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Williamstown ZBA OKs Williams Science Center
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:22AM / Sunday, February 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night granted a special permit for Williams College's science quad expansion.   The board declined a request from two residents to allow more time for review of 500 pages of supporting material presented with the request.   Wanda Bubriski, a Hoxsey Street abuttor to the project, and Roger Lawrence, a resident of South Street, said the board needed to give them more time.   Lawrence's case was bolstered by his discovery on Wednesday night of a paragraph in Williams' application that directly contradicted what he heard from the board and the college's attorney at the beginning of the ZBA's


MCLA Women, Men Lose at Salem State
07:46PM / Saturday, February 06, 2016
SALEM, Mass. -- The Salem State women's basketball team used a 15-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to turn around a five point deficit and they would go on to defeat the MCLA Trailblazers, 72-61,in MASCAC action.    Kaitlin Byran scored a game high 28 points after shooting 9-19 from the floor. That included a 4-10 showing from beyond the arc. She also helped the Vikings (7-15, 3-6 MASCAC) hold a commanding edge off the glass by pulling down 9 caroms. Melissa Saad added 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Vikings while Tahira Peralta chipped in with 12.   Karina Mattera paced MCLA (11-10, 3-6) with a team best 20-point effort on 7-14 shooting. Courtney Pingelski scored 13 of her


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 Men's, Women's Hockey Win
07:40PM / Saturday, February 06, 2016
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Williams College men's hockey team came away with a narrow 4-3 victory over the Wesleyan Cardinals Saturday afternoon   The Ephs scored three goals in the second period to propel them to another four-point weekend.   Senior netminder Noah Klag made 27 saves for the Ephs (15-4-1, 11-2-1 NESCAC), while Dawson Sprigings made 28 saves in net for the Cardinals (2-11-8, 2-6-7).    Wesleyan took a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Ephs answered with three goals in the second. Roberto Cellini and Greg Johnson each scored before Tyler Young scored a shorthanded goal to give Williams the lead. Cellini added a goal in the third.   Williams


@theMarket: Stocks at Bottom of Trading Range
By Bill Schmick,
08:29AM / Saturday, February 06, 2016

This week was a little more promising. At least it was better than going down almost every day, as we did last month. Is this a pause or can we expect something more?

Something more is my bet, but whether it is up or down largely depends on the direction of oil. I did notice, however, that there were days this week that the oil price was not in lockstep with the markets. There was even talk that stocks and energy prices might decouple in the weeks ahead. Whether that is wishful thinking or a possibility will take more than a day or two of evidence.

I have insisted that no one knows where the bottom is in oil. Yet, a consensus seems to be forming that $30 a barrel, (give or take a few


Williams Lego Challenge 'Bridges' Math, MLK, Charity
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
04:50PM / Friday, February 05, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Last year it was a sturdy Star Destroyer, this year it was a fragile bridge across the massive fireplace in the Paresky Center.

The building of the Lego Bridge on Jan. 18 was one of the focal points of the Williams College Winter Study course "The Mathematics of Lego Bricks," taught by associate math professor Steven Miller. The course often includes a time challenge.

In 2015, some 70 students assembled more than 3,000 pieces in less than 10 minutes to create the 4-foot long destroyer. The bridge was a bit on the fly, and it's symbolism far different than the prior construct of imperialism.

A few weeks before winter courses began on Jan. 4, the


Annual Father Daughter Dance Set for Feb. 21
12:07PM / Friday, February 05, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 22nd annual Father Daughter Dance will be held Sunday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.  

This semi-formal event is for fathers or father figures and their daughters of all ages. People have attended previous events with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors or a friend’s father.

There will be dancing with DJ Timmy D as well as door prizes, raffles and a Chinese auction. There will also be a bake sale table where a large selection of baked goods and snacks will be available. Each girl or woman who enters the event will receive a flower and in addition and the hall will be decorated with hundreds of


Election 2016: Presidential Primary Voting
06:45PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10, is the last day to register or to change party status to vote in the Tuesday, March 1, presidential primary.

There are four political parties in Massachusetts: Democratic (D), Republican (R), Green-Rainbow (J) and United Independent (CC). If you are enrolled in one of these parties, the corresponding initials will be next your name. If you are unenrolled, there will be a U in the party column.

You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person at your town or city clerk's office, by mail, or at

You do not have to be enrolled in any party to vote in its primary; however, you may only vote in one


'Jane Got a Gun': Misfires
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:35PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

A few decades ago, before the revisionist Western (i.e. Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," 1971) moseyed into our movie palaces, director Gavin O'Connor's ultrarealistic "Jane Got a Gun" might have fascinated us and even won a few awards.

But I tell you pardner, by this juncture I've just about had a belly full of poor cowpokes and sodbusters trying to scratch out a living in inhospitable country populated by no-account varmints, gunslingers and the precursors of what would evolve into American big business.

Alas, this latest example trenchantly reminds that there's no going back to the idealistic cowboy yarn. Nope, life is tough, and


The Independent Investor: Is a Recession Looming?
By Bill Schmick,
03:22PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

The funny thing about declining stock markets is that when they last more than a couple of weeks, talk of recession starts to percolate among investors. It is no different this time.  

I have written before that the stock market has erroneously called six of the last 13 declines as recessions, meaning that weak stock prices do not necessarily herald a weak economy. There have been instances in the past where a prolonged decline over a year or so has contributed to a recession but even then the data is not conclusive.

There is no evidence thus far that the U.S. economy is rolling over. Economic data continues to be spotty, which is consistent with a moderately growing economy.


Williams Science Center Project in Front of Zoning Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Thursday, February 04, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday evening will continue a hearing to consider Williams College's new science center.   The college and its consultants were before the board on Jan. 21 to discuss topics ranging from stormwater management to light pollution to the height of the new, 170,000-square-foot science center.   ZBA Chairman Andrew Hoar explained at the January meeting that because of the college's educational use exemptions, the board cannot require the institution to comply with town zoning regulations.   Nevertheless, the college applied for a special permit for the noncomplying structure.   "This board cannot


Images Cinema Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebration
12:33PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema celebrates 100 years as a continuously operating theater this year. To mark this momentous occasion, Images will host a number of special events and screenings throughout the year, culminating with a special cinematic celebration at the theater on Nov. 30, 2016 — 100 years to the day that the first film screened in Williamstown.

In November 1916, Hiram C. Walden converted a former Williams College fraternity house into a movie theater, promising to screen only “high class” fare with live musical accompaniment. One hundred years later, movies are still screening at 50 Spring St., making it one of the oldest continuously operating


NBCC Director Adam Hinds Making Run for State Senate
Staff Reports,
12:30PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds is tossing his hat in for state Senate.

Hinds, currently executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, formally announced for the seat on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hotel on North.

The invitation event included some 50 friends, colleagues and supporters, and local media. His campaign website is here.

"I live in Pittsfield, work in North County, come from Franklin County," Hinds said of his decision to run as the Democratic nominee. "I'm from the small towns, I understand those issues as well. I think I bring a perspective that covers each area of this district."

He is the first candidate


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