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CHP Looks to Add Physicians, Services in North County
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

CHP hosted a joint chamber event in its new offices on the third floor of BMC North.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs has opened its renovated offices on the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center and hopes to add new doctors to its North County practice.

Members of 1Berkshire and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce got to tour the new offices at a joint chamber event on Wednesday catered by Bounti-Fare and Kelly's Package Store. CHP moved into the former 3rd North wing of the hospital last December.

"What you saw is a renovation that we finished about two weeks ago, you can see that we're still working to outfit some of the rooms," said


Dellea Honored With Hillcrest's Irish Person of the Year Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

There was a large audience at the Pittsfield Country Club for the event.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was in the mid-1980s when Michael Dukakis was looking to close the Avalon School, which was in receivership.

Meanwhile, Hillcrest officials had taken an idea of expanding into the education field to their Chief Operating Officer Eugene Dellea.

Dellea brought the concept the board chair, financial and legal reviews were done and the leadership was ready to bring the idea of buying Avalon to the full board. But first, they needed the governor's office to stop his efforts to close it.   "In communications with the governor and his staff, we impressed upon him the needs

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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

Williamstown Planning for Pot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:37PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week advanced zoning bylaw amendments that maximize the opportunity for marijuana retail and production operations in town.   Town Planner Andrew Groff brought the board a proposed bylaw for discussion that limited retail pot establishments to one of the town's commercial zones, the Planned Business zone at the north end of Simonds Road and on Main Street (Route 2) west of Stratton Road.   It quickly became clear during the board's discussion that the majority of the planners felt such establishments should not be treated any differently than the closest analogous business, a liquor store. Currently, the town has


The Independent Investor: Trump's Budget
By Bill Schmick,
06:44PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

It was late, "skinny," and guaranteed to send Washington lawmakers up a wall.  President Trump's first crack at a budget, released on Thursday, makes drastic cuts to many sacrosanct departments and programs while boosting spending in others.

If you haven't strapped in quite yet, now is the time to do so. The president's 53-page budget (less than half of his predecessor's lean, 134 pages) makes dramatic cuts to departments such as the Environmental Protection Agency (minus-31 percent) and the State Department (minus-28 percent), while increasing defense spending by $54 billion.

Areas that would also be hit hard were foreign aid, grants to multilateral


'Kong: Skull Island': Serious Monkey Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:55PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

While director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' "Kong: Skull Island" asserts independence from the original, 1933 legend, as well as the 1976 and 2005 remakes, it is all the same, a throwback, a good old adventure yarn. To quote an eloquent teen in the theater lobby who ruminated it afterward with his pals, "That was a most satisfying movie experience."

The 14-year-old in me agrees; the curmudgeon has reservations. But despite some modernizations and nods to contemporary sensibilities integrated into the ethos of the tale, there is one heartening fact. Indeed, on this unchartered, South Pacific island where Charles Darwin would have enjoyed a veritable feast of evolutionary


No Contested Elections So Far in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:10PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With a Tuesday deadline looming to submit completed nomination papers, all of the seats on May's town election ballot have one interested party.   Papers have been completed with the required number of signatures for five of the seven seats on the ballot. Potential candidates have taken out papers for the other two seats, Town Clerk Mary Kennedy reported on Thursday morning.   Nomination papers are available in Kennedy's office. Completed nomination papers must be returned to the Board of Registrars for certification no later than Tuesday, March 21.   For the Board of Selectmen, incumbents Hugh Daley and Andrew Hogeland each have returned

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Williamstown Fire District: No Request Received to Fund Ambulance Study
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

Prudential Committee members Ed Briggs, left, and Ed McGowan participate in Wednesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen walked out of Monday's meeting thinking that a study to look at the financial viability of Village Ambulance Service would be paid for by the town, Williams College, the service and the Williamstown Fire District.   That was news to the members of the Prudential Committee that governs the fire district.   The committee held its monthly meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and the main focus was a published report from Monday's meeting at Town Hall, where Town Manager Jason Hoch reported a plan to split the cost of a


Police Find Vehicle Of Missing Woman
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. - Authorities say the vehicle of 39-year-old Joanne Ringer has been found, but she is still missing.   Ringer went missing on March 2. She had last been seen in Clarksburg and was driving her 2001 Volkswagen Jetta to Easthampton. On March 6, authorities found the vehicle in Easthampton but she remains missing.    Police are asking for any assistance in locating here. She is described as a white, standing 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighing 130 lbs. She has brown eyes, but police say she could be wearing colored contacts, and has brown hair with purple streaks. She has several tattoos including the full length of her right arm. Specifically, she has a tattoo

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Nigerian Novelist Speaking at Williams' 228th Commencement
03:59PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 228th commencement exercise on Sunday, June 4.    The day before, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will be the baccalaureate speaker. Both will receive honorary degrees at commencement, as will former Williams College provost and current president of Washington and Lee University Will Dudley; public health and environmental advocate Gina McCarthy; and Gavin A. Schmidt, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie is the leading African


SVMC OB/GYN Service Now Available at Pownal Campus
03:24PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Women in Pownal, Vt., and nearby Berkshire County can now schedule gynecologic and prenatal appointments closer to home. Gynecologist Dr. Malcolm Paine has begun seeing patients at SVMC’s Pownal Campus in Pownal, Vt.

"Regular visits are so important for women of all ages, especially moms-to-be and their babies. This change allows women who live south of Bennington to travel a lot less to make their appointments," Paine said.

Dr. Paine offers all of the same services at the Pownal Campus that he currently offers at his office in Bennington, including screenings, prevention, treatment, and prenatal care.

Dr. Robert Tarnas, one of three primary care


Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of Grant Deadlines
03:17PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017.

Regional nonprofits, students, school communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

For nonprofits

The Fund for Williamstown's DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, businesses or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about


North Adams Children Sell 'Rainbow Rocks' for Charity
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mason Stred is interviewed by Channel 6 on about the art fundraiser.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An effort to raise $500 for a local cancer support group has brought in five times that much, largely thanks to an outpouring of support and the sales pitch from some of the area's youngest residents.

Rainbow Rocks, a fundraiser organized by parent Jaycee Stred, brought children and parents together to paint colorful rainbows on rocks. On Sunday at Lickety Split, they presented PopCares with a check and cash for $2,500.

The best part of the activity was "to sell them to people with cancer," said Mason, Stred's 7-year-old son, between licks of a celebratory ice cream cone.

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