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Review: WTF's 'Romance' Is Confusing But Promising
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
01:40PM / Monday, August 07, 2017

From left, Maurice Jones (Producer), Trevor Guyton (Delivery Man), Jeff McCarthy (Joseph Lindy), Jose-Maria Aguila (Mendez), Lora Lee Gayer (Billie Hathaway) and Roe Hartrampf (Vincent Connor). (Photograph by Daniel Rader)

What an intriguing, promising opening!

Underscored by a lively overture, we see a black and white movie clip of a young couple speaking intensely and kissing even more intensely. Then the man is shot and falls to the floor. Watching this film-noir parody with us is an older man looking up at the screen in his art-deco-esque, sunken screening room. We haven't a clue what's going on and for the next two hours or so, we have to work hard, too hard, to figure it

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Williams College Museum of Art to Receive Landmark Gift of African Art
11:52AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Drs. Carolyn and Eli Newberger have donated a collection to WCMA.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Museum of Art has been gifted more than 340 objects of African art from Drs. Carolyn and Eli Newberger. The collection includes works from the late 19th through late 20th century and represents numerous cultures from West Africa with decorative, religious and utilitarian objects.

In 1967, Carolyn, Eli and their infant daughter Mary Ellen began two years of service with the Peace Corps, living in the capital city Ouagadougou in what is now Burkina Faso. They admired and appreciated the art around them and became friends with the director of the national museum, Toumani


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

Berkshires Beat: 350Vermont Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Bennington
11:36AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Popping up: 350Vermont's Summer Pop-Up Series is taking the Burlington-based climate organization to four Vermont communities, including a last stop this week in Bennington County. The pop-up tent will appear in four Bennington County locations: the Bennington Farmers Market (Aug. 8, 3-6 p.m.), the Left Bank in North Bennington (Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), the Manchester Farmers Market (Aug. 10, 3-6 p.m.), and Willow Park in Bennington (Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Each site will also host other activities such as workshops or cantastoria performances. A full schedule can be found online.

350VT's Jen Lazar describes the pop-up as a "mix of a traveling roadshow, a listening tour, a


Adams' Dancecapade 20 Years Strong
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Jaclyn Grabicki knew she wanted to start a dance school before she graduated college. ADAMS, Mass. — After 20 years, Dancecapade School of Dance is still educating students from throughout North County.   "It's been an interesting road and I don't know if I ever imagined it would be this successful," school owner Jaclyn Grabicki said. "I love it and it is so rewarding to teach these kids something so important to me."   Bookended in the Midtown Plaza on Spring Street, Dancecapade School of Dance has taught thousands of students since its opening in 1997.    Grabicki said she started dancing at the age of 6 and soon after knew her


Williamstown Lawyer Tapped to State Humanites Board
08:18PM / Sunday, August 06, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bruce Grinnell of the law firm Grinnell Partners, LLP, in Williamstown, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Mass Humanities.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y, Grinnell has been in legal practice for more than 35 years and focuses primarily on general mediation in family law cases. In addition to his many accolades as a lawyer, he has worked as an adjunct professor of law at both Boston University and Vermont Law School. He recently served on the boards of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and REACH Community Health Foundation, as well as led a $12-million capital campaign for North Adams Regional Hospital. 

Mass Humanities is


Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017

To the Editor:

Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three

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Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Max Price for Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Friday, August 04, 2017

Superintendent Kimberley Grady, right, is joined at Wednesday's meeting by Yocelyn Delgado, who was named to the School Building Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Wednesday approved the guaranteed maximum price for the district's addition/renovation project.   As recommended by the School Building Committee at its July 13 meeting, the GMP is $52.3 million — a little less than the construction line item carried in the overall project budget.   "We've gotten to the point where [construction manager] Turner Construction was comfortable," SBC Chairman Mark Schiek told a special meeting of the School


'A Ghost Story': Lacks Spirit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:26PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
Faced with reviewing writer-director David Lowery's supernaturally obscure "A Ghost Story," my first inclination is to ask myself, 'Why didn't I just see some nice, old-fashioned cowboy movie?' Y'know ... something about the waning days of the Wild West, where there's nothing more symbolic to scrutinize than the ubiquitous tumbling tumbleweed. How nice, how tranquil, how straightforward. But nooo, I have to complicate my life by trying to describe in normal human words a film preoccupied with no less than eternity and the meaning of life.   Were I back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and "A Ghost Story"


Williams Bookstore is Williamstown's New 'Hangout'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:43PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017

The view up Spring Street from just outside the new Williams Bookstore. The Chamber of Commerce will have preview on Thursday night. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new Williams Bookstore was built with an eye toward drawing college students to the south end of Spring Street.   And non-students are very much part of the plan as well.   "I see this as a place for students," manager Richard Simpson said while showing off a second-floor conference room that overlooks the downtown commercial district. "Water Street Books was great, but we really only got students when they had to come in or when they needed something. Now, I'm hoping it's going to be a


BMC Nurses Take Second Step Toward Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have taken the second step toward a strike.   The Massachusetts Nursing Association filed a notification to end the existing agreement. The contract currently in place prohibits a strike and while the contract had an expiration date of September 2016, the duration clauses continued it unless a 30-day notice from either side was made or a new agreement was signed.    "While we are disappointed that the union has moved one step closer to a strike, we look forward to meeting again with the union on Aug. 7, with hopes of reaching an agreement," Berkshire Health Systems Vice President of Human Resources


Williamstown Prudential Committee Moves Forward on Land Acquisition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee that oversees the town's fire district voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to enter into a purchase and sales agreement for a 3.7-acre Main Street parcel where officials hope to build a new fire station.   Prudential Committee Chairman John Notsley told his colleagues that the negotiated price this time around is $400,000 with the estate of Kurt Lehovec for the parcel next door to the new Aubuchon Hardware (the former Agway) on Route 2.   "The assessed value, with the buildings off of it, is $382,800," Notsley said. "That would equate to $6,833 in tax revenue between the fire district and the town. … The


Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain and Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:05PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the classical music festival season. Programs this week at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of symphonic music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. The prodigious pianist Garrick Ohlsson has a busy week in store: He will perform Chopin's two piano concertos on successive evenings, and will offer a solo recital of works by Schubert and Scriabin on Tuesday evening in Ozawa Hall. Added to this, programs 4 and 5 in the special series "Schubert's Summer Journey," featuring Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Mr. Ohlsson, will surely be not-to-be-missed musical high points.

Enhancing the offerings above, be sure to


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