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Berkshire Medical Group Joins Berkshire Health Systems
11:07AM / Friday, December 16, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a move that will help to ensure continued and expanded access to primary care and infectious disease services in the Berkshires, the Berkshire Medical Group has joined the Berkshire Health Systems Physician Practice organization.

Berkshire Medical Group, an internal medicine and infectious disease practice, includes doctors Paula Aucoin, Rebecca Caine, Prakash Darji, Jason Kittler, Michael McInerney and Sharon Rawlings and Amy Cassotta, ANP-BC, Helen Majchrowski, FNP/C, and Wanda Torres, ANP-BC.

Effective Nov. 1, the practice will be renamed Berkshire Internists of BMC, and will remain at its existing location in the BMC Medical Arts Complex in Pittsfield,


Mount Greylock School Committee Considers Health Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, December 16, 2016

Mount Greylock director of academic technology Eileen Belastock gives a presentation to the School Committee.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This winter, the Mount Greylock School Committee likely will be asked to support a budget that adds a full-time position to the school's wellness department.

On Tuesday, the committee heard why it would be well to do so.

School nurse Nicole Russell and teacher Larry Bell told the committee about the current state of the wellness curriculum and explained there is a significant gap in the program that prevents it from serving the students properly.

Bell explained that Mount Greylock students currently get one quarter of a year of health classes in


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

'Nocturnal Animals': Subspecies: Human
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:38PM / Thursday, December 15, 2016

Imagine you are driving late at night on a desolate country road, hardly a speck of civilization in sight save for an occasional utility pole. It's spooky to begin with, but nowhere near as scary as when a car suddenly appears in your rearview mirror. You make a turn, just to see. The car follows. You make a couple more, random turns. There it is, right behind you. What's the odds? Your paranoia concedes to one of your worst fears realized. Surely you are being followed by the most deplorable, inbred ne'er-do-wells in creation.

Good thing this is merely the fiction within a novel that Susan, the female lead in director Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals," is reading.


BFAIR Kicks Off Annual Campaign
01:23PM / Wednesday, December 14, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — BFAIR has kicked off its fifth annual giving campaign. The theme of the campaign is "ONE. ONE Mission. ONE Community. ONE Cause."

BFAIR offers assistance to adults living with developmental disabilities, children with autism, elders in their homes, men and women who have an acquired brain injury, providing services in their facilities, in individual homes, in businesses throughout the Berkshires.  

BFAIR supports many different kinds of people in very different settings and stages. But even with all of the differences, ONE thing has always mattered – the mission. This year, BFAIR has launched a revised mission statement: To enrich the lives


Here's Your Retirement 'To Do' List
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:31AM / Wednesday, December 14, 2016

At this time of year, your life is probably more hectic than usual – so you may have assembled an impressive "to do" list. This can be a helpful tool for organizing your activities in the near future – but have you ever thought of developing a "to do" list for long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement?

If not, you may want to think about it – and here are a few list-worthy items to consider:

* Examine – and re-examine – your planned retirement age. You may have long counted on retiring at a certain age, but are you sure that this goal is the best one for your overall financial situation? Think about it: If you like your job, and


Extreme Cold Weather Heading Our Way
11:20AM / Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bitter cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills are forecast for later this week. Forecasts from the National Weather Service for late Thursday night and early Friday morning include low temperatures between 10 degrees above zero and 5 degrees below zero and wind chill values expected to be cold as 15 to 25 degrees below zero.

While temperatures are expected to warm up by the weekend, extreme cold temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous.

"MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme cold weather. If you must go outside, dress for the conditions by covering up as much as possible and wear warm layers," said Massachusetts Emergency


Grady Named Interim Superintendent of Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, December 14, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Tri-District school committees Tuesday appointed the assistant superintendent to serve as the interim superintendent through June 30.   Kim Grady was tapped earlier this fall to serve as acting superintendent after the abrupt departure of former Superintendent Douglas Dias.   On Tuesday, the Mount Greylock School Committee and the Superintendency Union 71 Committee voted unanimously to sign Grady to a contract to serve as interim superintendent.   Earlier this month, Mount Greylock and SU-71 (a collaboration of Lanesborough’s and Williamstown’s Elementary School Committees) agreed to conduct an outside search for an interim

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Boys & Girls Club Teams Take Two from Greylock
03:54PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Bo Bramer scored 10 points to lead the Boys & Girls Club Blue team to a 41-38 win over Greylock in seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball league play over the weekend.   "We started off slow, getting outscored, 8-1, at the end of the first quarter, but our kids really worked hard and battled the entire game," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "Again, we had an opportunity to tie the game in the last seconds with an open look from behind the [3-point] line, but it hit off the rim. We were very proud of how the kids battled on both sides of the court."   Derek Paris scored 13, and Malcolm Waynick added eight for Greylock.   Greylock finished a


Guest Column: Getting Smart About Art
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02:50PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The North Adams Public School district boasts one of the finest art programs in the commonwealth.

Students of all grade levels participate in classes and field trips that nurture their creativity in a fun and hands-on way. Our elementary schools offer choral and instrumental programs during the school day and perform concerts throughout the academic year. They make frequent field trips to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Through a partnership with Berkshire Children and Families and Brayton Elementary School, students are introduced to classical music through the innovative Kids 4 Harmony program.

Arts programming at Drury High School has grown so much that the school has created


Guest Column: Education Task Force Misconceptions Clarified
Guest Column,
02:00PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2016

To the Editor:

The Berkshire Education Task Force and the University of Massachusetts' Donahue Institute recently have completed Phase One of a comprehensive look at the past, current and projected education landscape of the nineteen school districts in Berkshire County and 15,900 students (as of last count). The full Phase One report is online at The focus is on the challenges faced because of significant declining student enrollments, near stagnant financial resources and increasingly limited academic offerings.

Phase Two will explore ways to address these challenges through options of expanded shared services, partnering of neighboring school districts,


Biz Briefs: Williamstown Natives Start Organic Beauty Company
03:18PM / Monday, December 12, 2016

Beauty is: Klo Organic Beauty is a 100 percent natural skin care company developed and hand crafted in small batches in Berkshire County,  co-owned by sisters, Nicole Anagnos and Megan Berube, who both attended The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC prior to the inception of their business. Their products are organic, non-toxic, vegan, and certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. The Williamstown natives feature an anti-aging line using the highest quality oils. More information can be found on their website.

Launched in February of 2016 to rave reviews, Klo Organic Beauty has since been featured at the Indie Beauty Expo in New York City, on the popular website AHAlife, and


Norman Rockwell Museum Offers Berkshire County Student Passport Program
02:51PM / Monday, December 12, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum has begun the Berkshire County Student Passport Program, part of a comprehensive effort to reach out and engage many more young people in the region with the museum, and to introduce them to Norman Rockwell, who lived the last 25 years of his life in Berkshire County.

The museum uses Rockwell's narrative images to support learning in the classroom in relation to history, language arts and art, and educators have also found meaningful connections with regard to social/emotional learning and ESL themes.

Supported by the contributions of friends of Norman Rockwell Museum, the Passport Program was created for students and families in


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