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Williamstown ZBA Makes Hard Choices at Marathon Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:48AM / Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Girard family at  907 North Hoosac want to replace the red exterior door at left to allow the first-floor bumpout to be converted to a half bathroom. A deck to allow access to the back yard was rejected despite their neighbor's support.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Thursday's meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals was a study in irony.

The board members rejected a request from a resident they clearly appeared to want to help and approved a special permit under a bylaw about which several members clearly have reservations.

In both instances, the ZBA members acted in accordance with the law, putting their personal inclinations aside in applying the legal standards as best

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Adams Harvest Fest This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The Harvest Fest will come to Bowe Field for the first time this Saturday.   Organizer Annmarie Belmonte said the idea for the event was to give people something to do this fall.   "Basically is there is not much to do around here, and, I hosted Hi-Jinx that went off without a hitch, so I thought I would try something else," Belmonte said.   The "Rising of the Corn" event is starting small at four hours, with hopes to grow next year.   The fest at the Adams Agricultural fairgrounds is being sponsored by Izzy's Diner and Pizza and Bounti-Fare. There is a $2 admission fee for adults at the gate, children are free; it runs

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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 Accountant': Adds Up Smartly
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

"Why would I want to see Ben Affleck do taxes?"

Thus inquired a friend's wife when he asked if she'd like to see "The Accountant," director Gavin O'Connor's action-packed crime drama starring Affleck in the title role. To which I reply, "exactly." The snazzy, left-handed glorification of the iconically dull profession, often seen as a refuge for the creatively challenged, is here entertainingly perched on its ear and pumped for all of its anomalous surprise, shock and glee.

This is an often captivating, physical and mental road trip through some rather intricate loopholes that'll have you wondering if Humpty can ever be put together at

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Williams Physics Professor Wins Undergraduate Research Prize
03:14PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Protik "Tiku" Majumder, professor of physics and director of the Williams Science Center, has been awarded the 2017 American Physical Society (APS) Prize for a Faculty Member for Research at an Undergraduate Institution.

The prize honors a physicist whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to the professional development of physics students. Majumder is being recognized for the contributions of his research and for his "sustained, inspirational mentorship of undergraduate researchers."

"I am honored to receive this award, and I thank my department for nominating me,"

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New Berkshire Theatre Awards Program Names Winners
11:40AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The winners of the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards have been announced. Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theatre productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016.

The winner of the special Larry Murray Award, to be given to a person or theater project that advances social, political or community issues, will not be announced until the Winners’ Celebration at 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. Nominees for the Larry Murray Award are Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and artistic director of WAM Theatre, and

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Major Gift Provides Support for Clark's New Works on Paper Gallery
11:33AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has received a $2 million gift from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust in recognition of its growing works on paper collection.

To honor the generosity of its donors, the Clark will name a new gallery in its Manton Research Center when the building reopens on Nov. 12 after an extensive renovation.

The Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper is named in honor of the noted art dealer, collector, scholar and author. The gallery, located on the ground floor of the Manton Research Center, is the Clark’s first gallery dedicated exclusively to the display of works on paper.

"This very generous gift expands our

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Mount Greylock School Committee Passes Anti-Charter School Resolution
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:15AM / Thursday, October 20, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted Tuesday to join a long list of school committees around the commonwealth voicing opposition to a November ballot initiative that seeks to raise the cap on charter schools.

Teacher Lyndon Moors asked the committee to endorse a resolution drafted by the Save Our Public Schools campaign that urges voters to vote no on Question 2 on Nov. 8 — or when early voting gets under way in their town.

Moors told the the committee that the pro Question 2 effort is heavily funded and driven by out-of-state interests.

"There is unending stream of TV ads in favor of question No. 2," Moors said, referring

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Lanesborough Elementary Retains Level 1 Ranking
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:35PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The elementary school has again scored a top level ranking from the state.   The scores from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers have placed the school as Level 1. While the school has consistently ranked Level 1 in recent years, what stands out about this year's results is that PARCC was a pilot program that had a clause allowing schools to be held harmless in state accountability.   "This is the first time we took the PARCC. It is more rigorous and aligned with the common core than the old MCAS," Principal Martin McEvoy said. "Our students did so well, we didn't need to invoke that held harmless

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Founding Director Bowen Leaving BArT at End of School Year
Staff Reports,
05:30PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The founding director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will leave at the end of the school year.

Julia Bowen informed the BArT community by email on Wednesday afternoon that she was departing after 13 years guiding the region's first and only charter school.

"I feel confident that this work will continue long after my departure," she wrote. "Over the years, we have built a team that has the intelligence to take on new challenges, the wisdom to focus on the most important work and the moral clarity to do this with integrity and respect, always with students' best interests at heart. I couldn't have imagined we would

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Letter: Ballot Question 2
Letters to the Editor,
02:29PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

To the Editor:

There are good educational arguments for both sides of Question 2 on increasing the number of charter schools. However one claim by the proponents of this issue is misleading.

They say that passage of the ballot question will increase the amount of state funding going to public education. It is true that the enabling legislation for charter schools calls for transitional reimbursement to the sending district for students going to charter schools.

The problem is that, like every state program, this reimbursement is "subject to appropriation." No ballot question can in fact bind the legislature, as it considers the state budget, to prioritize a particular line item.

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Letter: How Should I Vote On Prop 2?
Letters to the Editor,
02:00PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

To the Editor:

This was the question I was asked by a friend because they knew I had taught in both regular and charter public schools. For those who don't know, a yes vote on Prop 2 [Question 2 on the general election ballot] will expand the charter school program in Massachusetts and a no vote will keep charters at current levels.

To understand how to vote, you need to understand why we have charter schools. Charter schools are the invention of progressives who wanted to create a sort of education laboratory where they could re-create, innovate, and advance modern education beyond the stranglehold of bureaucracy. New education techniques that were proven to be effective would then

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SVMC Presents 'Taking the Scare Out of an Abnormal Mammogram'
01:41PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. — If you're a woman over the age of 40, you may have been there: You get a call that your mammogram is abnormal, and you get scared. It's completely natural. The fear sometimes stops women from getting a mammogram in the first place or from coming back for the recommended diagnostic breast imaging.

What you need to know is that there is a long way between an abnormal mammogram and a breast cancer diagnosis. Information about the process of breast cancer screening, including what is happening behind the scenes, can help you cope with this unsettling news and move forward with confidence.

That's why clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's

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