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Berkshire Workers Critical Of GIC Reducing Health Care Options
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:40PM / Wednesday, January 24, 2018

GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman said many of the companies currently in the program offered very similar options.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman asked how many people get their health insurance through Tufts.   And nearly all of the 50 or so state employees in the audience at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Wednesday morning raised their hands.   Tufts is one of three insurance companies planned to be eliminated as an option for hundreds of thousands of employees throughout the commonwealth.   The Group Insurance Commission, which administers health care coverage to nearly a half-million state and municipal workers, voted to cut


Questions to Ask Before Taking Social Security
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:38AM / Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Social Security can be an important part of your retirement income. So, before you start making decisions about your payments, you'll want to know what questions to ask.

Here are a few to consider:

How soon can I start collecting Social Security? You can begin receiving Social Security as early as age 62. However, your payments, as well as the survivor benefits payable to your spouse, will be significantly lower than if you wait until your full retirement age, which is likely to be between 66 and 67.

Can I wait until I’m past full retirement age to begin collecting payments? Yes. Your monthly benefits will continue to rise until you reach 70, at which point they will max


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

Baker Highlights Successes in Third State of Commonwealth
10:10PM / Tuesday, January 23, 2018
BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday night delivered his third State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the State House.   Remarks as prepared for delivery:   Mr. Speaker. Madame President. Congressman Neal. Fellow Constitutional Officers. Members of the Governor's Council. Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and my Administration. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests.    Members of my family that are here this evening – Andy, Kristen and William.     My children, AJ and Caroline. And my wife Lauren. The love of my life for the


Williamstown Select Board Agrees to Not Oppose Medical Pot Dispensary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Select Board member Jane Patton was the lone vote against sending a letter of non-opposition. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday voted 4-1 to send the state Department of Public Health a letter of non-opposition that clears the way for Silver Therapeutics to proceed with the licensing of a medical marijuana facility on Main Street.   The proposal has been a main topic of conversation for the board for months, and last week it hosted a public forum to gauge community reaction to Joshua Silver's proposal.   The lone holdout on Monday night made it clear that her opposition to the project is not related to Silver's plan to sell medical marijuana but


Williams Men's Basketball Rolls to Non-League Win
10:29PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James Heskett scored 21 points, and Matthew Karpowicz scored 12 to go with seven rebounds Monday as the Williams College men’s basketball team defeated Vermont’s St. Joseph’s, 104-49.   Williams (14-4) goes to Trinity on Friday.  


Neighbors Raise Objection to Three-House Plan for Cole Avenue Parcel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:39PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

Paul Guillotte, left, makes a point about the site plan shown by Paul Austin at Friday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A group of neighbors who turned out for a forum hosted by Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity told the nonprofit the town-owned Maple Street parcel is not big enough to support three single-family homes.   Habitat for Humanity in December told the town's Affordable Housing Trust, which acquired the lot at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street, that it hopes to subdivide it and build three homes of up to 1,200-square-feet that will accommodate three families of four.   On Friday, it hosted a public forum at the Harper Center

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Berkshire County Democrats Meeting to Choose Delegates
01:55PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

Berkshire County Democratic committees will be holding their caucuses in February. This year's Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide offices, including constitutional officers and gubernatorial candidates. Committees can submit their information to by email to be included in this list. A complete list of caucuses across the state can be found here.

* Adams: The Adams Democratic Town Committee will hold its caucus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Adams Free Library, Miller Annex, 92 Park Street,

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MCLA Adds New Minor in Entrepreneurship
01:21PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently approved a new minor in entrepreneurship within the Department of Business Administration and Economics. Although many of the classes required for this new minor already are offered at the college, new courses will be added when the program is officially offered in January 2018.

According to Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor of business, the entrepreneurship minor may be added to most – if not all – of the majors MCLA offers.

"I cannot think of a single major that cannot be brought into some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor," Whalen said. "For example, someone in education might


Berkshires Beat: MCLA Recognized for 'Outstanding Energy and Environmental Efforts'
12:44PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
Doing right

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a recipient of a 2017 Leading by Example Award from the commonwealth of Massachusetts for outstanding energy and environmental efforts in the Public Higher Education category. Lawrence R. Behan, MCLA's vice president of administration and finance, said the college is committed to reducing its energy and environmental impacts. The college has installed numerous clean energy technologies and has improved resiliency.

Over the past decade, MCLA's clean energy and sustainability initiatives resulted in a 19 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing 232 cars from the road – despite a


'Claiming Williams Day' Aims to Foster Inclusivity, Equality
12:14PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will hold its annual "Claiming Williams Day" on Thursday, Feb. 1, with events throughout the day that encourage discussions about inclusivity and inequality.

While most of the events are only for the Williams College community, three events are open to the public: Authors and social justice advocates Julissa Arce and Janet Mock will give the morning and evening keynote addresses; Arce will speak at 10:45 a.m. in Chapin Hall, and Mock will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Mock's address will be simulcast into Brooks-Rogers Auditorium. The public is also invited to participate in "Missing Books, Missing Voices," which


Berkshire Groups Use Women's March Anniversary to Talk Next Steps
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local civic and advocacy groups are looking at how to build on the progressive movement launched by the massive Women's Marches last year.    The fight to raise people up from poverty, provide economic equity, health care and education, and ensure safe and welcoming communities, has to start at the grassroots level and include the voices of those most affected. That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum sponsored by Indivisible Pittsfield.    "We need to have everyone at the table," Shirley Edgerton of the Four Freedoms Coalition said. "Everyone needs to be making decisions about their own lives."   As millions

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Bulldogs Baseball Club Seeks Players for 14U Travel Team
12:32PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The 14-and-under Bulldogs Baseball Club is looking for players interested in trying out for the travel team.   The Bulldogs plan to compete in six or seven tournaments in June and July, 2018, including a four-day tournament in Delaware.   Anyone interested in a tryout should contact the team as soon as possible by reaching out to either Gary Polumbo or Rick Paris. Polumbo can be reached at 413-822-4691‬ or Paris can be reached at 413-281-9240 or


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