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Williams Economics Professor to Join White House Sciences Fellow
05:15PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jessica Leight, assistant professor of economics at Williams College, has been named a fellow on the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST).

The team is charged with translating findings and methods from the social and behavioral sciences into improvements in federal policies and programs.

The SBST is a small interdisciplinary team made up of fellows and associate fellows from colleges and universities, government agencies, and other research organizations from fields including psychology, policy, law, medicine, statistics, political science, and economics. The team will draw on their research experience to review current federal programs and


Northern Berkshire Phenoms Wrap Up Successful Spring
04:42PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
The Northern Berkshire Phenoms put the bow on their third season over the Father's Day weekend.   The 17-and-under team finished second in the varsity division at the inaugural Summer Heat Check Invitational tournament hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield. The 14-and-under team kept busy too, winning the 8th-grade division in Pittsfield and losing in the semi-finals at the Basketball Summer Tip-Off Classic in Springfield.    After a short break from the winter season, the two teams hit the gym again in April to play a six-tournament schedule. The 17u's took home second place honors in their final two tournaments, while the 14u team finished with three


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: Humans of the Berkshires Initiative Celebrates Local Youth
04:14PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

We're only human: Berkshire County has adapted the successful Humans of New York social media campaign to create a countywide forum that celebrates the rich lives of local youth as well as the abundant, positive, intergenerational interactions in the area.

Humans of New York was started by photographer Brandon Stanton in 2010 as an effort to catalog New York City’s eclectic residents, posting a simple photograph of the subject alongside their story. The initiative has blossomed into a movement, having been recreated around the world to celebrate the diversity and positivity of copious communities.

Seventy percent of eighth-graders in Berkshire County do not feel appreciated by


National Squash Program Promotes Sports, Scholarship
12:57PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The more than 200 youngster who took over Williams College’s Simon Squash Center this weekend had more than racket sports on their mind.   True, their focus was the Urban Individual Nationals squash tournament. But it was apparent that the event was hosted by the National Urban Squash and Education Association, and the “education” part was key.   On the walls of the Simon Center lobby were a couple of dozen essays that made the cut as finalists in a contest conducted by the NUSEA.   And in the courtyard outside the center, a Saturday morning meet-and-greet was held with recruiters from prep schools throughout New


Mount Greylock Prepares for Summer Construction Work
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39AM / Monday, June 20, 2016

School Building Committee Chairman Mark Schiek conducts Thursday's meeting with co-Chairwoman Paula Consolini. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The process of renovating and rebuilding Mount Greylock Regional School began when the school year ended last week.   "We started pretty much the minute school was out on Tuesday," facilities supervisor Jesse Wirtes told the School Building Committee on Thursday. "The custodial department turned the school upside down on Wednesday.   "The end date to be out of Phase 1 is July 1. [Turner Construction] can start abatement after that."   Phase 1 is the school's central core, which will be gutted and


Cages Baseball Club Splits with Averill Park
09:44PM / Saturday, June 18, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Eric Leitch went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI to lead the Cages Baseball Club Under-22 team to a 7-4 win over Averill Park in the first half of a double-header on Saturday.   Averill Park came back to win Game 2, 6-5.   In the opener, Dominic DeFelice had a pair of hits, drove in three runs and stole a couple of bases for Cages.   Josh Jezouit got the win with 6-⅔ innings of work, striking out eight and allowing just two earned runs. Alex Carusotto retired the last out to finish the game.   In the nightcap, Averill Park rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to come from behind for the victory.   Matt Braman went


Mount Greylock's Filson Wins Sportsmanship Award
09:29PM / Saturday, June 18, 2016

CHESHIRE, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Lacrosse Officials Association presented its annual lacrosse awards to area youth and high school lacrosse players at the Berkshire County Youth Lacrosse Championships Saturday at Hoosac Valley High School.

BCLOA President Joe Maruco presented the First-Year Player Award to Brennan Smith of Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club Lacrosse, the Most Improved Player Award to Darion Tovani of Northern Berkshire Lacrosse, the senior division Sportsmanship Award to Cole Filson of Greylock Lacrosse, the junior division Sportsmanship Award to Cam Tyer of Lee Lacrosse, and the bantam division Sportsmanship Award to Liam Furlong of Dalton Lacrosse.

On Friday


Williamstown Police Wins County Cal Ripken Title
09:06PM / Saturday, June 18, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Friday, the Williamstown Police advanced to the Berkshire County Cal Ripken Baseball Championship game with a walk-off home run.   On Saturday, Police built a 4-2 lead with just one ball hit out of the infield.   Meanwhile, Jack Cangelosi and Alexander Axt combined for nine strikeouts on the mound to lead Police to a 7-2 win over South County’s Fox Homes.   WPD, which lost just one game this season, bounced back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 with an offense keyed by heads-up baserunning.   “Our kids have great baseball IQ,” Police coach Gary Polumbo said. “They know the game. They know how to run the bases. They know how

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@theMarket: It's Still a Coin Toss
By Bill Schmick,
06:11PM / Saturday, June 18, 2016

Despite all the algorithmic programs, high-powered computers, enormous capital and worldwide connections, what happens in the investment world sometimes comes down to a coin toss. The British vote next Thursday to stay or exit the European Community is shaping up to be one of those binary events.

Have you noticed that there are more and more of these kinds of events in the world?

Remember the U.S. government shutdown, the Greek Referendum, the TARP vote, the German bailout votes for Greece, the vote on Spanish austerity? These are just some of the either/or occasions that sent global markets up or down in double-digit moves.

If you listen to some of the big brokers, they are predicting


Quiz Show Finale Features Mount Greylock Team
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:07AM / Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mount Greylock's quiz team faces off against Holyoke on Saturday night.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has won its share of titles on the athletic field, and speed is always a factor.

It turns out speed also helps the Mounties exceed in their academic battles.

"I think we were one of the fastest teams," Aaron Kleiner said of the school's four-man team in public television's "As Schools Match Wits" competition. "We have a Latin club at the school that participates in a game called certamen. … I think everyone on our [quiz show] team has played certamen before, and it's very speed oriented."

This winter

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Downing Accepts Coalition's Hero Award, Thanks Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:26AM / Saturday, June 18, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The proverbial glass was neither half empty nor half full on Friday afternoon but instead overflowed with praise, love and gratitude as the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition marked its 30th anniversary and said goodbye to state Sen. Benjamin Downing.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright first mentioned looking at life in a "glass-half-full" way when giving opening remarks at the Coalition's annual meeting at the Williams Inn, He retold a story about an experiment on two boys — one who was locked in a room with all the latest video games and one who was locked in a room with a pile of horse manure. When researchers checked on the first


Polumbo Homer Lifts Williamstown Police in North County Title Game
09:19PM / Friday, June 17, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Joshua Polumbo hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Williamstown Police a 13-12, walkoff win over Pownal, Vt.’s, Carbone Auto Plaza on Friday in the North Berkshire County Cal Ripken Championship game.   Polumbo drove in four runs, and Thomas Martin had two hits and two RBIs for Police.   Oscar Low, Polumbo and Jack Cangelosi teamed up to earn the win on the mound.   Tristan Gardner and Matt Wasielewski each hit two run home runs for Pownal, and Caleb Greene had three hits to lead Pownal's offense. Gardner and Wasielewski shared mound duties for Pownal.   The County Championship will be


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