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Williamstown Convenience Store Hit With Double License Suspension
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Police Lt. Mike Ziemba reads his report on how police determined that alcohol and cigarettes were being sold to minors. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Gulf Food Mart on Main Street (Route 2) is facing 30-day suspensions of its licenses to sell tobacco and alcohol after actions by two town boards on Monday.   The enforcement actions arise out of a November sting operation conducted by the Police Department against the store that resulted in eight criminal charges against one of its three full-time employees.   Police say Inderjeet Singh, known commonly as "Indy," sold alcohol to a person under 21 on three different occasions in November. On two of those occasions,

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Williamstown Fire District Wednesday to Present Results of Study
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Prudential Committee on Wednesday evening will present the results of a study conducted by New Hampshire-based Municipal Resources Inc.   In a 7 p.m. session at Town Hall to be televised by WilliNet, representatives from MRI and the Williamstown Fire District will share the highlights of a 74-page report that looks at "the manner in which fire services are provided within the District, including a target hazard analysis, review of response metrics and a review of the current facility and apparatus."   The report goes into detail on a couple of issues that were raised by candidates in the recent special election to expand the Prudential

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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,

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Use Year-end Bonus (Or Gift) Wisely
01:01PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, you may be anticipating – or have already received – a year-end bonus from your employer. Or you might be receiving a substantial cash gift for the holidays. (If you're really lucky, you might get both.)

You can doubtlessly think of many ways to spend this money right now, but how can you use it to help yourself in the long run?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Pay off some debts. Virtually all of us carry some type of debt, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. For example, your mortgage not only gives you a place to live and a chance to build equity in your home, but the interest payments are typically tax deductible. Other debts, though,

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019
11:15AM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iBerkshires.com. (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.

 

Holiday Events Thursday, Dec. 12

North Adams: Phil Kline's walking symphony experience "Unsilent Night" returns again to North Adams. This year the event will explore the neighborhood just north of River Street, starting at the UNO Community Center and ending at the new studio venue at Porches Inn. The walk is at 6 p.m., with a gathering at UNO one half-hour before. All ages invited;  dress warmly, 

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 14

Pittsfield: The Holiday Shindy will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the newly instated Al Khalil Cultural Center (formerly Shire City Sanctuary) with 40 artisan vendors, featuring holiday shopping with food from local farms and the opportunity to meet and watch local makers weave, sew, and whittle. Admission is $3, free for children under 12.

Sheffield: Christ Trinity Church, 180 Main St., will hold its holiday bazaar and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The

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Photech Mill Housing Project Could Break Ground in Spring
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing addresses the Select Board on Monday evening.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The former Photech mill building on Cole Avenue could be used for housing as early as summer 2021.   On Monday, the Select Board heard from the president and CEO of Berkshire Housing Development Corp., who said the Pittsfield-based non-profit was close to finalizing funding for the $16 million project that will utilize the existing mill building and build townhouses at 330 Cole Ave., creating 41 units of affordable housing.   "Last week, we had a call with the state folks who are behind tax credits and soft debt, and we mutually agreed to try to close

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Veteran Spotlight: PFC Giardina Runs Out of Luck on Day 13
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:28PM / Sunday, December 08, 2019

I met this week's veterans spotlight feature several months ago and I liked him instantly as we really hit it off. He would be described as unequivocally old school — kind, humble, generous with a warm smile and a fabulous personality. 

  Francis A. Giardina served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War.    Growing up in Pittsfield, he was the youngest of three children. "We were poor, but we didn't know it ... we always had food on the table and always had plenty to do," he remembered. After graduating from Pittsfield High School, Giardina ran pool halls for a couple of years before being drafted into the Army in November

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Climate Change Expert: Keep Heat on Banks, Insurers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:16AM / Sunday, December 08, 2019

About two dozen protesters demanding action on climate change gather on the steps of Williamstown's First Congregational Church on Friday afternoon.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A leading expert on climate change Thursday told a packed house that while big oil is an enemy, it is not the only one.   Big banks and big insurance play their part.   "The four banks in the world that fund most of the fossil fuel industry are big American banks," Bill McKibben said during his appearance at MCLA for the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture. "Chase Bank is the biggest by far and the biggest with a bullet. Chase Bank lent over the last

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Williams Women's Basketball Improves to 8-0
09:18PM / Saturday, December 07, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maggie Meehan scored 22 points Saturday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 64-45 win over Babson as the Ephs improved to 8-0 this season.   Mikaela Topper scored 15 points, and Emily Chang had eight points and eight rebounds.   The Ephs are off until Dec. 18, when they meet Delaware Valley in Miami, Fla.   Men's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Springfield's Heath Post hit two free throws with 16 seconds left, and Williams missed a pair of shots in the final 16 seconds as the Pride earned a 76-75 win.   Jake Ross scored 26 points, and Post finished with 23 for Springfield (7-0).   Williams (4-3) got 29

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Williamstown Housing Trust Decides on Ask to Community Preservation Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:09AM / Saturday, December 07, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Affordable Housing Trust plans to seek $75,000 in unrestricted funds from town Community Preservation Act funds this spring.   On Wednesday, the trustees met and reviewed the group's application, which will be reviewed by the Community Preservation Committee this winter. The CPC vets all funding requests under the act and decides whether to send them for approval to town meeting in May.   The Affordable Housing Trust has received CPA funding from the town's voters each year since the trust was created. In fact, even longer.   "The first grant was made before the trust was even formed," trust Chairman Thomas Sheldon

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'The Irishman': At 3 Hours & 29 Minutes, it all Depends
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:31PM / Friday, December 06, 2019
"Fuhgeddaboudit" was the advice from those who decided against climbing the movie mountain that is Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," all 3 hours and 29 minutes of it. Dilemmas presented themselves. How many times will I have to go to the bathroom? Should we skip breakfast, have dinner now, pack a picnic lunch, or maybe even book a room close to the theater?   The destinies of whole lives were changed for those strict constructionists who wouldn't succumb to the tyranny of their bladders by availing themselves of the small screen, Netflix offering.   Me? Nope. I came this far in my moviegoing ... lived through the days of when films broke in midstream,

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Whiplash Weather in Store for the Berkshires
01:32PM / Friday, December 06, 2019
Mother Nature is making sure there's a snowy background for Friday night's tree lightings in North Adams and Pittsfield. The National Weather Service is predicting a few inches and up to 5 inches in the higher elevations, with steady snowfall until 10 p.m.    Motorists should beware of slippery roads and low visibility, especially Friday night.   A number of school districts have canceled after-school programs for Friday: Hoosac Valley Regional; Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter; Mount Greylock Regional School District; Drury High; and Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (early dismissal, too).   But wait, this is the Berkshires so you know the

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