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Barrett Tells Williamstown Select Board Rail Service 'Feasible'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Wednesday, January 15, 2020

State Rep. John Barrett III informs the board about the legislative issues he's working on this year.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — State Rep. John Barrrett III told the Select Board on Monday that regular passenger rail service to North County is a realistic ambition and among the things he is pushing on Beacon Hill.   Barrett stopped by the panel's twice-monthly meeting to give an update on a variety of legislative issues, and he said transportation generally is perhaps the No. 1 area where the state action can benefit the Berkshires.   The North Adams Democrat and Williamstown native noted that a new train service would not be the kind of "high-speed

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Williams Men's, Women's Basketball Drop Non-League Games
10:27PM / Tuesday, January 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Katelyn Pickunka and Amelia Clairmont each scored 17 points Tuesday to lead the Smith College women's basketball team to a 71-64 win over Williams.   Morgan Dauk scored 17 and Gabby Martin added 10 for Williams.   The Ephs (13-2) go to Bowdoin on Friday.   Men's Basketball WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Delshawn Jackson Jr. scored 24 points to lead St. Joseph's to a 85-79 win over Williams.   Matt Karpowicz scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Alex Stoddard scored 17 in the loss.   Williams (7-7) hosts Bowdoin on Friday.


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

Business Owners: Plan for Next Phase of Life
Submitted by Edward Jones,
03:49PM / Tuesday, January 14, 2020

As a business owner, you're always thinking of what you need to do now. But you can't forget about the future – yours and that of your business. So it may be a good idea to consider your personal retirement plan and business succession strategy.

Let's start by looking at a few retirement plan possibilities:

* Solo 401(k): This plan, which is also known as an Owner-only 401(k), is available to self-employed individuals and business owners with no full-time employees other than themselves or a spouse. A Solo 401(k) offers many of the same advantages of a traditional 401(k): a range of investment options, tax-deductible contributions and the opportunity for tax-deferred


North Adams OKs Restaurant at Greylock Works
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Chef Brian Alberg, left, and Greylock Works owner Sal Perry explain the concept behind the Break Room, a restaurant planned for the former mill on State Road.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Works is expanding yet again, this time with a restaurant under acclaimed chef Brian Alberg.    The Planning Board on Monday night approved the addition of the restaurant, The Break Room, to the renovated mill space on State Road. Greylock Works — the former Cariddi Mill — is in the midst of a nearly decade-long renovation that has included the refurbishment of the Weave Shed into an event space, the development of co-working spaces and the installment of two


Youth Soccer Officials Course Offered
Community submission,
03:42PM / Monday, January 13, 2020
LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Referee Committee will offer a new soccer referee course in our area for anyone interested in becoming a USSF Soccer Official.   The Berkshire County Youth Soccer League will provide a stipend toward the new offical's kit of $50, once a new official completes 10 games in a calendar year. The referee is responsible for submitting their game count.    The course will be offered Sunday, Jan.  19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 445 Pittsfield Road, Lenox.   To register, go to, click on the class for Lenox.   Pre-payment of $115 made out to MSRC is required to


Four Freedoms March Again Draws Large Crowd to Pittsfield
By Jeff Snoonian, Special to iBerkshires
12:47AM / Monday, January 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey was the keynote speaker at Sunday's Four Freedoms Coalition rally. He attended a fundraiser for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier's campaign prior to the march.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of people marched Sunday afternoon under a brilliant sky from City Hall to the Colonial Theatre, chanting "No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here!"   The Four Freedoms March was held to acknowledge the four freedoms that were outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a State of the Union address nearly 80 years ago.   He described them as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The Four


New Owners Take Over Williamstown's Nature's Closet
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Sunday, January 12, 2020

Amy Jeschawitz, left, and Beth McLean purchased Nature's Closet on Spring Street on Jan. 2. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From boots to berries and from sweaters to smoothies, Nature's Closet has been a fixture on Spring Street for 10 years.   It started this year under new — but very familiar — management.   Longtime store manager Beth McLean and friend Amy Jeschawitz bought the combination outdoor store/smoothie shop on Jan. 2 from founder Steve Hinchcliffe.   In between greeting the familiar faces of longtime customers and chasing after a rambunctious puppy who has taken up residence in one of the store's front windows, McLean last week


Williams Men's Basketball Edges Amherst on Road
12:06AM / Sunday, January 12, 2020
AMHERST, Mass. -- Williams College's Henry Feinberg hit a pair of free throws with three seconds left, and an Amherst 3-pointer with one second left was off the mark as the Ephs beat the Mammoths, 72-69, on Saturday.   Matt Karpowicz scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Spencer Spivy scored 19. Jovan Jones and Feinberg finished with 12 and 10, respectively.   The Ephs (7-6, 1-1 NESCAC) go to St. Joseph's of Connecticut on Tuesday.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Amherst's Madeline Eck scored 24 points to lead her team to a 62-51 win over Williams.   Maggie Meehan scored 15 for the Ephs (12-2, 1-1), who host Smith on


Boston Bruins Alumni Prevail Over Northern Berkshire Alums
By Rick Duteau, iBerkshires Sports
10:57PM / Saturday, January 11, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass — Justin Kruszyna began skating again after 16 years off the ice when his two young sons first started playing hockey two years ago. So it was only fitting that sons Tyler and Bradley were there on Saturday afternoon to watch their dad play with the rest of the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League Alumni against the Boston Bruins Alumni.   The Kruszyna family is just one example of all the magic that was created at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink on Saturday, as a packed house enjoyed a friendly battle between their local hockey heroes and notorious members of the Boston Bruins Alumni. Things were close at the break, before the Bruins

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Meehan Leads Williams Women's Basketball Past Hamilton
12:54AM / Saturday, January 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maggie Meehan scored 17 points Friday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 70-61 win over Hamilton.   Gabby Martin came off the bench to score 15, and Maddy Mandyck grabbed 12 rebounds for the Ephs (12-1, 1-0 NESCAC).   Williams hosts Amherst on Saturday afternoon.   Men's Basketball CLINTON, N.Y. -- Kena Gilmour scored 28 points to lead Hamilton to a 79-78 win over Williams.   Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 25 to lead the Ephs (6-6, 0-1), who go to Amherst on Saturday.   Women's Hockey HARTFORD, Conn. -- Chloe Heiting made 23 saves, and Paige Galle had two assists for Williams in a 2-0 win over


@theMarket: The Teflon Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Friday, January 10, 2020
It was another up week for the stock market. As we hit record high after record high, investors want more and expect to get it. Forecasts are getting even rosier for this year and, if all goes well, we can expect the signing of the long-awaited Phase One China trade deal next week. What's not to like?   Geopolitics for one thing. As I wrote last week, investors should expect a response after the killing of Iran's No. 2 guy, Gen. Qasem Soleimani. I expressed hope that it would be sooner rather than later since the market hates the unknown. That turned out to be the case.   The Iranian response, however, was largely symbolic. Several rockets that did little damage and took


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for January
01:00PM / Friday, January 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Chesterfield on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Great Barrington on Wednesday, Jan. 22, for this month's staff office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Chesterfield Town Offices, 422 Main Road (Jan. 15) ​Westhampton Town Hall, 1 South Road (Jan. 22)

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for


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