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Northern Berkshire United Way Drive Hits Half-Million Mark
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:18PM / Friday, May 29, 2015
The Joy to Dance dance team from UCP, led by Susan Jameson, of Bobby Sartori, Ryan Boesse, Lisa Myers, Britney Dorwin and Laura Hawke performs for Northern Berkshire United Way members.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Carrie Piaggi wanted the nearly 160 staff and supporters of the Northern Berkshire United Way to know their time and money was being well spent.

Speaking at the annual campaign roundup at the Williams Inn on Friday morning, Piaggi explained how this year had been a busy one for her.

"I took hold of my independence and made changes I needed to make," she said. "I moved into a new home, entered college, started making my own medical decisions, and working on

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BHS, Medicaid Insurers Set Enrollment Fairs
11:12AM / Friday, May 29, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems, in conjunction with several Medicaid insurance providers, will hold special insurance enrollment assistance fairs throughout the Berkshires on Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2.

These fairs are designed to aid local residents currently enrolled with Boston Medical Center HealthNet (BMC HealthNet) to choose another insurer if they wish, in order to be covered in-network for Berkshire Health Systems hospitals and physician practice health services.

BMC HealthNet has terminated its contract with Berkshire Health Systems, including services provided by Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, the Berkshire VNA & Hospice and BMC and

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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Williamstown Town Manager Finalists Named
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:07PM / Thursday, May 28, 2015
Williamstown could select a new town manager by mid-June. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Concord-based consultant and the town administrator of Litchfield, N.H., are the finalists for the town manager position.   On Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen discussed the schedule for deciding between the two finalists, who will interview for the post on Friday, June 12.   On Thursday morning, newly installed Chairwoman Jane Patton said the finalists are Jason Hoch and Angus Jennings.   Jennings gained a measure of fame statewide last year as the running mate for third-party gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk. Currently, Jennings owns and operates A.G. Jennings, a planning,

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Adams Community Bank Celebrates Staff
05:18PM / Thursday, May 28, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank recently hosted its annual Retirement and Service Award Celebration at Zucchini's Restaurant in Pittsfield.  

It was a special evening honoring staff members who have reached important service milestones in their careers.

Donna Tatro has dedicated the last 27 years to her customers in the Williamstown branch and is preparing for retirement.

"I look back on my career fondly and have built many long lasting relationships. I will miss my customers and coworkers but look forward to enjoying my retirement," she said. "I've especially enjoyed visiting with customers, and their pets, while taking care of their banking needs

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Lanesborough Sets 2015 Town Meeting Warrant
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:52PM / Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Board of Selectmen finalized the warrant on Tuesday. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town meeting will be voting on 27 articles on Tuesday, June 9.   The largest article is for the proposed $10.4 million budget, which is about $360,0000 more than last year.   The majority of that budget is for education, with the Finance Committee recommending spending $6.4 million on the three schools the town's students attend — Mount Greylock Regional, McCann Technical and Lanesborough Elementary.   Mount Greylock assessment is proposed to see an increase of a $102,870 over this year for a total of $2,726.051. The elementary school budget and the McCann assessment have both

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C-SPAN to Broadcast BCC Speech by Sen. Warren
01:57PM / Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – C-SPAN will tape and air U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's keynote speech at Berkshire Community College's 55th commencement Exercises on Friday at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012 and is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families. She has introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which, if passed, would allow borrowers to refinance their public and/or private student loans at lower interest rates.

"We are pleased that C-SPAN selected Senator Elizabeth Warren's keynote speech at Berkshire Community College's

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Mount Greylock District Whittling Down School Options
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Tuesday, May 26, 2015
An option, R7, to keep Mount Greylock's gym area and build onto the front was a favorite at Thursday's School Building Committee meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There were clear favorites Thursday night among the 15 possible options put forward to replace the current Mount Greylock Regional School.

Preliminary costs ranged from about $57 million to $73 million total to house the expected 535 middle and high school students. Construction would take 22 to 28 months.

The School Building Committee reviewed seven potential renovations with three alternatives, and four options for new construction. The designs were initially presented the week before by Design Partnership of

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Berkshire County Remembers the Fallen on Memorial Day
Staff Reports,
05:58PM / Monday, May 25, 2015
Lt. Col. Fran Bourdon, the main speaker at Adams' Memorial Day ceremony, gives a nod to 91-year-old Clement St. Hilaire of American Legion Post 160. Towns around the county marked the day by remembering sacrifices made by the nation's military men and women. See more photos  here.

ADAMS, Mass. — The first time Fran Bourdon spoke at a Memorial Day observance it was to remind participants of the sacrifices made in a long past war.

Fifty-five years ago to the day, the young Eagle Scout with Troop 38 had read the Gettysburg Address at the annual ceremony in Adams.

On Monday, the now retired National Guard colonel, "completing a life cycle,"

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New Italian Restaurant Opens in North Adams
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Sunday, May 24, 2015
NoCo Pastaria is a new Italian restaurant located next to the Stop & Shop on State Road in North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's the size of a small suitcase, and it's tucked away in a basement.

But that doesn't mean the $8,000 imported Italian pasta machine is anything less than critical to the newest restaurant to hit the North Adams dining scene.

"It's the heart and soul of NoCo," said Robert Beuth, who along with Jane Patton has opened NoCo Pastaria (think "pizzeria," only "pastaria") at 896 State Road. The restaurant, located next to the Stop & Shop plaza, housed the La Veranda restaurant for many years then Isabella's

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Restoration Plan for Waubeeka
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Sunday, May 24, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission has approved a restoration plan for a portion of denuded riverbank at Waubeeka Golf Links.   At its May 14 meeting, the commission reviewed a plan developed by a wetlands scientist from Guntlow & Associates and reviewed by officials at the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.   Guntlow's Megan Myers appeared at the meeting to represent Waubeeka owner Michael Deep, who also attended the session, televised on the town's community access station, WilliNet.   Commissioner Henry Art had some specific concerns about details in the plan, but the commission voted to approve an enforcement

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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Parking, Signage
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Saturday, May 23, 2015
Town Clerk Mary Kennedy, left, swears in newly elected Selectwoman Anne O'Connor. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was a split decision for business at the annual town meeting on Tuesday.   While some are concerned the newly minted bans on plastic bags and polytyrene packaging will hurt business in the Village Beautiful, business development was boosted by four bylaw changes overwhelmingly approved by the 324 voters in attendance.   After the bag bylaw, the issue that generated the most debate was a series of three proposals from the town's Sign Commission. At the board's suggestion, the town OK'd a single small illuminated "open" sign in storefronts,

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@theMarket: June Is Off the Table
By Bill Schmick,
05:39PM / Friday, May 22, 2015

The notes of the Fed's April policy meeting, released this week, may have confused more people than not. The central bank committee revealed that they were unlikely to raise short-term interest rates in June. That statement could be taken as both a positive and a negative, depending on your investment position.

The official notice of a delayed rate hike was greeted with relief by some, although the markets had largely baked in that outcome. Many Fed Heads contend that a rate hike in September is still only a 50/50 proposition, while others argue any increase in rates won't happen until sometime next year.

This, they argue, is because the growth rate of the economy is simply not

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