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Images Under the Stars Outdoor Movies
08:00AM / Thursday, July 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema's annual outdoor series Images Under the Stars continues this year with three musicals.   Each will be shown outside in three different locations around town, starting at dusk (around 8pm-830pm, depending on the day and conditions). Admission is free. Note that all films are on Monday evenings this year.    Monday, July 22: "MEAN GIRLS" (2024) Sand Springs Pool + Recreation Center 158 Sand Springs Rd, Williamstown, MA   Monday, July 29: "MOULIN ROUGE!" (2001) The Airport Rooms at TOURISTS 915 State Rd, North Adams, MA   Monday, August 5: "SUMMER STOCK" (1950) Presented by the Williamstown

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Williamstown Housing Trust Seeks to Resolve Habitat Project Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:29AM / Thursday, July 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday agreed in principle to a plan to address an issue that has been a sticking point for a proposed subdivision on Summer Street.   The AHT has been working with Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to develop a 1.75-acre parcel with four houses and an access road.   Part of the plan Habitat developed with civil engineer Guntlow and Associates is a rain garden that would be part of the subdivision's stormwater management plan.   Among the issues raised by critics of the subdivision is the question of who ultimately would be responsible for maintaining the rain garden. It is one of

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SVMC Recognized for Excellence in Emergency Nursing
04:10PM / Wednesday, July 17, 2024
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Kendall Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has been selected as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association's 2024 Lantern Award for demonstrating excellence in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research performance.   The Lantern Award showcases emergency department's (ED) accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. As part of the application, EDs are encouraged to share stories that highlight a commitment to patient care, in addition to the well-being of nursing staff. The award serves as a visible symbol of a commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work

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Williamstown Abutters Appeal Decision on Habitat for Humanity Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Wednesday, July 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One of the Summer Street residents who has objected publicly to a proposed subdivision on the street has appealed the Conservation Commission's decision to allow the project to go forward.   Jeffrey Parkman of 33 Summer St. filed an appeal to the state Department of Environmental Protection of a June 13 Con Comm vote to order conditions for the construction of a 260-foot road and, eventually, four single-family homes on a 1.75-acre lot purchased by the town's Affordable Housing Trust in 2015.   The Affordable Housing Trust has partnered with Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on a plan to use the site for four homes that will be affordable

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BCArc’s Golf Event Raises Funds for Individuals with Disabilities
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11:11AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire County Arc raised $45,000 at its 29th annual Golf Classic held this summer at Berkshire Hills Country Club.   The funds raised from the event go directly to individuals with disabilities for activities such as art classes, medical equipment, wheelchair swings, concerts, assistive technology, and dream trips to places like Disney, Celtics games, and deep-sea fishing.   The money also goes to scholarships to area high school students planning to pursue human service careers.   The lead supporters of the event this year were Berkshire Bank, Health New England, Greylock Federal Credit Union,  Notch Insurance Group, Synagex Modern IT, and

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Guest Column: Full Steam Ahead: Bringing Back the Northern Tier Passenger Railroad
by Thomas Huckans, Guest Column
03:00PM / Monday, July 15, 2024

You only need a glance outside to see a problem all too familiar to Berkshire county: closing businesses, a shrinking population, and a stunning lack of regional investment.

But 70 years ago, this wasn't an issue. On the North Adams-Boston passenger rail line before the '60s, Berkshires residents could easily go to Boston and back in a day, and the region benefited from economic influx. But as cars supplanted trains, the Northern Tier was terminated, and now only freight trains regularly use the line.

We now have a wonderful opportunity to bring back passenger rail: Bill S.2054, sponsored by state Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester), was passed to study the

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Greylock Canine Club Owner: More Dogs, Please
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:24AM / Monday, July 15, 2024

Owner Pete Umbrianna and manager Molly Smith outside the facility. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Greylock Canine Club owner Peter Umbrianna is always surprised when owners drop off their dogs at his South Williamstown doggy day-care.    "The owners pull up, open their doors and these dogs got out running," Umbrianna said. "They don't waste time. They're so excited to get in to see their friends. They bomb into that welcome shed. They know the drill."   Umbrianna, a lifelong dog lover, said he wants to turn the Greylock Canine Club, which is tucked away on 1099 New Ashford Road, into the premier dog destination for all things

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Greylock Thunder Open Home Tourney with Convincing Win
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:40PM / Friday, July 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – After allowing the first batter she faced to reach base and score, Marlee Arhnold gave up nothing at all on Friday night.   The Greylock Thunder’s Arnhold struck out eight and gave up just two hits in an 11-1, five-inning win over the Berkshire Force in the 14-and-under Summer Storm Tournament on Fran Millard Field.   Genevieve Lagess went 2-for-3 with a double, and Gianna Witek was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Thunder, which started its home tournament in style.   Arnhold was in control throughout after giving up a leadoff walk to Lillian MacDonald and a two-out RBI triple to Kylie Duhamel in the bottom of the first inning.   At one

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Clark Art Presents Concert by Natalie Joachim Trio
10:43AM / Friday, July 12, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Wednesday, July 17, the Clark Art Institute continues its July Outdoor Concert Series with a performance by the Nathalie Joachim Trio.    This year, the July Outdoor Concert Series celebrates the French Caribbean with some of the best musicians from Guadeloupe and Haiti. The free concert takes place at 6 pm on the Clark's Reflecting Pool Lawn.   According to a press release:   Grammy-nominated performer and composer Nathalie Joachim is a Haitian-American artist whose creative practice centers an authentic commitment to storytelling and human connectivity while advocating for social change and cultural awareness. Joachim is Assistant

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Williamstown Select Board Discusses Language in 'Guidebook'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Thursday, July 11, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — During a discussion about goal setting and priorities for the 2024-25 term, Select Board member Randal Fippinger on Monday pointed out that the body has limited bandwidth.   "There's so much that we have to do," Fippinger said. "There is so little discretionary time in our calendar for stuff to do."   Moments later, the board spent more than 40 minutes discussing modifications to a 3-year-old document that the town does not need, largely focusing on a passage that has no basis in state law or town code.   At issue was the "Select Board Guidebook," which the body created in 2021 and published on the town

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Clark Art Presents Performance By Ximena Bedoya
04:07PM / Thursday, July 11, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute presents a performance on Sunday, July 14 at 4 pm by Ximena Bedoya, an interdisciplinary artist and designer from Peru.    This free performance takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Currently based in New York, Bedoya explores transitional states of mind, body, and space through audiovisual experiences. Her work teaches viewers to embrace life's fluctuating moments. Bedoya is half of Lobby Art Editions, a record and cassette label with roots in Western Massachusetts. She received an MFA in Applied Craft & Design from the Pacific

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Director Susan Seidelman at Images Cinema
01:38PM / Thursday, July 11, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An Evening with Susan Seidelman is a fundraising event for Images Cinema on Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm.    Following a screening of the 1985 film "Desperately Seeking Susan," director Susan Seidelman will be in conversation with Jessica Hecht, after which she will sign copies of her new memoir, "Desperately Seeking Something: A Memoir about Movies, Mothers, and Material Girls."   Tickets are $20; $18 for Images Cinema members; with the option to pay a higher ticket price to benefit Images.    Susan Seidelman, director of "Smithereens," "Desperately Seeking Susan," and episodes of "Sex and the

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