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'Pan': Doesn't Quite Pan Out
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:50PM / Thursday, October 15, 2015

If it's just been driving you crazy lo these many years, wondering how exactly Peter became Peter Pan, then you might want to see director Joe Wright's prequel to J.M. Barrie's iconic fairy tale. But there'll be a price to pay, me hearty.

Written by Jason Fuchs, the literary interpolation, while conscientious and respectful of the source material to which it sings a paean, could never stand on its own. Piecing together a series of typical backstory clichés, delivered in a competent but rather dark cloud of special effects, moments of connection to the original are its only oases.

Furthermore, it's difficult to decide whether or not you'll want to take

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Lanesborough School Committee to Adams-Cheshire: Thanks But No Thanks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:21PM / Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Lanesborough School Committee on Thursday unanimously voted to send a letter to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District saying they are not interested in further discussions about a tuition agreement.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee on Thursday morning declined to enter into further discussions about a tuition agreement with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.

ACRSD Superintendent Kristen Gordon drafted a Sept. 30 letter offering to charge Lanesborough $9,200 for "regular students" and $16,500 for special education students for five years.   That letter came in response to a request from the

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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
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Willamstown Elementary Changes Procedure for Accessing Building Fund
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:27AM / Thursday, October 15, 2015

Superintendent Douglas Dias shows photos of the damage caused by a leak in the school's heating system.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee on Wednesday decided to change the mechanism for accessing an endowment managed by Williams College on behalf of the school.   The building renewal fund was established by the college when the school was built in 2003 but it only recently has he School Committee begun using the funds. Last spring, it requested money to fund new controls for the school's boilers and smart boards for classrooms.   This fall, the district is again looking to the fund to bankroll the replacement of two of

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Podcasting Featured as Audio Experience at Wind-Up Fest
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
02:54AM / Thursday, October 15, 2015
Nick van der Kolk debuts the October episode of his award-winning 'Love+Radio' podcasts at the first annual multimedia Wind-Up Fest.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Wind-Up Fest might be a reboot of the Williamstown Film Festival, but it's not limited by movies.

With documentary film as its backbone, Wind-Up will expand from that and into other realms of non-fiction, including storytelling, journalism, and podcasts, to offer a multimedia experience. Representing that latter category will be Nick van der Kolk, creator, host, and director of "Love + Radio," winner of the Third Coast Festival Competition's top prize and part of PRX's Radiotopia Network.

Van der

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Will You Be Ready for Retirement?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:03PM / Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"National Save for Retirement Week" is observed Oct. 18-24 this year. And this week has some weight behind it, as it is recognized by the U.S. Senate for its importance in encouraging Americans to prepare themselves financially for retirement.

Are you doing all you can?

Many of your peers aren’t. About a third of working adults have no retirement savings or pension, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve. And more than half of workers report that the total value of their household’s savings and investments, excluding the value of their primary home and any defined benefit plan (such as a traditional pension), is less than $25,000, according to the Employee

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Mount Greylock Committee Sends Apportionment Proposal to Towns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:41AM / Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lanesborough Town Administrator Paul Sieloff addresses the Mount Greylock School Committee on Tuesday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has finalized a proposed change to the regional agreement that alters the way capital expenses are apportioned to member towns.

It also got the strongest indication to date that there will continue to be a Mount Greylock Regional School District.   The future of the two-town district has been in question since Lanesborough town officials earlier this year began entertaining overtures from the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. The ACRSD Committee has drafted a proposal to enter into a

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Williamstown Author's Book Up For National Award
11:14AM / Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NEW YORK — Williamstown author Ali Benjamin is on the short list for the 2015 National Book Award, the National Book Foundation announced on Wednesday.

Benjamin's "The Thing About Jellyfish" is one of five titles nominated in the Young People's Literature category for the prize, which will be awarded on Nov. 18.

"The Thing about Jellyfish" tells the story of Suzy, who is convinced that her friend's death in a drowning accident is caused by a jellyfish sting.

"Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory - even if it means traveling the globe, alone," according to the publisher's description on

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Examines Unemployment, Job Training
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Wednesday, October 14, 2015
NBCC Executive Director Adam Hinds introduces the monthly forum on Friday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This month's Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum focused on income equality and workforce development.

The irony of this particular forum being held the day after the announcement that SABIC Innovative Plastics is leaving Pittsfield and taking 300 jobs with it didn't escape NBCC Executive Director Adam Hinds.

"It's a very tangible example of what we're up against," Hinds said Friday to the crowd of about 85 people gathered to discuss the topic.

Hinds had intended to introduce Heather Boulger, executive director of the Berkshire County Regional

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Williams Building New Driveway to North Street Parking Deck
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Williams College is building a driveway entrance to the first floor of its parking garage so motorists don't have to drive down the often icy exterior ramp to exit the structure. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is rerouting traffic into the first floor of the three-level, 89,000 square foot parking deck behind the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.   Representatives of the college appeared before the town's Planning Board last month to explain the need for the project, which will enable cars to use all three decks year round.   "The center tier of the parking deck is largely unusable in the winter because of icing conditions on the ramp,"

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Berkshire Tidbits: Fermenting Festivals, Hispanic Celebrations
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
01:43PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Lacto-fermenting/pickling vegetables; Berkshire Ferments will be presenting this and other workshops at the Berkshire Fermentation Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Great Barrington.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Through Thursday, Oct. 15

Even if you missed the culinary experience of the Latino Festival during Founders' Weekend in Lee last month, there's still a bit of time to appreciate Hispanic Heritage Month, by eating Hispanic food in some of our local restaurants.   Here are a few of the best-known and best. All serve lunch and dinner unless otherwise noted.   • Alpamayo Peruvian Cuisine, 60 Main St. in Lee, serves food you will not find anywhere else in the

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Looks at HVAC, Security Concerns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:49PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
School Building Committee member Thomas Bartels, right, repeated his objection to using radiant ceiling panels for heat. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Even as a Dec. 1 deadline looms for submitting a schematic to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Mount Greylock School Building Committee continued last week to weigh the pros and cons of design elements.   The committee met for the second time this year at Lanesborough Elementary School, where it addressed elements ranging from vehicular traffic to materials selection for the proposed addition/renovation project.   The panel on Thursday revisited the subject of the project's heating, ventilation and

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New Pedestrian Bridge at Margaret Lindley Park
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
02:49AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
A new bridge has been built over Hemlock Brook. The old one washed away during heavy rainstorms in 2013.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new pedestrian bridge over Hemlock Brook in Margaret Lindley Park fills a void left by torrential rains of May 2013 that swept away the original much-used span.

"Walk the 25 yards upstream from the pond and see it for yourself," suggested Philip McKnight at last week's Conservation Commission meeting. "As John Keats so aptly put it, 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever.' "

With the new handicapped-accessible bridge in place, visitors to the park will be able to cross Hemlock Brook and gain access to the walking trails on

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