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Legislature Looking at $200M in Chapter 90 Funds; $7.2M for Berkshires
01:23AM / Monday, April 16, 2018
BOSTON – Some $200 million in Chapter 90 road funds have been approved in both houses of the Legislature for fiscal 2019, with about $7.3 million headed for Berkshire County.    The funds are part of a three-year, $600 million Chapter 90 apportionment that passed the State Senate. The House the week before passed a single-year $200 million bill and both houses are now working to resolve differences in the two bills in order to get legislation to the governor's desk so that the funds can be released for this construction season.   "This legislation allows the current Chapter 90 program to continue and guarantees future funding in FY 2020 and FY2021," said

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Great Barrington Police Investigating Fatal Crash
07:36PM / Sunday, April 15, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Housatonic woman was killed late Sunday morning in a head-on collision near 200 Maple Ave.    Annemarie E. Bushka, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries incurred in the crash.    Bushka's motor vehicle collided with one driven by Robert Bacigalupi, 68, who police say crossed the yellow line into Bushka's lane.    Bacigalupi, of New York City, was charged with motor vehicle homicide and marked lanes violation. He was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and will be issued a summons to appear in court at a later date.   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

Williams Women's Tennis Runs Record to 12-0
07:08PM / Sunday, April 15, 2018
HARTFORD, Conn – The Williams College women’s tennis advanced to 12-0 overall with a win over Trinity on Sunday.   Williams’ duos of Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Korina Neveux, and Chloe Henderson and Mia Gancayco swept doubles, sending the Ephs into singles matches with just two needed to clinch.   The Ephs ended with a surplus, with Raventos, Henderson, Gancayco, Cancio, and Neveux all earning their second wins of the day. Trinity's only victory came in the sixth singles match due to forfeit.   Williams goes to Bowdoin on Saturday.   Women’s Lacrosse WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kara Wollmers scored four goals


Williamstown's Art Runs Boston to Benefit Disabled Runners Group
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Sunday, April 15, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Qualified to run his 80th marathon at age 73, Hank Art shows no signs of slowing down.   Unless he wants to.   Art will toe the line in Hopkinton this Monday morning for his 16th Boston Marathon. But one of his most memorable experiences in a 26.2-mile event came a couple of hours to south, at the 2013 New York City Marathon.   "It was my personal record for my slowest marathon," Art recalled last week. "We started at 10 a.m. and ended up after 6 at night in Central Park."   That is because Art was running not for a time but as a guide with Achilles International, a New York-based nonprofit that helps mobility-impaired


Williams Men's Lacrosse Tops Colby
09:22PM / Saturday, April 14, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James McFarland scored six goals Saturday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 16-12 win over Colby.   Cory Lund and Kevin Stump each had a hat trick, and Geoge Peele made 12 saves to earn the win in goal.   Williams (6-6, 5-3 NESCAC) finishes with three straight road games, starting at Western New England on Tuesday.   Women's Lacrosse WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby scored the game's last six goals en route to an 18-7 win over Williams.   Emma Tenbarge scored four goals, and Kami Cisneros and Anna Alvarenga combined for nine saves in Williams' goal.   The Ephs (5-7, 2-6) host Skidmore on Sunday at 2


Mount Greylock Building Committee Grapples With Technology Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Saturday, April 14, 2018

Richard Cohen, center, participates in a School Building Committee meeting in January 2017 in this file photo.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One Mount Greylock School Building Committee member pressed hard Tuesday to make sure the new school is part of the digital age … in every sense of the word digital.   Richard Cohen pushed back hard against a decision not to purchase classroom whiteboards that are compatible with the touchscreen capability in the projectors the district has purchased — challenging both the decision itself and the process by which it was made.   Cohen, who has called in the past for greater committee oversight of purchases in the


Youth Conference Inspires Teens To Become 'Tools of Change'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:30AM / Saturday, April 14, 2018

The arts was one of the four tracks students could choose for the workshops. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Zoe Hypolite watched as Hurricane Maria devastated her home country of Dominica.   She knew something had to be done to help. She started fundraising.   "I decided that I am going to do something about it. This is why I am the head of Miss Hall's natural disaster relief group where we have raised thousands of dollars for schools of areas affected by natural disasters," Hypolite.   Hypolite is a student at Miss Hall's and comes from a background checkered in trauma. From nearly being blind as a child to bullied in high school to feeling suicidal,

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Rep. Farley-Bouvier named 2018 Provider's Council Legislator of the Year
12:30PM / Friday, April 13, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass.— State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier was named 2018 Provider's Council Legislator of the Year and awarded the Caring Bear presented by The Caring Force at their seventh annual State House Rally and Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 10. The award is annually given to legislative champions for their commitment to the human services sector.

"I was thrilled and honored to be recognized by these terrific community partners and receive the prestigious, and adorable, Caring Force Care Bear. It was that staff from Berkshire County ARC came to help celebrate that really made this award special," said Farley-Bouvier, who represents the 3rd Berkshire

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Williams Senior Wins Cambridge Scholarship
12:23PM / Friday, April 13, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Cynthia Okoye has been awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.

With the help of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Okoye hopes to continue studying the mechanisms that allow diseases to thrive in the human body and use this knowledge to inform rational drug and therapy design. Okoye is passionate about Africa's development and views her scholarship as an opportunity to combine her scientific expertise and leadership skills to improve Africa's place in the scientific world. After she completes her Ph.D., she plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at the Africa Health Research


Williamstown Historical Commission Orders Delay on Hoxsey Street Demolition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, April 13, 2018

Wanda Bubriski testifies to the historic significance of her family's home. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Historical Commission on Thursday ordered a six-month delay for the demolition of a Hoxsey Street house that once was home to one of the town's most noted residents.   Williams College was before the commission with a request to raze the 19th-century Victorian home at 42 Hoxsey St. best known locally as the longtime home of Dagmar Burbriski.   Bubriski, who died in 2011 at the age of 84, was a well-known writer and columnist for local publications, hosted a weekly radio show, served on numerous civic and community boards, and was an outspoken advocate for


Letter: Stephanie Boyd for Williamstown Planning Board
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018

To the Editor:

I write to urge fellow Williamstown residents to vote for Stephanie Boyd for the Planning Board on May 8.

I've known Stephanie for more than 15 years and admire her smiling and analytical approach to planning and environmental issues, her compelling ability to communicate and her inclination to listen carefully and to think about all sides of issues.

Stephanie has a civil engineering background and has worked in several roles important roles for Williams College. She has a deep commitment to helping make Williamstown a better place to work and live. Stephanie was a small business owner on Spring Street, served as past president of the Hoosic River Watershed Association,


Applications Open for North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge
06:01PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  —  There's still time for local cultural entrepreneurs to vie for a $25,000 award and four months of help to get them started. 

The North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge is accepting applications through April 30, with four finalists to be announced May 9.   The winning concept will be chosen by a panel of business experts to receive funding and mentoring through Lever's resource network. A "Shark Tank" style pitch day for the four finalists will be held on Aug. 9 at Greylock Works and will be open to the public.      The goal of the challenge is to attract and develop new arts enterprises to join the Northern


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