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The Mom Review: WTF's Free 'Robin Hood' Is ... Well, Free
By Rebecca Dravis,
09:38AM / Friday, July 18, 2014
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Williamstown Theatre Festival's free performance of 'Robin Hood' allows the audience to chill out on blankets right in front of the stage under the stars.



WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Theatre Festival is not necessarily known to be as community-minded as some of the year-round theater companies in the Berkshires. But they do stage a piece of free theater every year, and this year's offering was "Robin Hood," performed in the Poker Flats area of Williams College. On a lovely and cool opening night, Noelle and I went to see the play.

I'm not a theater critic, and this column is not meant to be a theater review. It is meant to

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Independent Lt. Gov. Candidate Jennings Calls For Strong Local Partnerships
By Andy McKeever,
03:21AM / Friday, July 18, 2014
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Angus Jennings is helping to build a new political party in the United Independent Party. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Angus Jennings says even if he is elected to lieutenant governor, that won't stop him from being at local public hearings or sitting in with planning boards.   In fact, he says that is what is one of the things is missing from the state administration — a focus on the local governments.    "I think on a fundamental level, what we can bring to the voters is that some of the most important decisions are made in city and town hall. We have a recognition and a respect for the home-rule traditions that are not only embedded in our cultural but

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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,

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Director Takes Leap at Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59PM / Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Director Kathleen Marshall, left, with the stars of 'Living on Love,' which made its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival on Wednesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kathleen Marshall is a three-time Tony Award winner, a three-time Drama Desk Award winner, an 11-time Broadway choreographer and five-time Broadway director.   And she is doing something completely different this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.   Marshall directs "Living on Love," which opened on the Main Stage on Wednesday evening with a cast that includes Anna Chlumsky, Renee Fleming, Justin Long and Douglas Sills.   "This is my first play," she said

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The Independent Investor: How Much Is Too Much to Spend in Retirement?
By Bill Schmick,
02:53PM / Thursday, July 17, 2014
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More and more baby boomers retire each year. One of the questions that trouble them the most is whether they have enough savings to last their lifetime. The answer largely depends on how much they plan to spend each year.

The historical guideline that most financial planners use is a 4 percent drawdown of your retirement savings after taking account of social security and other non-portfolio sources of income, such as rentals or part-time work. That number has been shown to provide most retirees with a comfortable living over the course of a 30-year retirement.

However, I advise my clients to use the 4 percent rule of thumb as a starting place and adjust along the way. Times change and

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': Monkey See, Monkey Makes a Sequel
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:27PM / Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Homo sapiens and their great ape cousins clash in the latest iteration of the 'Planet of the Apes.'

In a perfect circumstance, we would take all the politicians, seat them at little desks in a cute kindergarten classroom, and make them watch director Matt Reeves' "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Graham crackers and milk would be served. No popcorn or cheese nachos. OK ... maybe gummy bears. The hope is that the allegory, a politically savvy heir to George Orwell's "Animal Farm," would teach them something about what the sane folks on this Earth are

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Williamstown Housing Trust Finalizes Homeowner Assistance Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:58AM / Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Thomas Sheldon and Trustee Dick DeMayo review the minutes from a prior meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For people of modest means, it can be difficult to chart a path to home ownership.   Williamstown is offering a MAP.   The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday approved the town's first-ever mortgage assistance program. (See complete text below.)   The initiative, modeled after a similar program in Lenox, will offer grants of up to $15,000 to first-time homeowners with households earning up to 80 percent of the area mean income.   The trustees met with representatives of two area

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Republican Herr To Challenge Markey for Senate
By Andy McKeever,
06:08PM / Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Brian Herr says he'll represent the people of Massachusetts, not the party that put him on the ballot. His campaign site is here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 2010, Brian Herr said what he was supposed to say. He did what he was told to do.

But, he still lost the race for U.S. Senate.

This time, Herr isn't going to let the political insiders and strategists run his campaign.   "When you declare and you are reasonably viable and credible as a candidate for U.S. Congress, a lot of people put their fingers into your campaign, in you. They try to control you and mold you and they try to steer you," Herr said.   "I let some of that go on in 2010 and I

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MassDOT to Purchase Berkshire Line for Passenger Rail
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04:38PM / Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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The Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center is being considered as a rail station once passenger service between Pittsfield and New York resumes.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has finalized an agreement to purchase 37 miles of rail line between Pittsfield and the Connecticut border to advance passenger rail between the Berkshires and New York City.

The agreement includes $12.13 million to acquire the line and an estimated $35 million for initial track improvements, funded by the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill approved by the Legislature. The Berkshire Line runs through Sheffield, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee and Lenox to Pittsfield, where it joins the CSXT Railroad

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District Back on Track
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:08PM / Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Mount Greylock School Committee members, from left, David Langston and Gary Fuls and district counsel Fred Dupere.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to move forward with a search for a Tri-District superintendent after learning that the Lanesborough Elementary School Committee has decided to maintain the current structure.

Lanesborough is part of a superintendency union with Williamstown Elementary; that union, Union 71, in turn, shares a superintendent with the regional junior-senor high school.   But the LES Committee's commitment to the shared services arrangement was in doubt throughout the winter and

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Classical Beat: Vermont Home to Some Hits This Week
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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The Shanghai Quartet will perform in Manchester, Vt., this Thursday, July 17.

Another gloriously diverse week of captivating music is in store for lovers of chamber vocal, voice with orchestra, symphony, and, especially, tone poems (short symphonic pieces that tell a story or establish a mood.)

As always, Tanglewood is the place to be for musical riches across the spectrum. And, to add to the mix, there’s the five-day Festival of Contemporary Music – a celebration of new music for listeners with adventurous tastes and ears and minds hungry for new sounds, styles and genres.

But also look north of the border – Vermont – for some amazing performances, as well.

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