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Senator Markey Speaking at BCC's 59th Commencement
02:23PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 59th commencement exercises to be held May 31 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Markey, the state's junior senator, is a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy.

"On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and board of trustees at Berkshire Community College, we are so thrilled to have Senator Ed Markey as our 2019 commencement speaker," said Ellen Kennedy, president of BCC. "Markey visited our newly reimagined campus in the fall last year and got to tour the new buildings and classrooms and the


Williamstown Finance Committee to Review Nonprofit Requests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:13PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board will be considering articles for the town meeting warrant at its next scheduled meeting on April 8, including all the financial articles.   The town's Finance Committee has spent the past couple of months reviewing those articles and will wrap up its item-by-item review on Wednesday when it hears from the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District (McCann Tech) and three non-profits that are asking the town for help with their operational budgets in fiscal 2020.   All three of the non-profits in question, the Williamstown Youth Center, Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and Sand Springs Recreation Center, have been


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: North Adams Restaurants to 'Go Green' for the Month of April
11:41AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
'Go Green Month'

During the month of April, restaurants throughout North Adams will be making quick and easy changes to reduce their environmental impact. The goal of "Go Green Month" is to reduce waste and practice behavior changes that are more environmentally friendly, with hopes that these changes will have a lasting impact on both the restaurants and the city.

Restaurants will be making small changes in order to be more environmentally friendly, including: water at tables served by request only; no straws; no balloons; encouraging customers to bring their own coffee cup/mug; refilling water bottles; and using environmentally friendly bags for take-out.



Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:26AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Spring is here – and for many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. This year, in addition to tidying up your home, why not try brightening your financial environment? Some of the same moves you make to clean your surroundings may apply to your finances.

Consider these suggestions:

Get rid of clutter. When you go through your closets, attic, basement or other areas, you may find many items you no longer need. You might be able to sell some of these things or find other ways of disposing of them. And as you review your portfolio, you might also encounter "clutter" in the form of investments that may be redundant to others you own. If so, you might


Pittsfield City Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Rinaldo Del Gallo first petitioned for the ban in 2013. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After close to six years of debate, the city finally passed a ban on single-use plastic bags Tuesday night.   The ban had been proposed in 2013 and has been working its way through the City Council process since. It was first coupled with a ban on Styrofoam, which was later passed in 2015 separate from the bag ban and restricted polystyrene food containers.   The bag ban went before the Green Commission and to City Council subcommittee meetings, the latter of which had left it unaddressed for a time. Earlier this year, it made its way to the full council will a full


Cones, Closures and Curators Coming to Williamstown's Spring Street this Spring
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:39AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Work continues on the new Williams Inn that's expected to open this summer.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream" and Williamstown residents who have been screaming for the return of Lickety Split soon will have their wish.   Williams College this week is working to install a new home for the popular parlor at the corner of Spring Street and Walden Street, across from the Williams Bookstore and adjacent to the public parking lot.   Select Board member Jeffrey Thomas at Monday's meeting shared details he learned from the college's vice president for finance and administration.   "When


Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School
12:26PM / Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Corpse flowers bloom

It’s spring at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. That means the sap is rising, the birds are singing, the sun is lingering, and something in the air stinks. This means that the rare corpse flower is in full bloom. Corpse flowers were first planted at Darrow in 2009 in the sheltered confines of the school’s Samson Environmental Center (SEC). Four bloomed in 2012, six in 2013, and now, according to Lily Corral, biology teacher, sustainability coordinator, and director of the SEC, as many as 10 flowers have sprouted, several of which are at the blooming stage.

"The corpse flower is a rare plant that is challenging to grow," Corral said. "It


Williams Women's Tennis Falls
Williams Sports Information,
09:18PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
LA JOLLA, Calif. – In a rough day for the Ephs, the Williams College women’s tennis team was defeated by the University of San Diego Tritons, 5-2, on Monday.   The division II Tritons were felled last year 7-2 by the Ephs, but returned this year with a vengeance to sweep doubles and collect most of the singles matches.    "It'll start coming together,” Williams coach Anik Cepeda said. “We lacked bite and consistent energy at the start of doubles - fought back in singles, but couldn't quite convert on the deuce points."   Two of Williams’ doubles matches of the day ran very close: senior Leah Bush and junior Emily Zheng,


Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
04:02PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts in Congress and who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Neal will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.   In addition, Richard Alcombright, vice president of local business and the customer relations manager at MountainOne and who served as the mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service


Mount Greylock Committee Keeps February, April Vacations for 2020
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

Mount Greylock School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron, left, and committee members Regina DiLego and Dan Caplinger participate in Thursday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday voted to preserve the district's February and April vacations for the 2019-20 academic year but signaled that the option of a single week in March remains a possibility in the future.   By a unanimous vote, the five committee members present at the special meeting approved a calendar that has the students returning on Sept. 3 with a last day of school — barring any snow days — of Tuesday, June 16.   The calendar also adds a day off


Albany Berkshire Ballet Looks Ahead — And Back — in 50th Anniversary Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

Albany Berkshire Ballet has formed collaborations with organizations like Williams College, where ABB dancers join student dancers for performances.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The five dancers glided around the room, its purple-and-mirrored walls enclosing a faintly muggy space, either from powerful bodies working hard or a late-winter heating system still cranked up, or maybe a combination of both.

The three women and two men were rehearsing a dance for an upcoming showcase at Williams College, but on this day, their ballet slipper-clad feet pounded the dance floor in the second-floor studio of the Albany Berkshire Ballet headquarters on Fenn Street.

In the past, on a weekday


Williams Women's Track Wins in San Diego
Williams Sports Information, Williams Sports Information
05:44PM / Sunday, March 24, 2019
SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- This weekend, the Williams College women's track and field team traveled to Point Loma Nazarene University to compete against a strong cohort of schools at the Point Loma Invitational.   The field was a mixture of competitive Division I, II, and III schools, including California State Polytechnic Institution, Middlebury, Tufts, and University of La Verne. By the end of the meet, Williams finished with the most team points at 246, with Cal Poly Pomona in second with 243 points, and Point Loma University in third with 231 points. In a strong season opener, the Ephs came away with numerous NESCAC qualifiers.   The meet began with the field events. Representing


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