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Williamstown Donates Cole Avenue Site for Affordable Housing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:11AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Selectmen Jeffrey Thomas, left, and Hugh Daley each asked last month to take more time to consider the land donation. On Monday, Daley voted for the deal. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday decided to donate the town-owned property at 330 Cole Ave. to the developer vying to build 46 units of affordable housing at the site.   The vote came after the president and CEO of Berkshire Housing Development Corp. explained how the town contribution will improve the chances that the program will be funded.   Elton Ogden, who also spoke at the meeting, sent the board a letter outlining the impact of potential town support.   Berkshire Housing and the


Adams Boys Top Greylock in Youth Basketball Tourney Final Sports,
10:37AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- Carson Meczywor scored 27 points Sunday to lead the Adams travel boys basketball team to a 41-34 win over Greylock in the championship game of the Jim Horth Memorial Basketball Tournament.   Adams was able to take control of a back-and-forth game that saw Greylock hold a small lead in the fourth.   "Carson Meczywor just kept attacking the hoop and had a few [conventional three-points plays] to help Adams pull away in the last minute or so," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "Carson was just playing really well, and we could not stop him.   "I'm just very proud of our kids. They played so hard all weekend. They had to battle through foul

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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
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

All Girls Youth Hockey Team Hits the Ice
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:08AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Bill Rech had a simple message for his hockey team the first time it hit the ice.   “I told them, ‘Girls, look around. Do you remember the first time you ever took the ice when you were kids? Remember the smell of the rink? Remember walking on the bench and it was kind of scary? Look around you. Own this moment. This is the first time you’ve ever skated with no boys. This is your team, your organization,” Rech recalled recently. “This is your team. This is your opportunity to be girls.   “And they absolutely thrived on it. From there, the girls exploded.”   The explosion reverberating through local rinks this

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MCLA Recognized for Community Service
02:29PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently was named to the 2016 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

MCLA President James F. Birge said the college is pleased to be recognized for the community service that students, faculty and staff engage in throughout the year.

"MCLA has a long history of volunteer service," Birge said. "Whether it's volunteer work, civic engagement or service-learning in the community, or even beyond the Berkshires, these efforts prepare our students


Berkshires Beat: Boys & Girls Club Receives $9,948 Donation
01:58PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Ninety-nine hundred thank yous: The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires has received a $9,948 donation from the Pittsfield Ninety Nine Restaurant as part of the restaurant chain's annual October fund raising efforts on behalf of local Boys & Girls Clubs. The amount raised by the Pittsfield Ninety Nine, located at 699 Merrill Road, was the eighth highest of the 106 Ninety Nine stores participating in fundraising efforts for their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

The money was raised with support of the staff, which asked each and every guest to help us support our Boys & Girls Club and put together gift baskets and homemade baked goods to raffle off and sell. The restaurant


Cariddi Planning Listening Sessions in North Berkshire
01:35PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, has scheduled a series of community meetings for January.

The community meetings, titled "There Ought to be a Law," will allow citizens to share ideas about local and district issues, state government, and legislation – particularly what laws should exist and what laws, if any, should be repealed.

"Many legislators across the country have hosted similar meetings and I felt that it was important to do the same here," Cariddi said in a statement. "These meetings will give members of the public the opportunity to share ideas."

The schedule is as follows:

• Lanesborough,


Biz Briefs: Scooby Doo Drops In To Lee Outlets
01:28PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Nice work, Scoob: Lee Premium Outlets hosted a meet-and-greet with Scooby Doo, everyone's favorite crime solving Great Dane, on Dec. 26. Scooby Doo was onsite as part of the "HANNA-BARBERA: The Architects of Saturday Morning" exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which is open through May 29. Scooby took photos with children and met his fans.

Getting real: Berkshire Community College will offer Real Estate Licensing for the Salesperson starting Jan. 30. Workshop participants will study basic real estate principles and the laws governing real estate licensing. Topics will include: brokerage and agency, contract law, finance, appraising, deeds, closing and settlement,


Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Hears from Applicants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Monday, January 09, 2017

The historic First Church is seeking $8,608 to fix its foundation.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Harsh winter weather and warm summer days are on the minds of the Community Preservation Committee this year.

Of the eight projects applying for Community Preservation Act funding for fiscal 2018, three share the common theme of preserving historic sites damaged by the annual freeze-thaw cycle.

Two town entities are seeking the blessing of the CPC, which recommends funding for approval at May's annual town meeting. The Department of Public Works wants $46,000 to restore and protect a town-owned historic stone wall on River Street (Route 43), and the Conservation Commission, which cares


Berkshire Photography & Printing Offers Local Printing Option
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:26AM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Berkshire Photography recently opened at the corner of Main and Marshall streets. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Photography and Printing on Main Street is setting up as a one-stop for local printing needs.   Ken Cooper, owner of the new business on 42 Main St., most recently occupied by Common Folk, said he can put just about any image on anything.   "We embroider, screen print, do custom wood signs and basically anything else," Cooper said. "Hats, jackets, shirts, slate and pretty much whatever you need to be done … just bring it down and we can recreate anything whether it's on a business card, a piece of paper or even a


Long Road to Recovery for Victim in Williamstown Hit-and-Run
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:33AM / Sunday, January 08, 2017

McCarthy's injuries might not have been life-threatening but they have been life-changing. The private-duty nurse has not been able to work and is taking longer than expected to recover. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The woman struck in what police characterized as a hit-and-run accident last October is a long way from being able to walk, let alone run, herself.   Wendy McCarthy was struck by a vehicle outside her home on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) on Oct. 1.   The same news release that called the incident a hit-and-run also characterized her injuries as "serious, non-life threatening." And that was technically true. Prompt response by emergency personnel


'Fences': Scales the Dramatic Heights
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:32PM / Friday, January 06, 2017

Denzel Washington's phenomenally touching, multitextured performance in August Wilson's "Fences" sings a heartrending paean to every dad who struggled to make a living, raise a family and preserve his human dignity in the face of herculean obstacles. Plying one of the most complexly realized, tragic American figures since Arthur Miller's iconized Willy Loman, the philosophical, historical and psychological contemplations Washington plumbs are packed with seriocomic emotion.

This is filmed theater at its very best. Utilizing only four or five sets to occasionally supplement the working class, Pittsburgh back yard where most of the action takes place, Denzel


Paris Leads Greylock Boys to Win in Tourney Opener
08:49AM / Friday, January 06, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held on Thursday for a 43-33 win over the CYC in the Dalton CRA's Jim Horth Tournament.   Derek Paris hit a 3-pointer to get Greylock off to a quick start on his way to an 11-point night.   CYC battled back to get the deficit down to four points late, but Oscar Low (five points) and Malcolm Waynick (eight points) hit free throws to extend Greylock's lead.   "It was a great start for the kids, and we were able to get many kids with quality minutes, which, in turn, helped eight of our 11 players get on the scoreboard," Greylock coach Rick Paris


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