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Berkshire Idol Seeking Singers for 10th Anniversary Competition
03:24PM / Friday, September 04, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Idol singing competition and charitable fundraiser is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year.

This year's beneficiaries are the Berkshire Humane Society and the Drury High School Performing Arts Department. The competition is being produced by Minerva Arts Center, a non-profit organization located in Williamstown whose mission is to promote the importance of an arts-based education.

This year's judges are Bernice Lewis, Larry Stevens, and Alex Lee Clark.

Open auditions are being held in September in North Adams and Pittsfield for singers competing in three age categories: 7-11, 12-16 and 17- Adult.  

Crooners will audition


New Hope Church Grows Into New Space
11:48AM / Friday, September 04, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The New Hope United Methodist Church's congregation has grown significantly over the past year, necessitating the need for a new transition space to accommodate the growing numbers.

“Our growing congregation needs a larger transitional space while we continue to move forward with plans for a more permanent site,” said Pastor Dan Randall.

New Hope UMC – created from a merger of the former First United Methodist Churches of North Adams and Williamstown in January 2011 – will begin meeting Sept. 27 at Images Cinema on Spring Street for its Sunday gatherings until a more permanent home is found. The congregation currently worships at 4


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

Williams Men's Soccer Begins New Era This Fall
09:38AM / Friday, September 04, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A 2-1 loss to Bowdoin in the NESCAC Quarterfinals ended the 2014 Williams men's soccer season and the long and successful college coaching career of the retiring Mike Russo. The Ephs finished 8-6-2 overall and 6-3-1 in NESCAC play last fall.   Russo moved on to coach the varsity team at Hoosac Valley High School. The Ephs (8-6-2, 6-3-1 NESCAC) will look to make a splash for first-year coach Erin Sullivan, a 1996 graduate of the college who played goalkeeper for Russo.   The Ephs lost nine players to graduation, including First Team All-NESCAC forward Zach Grady (10g, 1a) and seasoned midfielder Matt Muralles (3g, 1a). Also lost to graduation were several


Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Committees Discuss Hoosac Valley 'Proposal'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19AM / Friday, September 04, 2015
Lanesborough Chairwoman Regina DiLego, left, Superintendent Douglas Dias and Mount Greylock Chairwoman Carolyn Greene discuss the Hoosac Valley's attempt to entice Lanesborough away.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional and Lanesborough Elementary school committees on Thursday talked about how they can stamp out "FUD."   "Fear, uncertainty and doubt," known by the three-letter acronym, is a term that has been used by School Committee member Richard Cohen to describe talk of breaking up Mount Greylock's two-town district and tuitioning Lanesborough students into Hoosac Valley High School.   "In the high-tech industry,


Local Patriots Fans Hail Judge's Ruling on 'Deflate-gate'
By Shannon Boyer, iBerkshires Staff
09:41PM / Thursday, September 03, 2015
Mingo's in North Adams promotes a contest tied to next Thursday's NFL Opening Night — a night that promises to go a little better for New England in light of Thursday's ruling in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The verdict is in. And for New Englanders who stand by the Patriots through and through, the verdict is definitely in your favor.   Four-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady has yet won another battle, beating NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell in federal court. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman issued his decision Thursday morning, stating that the four-game suspension issued to Brady for his alleged awareness of deflated

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The Independent Investor: Senior Housing Set to Soar
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Thursday, September 03, 2015

United States demographics indicate that the senior population in this country is growing at twice the national average. As more and more Baby Boomers retire in the years ahead the demand for senior housing is set to skyrocket.

Independent living facilities, where the elderly are still active and relatively healthy, are driving the growth in the overall retirement market. Occupancy rates have reached 91.3 percent and the overall growth rate in this sector is averaging about 6 percent a year. Since seniors will represent 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, this segment of the housing market will continue to grow.

The demand for these communities


'We Are Your Friends': Thursday Night Fever
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:15PM / Thursday, September 03, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Warner Bros. Zach Efron comes of age to the beat of electronic dance music in 'We Are Your Friends.'

Cole Carter, an aspiring DJ played by Zac Efron, doubtfully knows what a bildungsroman is, even though that's what he's experiencing in director Max Joseph's "We Are Your Friends." Quite simply, it's a subgenre of the good old coming-of-age story, wherein the protagonist, usually in his late teens or early twenties, forms his view of things. In filmdom, we've been taking note of this psychological transition ever since Andy Hardy popularized the notion back


Williams Field Hockey Returns Experienced Core
Williams College Sports Information,
12:32PM / Thursday, September 03, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – After finishing 9-7 overall and 6-4 in NESCAC last fall, the Williams College field hockey season ended in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals with a loss at Trinity.   Head coach Alix Barrale, now in her 16th year at the helm of the Ephs, will lead her squad into the 2015 season, searching for that elusive NESCAC championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.   The Ephs last won the NESCAC title in 2004 and last played in the NCAA Tournament nine years ago. The time for the Ephs may be now, however, as they return a solid group of veterans, including eight players who played in at least 15 games in 2014 and four more that made at least 10


Cable Mills Project Looking for Applicants for Affordable Units
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49AM / Thursday, September 03, 2015
Debbie Anacki and David Traggorth talk about the Cable Mills apartment complex on Wednesday evening. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The marketing team behind the Cable Mills apartment complex was at Town Hall on Wednesday to urge anyone interested to inquire about applying for one of the project's 13 affordable housing units.   "A lot of people think they're not qualified," said Debbie Anacki of property manager Hall Keen of Norwood. "Always ask. We want folks to call us with those questions. You'd be surprised who could qualify.   "It doesn't have anything to do with having $100,000 in the bank or $200,000 in the bank."   It does


Circle of 6 App Helping Change Campus Culture at Williams
01:51PM / Wednesday, September 02, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When it comes to sexual assault prevention, campus culture at Williams College is changing. Data collected through a student survey, focus groups, and anonymous usage records all show that a new mobile app called Circle of 6, by enabling a few common sense strategies and fostering peer discussion on dating and relationships, is helping change students from individual bystanders to peer supporters engaged in collective preventative action.

Circle of 6 is a sexual assault prevention app that allows the user to create a circle of six friends a student can call or text easily when she or he is in an uncomfortable situation. A customized version of the app has been


Downing Seeks Local Participants for Citizens Legislative Seminar
01:43PM / Wednesday, September 02, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing is seeking local residents to nominate as participants of the 75th Citizens Legislative Seminar, to be held Oct. 20-21 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

The CLS is a semi-annual educational seminar geared toward adults of all ages interested in learning more about state government and the legislative process.

Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, the two-day seminar features engaging presentations by senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the commonwealth. Topics will include the history and process of the


Williamstown Planning Board Encourages Waubeeka Hotel Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19AM / Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Waubeeka owner Michael Deep was asking the Planning Board on Tuesday for support in pursuing a hotel development. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday encouraged the owner of Waubeeka Golf Links to continue looking at whether he could situate a hotel on his Route 7 property.   Michael Deep came to the board to ask whether it would be in favor of creating a zoning change that would allow a developer to operate a hotel on the site, currently zoned in the Rural Residential District.   While the board stopped short of taking a vote in favor of the proposition, several members expressed their support in principle for the project. And the panel directed Town


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