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Total Eclipse Preview Enthralls Williamstown Students
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:20PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Who's up for a road trip this summer?

Maybe the entire fifth and sixth grades at Williamstown Elementary School, after hearing Williams College astronomy professor Jay Pasachoff tell them all about the rare solar eclipse set to take place on Aug. 21 from the coast of Oregon to the coast of South Carolina.

Pasachoff and Williams sophomore Brendan Rosseau came to Williamstown Elementary on April 4 to talk about the eclipse, which will only be at 70 percent strength here, meaning "it won't get very dark and you won't barely know what's happening," he said. But the "path of totality" — where the total eclipse will be

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Don't Get Swayed by These Investment 'Myths'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:00PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be "myths" – which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice.

Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring them:

* You can find the next "big thing." All of us probably wish we could have "gotten in on the ground floor" of Apple or Microsoft or some other tremendously profitable company. And who knows? There may indeed be a similar other business out there, waiting to take off. But it's almost impossible for anyone to identify these potential "blockbusters."


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

Williamstown Selectmen: Pot Bylaw a 'Defensive Step'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Selectwoman Jane Patton publicly grappled with her conscience before voting against recommending town meeting approve a bylaw change regarding marijuana businesses. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided and conflicted Board of Selectmen on Monday voted its recommendations on a 40-article warrant to be presented to next month's annual town meeting.   The four selectmen in attendance made short work of most of the financial warrant articles, though a couple of the Community Preservation Act allocations generated some discussion.   The real sticking points came further down the warrant, when the board considered a bylaw amendment to create zoning regulations for marijuana

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Eastern Mountain Sports at Berkshire Mall Slated For Closure
Staff Reports,
02:58PM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Eastern Mountain Sports could be the next store to leave the Berkshire Mall.   Eastern Outfitters is looking at closing 21 of 35 Bob's Stores and 27 of 51 Eastern Mountain Sports locations, according to the company's bankruptcy proceedings. The 4,226 square-foot retail space in the Berkshire Mall is one of those listed in the bankruptcy filings for closure.   Sports Direct has offered to buy Eastern Outfitters through a private sale but only wants some locations, not all. The plan is to close those identified locations and sell the rest. Eastern Outfitters asked for court permission to conduct store closing sales at those


BMC Named Among Top 10 Hospitals in U.S. for Patient Safety
01:23PM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

The distinction places BMC among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

"Berkshire Medical Center has consistently been rated among the safest hospitals in the nation, and this

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Tapestry's Syringe Access Program Holding Open House
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Only one person entered Tapestry's new syringe access program on West Main Street during its first month in February.    Then about 40 people came in during March.    "I think once word of mouth started to spread and people knew we were open, every single day for the last three weeks we've had at least two new people come in," said Sarah Dejesus, a clinical medical assistant in the new office.     The growing numbers point to the need for the program, the only one of its kind in the county.    "It is sad in a way that there is such a need for us but I'm glad that we can be here for people,"


Large Public Hearing Turnout Opposes Eversource Rate Increase
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Attorney General Maura Healey has been testifying against the increase throughout the state. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase.    Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J. Judge.   The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget.   The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit would be added to tuition at Berkshire


Plunkett Students Learn STEM Skills In Explore! Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:29PM / Monday, April 10, 2017

General Dynamics engineer Meghan Nef prepares a hover car track made with magnets, part of Plunkett's after-school STEM program. ADAMS, Mass. — More than 60 C.T. Plunkett School students in Grades 3-5 were scattered throughout the school last week participating in STEM enrichment sessions.   Teacher Laura Scholz said the children have been staying after school over the past month to partake in seven different hands-on activities using science, technology, engineering and math through the Explore program.   "I think that if gives them another opportunity and a different way to learn," she said of the Explore! program, which also ran last year.


Education Task Force Seeks Community Input, Aspirations
02:39PM / Monday, April 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is seeking input as it develops recommendations for county schools.    Five "community aspiration" meetings are scheduled this month for parents, educators and community members to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of preK-12 public education in Berkshire County.   The first session is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.   Despite having high-quality educators, say task force officials, the educational opportunities available to children and young people in Berkshire County are threatened by the region's

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Biz Briefs: Otto's Breakfast and Deli Honored for Diverse Workforce
01:56PM / Monday, April 10, 2017

Proud honor: Otto's Breakfast and Deli on East Street in Pittsfield was recognized and honored for their excellence in their diversity practices for providing gainful employment to individuals with mental illness with the support of the Department of Mental Health-funded Clubhouse rehabilitation and recovery centers. Massachusetts Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier presented an award to Luke Marion, owner, on March 28.

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition and held at the Statehouse in Boston, recognized 27 companies who have created a diverse and welcoming workforce while also striving to lessen the stigma of mental illness often experienced by those seeking

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Seventeen Williams Students, Alumnae Awarded Fulbright Grants
01:11PM / Monday, April 10, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fourteen Williams College students and three alumnae have been offered Fulbright grants for 2017-18, setting a new record for the college for the number of Fulbright recipients in one year.

Nine of the honorees will receive one-year grants to study or conduct research in their academic fields, and eight will receive English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States. All Fulbrighters work, live with and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences and working to develop academic and professional


Williamstown Registration Deadline April 19 for Town Election, Town Meeting
12:35PM / Monday, April 10, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The deadline for voter registration for the annual town election and annual town meeting is Wednesday, April 19.   The town election will be held on Tuesday, May 9, from  7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Town meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Both events will take place in the gymnasium of the Williamstown Elementary School.    There is one contested election on the ballot in the town election: Karen L. Shepard of Forest Road is challenging incumbent Chris Winters for his seat on the Planning Board.   The town clerk's office will remain open until 8 p.m. for voter registration on April 19. Mail-in voter registration forms must be


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