms (the magisterial Double Concerto for violin and cello and the Violin Concerto, and Schubert's C Major Symphony No. 9 ("Great"), among

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As Eclipse Nears, Williams College Crew Prepares
10:57AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A crew from Williams College is at the center of the planning for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Want to see it for yourself? View details online.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff. is heading one of the largest organized scientific expeditions to study the sun, and the sun's effects on Earth, at the eclipse.

"This summer's total solar eclipse is a bonanza for finding out more about how the sun shines," said Pasachoff, who will take advantage of his experience in observing eclipses, and organizing eclipse expeditions, by taking dozens of students and colleagues with him to Salem, Ore., for the event on Monday, Aug.

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How Can You Leave the Legacy You Desire?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:35AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017

You may not see it in the greeting card section of your local drugstore, but August is "What Will Be Your Legacy Month." So it's a good time to think about the type of legacy you would like to leave.

Of course, "legacy" can mean many things. In the broadest sense, your legacy is how you will be remembered by your loved ones, friends and the communities to which you belong. On a practical level, establishing your legacy means providing your family and the charitable organizations you support with the resources you would like them to have.

And that means you may need to take the following actions: create your plans, communicate your wishes and review and update your

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Yard Work by Dan, Troiano & Sons Reach Giorgi League Final
10:15PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joe Wiggins scored 28 points, and Dave Wellington scored 23 Monday to lead their respective teams into the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball league.   Wiggins’ teammate, Taverick “Tank” Roberson, added 27 as their Yard Work by Dan squad jumped out to a 21-point half-time lead and held off a furious second-half comeback bid by defending champion Moonlight Diner before prevailing, 77-65, in Monday’s opener at the Armory.   In the nightcap, Wellington was backed up by 21 points from Lawrence Carrier and 20 from Sedale Jones in a 75-62 win for Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli against Central

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Youth Teams Sought for Soccer Kickoff Event at BCC
10:10PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is under way for the 24th annual Berkshire Kickoff Classic Youth Soccer Tournament, scheduled for Sept. 2 and 3 at Berkshire Community College.   Teams are welcome for boys and girls in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 divisions.   The event begins with a high school preseason jamboree for varsity boys and girls teams on Friday evening.   "As the competition has grown in popularity the High School Jamboree has become an integral part of the tournament," the tournament's website reads. "In addition, it provides our young players a vision of playing soccer at the next level after their youth soccer

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