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Williamstown Consignment Store Offers Second Life for Boutique Items
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Saturday, February 09, 2019

Local Consignment & Boutique in Williamstown opened with full racks of quality goods.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Local Consignment & Boutique wants to bring new life to your closet — by cleaning out and updating its contents.   Owner Hannah Reinhard said her upscale store on 131 Water St. is much more than your typical consignment shop because she wants to sell a little bit of everything.   "This is more than just a thrift store and there is something here for everybody," Reinhard said. "When we go out with our husbands, we don't want to wear the same thing we wore last time and this is a good place to stop if you need to


Amherst Men's Basketball Rallies to Top Williams
10:24PM / Friday, February 08, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Amherst men's basketball team Friday held Williams to 41 percent shooting from the field in an 84-79 win over the Ephs.   Bobby Casey led Williams with 29 points, but the visiting Mammoths (19-3, 6-2 NESCAC) outscored Williams by 10 points in the second half to erase a five-point half-time deficit.   Williams (19-4, 6-3) finishes the regular season Saturday afternoon at home against Hamilton.   Women's Basketball AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst's women held Williams to 25 percent shooting from the field in a 57-38 win.   Cam Hendricks and Madeline Eck scored 14 apiece to lead the Mammoths (20-2, 7-1).   Gabby Martin scored nine to


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

Williamstown Community Preservation Committee OKs Nine Applications
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Friday, February 08, 2019

From left, Town Manager Jason Hoch, Planning Board member Chris Winters and Conservation Commission member Phil McKnight participate in Wednesday's Community Preservation Committee meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was an emotional night in the Selectmen's Meeting Room on Wednesday.   But it was not the kind of tense, angry emotion that sometimes attends contentious issues that come before municipal bodies.   Rather, the evening was marked by the good feelings that come when public funds are going to advance the public good.   "This one gets me every year," Community Preservation Committee Chairwoman Jane Patton said after her panel unanimously


@theMarket: Markets Are China Dependent
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, February 08, 2019
Profit-taking is a natural and expected part of the stock market. That's why no one should be surprised that this week we are witnessing a period of consolidation. It is actually a good thing.   Given that most investors need a reason to explain any market declines, this week's announcement that President Trump is postponing his meeting with Xi, his Chinese counterpart, was both a surprise and a disappointment. It shouldn't be.   Over the last few months, I have tried to reduce investors' expectations of an easy, one-shot, Chinese break-through on the trade front. The postponement is actually a positive, in the sense that both sides are taking the negotiations


Edgerton, Jackson Receive 'Black Excellence on the Hill' Award
03:20PM / Friday, February 08, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield residents were honored with a 2019 "Black Excellence on the Hill" award during a State House ceremony on Monday, Feb. 4.

Ty Allan Jackson, local author, literacy advocate, publisher and motivational speaker, and Shirley Edgerton, founder and director of the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program, director of Youth Alive and cultural proficiency coach for the Pittsfield Public Schools, were honored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.

Jackson was nominated for this recognition by state Sen. Adam Hinds and Edgerton was nominated by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

The MBLLC celebrates Black History month and the


Financial Gifts for Valentines ... Of All Ages
12:10PM / Friday, February 08, 2019

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. This year, consider going beyond the flowers and chocolates and think about providing financial-related gifts to your loved ones of all generations.

Here are some gift possibilities to consider:

For your spouse or partner: Your income – both today and in the future – may be essential to the ability of your spouse or partner to maintain his or her lifestyle and even to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Consequently, you need to protect that income and be prepared to replace it. So, why not use Valentine's Day as an opportunity to review your disability and life insurance? Of course, you don't have to evaluate your insurance needs


BHS Awarded Grant to Support Low-cost Spaying & Neutering
02:48PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society has received a grant for $18,000 from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition's License Plate Program to continue providing low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs in Berkshire County.    This grant, which was funded in the fall of 2018, made BHS's successful "100 Cats for Christmas" program possible. A portion of the grant has been awarded to Animal DREAMS for its feral and community cat spay/neuter efforts, and the remaining funds will support the Humane Society's Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog.   Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog serves dog owners who are Berkshire residents and are in financial need. The


'They Shall Not Grow Old': When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Good
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
"They Shall Not Grow Old," a haunting documentary commissioned by Britain's Imperial War Museum to commemorate the centennial of the conclusion of World War I is a brilliant homage, an artistic accomplishment and a must-see for film students, history buffs and cineastes alike.   While director Peter Jackson's numerous "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" fantasies have long established him as a box office juggernaut, this 99-minute paean to all who found themselves engulfed, devastated, changed forever or killed in the war that was supposed to end all wars compellingly adds "groundbreaking" to the adjectives describing his filmmaking


Mount Greylock School Committee Sends 'Multipurpose' Building Out to Bid
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee is moving forward with a plan to build a 6,400-square-foot multipurpose building to the south of the middle-high school.   At a special afternoon meeting of the committee last week, the panel authorized architect Perkins Eastman to release bid documents with a stated budget of $2.1 million for the building, which would house the district's central administration, storage space for Mount Greylock's groundskeepers, space for the school's athletics program and, potentially, a public restroom to service the playing fields.   With soft costs included, the final project could end up costing the district closer


Weather Advisory: Sleet, Freezing Rain to Fall on the Berkshires
02:01PM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
You could get whiplash trying to keep up with weather in the Berkshires: from minus temperatures last week to glorious temperatures 60s on Monday, it's hard to figure out what to wear.    So, after a few nice, bright mild days, it's time for a turnover. Starting this evening, freezing rain and sleet will cover the Berkshires with ice and slush.    The National Weather Service is forecasting that a mainly freezing rain event with some sleet mixed-in will develop starting between 6 and 9 p.m. and the freezing rain will continue through Thursday morning before tapering off and transitioning to drizzle by midday Thursday. Up to a quarter of an inch of ice accretion


Biz Briefs: SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work Again
04:14PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
Five and counting

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been named one of the 2019's Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a row. SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program. "The employees of SVHC derive genuine satisfaction in fulfilling our mission of exceptional care and comfort for the people we serve," said Tom Dee, president and chief executive officer of SVHC. "It's their commitment and teamwork that enable our groundbreaking achievements and grow SVHC’s reputation as a place to make a truly meaningful and rewarding career."

This statewide program


Spring 2019 ArtWeek Applications Now Available
02:40PM / Monday, February 04, 2019

A diverse team of local organizations has been named as collaborators for the 2019 ArtWeek festival, celebrating the arts across Massachusetts with hundreds of creative events from April 26 through May 5.

Applications for the festival are now available online.  Featured events should be hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Events may be submitted by individual artists, informal groups, nonprofit organizations, or businesses, and there is no fee to apply as an Event Host. The final deadline is Feb. 22. Examples of previous events can also be found online.

As part of the spring 2019 festival, ArtWeek will be working with


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