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@theMarket: NK Missile Dud on Wall Street
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Friday, September 15, 2017
The North Korean boy who cried wolf is alive and well, but seems to have less and less impact on financial markets. Kim Jong Un's minions launched another missile over Japan on Thursday night and the markets simply yawned.   Geopolitics are always a risk for the financial markets. For one thing, they are by definition unpredictable. Rarely do the antagonists worry about the economic and financial ramifications of their moves. As such, markets react quickly, but usually the impact only lasts for a short period of time.   It seems that even our tweet-happy president is learning that, in this case, Kim Jong Un, the boy in the wolf's mask, has a bark that is far worse than his

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'The Good Catholic': It's a Matter of Faith
By Michael S. Goldberger,
02:01PM / Friday, September 15, 2017
Filmmaker Paul Shoulberg's "The Good Catholic" is a convenient, pocket-sized edition of ruminations just right for the soul in search of a quick philosophical challenge. While there's nothing new about this tale of temptation and the emotional tumult it sets in motion, the general quality of the human beings it brings to the fore proves most arresting.    There is a cathartic honesty in the story's perplexity ... an interesting look at faith as an improver of self and society.   Meet Zachary Spicer's Daniel, the nice young man who became a priest just in time to give his dying father last rites. Now serving in a small parish in Bloomington, Ind., his

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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
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
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'Heart & Sass' Central to North Adams' Vibrant Renaissance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Friday, September 15, 2017

North Adams City Council President Benjamin Lamb, a nominee for 'Under 40 Change Maker, and Annie Rodgers take a selfie with the photograph of North Adams by Ogden Gigli.   HANCOCK, Mass. — North Adams, the city with "sass," was honored on Thursday night for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map."   The city's recognition by 1Berkshire puts it with Berkshire luminaries as Solid Sound Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Clark Art Institute, Hotel on North, Berkshire Health Systems and Tanglewood for enhancing the image of the Berkshires.   "It's a community of neighbors that see a need and meet it, discover an opportunity and seize

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Williamstown Selectmen Seek 'Data' on Legalized Pot Impact
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Friday, September 15, 2017

School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron updates the Board of Selectmen on regionalization efforts.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen wants to go west for information about how to deal with the advent of legalized recreational marijuana.   On Monday, the board revisited the question of what kinds of local fees to attach to the sale of pot if and when a purveyor opens shop in the town next year.   Throughout the commonwealth, towns and cities are grappling with how to regulate the drug's sale while they wait for Boston's new Cannabis Control Commission to release licensing rules on March 15.   Two members of the Williamstown board attended a

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The Independent Investor: The Price Tag of Disaster
By Bill Schmick,
03:46PM / Thursday, September 14, 2017
Over the past four weeks, just two hurricanes have cost the country upwards of $300 billion. This has easily surpassed the 2005 hurricane cost of $200 billion, which included Katrina, Wilma and Rita combined. The cumulative cost of weather continues to escalate and with good reason.   Before you leap to the conclusion that global warming is the culprit, let me lay out some facts. Coastal storms are no more (or less) frequent an event now than they have been throughout our history. So what gives?   The answer lies in population growth and demographics within our own society. A few years ago, a study funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that although

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Clark Art Hosting Second Annual Trail Run
10:43AM / Thursday, September 14, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -— The Clark Art Institute will host the second annual Stone Hill Trailblazer 5K Run on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m.   Registration is $32 ($27 for Clark members). Register before Sept. 23 to save $5. Ages 12 and under are free.   To register, visit berkshirerunningcenter.com or call 413-344-4472. Day-of-race pick up and registration start at 7; day-of-race registration payment is cash or check only.   The 5K trail run is a great way to explore both the Clark's campus trails and the interconnected trails maintained by the town of Williamstown. The race features individual timed results and is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.

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Big Crowd Cheers Barrett at State Representative Campaign Kickoff
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Thursday, September 14, 2017

Barrett, who served as mayor of the city for 26 years, touted his experience and ability to get things done.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A standing-room-only crowd Wednesday packed the American Legion hall to help John Barrett III kick off his run for the state legislature.   The former mayor is one of four Democrats running for the nomination to fill the unexpired term of deceased 1st Berkshire District state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died earlier this summer.   On Oct. 10, Barrett will face Lisa Blackmer, Stephanie Bosley and Kevin Towle in a primary for the right to take on presumptive Republican nominee Christine Canning in November's general

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BHS Forms Accountable Care Organization to Improve Health Outcomes for MassHealth Members
01:29PM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Berkshire Health Systems, through its Physician Hospital Organization called the Partnership for Health in the Berkshires, and Community Health Programs, in partnership with Fallon Health, will offer a new managed care option — Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative — for MassHealth members.

The creation of BFHC is part of the state's reform of MassHealth to include Accountable Care Organizations, in which physicians, hospitals, insurers and other health care providers work together to provide integrated care with the goals of improving health outcomes and containing costs.

Effective March 1, 2018, MassHealth members identified by the Executive

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Protect Three Key Goals With Life Insurance
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:28AM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And "awareness" is an appropriate designation, because many people remain unaware of the many ways in which life insurance can help families meet their key financial goals. Here are three of the biggest of these objectives, as seen through the eyes of a hypothetical couple, Jim and Joan:

* Pay off mortgage: Jim and Joan have a 30-year mortgage. If one of them dies well before that mortgage is paid off, could the other one afford to keep making payments to remain in the house with the children? It might be quite difficult – many families absolutely need two incomes to pay a mortgage, along with all the other costs of living. At

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Williamstown Fire District Pitches Land Purchase at Select Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the Board of Selectmen on Monday reacted favorably to a proposal by the Fire District to acquire a 3.7-acre Main Street parcel where officials hope someday to build a new fire station.   The chairman of the three-person Prudential Committee that oversees the Fire District addressed the board to bring it up to speed on plans for a special Fire District meeting anticipated for next month. The district will ask voters to approve the $400,000 purchase of the so-called Lehovec Property on Main Street (Route 2), next door to the soon-to-open Aubuchon Hardware location and across from Eastlawn Cemetery.   "The [Water Street] station we have now

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Coalition Brainstorms Needs of Northern Berkshire Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Michael Obasohan, coordinator of the MCLA Multicultural Education Resource Center, makes a point about the importance of encouraging diversity and acceptance in the community.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some familiar topics made the list of concerns that were articulated at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's annual "needs assessment" forum: transportation, addiction, health care and poverty.

But on Friday, at the first monthly forum of the year, the 70 or so participants had a bit of a different kind of conversation about the community's needs: namely, how to shape how Northern Berkshire County wants to define itself going forward.

The subject was broached by

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County Curtains Board Recommends Closure: 175 Jobs Could Be Lost
Staff Reports,
05:19PM / Tuesday, September 12, 2017
LEE, Mass. — County Curtains is likely to close, putting 175 local workers out of a job.   On Tuesday, the company released a statement saying that after several years of effort to sell it or improve sales, the board of directors is recommending a liquidation of the bedding and home decor supplier and related operations. That liquidation process needs to be approved by the more than 300 company shareholders on Oct. 4.   "This has been a heartbreaking decision, but the board is confident that it is in the best interests of our shareholders –including our ESOP and our employee participants," said CEO Celia Clancy in a prepared statement.   "The

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