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Berkshire High School Athletes, Coaches Honored at Sports Caravan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jay Anderson of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank noted the closing of St. Joe PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the 55th annual Sports Caravan Awards were given to outstanding athletes and coaches of area high schools, a moment was taken to note it would be the last year that one of those schools would be represented.    Jay Anderson, president and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, introduced the winners of the Robert "Boog" Powell Awards, and opened by noting the closing of St. Joseph's Central High School and acknowledging girls swimmer Jessie Tobin, who will be the last St. Joe athlete to be presented with a Caravan award.     "What I

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Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Holding Meet & Greet Event in North Adams
03:27PM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, will hold a special meet and greet community event in North Adams, for the North Berkshire public to have the opportunity to speak with the specialists about comprehensive orthopaedic care, joint replacement and sports medicine services.

The event will be held on Tuesday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mass MoCA, and will feature the surgeons of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates and members of the Berkshire Health Systems orthopaedic care team. This free event will showcase the most advanced care and surgical and non-surgical techniques keeping people of all ages living life pain free and


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

On '529 Day,' Think About College Savings Plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:39AM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You probably won't see it on your calendar, but May 29 (5/29) is 529 College Savings Day, or "529 Day" for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education.

And that need has never been greater. Consider the following:
* College prices keep moving up. College costs just keep rising. For the 2016–2017 school year, the average cost (tuition, fees, room and board) was about $20,000 for in-state students at public universities and more than $45,000 for private schools, according to the College Board. These costs are


MPO Urged to Start Mohawk Bike Path Construction Earlier
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If funds become available to get shovels in the ground on the Mohawk Bike Path project in Williamstown, the MPO says it will try to move construction up. Otherwise, the project won't be funded until 2019.   "I think '19 is very doable, '18 is quite possibly doable but not for sure," said Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns. "But it is really is the statewide funding source, it is out of targets."   The project was eyed for construction in the federal 2017 fiscal year but the design hadn't progressed enough. It was pushed back, but there were no available funds for 2018. The design


Williams College Running Culvert Underneath Downtown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:04AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Monday night announced plans to install a 6 foot-by-12 foot box culvert under downtown,    Williams College project manager Jason Moran explained to the Board of Selectmen that the college has put in motion a multi-phase plan that will alleviate flooding problems in and around Spring Street by, in part, replacing the undersized pipe that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River to the east.   The inadequacy of the pipe that carries Christmas Brook under Williamstown has long been a vexing issue for residents in and around the Spring Street and Latham Street area.   "The pipe was put in at a time


Williamstown Moves to Build Police Station on Simonds Road
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:22AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town took its first steps toward moving its police station and a non-profit recreation center received a season alcohol licence.   Also, Williams College announced plans to install a 6 foot-by-12 foot box culvert under downtown. (Story to come)   Other than that, it was a quiet night Monday at Town Hall.    The twice-monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen had a full agenda on the first Monday after last week's annual town meeting.   As has often been the case in recent years at Town Hall, a big part of the agenda centered on construction.   In the case of the town, it is a planned renovation and addition to the Turner


Berkshires Beat: Williams Environmental Center Earns Petal Certification
03:41PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Nearing the goal: The Class of 1966 Environmental Center has achieved Petal Certification, meeting six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge. Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives Director Amy Johns accepted the building’s Petal Certification at the Living Future Conference in Seattle on May 18.

Twelve months of consecutive data showed that the center qualified in six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge, but fell short for the energy standard, just missing full certification as a Living Building. The LBC program, administered by the International Living Future Institute, is the most


Berkshire Bank Moving Corporate Headquarters to Boston
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:24PM / Monday, May 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank is moving its corporate headquarters this Boston later this year as it acquires Commerce Bancshares Corp., increasing the bank's holdings to $12 billion.   The $209 million acquisition makes Berkshire Hills Bancorp the largest regional bank in Massachusetts, according to officials, and the first regional bank headquartered in Boston in decades. Bank officials say moving its corporate headquarters will not affect its employees here and that the operational center will remain on North Street.    "Locating our corporate headquarters in Boston will not take us away from our roots in Berkshire County; we remain committed to all of


Biz Briefs: CompuWorks Celebrates 30 Years in IT Services
03:05PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy anniversary: CompuWorks, a Pittsfield-based managed IT services provider (MSP) specializing in making companies more efficient, innovative and profitable through the effective use of technology, is celebrating 30 years. The company reflected on its history in an address to its employees.

Founded in 1987 by David Hall and Alan Bauman, CompuWorks' mission has always been to help its clients maximize the business impact of technology. The company believes that technology should be a competitive asset, not simply a necessary evil.  CompuWorks serves as the outsourced IT department for most of its clients who range in size from 20 employees to over 1,000 and are generally


Failed Williamstown Hotel Applicant Weighs Legal Options
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Engineer Charlie LaBatt discusses the height of a proposed hotel during a site visit to 562 Main St. on Thursday afternoon. Looking on are Zoning Board of Appeals members Keith Davis, left, and Andrew Hoar.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The attorney representing the applicant denied a chance to develop a Main Street parcel said Friday morning that it is "too soon to say" what, if any, remedy his client will pursue.   Williamstown attorney Donald Dubendorf said his client, Vipul "Vinny" Patel, was "disappointed" with Thursday's Zoning Board of Appeals decision denying him four special permits needed to develop a three-story, 77-room hotel at


Williamstown Rural Lands Honors Retiring Executive Director
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, May 21, 2017

David McGowan addresses the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation annual meeting on Saturday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Surrounded by the pastoral setting she worked for more than two decades to protect, Leslie Reed-Evans received the heartfelt congratulations of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Saturday afternoon's annual meeting.   And the non-profit's outgoing executive director returned the favor with a challenge.   "We still have work to do," she told the crowd gathered beneath a tent at the foundation's Cold Spring Road headquarters on Sheep Hill. "So next year, when I'm sitting where you are, I want to see all the same faces


@theMarket: The Trump Dump
By Bill Schmick,
10:09AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
Investors were shocked this week when the U.S. stock markets fell almost 2 percent in one day.    Wall Street blamed it on the growing scandals engulfing the White House. However, there was little follow through despite predictions that this was the beginning of the long-awaited pullback.   To be honest, much of the controversy coming out of Washington — demand for Trump's impeachment, obstruction of justice, witness-tampering, etc. — is simply partisan politics deliberately fueled by a biased media. All of the above, which had been building for days, finally reached the tipping point for investors. As weak-kneed day traders started to sell, the program


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