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North Street Development Passes Williamstown ZBA
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:02AM / Friday, September 26, 2014
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ZBA Chairman Andrew Hoar, left, and Leigh Short. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday cleared the way for a parcel at the corner of North Street and Lee Terrace to be the new home for the 1810 Mather House.   Vincent Guntlow made some changes to his property plan in light of last week's ZBA meeting, where a number of Lee Terrace residents expressed their dismay about the planned mixed-use development.   Although residents who attended Thursday's continuation of the public hearing on 63 North St. expressed appreciation for the changes Guntlow made, several said they were upset that the North Street parcel had been rezoned from

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Letter: Thank You for Work on Local Health Care System
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07:00PM / Thursday, September 25, 2014
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To the Editor:

I'm impressed by the dedication and focus of all those who, as recently reported, are working to adapt our local health care system to the new realities.

Among those involved are the State's Office of the Governor and Office of Health and Human Services, our elected officials, Berkshire Health Systems, the ambulance services, and health care unions.

I'm grateful for the considerable progress made in recent months and believe that it bodes well for the further cooperative development of a system that meets the needs of all in our community, especially those who face the most challenges.

 

Adam Falk

 

 

 

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Lanesborough Blames School Committee for Late Bus Loss
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:09AM / Thursday, September 25, 2014
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The Selectmen say the School Committee chose to eliminate the late buses, not them. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Selectmen have taken exception to Mount Greylock Regional School officials pinning the blame on them for the elimination of late buses.   "It wasn't our decision what was going to be cut. It was up to the School Committee," said Henry "Hank" Sayers, adding the town has been "getting slammed" by the public and school officials.   In a recent School Committee meeting, parents voiced concerns about the elimination of the two buses that ran — one heading to each town — at 4:25 p.m. The buses were in the original school

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On-demand Publisher Shares Secret at WCMA
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Patricia No and Antonia Pinter are bringing the books on demand publication studio to the Williams College Museum of Art. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Among the hundreds of titles available on the Publication Studio website is a tounge-in-cheek non-fiction offering titled "How to shoplift books."   Among the tips offered by author David Horvitz: "Put the book in your friend's bag when they are not looking."   You can find this out by reading the book — in its entirety — through the publicationstudios.biz website. But even though most of the Portland, Ore.-based, business' titles are available online, free of charge, Publication

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Berkshire Works Career Fair Sees Record High Employers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:51PM / Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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The Berkshire Works Career Fair helps connect employers with people looking for the next step on their career paths. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In what could signal a growing economy, Berkshire Works saw a peak in number of employers looking to hire at their annual career fair.   "We have over 70 employers tabling today," said Amy Demarest, a business services representative with Berkshire Works. "We're cautiously optimistic that the economy is improving."   Last year, the fair saw 68 employers and Demarest said there are about 10 additional employers this year. Demarest said the organization has a wide range of different types of

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BMC Mulling Strategies For North Adams Hospital
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:09PM / Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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There was a lighter crowd at Wednesday's public meeting on the Stroudwater report at MCLA but a number of people continued to object the idea a full-service hospital wasn't viable.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center may consider seeking Critical Access designation for the former North Adams Regional Hospital with the help of the state Department of Public Health.

The federal designation, which allows for higher reimbursement rates from Medicare, is pointed out as a priority for the return of inpatient services in the just-released assessment report on the community's health-care needs.

"The primary question is whether it's possible and sustainable

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Understanding the Fiduciary Role for Retirement Plans
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12:41PM / Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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Serving as a trustee of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)-sponsored retirement plan or as part of an investment committee that acts as a fiduciary is an important responsibility. You agree to preserve the assets entrusted to you on behalf of the plan participants and beneficiaries you represent. The legal requirements expected of most fiduciaries are, in many ways, the same as those of prudent investment professionals.

In other words, fiduciaries are expected to make fund-management decisions with the same professionalism as a prudent expert.

 

Who can be a fiduciary?

A fiduciary is a person, company, or association that acts in a capacity of trust and is therefore

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The Classical Beat: Concert at the Clark Realization of Dream
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Correspondent
11:48AM / Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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The Dover String Quartet will perform the world premier of three pieces written by Williamstown composer and iBerkshires.com music columnist Stephen Dankner at Oct. 12 at the Clark Art Institute.

When most people think of classical music, several assumptions are made: this music is anachronistic, not of our day and age; it’s old, written by dead composers; and the focus is on the performers, especially if the piece is difficult to play.

I am that anachronistic entity – a living composer who writes music that can still be called “classical.” I take pride, in fact, in being part of a centuries-old tradition that (for me and a select minority of

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MCLA Receives 'Dual Enrollment' Grant
11:22AM / Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has been awarded a $26,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education to fund its participation in the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program during the 2015 fiscal year.

Through the program, academically qualified high school juniors and seniors can register for one or more classes at MCLA free of charge, receive an introduction to college life and the academic expectations of a college course, while earning college credits.

“The Dual Enrollment Program provides an early college experience to high school sstudents and prepares them for college level work,” said Monica Joslin, dean of academic affairs at

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North County Residents Question Health-Care Needs Report
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:14PM / Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Residents advocated for the return of a full-service hospital despite a report that says it can only function with a special federal designation.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A report detailing in hard numbers the health care needs of the community — one that does not include a full-service hospital — has been a hard pill for residents to swallow.

More than 150 people attended a review on Tuesday night of a community health needs study commissioned by the state, a report expected to shape the future delivery of health care in North County.

While there was plenty of thanks for Berkshire Medical Center's prompt reopening of what had been North Adams Regional Hospital's

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