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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Hears Both Sides on Tuition Question
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Monday, February 12, 2018

Transition Committee members Carolyn Greene and Joe Bergeron listen to public comment at the start of Thursday's meeting.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Transition Committee on Thursday decided to continue its dialogue with representatives from the towns of Hancock and New Ashford about the tuition rate the towns would pay to send students to Lanesborough Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional School in the 2018-19 school year.   Shaker Mountain School Union 70 Superintendent Peter Dillon, Hancock School Committee Chairman Alex Kastrinakis and a member of the New Ashford Select Board addressed the Transition Committee, which is responsible


Northern Berkshire Waste District Sets Fiscal 2019 Budget
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Monday, February 12, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Commission passed an $87,877.52 budget with level town assessments.    The committee met Thursday to go over a proposed budget with assessments based on population. Each member community of the 13-town district will be charged $2.87 per person based on the 2010 Census.    "The assessments will be level," Program Manager Linda Cernik said. "It will be the same as last year."   The two largest assessments were the town of Adams for an assessment at$24,354.64 and Williamstown at $22,256.43.   The rest of the assessments ranged from just under $10,000 to just under $400.   The town of


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

County Skaters Collect Medals at Bay State Winter Games Sports,
10:30PM / Saturday, February 10, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Bay State Winter Games figure skating competition wrapped on Sunday with two Berkshire County residents on the podium.   Pittsfield's Sophia Mele earned a bronze medal by finishing third in an eight-skater group of the Preliminary Girls Test Track.   Briana Palmieri, also of Pittsfield, took bronze in her 10-skater group in the same discipline. Palmieri earned a first-place ranking from one of the five judges in the event.   Pittsfield's Madison Quinn also earned a first-place verdict from one of the judges, but she just missed the podium, finishing fourth.   Saturday WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Four local skaters took home


Williams Women's Basketball Clinches Tourney Bid in Regular Season Finale
08:31PM / Saturday, February 10, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kristen Fechtelkotter scored 15 points, and the Williams College women's basketball team Saturday qualified for the NESCAC tournament with a 57-50 win over Hamilton.   The Ephs (12-12, 4-6) outscored the Continentals, 20-14, in the fourth quarter to put away the win.   Amanni Fernandez and Emily Chang each scored 12 points, and Emily Peckham passed out four assists as Williams snapped a four-game losing streak.   The Ephs find out where they will start the post-season after NESCAC regular season play concludes on Sunday.   Men's Basketball CLINTON, N.Y. -- Bobby Casey scored 31 points Saturday to lead Williams to an 81-67 win over


Williams Men's Hockey Beats Middlebury in OT
11:36PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Colby Cretella scored an empty-net goal with 10 seconds left in overtime to give the Williams College men's hockey team a 2-1 win over Middlebury on Friday night at Lansing Chapman Rink.   C.J. Shguart scored late in the second period to erase a Middlebury lead.   Stephen Morrissey made 20 saves for Williams (11-10, 7-8 NESCAC), which is off until next Friday when it hosts Amherst.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Hannah Hackley scored 14 pointsto lead the Amherst women to a 55-44 win over Williams.   Kristen Fechtelkotter scored 10, and Amanni Fernandez added nine for the Ephs (11-12, 3-6), who finish the regular season on


Guest Column: Time to Enact Paid Family Leave
State Rep. Tricial Farley-Bouvier, Guest Column
06:12PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
Twenty-five years ago, on Feb. 5, 1993, President Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows certain workers to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to deal with a serious health condition, have a baby, bond with a newborn or adopted child, or take care of a seriously ill relative.   The FMLA was a major stride forward for the rights of workers and their families, but after a quarter decade the program's major gaps are clear. However, FMLA does not cover about 40 percent of the workforce, including workers at smaller companies and those who have recently changed jobs. And many workers who are eligible FMLA can't afford to take unpaid


The Independent Investor: How to Handle a Pullback
By Bill Schmick,
05:47PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
The stock market is in turmoil. Several hundred point swings in the Dow and other averages has investors on edge. The indexes are suffering 1-2 percent point swings per day. How are you dealing with it?   Over the last several months, I have written several columns preparing you for this day. I thought it might be useful to give readers a refresher course on coping. Here are some useful tips on avoiding that worst of all reactions—selling on the lows.   Number one: do not check your portfolio. The more often you do, the greater the probability that you will panic and sell. Every time you check your investments in a freefall decline like this one, you will feel terrible. The


'I, Tonya': Class Warfare on Skates
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:41PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
I wasn't looking forward to seeing "I, Tonya," about provocative, world class ice skater Tonya Harding. The events surrounding her quest for Olympic greatness and fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan's ruthlessly broken kneecap seemed so yesterday, and anyway, I never learned to ice skate. A bunch of fancily clad skaters twirling about on slippery ice while a Rachmaninoff etude plays in the background seemed like an awful yawn. But alas, dear reader, it appears I'm not entirely bereft of the genteel gene required to appreciate such stuff.   Now don't get me wrong. I'm not going to move heaven and earth to make sure I don't miss the competitive figure


Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 5
Staff Reports,
12:08PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, February 5.   Jason Pennell, 29, of Holyoke pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin.   He was ordered to serve 120 days at the Hampden County House of Correction. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant in Williamstown on January 18, 2017.   A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws was dismissed by the state.


Snowfall Predictions: Weekend Watch
11:18AM / Friday, February 09, 2018

If you haven't had enough snow this past week, guess what? We might get a few more inches this weekend.

The National Weather Service says there is a chance of light snow Friday afternoon into the evening, and then again in the early-morning hours of Saturday and possibly continuing after daybreak. The total amount in northern Berkshire County could be upwards of 3 inches.

Temperatures should be seasonably mild, with daytime highs reaching into the 40s.

The Weather Channel and WTEN also predict a 50 percent chance of snow Friday afternoon and into Saturday as well, with a total of 1 to 3 inches.


Light snow this afternoon into tonight, but moderate over the southern


Williamstown Housing Trust Decides on Two Houses at Cole-Maple Property
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Friday, February 09, 2018

Trustee Anne O'Connor, who fills the Select Board's seat on the Affordable Housing Trust board, made the case for building three houses on the property. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The trustees of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Thursday told Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to proceed with a plan to build two houses on a Cole  Avenue lot the trust purchased for the purpose of creating subsidized housing.   The non-profit asked the trustees for direction after Habitat generated a proposal that would have sited three single-family homes on the half-acre lot — in keeping with the trustees' previously stated desire to maximize the number of


IS183 Art School Names Executive Director
10:29PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — IS183 Art School's Board of Directors has named Lucie Castaldo permanent executive director after four months serving in the interim position.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have an internal candidate of such high quality with such an extensive history serving the organization," said Andy Foster, chairman of the board. "Lucie cares so much about our programs, teachers and students and this engagement is infectious. She brings both continuity and – as we can already see a few months in – a raft of new ideas and approaches that will strengthen our service to the Berkshires. With a strong team in place surrounding her, IS183 is


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