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Berkshires Beat: Human Library at Williams Seeks 'Books'
02:22PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

Only human: Williams College is seeking "books" for its sixth annual Human Library, taking place on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky Center. Founded in 2001 in Denmark, The Human Library project aims to "promote human rights and social cohesion … create greater understanding between people… and provide a safe space where people can learn more about each other and work through stereotypes and discrimination present in our community in order to ultimately forge new connections between people."

The Human Library event has been held at Williams annually since 2012. A Human Library has "books" and


Biz briefs: Cosmetologists Sought for Cancer Society Makeover Program
01:35PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking good: The American Cancer Society is seeking Pittsfield-area volunteer cosmetologists for its Look Good Feel Better program that instructs women who are undergoing cancer treatment beauty, skin care and hair techniques. The program runs at many locations in Massachusets, including Berkshire Hematology Oncology.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association. The program offers complimentary group, individual and online sessions that teach beauty techniques to help cancer survivors face their


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

Greylock Youth Basketball's 'Big Three' Shine in Weekend Wins
07:58AM / Monday, January 23, 2017
Derek Paris scored 15 points, and Malcolm Waynick added 11 Sunday to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade travel boys basketball team to a 48-34 win over Mount Everett.   Oscar low chipped in with seven for Greylock (3-2 in the Berkshire County League), which plays Lenox on Saturday.   Jack Carpenter scored 15, and Kolby Bleau had 11 for Mount Everett.   On Saturday, Greylock beat CYC of Pittsfield, 42-31. Three players finished in double figures for Greylock: Paris with 13, Waynick with 11 and Low with 10.   “When Low, Paris and Waynick can score in double digits, we love our chances,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “It usually happens when we


Williamstown Community Preservation Panel OKs 8 Applicants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, January 22, 2017


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After an evening filled with votes, revotes, bargaining and multiple appeals from some applicants, the Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday finalized the recommendations for funding it will send to town meeting later this year.

In the end, all eight of the applicants received positive recommendations from the eight-person committee, which has the responsibility of vetting proposals and crafting articles for the annual town meeting warrant.

Four of the projects were recommended out of committee with the full funding requested. Four saw their requests trimmed as the committee struggled to develop some fiscal discipline and maintain some of


Berkshire County Women Head to DC Women's March
10:24PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — iBerkshires rarely gets a chance to report outside its coverage area because of our focus on local news.

There's the occasional jaunt to Boston, Greenfield, Springfield, Bennington, Vt., and even Albany, N.Y.

But Friday night I'll be on a bus headed to the Women's March on Washington with a group from North County. Readers can follow along on my Twitter feed @iBerk_Editor and we'll have a story posted later on the front page.

Those interested in the march can also attend a free event the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield from 10 to 2 on Saturday hosted by WAM Theatre. The event is being held thanks to an anonymous donor covering the rental fee but


'Hidden Figures': Amounts to an Important Tale
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:51PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

Watching director Theodore Melfi's "Hidden Figures," about the African-American women working for NASA who were instrumental if not indispensable to getting our first man in space, we scratch our heads and can't help but ask ourselves, "How come I didn't know this?" But figuring the truth here isn't rocket science.

So many years after the fact, it's the same depth of prejudice that hampered Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and their sister colleagues from convincing the space agency of their genius that has squirreled away their story.

This is a civics lesson, especially important at this tremulous juncture when a sizable portion


SVMC OB/GYNs to Appear on WAMC's Medical Monday
12:41PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — At 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, SVMC OB/GYNs Anika Chadee and Themarge Small will appear on WAMC's Northeast Public Radio's Medical Monday program.

Dr. Chadee received her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, N.Y., which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She joined the SVMC medical staff and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians in 2016.

Dr. Small received her medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles' Geffen School of Medicine and completed the


'Travel Photography for Everyone' Begins Jan. 25
11:37AM / Friday, January 20, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — One of the joys of traveling is creating enduring photographic images of the sights that fill you with wonder, delight, and surprise.

Learn how to capture even better images next time you travel with award-winning photographer Thaddeus Kubis in OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College's winter course, "Travel Photography for Everyone." No experience is necessary.

The class begins Wednesday, Jan. 25, and runs for four weekly sessions from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Berkshire Community College's South county Center, located at 343 Main St. in downtown Great Barrington.

Whichever media you use — film, digital,


Williamstown Ambulance Service in Dire Straits, Seeks Town Funding
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Friday, January 20, 2017

Dr. Win Stuebner explains the ambulance service's dire financial picture to the Finance Committee on Wednesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's ambulance service is in critical condition, officials told the Finance Committee on Wednesday.   And if Village Ambulance does not receive town support, it likely will go out of business in the next six months, according to the president of its board of directors.   "I don't want to be an alarmist, and I don't want to be threatening, but I will be factual," Dr. Erwin Stuebner told the Fin Comm. "If Village Ambulance doesn't receive significant funding by July 1, we are probably going to have


Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Main Street Hotel Permits
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:50PM / Thursday, January 19, 2017

Zoning Board Chairman Andrew Hoar directs Thursday's hearing as Lindsay Ericcheto looks on.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday voted 5-0 to approve special permits to allow a 95-room hotel at the former site of the Grand Union at 430 Main St. (Route 2).

Petitioner Navin Shah and his development team were back at Town Hall for a continuation of the ZBA's Dec. 15 hearing on his application to allow a three-story, 53,000-square-foot hotel at the site.

On Thursday, engineer Vincent Gutlow presented a number of modifications to the plan since the Dec. 15 hearing, and the ZBA placed several restrictions on the plan — all to satisfy the


MountainOne Unifies Branding of Divisions
04:20PM / Thursday, January 19, 2017

The clock also has a new lighting array installed.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne Financial, the parent company of MountainOne Bank and three additional financial service divisions, has rebranded each of its divisions under the MountainOne name.

The rebranding includes a new blue and white logo, replacing the tan and white one that MountainOne has used for several years.

"For nearly two decades, the individual companies of MountainOne have worked together to successfully build a complete portfolio of banking, insurance, and investment services in the Berkshires and throughout our region," President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Fraser said. "In 2013, our


United Way, Habitat For Humanity Launch Free Tax Prep Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:14PM / Thursday, January 19, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's coming up on tax time, a chance to catch up on bills, build up savings, or make investments. And there are community groups just waiting to help people with the preparation and filing.   The Berkshire United Way and the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity have put together a pool of volunteers to help individuals and families file income tax with the IRS securely and for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.   "Doing it through VITA means it is secure, direct with the IRS, and you are not paying anything. You are not paying interest on your return. It is the most secure way to do it and the cheapest way to do it,"


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