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Freeman Center Rally Raises Awareness of Domestic Violence
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Thursday, April 04, 2019

Each flag represents a new victim of sexual or domestic assault in the Berkshires. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There were 345 flags in Park Square on Thursday, with each one representing a new local victim of domestic and sexual violence.   The Elizabeth Freeman Center placed one flag per new disclosure of sexual or domestic violence in 2018. And those are only the victims that received services from the organization.   The flags, coupled with a rally in the city's center, were intended to demonstrate the issue and the services the center provides.   "April is sexual assault awareness month so each year we put out flags for our survivors that we served the

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The Independent Investor: Coffee Prices at 13-Year Lows
By Bill Schmick,
04:45PM / Thursday, April 04, 2019
A few days ago, arabica coffee futures prices fell to a price they haven't seen since December 2005. But don't expect your morning cup of coffee to reflect those cheaper prices. The coffee business doesn't work like that.   Normally, when the price of a commodity falls (like oil), consumers can expect to see a drop in price at the gas pumps within a week or three. The same thing might happen if the price of beef, wheat, corn or any number of commodities experienced a decline in price, so why not coffee?   You might guess (as I did) that the demand for coffee by consumers must be falling, but that's not the case. In fact, more Americans are drinking at least one cup

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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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'Us': It Takes Two to Terrorize
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:38PM / Thursday, April 04, 2019
Point of disclosure: Save for classics like "Dracula" (1931) and "Frankenstein" (1931), I'm a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror films. I'm not simply afraid of them, but rather, in the parlance of childhood, "a-scared'"of them. That is, until now. Gripping my armrests in anticipation of a body-elevating jolt whilst viewing film auteur Jordan Peale's "Us," his unconnected followup to the highly praised "Get Out" (2017), the epiphany dawned on me.   Having lived through the last two years of the real-life horror that has masqueraded as American politics, I am immunized. Any fiction purporting to be horror pales in

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Mount Greylock Committee Faces Sticker Shock on Office/Storage Building
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, April 04, 2019

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady and School Committee Chair Joe Bergeron participate in Wednesday's special meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee learned Wednesday that the cost of a planned multipurpose building on the campus will be significantly higher than anticipated.   Architect Dan Colli of Perkins Eastman told the committee that bids on the project came in at just under $2.8 million, significantly more than the $2.3 million the architect had estimated.   That was bad news for a committee hoping to fund the project out of a $5 million capital gift from Williams College while still having funds in that account to

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Williams Softball Downs Skidmore
09:41PM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mara Kipnis homered twice and drove in five runs Wednesday to lead the Williams College softball team to an 11-5 win over Skidmore.   Emma Corbett tripled, and Kirstin Mapes and Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano each had two hits with a double.   Emma Corbett struck out four to earn the win in the circle.   The second game of a scheduled double-header was called because of darkness in the third inning with the Ephs up, 4-0.   Williams (16-4) goes to Middlebury on Friday.   Men's Lacrosse MEDFORD, Mass. -- Tufts held off a Williams fourth-quarter rallly to earn a 15-14 win.   The Ephs (7-2, 3-2 NESCAC) outscored the Jumbos, 4-2, in the fourth.

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MassDOT Announces Enhanced Teen Driver Initiative
12:28PM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles, in collaboration with Safe Roads Alliance and program sponsors Safety Insurance, Toyota North America, and the Massachusetts National Guard has announced that "The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program" has been updated and is now available at statewide full-service RMV Service Centers and online. A copy of the guide will be distributed for free to all Junior Operators when they obtain their learner’s permits.

"We're pleased to continue our partnership with the Safe Roads Alliance and founding sponsor Safety Insurance, and welcome new sponsors Toyota and the Massachusetts

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Launches New Catering Website
11:43AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Catering website

Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe, has launched a new catering website that will streamline the ordering process for customers. The new site, which also include meat and seafood, will allow customers to begin their order online with a few clicks and get a preliminary quote in real time, anytime of the day or night.

Wild Oats has been offering catering services for over ten years in their Main Street location, which includes a full-service kitchen and bakery. The ingredients are organic, in-season and locally sourced whenever possible and they use humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and sustainable

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Try to Avoid 'Titanic' Investment Mistakes
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:42AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019

It has been 107 years this month since the tragedy of the Titanic. Of course, this disaster has fascinated the world ever since, leading to books, movies, musicals and, ultimately, a successful search for the big ship's remains. On the positive side, commercial shipping lines learned a great deal from the Titanic, resulting in safer travel across the oceans.

And as an investor, you, too, may be able to draw some important lessons from what happened on that cold April night more than a century ago.

So, to avoid some "titanic" investment mistakes, consider the following:

* Create a financial strategy with a solid foundation. Although considered a technological marvel, the

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Williamstown Parks & Rec Committee Learns of Spruces Land Constraints
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Tuesday, April 02, 2019

All development at the Spruces is at the discretion of FEMA and the land north of the red line is in a designated floodway that prohibits any disturbance, including picnic tables. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee on Monday learned about the town-owned properties that could potentially be developed for recreation.   And it learned why one large, highly accessible property likely won't be developed any time soon.   Town Manager Jason Hoch told the ad hoc committee about the town's efforts to develop the former Spruces mobile home park property, the Main Street (Route 2) parcel the town acquired through the proceeds of a hazard

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Lanesborough Gets First Look at Mount Greylock Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The percentages of how much each town pays is swinging more toward the north. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town is being asked to spend about $64,000 more this year to support the schools.   The Mount Greylock Regional School District is proposing a $22.4 million operating budget for the three schools — Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary, and Lanesborough Elementary. Lanesborough's assessment is proposed at $5,817,500, which is 1.1 percent more than last year.   School officials presented the budget, which was previously passed by the School Committee, to the Lanesborough Finance Committee on Monday night.   Superintendent Kimberly Grady said the

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. to Present Blue Art Show in Honor of Autism Awareness Month
10:27AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will host an exhibit of blue or mostly blue artworks in honor of Autism Awareness Month at the Downtown Pittsfield Inc. offices at 33 Dunham Mall in April.

An opening reception for Blue Art Show will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Fridays Artswalk, and the show will remain on view through April 26.

Twenty-one local artists will be represented in Blue Art Show, including Irene Collias, Tiffany Delmolino, Mary Beth Eldridge, Susan Geller, Katherine Haig, Anadelia Hart, Michelle Iglesias, Caroline Kelley, Christina Kelly, Henry Kleine, Ben Mancino, Dorothy Martell, Julie Morgan, Don Orcutt, Carolina Perrone,

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Local Human Services Providers Share Stories With Lawmakers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

Tori Ackley sings uplifting songs she had written about her own struggles. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At age 19 Rebecca Gleason was just like every other teenager.   Until two weeks after graduating high school.   She got in a car accident and was in a coma for a month. Her brain was severely injured and when she came out of the coma life wasn't going to be the same.   That was 26 years ago. Gleason has been going through rehabilitation on a daily basis since. But nine years ago, she found the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.    "In those nine years, I've grown socially. I learned not only to be a group leader but to lead my own life,

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