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Williamstown Selectmen Meet with Town Manager Search Consultant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Lee Szymborski, left, and Joellen Earl of GovHR USA meet with the Williamstown Board of Selectmen on Wednesday morning. WILLIAMSOWN, Mass. — The consultant hired to help the town find its next town manager said Wednesday that the process could take about 12 weeks.   The Board of Selectmen held a special morning meeting to visit with the owner and vice president of GovHR USA, the Illinois firm the town hired to help conduct its search.   GovHR owner Joellen Earl laid out the timetable for a process that got under way in earnest on Wednesday.   Step one: establishing a salary range to include in the advertisements GovHR plans to post next week. On Wednesday, the

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Homeland Security Sets Anti-Terrorism Response Training in Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:41PM / Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Lt. Colonel Thomas Grady told the Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee about the training on Wednesday. LENOX, Mass. — An upcoming training session is eyed to prepare local emergency responders in what to do should there be a terrorist attack.   The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council is using federal dollars to put on training seminars in all four Western Massachusetts counties.   Agencies from across Berkshire County will participate in the daylong tabletop exercise on April 8 that will test their response to a terrorist planting a bomb at a local rail yard.   "This is the first terrorism-focused exercise we've

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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Xerox CEO to Speak at Williams Commencement
12:36PM / Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Xerox Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer Ursula Burns will be the principal speaker at Williams College’s 226th Commencement Exercise on Sunday, June 7.

Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern, and by 2000 was the senior vice president of Corporate Strategic Services. In April 2007, she became president of Xerox, and two years later was named its chief executive officer, becoming the first African-American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Burns is leading a transformation of Xerox from a company known for its copying machines to an enterprise focused on business solutions and technology services. In addition to serving

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Williamstown Elementary School Third-Graders Host Pancake Breakfast
12:25PM / Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The third-grade class at Williamstown Elementary School will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, in the school cafeteria.

The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children, with a family cap of $25. This price includes pancakes, a choice of bacon or sausage, a cup of fruit salad, and a juice or coffee. There also will be a table with individually priced bagels, yogurt and baked goods.

The breakfast is helping to fund the third-grade spring trip to Historic Deerfield Village, where they will visit re-creations of Native American sites as well as colonial homes. 

The breakfast runs at the same time as the annual PTO Camp Fair in

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Bank Employees Begin Fundraising For Local Cancer Organizations
12:02PM / Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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ADAMS, Mass. – The employees of Adams Community Bank are on a mission to show how much they care about those within the community affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Their  fundraising efforts will benefit two really special local organizations – Moments House and PopCares.

To begin their fundraising initiatives for their new endeavor, they will be hosting “Happy Uno de Mayo,” a Mexican Night at the Richmond Grille at the Holiday Inn in North Adams, on Friday, May 1. The event will offer margarita and sangria tasting and Mexican food stations. The cost of the event is $20 and all of the proceeds raised will go directly to Moments House and PopCares, Inc.

To

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Mount Greylock School Committee Asks for Options to Add to Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:58AM / Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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For the second night in a row, parents expressed concerns that the lean budget being presented by Mount Greylock Regional is not educationally adequate. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday night decided to ask its administration to develop a prioritized list of up to five items that it would most like to see added back to the fiscal 2016 budget.   For the second straight night, the School Committee heard feedback from residents challenging the cuts included in the current $10.5 million spending plan.   On Monday, the committee held a public hearing at Lanesborough Elementary School. On Tuesday, it held its annual public hearing

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Cariddi Files Bill To Attract Jobs and Businesses To Certain Areas Of State
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Gailanne Cariddi's bill would create tax incentives to bring new jobs to certain areas of the state. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi wants to give new businesses a little extra incentive to open in areas that could use more jobs.   The North Adams Democrat has introduced a bill to create a tax increment financing program for new businesses.   The bill would forgive state taxes such as sales tax on new equipment, personal income taxes, state fees and corporate taxes over a decade with the company paying a little bit more of the tax burden each year.   "We really could use new businesses in [North Adams]. I want to help start new businesses

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Mount Greylock School Budget Cuts Criticized
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy talks budget numbers at a public hearing of the Mount Greylock Regional School District fiscal 2016 spending plan in Lanesborough. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Monday took some flack over its proposed fiscal 2016 budget — mostly from residents who said the committee has cut too far.   The committee and administration laid out a proposed spending plan that raises the school's operating budget by .85 percent — an $88,586 bump on a budget of more than $10.4 million.   Given a number of fixed-cost increases, including a significant rise in health insurance costs, the miniscule

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Berkshire Art Association Honors 12 College Student-Artists
02:54PM / Monday, March 16, 2015
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A dozen student artists were honored during a show and reception as Fellows of the Berkshire Art Association on March 6. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Art Association has awarded fellowships for 2015 to 12 Berkshire college students.

Works include oil and acrylic paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture and installations. The show was juried by a panel of artists and art professors representing several disciplines.

The artist students were honored at a show and reception at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts on Friday, March 6, part of the First Friday Artswalk. Some $5,000 in awards were presented. The show runs through March 28; the Lichtenstein

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Williamstown Elementary Committee Sends Budget to Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, March 16, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School is not facing the draconian cuts other districts confront heading into fiscal 2016, but it is not immune to the financial realities either.   At Wednesday's School Committee meeting, it was announced that the school is cutting its world language program for FY16.   For several years, Xiahong Wan has introduced Mandarin to primary students at the elementary school, but her position did not make the cut in the budget that was presented at Wednesday's public hearing.   "We feel we still can have an enrichment program and work it into social studies," interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy told the

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