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Massachusetts Voters Can Vote Early; Registration Deadline Wednesday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — You won't have to wait until Nov. 8 to cast a ballot for president.

More than 1.2 million votes have already been cast in this election season across the country. Now, for the first time, Massachusetts voters will also be able to avoid the lines and vote early.

"We don't know what to expect," said City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau. "We're prepared as much as we can be."

Gov. Deval Patrick signed the 2014 law that expanded voting times to between 11 and two business days prior to Election Day, always the first Tuesday in November.

This year, towns and cities across Massachusetts are preparing for early voting to begin on Monday, Oct.


Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Opens New Store in Connecticut
01:57PM / Monday, October 17, 2016

Expanding again: Pittsfield-based Carr Hardware has opened a new 11,000-square-foot hardware store at 481 Enfield Street, Route 5, in Enfield, Conn. The Enfield location of Carr Hardware emerged from a partnership between Brightwood Hardware formally in Longmeadow, Mass., and Carr Hardware & Supply Co.

Partner Ken Cohn, formerly of Brightwood Hardware, said, "I'm excited to bring a complete hardware store to Enfield, Longmeadow, and the surrounding communities. We were able to keep our staff primarily intact and supplement them with some exceptional talent from our partners at Carr Hardware."
This new store was designed based on the Destination True Value model


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

Berkshires Beat: Williams Seeks Home for Winter Blitz Weatherization
12:54PM / Monday, October 17, 2016

Ready for winter: Williams College's Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is seeking homeowners in Northern Berkshire County, as well as Pownal, Vt., who would like their homes weatherized for the upcoming winter. The weatherization efforts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the college's ninth annual Winter Blitz day. Homeowners who are seeking to lower their energy costs and who cannot weatherize themselves are encouraged to participate.

During Winter Blitz, teams of students go out and prepare homes for winter weather by installing storm windows, door sweeps and energy-efficient light bulbs. Trained student leaders lead teams and all materials are paid for by


Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Petriccas as Community Leaders
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:08AM / Monday, October 17, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Perri Petricca and Michelle Thorpe were getting married, they decided the best way to celebrate their union was to provide support for the children served by Berkshire County Kids Place.

"Children have always been the center of our lives," said Michelle Petricca on Friday night at Kids Place's annual gala where she and her husband were presented with its Community Leadership Award. They both come from large families and have four children together.

"When we got married three years ago, we were talking about registering for gifts," she said, but realized that "we don't need any more china patterns and we don't need


Monument Grad McAlister Impresses in Freshman Season Sports,
06:26PM / Sunday, October 16, 2016
Weyessa “Ace” McAlister is making a big impact on the Trinity College men’s cross country team this fall.   The 2015 Monument Mountain graduate, who did a post-graduate year at Northfield Mount Hermon, placed 11th for the Bantams on Saturday at the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn.   His 8-kilometer time of 25 minutes, 11 seconds was about a minute off the pace set by the meet’s winner. But McAlister finished 28 places ahead of the next member of his Trinity team, which finished in the middle of the field, ninth out of 20 schools.   Earlier this season, the Great Barrington resident was named one of the school’s Bantams of the


Speaker DeLeo Helps Kick Off Local Democratic Campaign Pushes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:13PM / Saturday, October 15, 2016

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo said the Donald Trump campaign is scary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo says if the state government is going to be effective, he needs Democrats elected from the federal level to the local level.   "We really, really have to change in terms of the whole dynamic. It is really frustrating as speaker of the House not to be able to look to Washington for any type of partnership or assistance there may be. It is most important that we send the Congressman [Richard Neal] back to Washington," DeLeo said on Saturday morning.   DeLeo was in Pittsfield Saturday to visit with elected officials and rally support

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Forum Roams Downtown North Adams
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Saturday, October 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Usually when the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meets on the second Friday of the month, participants gather at First Baptist Church and either hear from guest speakers or talk among themselves about a specific topic.

Not this month.

On Friday, for the October monthly forum, participants were asked to get up and out of the church for a very different reason: to engage members of the community who might not be aware of the Coalition's work or its meetings and therefore don't typically have a voice.

The idea came from a comment made by state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi at the September forum, interim Executive Director Amber Besaw told the 40 or so

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Mount Greylock Building Project Hires Procurer for Fixtures, Technology
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Friday, October 14, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee recently agreed to hire a consultant to help purchase furniture, equipment and technology for the new academic wing and to use an umbrella insurance policy to cover all work during the project's remaining two years.

The committee voted 8-0-1 to accept a proposal from Point Line Space of Carlisle to manage the procurement and installation of furniture and technology for a cost of $70,400.

The firm will be responsible for working with the project's designers at Perkins Eastman in Cambridge to determine what is needed and what will make optimal use of the new space, managing the acquisition of all


Collaboration Celebrated at Highland Woods Dedication in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:48PM / Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ogden, of Berkshire Housing Development Corp., serves as  master of ceremony and thanks the many public and private entities who made Highland Woods possible.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The spirit of co-operation that helped produce a 40-unit affordable housing complex in at least half the usual time was celebrated at Thursday's dedication of Highland Woods.

Elton Ogden, the president and CEO of developer Berkshire Housing Development Corp., said the efforts of community volunteers, state and local officials and non-profit and for-profit businesses helped his group meet an ambitious timeline that saw Highland Woods' opening coincide earlier this year with the final closure

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'The Birth of a Nation': A Painful Truth
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Thursday, October 13, 2016

Watching writer-director Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation," a biography of the slave Nat Turner that concludes with the namesake rebellion he led in 1831, you can't help but anguish over the idea that only 155 years ago slavery was perfectly legal in the Southern United States. That kind of historical realization always gets me wondering what crazy practice do we abide today that our heirs will one day see as similarly primeval and egregious?

Perhaps it'll be the current health care crisis ... the fact that "once upon a time" nearly half the country wasn't certain if it wanted to ensure the less fortunate half's well-being through adequate


Williamstown Planners Talk About Changes to Secondary Dwelling Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Thursday, October 13, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday discussed whether it wants to propose that town meeting revisit the question of secondary dwelling units on residential lots.   The idea provoked a lengthy discussion at annual town meeting in May 2012, when the meeting ultimately adopted a zoning bylaw that allowed for the conversion of a home into a two-family unit and the conversion of pre-existing accessory buildings (barns or carriage houses, for example) into dwelling units.   But after seeing only a few such conversions occur in the intervening years, the planners discussed whether the town's bylaw is too restrictive.   "The primary problem and why


Williamstown Woman Charged in Hit-And-Run Accident
12:45PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A 34-year-old Williamstown woman has been charged in an apparent hit-and-run accident on Cold Spring Road on Oct. 1, police announced on Wednesday.

Shannon Dandurand will answer in Northern Berkshire District Court to charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, police said.   "We wish to thank the public once again for the help, as it was the sharing of the original post that led to Ms. Dandurand contacting us about the incident," according to the news release posted on Facebook Wednesday morning.   Wendy McCarthy, 51, of Cold Spring Road suffered serious, non-life threatening


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