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Williams Women's Soccer Wins League Title in OT
03:23PM / Sunday, November 05, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. –- Williams College's Alison Lu scored in overtime Sunday to lift the Ephs to a 2-1 win over Tufts in the New England Small College Athletic Conference women's soccer championship game.   The first half saw relatively few chances, as play was concentrated in the midfield. Eph senior forward Natasha Albaneze had the best opportunity of the period, when her shot from distance hit the left goal post in the 13th minute. Freshman forward Liz Reed had a hard shot on goal in the 21st minute for the Jumbos, but Williams junior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill made the save.   The game was scoreless at halftime, and the Ephs held a 4-3 edge in

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Williams Women's Soccer Wins, Hosts League Final on Sunday
09:56PM / Saturday, November 04, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kristina Alvarado scored in the 71st minute to break a 2-2 tie and send the Williams College women's soccer team on to a 4-2 win over Amherst on Saturday in the sem-finals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament.   Sydney Jones assisted on Alvarado's game-winner and added an insurance goal for the Ephs 10 minutes later.   Sarah Scire and Alison Lu had the other goals for Williams, which got two saves from Olivia Barnhill.   Fourth-ranked Williams (15-1-1) hosts Tufts on Sunday at noon in the NESCAC Championship game.   Field Hockey MIDDLEBUARY, Vt. -- Trinity's Kendall Brown scored in the second minute of

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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
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@theMarket: Investors Underwhelmed by Tax Reform
By Bill Schmick,
10:07AM / Saturday, November 04, 2017
With great fanfare, House Republicans rolled out a tax reform proposal that they promised would get this country going again and invigorate business, while creating jobs and huge savings for the middle class. What are they smoking?   Clearly, the entire reform package was simply a smoke screen to reduce taxes for American corporations with the majority of benefits directed at the country's largest companies. For the individual, depending on what you make and where you live, taxes will remain the same or go up.    Several legislators used a postcard as a prop claiming your individual tax return will be so simple it will fit on a postcard. The reason is simple. This plan

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'Suburbicon': Where Seldom Is Heard a Tolerant Word
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:27PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
My rich sister Ann has regularly informed that "It's always about the money, especially if they say it's not about the money." Whether she influenced the deservedly famous Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, or they figured out the maxim themselves, they have made a successful film career of exploring and dramatizing it.    "Suburbicon," their latest bit of cynicism about how the American dream is perennially misrepresented as a free-for-all grab of wealth and not the pursuit of human rights and freedom the Founders envisioned, robustly continues the muckrake.   Here, in a rare departure of form, though co-writing and producing, they've chosen

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The Independent Investor: Are You Ready for a Down Market?
By Bill Schmick,
05:02PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
It has been some time since we have had even a tiny decline in the stock market. Human behavior is such that we expect what has come before to continue into the future. When it doesn't, a whole host of emotions arise and most of them will be detrimental to your financial health.   A new survey by E-trade Financial, a discount broker dealer, reveals that well-heeled investors (those with $1 million or more in equity investments) are as bullish as they have been all year. Almost 75 percent of million dollar players are now bullish as we enter this final quarter of the year. Most of these investors are 55 or older and are significantly more optimistic than younger

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:47PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are Gianna

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Three Berkshire County Nursing Homes Praised by National Publication
02:05PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four of Berkshire Healthcare's skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts have been named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

In the Berkshires, Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, Mt. Greylock Extended Care in Pittsfield and Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation were among 75 in Massachusetts designated by the national magazine as “Top Performers” in their selection of the best nursing homes in the country. Berkshire Healthcare affiliate Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in Peabody also earned a spot on the list.

U.S. News evaluated nearly 16,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide,

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Mount Greylock Committee to Weigh Minor Changes to Regionalization Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:06AM / Thursday, November 02, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two weeks before it asks the town's voters to put it out of business, the Williamstown Elementary School Committee met Wednesday to review the budget and discuss two final changes to the regional agreement to be considered on Nov. 14.   That is the night the towns of Williamstown and Lanesborough will decide whether to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include the junior-senior high school's two feeder elementary schools, Williamstown and Lanesborough Elementary.   It is also the night when the three elected school committees in the two towns may begin the process of forming a transition committee that will direct the

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Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Announces Nominations for Berkie Awards
12:51PM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association has announced the nominees for the second annual Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as The Berkies.

The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theater in the greater Berkshire region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Nov. 6 on the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield. Limited reservations are available by calling 413-822-7384.

This year, 80 nominees in 20 categories were culled from the 381 votes of critics who covered productions at theaters in four

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Checklist for Helping You Choose a Financial Professional
12:13PM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

For reasons likely to remain obscure, October 30 is Checklist Day. But while the origins of this observance may be a mystery, the value of checklists is clear: They help us organize our time and break large jobs into manageable steps. You can use a checklist for just about any significant endeavor – including the task of choosing a financial professional to help you achieve your important goals.

Here's what such a checklist might look like:

* Find someone with the proper credentials. Make sure a prospective financial professional has the appropriate securities registrations.

* Find someone who has worked with people like you. You will want to seek out a financial professional

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Weathering the Storm: What to Do If You Catch the Flu
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11:23AM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Imagine you see a weather report for heavy rain. You're headed off to work for the day, and you have your rain coat within easy reach. Do you bring it with you? Of course you do! You bring it with you knowing that, depending on the storm, the raincoat may not be 100 percent effective. But it will go a good long way to keep you dry.

As an infectious disease specialist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, especially in the months leading up to flu season, I spend a lot of time persuading people to get a flu shot. It really is the best way to prevent getting the flu yourself and to decrease the effect of the flu on the whole community.

According to a recent study reported by the

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Massachusetts Health Connector Begins Open Enrollment
11:10AM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Connector has started open enrollment for 2018, providing members and new applicants the opportunity to pick a health insurance plan for the New Year, and officially kicking off a full-scale, statewide outreach and education campaign.

Massachusetts has the highest insured rate in the country, with 97.5 percent of the state's residents covered according to the U.S. Census. The lead up to Open Enrollment has created national concern about outreach activities, particularly in states that are part of the federal government Exchange. Consistent with the commonwealth's mission to support access to affordable health coverage for everyone, the

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