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Williamstown Cal Ripken Plans Skills Assessments
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11:54AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Cal Ripken program will hold skills assessments and welcome sessions next week at Williams College’s Town Field House.   Players who are new to the program or who are seeking to move up a division (Grant League to Rookie, Rookie to Minor, Minor to Major) need to attend a skills assessment. The skills assessments take about 90 minutes, and our coaches evaluate players' ability to hit, catch and throw to get a clearer picture of which league is appropriate for your player.   For Grant League and Softball players, these are simply "Welcome Sessions" to get kids playing ball.   The schedule is:   Grant to Rookie -


New Doctor Joins BMC Rheumatology Services
10:55PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Leonard H. Sigal, FACP, FACR, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Sigal joins Dr. Lauren Dudley at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC, and is taking new patients in need of rheumatology services in the community.

Sigal comes to the Berkshires from New Jersey, where he most recently served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, RW Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. He previously was on the faculty of


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

Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul Caccaviello said he'll lead the office with integrity and honor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new district attorney has taken office.   Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless.    "It is now my turn to step aside but I assure you I leave you in safe and sturdy hands," Capeless said.   Capeless is retiring and has opted not to finish out his term, but instead, pass the reins over to his first assistant -- a move that has faced a fair amount of criticism since it was announced two weeks ago.   Caccaviello took his oath of office in front


New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to


Mount Greylock Superintendent Search Panel Narrows Field to Two
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Superintendent Search Committee on Wednesday voted to send two candidates' names to the Transition Committee.   Search Committee Chairman and Transition Committee member Steven Miller said the screening panel did an in-depth review of the five applicants for the job and voted to advance two candidates to the hiring body.   The Transition Committee had charged the Search Committee with returning no more than three names. The finalists would be expected to visit the district for in-person interviews.   Miller was not at liberty Wednesday night to identify the two candidates who made it through the first stage of


Williamstown Select Board Discusses Proposed Zoning Changes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On one point, all concur about the Planning Board's proposed zoning changes for May's annual town meeting.   "I agree with your opening statement," Select Board member Andrew Hogeland said Monday night. "This is one of the more radical zoning changes I've seen."   What Hogeland said next will draw seconds from residents who have begun lining up to criticize the proposed zoning bylaw amendments.   "If you densify all these neighborhoods, including the rural neighborhoods, you are changing the character of the town," Hogeland said. "This strikes me as more than necessary to attract more housing to


Woman Found Not Guilty in Williamstown Hit-and-Run
Staff Reports,
05:28PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Williamstown woman was found not guilty on Wednesday of leaving the scene of a hit-and-run that has left a local woman in a coma for two years.    But she and her husband were both found guilty of misleading police in the days following the incident that seriously injured Cheryl J. LeClaire, 54, of White Oaks Road in Williamstown. They were found not guilty of conspiracy to mislead.    A Superior Court jury deliberated for eight hours before returning the verdicts in the cases against Sally J. Gould, 73, the driver in the incident, and her husband, John T. Gould, 71.   LeClaire was walking her dog on the evening of Feb. 9, 2016, along


Mount Greylock Students: 'Have Difficult Conversations' on Gun Violence
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

More than 400 students stood in the snow to speak out against gun violence, joining marchers from schools across the nation.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Several hundred Mount Greylock Regional School students Wednesday morning left the warmth of the classroom and chose instead to stand in a driving snowstorm.   But the frigid temperatures paled in comparison to the cold realities they gathered to confront.   "There have been 302 school shootings since 2013," Karen McComish told the crowd of seventh- through 12th-graders. "From 2013-2015, there was an average of two shootings per month in K-through-12 schools. In those K-through-12 shootings,

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BRTA Looking For Input on Storm Shutdowns
01:22PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) recently shut down bus service due to a snow storm. BRTA now is investigating the effectiveness of how adequate the communication was to the public.

The public is invited to take the survey, which takes less than 3 minutes to complete and is confidential, online here between now and March 30.

People can also take the survey at the BRTA Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, on the Customer Service Kiosk computer.


Mount Greylock School Building Committee: Put Parking Lot in Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:00PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee last week unanimously recommended that the district go forward with a rebuild of the middle-high school parking lot at a cost not to exceed $975,000.   For months, the School Building Committee and the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee have been considering whether to include the parking lot in the ongoing addition/renovation project at Mount Greylock.   At issue is whether the district expects to have contingency funds available in the $64.7 million building project to pay for the parking lot, an expense that would be borne entirely by the district with no reimbursement from the Massachusetts School

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What Should Investors Know About Recent Volatility?
11:56AM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

As you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What's behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?

Let's look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?

Essentially, two main factors seem to be responsible. First, some good economic news may actually have played a significant role. A 17-year low in unemployment and solid job growth have begun to push wages upward. These developments have led to fears of rising inflation, which, in turn, led to speculation that the Federal Reserve will tighten the money supply at a faster-than-expected rate. Stocks reacted


Dem Candidate Palfrey Sees Policy Opportunities in Lt. Gov. Post
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Quentin Palfrey spoke with Greylock Together and laid out his positions and his optimism on Democratics taking the state's two top spots back.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Democrat Quentin Palfrey was drumming up support on Sunday not only for his run for lieutenant governor but for enthusiasm for an election he believes can take back the state's top spots.    "I would like to build a grassroots campaign from the Berkshires to the Cape doing the kinds of things that we know how to do," progressive Democrat said. "We know how to run successful campaigns. We know how to take back the corner office ... it's neighbor to neighbor, it's knocking


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