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Return of Youth Baseball Seen as 'Good First Step'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Dalton-Hinsdale held tryouts this past weekend; Pittsfield's leagues are holding them Saturday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After waiting more than two months to get back on the diamond, area youth baseball players may finally get to hear their favorite words: Play ball.   Little Leagues in Pittsfield and Dalton and the Williamstown Cal Ripken baseball and softball league are making plans to get kids outside and enjoying the American pastime in the weeks ahead with the Little Leagues aiming to play house league games as soon as June 29.   That is the earliest the commonwealth might move into Phase 3 of the governor's phased recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. And


Two Area Residents Being Charged in Alleged Fraud Ring
By Tammy Daniels,
06:13PM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

District Attorney Andrea Harrington announces the arrest of two people in a multistate fraud ring.

Law enforcement in Albany, N.Y., arrested Parth "Peter" Chaudhari, 23, of Adams on Wednesday afternoon without incident. Albany officials are holding Chaudhari without the right to bail on a charge of fugitive from justice, based on a warrant issued in Massachusetts for charges associated with a fraud investigation.

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District attorney's office and the Adams Police Department filed for an arrest warrant for Chaudhari on Wednesday.   He is alleged to be involved in a fraud ring with Ajaykumar Chaudhari 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

COVID-19 Testing Available for Anyone Who Was at Large Gathering
04:38PM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
BOSTON — Anyone who's been at a large gathering in recent weeks can be tested free for COVID-19.   The governor's office made the announcement on Monday that 50 pop-up sites would be offering the confidential tests on Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 and 18.    "Obviously, there's been a significant increase in the number of people participating in demonstrations across Massachusetts and around the country," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Thousands of people have been congregating in large groups over the past several weeks to exercise their First Amendment rights in the wake of the George Floyd murder.   "These gatherings are coinciding


Berkshires Beat: First Day School Students Donate Funds to SVHC
10:38AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
SVHC donation

In mid-May, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation received a letter and donation from the First Day School of the Bennington Friends Meeting, a local group of the Religious Society of Friends, known more commonly as Quakers. The letter was written by 11-year-old Thea Newbold of North Bennington. She wrote on behalf of the other children of The First Day School, the Quaker equivalent of Sunday school, according to Amy Newbold, Thea’s mother.

In the letter, Thea explained that the adults had provided the children with funds to give to the charity or charities of their choice and that the children had chosen to send a third of the funds to the hospital. "We


Big Y Appoints New CFO
09:58AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Big Y Foods has appointed Theresa A. Jasmin as CFO following the recent retirement of William T. Mahoney. 

Jasmin is responsible for the company's strategic planning, finance, accounting, treasury and tax functions. As a senior member of the executive team, she reports to Charles L. D'Amour, president and CEO, along with Big Y's board of directors. And, she represents the first woman to be appointed to the c-suite for the company.

Jasmin has more than 25 years of experience in the food industry. She began her career at Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, where she held senior management positions in both Treasury and


Can You Invest for Retirement and Education?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:42AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. 

And if you have young children, you may want to save for their higher education, whether that be college or trade school. At the same time, though, you're moving ever closer to retirement. Can you save for your kids' education and a comfortable retirement for yourself at the same time?

It is indeed possible, although you may need to prioritize somewhat. Specifically, you may not want to put off saving for retirement in favor of


Summer Jazz Camp & Music Academy Open for Enrollment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Berkshires Summer Jazz Camp plans to open this August with the inaugural semester a new music academy following in September.   Applications for the jazz camp are now being accepted and Richard Boulger, executive director and co-founder of the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, or BAAMS, said he and his colleagues are excited to be able to offer the free camp for the third year.   "My musical philosophy is that your musical instrument is an amplifier of what you are hearing, thinking, and feeling," Boulger said. "As one develops this approach to playing and composing music, one's own life experiences are

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State Compels Williamstown to Submit Simplified Monthly Spending Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday afternoon approved a new dollar figure for the town's 1/12th budget spending plan after the state told the town to submit a higher amount.   Town Manager Jason Hoch went to the board asking it to approve a budget of $2,130,000 for the month of July, $777,000 more than the Select Board previously OK'd based on Hoch's projection of the town's actual expenses for next month.   The biggest change is that the new, higher figure, includes 1/12th of the local tax revenue that Williamstown paid in fiscal 2020 for the Mount Greylock Regional School District. Previously, Hoch had left it out of his projections for July


Letter: Support for Peter Beck for Planning Board
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, June 15, 2020

To the Editor:

I write to enthusiastically support Peter Beck for a five-year term on the Williamstown Planning Board. Peter was a star student at Yale Law School. I particularly enjoyed having him in an Advanced Property law seminar where, in an unusual reversal, I as the professor learned a tremendous amount from Peter due to his experience in local government and planning.

To all of us at Yale Law School, Peter was one of those students who seemed as wise and mature as one of our fellow colleagues. Peter wrote a brilliant, and brilliantly funny, paper on Property Law for my class, which won a coveted student award. The paper showed how one of the basic property law concepts taught in


Mount Greylock Forum Opens Conversation on Racial Equity
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:33AM / Monday, June 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Difficult conversations about race across racial lines are important.   But so are conversations that are not about race.   Pittsfield author and motivational speaker Ty Allan Jackson made that point last week during a virtual community conversation hosted by the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   "I think there has to continuously be consistency of having people of color coming in [to the schools] to talk -- and not just solely about diverse issues," Jackson said. "I think a big problem we have in a lot of our communities is that there isn't a lot of representation of people of color in the first place. I think we need


North Berkshire Towns to See Hike in Solid Waste Rates
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, June 15, 2020

The solid waste district board held its meeting last week outside the Adams Visitors Center to comply with needed social distancing.  ADAMS, Mass. — Members of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District are expected to see increases in their waste removal rates as the district negotiates a five-year contract with Casella Waste Management that includes prevailing wage.    The previous contract was for 10 years with Republic and was viewed by waste district Coordinator Linda Cernik as very town friendly.   "The contract was set with Republic but then Casella purchased [them]. That contract had been set for 10 years. I say it was like a gift,


Mount Greylock Committee Member: Address Needs First, Then Save Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Monday, June 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One member of the Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday continued to push hard for the district to go forward with plans to build an artificial turf field while appearing to reverse his own position on maintaining a building maintenance reserve.   Al Terranova spoke passionately about the need to stop talking about whether to build a synthetic field and, as he has advocated in the past, make a decision on the project. But Terranova, who in the past frequently argued in favor of preserving some portion of a Williams College capital gift for building maintenance now says that money "was never, ever, ever intended to be a maintenance fund for the


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