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The Independent Investor: Kids & Money
By Bill Schmick,
08:39PM / Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Given that most Americans grow up with little or no idea of how to save, budget, or spend money, it might be a good idea to ask why.  It begins with the family but discussing money in this country is as uncomfortable as talking about sex.  That needs to change and it starts with our children.

"My kids were taught about personal finances as part of their school curriculum, but it went in one ear and out the other," said one hard-working client, who called asking for advice on how to teach his teenagers the value of money.

Although the majority of states now mandate some kind of classroom training in finance, most students fail to "get it." Children learn best

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Clark Art Institute Receives $15 Million Gift
04:29PM / Thursday, March 12, 2015
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The Clark Art Institute has received a $15 million donation.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has received a $15 million gift from Felda and Dena Hardymon that is one of the largest donations in the Clark's history. 

The Hardymons, residents of Berkshire County and Cambridge, have watched the Clark's evolution over the last two decades. While the gift was made to support the Clark's campus expansion program and ongoing activities, the Institute's Board of Trustees recently voted to name the director's position in recognition of their generosity.

The newly established Felda and Dena Hardymon Director position is held by Michael Conforti.  

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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Williams Swimmer a 'Face in the Crowd'
04:28PM / Thursday, March 12, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College senior captain and standout swimmer Sarah Thompson has been named to Sports Illustrated magazine's "Faces in the Crowd" in the March 16 issue (page 32).   Thompson was named to "Faces in the Crowd" for leading Williams to a second consecutive record-breaking team score and championship at the 2015 NCESCAC Championships and winning her second consecutive Swimmer of the Meet Award. In her four years in the Purple Valley Thompson won nine NESCAC freestyle championship races, including all four of the 200-yard races.   At the 2015 NESCAC Championships Thompson repeated as the individual champion in the 200, 500 and

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Williamstown Architects Offer Development Ideas for Water Street Lot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Several architects have proffered some possibilities for reusing the vacant town garage site on Water Street. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three different architects appeared before the Board of Selectmen on Monday night to pitch ideas to develop the town-owned former home of the town garage.   Each of the professionals presented visions that he or she said would help make use of the current dirt lot at 59 Water St. as part of a revitalization of that end of the Village Business District.   The plans shared similarities but also had elements that set them apart.   All of the plans discussed involved private development, not the affordable housing that was initially

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Bashevkin Leaving After 29 Years With Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:31PM / Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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NBCC Executive Director Alan Bashevkin, seen here after being presented the Downing Award, is stepping down after 29 years leading the coalition.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The founder of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is stepping down after nearly 30 years of leading the agency.

"It's time," Executive Director Alan Bashevkin said on Wednesday, shortly after the announcement. "I've been thinking about this for a year, and really talking to the board about it for awhile. This is not a surprise to anyone here.

"It's time to let the world know changes are coming."

In the announcement, the board of directors, under Chairwoman Courtney

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Nominations Sought for Scarborough Award
12:24PM / Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Faith R. Scarborough Community Service Award Committee is accepting nominations for the 34th annual award.

The committee will select a citizen who has demonstrated integrity, excellence and dedication in community service.

The award will be presented at town meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at Williamstown Elementary School. The deadline for nominations is April 10.

Nominations should be emailed to the town moderator Adam Filson at afilson@williamstown.net.

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SEE Fund to Host Telethon and Quiz Bowl
11:02AM / Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District’s SEE Fund will host a student/faculty Quiz Bowl and telethon at the school on Thursday, March 12.

The event will be broadcast live from 6:30-8 p.m. on channel 16 (WilliNet) in Williamstown and then again in Lanesborough as soon as possible.

This event is meant to highlight students and student learning, and to serve as a fundraiser for educational initiatives at the school. The Quiz Bowl is a game show in the tradition of the annual “As Schools Match Wits” competition, with students squaring off on questions in the categories of humanities, science & math, sports & health, and pop culture.

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'Focus': Deceptively Entertaining
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:15PM / Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Warner Bros. Scam artists played winningly by Will Smith and Margot Robbie keep each other in 'Focus' despite the plot holes.

Nitpickers who pride themselves on finding the flaws in films needn't pat themselves on the back too heartily for citing the Swiss cheese plot that comprises "Focus," a glittery con caper that's lots of fun despite its rampant implausibility. There are enough leaps of faith in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's stylish flimflam flick to start its own religion. But its biggest deception is getting us to accept slick and snazzy for true

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North Berkshire COAs Hosting 'Aging Mastery' Programs
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
02:52PM / Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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'Aging Mastery' sessions being offered to senior citizens in North Berkshire. The first 12-week program begins Friday at the Spitzer Center; register by calling 413-458-8250.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The saying goes "Growing old is not for sissies," but Council on Aging senior centers offer programs and activities that improve the quality of life for older adults.

The National Council on Aging last fall requested proposals for a grant to be funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Brian O'Grady, director of the Williamstown Council on Aging, seized the opportunity to gain financial support for a wellness program for senior

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Williamstown Selectmen Weigh Requests from Museum, Town Committees
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:29AM / Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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It was a packed house at Monday's joint meetin of the Selectmen and Planning Board as the board heard several proposals for funding.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Historical Museum wants to ask town meeting for a 50-year lease at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

The president of the museum's board and its director asked the Board of Selectmen to place the issue on the town meeting warrant. They explained that the site, officially known as the South Center School, will serve the museum's needs and is a natural new home for the institution as it looks to move from its current digs at the David and Joyce Milne Public Library.

"The South Center School is the

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