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'Uncut Gems': Frenetic: [fruh-net-ik] Filled With Excitement, Activity, or Confusion: Wild or Frantic
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires columnist
05:14PM / Friday, January 03, 2020
Adam Sandler's partially tour de force and indubitably frenetic portrayal of New York Diamond District jeweler/gambler Howard Ratner in "Uncut Gems" is a wildly disturbing adventure yarn, the purpose of which I'm still trying to figure out. Neither a comprehensive character study of its anxiety-ridden, addictive personality nor a scientific delve into the protagonist's torturing affliction, Howard's pillar-to-post rampage in quest of that ultimate score courtesy of a raw, Ethiopian opal will leave you shockingly exhausted.   Nonetheless, when I recently issued that quasi-deterring cautionary to an acquaintance, she seemed even more anxious than before to


The Independent Investor: Why Is Inflation so Low?
By Bill Schmick,
12:14PM / Friday, January 03, 2020
The inflation rate has not been a cause of concern in this country for well over a decade. On the contrary, economists have been worried that the opposite might occur, a bout of deflation.   Throughout the last decade, inflation has averaged no more than 1 1/2 percent, which is well below the Federal Reserve Bank's targeted inflation rate of 2 percent. Historically, that is highly unusual, given how economics are supposed to work. Central banks around the world (although they don't like to admit it), have no idea why the inflation rate is as low as it is.  Neither do global economists, or Wall Street strategists.   World economies continue to grow, and interest rates


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

Mount Greylock Officials Want More Information on Turf Field
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, January 03, 2020

School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger, left, and Jamie Art participate in Thursday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday agreed that it wants to hold a public forum to gather more input before voting on whether to advance a plan to build an artificial turf playing field at the middle-high school.   In a special meeting that featured public comment from proponents and opponents of the turf field, School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger pressed his committee members to identify the kind of information they needed in order to make an informed decision.   Although two of the committee members present said they knew

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Main Street in North Adams Filled With Art in the New Year
02:25AM / Friday, January 03, 2020

Jon Verney's 'Sightseer' is featured at 105 Main St.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Downtown North Adams is glammed up for the new year, thanks to an artistic collaboration among the city of North Adams and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and Fine and Performing Arts Department of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

New work from local artists, one Mass MoCA artist in residence, two MCLA alumni and eight MCLA students has been placed in storefront windows along Main Street. Visitors who wish to read more about the artists and obtain a walking map can isit MCLA Gallery 51 at 51 Main St. in North Adams.

"We wanted to ignite Main Street in a way that reflects the

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Resiman Scores Twice to Lead Williams Women's Hockey to Victory
11:20PM / Thursday, January 02, 2020
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Williams College women's ice hockey team (5-4) scored two early goals in the first period and a late goal in the third period to edge the Valiants of Manhattanville College (6-4-1), 3-2, Thursday afternoon in a game played on the campus of Bowdoin College.   The Ephs' Amanda Resiman netted two goals on the day and tallied the game-winner with just 1:26 remaining in the final period.   Williams broke on top with two early goals in the first period as first Meghan Halloran scored unassisted (2:37). Halloran carried along left boards deep into the Manhattanville zone. The junior wristed a low angle shot inside the near post for the 1-0


Clark Art Institute Presents Programs for Families With Young Children
03:16PM / Thursday, January 02, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This winter, the Clark Art Institute continues two of its popular programs for families with young children, New Parents Gallery Talks and Start with Art.

New Parents Gallery Talks are designed for parents/guardians and their infants. Parents and guardians can enjoy a guided visit in our galleries without having to find a babysitter. Talks take place on Fridays Jan. 3, Feb. 7 and March 6 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Strollers and front-carrying baby carriers are permitted. The gallery talks are most appropriate for parents/guardians and pre-toddlers.

The Start with Art program introduces young children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old to art in a fun and


Is Market Timing a Smart Investment Strategy?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
03:06PM / Thursday, January 02, 2020

You may have heard that timing is everything. And in many walks of life, that may be true – but not necessarily when it comes to investing.

To understand why this is so, let's look at three common mistakes investors make:

* Selling investments and moving to cash when stocks are predicted to drop: If you follow the financial news on cable TV or the internet, you're eventually bound to discover some "experts" who are predicting imminent, huge drops in the stock market. And on rare occasions, they may be right – but often they're not. And if you were to sell some of your stocks or stock-based investments based on a prediction and move the money to cash or a


Biz Briefs: Gordmans Hiring for Upcoming North Adams Location
01:29PM / Thursday, January 02, 2020
Now hiring

The North Adams Peebles Department Store, located in the Steeple City Plaza, is converting to a Gordmans off-price store. The apparel and home decor retailer is now hiring with the goal of opening Feb. 18.

Gordmans, which has been delighting shoppers for more than 100 years, is part of the Stage community of stores. Stage is converting its Peebles and other department store name plates to Gordmans in 2020, an off-price concept offering everyone's favorite brands at prices way lower than department stores.

Gordmans offers a variety of positions in an energetic and engaging work environment. Positions, which vary by store location, include store manager, assistant store


Bay State Games Figure Skating Competition Returns this Weekend
12:30PM / Thursday, January 02, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- More than a dozen figure skaters from around the area are scheduled to compete in this weekend's Bay State Winter Games at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink.   Three days of competition get under way on Friday evening and continue through Sunday.   Seven members of the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club will compete in various divisions of the U.S. Figure Skating competition.   That group includes: Daniella Satamarina, 17, of Pittsfield; Katie Malone-Smith, 41, of Hinsdale; Briana Palmieri, 17, of Pittsield; Amanda Drager, 17, of Dalton; Dakota Marquis, 14, of Lanesborough; Carly Lyon, 13, of Lee; and Caroline Gillette, 15, of


Youth Center Green Team Make Recycling Ornaments
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Green Team is a state-funded initiative to promote recycling and waste reduction by educating students.  CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Youth Center Inc.'s Green Team members made ornaments for Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District members, commissioners, and vendors.   The gifts this year not only graced Christmas trees but offered a simple reminder: recycle.   "The kids had a great time, got a better understanding of recycling, separation, and dual stream processes," the waste district's Program Director Linda Cernik said. "We hope what the kids learn they bring home with a better understanding of recycling."   Thirteen

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Williams Libraries Receives Collections from Celebrated Poet, Scholar
01:39AM / Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Scurlock Studios, courtesy Williams College Archives

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams Libraries has received collections of books, manuscripts and record albums documenting the life and work of one of America' most influential poets and scholars: Sterling Allen Brown, a Class of 1922 graduate of Williams College.

Brown's family made the donation to the Williams College Archives, where the materials will be preserved, cataloged and made accessible to researchers in Special Collections. The gift includes Brown's personal library, manuscripts, photographs and sound recordings, providing deeper insight into his legacy, especially his devotion to the development of a

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Spivy, Karpowicz Lead Williams Men Past Salem State
Williams Sports Information,
08:47PM / Monday, December 30, 2019
SALEM, Mass. -- The Williams College Ephs (5-4) defeated the Salem State Vikings (1-11) by a score of 78-61 in their final game of 2019 behind 18 points from Spencer Spivy and Matt Karpowicz.   Spivy opened the game with a 3-pointer, then finished a layup off of a steal for his fifth point in the first 30 seconds. Salem St. called a timeout 2:43 into the game with Williams up 13-2.   After the Ephs took a 23-3 lead 5:51 into the contest, the Vikings closed the deficit to 10, led by six points from Hakeem Animashaun.    The Vikings came as close as eight points with 7:17 to go in the half, but back to back treys off the hands of Cole Prowitt-Smith and Alex Stoddard


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