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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
09:01AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Festivities marking the nation's 240th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Monday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Sunday night (no fireworks) and Monday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA running free after the Monday's concert. More information here.


Lenox

Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual celebration featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.   Guests are invited to a ribbon cutting of Shakespeare &

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
09:01AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written

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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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The Independent Investor: Clicks vs Bricks — Who Will Win the Retail War?
By Bill Schmick,
07:46AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Have you noticed that you are buying more products via the internet? Do you find yourself showroom shopping when you do make the trip to that department store or mall? It is happening to all of us and as it does, the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling the loss.

That doesn’t mean the demise of malls or department stores altogether, but over the next decade there will be fewer of them, especially in depressed areas of the country. The main culprit in this story is e-commerce or internet shopping. In the first quarter of this year, e-commerce accounted for $74.9 billion. That might sound like a lot of money but it still only accounts for 7 percent of overall consumer

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Terrorism Charges Leveled Against Ciccolo
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Alexander Ciccolo, held by federal authorities since his arrest last July 4, was indicted Thursday in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by and in the name of ISIL.

Ciccolo, a resident of Adams at the time of his arrest, was indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use of weapons of mass destruction.  

These charges from a superseding indictment were added to a pending indictment charging Ciccolo with one count of being a convicted person in possession of firearms and one count of assaulting a nurse during a jail intake process by use of a

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'Independence Day: Resurgence': Oh No, Not Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:52PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

In one scene of director/co-writer Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day: Resurgence," brainy scientist Julius Levinson, played by Judd Hirsch, berates his equally brainy scientist son, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), thusly: "So, it takes the end of the world for a son to visit his father?" It is but one of a long list of clichés the filmmaker surmises would attend a planet facing Armageddon at the hands of alien beings. Uh, well, more correctly, it's not at the hands of, but at the tentacles of, which of course is much scarier.

Skipping my usual diatribe and head-scratching inquiry as to why folks would want to see a film about our threatened

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Berkshire Art Museum Opens With CAC Retrospective
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:18AM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

Architectural graphic of Williams College's '62 Center by Keith Bona in the 'Art and Architecture.'

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before Mass MoCA, before DownStreet Art, the Contemporary Artists Center was a converging point for the creative.

The Beaver Mill center hosted a plethora of artists — from the established to the up-and-coming, from the home-grown to the international. Now selected works from nine of those artists will be on display at the Berkshire Art Museum in "Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999" as part of the DownStreet Art season that kicks off Thursday evening.

Eric Rudd, the center's founder with his wife,

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Lanesborough Bulldogs Host State Tourney Starting Friday
03:36PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken Baseball all-star team will look to defend its Western Mass State Championship when the tournament gets under way on Friday at Bill Laston Field.   The Bulldogs and South Berkshire will both be in action in the tournament’s first games at 5:30 p.m. Host Lanesborough will take on Westminster while South Berkshire plays Narragansett as the teams try to stay in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tourney.   The action continues on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 with the state title game set for Tuesday, July 5, at 5:30. If a second game is necessary to decide the title, it will be played

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Summer Music Festival Season Heats Up
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
02:51PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2016

For most music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer concert presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres.

Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony’s website, tanglewood.org, for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

Why go? Read below for all the stellar music making scheduled for the upcoming holiday weekend, with superstar performers interpreting great music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites of audiences worldwide – in both popular and

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How Should Investors Respond to 'Brexit'?
12:02PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2016

As you know by now, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The “Brexit” vote is expected to have major implications for Britain’s trade and economic relationships – but how might it affect you, as an individual investor?

At first glance, you might be worried. After all, right after the results came in, we saw a sharp decline in stock markets around the world, including here in the United States. And we may well see more volatility in the near term. But by taking a step back and looking at the big picture, you might see that the outlook for investors is nowhere near as gloomy as you may have thought.

Here are some suggestions for maintaining your

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Rowling Picks Mount Greylock as Site of Fictional Wizarding School
Staff Reports,
02:33PM / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The state's highest peak was revealed on Tuesday to be the location of a school of wizardry.

J.K. Rowling, author of the immensely popular "Harry Potter" series, released a short story on Tuesday on the history of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Pottermore.com.

"It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud," she writes of the hidden granite castle.

The North American version of Hogwarts was founded by Isolt Sayre, an Irish woman of wizarding heritage, who fled to the New World on the

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Williams College, Chamber Discuss Downtown Parking with Selectmen
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Williamstown Chamber Director Emily Watts and Jamie Art, director of real estate for Williams College, explain parking plans during the college's construction around Spring Street.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College and the Chamber of Commerce believe they have solutions in place to avoid a repeat of last summer's parking woes on Spring Street, and they're asking downtown merchants to be part of the answer.   In 2015, parking inventory in the Village Business District was squeezed by construction vehicles related to the college's renovation of the Log pub on Spring Street. That project is completed, but downtown business owners have been concerned

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Del Gallo Challenges Democratic Candidates to Spending Limits
Campaign Statement,
04:41PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

The following is an open letter from Rinaldo Del Gallo III, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate:

During the first week of April, I sent my fellow candidates an email asking them to agree to voluntary spending limits.  Many progressives I have spoken to feel it is an excellent idea. I herein resubmit an open letter on the subject of spending limits, debates, and columns in local papers. This offer, previously submitted in early April, I offer for 10 days after publication of this letter by The Berkshire Eagle (on June 22).
 
Spending Limits

In early April, I was at an event with state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli and the subject of money and campaigns came up. He

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