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Adams Terror Suspect Ciccolo Denies Weapons, Assault Charges
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:42AM / Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Attorney David Hoose of Northampton repeatedly declined to comment on anything he learned from his client, Alexander Ciccolo, on Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Adams man suspected by the government of plotting domestic terrorism pleaded innocent on Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two non-terror charges.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, appeared briefly before Magistrate Judge Katherine A. Robertson.

He answered to a federal weapons possession charge and an allegation of assault while in the Franklin County lockup earlier this month.

To both chages, Ciccolo answered, "Not guilty."

After the six-minute hearing, Ciccolo's attorney met with reporters on the courthouse


Hundreds Oppose Pipeline Project at FERC Scoping Session
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:11AM / Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Taconic High School auditorium was filled for the hearing that lasted long into the night. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Natural Gas distributor Kinder Morgan filed some 6,500 pages of environmental reports on Friday.   On Tuesday, residents filled the Taconic High School auditorium to tell federal regulators their concerns about the environmental impacts of Kinder Morgan's proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project.   "These documents are massive with highly technical and important information," said state Rep. Paul Mark at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission scoping session.   He said the documents that were submitted contain omissions of


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

White Label Agency Hires Several New Staff Members
03:02PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The White Label Agency, a WordPress website outsourcing agency, has hired four additional WordPress developers, two QA managers and two lead generation specialists since our last announcement in mid-May.
Two more WordPress developers are already hired and will start in September.

The following new employees have joined The White Label Agency team in Odessa:

* Mikhail Yeremenchuk (WP Developer)

* Vladislav Yevsikov (QA)

The following new employees have joined the TWLA team in Poltava:

* Serhii Sliesarev (WP Developer)

* Georgiy Krivenchuk (WP Developer)

* Aleksander Brovko (WP Developer)

* Mikhail Nizhnichenko (QA)

* Irina Bromot (Lead Generation)



Village Ambulance to Host Free CPR Workshops
02:55PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Village Ambulance Service, with financial support from the Fund for Williamstown, is hosting a free two-day community CPR workshop on Saturday, Aug. 22, and Sunday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center.

Community members can call to reserve a session for any top-of-the-hour time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or just stop in. Only one session is required and each lasts approximately one hour. All participants will receive a course completion card from Village Ambulance Service and the American Heart Association.

For more information or to schedule a session, call Village Ambulance Service at 413-458-4889.



Williamstown Board Asked to Restrict Parking on Lee Terrace
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The east end of Lee Terrace, with the Mather House (65 North St.) on the left. Neighbors are asking for a lengthy no-parking zone on Lee Terrace. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A group of Lee Terrace residents on Monday asked the Board of Selectmen to prohibit parking at the east end of the dead-end road.   The residents raised the concern in light of a new mixed-use building the corner of Lee Terrace and North Street.   The business and apartment building, a reuse of the historic Mather House, has rankled the Lee Terrace neighborhood for months.   Their current concern is that although the building has the required off-street parking (accessed from North Street), the


Local Author Publishes Book On Northern Berkshire Trains
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:25AM / Monday, July 27, 2015
Kristen Demeo is releasing her latest book, 'The Rails of Northern Berkshire,' about how the trains changed the region.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local writer Kristen Demeo is releasing her latest book, "The Rails of Northern Berkshire," about how the trains changed the region.

The St. Stanislaus Kostka School teacher said she hopes this book will both educate and reconnect people with the past.

"It's a book that celebrates trains and the kinds or the emotions people might associate with it and through that I share my own story and how the trains came into my life," Demeo said. "In doing that, I hope to have people recollect how trains fit into their


Local Lawmakers Push To Override Baker's Budget Vetoes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Legislature is expected to take up some of the overrides next week. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local legislators are hoping to restore most of the governor's $162.8 million in vetoes from the state budget.   Gov. Charlie Baker signed the $38.1 billion budget into law July 17. But, he also cut $162.8 million out of the Legislature's budget, which local lawmakers feel will be detrimental to programs and initiatives.   "I thought the budget was a strong budget that we sent to the governor. And then I saw his vetoes and I was disappointed," state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said on Thursday. "I hope we commit to do the right


Potential Disruption of Mount Greylock Renovation Raises Concerns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Sunday, July 26, 2015
School Building Committee and School Committee members flank Dore & Whittier's Trip Elmore, fourth from left, and Rachel Milaschewski. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The impact of a school building project on taxpayers was just one consideration of the Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday evening.   The impact on education — in the near future and decades down the road — remains a high priority.   The School Committee and School Building Committee held a joint meeting Thursday at the junior-senior high school. It is the last time the panels will meet before an anticipated July 30 School Committee vote on which of three projects to select as the


Lanesborough 11U Bulldogs Lose at Long Island Tourney
09:42PM / Friday, July 24, 2015
YAPHANK, N.Y. -- Shelter Rock of Mineola, N.Y., scored six in the fourth inning on the way to a 13-3 win over the Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-under All-Stars on Friday night in a tournaemnt at the Baseball Heaven sports complex on Long Island.   Derek Parish, Landen Jamula and Tristan Gardner accounted for the the three Lanesborough hits, and Jamula drove in a pair of runs with his.   But Shelter Rock jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and after the Bulldogs rallied for three in the third, the New Yorkers built on their lead in the fourth and ended the game with three more in the fifth.   Lanesborough, which is using the tournament as a tuneup for next weekend's Cal Ripken New


Superior Court Briefs: July 20 - July 22
Staff Reports,
12:16PM / Friday, July 24, 2015
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 20.   Sasha Santiago, 25, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine.   He was released on the same $15,000 bail which was set when she was previously arraigned. Santiago is accused of selling cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 21.   Brandon Phillips, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of cocaine, and conspiracy to


Mount Greylock Building Project's Tax Impact Discussed
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Friday, July 24, 2015
Superintendent Doug Dias and Selectman Hugh Daley, a member of the School Building Committee, review minutes from a prior meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Thursday continued its evaluation of evolving designs for potential building projects and got its first look at what those projects could potentially cost.   The School Building and School committees held their second straight joint meeting in the meeting room of the junior-senior high school.   Although the largest part of the meeting was focused on the three designs that the School Committee hopes to narrow to one choice in one week's time, the cost


Senate Adopts Downing Amendment on Net-Metering
Staff Reports,
08:45PM / Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON – An amendment by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing increasing the state's solar net-metering cap was adopted by the Senate on Thursday.

The measure, designed to promote future solar development, aligns the net metering cap with the state's 1,600 MW goal of installed solar capacity and further directs the Department of Energy Resources to create a new solar incentive program when the 1,600 MW goal is reached.

Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to receive a credit for the unused electricity they feed back to the grid. The cap, which limits what utilities have to buy, was hit in March for National

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