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Williams Softball Splits First Two Games of NCAA Super Regional
12:08AM / Saturday, May 19, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College junior Mackenzie Murphy threw a 2-hit shutout and senior Brenna Martinez hit a solo home run to account for game's only tally as the Williams College softball staved off elimination by edging M.I.T., 1-0, in Game 2 of the 2018 NCAA Div. III Tournament's Williamstown, Mass. Super Regional Friday on Cole Field.    The Engineers stole Friday's first game, scoring three times in the top of the seventh to rally past Williams — the big blow a two-out, two-run home run by sophomore Madi Pickett that snapped a 2-2 tie and led M.I.T. to the 4-2 victory.    Game 3 will be attempted to be played on Sunday, with rain


'Life of the Party': Celebrates the Joys of Mediocrity
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:43PM / Friday, May 18, 2018
If you redo in black and white director Ben Falcone's "Life of the Party," wherein suddenly divorced Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) returns to college after dropping out 20 years ago, you've epitomized any number of escapist comedies that populated theaters during the Great Depression.    Light, frothy confections that specialized in proving that one can indeed turn lemons into lemonade, they featured silly but likeable characters who, through some unseen benevolent power or just sheer luck, were able to navigate a series of farcical and convoluted perplexions.   Even the villains in such fare are rather lighthearted foils as opposed to full-bodied miscreants,


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

Girls Inc. Awards Scholarship to 10 Young Women
08:45PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Girls Inc. of the Berkshires awarded scholarship to 10 young women at its annual Ruth P. Boraksi Celebration Evening on May 3. The event recognizes the achievements of young women throughout Berkshire County and awarded scholarships through the Ruth P. Boraski Funds for Girls and on behalf of area community partners.

Receiving Ruth P. Boraski Funds for Girls Inc. Scholarships were Sarah Beckwith and Marya Makuc from Mt. Everett Regional High School; Janayah Burgess and Molly Clement from Taconic High School; Danielle LaBlanc from Pittsfield High School; and Sophie Shron from Monument Mountain High School.

On behalf of area partners, scholarships were awarded to


MCLA Announces Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards
08:38PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, presented by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

The recipients, all of whom recently were recognized at an MCLA ceremony, are Deborah Hartwig (Early Childhood – Community Setting), a Head Start teacher at Berkshire Head Start in Adams; April Mazzeo (Pre-K-Grade 2), a first-grade teacher at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in the Adams-Cheshire School District; Kimberly Comier (Grades 3-6), a


Twenty Williams Students, Alumni Awarded Fulbright Grants
08:21PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eighteen Williams College students and two graduates have been offered Fulbright grants for 2018-19, matching the college's record set last year for the number of Fulbright recipients in one year.

Six of the honorees will receive one-year grants to study or conduct research in their academic fields, and 14 will receive English Teaching Assistantships for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States. 

All Fulbrighters work, live with and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences and working to develop academic and professional


The Independent Investor: Are Americans Saving Enough for Retirement?
By Bill Schmick,
05:00PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
If you simply read the headlines, you would assume that over half of Americans aged 55 and over, have no savings as they approach retirement. That's a dramatic statement, but is it true?   Most statisticians derive that data by adding up those who have an IRA or similar tax-deferred savings account such as a 401(k). The latest data compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank's Survey of Consumer Finance indicated that 53 percent of households, age 55 to 64, had some savings in those tax-deferred accounts. So, yes, by that standard, almost half of all Americans fail the savings test.   But what about all the people who work for the government? There are 22 million workers toiling


Purple Valley Aquatics Hosts Long Course Meet
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08:57AM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- With 21 athletes in attendance, Purple Valley Aquatics hosted its second home meet of the long course season last weekend at Williams College.   Among those participating were first-time competitors Zamir Ashraf, Josie Howe, and Lillian Howe for PVA.   The Schenectady Sharks and the Springfield-based PVAA also competed.   Purple Valley's next home meet is June 9 and 10.


Williamstown Elementary School Honors Library Volunteer, Patron
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, May 17, 2018

Peter Mehlin is depicted reading a book to a child on a park bench in the mural. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Peter Mehlin has been impacting children’s lives as long as the current Williamstown Elementary School has been educating the town’s youngsters.   Now Mehlin’s impact will be remembered for as long as there is a Williamstown Elementary School.   At Wednesday’s School Committee meeting, the longtime volunteer and library patron was recognized with a mural adorning the wall in one of the library’s reading areas.   Librarian Susan Lynch told the committee that Mehlin was recruited to work at the school in 2002 by former


District Attorney Candidates Meet Head To Head In First Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Paul Caccaviello had a domestic homicide case while working in the district attorney's office and he said he brought in behavioral experts to help teach and understand the issues of domestic abuse.    He said he's taken steps to create a sub-unit to focus directly on domestic abuse cases and to understand the best ways to become proactive in domestic abuse cases to halt things from getting worse. And that's what he says he'll do if elected as the new district attorney this fall.   "I've committed to bringing in training and education to my staff," Caccaviello said.   However, challenger Andrea Harrington said in


How Can You Meet Your Short-Term Goals?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:07PM / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Why do you invest? If you're like most people, you'd probably say that, among other things, you want to retire comfortably. Obviously, that's a worthy long-term goal, requiring long-term investing. But as you journey through life, you'll also have short-term goals, such as buying a second home, remodeling your kitchen or taking a much-needed vacation. Will you need to invest differently for these goals than you would for the long-term ones? 

To answer that question, let's first look at how you might invest to achieve your longer-term goals. For these goals, the key investment ingredient is growth – quite simply, you want your money to grow as much as possible


Williamstown Town Meeting Approves Spending on Pool, Police Station
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Town officials applaud Elaine Neely, the winner of the Scarborough Solomon Flynt Community Service Award. 

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A motion to allocate $19,000 to Sand Springs Recreational Center passed by voice vote -- although it was not a unanimous vote -- at town meeting on Tuesday night after only one resident spoke out against it.

Several residents, however, had questions and concerns about the new police station on Simonds Road, and town meeting voters heard from both the town manager and the chief of police before authorizing the $5 million bond by a voice vote. This vote also wasn't unanimous.

Going into Tuesday's town meeting, only the Sand Springs question had


New Ashford Town Meeting OKs School Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:28PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Nearly 70 registered voters crammed into the meeting room at Town Hall in New Ashford.   NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — Throughout the winter and spring, the school budget has been a sticky issue.   On Tuesday night, it was decided with sticky notes.   On consecutive paper ballot votes, town meeting voted by a 35-31 margin to keep the school line item in the town budget at the level recommended by the School Committee and, by a 13-vote margin, approved the total $870,054.61 spending plan.   Sixty-nine residents — or 35 percent of the town's 196 registered voters — crammed the Town Hall meeting room to do the town's business.   The most

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