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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Copes With Declining State Match
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Friday, January 06, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee on Wednesday took its first look at the 2017 applicants for CPA funds and returned to the familiar ground of discussing how conservative the committee should be in allocating those funds.   Representatives from eight groups seeking Community Preservation Act funding made their case to the body, which is charged with vetting applications and making recommendations to May's annual town meeting.   Town Manager Jason Hoch, a voting member of the committee, informed his colleagues that a declining "match" from the commonwealth means the town will have less money in its CPA account for fiscal 2018 than he

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Ross Leads Greylock to Youth Basketball Win
04:59PM / Thursday, January 05, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Patrick Ross scored 12 points Wednesday to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade travel boys basketball team to a 46-13 win over Berlin, N.Y.   Greylock started its second string, and the reserves made the most of the opportunity, coach Rick Paris said.   "It was a great experience for them to get a majority of the playing time and to be able to work on our offensive sets and plays," he said. "We were able to run our plays effectively, and the kids were getting to the rim.   "We had 11 of our 12 players score, which was great to see. Being able to put up 46 points in regulation playing with seven-minute quarters and without

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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
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The Independent Investor: Gyms Are Counting on Your New Year's resolution
By Bill Schmick,
04:17PM / Thursday, January 05, 2017

Barbara Schmick tries out her new Peloton machine. While she's likely to keep going, most exercise resolutions fall short.

It's that time of the year again when people like me hate people like you. January is the month when all those good intentions to get healthy and fit translate into a 12 percent bump in health club memberships. If only all those Americans who join gyms this month would stick with it.

Sadly for them (but not for me) all those good intentions dissolve by the end of the first quarter. The health clubs of America get back to normal by March. Actually, 4 percent of new members won't make it past the end of January and 14 percent drop out by the end of

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Hinds Sworn In As State Senator
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:28PM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds was sworn in Wednesday as the Berkshires' newest state senator.   Hinds took the oath of office in the Senate Chambers on Beacon Hill on Wednesday to serve the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. The Pittsfield Democrat won election in November to fill the shoes of Benjamin Downing, who chose not to run for re-election after 10 years in office.   "It was a profound honor to be sworn in today, during the opening proceedings of the 190th session of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," Hinds said on Wednesday. "What a privilege it is to start the work of representing all citizens of the

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Consider Some New Year's (Financial) Resolutions
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:13PM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017

We have just opened the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year's resolutions. What's on your list this year? More visits to the gym? Learning a new language? Mastering the perfect beef bourguignon? All worthy ambitions, of course, but why not also include some financial resolutions?

By reviewing your needs and goals, you can identify some resolutions that are particularly relevant to your own situation. But here are a few suggestions:

* Build an emergency fund. If you needed a major car repair or a new furnace, or faced some other large, unanticipated expense, could you cope with it? If you didn't have the money readily available, you might have to dip

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'Why Him?': Why Waste Your Money?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:18PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2017

For parents of a daughter approaching marrying age, James Franco's Laird Mayhew is your worst nightmare realized. On the positive side of the ledger, the Silicon Valley mega-billionaire would doubtless be a good provider. But topping the much longer list of negatives, he is a filthy mouthed libertine who thinks nothing of regaling you with highlights of the sensual pleasures he has enjoyed with your dear little offspring. Paired with a raft of other, freethinking improprieties and all manner of distressing chutzpah, he begs the question, "Why Him?"

It's a pretty good idea for a film. We're all interested in the vexing, unexplainable decision making that comprises the

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Velyvis' Tale a Refugee's Success Story
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:16AM / Monday, January 02, 2017

John's wife Claire describes him as 'the life of the party' with the accordion he brought with him from Europe when he emigrated to Canada in 1949.   This scene could have been written to describe contemporary Aleppo. Instead, it harkens back to another occupied land in another time of war when another adolescent boy was forced to witness atrocities no one should ever have to see.   John (Gediminas) Velyvis lived a quiet and happy life with his family in his native Lithuania before World War II devastated his homeland in the 1940s.   He was one of the lucky ones. His family was resourceful enough to stay alive, find its way to one of the "displaced

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Happy New Year From iBerkshires.com
iBerkshires Staff,
12:01AM / Sunday, January 01, 2017

We are hoping all of our readers have had a happy holiday season. Thank you for making iBerkshires your go-to source for local news. We appreciate your support and will continue to provide you with the relevant information you need in your daily lives as we enter 2017.

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Winter Healthier Living Workshop Helps Patients Manage Chronic Pain
02:58PM / Friday, December 30, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Living with a chronic pain is never easy or straightforward. The Healthier Living Workshop, a free, fun, and interactive six-week educational program in southern Vermont, can help patients manage symptoms and gain skills to live their best life possible every day.

Registration for the winter session is open now. The workshop is scheduled 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 2-March 9 at the Vermont Department of Health, 324 Main St., Room 180, Bennington. Sessions are confidential, and family and supportive friends are welcome.

The Healthier Living Workshops were created by Stanford University and are sponsored through a grant from the Vermont Blueprint for Health.

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Williamstown ZBA Tours Site of Proposed Hotel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:50AM / Thursday, December 29, 2016

Engineer Vincent Guntlow describes the proposed location of the hotel as, from left, Cory Campbell, David Levine and Town Planner Andrew Groff look on. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday made a site visit to the Main Street parcel where a developer wants to build a three-story, 95-room hotel.   About a dozen neighbors of 430 Main St. tagged along as members of the ZBA were shown the site by members of the development team.   Engineer Vincent Guntlow took the lead on the walk-through of the property, pointing out where the proposed building will be sited, what vegetation the applicant proposes to remove and how the applicant proposes to alter a

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State Legislature Votes To Delay Recreational Marijuana
Staff Reports,
02:45PM / Wednesday, December 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Legislature voted to push back the timeline for the opening of recreational marijuana shops.   On Wednesday in an informal session with just a few lawmakers present, the Legislature fast-tracked a bill to delay the implementation of recreational marijuana for six months. The move pushes the timeline back for marijuana shops to open from the anticipated Jan. 1, 2018 to July 2018 - and likely the Berkshires will have to wait even longer.   "The legislature has a responsibility to implement the will of the voters while also protecting public health and public safety. This short delay will allow the necessary time for the Legislature to

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Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:38PM / Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Most of us need to do some type of estate planning, but it's especially important if you are part of a "blended" family. And the best time to start is now – before these plans need to be implemented.

Estate planning can be complex, so you will need help from a qualified legal professional. But here are a few general suggestions that can be suitable for blended families:

* Update beneficiary designations – and think about multiple beneficiaries. Update the beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts and insurance policies to reflect the reality of your blended family. These designations can supersede the instructions you provided in your will. So if your

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