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Williamstown Raises Tobacco/Nicotine Age to 21
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:48PM / Monday, July 13, 2015
Above, Board of Health members Marcia Tessier and Erwin Stuebner examine a 'vape pen' acquired in Williamstown. Left, Dr. Lester Hartman of Needham says he has spoken on raising the tobacco age in communities from Provincetown to Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — You will have to be 21 to buy tobacco or nicotine products in Williamstown as of Sept. 1.   The Board of Health on Monday held a public hearing on proposed changes to raise the legal age from 18 to 21.   Williamstown is the 69th town in the commonwealth to raise the age for tobacco products to 21. The only municipality in Berkshire County to do so, Lanesborough, set an effective date of

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U.S. Court Documents Detail Attack Plans of Terror Suspect
02:38PM / Monday, July 13, 2015
The FBI terrorism task force removes evidence from Ciccolo's residence on July 4.

ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Court documents filed on Monday contain chilling details about suspected terrorist Alexander Ciccolo's plans.

Ciccolo, using the name Ali Al Amriki, had allegedly stated a desire to fight for ISIL, and that he planned to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel.

The estranged son of a Boston police captain was picked up after allegedly buying guns from an informant. The 23-year-old was charged Monday morning in U.S. Court.

U.S. law enforcement officials say Ciccolo was recorded saying he planned to "engage in

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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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Mount Greylock School Building Committee Narrows Design Options
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Monday, July 13, 2015
Architect Bob Bell of Design Partnership of Cambridge, left, points out a feature of one of his firm's designs. The school district will recommend a preferred design by the end of the month. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — And then there were three.   On Thursday evening, the Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee decided to take one of the addition/renovation options on its designer's list out of the running for a potential building project.   And with just three weeks left to decide whether it will forward an add/reno or new build to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the committee likely will benefit from the narrower field.   "We would

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Williamstown's Highland Woods on Schedule, Cole Ave. Project Moving Ahead
By Stephen Dravis,
10:09PM / Sunday, July 12, 2015
Highland Woods is growing daily. The senior housing project is expected to open in early 2016. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Work at the Highland Woods senior housing project is on schedule with a planned opening in early 2016, the developer said recently.   "It's really progressing well," Berkshire Housing Development Corp. CEO Elton Ogden said. "We're at the point now where we have the third floor framed and the roof trusses are going on for one third of the building.   "There's been a ton of work being done, but it hasn't always been obvious because there's a lot of below-ground work. Once the framing starts, there is much more

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Lanesborough 11U Bulldogs Sweep Glastonbury, Conn.
07:33PM / Saturday, July 11, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-year-old Cal Ripken League All-Stars on Saturday swept the 12-year-old all-stars from Glastonbury, Conn., at Laston Field by scores of 15-1 and 11-3.   In the first game, called after four innings, Lanesborough scored 11 runs in the third to put the issue to rest.   Josh Polumbo went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Lanesborough (6-4), which also got doubles from Jack Cangelosi and Panayoitis Constantopoulos.   Roberto Barron and Cangelosi combined for the win on the mound. Barron got the start and struck out four over three innings.   In Game 2, Alex Axt went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Polumbo doubled to lead the

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West Team Takes Bronze in Bay State Baseball
07:17PM / Saturday, July 11, 2015
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The West baseball team ended up with a bronze medal at the 2015 Bay State Games after dropping a 9-1 decision to Southeast on Friday.   Hoosac Valley's Matt Koperniak gave the West a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when he led off with a single and scored on a base hit by Jacob LaRochelle of Chicopee.   But Southeast took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth and poured on runs from there.   The West team, which featured six players from Berkshire County, ended up with the same 3-2 record as four other teams in the six-team field but took third place due to tie-breakers.   Southeast was awarded the gold medal. The Northeast team took the silver.

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Koperniak, Hall Lead West Team to Victory at Bay State Games
09:33PM / Friday, July 10, 2015
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Hoosac Valley's Matt Koperniak went 2-for-4 with a two-run double an a two-run triple to lead the West team to an 8-2 win over the Metro squad in baseball action Thursday at the Bay State Games.   Mount Greylock's Adam Hall finished the game with a 1-2-3 sevenh inning on the mound for the West, which ended the day in a two-way tie with the Northeast for first place in the six-team field.   Round robin play was set to conclude on Friday when the West took on the Southeast (2-2).

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'Terminator Genisys': Well, He Said He'd Be Back
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:55PM / Friday, July 10, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Paramount Pictures A new Sarah Connor is back to kick some machine ass and blow stuff up — which really is the whole series in a nutshell. YMMV according to the number of Schwarzeneggers involved.

Of late I've been looking askance at my automatic coffee maker, and not just because I wanted to use the word askance. I dare say, I've also become more than just a little suspicious of my toaster. Granted, these are things — and I underline the word things — that were manufactured for my convenience.

However, doubtlessly prompted by movies like Alan Taylor's

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Walton, Menon Hold on for PGA Junior Series Wins
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:33PM / Thursday, July 09, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A little local knowledge went a long way for Austin, Texas, high school senior Maya Walton this week.   Her familiarity with the area helped her enjoy her time at Taconic Golf Club and away from the course on her way to an 11-stroke win at the second annual PGA Junior Series event.   This week marked Walton's second straight trip to Taconic for the event, and she said her experience on the course a year ago helped her post a three-round score of five-over 218.   And in her off hours?   "I checked out the Van Goghs at The Clark and the Warhol at the Williams College Museum," Walton said. "That was fun. We did that yesterday. I was

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Pownal Hops Grower Sets Tours, Opens Brewing Supply Shop
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:55AM / Thursday, July 09, 2015
The company set its roots, literally, down in 2013 and has grown since. This year it expects to produce a substantial harvest of the hop flowers used for beermaking. POWNAL, Vt. — Being just on the side of a main road, many people have pulled over and taken photos or stopped and looked at Hoppy Valley Organic's hop yard.   The company is in its third year of growing hops on property on Route 7 and at end of July, the owners are opening up the yard for those sightseers to get a closer look.   Concurrently, the company is showcasing its new home-brew supply store at the nearby Hoppy Valley Vermont Tasting Room.   "Over the last 2 1/2 to three years,

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Williamstown Selectmen Make Plans for Year Ahead
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Thursday, July 09, 2015
The Board of Selectmen reviews goals for the coming year during a retreat on Wednesday morning at the Williams Inn. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday morning discussed its priorities for the next 11 months and divided the workload to keep its long-term projects moving forward.   Those projects range from raising awareness about the region's opioid abuse problem to implementing recommendations from the Economic Development Committee to reviewing the town's contract for recyclables.   The occasion was the board's retreat at the Williams Inn, where Selectman Andrew Hogeland took the lead on compiling the list of potential projects for

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Menon, Walton Hold Leads at PGA Junior Series Event
10:59PM / Wednesday, July 08, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Taconic Golf Club remained a tough test for the players on the PGA Junior Series on Wednesday.   With rain early, and a steady westerly wind throughout most of the round, the course showed its teeth in the second round of the second annual event..    In the boys 15-18 division, Nate Menon, 16, of Wyomissing, Pa., fired his second consecutive one-under par 70 for a two-day total of two-under par, 140.  Menon’s round today included two birdies, and only one bogey. He holds six-shot lead over Davis Chatfield, 16, of Attleboro, Mass., who fired an even par, 71, on the day.   “The course conditions were much harder today mainly due

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