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'Spectre': Keeps the Bond Spirit Alive
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:20PM / Friday, November 13, 2015

Director Sam Mendes's "Spectre," the 24th James Bond film produced by Eon Productions, is a snazzy, action-filled hoot ... a nearly $300 million extravaganza that pays dutiful homage to the franchise's past while passionately bringing 007 into the techno-charged present. It is a grand synthesis of all things Bond ... a blend of man, machine and moral heroism again sublimely evinced by Daniel Craig.

Perhaps a tad more anticipatory than the two teen-aged boys to my right, I was there not just to be entertained, but to see that right was done by my man ... the secret agent every guy wants to be, and every woman wishes to be romanced by, or so I'm told. I mean, I was


The Independent Investor: 'Bag Lady' Syndrome and You
By Bill Schmick,
06:02PM / Friday, November 13, 2015

Ladies, are you secretly terrified that you are going to end up penniless on the streets, begging for enough money to feed yourself? Well, join the crowd because almost 50 percent of women share your anxiety.

That's right, a high percentage of women, even those who make more than $30,000 per year (and 27 percent of women who have salaries over $200,000) are secretly (or not so secretly) worrying that they will become destitute in their old age. The study, conducted by Allianz, an insurance company, surveyed 2,200 women between the ages of 25 and 75.

You might discount these findings, figuring that most of the women surveyed were stay-at-home wives or wealthy widows. You would be


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

Health Officials Encourage Uninsured to Get Enrolled
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03PM / Friday, November 13, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts has a good record on insuring its residents — 96.3 percent of the population is covered.

So it's that 3.7 percent without insurance that health officials are focusing on during this open enrollment period.

"We're really down to a small number of people ... We want them to know that insurance is important not only for health wise in order to be able to go to the doctor and get help when your sick or hurt but also financially," said Jason Lefferts, spokesman for the state's Health Insurance Connector Authority, on Friday morning. "It's a lot cheaper to go to the doctor when you have health


Adams Transfer Station Should Receive Permitting
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Friday, November 13, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — The state Department of Environmental Protection says Adams should have no problem with permitting if it wants to change its recycling station into a transfer station.  

Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District Program Coordinator Sandy Totter told the committee Thursday that after touring the recycling facility with a MassDEP representative, it was concluded that the station could be permitted as a transfer station.

"They don't see any problems in permitting that site for a full-service transfer station," Totter said. "They want us to ease into it."

The town of Adams has showed interest in establishing a transfer station as a


Letter: Open Letter to Lanesborough Board of Selectmen
Letters to the Editor,
01:30PM / Thursday, November 12, 2015

To the Editor:

Several weeks ago the Lanesborough Board of Selectmen discussed a motion to send a letter to the Massachusetts School Building Authority to request a delay in their decision on the Mount Greylock Regional School renovation/addition. Though the meeting was announced only 48 hours in advance, around 60 people turned out.

Not one person spoke in favor of the delay; the voices were united in support of our school and the building project, which has been discussed and debated for years. I was impressed with the board that night: they allowed people to speak, and they listened to their constituents and chose not to send their letter.

Shortly afterwards, iBerkshires


Mount Greylock School Committee Reacts to Lanesborough Referendum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Thursday, November 12, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday received a sizable donation to the district, heard about the accomplishments of some standout students, discussed the importance of civic education, learned about the school's procedures during a lockdown and got some bad news about a soil remediation project on the district's grounds.   But the conversation, as it always seems to do, circled back to Lanesborough.   Meeting on the heels of Monday's Lanesborough Board of Selectmen meeting, the School Committee was forced once again to confront the possibility that one of Mount Greylock's member towns will take steps to dissolve the


BArT's Campus Improvements Paying Off
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:19PM / Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — All the physical changes at the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School are paying big dividends, school officials say.

From the science lab to the new gymnasium and cafeteria wing to the remodeling of the former "cafegymatorium," it has been a busy few years on the Commercial Street campus.

Last week at BArT's annual fall breakfast, Executive Director Julia Bowen explained how the school's physical transformation is helping improve the program at the Grade 6-12 school.

"In the past, students have had to make unfortunate decisions about leaving BArT [after middle school]," Bowen said, referring to students' desire to

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Get Your Affairs in Order for an Orderly Estate
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:42AM / Wednesday, November 11, 2015

You may be quite willing to plan an investment strategy for your retirement years. After all, it can be enjoyable to think about traveling the world, pursuing your hobbies or participating in any of the activities you’ve associated with an active retirement.

However, once you do retire, you’ll need to “shift gears” somewhat to focus on your legacy. Specifically, to protect your loved ones and ensure your intentions are clear and carried out, you’ll need to do some more planning – and you’ll need to share your thoughts with your family.

Here are some moves to consider:

* List your assets and debts. Your family needs to be aware of your assets and

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Williams Pledges Annual Contribution to Mount Greylock Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Wednesday, November 11, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Tuesday announced a plan to contribute $200,000 annually to the operating budget of Mount Greylock Regional School.   The funds will continue the financial support of the Williams College Fund, which was created in 2011 by members of the Jeffrey family of Columbus, Ohio. That fund, which was supplemented by local donors, is set to be spent down in summer 2016.   Williams President Adam Falk attended Tuesday's meeting of the Mount Greylock School Committee to announce the college's commitment to ongoing financial support, which will be earmarked for the creation of a technology center and professional development of the


Williamstown Senior Housing Project Nearly Ready to Sign Up Tenants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02PM / Tuesday, November 10, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The developer of the Highland Woods senior housing project expects to hold a lottery to determine the first occupants within a week or two.   Next week, a local non-profit raising money to support the project will pull a lucky raffle ticket worth $500.   Elton Ogden of Pittsfield's Berkshire Housing Development Corp. said late last week that the agency was in the process of qualifying applicants and expected to hold the lottery within two to three weeks.   Berkshire Housing and the Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development are building the 40-unit project at the end of Southworth Street on land donated by Williams


Berkshire Tidbits: Cooking Classes, Firefly Specials
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
09:45PM / Monday, November 09, 2015

'Cooking at The Chef's Shop'
Baking Thanksgiving pies

The "Cooking at The Chef's Shop" series continues this Thursday as guest chef Elaine Khosrova, a Hudson Valley food writer and editor from Albany, demonstrates the art of baking Thanksgiving pies. She is a former pastry chef  who trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and at La Varenne in Paris.

On Nov. 22, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Gale will be back and her students definitely get their hands into the cooking. She'll be making four Thanksgiving side dishes: tarragon creamed pearl onions, rutabaga with caraway, jalapeno corn soufflé and cranberry-kumquat sauce.



Lanesborough Selectmen Want Town Meeting Vote on School District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:15PM / Monday, November 09, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted to ask a special town meeting whether voters want the board to pursue withdrawal from the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   The board also put an article on the Dec. 1 ballot asking whether the town approves amendments to the agreement between Lanesborough and Williamstown that governs the junior-senior high school district.   The Mount Greylock School Committee drafted the amendment in response to a request from Lanesborough officials to modify the way the district apportions capital expenses in light of the proposed Mount Greylock Regional School renovation project.   Williamstown voters will decide


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