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Williams Grad Named Rhodes Scholar
12:45PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A 2015 graduate of Williams College’s Center for Development Economics, Diala Issam Al Masri, is one of three newly named Rhodes Scholars from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon or Palestine.

This is the first year that the Rhodes Trust is choosing scholars from that region, the result of a new partnership with the Saïd Foundation that was announced in June. Al Masri is the first CDE graduate to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship is among the oldest and most prestigious academic awards for college graduates. It provides two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Al Masri was selected from among hundreds of

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BCF Names Acting Executive Director After CEO's Sudden Death
11:08AM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families, a social services agency serving Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley since 1887, has appointed Diane Robie to the position of acting executive director, filling the vacancy caused by the recent death of President and CEO Carolyn Mower Burns.

Robie, who was senior vice president at Berkshire Children and Families, came to BCF from Vermont in 2015, after 20 years of experience serving children, families and communities in programs that ranged from family support to child permanency.

"Carolyn had both a vision in identifying the needs of children and their families and the ability to create and administer programs committed

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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
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Williamstown's Holiday Walk Returns Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:42AM / Friday, December 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Carols, cookies and canines will help lift holiday spirits this weekend in the Village Beautiful.   The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Walk gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with the Run with the Reindeer 5-kilometer run and offers up a full day of family-friendly activities.   The signature event, the Reindog Parade steps off from the Paresky Lawn at Williams College and heads down Spring Street starting at 3 p.m. Any dog owners are welcome to deck the hounds and join the fun starting at 2:30 outside Chapin Hall.   Although your dog need not be dressed as a reindog like the Grinch's Max, all the dogs and humans

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Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools Begin Search for Interim Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Friday, December 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District is moving ahead with a plan that officials hope will bring an interim superintendent to the district as early as Jan. 1.   On Wednesday evening, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee held a joint meeting with its colleagues from Superintendency Union 71, the union of Lanesborough and Williamstown's elementary school districts, to consider a succession plan proposed by the two groups' Administrative Review Subcommittee.   The subcommittee proposed that the hiring committees authorize it to screen candidates and name a pool of up to three finalists who would be interviewed by the full Mount

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'Moonlight': Illuminating
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:22PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016

The DNA of everything that is wrong, sad and perplexing about race relations in the U.S. is poetically discerned and illuminated in filmmaker Barry Jenkins' Oscar-worthy "Moonlight." Jenkins ingeniously utilizes the low-budget, art house look of his sociologically profound film about a young black man's journey in ghettoized America to personalize the tale without the least bit of affectation. It is storytelling in our best, lyrical tradition, ripping open barely sealed wounds in its engrossing proof that there's nothing like the real truth to get your attention.

In the slums of Miami, in an indeterminate near-past that implies the infinite stagnancy of such

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Seven Years In, Cop on Top Continues To Grow
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been seven years since the first Cop on Top set in motion a series of fundraisers, growing every year, that has raised more than $600,000 for Special Olympic athletes.   "We've made so much money in our county program that we help other programs in other counties," said Officer Darren Derby, who along with Investigator John Bassi, has been heading the local efforts for years.   The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a local program that has raised money to pay for local Special Olympic athletes to participate — whether it be for transportation, equipment, uniforms. Locally it started with a Tip a Cop fundraiser and seven years ago

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McCann Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:33PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

This quarter, 107 students received high honors and 64 received honors.

High Honors

Seniors: Butler, Evan; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Foley, Alexis; Gardner, Makenzie; Gero, Christopher; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kaczowski, Kyla; Kipp, William; Klammer, Claire; Lampro, Tyler; Leab, Joshua; Mears, Kevin; Milner, Erica; Moreno, Nico; Pandell, Blaize; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander; Wood, Elizabeth.

Juniors: Boucher, Noah; Brown, Marley; Cahill, Alyssa; Charon, Ryan;

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Three Realtors Join Burnam Gold
11:53AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three fellow Realtors have joined Burnham Gold Real Estate LLC.

Jane Miller has a life-long passion for the northern Berkshire region. Her family settled here in the late 1800s, making her a fourth-generation resident. Her years as a florist in her own shop in Williamstown helped her develop expertise in sales, and her 30-year career managing her husband's dental practice gave her extensive experience in client service. Her patience and understanding come from raising their two daughters while juggling her career.

Miller is an active member of Congregation Beth Israel and serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. She and her

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Everyone Benefits When You Make Charitable Gifts
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:27AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

To begin with, you'll want to make sure you are giving to a reputable charity. That means you'll need to ask some questions. How does a group measure its effectiveness? Is it devoting as much of its contributions as possible to the actual work of the organization, or is it spending too much money on administrative costs?

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Tuition Costs Highlight Meeting With Lanesborough School, Town Officials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach said he is "thoroughly disgusted" that New Ashford is paying half the cost per pupil than Lanesborough is for the same education.   The town has a tuition agreement with New Ashford, which does not have an elementary school, to send its students to Lanesborough Elementary. The tuition is set at $8,730, which is about half of the per-pupil spending of the entire school. Goerlach has been pushing for an increased tuition rate for years, calling for it to equal the per-pupil spending rate the town is paying.   "Why are we still 50 percent? I don't get it. How many times we do we have to ask? I am

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Ciccolo Adds Attorney With Experience Defending Terror Suspects
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Adams man facing federal terrorism charges has a new member of his legal team.   Alexander Ciccolo was back before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson on Tuesday for a procedural hearing in the case of U.S. v Ciccolo.   Northampton defense attorney David Hoose earlier informed the court that Ramzi Kassem, a professor at the City University of New York, has joined as co-counsel for Ciccolo, who was arrested on July 4, 2015, on a federal weapons charge. In August, a superseding indictment was handed down charging Ciccolo with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use

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North County Group Seeks 'Ambassadors' as Relocation Resource
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new volunteer initiative is hoping to attract young people to the area by connecting them with like-minded residents.

Two Degrees of NoCo (North County) is a take off on 2 Degrees Portland, part of the city of Portland, Maine's efforts to grow its economy and culture. The idea is that tight-knit communities have less than "6 degrees of separation" and so become a well-connected resource for anyone considering relocating or moving a business there.

"This is a volunteer organization that is being run so that we have a bunch of 'ambassadors' to North County from Williamstown, North Adams and Adams that are willing to volunteer their

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