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Voices for Recovery Raising Awareness of Addiction
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, September 23, 2019

Stephen Murray speaks at Saturday's Voices for Recovery event. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stephen Murray is tired. In the past five years, the paramedic has responded to more than 100 overdoses.   "Many of my colleagues are burnt out by the constant barrage of substance-related calls," he said. "And I understand how they feel because I'm tired. ...   "I'm tired of seeing people my age die. I'm tired of seeing parents bury their children. I'm tired of seeing kids who lose their parents."   But Murray, a former addict himself, sees overdose reversals as an opportunity.   "Maybe this is rock bottom, maybe waking up and

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Williamstown Gathers Community Input on Street Lights
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Monday, September 23, 2019

Stephanie Boyd helps lead Wednesday's session. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — About two dozen residents Wednesday turned out for a forum to discuss plans to replace the town's street lighting with more energy efficient LED fixtures.   The consensus that emerged from the listening session was pretty clear: Those in attendance want to see a lighting plan that utilizes warmer temperature fixtures and reduces spillover lighting.   "More lighting is not better," Charles Fulco of the International Dark Sky Association said, speaking for many in the room. "Less lighting used properly is better."   The town is at a crossroads when it comes to how public

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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
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
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Williams Men's Golf Second in Home Invitational
06:26PM / Sunday, September 22, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sam Goldenring finished at 1-under-par and tied for first place after Sunday's second round of the Williams Fall Invitational at Taconic Golf Club.   Goldenring tied Hamilton's Jack Habeeb, who carded a 2-under round of 69 in Saturday's first round.   The Ephs finished at 21-over as a team, one stroke behind team champion Babson.   MCLA placed 25th in the field.   The Trailblazers were based by Drury High graduate Nick Bator, who finished tied for 44th place at 13 over for the weekend.   Williams goes to Wayland next week for the NESCAC Qualifier.   Women's Golf SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Olivia White and Catalin Yturralde

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Williams Receiver Sets School Records in Win
05:32PM / Saturday, September 21, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Frank Stola set Williams College records by catching four touchdowns and compiling 233 yards in receiving as the Ephs beat Tufts, 44-8 on Saturday.   Bobby Maimaron completed 20 passes for 289 yards and ran for 102 yards.   Williams (1-1) hosts Bowdoin next Saturday.   Field Hockey HARTFORD, Conn. -- Claire Fitzpatrick scored in the 47th minute to give Williams a 1-0 win over Trinity.   Abby Lloyd stopped two shots to earn the win goal for Williams (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC), which hosts St. John Fisher on Sunday at noon.   Women's Soccer HARTFORD, Conn. -- Trinity's Aspen Hawkins scored in the 71st minute to give the Bantams a 2-1 win over

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'I Want You to Panic': Youths Lead Williamstown Climate Strike Event
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Saturday, September 21, 2019

Williamstown Elementary School fifth-grader Adele Low speaks about needing adults to 'step up and act now to save our planet.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The petite fourth-grader made her way up to the microphone. In a voice that belied her small frame, she explained why she took the opportunity to speak in front of the several hundred people who came out to the front steps of the Paresky Student Center at Williams College for the Williamstown Climate Strike on Friday.

"When I learned about climate change, I wanted to cry," said June, a fourth-grader at Williamstown Elementary School. "All the animals are going extinct. And it's just terrible."

Then her

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Kennealy Points to Lack of Quality Housing as Economic Threat
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:38PM / Friday, September 20, 2019

Secretary Kennealy, seen with BRPC Chairman Kyle Hanlon, was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner.  DALTON, Mass. — Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Michael Kennealy ticked off a long list initiatives of the Baker administration that included investments in broadband, education, workforce development and transportation.   And while there's still work needed in these areas, the administration is looking at what Kennealy is describing as a "major threat to the economy" statewide: Housing.   "So since 2010, we've added 300,000 people, 400,000 jobs, and less than 100,000 housing units," Kennealy told the annual dinner of

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Williamstown Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Vermont
Staff Reports,
03:38PM / Friday, September 20, 2019
READSBORO, Vt. — A Williamstown, Mass., man was seriously injured early Friday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving struck a guard rail on Route 100.    According to state police, Fran A. Rosasco, 74, was taken by medical helicopter to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center as a precaution because of the severity of the injuries to his chest, knee and shoulder.    The 2003 Harley-Davidson that Rosasco was riding is considered totaled.    A report by Trooper Colin Shepley of the Shaftsbury barracks states that Rosasco was traveling with another motorcyclist north on Route 100 when he failed to make a lefthand turn in the road. His motorcycle stayed to the

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Mount Greylock Turf Field Bids Come in Higher than Hoped
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Friday, September 20, 2019

Dan Caplinger, right, opens sealed bids as fellow committee member Al Terranova looks on. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District opened three bids Friday morning for proposed projects to improve athletic fields at the middle-high school.   All three were well above the figures targeted by the School Committee for the projects.   Clark Construction of Westfield, Mountain View Landscapes and Lawncare of Chicopee and RAD Sports of Rockland submitted bids ranging from $2.847 million to $2.984 million — an average of about $2.901 million — to install a new artificial turf playing field and make requirements to existing fields

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Williamstown ZBA Continues Hearing on Proposed Sporting Goods Store
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Friday, September 20, 2019

The long vacant retail spot on North Hoosac where a resident wants to open a sporting goods store that would include firearms as part of its line. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday decided to continue until October an application for a special permit to operate a sporting goods store at 742 North Hoosac Road.   Billy Preite is seeking a special permit for a change to the nonconforming use of the one-time general store that has been largely abandoned for nearly a decade.   Preite's plan includes the sale of high-end, collectible firearms, an aspect that generated considerable concern from neighbors and others in town who argued that the

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The Ninth Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Hits North Street
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, September 20, 2019

Local and state representatives join the march. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of men stepped into their high heels to participate in the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes march on Thursday night. Although it was not the most graceful of miles, it raised some big money to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center.   "It takes a community to make change and we are that community and for the past nine years, we have been gathering here," Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick said before the march on North Street during Third Thursday. "We are increasing awareness, developing new partnerships, and we are creating new partnerships to

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The Independent Investor: The Era of U.S. Oil Independence
By Bill Schmick,
05:02PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Last weekend's surprise drone attack on Saudi Arabia's major oil fields was a disaster, but it could have been worse. Fifty years ago, an attack like that would have sent the world's financial markets into a tailspin and rocked global economies. None of that happened — thanks to the U. S. energy production.   Granted, there was an initial decline in the markets until the damage was assessed and experts concluded that the 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude production could be put back online within three weeks. The short-fall represented about half of the Saudi's daily production. Yet, the markets rebounded quickly, and for the most part, it is business as

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'Hustlers': The Tacky Laps of Luxury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:56PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Am I that naïve? I sat there aghast as some took in stride the vengeance being meted out by former strip club employees upon their predominantly Wall Street clients in director Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers," a scathing dramatization of Jessica Pressler's New York Magazine expose.   Said financiers are assembly line-style drugged and then fleeced of their reputedly ill-gotten gains following the implied and sometimes more than implied promise of sexual favors. Point of disclosure: While not a regular habitué of such dens of iniquity back in the day, my fires of spring were not unsullied. So why the shock? Function of age? Advancing Fuddy-Duddyism?   For

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