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Be Safe and Have Fun on Your Motorcycle
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10:43AM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Summer is finally arriving in the Berkshires, and with it come motorists on vehicles with fewer than four wheels.

Two- and three-wheeled motorcycles share the road with cars and trucks in the warmer months, and that means safety is the number one priority. All motorists are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. And motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness


Williamstown Police Wins 10th Straight
09:01AM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown Police ran its winning streak to 10 with two recent victories in Cal Ripken Baseball League play.   On Saturday, Joshua Polumbo threw a complete game and Oscar Low had a home run and three runs batted in to lead Police to an 11-1 victory over South Berkshire that ended after four innings due to the mercy rule. Thomas Martin added two RBIs, and Austin Buda had two hits to help lead the Police attack.   On Monday, Xander Axt threw a complete game in a 5-2 victory over Pownal Carbone Auto Plaza.   The infield of Jack Gitterman, Joshua Polumbo, Oscar Low and Thomas Martin supported Axt's effort with tremendous defense throughout the game.


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

Williamstown's Cole Avenue Housing Developers Hold Forum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Julie Sniezek, left, of Guntlow and Associates and architect Kerry Dietz discuss the evolution of the plan for 330 Cole Ave. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The development team looking to build 46 units of affordable housing on Cole Avenue was back at Town Hall on Thursday to talk about how the project has evolved and to take input from the community.   Once again, they heard specific suggestions about how the 330 Cole Ave. property should be developed as well as concerns about whether it should be used for a subsidized housing project.   The president of Berkshire Housing Development Corp., the principal of Springfield's Dietz and Company Architects and representatives of


'Hoffmann Hackers' Golf Tournament Set for June 24
01:15PM / Monday, June 06, 2016

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Hoffmann Bird Club of Western Massachusetts will host its fourth annual “Hoffmann Hackers Golf Classic,” which could otherwise be known as “The Longest Bird,” at the Donnybrook Country Club, 775 Williamstown Road on Friday, June 24, with a “shotgun start” at 4 p.m.

The public is welcome to participate.  The 9-hole golf tournament is a fundraiser for Berkshire County’s premier Ornithological Society.  There will be a rain date of July 1.

The entry fee for the event will be $40 per head, which includes placement on a team, 9 holes of golf, with carts included, and a barbeque/cook-out following the event.


Biz Briefs: Fairfield Inn & Suites Honored for Performance
12:13PM / Monday, June 06, 2016

What a performance: The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Great Barrington has been presented with the Performance Award.

Receiving the Silver award the Fairfield Inn & Suites/Great Barrington is thrilled to share this remarkable achievement with the Marriott International and Fairfield Inn & Suites community as well as all of Great Barrington.

“Our dedicated team is making a difference by consistently putting the guests’ needs first, enabling them to make the most of their time in the Berkshires. We are very proud that the associates create an atmosphere that our visitors can call home,” said Patty Jordan, general manager.

In addition to the Silver


Berkshires Beat: Local Students Compete in Science Fair
11:58AM / Monday, June 06, 2016

Good job: Several middle schoolers from Berkshire County placed at the State Science and Engineering Fair at Worcester Technical High School on Saturday.

Noah Pereault from St. Agnes won a second place for his project, "The Sugar Situation."

Sydni Jamros, Nick Alibozek and Emily Godfrey from Hoosac got an honorable mention for "Hoverboard," as did BaRT student Fransisco Alicandri for "Which Alloy Conductors Conduct the Best?" and St. Agnes student Emma Kotelnick for "Do You See What I See?"

The Massachusetts Middle School Science & Engineering Fair is a forum for students in grades six through eight to explore "real world" science


Happy 100th Anniversary to Images Cinema
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
10:04AM / Monday, June 06, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema at 50 Spring St. is dressed up for the celebration of its 100th anniversary.
Crimson and blue bunting is draped on the marquee and bunting across the facade of the Walden building, Images' home, is embellished with a golden yellow "1916."
Doug Jones, Images' executive director, and board members Ann McCallum and Diana Walczak were present May 27 when the Images' appearance was transformed from everyday to celebratory.

"Ann Kennedy, a costume designer, sewed the bunting," said well-known filmmaker Walczak.
McCallum was not just an observer; she was hoisted up in a bucket, provided by Charles

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Growth of 'Sharing Economy' Concerns Local Innkeepers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:17AM / Monday, June 06, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Website tells travelers, "Don't go there. Live there," in a series of ubiquitous television ads.

But people who live with the rules, regulations and taxes that come with operating a traditional lodging establishment are not sure people who rent their homes in the "sharing economy" are using a level playing field.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's a fad," said Daniel Gangemi, the owner of the Birches at Steep Acres Farm, a bed and breakfast two miles from Williams College.

But it is a fad with serious consequences to small-business operators like Gangemi, he said.

"I've been doing this for 16


Social Justice Stressed at Williams Commencement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:26PM / Sunday, June 05, 2016

Williams graduates make their final way through the pillars at West College. See more photos here.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Social change and children's books were themes that ran through the 227th commencement exercises at Williams College.

The college graduated 538 undergraduates in a ceremony threatened by heavy rain Sunday morning but conducted on the college's West Lawn with only a minor sprinkle to detract from the speakers.

The principle speaker, Bryan Stevenson, challenged the newly minted grads to use their Williams education to better the lives of those around them and to surround themselves with people who had the benefit of four years at the nation's premier

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Mount Greylock Grads Reminded to Stay True to Themselves
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:01PM / Saturday, June 04, 2016

Benjamin G. Hynes told his classmates to be true to themselves. See more photos here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Before Mount Greylock Regional School bid adieu to the the class of 2016, those grads had a chance to say goodbye to one of the school's most popular teachers.   Retiring physical education teacher and coach Raymond Miro was recognized by the graduating seniors as the school's Teacher of the Year during Saturday's commencement exercises.   Miro offered two last lessons.   "The first is, 'Treat all people well,' " he said. "I give my parents a lot of credit. It doesn't matter what side of the tracks you live on or how


BArT 'Harvests' Hundredth Graduate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12PM / Saturday, June 04, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The "A" in BArT stands for "Arts."   But for a few moments at Saturday morning's commencement exercises, it sounded like the charter public school was an aggie school.   Assistant Principal and science teacher Miles Wheat picked just the right metaphor for the day.   "Gardening," Wheat said to the crowd gathered in the gymnasium at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School. "There is something magical to me about watching a garden grow. I never get over the wonder of the harvest. It amazes me and humbles me every time."   Even though, as a biology teacher, he can explain to his students how plants


BCC Grads Told Future May Be Murky But to Keep Moving
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:56PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

Sen. Benjamin Downing gives the commencement address at Tanglewood. More photos can be found here. LENOX, Mass. — Laura Forero thought she wanted to go into computer programming.   But one semester in at Berkshire Community College, she realized it wasn't for her. She finished up her classes and tried to figure out what to do instead.    "I realized that I did not see programming in my future. I realized this was not after all something I wanted to do. However, I did not see my decision as a failure. Instead I learned that I did not want to do something so it was kind of a success," Forero said.    The next semester she changed majors to


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