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Williamstown Fire District Passes All Articles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Prudential Committee members, from left, Ed McGowan, John Notsley and Ed Briggs.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Attendees at the annual fire district meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the Fire Department's budget and to fund a study to assess the town's future needs.   About 20 voters attended the brief meeting in the Williamstown Elementary School cafeteria, where district officials asked for approval of a $480,751 spending plan for fiscal 2019.   The district's operational budget represents a $1,554 increase over FY18, a change of 0.3 percent.   The budget adds about $2,500 to the line item for full-time salaries but cuts $5,000

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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   Assumption College awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   Curry College in Milton awarded

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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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Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Spirit of Caring and Celebration
03:16PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mary-Kay Senecal and Cindy Brightly of Crane Stationery received the Outstanding Campaign Coordinators of the Year Award.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way held its first annual Spirit of Caring Awards & Celebration on Thursday, May 17, recognizing three individuals in the community for their length and breadth of service to Northern Berkshire United Way, its network, and the overall Northern Berkshire community: Alan Nelson, Richard Alcombright, and Christine Hoyt.

With more than150 guests in attendance to celebrate, James Birge, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, opened the program with a welcome before the awards ceremony. Jason

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You Can Still Gain Tax Benefits from Charitable Donations
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:34PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Like most people, you probably know several organizations worthy of your philanthropy, and you may well have contributed to them, perhaps on an annual basis. In the past, when you've made charitable donations, it's been a win-win: You were able to provide support to a worthy organization and you received some valuable tax benefits.

But with the passage of the new tax laws, things may have changed considerably for many people. Are there still tax benefits to making a charitable donation?

Here's some background: Previously, you may have been able to deduct your charitable donations if you itemized deductions on your income tax return. So, for example, if you were in the 25

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Great Barrington, Berkshire Thunder Start Strong in BABL
08:11AM / Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Great Barrington Millers and Berkshire Thunder are off to fast starts in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League this season.   Each team has gone 2-0 to lead, respectively, the 20-year-old and over-35 divisions in the 13-team league.   Last week, the Thunder defeated the Outlaws, 14-0, behind three hits and three stolen bases from Bruce Blake. Rob Yeaton had two hits for the outlaws.   The Millers edged Lenox, 7-5. Scot McFarland hit a home run, and Chris Walker earned the win on the mound. Justin Hopkins had a double and an RBI for Lenox.   In last week’s other game, the Adams Aces won their opener, 8-0, over Tunnel City. Corey Swistak had a triple, and Jeremy

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Breaking: Adams Man Accused in Terror Plot Pleads Guilty, Agrees to 20-Year Sentence
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
02:36PM / Monday, May 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Adams man accused by the government of plotting a terror attack and providing material support to the Islamic State pleaded guilty to all charges in federal court on Monday afternoon.

Alexander Ciccolo, 25, admitted to supporting ISIS, planning a terror attack at an unnamed college campus outside Massachusetts, illegally possessing firearms and assaulting a nurse at the Franklin County Jail on the first night of his incarceration during a 50-minute hearing before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni.   According to a plea agreement negotiated between Ciccolo’s lawyers and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ciccolo would be sentenced to 20 years in prison and a

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Berkshires Beat: Roots Rising Enters New Phase
01:40PM / Monday, May 21, 2018
Rise up

Roots Rising, Pittsfield's farm-based youth development program, was developed in collaboration by Alchemy Initiative and Berkshire Botanical Garden, and launched in 2017. Now that the program is in operation, the two organizations have agreed to shift to a single managing organization. This will ensure the most efficient oversight of the program’s continued growth and success. Effective immediately, Roots Rising will become a program of Alchemy Initiative, with Berkshire Botanical Garden stepping aside as a program partner.

Both Alchemy Initiative and Berkshire Botanical Garden are extremely proud of Roots Rising's achievements in its first year of operation. In

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Williamstown Fire District Holds Annual Meeting Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:35AM / Monday, May 21, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The fire district will ask voters on Tuesday to fund a study of the district’s current and future needs.   Included on the warrant for the annual district meeting is an article requesting permission to spend up to $25,000 for the study.   “We’re going to go out and do [a request for proposals] for an analysis of the current fire department, what it looks like down the road, what we’re going to need and so forth,” explained John Notsley, the chairman of the Prudential Committee, which runs the district.   The Williamstown Fire District is a separate entity from town government and that has its own taxing authority.

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Music & Art Come Together This Summer With Painted Pianos
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Monday, May 21, 2018

Keith Bona checks out his piano at Memorial School.  ADAMS, Mass. — More than a dozen pianos are being transformed into singular artworks to evoke the county's musical and artistic heritage.    Dirty, dusty and out of tune, these castoffs found new partners as local artists tramped through the empty Memorial School last Tuesday to select the perfect piano for their endeavors.    Sue MacVeety of Sheffield had come prepared with primer, covering her selection with its first base coat of white. Keith Bona of North Adams picked a large upright and was planning out a celestial concept and figuring how he might use the frame-like back.   "This

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Local Collegians Making their Marks in Spring Post-Season
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09:30PM / Sunday, May 20, 2018
Taconic graduate Dom Nda is headed to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships next weekend in Wisconsin.   The UMass Boston senior qualified as an individual in the 100-meter dash and will run a leg on the Beacon’s 4-by-100 relay quartet. Earlier this month, the 4-by-100 relay squad broke the school’s record in the event by clocking a time of 41.15 seconds at the MIT Last Chance Qualifying Meet.   Nda is just one of several area alumni who are competing or have competed in national championships this spring.   At the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Championships over the weekend in Minnesota, Hoosac Valley graduate Kali

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MIT Edges Williams Softball to End Ephs' Season in NCAA Super Regional
09:06PM / Sunday, May 20, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- M.I.T. rallied from a three-run deficit to post a 7-5 victory over the Williams College softball team Sunday at Cole Field in the third and deciding game of a 2018 NCAA Div. III Super Regional.    The Engineers (38-9-1) took advantage of four Eph errors that led to five unearned runs and will advance to Oklahoma City, Okla., for the 2018 College World Series. The Ephs saw their season conclude with a 39-8 mark, one win shy of a repeat trip to the national championships. The 39 victories are a single-season record at Williams.    M.I.T. senior Amanda Lee was named the Super Regional's Most Outstanding Player.    Sunday's decisive

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Six Qualify to Regional from Pittsfield Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
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10:23AM / Saturday, May 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires held the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition at Belanger field on May 12.   Although the weather was un-baseball like - cold and rainy - the competition was held, and six boys and girls qualified to move onto the sectionals which will be held in Hadley on June 2.   Qualifiers at the sectional competition will move to the regional competition to be held at Fenway Park and the finals at the All-Star Game Weekend in Washington, D.C.   Qualifiers from the Pittsfield event included: Aiden Arsenau, Aiden Underdown, Jason Fields Jr., Lily Smith, Gavin O'Donnell and James Smith.

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