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Williamstown Selectman Presses for More Local Control in School Regionalization Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron addresses the Board of Selectmen on Monday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A member of the Board of Selectmen on Monday laid out his suggestions to strengthen local control over elementary schools in a proposed expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   After board heard a presentation from the chairman of Williamstown Elementary School Committee laying out the reasons why his panel is advocating for regional expansion and how the draft amendment would partition budgets for WES and Lanesborough Elementary School, Selectman Andrew Hogeland thanked the school official for his work but said it did not go far


BMC Administration: Patient Care Will Be Unobstructed By Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:38PM / Monday, October 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center brass say they've taken proper precautions to make sure patient care is uninterrupted during the strike and subsequent lockout.   "We fully expect that our operations will be as they are any other day. If you are a patient and you need to be here with us or you are scheduled to be here and it is elective, it will be no different than it was any other day," said Berkshire Health Systems President David Phelps during a briefing with the media on Tuesday.   The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are expected to walk out of the building Tuesday morning at 7 for the start of a one-day, 24-hour strike. They

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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

Biz Briefs: McCann Tea Room Open for Business This Week
02:23PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

Time for tea: The McCann Tea Room will be opening on Tuesday, Oct. 3, serving from 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Tea Room is a fully functioning restaurant open to the public from twice a week for a few weeks each semester. Students enrolled in the school's Culinary Arts Program learn hands-on skills used to work in all levels of food service industries. Within the program there are multiple group and individual projects structured to ladder difficulty levels from freshmen to senior year. The culinary program is also incorporated with a business class in which seniors are taught employability and entrepreneurial skills related to everyday tasks encountered in the workshop areas.



Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Lights Up Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness
01:27PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

Golden moment: Mass MoCA joined landmarks across the country and around the world, going gold this September to raise awareness for childhood cancer. In alighting its iconic entrance in gold, the North Adams museum joined Times Square, the Prudential Center, the Zakim Bridge, the TD Garden in Boston, Niagra Falls, the Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks around the world to raise awareness of the battle children fight in this disease and the critical need for increased funding.

Major league sports teams have also recognized and honored children with cancer this month. Major League Soccer and all 30 Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, did tributes


Foehl Leads Williams Golfers at League Qualifier
09:20AM / Monday, October 02, 2017
NEWINGTON, Conn. -- Junior captain Jake Foehl of Williamstown Sunday led the Williams College men's golf team to a second-place finish at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Fall Qualifier at Indian Hill Country Club.   Foehl carded a 1-over-par 73 in the second round of the two-day event to help the Ephs finish at 602 strokes, 20 strokes behind first-place Trinity and 15 strokes ahead of Tufts.   The top four teams at the event qualify for the April's league championship.   Women's Tennis WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The three-day Oracle ITA New England Regional Women's Tennis Championship came to a close Sunday as champions were crowned in both


North County Joining 'Walk to School Day' on Oct. 4
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Monday, October 02, 2017

A 'walking school bus' makes its way to Ciolegrove School in 2016.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If you see large groups of children walking through town on Wednesday morning, don't panic.

No, not every school bus is broken. It's just "Walk to School Day" at the city of North Adams' three elementary schools as well as at Williamstown Elementary School. And so the students will be making their very own "walking school bus" to get to and from school on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

"International Walk to School" events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children,

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Williams Women's Soccer Blanks Castleton State
07:32PM / Sunday, October 01, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alison Lu and Natalie Turner-Wyatt each scored a pair of goals Sunday to lead the Williams College women's soccer team to a 5-0 win over Vermont's Castleton State.   Three different players saw time in goal for Williams, which outshot the visitors by a margin of 14-1.   The Ephs (8-0-1) host Farmingdale State on Saturday.


Bennett Leads Williams Field Hockey Past Conn College
05:43PM / Saturday, September 30, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alex Bennett scored two goals and assisted on another Saturday to lead the Williams College field hockey team to a 3-1 win over Connecticut College.   Abby Lloyd and Emma Santucci combined for six saves to pick up the win in goal.   Williams (6-2, 4-2 NESCAC) hosts Skidmore on Tuesday evening.   Men's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bobby Schneiderman stopped seven shots Saturday as the Williams College men played Connecticut College to a scoreless tie.   Williams (4-1-3) hosts Curry next Saturday.   Women's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Natasha Albaneze scored in the 102nd minute Saturday to give the Williams women's soccer team a


North Adams Native Writes Financial Self-Help Book
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:38AM / Saturday, September 30, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City native and Drury graduate Catie Hogan hopes to empower and nudge millennials toward adulthood with her new book "The Millennial's Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together."   Hogan, a financial planner and published comedy and satire writer now living in Atlanta, said the bulk of her collection of essays was inspired by her own struggles navigating the post-college world.    "Less than a decade ago I was drowning in student loans, had no idea what to do with my life and was consistently dating people who were wrong for me," she said. "I started reading a ton of personal finance and self-help books and eventually got my


Williams Women's Tennis Hosting ITA Tournament this Weekend
07:36AM / Saturday, September 30, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The ITA New England Regional Women's Tennis Championship got under way on Friday as players from 17 schools met on the campus of Williams College. The tournament features a singles bracket of 64 players, and a doubles bracket of 32 teams.   Three Ephs were seeded in the top 16 singles with Juli Raventos seeded third, Leah Bush sixth, and Mia Gancayco seeded 9-16. Raventos paired up with Julia Cancio to form the second seeded doubles team, while sophomore Chloe Henderson and first-year Rachel Cross were seeded fourth. Cross, Cancio, and Henderson also participated in the singles draw along with first-year Sasha Cayward. Bush paired up with Emily Zheng in the


Judge Denies BMC's Request To Halt Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:19PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A federal judge has denied Berkshire Medical Center's request for a temporary injunction to halt the one-day strike planned Tuesday by the nursing union.   The hospital had filed an emergency motion requesting the federal courts to put a stop to the strike. The hospital alleged that the Massachusetts Nurses Association did not follow the proper grievance process as outlined in the contract. It asked for a temporary injunction.   On Friday, Judge Mark G. Mastroianni denied that emergency request after a hearing in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The nurses plan to go ahead with the one-day strike on Tuesday.   "We are disappointed that it


More Than a 'Thank You': The 'Neighborlies' Bring People Together
01:59PM / Friday, September 29, 2017

North County Connections

Each day we are bombarded with messages of things going wrong around us, who doesn't like whom and who has done something to wrong someone else. The toll on us as a community can often be an inability to recognize the good that happens everyday and a loss of hope that there is still good close to home.

But each day someone else helps someone in our community. Who is that person and what are they doing? These are the questions that often go unanswered, many times because these genuine acts of kindness and generosity are a part of the fabric in our community and something many in our community do without looking for recognition. A genuine "thank


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