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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Inn Project; Zoning Board Next
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Thursday, July 20, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College's plans for a new Williams Inn on Spring Street cleared one regulatory hurdle on Tuesday and face another test on Thursday at Town Hall.   The Planning Board on Tuesday gave its blessing to the 64-room inn, which the college hopes to have online by the spring of 2019.   On Thursday, the school will be before the Zoning Board of Appeals in search of a special permit for the project, which will exceed the 5,000 square foot threshold allowed in the the Village Business District.   Most of the discussion before the Planning Board revolved around its determination that the parking plan is appropriate for the


Cages at the Mill Offers Three-Day Softball Camp
09:04PM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Cages at the Mill has added a three-day youth softball camp to its summer offerings.   The camp, for players ages 10 to 15, will be held Aug. 1-3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Alcombright Sports Complex.   The camp promises to focus on the fundamentals of the game, including throwing, hitting, fielding and bunting. Players will be divided by age group for certain activities.   The cost is $100 per player.   To register, visit


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

Williams College to Shut Down Electricity Three Days This Summer
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03:36PM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College's campus will undergo a total blackout for three days this summer while the school installs two large generators.   The school's electric grid will be taken off line on Monday, July 31, Monday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 19, starting at 5 a.m.   During the blackout, there will be no Internet, phone service, air conditioning, ventilation, hot water or lights, including bathrooms.   All campus buildings will be closed those days to accommodate this installation. This includes the Child Care Center, The Log, Lasell Gymnasium and Fitness Facility, all athletic facilities, the Faculty Club, Paresky Center and the '62


Tanglewood and Sevenars: Classical Music Heaven
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:35PM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tanglewood enters its third week, and the highlights are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. The legendary Emerson String Quartet present a musico-theatric "Russian Fantasy," followed by an all-Schubert evening. Deeply moving symphonies by Bernstein and Tchaikovsky ensue, with heroic piano concertos by Beethoven and Prokofiev to follow. Orchestral masterworks by Kernis, Britten and Sibelius, and a celebration of early-20th century French vocal music conclude this week's listing of stellar performances of great and amazingly diverse musical offerings.

If, for whatever inexplicable reason the bounteous musical fare at Tanglewood isn't enough to pique your


Match Short- and Long-Term Goals With the Right Investments
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:13AM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate investment vehicles. How should you proceed?

For starters, identify your short- and long-term goals. Your shorter-term goals will change throughout your life. When you are starting out in your career, for example, you might aspire to purchase a home in the next three to five years. Later on, though, your biggest short-term objective might be to save enough money for a long tour of Europe – without racking


Berkshire County Education Task Force's Single-District Solution Surprises Its Chair
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:32PM / Tuesday, July 18, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The chairman of the Berkshire County Education Task Force says he was as surprised as anyone when the group voted to recommend a single school district for the county's 30 towns and two cities.   But John Hockridge is convinced that the proposal makes sense for students and taxpayers alike.   "Most of us thought that was not the direction we were headed in 32 meetings over the last couple of years," Hockridge, a member of the North Adams School Committee, said on Tuesday. "But we went through a process on Saturday that involved breaking into six groups for thorough discussions of the options.   "From the breakout groups, the


Pignatelli Takes Over Cariddi's Chairmanship of Environment Committee
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:15PM / Tuesday, July 18, 2017
BOSTON, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli is taking over the House chairmanship of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture for the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.   Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo appointed Pignatelli to the seat that was previously chaired by his former Berkshire delegation colleague, Cariddi, who died earlier this year. The dean of the Berkshire delegation will likely be removed from his current committees to focus solely on the chairmanship.   "Clearly, I am very honored. This is a key legislative position in leadership," Pignatelli said. "It bodes really well to have the chairman be from

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Berkshire Girls Lacrosse Squad Competes at Bay State Games
10:18PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
WALTHAM, Mass. — The first-ever group of Berkshire area lacrosse players recently competed in the seven-vs-seven tournament at the Bay State Games at the Veterans Memorial Complex on July 11-12.   Three years ago, coaches Jeff Murray and Larry Sheedy started a club team for girls to learn and play lacrosse. This initial group of 17 players from Grades 6-8 has now blossomed to three teams with one each for players in Grades 3-6, 7-8 and 9-11.   The 12 players who played six games at the Bay State Games were from six different area schools and were by far the youngest team in the competition. They came from Hoosac Valley High School, Pittsfield High School, Pine Cobble,


Bulldogs Win Western Mass State Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:53PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-and-under Cal Ripken Baseball team Monday rallied from a 10-5 deficit to earn an 11-10 win over Ashburnham-Westborough in the Western Mass State Tournament championship game.   The Bulldogs scored three runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the fifth and Kyle Kelly pitched a scoreless fifth to send the team on to the New England Regional later this month in Waterville, Maine.   On Monday, Lanesborough needed to win twice against Ash-West, a team that took a 6-4 decision from the Bulldogs earlier in the double-elimination tournament.   The Bulldogs also needed to bounce back after blowing a 5-0 lead when Ash-West

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Traversa Throws No-Hitter for Post 68 Juniors
09:02PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Joe Traversa threw a no-hitter Monday to lead the Post 68 Juniors to a 4-0 win over Longmeadow in the American Legion Baseball district playoffs.   On Tuesday at Clapp Park, Post 68 plays the winner of Wilbraham and Greenfield for the title. If Post 68 loses on Tuesday, it will play the same team again on Wednesday to decide the double-elimination tournament.   Seniors   PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- On Monday at Clapp Park, East Springfield defeated Post 68, 5-4, to win their bracket in the district tournament.   East Springfield advances to a best-of-three series with Northampton to decide the district title. That gets under way on Tuesday.  


BArT Enrolling New Students in Grades Six through 10
03:00PM / Monday, July 17, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School, a tuition-free public school serving students in grades six through 12 from a number of Massachusetts communities within the Berkshires, is currently enrolling new students in grades six through 10 for the 2017-18 school year.

Recent action by BART's Board of Trustees and by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education resulted in a change in the school's enrollment policy. Previously, students new to BART could be admitted to grades six through nine. Now, however, students may be admitted into BArT to grade 10 as well.

"As a college preparatory charter public school, BArT


Biz Briefs: Bank Donation to SVMC Funds Child-Friendly Waiting Areas
02:48PM / Monday, July 17, 2017

For the kids: The Bank of Bennington presented a $25,000 donation to Southwestern Vermont Health Care earlier this month at the bank's flagship location at 155 North S. in Bennington, Vt. The funds, given in celebration of the bank's centennial year, are dedicated to the creation of several interactive, child-friendly waiting areas within the health system.

Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women's and Children's unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

This is the first of several donations the bank plans to make to celebrate its centennial year. The Bank of


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