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More Heating Assistance Sought as Officials Discuss Poverty
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Monday, January 21, 2019

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, right, and North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard applaud as new Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington, left, is introduced at a forum on poverty at Williams College.  

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the Berkshires face the coldest weather of the winter so far, the county's state senator, Adam Hinds, has joined dozens of other legislators in urging Gov. Charlie Baker to help close the gap in heating assistance caused by a federal funding shortfall.

According to Berkshire Community Action Council, around 8,000 households in Berkshire County apply for LIHEAP (the low-income heating assistance program) every year; across the state, a total

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Chapter Two Books in Williamstown a Place for Community
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:22PM / Sunday, January 20, 2019

Chapter Two Books opened in November on Spring Street.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Chapter Two Books is much more than a perpetual used book sale benefiting the David and Joyce Milne Public Library — it's become an important community gathering space and service.   "It's a home for book lovers and there are a lot of book lovers in this town and people I think feel comfortable stopping in and browsing," Andrea Malone, a member of the initial management team, said. "They know when they buy a book here they help build up the library and I think people feel like they are part of that when they make a purchase."   The Friends of the Milne

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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
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

Soccer Referees Offer Course for New Officials
12:55PM / Sunday, January 20, 2019
LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Soccer Referee Committee will offer its next new referee course on Sunday, March 17.   The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on Pittsfield Road (Route 7).   The cost is $115, which includes registration, administration and course fees.   Interested men and women are asked to register at onthe association's website.   For information, contact either or Berkshire County Youth Soccer League assignor Anthony Pedlozky at   The local board of officials will reimburse new referees for their soccer uniform and kit once they have officiated 10 games in a


Middlebury Men's Basketball Tops Williams
10:01PM / Saturday, January 19, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jack Farrell scored 24 points, and Middlebury held Williams to 36 percent shooting as the Panthers handed the Ephs their second straight loss, 80-66.   James Heskett scored 20 points to lead Williams (15-2, 4-1 NESCAC), which hosts SUNY Oneonta on Tuesday.   Women's Hockey NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Meghan Halloran scored twice and set up a goal for Williams in a 3-2 win over Conn College.   Chloe Heiting stopped 21 shots for the Ephs (11-41, 6-4), who host Amherst on Friday.   Men's Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mike Armstrong scored twice, and the Ephs netted a pair of empty-net goals in a 6-3 win over Colby.   Michael Pinios stopped 25


Northern Berkshire Annual Day of Service Set for Monday
05:21PM / Saturday, January 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is still "a day on" despite the major winter storm heading for the Berkshires.    The 26th annual Day of Service in North Berkshire will occur as planned on Monday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Venable Gym on the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.    The storm is expected to drop a foot or more on the North Berkshires and Southern Vermont but should be over by evening Sunday. Should the conditions worsen, MCLA will make a determination at 5 a.m. on Monday whether to cancel; notices will be posted on social media and by email.   Event organizer Kathy Keeser is encouraging those who can shovel


@theMarket: Markets Retrace December Losses
By Bill Schmick,
09:04AM / Saturday, January 19, 2019
It was a week where lackluster earnings battled with the Fed's willingness to hold off on rate hikes for investors' attention. The Fed won. Investors bought on the dips and helped to push the markets out of correction territory.   From a technical point of view, however, all the U.S. indexes are overbought, extended, and in need of some kind of pullback. Traders know this and have been shorting the market as it climbs, betting that we will see at least a 100-point decline in the S&P 500 Index. It hasn't happened — yet.   Normally, markets will do what is most inconvenient for the greatest number of traders.   In this case, the indexes simply keep going


Snowstorm Prompts Snow Emergencies, Cancellations
03:25PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

This delightful paragraph arrived Saturday morning from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

"The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public that weather forecasters are expecting a winter storm to impact travel across the Commonwealth beginning Saturday evening and continuing throughout Sunday. Heavy wet snow is expected to begin falling on Saturday evening, transition to freezing rain and sleet in some areas on Sunday, and be followed by a flash freeze on Sunday afternoon and evening. The public is advised to minimize travel if possible, make smart decisions if driving, and be mindful of potentially hazardous travel conditions due to the


New Doctor Joins BMC Cardiology Services
01:01PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Tracy E. Hagerty, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist and electrophysiology specialist, has joined the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Hagerty specializes in general cardiology and electrophysiology and is accepting new patients in need of cardiology services. She joins doctor Jeffrey Leppo, Kyle Cooper, Kristen Currie, Henry Lyle, Lisa Massie, Teresa Menendez, Andrew Potash, Peter Shaw, Georgianne Valli-Harwood and Vikas Veeranna in providing comprehensive care through Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Hagerty is board-certified in internal medicine


Donovan O'Connor & Dodig Names New Partner
12:57PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Gregory P. Howard has become a partner in Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.  

Howard has been with the firm since 2011. A native of Bennington, Vt., and lifelong resident of the area, he is well-regarded by both his clients and his peers. He received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 2008 and Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College Law School in 2011. He is a member of the Berkshire Bar Association and the Bennington County Bar Association.

Howard is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont, in the state and federal courts. His practice focuses on representing individuals and families throughout the


Mt. Greylock Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
12:52PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mt. Greylock Regional High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will hold a candlelight induction ceremony and reception on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.

This ceremony honors students who have demonstrated high achievement at school and in the community in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service. Families and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony.

The newly inducted students are: Gabriella Alvarez, Madeline Art, Miriam Bakija, Brody Baumgartner, Julia Butler, Taylor Callahan, Catherine Cangelosi, Sonya Carrizales, Nima Darafshi, Khushi Devre, Julia Donati, Sarah Egan, Toby Ellingwood, Brandon Fahlenkamp, Toby Foehl, Lucas


'Green Book': Because Look Out Old Macky's Back
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:43PM / Friday, January 18, 2019
There it was, the perfect opportunity I thought I wanted — staring me right in the face. A quadruple bypass procured the day after Thanksgiving 2018 can have that effect on a film critic.   What more reason could I conjure to call it a career, to be done with this movie reviewing stuff and finally retire to that long-fabled cabin on the lake in Vermont where I would idyllically pen those 36 essays and short stories with which I had been threatening the world of belles-lettres lo these many years?   But then the words of professor Halberstadter, my mentor back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, slowly interceded.    "Always remember the oath you took,


Barrett Enters First Full Term With Legislative Agenda
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, January 18, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Entering his first full session in the House of Representative, John Barrett III is doubling down on the priorities he held when he was first elected.   "One of the areas I'm obviously concerned about is transportation in the county. We need it, especially in the Northern Berkshire area," Barrett said.     "Obviously we have to do some things to revamp it statewide but one of my bills is that under Massachusetts General Law is that 16 percent of your sales tax goes to running the MBTA so I am including a piece in there that may not go anywhere but it will get people maybe thinking about the way we can start directing some


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