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Williamstown Housing Trust Looking at Options for Residential Lots
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:26AM / Tuesday, September 13, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust last week discussed its options for developing a pair of residential building lots it acquired in spring 2015.

The trust purchased the properties on Summer Street and Cole Avenue with the intention of developing each into owner-occupied subsidized housing.

At the time, the trustees consulted with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which the board saw as a likely partner in the development. But the town was told it could be a while before the non-profit could work the projects into its building schedule.

On Wednesday, Chairman Thomas Sheldon told his colleagues that dialogue with Habitat for Humanity

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MassDOT Sets Lenox Hearing on Toll Rates
03:46PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation is holding hearings this week on the proposed new gantry prices for all-electronic tolling.

The only hearing in the Berkshires will be held Thursday at District 1 Headquarters at 270 Main St. at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the hearings, written comments will be accepted for two weeks following the hearings, until 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29.

In October, MassDOT is scheduled to activate all-electronic tolling to collect tolls on I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) and the tunnels in the Metropolitan Highway System. All-electronic tolling, or AET, has been in place for vehicles since July 2014 on the Tobin Bridge.

The rates being proposed

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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
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Changes Mark Start of Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's 31st Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has started its 31st year by dealing with a bunch of changes — but keeping its focus on the future nonetheless.

At its first monthly forum on Friday, coalition staff led the annual "needs assessment" discussion to gather ideas on what topics to tackle this year. Suggestions ranged from topics that have been continually discussed over the years like food insecurity, health care and transportation to newer concerns such as resources available to those in recovery from substance abuse to multicultural and multigenerational training and engagement to media literacy and communication strategies.

That's

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Biz Briefs: Senior Crimestoppers Boosted by Berkshire Bank
03:10PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

Stopping crime: Berkshire Bank have joined CRA Partners and is helping vulnerable seniors by funding the Senior Crimestoppers program.

CRA Partners, powered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, is a national organization that guarantees banks federally mandated CRA credit through the operation of the turn-key Senior Crimestoppers program, providing safe and secure living environments for the nation's low to moderate income seniors.

Berkshire Bank was approached by CRA Partners to participate in Senior Crimestoppers and gladly accepted, choosing the Vermont Veteran's Home in Bennington, Vt., to be the site of their funding. Berkshire Bank has a history of making

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Is Renting Out Your Vacation Home Right For You?
02:34PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

The vacation rental market is lucrative. Are you a Berkshires homeowner who wants to take advantage?

Greylock Insurance, Berkshire's Neighborhood Insurance Agency, is here to tell you how.

A lot has changed in the vacation travel industry over the past five years, but arguably the biggest game-changer has been the growing desire of travelers to book vacation home rentals versus staying at traditional hotels or resorts.

In fact, according to a study of the American traveler by the Ypartnership/Harrison Group, nearly 50 percent of all travelers are now interested in renting properties for their vacation.

So for Berkshire homeowners considering renting out their second home,

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Berkshires Beat: 'Walk & Roll' Raises Brain Injury Awareness
01:53PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

Walk & Roll: Residents from across Western Massachusetts gathered to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire on Sept. 10 for a Walk & Roll hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.

The walk aimed to further help their mission of creating a better future for brain injury survivors and their families.

One participant was Matthew LeBorgne, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2014. For Matt and his family, raising education and supporting BIAMA has become very important since his accident.

"Many people don't know a lot about brain injuries, both traumatic and acquired. I know we didn'r before Matt's accident," said Dawn LeBorgne,

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End of Session Review: Gailanne Cariddi
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi says the state has taken a lead on national issues over the last session.   The legislative session finished up at the end of July and Cariddi said the highlights included working on the opioid scourge and passing an omnibus energy bill.   "I think the Legislature did a remarkable job of taking national issues and bringing them through the commonwealth's deliberative process to create some change for us in a positive way," the North Adams Democrat said.    "No. 1, the big thing that actually started a year ago was the continued effort on substance abuse and requiring detox and stabilization be paid

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A Wish Fulfilled: Williamstown Man Checks Off Bucket-List Trip
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
01:02AM / Monday, September 12, 2016

Stopping at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — David Larabee has accomplished much in his 63 years.

He served in the military, married Nikki with whom he raised four children, built the family home, worked as a trucker, worked at General Cable until it shut down and worked for the town of Williamstown until he retired, founded and still operates Specialty Carriages. And he was honored with the Faith R. Scarborough Community Service Award in 2000.

But life interfered with his fulfilling a wish he made at age 21.

"I wanted to ride cross-country on my motorcycle," he said in an interview. As he grew older, he put that wish on his bucket list.

A birthday

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County's Collegians Hit the Athletic Fields of Fall
12:55AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
Mount Greylock Regional School alumnus Jake Benzinger was credited with one tackle for Wake Forest Saturday in the Demon Deacons’ 24-14 win at Duke.   Benzinger, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound lineman and 2015 Mount Greylock graduate, is listed as a red-shirt freshman on the Wake Forest roster.   Saturday’s game was telecast on ESPNU. next week, Wake Forest hosts the University of Delaware in a game that will be seen on online on the ACCN Extra telecast.   In Division III, Lenox High graduate and Lee High football alum Matt Heppleston has appeared in one game so far as a freshman defensive lineman at Macalaster College in Minnesota, which is 1-1 this fall.   The MCLA

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Williams Men's, Women's Soccer Win
07:03PM / Sunday, September 11, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alison Lu and Nikem Iregbulem scored Saturday to give the Williams College women's soccer team a 2-0 win over Skidmore.   Olivia Barnhill earned the shutout win in goal for the Ephs (3-0), who host Colby on Saturday.   MEN'S SOCCER WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- J.C. Bahr de Stefano scored in the 68th minute Saturday to give the Williams men's soccer team a 1-0 win over Eastern Connecticut State.   Christian Alcorn got the win in goal for Williams (2-0), which hosts Endicott on Wednesday.

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Prayers, Remembrance at North Adams 9/11 Memorial
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Sunday, September 11, 2016

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A vigil at St. Elizabeth's Church ended Sunday with a joint memorial with members of the public safety community to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, including close to 500 first-responders. Parishioners at St. Elizabeth ended morning Mass with a procession carrying Our Lady of Fatima to the Veterans Memorial, where firefighters and police officers from several communities were standing at attention.

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, standing before the wall listing the city's military casualties, spoke of what had happened

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Williams Field Hockey, Soccer Teams Sweep Trinity
10:11PM / Saturday, September 10, 2016
WILIAMSTOWN, Mass. – In its NESCAC season opener, the Williams College field hockey team defeated Trinity College 4-3 in an exciting back-and-forth game at Williamson Field.   Rachel Brissette tallied two goals and two assists and Alex Bennett recorded one goal and one assist to lead the Ephs to victory.   WOMEN’S SOCCER WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sarah Scire and Natalie Turner each scored a goal Saturday to lead the Williams College women’s soccer team to a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory over Trinity.   Olivia Barnhill earned the win in goal for the Ephs (2-0).   MEN’S SOCCER WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mark Sisco-Tolomeo  and Mohammed Rashid each

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