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Williamstown Housing Trust OKs Three Grant Applications
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, June 25, 2015
Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Richard DeMayo conducts Wednesday's meeting with Trustee Ruth Harrison. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday evening approved three new grants under its Mortgage Assistance Program.   The grants of $15,000 each will help two first-time homebuyers and one family displaced by the loss of a job at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, according to the senior vice president of Adams Community Bank who presented the applications to the board.   "I'm pleased to see that in response to the question, 'Would this loan be possible without the grant funds,' the answer is 'No,' "


North County Bids Farewell to NBCC Leader Bashevkin
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:45PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NBCC's outgoing founder Alan Bashevkin was surprised at his farewell party with Red Sox paraphernalia and that the Sox were retiring his number (which really wasn't true.) See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's been a series of goodbyes for Alan Bashevkin.

The founder and longtime leader of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition announced in March that he was stepping down after 29 years "to try something different."

Community and agency officials have taken notice: the state Department of Public Health awarded him the 2015 Commissioners Leadership Award in April, he said his goodbyes at the annual NBCC meeting last week and on Friday was

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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,

The Classical Beat: Tanglewood Defines Summer Music in the Berkshires
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tanglewood in Lenox has a variety of opening week events.

For many music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres.

Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony’s websites, or for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

During the opening week’s events, from Thursday, June 25, through Wednesday, July 1, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their celebratory 75th Music Festival with a sampling

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Berkshire Museum Awarded Grant For Playground Equipment System
12:20PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr Pepper Snapple and national nonprofit KaBOOM! have awarded the Berkshire Museum a $13,200 Let’s Play Improvement Grant to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart, an innovative playground equipment system.

The grant, which will allow the Berkshire Museum to install the system at the museum, is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. Imagination Playground in a Cart is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination

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Opioid Abuse on Williamstown Selectmen's Radar
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:05PM / Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Chairwoman Jane Patton thinks tackling the opioid abuse problem in the region should be a top priority of the Selectmen. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday began a conversation about its priorities for fiscal year 2016.   Chief on the chairowman's list of issues to address: the problem of opioid addiction.   "There is a real strong sense that this is going on in other places — North Adams, Bennington — but it can't possibly be happening in Williamstown," Selectwoman Jane Patton said. "The number of people I know who have one or two degrees of separation from someone who is struggling with this is ... it's just

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Pittsfield Prayer Vigil Urges End of Hate, Racism
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Rev. Warren Dews Jr. sings during a prayer vigil in honor of the victims of the church shooting in South Carolina. See more pictures from the vigil here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a story told to Jewish children about a teacher who directed his students to make sure they repent before they died.

The students, after pondering this question, finally asked the teacher, "But how will we know when we are going to die?"

"That's the exactly the point," the teacher told the students, and Rabbi Barbara Cohen told a crowd of several hundred people gathered Monday evening for a prayer vigil. "Live as if it's your last day."

That sentiment

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Berkshire School Committees Considering District Consolidations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:04PM / Monday, June 22, 2015
The panel of legislators at Lee Middle and High School met with educators from various school districts.

LEE, Mass. — This year more than 60 teachers countywide could lose their jobs because of budget cuts.

School districts from Great Barrington to North Adams are struggling to support the ever-growing costs of public education.

With high school enrollment decreasing to what is eyed to be about 4,689 in just 10 years, school committee members across the county are wondering if now is the time to consolidate the more than a dozen high schools.

A coalition of school committees met with state legislators Monday in forum about what needs to be done to curb the cost of education


Berkshire Cultural Venues Join 'Free Fun Fridays' Schedule Again
02:57PM / Monday, June 22, 2015

BOSTON — The Highland Street Foundation's seventh annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts, kicks off this Friday, June 26, with three Berkshire County institutions joining the fun.
Since its inception in 2009, “Free Fun Fridays” has drawn more than 800,000 visitors to venues throughout the commonwealth. Last year alone, the program reached 150,000 people and according to Executive Director Blake Jordan, the Highland Street Foundation expects that those numbers will increase again this year with the expansion of the


Lanesborough/Williamstown/Pownal All-Stars Win Tourney
11:09AM / Monday, June 22, 2015
It was a strong start for Williamstown Cal Ripken baseball this summer, with the 8-and-under team taking first place in a tournament in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.    Made up of players from Williamstown, Lanesborough and Pownal, Vt., the team traveled to New York Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   After an inauspicious first inning Friday night, where Bennington, Vt., outscored “Yellow” 6-1, the team fought hard and chipped away at the lead to lose 12-8. , Saturday saw different fortunes, with Williamstown defeating Brunswick, N.Y., in a tough match, 9-7 and earning the No. 4 seed in the tournament. The team dispatched host Hoosick Falls, 25-1, concluding Saturday’s


Williamstown Pizza Shop Closed by Department of Revenue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Monday, June 22, 2015
The new owner of Colonial Pizza is hoping the restaurant will be able to reopen soon. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new proprietor of Colonial Pizza said Friday that he is not sure when the business will be able to reopen.   The pizza shop in Main Street's Colonial Plaza was closed last Thursday when its equipment was seized by the state Department of Revneue because taxes not paid by the shop's former proprietor, Constantine Anagnos, according to Steven Peltier.   "I was technically leasing with an option to buy," Peltier said of his business relationship with Anagnos. "Constantine still owns it."   On Thursday, the commonwealth shut down


Greylock Fifth/Sixth-Graders Win County Lax Title
03:12PM / Sunday, June 21, 2015
The Greylock Youth Lacrosse fifth- and sixth-grade boys team won the Berkshire County Championship on Saturday at Camp Russell.   The team went undefeated this spring and defeated Pittsfield CYC and Dalton in the county tournament.   The Greylock team's roster includes: Camden Abel, Liam Bradley, Eddie Brannan, William Ellingwood, Samuel Garvey, Nathan Haley, Seamus Hayes, Tate Kuster, Charley Merselis, Darren Pelletier, Ben Prescott, Patrick Ross, Matthew Sorrell, Camden Taylor, Kyle Trottier and Malcolm Waynick.   The team was coached by Dave Waynick and Shaun Grave.


Our Neighbors: Two Men & Four Buildings
By Paul W. Marino, iBerkshires Columnist
04:53PM / Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Kimbell Livery can be seen in 1865 behind two buildings on Main Street. The New Kimbell Building is across the street from that spot.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Looking around North Adams today, it's easy to forget how important horses used to be. You can get a taste of this importance by walking around certain residential districts, where any number of barns have been converted into garages and/or consigned to slow decay.

But these barns were important structures at one time. In days gone by, the three ways to get around town were on foot, on horseback and riding in a carriage or sleigh. Both of the last two involve horses and people who could afford them preferred to keep

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