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Berkshire Runners Compete at Boston Marathon
By Stephen Dravis,
10:30PM / Monday, April 21, 2014
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BOSTON — Pittsfield's Stephen Foley was the fastest Berkshire County finisher in Monday's 118th Boston Marathon.   Foley, 42, covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 1 minute, 53 seconds, which was good for 404th place in his division at the event, which drew 35,671 entrants.   Of the 31,805 finishers, Foley finished 2,663rd, according the website of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race.   He was the 2,509th man across the finish line and one of 10 runners from Berkshire County to finish in fewer than four hours.   The event was won by American Meb Keflezighi, a native of Eritrea, who finished in 2:08:37. Kenya's Rita Jeptoo was

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COOL Committee Promoting LED Lightbulbs
11:54AM / Monday, April 21, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown COOL Committee is launching a campaign to promote LED lightbulbs.

LEDs (light-emitting diode bulbs) are the most efficient bulbs on the market. They use 80 to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 40 times longer. LED bulbs generate substantially less heat than other bulbs and contain no mercury. LEDs call for a larger up front investment but because of their longevity they are more cost effective than incandescent or compact fluorescent.

The COOL Committee will be selling LED bulbs at upcoming outreach venues for the reduced price of $5, and will have educational material and sample bulbs available for viewing. Only one

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Cole Avenue Business Move
By Stephen Dravis,
11:04AM / Monday, April 21, 2014
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The former site of Leo's Luncheonette on Cole Avenue in Williamstown is the new home of LaPlante Appliance.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The former Leo's Luncheonette will have new life, but not as an eatery.

David LaPlante, the proprietor of LaPlante Appliance, last week sought and received the approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals to "daylight" his Cole Avenue operation.

LaPlante has been operating his repair shop in the basement of the same 248 Cole Ave. property that housed the long-time luncheonette.

When Leo's proprietor Donna LaBombard retired, it gave LaPlante an opportunity to raise his visibility, he said.

"Basically, we

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Economic Talk Dominates Williamstown Selectmen's Race
By Stephen Dravis,
03:49AM / Monday, April 21, 2014
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The four candidates for two seats on the Board of Selectmen focused on jobs at an election forum last week moderated by Anne Skinner.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The men who want a job with the Board of Selectmen think it's the job of that board to help bring jobs to the region.

If that sounds a little repetitive, then so was a candidates forum hosted Wednesday by the Williamstown League of Women Voters.

The four men vying for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen shared a platform built on economic development during air time on the town's community access television station.

The event, which ran for a little more than an hour and was moderated by chapter President Anne

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Williamstown Man to Run Marathon With Blind Athlete
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:41PM / Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Boston Marathon bombing victim Mery Daniel participates in a Harvard road race in the fall with help from Achilles International, a nonprofit that includes runners from Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Unlike a lot of distance runners, Dr. Jonathan Cluett never had a burning desire to run the Boston Marathon.   But he cannot wait for his first time on Monday morning.   Cluett will lace up his running shoes in Hopkinton not with dreams of setting a personal record but with a mission to help a fellow athlete achieve her goal.   The Williamstown resident and orthopedic surgeon is following in the footsteps of his mentor, Williams College professor Hank Art, as a

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@theMarket: Easter Bunny Bounce
By Bill Schmick,
03:55PM / Friday, April 18, 2014
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This holiday-shortened week saw a relief rally that began on Monday and carried through until Thursday. The markets still have further to go in the coming week before we once again reach the top of this four month long trading range.

The question that haunts both bulls and bears is when and in what direction will the markets finally break out or break down? As readers are aware, I believe that there is a high probability that stocks will do both in the weeks ahead. We could easily see the S&P 500 Index, for example, reach a new high, possibly 1,900 or beyond.

However, at some point this spring, that index and others will rollover. The resulting decline will be nasty, scary and

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Friday, April 18, 2014
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Monday, April 21, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 19, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Three Resign From Williamstown Affordable Housing Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:06PM / Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Affordable Housing Committee members, from left, Cheryl Shanks, Catherine Yamamoto and Charles Bonenti each tendered a resignation this week.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two days after the Board of Selectmen declined to follow the recommendation of the Affordable Housing Committee on the development of two town-owned properties, three members of the committee have submitted their resignations.

Chairwoman Catherine Yamamoto, Vice Chairman Charles Bonenti and Secretary Cheryl Shanks each have resigned their positions on the committee, Town Manager Peter Fohlin informed the remaining five committee members in an email on Thursday.

Shanks sent her resignation to Selectmen Chairwoman Jane

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Williamstown Fire Committee OKs Budget Request to Voters
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:18PM / Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Fire District clerk/treasurer Corydon Thurston discusses a proposal to install a new radio antenna at Mount Greylock Regional School.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters in the town fire district next month will be asked to approve spending for fiscal 2015 that is 7.7 percent higher than the current budget.

The Prudential Committee, the elected body that oversees the district, on Wednesday voted to approve the budget that will be submitted to voters at the annual Fire District meeting on Tuesday, May 27.

The district's projected operating budget for next year is expected to be a modest 1.6 percent higher than FY14; the big difference comes from three separate warrant articles that

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"Draft Day": It's a Coin Toss
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:04PM / Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Kevin Costner cogitates on who he will pick for his fantasy football team in the insider-y 'Draft Day.'

Director Ivan Reitman's "Draft Day" dramatically mirrors the changing, commercially charged face of sportsdom. Once upon a time, devotees were primarily concerned with their superstars' skill and determination. I've always added a few points for uniform design: i.e., the serious majesty of the Yankees' NY, and those pinstripes; the colorful whimsy of two birds balancing at each end of a bat on the St. Louis Cardinals' jersey.

But if such pure,

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