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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Library Storytimes Around the Berkshires
10:05AM / Friday, April 12, 2019

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go."

Adams Free Library
92 Park St., Adams
www.adamslibraryma.org
Storytime: 10 a.m. Fridays

Alford Free Public Library
5 Alford Center Road, Alford
https://townofalford.org/library/

Becket Athenaeum
3367 Main St., Route 8, Becket
http://www.becketathenaeum.org/
Preschool STEAM: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays through May 21

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield
http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/
Tiny Tots Storytime: 10 a.m. Mondays
Preschool Play and Learn: 10 a.m. Thursdays
LEGO Club: 3-5 p.m. Thursdays

Bushnell-Sage Library
48 Main St.,

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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
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
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100 Days: An Interview With District Attorney Andrea Harrington
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Andrea Harrington is sworn in as district attorney 100 days ago. She ran promising reform in the DA's office.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been 100 days since the changing of the guard in the district attorney's office.   Andrea Harrington defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in November with a message of reform and change. She took the oath of office on Jan. 2 before a large crowd at the Berkshire Museum — and so began a new day in that office.   Earlier this week, Harrington announced the creation of a domestic violence task force. It was one of her campaign promises and one that she envisions as being preventative in nature to curb rising

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Williamstown Planners Decline to Back Dwelling Bylaw Amendment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:35AM / Friday, April 12, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday discussed projects it wants to take on in preparation for potential articles for the 2020 annual town meeting.   And it once more declined to make changes to the proposals it is putting before next month's 2019 town meeting.   The board looked at possible changes to town zoning that would allow more activity on local farms to promote their economic sustainability and that would address lighting pollution.   But when the chair opened the meeting to comments from the floor, the discussion turned to the detached accessory dwelling unit bylaw the board developed throughout the 2018-19 meeting

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The Independent Investor: Retirement Savers Could See Positive News This Year (Maybe)
By Bill Schmick,
03:55PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
In this acrimonious political environment, little in the way of new legislation is expected to pass both chambers of Congress. One exception may be the Secure Act. Last Tuesday, a key House committee unanimously approved the bill, which would greatly enhance some private retirement plans.   The bill would not only increase the flexibility of 401 (k) plans but would also provide much greater access for small-business owners and their employees. The changes would hopefully encourage many more small businesses to offer private retirement benefits to their workers. It is the most sweeping legislation to come out of Congress in over a decade.   The sponsors, including the top Democrat

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Stop & Shop Workers Walkout Over Stalled Contract Talks
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:47PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019

The union feels the company has been bargaining in bad faith. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stop & Shop employees walked out at supermarkets across New England on Thursday afternoon, saying the grocery chain has "continued to bargain in bad faith."   "Everything we are asking for in a new contract is completely reasonable. Taking care of the workers that have made this company successful is the right for Stop & Shop to do," reads an update from leaders of United Food and Commercial Workers locals posted online on Thursday morning.   "We offered to form a subcommittee on negotiations as an effort to keep discussions with Stop & Shop going and

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'Dumbo': A Relevant Elephant
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:27PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
Here's what drives me crazy. Mostly everyone you and I know has been brought up on a steady motion picture diet of morality tales like this latest version of Disney's "Dumbo," based on the studio's 1941, animated delve into the wiles and munificence of human nature. All the good lessons concerning proper human behavior are therein contained.    And yet, look at some of these uncaring, inconsiderate curmudgeons young and old sharing the planet with us. This week I'm particularly down on the 30-something, balding Wall Street dude, sunglasses-attired, who passes you on the right in his 3 series BMW and then celebrates his belligerence by giving you the

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Berkshire Innovation Center Construction Ramping Up
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction on the Berkshire Innovation Center is ramping up, according to Executive Director Scott Longley.   "We are literally within weeks of starting to frame interior walls. The momentum and the progress of the BIC construction have definitely begun to pick up," Longley told the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority on Wednesday.   The research and development center broke ground in September and is eyed for an October opening. In January, the steel structure was completed and celebrated with a topping off ceremony. In February, "the building really began to take shape. We put flooring. We put decking. Things were getting welded

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BCC's Coordinator of Multicultural Center Recognized as 2019 Latina Leader
12:25PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Eleanore Velez, has been recognized by Amplify Latinx as a 2019 Latina Leader.

Amplify Latinx is a Boston-based, non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership position across sectors.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Amplify Latinx launched a campaign to identify 11 outstanding Latina leaders who exemplify the best in their professions and who are lifting others as they climb. Amplify Latinx received 45 nominations from corporate, civic,

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What Can You Do With Your Tax Refund?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:42AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

We're getting close to the tax-filing deadline. For many of us, this means it's that time of year when we get our biggest financial windfall – a tax refund. If you have recently received a refund, or are expecting to get one in the next few weeks, what should you do with it?

Of course, you could just spend the money on something you want, but if you would like to maximize the financial benefits from your refund, you might want to consider other options, including the following:

Invest the money. In 2018, the average tax refund was about $2,700. For this year, it might be somewhat lower, due to changes in the tax laws and the failure of taxpayers to adjust their withholdings

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Primary Care Offices Offer More Than Ever
By Dr. Robert Schwartz,
11:26AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

As little as five or 10 years ago, you visited your doctor at your primary care office for your yearly physical and when you were ill. You might need to visit three or four other offices to get all of the care you needed.

But times are changing. Many primary care offices are offering patients more types of care more conveniently than ever. Knowing about all of the services your primary care practice offers can help you take better care of yourself and your family.

The shift in primary care started several years ago with the concept of the medical home. When patients first hear the term "medical home," they are often confused. "Do you mean nursing home?" they think.

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Williamstown Select Board Makes Advisory Votes on Town Meeting Articles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Jeffrey Thomas and Anne O'Connor participate in Monday's Select Board meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday recommended passage of all but one of the articles on the warrant for May's annual town meeting.   And the lone exception was an idea about which the board members expressed sympathy and an article whose author agreed likely needs amendment before it goes to a vote.   The board unanimously voted in favor of all the town and school spending articles, which have been reviewed and approved by the town's Finance Committee throughout the winter and spring.   The bottom line of the budget shows an estimated property tax increase

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