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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Humane Society Offering '100 Cats for Christmas' Program
10:27PM / Monday, November 26, 2018
100 Cats for Christmas

For the sixth year, Berkshire Humane Society has received a grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s license plate program, which will support BHS’s 100 Cats for Christmas initiative during the month of December. 100 Cats for Christmas is the shelter’s largest and most successful low-cost spay/neuter effort for kittens and cats in the Berkshires and surrounding area. Without the support of MAC’s license plate program, this invaluable service would not be possible.

In the last six years, 100 Cats for Christmas has exceeded its goal of spaying and neutering 100 cats. To participate, qualifying residents of Berkshire County must visit one

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Coalition Introduces Idea of 'Trauma-Informed' Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:09PM / Monday, November 26, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There's usually a lot of talking at Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forums.

At the most recent forum, however, there was more listening.

The group of about 60 guests -- meeting for the first time in The Green's new space at 85 Main St. -- gathered on Friday, Nov. 16, to watch "Resilience," James Redford's film that chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists and educators who are using cutting-edge brain science to develop trauma-informed communities.

The film lays out the science behind a biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood that can trigger stress hormones that in turn

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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
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Biz Briefs: Pine Cobble School, Northshire Bookstore to Host Book Fair
12:13PM / Monday, November 26, 2018
By the book

Pine Cobble School and Northshire Bookstore will host their second annual collaborative book fair on the Pine Cobble campus from Nov. 28-30 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily. The fair is open to the community.

This event includes a specially curated selection of books for all ages. Books are thoughtfully chosen by Cynthia Quinones, Pine Cobble's literature ambassador, and the Northshire staff. Northshire Bookstore has won national awards for their quality selection and service.  

Books will be sorted into categories, with selections for very young children, picture books, early chapter books, middle grade books, young adult, adult fiction, and a few

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Rural Policy Advisory Commission Plans Dec. 6 Meeting in Pittsfield
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Monday, November 26, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The commonwealth's rural towns have older populations, smaller tax bases and poorer infrastructure than the rest of Massachusetts.   They also have greater numbers than a lot of people realize.   According to one definition of "rural," i.e. communities with population density of less than 500 people per square mile, nearly half of all Massachusetts municipalities are rural — including all but two, North Adams and Pittsfield, in Berkshire County.   In 2015, an act of the Legislature created the commonwealth's Rural Policy Advisory Commission, which began formal study of the problems facing low-density towns in June of this

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Williams Women's, Men's Basketball Earn Non-League Wins
08:12PM / Sunday, November 25, 2018
WINDHAM, Conn. -- Mikela Topper and Emily Chang each came off the bench to score 14 points and lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 74-59 win over Eastern Connecticut State on Sunday.   Katie Brule scored 13, and Lauren Vostal added 10 with a team-high 17 rebounds as the Ephs evened their record at 2-2 this season.   Williams is home on Friday night against Alfred.   Men's Basketball NEW YORK -- Bobby Casey scored 20 points to lead four Ephs in double figures in an 85-64 win over Yeshiva.   Kyle Scadlock scored 14 and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.   The Ephs (5-0) go to Fitchburg State on Thursday.   Men's Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN,

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Good Science at Work Inside Butterfly Magical Wings
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:57PM / Sunday, November 25, 2018

A male Argema mittrei, a Malagasy Moon moth, spreads its wings after just emerging from a silken cocoon. At right, two pupae in cocoons spun for climate control.  the   I walked down the road on Mount Greylock that leads to a parking lot for trekkers who want to traverse trails through the deciduous woodlands where the manifold wonders of nature unfold.   All around me were untold numbers of buds about to burst from their winter dormancy. Trilliums at ground level were showing tiny green leaves, not yet revealing their triad flowers so deep red or white, remindful of the three-cornered hats worn during Colonial days. Spring beauties were carpeting the forest

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Williams Men's Hockey Tops Babson, Stays Unbeaten
08:14PM / Saturday, November 24, 2018
WELLESLEY, Mass. – Sophomore defenseman Jack McCool's power play goal at 11:09 of the second period was the difference in keeping Williams College (3-0-0) undefeated and knocking Babson (7-1-1) from the ranks of the undefeated Saturday afternoon as Williams prevailed 3-2.    The loss by Babson was its first home setback in November since 2012, snapping their November unbeaten skein at 27 (25-0-2).   Williams now leads the all-time series versus the Beavers 24-19-3.   "I thought we played well today, all four lines," Williams head coach Bill Kangas said. "We had a good jump in our step and we played fast and moved the puck quickly because we had

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Mount Greylock School Building Committee Decides on Plan for Permitting Fees
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Saturday, November 24, 2018

Mount Greylock School Committee member Steven Miller, right, attends his first School Building Committee meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to pay an invoice from the town of Williamstown for inspection services if the money remains in the project budget at the end of the process.   At issue was $154,426 in fees that the district accumulated for the town building department's inspections throughout the life of the $64 million addition/renovation project.   At the outset of the project, the town manager told the district that he was willing to be the last vendor paid, essentially setting

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@theMarket: It Is a Black Friday on Wall Street
By Bill Schmick,
11:11AM / Saturday, November 24, 2018
Black Friday sales are in full swing. Normally, today is all about the retail trade. Consumers spend the day waiting in line, picking up heavily discounted "door buster" deals, and generally starting their holiday gift shopping. This year, it appears traders are also holding their own Black Friday sales.   The day after Thanksgiving, the stock and bond markets are open for a half day. Few turn up for work, so trading desks are usually manned by a skeleton crew, volumes are light and the indexes meander about the center line. As such, what happens on Black Friday has little consequence in the grand scheme of things.   The real action is before a holiday, especially one

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Williamstown Renews Development Agreement on Cole Avenue Parcel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, November 24, 2018

The initial plan approved in 2016. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— Work continues on the planned subsidized housing project at the former Photech mill, but escalating costs at home and tax cuts from Washington, D.C., have slowed progress on project.   The president of Pittsfield's Berkshire Housing was before the Select Board last week to discuss what has been done and what has caused delays and to ask the board for an extension on the non-profit's option to build more than 40 units of Affordable Housing at 330 Cole Ave.   Elton Ogden told the Select Board that, as expected, the project was unsuccessful in its first round of applications for funding from the Massachusetts

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The Independent Investor: The Origin of Black Friday
By Bill Schmick,
05:58PM / Thursday, November 22, 2018
As you finish your turkey and prepare to get an early start on Black Friday shopping, you might wonder how shopping became such an integral part of your Thanksgiving holiday. The term has followed a circuitous route through our financial history.   Although the term "Black Friday" is a new phenomenon, its origins date back to the late 19th century. The term was first associated with a stock market crash on Sept. 24, 1869.   Two speculators, Jay Gould and James Fisk, tried to corner the gold market. This created a boom-and-bust atmosphere in gold prices. That volatility spilled over into stocks. Before it was all said and done, stocks lost 20 percent of their value, while

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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
02:30PM / Thursday, November 22, 2018

Plymouth's state of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival. Image via Massasoit Community College.

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 22. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in 1621 at Plymouth. The living history museum Plimoth Plantation continues the tradition each year with a recreation of the event in which visitors can participate.

Thanksgiving was first federally recognized by proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln at the height of the Civil War. It did not become codified as a national holiday until 1941 when President Roosevelt signed a law setting it as

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