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Williamstown CPC Faces Three Applications Totaling $160,000
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Wednesday, January 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Community Preservation Committee this winter will have three requests for funding from Community Preservation Act proceeds.   The applications, posted on the town's website, come from three bodies: the Sand Springs Recreation Center, the town's Affordable Housing Trust and the town itself. And they total $159,800.   The CPC is the gatekeeper that evaluates funding requests and decides whether to send them on to May's annual town meeting, where voters decide whether to grant or deny the funding.   The committee is scheduled to begin considering the applications at its first meeting of the calendar year on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.


Images Cinema Presents 20th Century Women in Film Series
01:57PM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. In celebration of that historic expansion of voting rights, Images Cinema is presenting a series of films about women's activism and advocacy from then until today.

From January through May, Images will present both narrative and documentary films that highlight woman activist stories. Each film is paired with a woman activist guest speaker or speakers. Regular admission prices apply unless otherwise noted. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St.

"I was inspired to put this series together by the confluence of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and all


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

Williams Announces Tenure for Seven Faculty Members
01:37PM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of Williams College voted to promote seven faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure.

Promotions will take effect July 1, 2020, for Michelle Apotsos, art; Corinna Campbell, music; Charles Doret, physics; Susan Godlonton, economics; Leo Goldmakher, mathematics; Pamela Harris, mathematics; and Greg Phelan, economics.

Michelle Apotsos, art: Apotsos's scholarship focuses on Islamic architecture in Africa, and she teaches widely on African art history and art-making. She has lectured and written extensively on the subject and has published in various journals, including African Arts and the International Journal of Islamic


Protect Yourself Against Long-term Care Costs
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:05AM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

If you're fortunate, you'll live independently and in good health throughout your retirement years. However, if you ever needed some type of long-term care, such as a stay in a nursing home, would you be financially prepared?

To answer this question, you may want to evaluate two variables: your likelihood of needing long-term care and the cost of such care. Consider the following:

* Someone turning age 65 today has an almost 70 percent chance of eventually needing some type of long-term care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

* The average cost for a private room in a nursing home is about $100,000 per year, while a home health aide costs about

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Mount Greylock's Multipurpose Building Project Underway
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Construction of the building will allow the regional district's administrators to move out of the temporary trailers left over from the high and middle school building project.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Less than two months after the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee approved the construction of a multipurpose building on the middle-high school campus, construction is well underway.   On Monday morning, general contractor David J. Tierney of Pittsfield joined Superintendent Kimberley Grady to watch the pouring of the foundation for the building, which will house the district's central administrative offices, allow storage for Mount Greylock's facilities


Williams Men's Basketball Team Gets Over .500
Williams Sports Information,
11:04PM / Monday, January 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's basketball team (6-5) Monday improved to 4-1 at home with a 78-55 win over the Fitchburg State Falcons (6-6).   Matt Karpowicz led the way for the Ephs with 19 points.   "It was good to see the guys just come out and play hard tonight," Williams coach Kevin App said. "If we keep doing that and building habits, good stuff happens."   The Falcons jumped out to a 9-0 lead to begin the game thanks to seven points from Nicholas Tracy. The Ephs then went on a run of their own, and two free throws from Mike Myers tied the game at 11 with 13:24 left in the first half.   Williams continued to put the clamps


Bay State Games Recognizes 'Berkshire Heroes'
01:25AM / Monday, January 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Bay State Games presented the Berkshire Hero Award on Saturday evening to two staunch supporters of the annual Winter Games.   The 2020 recipients are Nate Cariddi from Williams College and Sue Briggs of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. The two recipients received their awards during the Bay State Skate Figure Skating Show, which took place at the college's Lansing Chapman Rink on Saturday.    Nate Cariddi is the groundskeeper lead at Williams with responsibilities including the ice rink. Cariddi has served as an important contact between the Bay State Games and the college. He and his crew also put in a lot of extra work and care during


Local Figure Skaters Excel at Bay State Winter Games
06:56PM / Sunday, January 05, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Several Berkshire County residents earned gold medals in the Bay State Winter Games figure skating competition that concluded on Sunday afternoon.   On Sunday, Pittsfield Figure Skating Club members Caroline Gillette and Carly Lyon placed first and second, respectively, in the Excel Preliminary Girls Free Skating Group 2.   Gillette was marked first by five of five judges on the group's panel to place first of five competitors.   Daniella Santamarina, also of the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club, Saturday took home a gold medal in the Excel Intermediate Ladies Free Skate.   Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club's Samantha Taxter, skating in the


Williams Women's Basketball Rolls to 11-0
09:54PM / Saturday, January 04, 2020
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Morgan Dauk came off the bench to score 19 points Saturday and lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 56-45 win over Skidmore.   Maggie Meehan scored 11, and Katie Brule pulled down 10 rebounds.   Williams (11-0) goes to Worcester Polytechnic on Tuesday.   Men's Basketball SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Andrew Laub scored 18 points to lead Union to a 79-69 win over Williams.   Matt Karpowicz led the Ephs with 22 points.   Union outrebounded Williams by a margin of 38-24 and took a 10-point lead into half-time.   Williams (5-5) hosts Fitchburg State on Monday.   Men's Hockey OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Saint Mary's of


Berkshire Palate Expands in Williamstown
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:32AM / Saturday, January 04, 2020

The new location in the Colonial Plaza is 600 square feet bigger than the eatery's original spot.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Palate has moved to accommodate its expanding business.    The eatery has moved just a few doors down at the Colonial Plaza into the former EAT — a more suitable location for its cuisine, business, and customers.    "People are really receptive to the menu and I think they like that we are family owned and the food is local," co-owner Paul Brassard said. "They like the creative things we do on the menu and it is never the same old thing."   Berkshire Palate is a family business run by


Halloran Hat Trick Lifts Williams Women to Tie with Trinity
Williams Sports Information,
11:33PM / Friday, January 03, 2020
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Williams College women's ice hockey team (5-4-1) battled back from a 2-0 deficit and a 3-1 deficit to claim a 3-3 tie with NESCAC foe Trinity College (4-3-1) on the strength of a hat trick by Eph forward Meghan Halloran in a game played at Bowdoin College.   Friday's game was a non-NESCAC game and the result gets added to both teams overall records, but not to their NESCAC records.   Trinity outshot the Ephs 6-1 in a scoreless first period and the Bantams carried that offensive momentum into the second period and manufactured a two-goal lead when they tallied two goals in a span of. 2:41.   Trinity's Caelin Flaherty picked up a rebound off


@theMarket: New Wall of Worry for Markets
By Bill Schmick,
06:27PM / Friday, January 03, 2020
Donald Trump's decision this week to kill Iran's second-most important figure, Gen. Qassem Soleimanai, this week placed a time-out on the stock market's bull run into the New Year. Do you run for the hills or do you buy the dip?   If I look back to other geopolitical events, my first reaction is to use any further declines as an opportunity to increase exposure to the stock markets. At the same time, I wouldn't chase those categories of assets that have vaulted higher in response to this event. Gold and oil both moved higher overnight, but those gains could be fleeting as investors begin to assess whether or not there will be any further downside.   That is not to


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