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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way
02:56PM / Monday, May 15, 2017

Paper trail: Greylock Federal Credit Union held its ninth annual Community Shred Day on Saturday, May 6, shredding more than 7 tons of paper. The effort also raised $1,184 in donations for the Berkshire United Way. The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

ProShred supplied two mobile shredding trucks for the event to provide proper disposal of private documents. People were able to witness the shredding process via a closed circuit monitor mounted on the truck. Millions of Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft occurs when someone uses personally identifying information, like name, social security


Williamstown's 2017 Town Meeting to be Webcast
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27PM / Monday, May 15, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With immigration and pollination on the agenda, Tuesday's annual town meeting will be taking on topics of national and global importance.   And thanks to the town's community access television station, anyone in the world will be able to follow the action live.   WilliNet will for the first time in its history Tuesday provide live streaming coverage of an event on its website,, or its YouTube channel.   The 7 p.m. meeting has been carried live on WilliNet's cable channel for years, but this year the non-profit is experimenting with the webcast, Executive Director Deb Dane said.   "The technology has come far


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

Berkshires Beat: Brien Center Receives Donation from Williams Rugby Football Club
01:40PM / Monday, May 15, 2017

Tacking mental health: The Brien Center for Mental Health has received a donation from the Williams Rugby Football Club. The club has donated the earnings received from the John Donovan Memorial Tournament for the past three years, totaling nearly $4,000.

The team has been organizing the John Donovan Memorial Tournament in memory of their former teammate who lost his battle to mental illness. The tournament was designed to raise awareness about mental health and support organizations like the Brien Center working to help those suffering from mental illness in the Berkshire community. This year, six teams from four schools - Williams College, Keene State, Colby-Sawyer College, and


Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16
11:37AM / Monday, May 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Current Events classes will host the annual Senior Citizens Prom from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Drury High School gymnasium for an evening of fun.

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.  

For the past 23 years, the Drury High School History/Contemporary Issues/Sociology Classes have studied generational differences, sociological impact and ways to help bridge the generational divide. Their research and curriculum culminates with the planning and implementation of a service learning project – a prom for senior citizens – that engages elderly


Doyle Leads Krispy Cones to Cal Ripken Win
08:20AM / Monday, May 15, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Chase Doyle pitched four strong innings and homered to lead Krispy Cones to a 5-3 win over Lee Hardware in the Lanesborough Cal Ripken Baseball League this week.   Ozzie Webber drove in a pair of runs, and Damon Pause had an RBI in the win.   Lee Hardware got two hits from Michael Naventi and a six-strikeout performance on the mound from Will Thompson.   Doug Trombly 16, Adams Community Bank 6   Jeff Clifford struck out seven in four innings on the mound, and Jack Donahue had two hits for David Trombly.   Jackson Shelsey had two hits for Adams Community Bank.   Krispy Cones 8, Williamstown Police 2   Webber struck out five in four


North Adams Developer Sees Historic Mill as Thriving Business Hub
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Monday, May 15, 2017

The mill dates to 1863 and once manufactured woolen items.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local developer David Moresi envisions filling the former Excelsior Mill on Roberts Drive with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, businesses and artisans.    "This is about job growth, job development, job creation and working with businesses to make this a sucessful venture for them," he said on Friday inside the nearly 100,000 square foot building. "We've got some great things in the works and we're going to get this to 100 percent occupancy."   He expects to make announcements in the coming weeks about new tenants that are already in the works


Clarksburg Elementary Holocaust Exhibit Set Monday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:09PM / Sunday, May 14, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg Elementary eighth-graders will host the school's 13th annual Holocaust Exhibit featuring Auschwitz survivor Magda Brown on Monday night.   English teacher and exhibit organizer Michael Little said the exhibit this year will focus on anti-Jewish legislation in Nazi Germany.   "This exhibit features 18 different [display] boards of Nazi laws from from 1933 to 1939, and the purpose was to show what happened through the legal system, the coming of the Holocaust and the routes of it," Little said. "The boards accumulate on your consciousness and some stuff is unbelievable that was passed."    Little said the

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Pot & Pollinators on Williamstown Town Meeting Agenda
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:13PM / Sunday, May 14, 2017
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This year's annual town meeting is all about weed and weeds.   The two articles that may generate the most discussion at the Tuesday evening meeting come near the end of the agenda: Articles 36 and 39 on a 40-article warrant.   The former is the zoning bylaw amendment proposed by the Planning Board that would regulate the location of potential marijuana businesses in light of last November's statewide initiative to legalize recreational pot.   The latter, generated by citizens' petition, is a non-binding resolution that asks town residents to reconsider how the manage their properties in order create an environment that


House Passes Protections For Pregnant Workers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Sunday, May 14, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass — The state's House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday shoring up the rights of pregnant workers.   The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will require employers to provide basic accommodations for employees who are pregnant or are new mothers. Such provisions include allowing pregnant woman to take more frequent bathroom breaks, drink water while they work, or provided a stool to sit on.    "One of the holes we had in the protections was for women who are pregnant and employers, a small percentage of employers, who do not allow for any kind of accommodation for someone who is pregnant, or, quite frankly, retaliating against women who are


Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Tells MCLA Grads to 'Get in the Way'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Saturday, May 13, 2017

President Jamie Birge shakes the hand of a graduate wearing Birge's trademark fashion statements — a bowtie. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An icon of Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Alanta, Ga., urged the class of 2017 to "be brave, be bold, be courageous" and turn the world upside down.   "There are forces in America today that want to take us back to another place, another time," he told the graduates at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday morning. "We've come too far, we've made too much progress and we must not go back, we must go forward as a nation."   The Georgia


Lee Teenager Wins Congressional Art Competition
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Friday, May 12, 2017

The self-portrait will hang in the Capitol in Washington D.C. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fiora Caligiuri-Randall has a natural gift.   Only the second acrylic painting the 14-year-old has done will now hang in the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Fiora's painting beat out 45 other high school artist's work throughout the First Massachusetts Congressional District in this year's Congressional Art Competition.   "I am a self-taught artist. I haven't taken any art classes. This year, I decided to take some art classes at Berkshire Community College. I took Drawing 1 last semester and I did this painting at fundamentals of painting this


Williams Professor Snags Science Foundation Grant
03:17PM / Friday, May 12, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Matt Carter, assistant professor of biology at Williams College, has been awarded a prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.

The five-year, $586,000 grant, awarded to junior faculty, will support Carter’s research into sleep and wakefulness.

"I am so thrilled to receive the CAREER award. This grant will create so many great research opportunities with students over the next several years," Carter said. "The NSF recognizes the high quality of the preliminary work that Williams students have already performed in my lab. All of the preliminary data in this proposal came from the excellent students who have worked


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