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'Captain America: Civil War': This Isn't Your Father's Superhero
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:09PM / Thursday, May 12, 2016

It wasn't just because "Captain America: Civil War" was unnecessarily convoluted that I grew despondent as I sat through its 147 minutes of confusion. Later I would also be miffed by the lack of clues leading to the surprise conclusion. But I am beside the point. With nary a Smartphone a-texting, the kids around me seemed to love it, totally welcoming the cacophony and esoteric story details. Such is what Father Time wreaks.

A new generation's ascendancy first begins with the confiscation of popular culture. Anyway, who's to argue with someone who's pinned a small ball bearing to the tip of their tongue?

But hey, wait a minute now. Most of the superheroes who


Williamstown School Committee OKs Third Half-Day Preschool Section
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Thursday, May 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee on Wednesday approved a plan to add a third half-day session to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program.

In a unanimous vote, the committee agreed to ask the town for an additional $58,424 on the budget it approved earlier this spring. The school is seeking about $6.14 million from the town for fiscal 2017, a 6.35 percent increase over this year.

The increased appropriation would cover increased salary and benefits for a half-time teacher and half-time paraprofessional and the reinstatement of the mid-day bus, which was previously excised from the budget.

As has been the pattern for several months, the


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

MAC Treasures Aims to Re-Open in North Adams
01:38PM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After four years at 600 Main St. in Williamstown, MAC Treasures has found a new home at the site of West End Auto at 362 State Road in North Adams.  

MAC Treasures is a donation-based tag sale that helps support the Minerva Arts Center, which provides performing arts opportunities to students in Northern Berkshire County.  

MAC Treasures provides an unique shopping experience, where you can find “treasures” including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, books, children’s toys, music, housewares, furniture and seasonal items at reasonable prices. In addition to these “treasures”


Williamstown Police, ACB Win Again
12:53PM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Xander Art pitched a complete-game three-hitter Tuesday to lead Williamstown Police to a 7-4 win over Countryside Landscaping in Cal Ripken League Majors Division play at Bud Anderson Field.   Jack Cangelosi scored a pair of runs, and Thomas Martin played standout defense at first for Police.   Countryside’s Nick Lescarbeau doubled and hit his first career home run. Ozzie Weber, Tej Patel and Zach Davignon split time on the mound for Countryside.   ACB Tops Lee Hardware LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jackson Shelsy went 3-for-3 with two doubles to lead Adams Community Bank to a 12-6 win over Lee Hardware on Tuesday.   Landen Jamula went 3-for-3 with


Grilling Safety Tips Offered by Great Barrington Fire Department
11:36AM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Chief Charles Burger and the Great Barrington Fire Department would like to remind the community to follow grilling safety tips to ensure a fire-free season as the warm weather begins to arrive.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts fire departments responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis and barbecues between 2011 and 2015. These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries and $3.5 million in property damage.

“Warm weather means that more residents will be barbecuing and we want to make sure they do so safely,” Chief Burger said. “Please follow the safety tips provided


Here’s How to Keep Your Portfolio Healthy
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:07AM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

If you have a medical appointment this week, you might want to wish your nurse a happy National Nurses Week. This annual event is designed to celebrate the important role nurses play in health care.

Of course, while nurses and doctors can help you in many ways, you can do a lot of good for yourself by adopting healthy living habits, such as eating right, exercising frequently, and so on. But you can also do much to help your financial health.

Here are a few suggestions:

Stay invested. During times of market volatility, it can be temping to head to the investment “sidelines” until things “cool off.” Going to the sidelines can mean a few different things –


Williamstown Elementary PTO to Hold Used Clothing Sale Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:52AM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 10th annual Williamstown Elementary School PTO used clothing sale benefits the elementary school but offers merchandise for kids of all ages.

“We do have a lot of junior high- and high school-sized clothes,” organizer Cecilia Hirsch said last week. “I think people think that we don’t. They think it’s just elementary school-sized things. But we have donations from families whose children are at the high school. We do have those size 18s and stuff.

“People do come from far and wide to donate, and they’ve made it a regular part of their routine. There are people who don’t bring their kids’ clothes anywhere


Newcomers Take Williamstown Planning Board; School Committee Chair Hangs On
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:01PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters gave incumbents a split decision in Tuesday's town election.

In a year when controversial issues before the Planning Board and Elementary School Committee appeared to drive voter interest, the former got an overhaul while the one incumbent running for the latter retained his seat — but just barely.

Susan Puddester and Chris Kapiloff were the victors in the races for two seats on the Planning Board, which has been embroiled since September in a debate over a potential overlay district to allow a hotel at Waubeeka Golf Links.

Incumbent Dan Caplinger and newcomer Joseph Bergeron earned seats on the School Committee.

A third incumbent facing


Mount Greylock Building Committee Seeks Public Input by Thursday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There still is time to make suggestions about the details of the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.   There just is not much time.   The School Building Committee meets again on Thursday at the junior-senior high school and will continue to work on the finer points of design with its architectural team.   In order to inform that discussion and the conversations of the project's various "working groups," the committee has a survey going to solicit ideas from the community.   The committee encourages residents of Lanesborough and Williamstown to chime in with ideas about all areas of the addition/renovation


Annual Humane Race Set for Saturday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kitty cats painted by pupils at Williamstown Elementary School will be part of a display for the Humane Race. Christa Abel of Bark N' Cat said the Williamstown community has been supportive of the benefit race.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The annual Humane Race scheduled for this Saturday has been raising critical funds for the Berkshire Humane Society for 14 years.

Hundreds of dogs (and owners) take off each year from Water Street for a fun run and walk and that ends at the finish line on Spring Street.

It's a great time for people and their pets to get fresh air, meet friends and have fun.

"People love it because people love to run and walk with their dogs," said


Berkshire Tibits: Israeli Holiday, Cooking Demos
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:08PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016
This Tuesday evening, May 10, from 7:30 to 10, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day with Tastes of Israel at the Gateways Inn, 51 Walker St. in Lenox, 413-637-2532. The public is invited to come, take part in and enjoy this free event which will feature Israeli music, cooking demos and tastings — while they last — of Israeli food specialties.   Federation executive director Dara Kaufman said this celebration will kick off the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires new partnership with the Afula-Gilboa region of Israel. Michele Gazit, chef and owner of Gateways Inn, will assist visiting Israeli chefs Tamar Salemeh


Williamstown Selectmen Side With Waubeeka Petitioner, Against Planners
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:45PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted 4-1 to recommend next week's annual town meeting approve the "acreage-controlled" Waubeeka Overlay District bylaw amendment that is favored by the petitioner, the attorney for Waubeeka Golf Links owner Michael Deep.

At its last meeting before town meeting, the board considered its advisory vote on the last warrant article on the 35-article warrant. Earlier this winter, the board tabled its recommendation on that article in anticipation that compromise language could be reached in ongoing discussions of the Planning Board.

Last week, those discussions broke down in a 3-2 Planning Board vote for an amendment


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