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BCC Adds Two to Board of Trustees
10:05PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carlo Zaffanella and Julia Bowen have joined the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees. Both were appointed last year by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Zaffanella is the vice president/general manager of Maritime & Strategic Systems business at General Dynamics Mission Systems, one of the largest employers in Berkshire County. He also serves on the board of Soldier On and the Naval Submarine League.

Bowen has worked as the founder and executive director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Mass. Her work in the community includes being the founding board chair for Lever, Inc., and a member of the board of Northern Berkshire United


Hinds Secures $29.7M for Local Projects in State Capital Bill
Staff Reports,
06:36PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
BOSTON — State Senator Adam G. Hinds, D- Pittsfield, has been able to place $1.2 million toward design and engineering for a new North Adams public safety building, $4 million toward a Pittsfield Police station, and $500,000 toward a new roof on Clarksburg School.    The funds were secured in the $29.7 million in capital spending authorizations for local projects in S. 2279, "An Act providing for capital facility repair and improvements for the Commonwealth," a bond bill engrossed by the state Senate.   "Securing these spending authorizations is critical for timely and much needed capital investments in our local schools, housing stock, public safety

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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

Be a Smarter Curling Viewer and, Better Yet, Try It Yourself
Community Submission,
03:18AM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
  Since Pete Fenson and the U.S. men's bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, things have not gone well for USA curling at the Olympics. In 2010, both the men's team. and the women's team. finished last during the preliminary round. In 2014, the United States won only three of their eighteen combined with the men finishing ninth and the women tenth after the round-robin tournament   The United States should be moving up in 2018, but how much better and do any U.S. teams stand a chance to medal?   The 2018 Winter Olympics will begin with the new Olympic event of mixed doubles curling. Matt Hamilton and Rebecca Hamilton will represent the United States.


Mount Greylock School District Posts Superintendent Position
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is officially in the market for a superintendent.   This week, the district's advertisement for a permanent superintendent was posted on the website of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which, along with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, is one of the main vehicles for getting the word out.   A three-member working group of the Transition Committee that governs the three-school regional district met twice last week for a total of about four hours to iron out the details of a two-page brochure that describes the district and lays out the qualities it seeks in a

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Mount Greylock Care Residents Get Dolled Up For Glamour Shots
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:46PM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The residents were treated to makeup and their hair styled.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Betty Sacco doesn't get all dolled up much anymore.   The senior citizen lives at Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility and doesn't get her hair and makeup done very often.   But on Wednesday, she was styling.   Sacco is one of two dozen residents who got all dressed up to take "glamour shots."    "I love it because it is dressing up, you don't do this every day," Sacco said. "They do a good job. They really know what they are doing. There are no complaints here."   Sacco had just sat down with Pam Ellis, who carefully


Be Financially Prepared for Natural Disasters
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:31PM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Just this past year, we've seen natural disasters in Texas, California, Florida and Puerto Rico – and looking back even further, it's not hard to spot other traumas in virtually every part of the country. Whether it's a tornado, hurricane, flood or wildfire, you may be at least potentially susceptible to a weather-related event that could threaten your physical – and financial – well-being. How can you protect yourself? 

As far as your physical safety is concerned, you're probably already aware of the steps you need to take to shield yourself and your family. And now that many alerts can be sent directly to your smartphone, you've got an even


Williams Alumni Fly with Peacock to PyeongChang
Williams College Sports Information,
11:55AM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018
NBC Sports is sending a large crew to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics being held in PyeongChang, South Korea. Six former Eph varsity athletes will be on site and one will be in Connecticut, making sure the Winter Games receive coverage in the United States.   Pretty impressive for a highly regarded national liberal arts college that does not teach journalism, TV production, or TV journalism.   The PyeongChang games will be the first Winter Olympics to have more than 100 events in 15 sports. It runs from Feb. 9 through Feb. 25    The on-site producer for NBC Sports is 1983 Williams graduate Sam Flood. Flood will be working his 13th Olympics. His first Olympics experience


Berkshire Baseball Artifact Heads to Hall of Fame
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14PM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — For four years, the "Baseball in the Berkshires" exhibit has chronicled, preserved and displayed local artifacts of America's pastime.   This month, one of those artifacts is getting the call up to "the show."   Since 2016, the exhibit, now housed at the Berkshire Mall, has displayed a 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers jacket worn by Dalton's Ed Ladley during his playing days.   On Feb. 13, Ladley will donate that piece of history to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.   "Two months ago, the Hall of Fame came out with an article talking about the rookie teams the New York teams had in


Adams Boys Win Home Tournament
12:48PM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
CHESHIRE, Mass. -- The Adams seventh and eighth grade boys basketball team defended its home turf in defeating Housatonic, 46-35, to win the Adams Boy's Basketball Tournament.    Adams started the tournament by defeating Lenox by a score of 52-40. Shawn Kastner led the way for Adams with 11 points and Carson Meczywor chipped in 10 and Caleb Harrington had eight. Adams then defeated Dalton, 42-31, with Meczywor pouring in 25 while Kobe Valois supported him with 12. Valois led the way in the semi-final as Adams defeated Housatonic, 43-38. Meczywor helped with nine points.   Housatonic defeated North Adams to earn another shot at Adams. Housy came from 15 points down in the


Lanesborough Officials May Push Mount Greylock District on Tuition Hike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Some town officials are urging the Mount Greylock Transition Committee to hold firm on tuition rates.   Members of the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee had fought for years over the price point of tuition and last year finally reach an agreement with school officials.   Last March, the School Committee adopted a policy that set the tuition rate at the per pupil expenditure as set by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education each year. That policy doubled the town's tuition rate from $8,734 to more than $17,000.   But since then, the town voted to expand the district to be one with Mount Greylock Regional and Williamstown


Biz Briefs: New Jersey Brothers Purchase Elm Street Market
02:22PM / Monday, February 05, 2018
Changing hands

Main Street Hospitality has sold Elm Street Market to Verson, Inc., headed by brothers Rajesh and Rajeev Verma from New Jersey. New management took over operation of the market immediately when the sale was completed on Jan. 19.

The Elm Street Market, owned and operated by Main Street Hospitality, has been a local favorite and community staple for more than 20 years. "We stopped at Elm Street Market on our way to visit my son at college and immediately fell in love with the restaurant and Stockbridge," Rajesh Verma said. "The market is a strong community anchor and we intend to keep it that way, building on its existing strength and evolving its local food


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Interfaith Organizing Adds New Group at Convention
01:15PM / Monday, February 05, 2018
BIO meeting

Berkshire Interfaith Organizing elected officers, welcomed its newest member group, and shared stories from the front lines of its work organizing throughout the county to advance social justice at its annual convention on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Knesset Israel in Pittsfield.
BIO's newest member organization is Temple Anshe Amunim of Pittsfield; this brings the number of member groups to 18, spread around the county. They are joined by individual members of the group BIO Community Leaders. All work together to build strength within the community to address the root causes of struggles faced by many Berkshire neighbors, including hunger, transportation and the need for


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