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State Senate Accepts Amendment To Study Passenger Rail to New York
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City.    State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the state Department of Transportation to create a working group to study what it will take to establish the service.    "When we are trying to improvement out economy and address population loss, getting our infrastructure right is a key part of that," the Pittsfield Democrat said on Thursday. "This was identified as an important first step."   Some four years ago, former Gov. Deval Patrick had pushed a plan to purchase and


The Independent Investor: Ready For a 20 Percent Correction?
By Bill Schmick,
03:11PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

As the stock market makes new highs, investors tend to get greedy. They also begin to believe that what has happened in the recent past will continue to happen in the future. Actually, history shows the exact opposite. It is time to give the potential downside some thought.

Hope burns brightly in the equity markets right now. Many on Wall Street believe that the Republican-dominated Congress, led by Donald Trump, "The working man's president," will usher in a golden era of strong economic growth and robust financial markets. The problem is that politics and investments make for strange bedfellows.

At some point, I expect that the two will part ways and when they do, look


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

Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Successes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ellen Sutherland is flanked by Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Christa Collier, left, and North Adams Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When it comes to asking people to give to a good cause, you can talk about the benefit to the community, and you can appeal to folks' better natures.   But a little shame can't hurt.   "This little school in Cheshire, this beleaguered school that's going to close now, came about and accepted my challenge to reach 100 percent participation," Adams-Cheshire Regional School District United Way coordinator Starr Baker recalled on Thursday morning. "On opening day, the


November Date Set for Mount Greylock Regionalization Question
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee moves forward with its efforts to invite its "feeder" elementary schools to join the district, it is getting some indirect encouragement from the countywide task force looking at challenges facing public education.

"We are the poster child for regionalization," committee member Carolyn Greene told her colleagues at Tuesday's meeting.

Greene represents Mount Greylock on the Berkshire County Education Task Force, which is trying to find ways to create efficiency to maintain the level of educational opportunity in the county in a time of declining population, rising costs and taxpayer


Berkshire High School Athletes, Coaches Honored at Sports Caravan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jay Anderson of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank noted the closing of St. Joe PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the 55th annual Sports Caravan Awards were given to outstanding athletes and coaches of area high schools, a moment was taken to note it would be the last year that one of those schools would be represented.    Jay Anderson, president and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, introduced the winners of the Robert "Boog" Powell Awards, and opened by noting the closing of St. Joseph's Central High School and acknowledging girls swimmer Jessie Tobin, who will be the last St. Joe athlete to be presented with a Caravan award.     "What I


Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Holding Meet & Greet Event in North Adams
03:27PM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, will hold a special meet and greet community event in North Adams, for the North Berkshire public to have the opportunity to speak with the specialists about comprehensive orthopaedic care, joint replacement and sports medicine services.

The event will be held on Tuesday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mass MoCA, and will feature the surgeons of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates and members of the Berkshire Health Systems orthopaedic care team. This free event will showcase the most advanced care and surgical and non-surgical techniques keeping people of all ages living life pain free and


On '529 Day,' Think About College Savings Plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:39AM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You probably won't see it on your calendar, but May 29 (5/29) is 529 College Savings Day, or "529 Day" for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education.

And that need has never been greater. Consider the following:
* College prices keep moving up. College costs just keep rising. For the 2016–2017 school year, the average cost (tuition, fees, room and board) was about $20,000 for in-state students at public universities and more than $45,000 for private schools, according to the College Board. These costs are


MPO Urged to Start Mohawk Bike Path Construction Earlier
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If funds become available to get shovels in the ground on the Mohawk Bike Path project in Williamstown, the MPO says it will try to move construction up. Otherwise, the project won't be funded until 2019.   "I think '19 is very doable, '18 is quite possibly doable but not for sure," said Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns. "But it is really is the statewide funding source, it is out of targets."   The project was eyed for construction in the federal 2017 fiscal year but the design hadn't progressed enough. It was pushed back, but there were no available funds for 2018. The design


Williams College Running Culvert Underneath Downtown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:04AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Monday night announced plans to install a 6 foot-by-12 foot box culvert under downtown,    Williams College project manager Jason Moran explained to the Board of Selectmen that the college has put in motion a multi-phase plan that will alleviate flooding problems in and around Spring Street by, in part, replacing the undersized pipe that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River to the east.   The inadequacy of the pipe that carries Christmas Brook under Williamstown has long been a vexing issue for residents in and around the Spring Street and Latham Street area.   "The pipe was put in at a time


Williamstown Moves to Build Police Station on Simonds Road
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:22AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town took its first steps toward moving its police station and a non-profit recreation center received a season alcohol licence.   Also, Williams College announced plans to install a 6 foot-by-12 foot box culvert under downtown. (Story to come)   Other than that, it was a quiet night Monday at Town Hall.    The twice-monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen had a full agenda on the first Monday after last week's annual town meeting.   As has often been the case in recent years at Town Hall, a big part of the agenda centered on construction.   In the case of the town, it is a planned renovation and addition to the Turner


Berkshires Beat: Williams Environmental Center Earns Petal Certification
03:41PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Nearing the goal: The Class of 1966 Environmental Center has achieved Petal Certification, meeting six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge. Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives Director Amy Johns accepted the building’s Petal Certification at the Living Future Conference in Seattle on May 18.

Twelve months of consecutive data showed that the center qualified in six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge, but fell short for the energy standard, just missing full certification as a Living Building. The LBC program, administered by the International Living Future Institute, is the most


Berkshire Bank Moving Corporate Headquarters to Boston
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:24PM / Monday, May 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank is moving its corporate headquarters this Boston later this year as it acquires Commerce Bancshares Corp., increasing the bank's holdings to $12 billion.   The $209 million acquisition makes Berkshire Hills Bancorp the largest regional bank in Massachusetts, according to officials, and the first regional bank headquartered in Boston in decades. Bank officials say moving its corporate headquarters will not affect its employees here and that the operational center will remain on North Street.    "Locating our corporate headquarters in Boston will not take us away from our roots in Berkshire County; we remain committed to all of


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