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'Van Gogh's Ear' to be Presented in Great Barrington
02:36PM / Friday, August 07, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Ensemble for the Romantic Century, a theatrical and musical group that combines fully staged dramas with live chamber and vocal music, has partnered with the Clark Art Institute to present “Van Gogh’s Ear” from Thursday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 30, at the American Institute for Economic Research, located at 250 Division St.

Tickets are $85 per performance or $99 for a package ticket that includes admission to the Clark’s Van Gogh and Nature exhibition, on view through Sept. 13. View showtimes or purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 413-458-0524.

Richard Kendall, the Clark’s curator at


Letter: Ice Cream Social Raises More Than $400 for Williamstown Youth Center
01:00PM / Friday, August 07, 2015

To the editor:

Wild Oats Market, a cooperative market in Williamstown, provided the Williamstown Youth Center with a check for $409, representing the proceeds from the co-op’s annual Ice Cream Social, which took place on Saturday, Aug. 1. The market provides the Youth Center with produce at cost throughout the year and has done so for more than a decade.

As a co-op, Wild Oats is in business to serve its members, many of whom are parents whose children have been involved in Youth Center programs. The Youth Center benefits many in the Wild Oats community as well as in the community of North Berkshire County. We’re extremely pleased to make them the recipient of the proceeds


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

The ROPES Camp Is In Full Swing
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:34PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
The ropes course for local youth at Windsor Lake has been instilling confidence for 19 years.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The ROPES summer camp program has entered its 19th year and shows no signs of slowing down. 

Driving through the Windsor Lake campground during the summer is often pretty quiet. But that isn't the case when camp is in session and even the loudest bird can't compete with laughing children on zip lines.

ROPES, which stands for Respecting Other People Encouraging Self-Esteem, is a free summer program that runs for one week twice during the summer. The program pits fifth- and sixth-graders from the Northern Berkshires against massive vertical obstacle courses


BRPC Seeking 'Economic Development District' Designation For County
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Friday, August 07, 2015
BRPC's executive committee approved moving forward with the application to make Berkshire County and Economic Development District with the U.S. EDA. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is hoping to make the entire county the state's ninth "economic development district."   The designation through the U.S. Economic Development Agency and would increase the odds of projects in the county to receive grant funding.   Additionally, many districts receive annual funds to implement the countywide economic development strategy (CEDS) and, while there is a waiting list for the annual funding, a new board would oversee that activity. The


Williamstown Awards Another Mortgage Assistance Grant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Friday, August 07, 2015
Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Richard DeMayo leads Tuesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust on Tuesday awarded a fifth grant under the town's Mortgage Assistance Program.   By a vote of 4-0, the trustees agreed to give $15,000 to an single-income first-time homeowner looking to acquire a dwelling in town.   According to the application, the applicant sought the funds to go toward his or her down payment. The additional funds will remove the need for the borrower to carry private mortgage insurance, an additional monthly cost that stood between the potential homeowner and the loan, Trustee Stanley Parese said.   "Given


The Independent Investor: Boomers' Kids Don't Want Your Stuff
By Bill Schmick,
05:39PM / Thursday, August 06, 2015

You saved all your life, acquiring all sorts of assets that you now want to leave to your children. Today, more and more Baby Boomers are finding that their kids just don't want that antique auto or that original oil painting.

Too many of us fail to recognize that the Millennial generation has grown up with an entirely different view of the world, their possessions, one's life style and even value system. This may come as a shock. It did to me. As readers may recall, my wife and I have been downsizing for three years now. During the course of this process, we have offered our thirtysomething daughter and her husband all sorts of stuff that they didn't want. From snowboards to


'Irrational Man': Crime & Academics
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:26PM / Thursday, August 06, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Mysterious professor Joaquin Phoenix and bright-eyed co-ed Emma Stone get caught up in routine crimes and misdemeanors in Woody Allen's latest outing.

Each new Woody Allen film is inevitably judged against his body of work. Although generally unfair, it's deserved in the case of "Irrational Man," a dark and brooding meditation on crime, punishment and whatever else the auteur happens to have on his mind. He's good at that ... taking a plot and, in a cinema version of doodling abstractions on a notepad, filling the scenario with all sorts of stuff concerning the human


Pucks and Palettes: Painting Party Benefits Mount Greylock Hockey
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
07:15PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2015

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Pretty flowers may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a hockey team.

But the Mount Greylock Hockey Booster Club will be thinking brushes, not blades, when it holds its first major summer fund-raiser on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Skyline Country Club.


The boosters are teaming up with Williamstown-based Progressive Palette for a painting party to help defray the cost of Mount Greylock student-athletes’ participation on the Wahconah cooperative team team this winter.


“Moms never have a chance to get out, and because we have to sit and freeze our buts off throughout the football season and hockey season, I


United Cerebral Palsy Hires New Executive Director
12:29PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County has hired a Maine man to replace to longtime director Christine Singer.

Salvatore A. Garozzo, most recently executive director of Group Home Foundation Inc. in Belfast, Maine, started in his new position on Monday.

"We are extremely pleased to have Sal come on board and lead our team," said UCP Board President Tony Hyte in a statement. "His wealth of knowledge and significant human services experience is going to tremendously benefit our agency."

Garozzo's resume includes 27 years of experience in the human services industry. Areas of expertise include leadership roles in vocational


Williamstown Economic Development Panel Discusses Ideal New Business
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Williams College students Kevin Kelly, left, and Jacob Watt-Morse give a presentation to the Economic Development Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Small to medium-sized firms focusing on business-to-business commerce with CEOs committed to the Berkshires are the best hope for economic development in northern Berkshire County.   That was the conclusion of a pair of Williams College students who made a presentation to the town's Economic Development Committee on Monday evening.   The pair, Kevin Kelly and Jacob Watt-Morse, are interns at Lever Inc., the North Adams business incubator operated by committee Chairman Jeffrey Thomas.   The committee invited Kelly

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The Classical Beat: Thrilling Music at Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
09:33PM / Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be joined by violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Emanuel Ax on Thursday at Tanglewood.

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the music festival season.

Programs at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of chamber music by Brahms featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos and Emanuel Ax; violin concerti by Sibelius and Glazunov; 20th century and contemporary vocal music; ballet music of Stravinsky; Schubert’s immortal song cycle “Winterreise,” and much more.


At Tanglewood this week

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The three timeless piano trios (violin, cello and piano) of Brahms comprise this

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $2.1 Million in Summer Grants Cycle
03:50PM / Monday, August 03, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass.—The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the recipients of the second round of grantmaking for 2015.

The foundation distributed a total of $266,234 in grants to individuals and nonprofits and $445,444 in scholarships to high school, college and graduate school students in the four-county region it serves. Grants from donors with charitable funds at the foundation totaled $1.4 million.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Fund for Williamstown and the James and Robert Hardman Fund, two of Berkshire Taconic’s 11 area funds serving specific towns or regions; the New World Fund for newly arrived

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