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Are We There Yet?: Snakes and Swords and Fish, Oh My!
By Rebecca Dravis,
05:44AM / Friday, January 24, 2014
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This one's for the boys!   My own life is all about girls. I have a daughter. She plays with girls. I work for the Girl Scouts. So I think I naturally gravitate toward events that will please the girls in my life.   But this week I stumbled across a couple of weekend events that should be particularly appealing to the boys out there: swords and snakes. (Not to say girls won't like them, too; I think my daughter could do without the snakes but she loves swords!) Unfortunately, they are both at the same time, the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 25, so you will have to pick one or the other.

First up is the sword presentation at the Mason Library, which is aimed at those ages 9

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The Independent Investor: Income Inequality on a Global Scale
By Bill Schmick,
05:42PM / Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Income inequality has suddenly become a hot topic. Think tanks worldwide are releasing studies on the issue. In this country, the president has made it a political issue in the mid-term elections. This week in Davos, the World Economic Forum will take up the gauntlet as well. It's about time.

Two years ago, readers may recall my four-part series on the growing inequality here at home and throughout the world. You were shocked to learn that America ranks last among all developed countries in income equality. As a nation, our income inequality is about equal to that of the Third World sandwiched between Uruguay and Cote d'Ivoire. States such as Massachusetts ranks about equal with

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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,

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1Berkshire Specialist Envisions 'Entrepreneur Ecosystem'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:04PM / Thursday, January 23, 2014
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David Curtis outlined his economic development theory to the group of business leaders gathered Thursday morning.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The first step in economic development is to build on your strengths, according to 1Berkshire Economic Development Specialist David Curtis.

Curtis was the keynote speaker at Thursday's Eggs & Issues Breakfast, an event held several times a year around the county by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

Curtis outlined his vision of an "entrepreneur ecosystem" in which the first focus would be to "take care of what you've got." Then the region can start attracting other companies to grow its economy.

"I tend to be a

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Northern Berkshire YMCA Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign
12:04PM / Thursday, January 23, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire YMCA announced the kick off of its annual fundraising campaign Reach Out for Youth.   Every year the Y raises funds where 100 percent of donations go directly back to the community to help anyone attend its programs.   Justin Inhe, chief executive officer of the Northern Berkshire YMCA, said the funds will help because the Y doesn't turn anyone away for his or her inability to pay.   Inhe also said the services are important to youth to encourage them to gain self-esteem, learn the importance of healthy choices or just hitting their goal of getting healthier.   This year the Y aims to raise $60,000.   "The Y

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Williamstown Community Preservation Panel Reviews Applicants
By Stephen Dravis, Williamstown Correspondent
10:20AM / Thursday, January 23, 2014
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The Highland Woods project is one of three affordable housing requests before the Community Preservation Committee this year.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday night began reviewing the applications for CPA funds for fiscal 2015.

A total of six projects in the areas of historical preservation, open space and affordable housing applied for the funds, which will be dispersed by town meeting in May.

The CPC makes recommendations to town meeting on how to allocate funds, which are generated from a 2 percent property tax surcharge (excepting the first $100,000 in valuation) and matching funds from the commonwealth.

The committee Tuesday heard

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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit': Don't Volunteer
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
10:06AM / Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Paramount Pictures Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) goes from CIA analyst to spy in Kenneth Branagh's action-thriller 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.' If you had never ever seen an action-spy-thriller, then it's quite possible director Kenneth Branagh's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," based on characters created by Tom Clancy, would wow you — at least somewhat. However, if you are among the other several hundred million of us moviegoers who have been force-fed this formula for decades, you will recognize its long, white beard.   The familiar chestnut is now the

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Patrick's Final Budget Targets Education, Transportation
Staff Reports,
04:20PM / Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Gov. Deval Patrick presented his last budget in office on Wednesday. His state of the commonwealth address was canceled on Tuesday because of a snowstorm and rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28.

BOSTON – Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a $36.374 billion fiscal 2015 budget that includes maintaining local aid at current levels and increases in education spending, including $100 million in Chapter 70 school funding.

The governor, in his final budget, is also calling for more than $140 million in transportation funding and bonding $12.4 billion for capital investments in public transit, highway, bridge and aeronautics programs over the next five years. There's also another $52 million

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Mount Greylock Moves on Auditorium Fix
By Stephen Dravis, Williamstown Correspondent
01:22PM / Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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The asbestos curtain in the Mount Greylock auditorium has to be replaced before any theater productions can be mounted there.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has decided to make one significant upgrade to a building that many hope will be replaced.

Mark Schiek, chairman of the School Building Committee, said Tuesday night he supports making a short-term investment in the aging junior-senior high school's infrastructure: the replacement of the stage curtain in the auditorium.

In December, Williamstown Building Inspector Michael Card informed the district that the auditorium was off limits to theater productions until it replaces an

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Republican Candidate For Governor Baker Stumps In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever,
03:38AM / Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Charlie Baker, on the right, meets with the Berkshire County Republicans on Tuesday night after taping a show on PCTV.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charlie Baker says that in order to get the best results, you have to "have both teams on the field."

Baker met with the Berkshire County Republicans on Tuesday at Zucco's Family Restaurant.

He is one of two GOP candidates after Mark Fisher of Shrewsbury announced his intention to run in December.

Baker told the local committee that he wants to use his 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors to improve the state's economy and school systems.

"We haven't created a single net new job in 13 years. We

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Mount Greylock Committee Backs Superintendency Union
By Stephen Dravis, Williamstown Correspondent
11:07PM / Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Mount Greylock Superintendent Rose Ellis, left, and School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene at Tuesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday voiced their support for Superintendency Union 71.   In a marathon meeting that stretched to more than two hours and included two executive sessions, the committee also heard  reports from its auditors, the district's digital media learning specialist and the School Building Committee.   The longest discussion took place behind closed doors, for the purpose of "discussing the Mount Greylock Agreement with SU-71 and corresponding personnel

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