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Beware of Scary Inhabitants of the Investment World
10:47AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In just a few days, witches, zombies and vampires will be converging on your house, asking for candy. As is the case every Halloween, you likely will be merely amused over the sight of these costumed characters.

But in other areas of life, such as the investment world, you may need to watch out for some seemingly scary entities. Here are a few of them:

* The Horrendous Headline: Big, glaring headlines rarely offer any comfort to investors. Whether it’s political squabbles at home, conflicts in the Middle East or the debt crisis in the eurozone, there’s always something happening that’s perceived as jeopardizing the stability of the financial markets. Yet these threats


Words Are Wonderful Parade Marches Around WES
10:11AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A trio of fourth-grade friends chose to go as the three friends from the 'Dork Diaries' book series in the annual Words Are Wonderful costume parade at Williamstown Elementary School. More photos online here.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —The students and staff of Williamstown Elementary School paraded around the school Wednesday morning for the school's annual Words Are Wonderful costume parade.

The costume parade encourages both the students and the staff to dress as their favorite character from a book or their favorite word. The parade is part of the school's Words Are Wonderful program, a community-wide celebration of the power and magic of words that


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

Middlebury Hands Williams Women Their First Loss
08:17PM / Tuesday, October 27, 2015
MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-- Amanda Dafonte assisted on both goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to give the Middlebury College women's soccer team a 2-0 win over Williams on Tuesday.   Rebecca Palacios and Amanda Hotvedt scored for the Panthers (6-4-5, 4-3-3 NESCAC), who handed Williams its first loss of the season.   Tressa Palcheck stopped four shots for the Ephs (13-1-1, 9-1), who open the NESCAC tournament on Saturday at 11 a.m. against eighth-seeded Hamilton.


Williamstown Sets Vote on Mount Greylock after Contentious Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:20AM / Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene and Superintendent Douglas Dias address the Williamstown Board of Selectmen.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Selectmen on Monday voted to approve a single-article special town meeting seeking the town's approval to amend the Mount Greylock Regional School agreement.

But that approval came only after a lengthy discussion during which three members of the five-person board expressed frustration with town officials in Mount Greylock's other member town.

At issue was a proposal by the Mount Greylock School Committee to amend the agreement to change the apportionment of capital expenses.

With a vote on an addition/renovation


Lanesborough Selectmen Unsupportive of New Capital Agreement With Williamstown
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:59AM / Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The Board of Selectmen said it does not support the new agreement with Mount Greylock Regional School District as written.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen isn't supportive of an updated cost-sharing agreement with Williamstown for capital expenses at Mount Greylock Regional School.   The Mount Greylock School Committee, upon request from Lanesborough, has been crafting a new agreement for capital costs eyed to be more equitable.   The biggest change is in the usage the state's "equalized valuation" formula to judge each town's property values.    The current agreement locks in the cost-sharing ratio at the time a bond


Berkshire Tidbits: Spooky, Spirited & DeButchery
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
11:41AM / Monday, October 26, 2015
Hancock Shaker Village's autumn dinners will offer a Latino twist this month.

CHP in Great Barrington Celebrating Mass 2015 Food Day

Although Massachusetts Food Day nationally is — sort of, technically, officially — on Oct. 24, communities all over the commonwealth are staging their events on days convenient for them.

Great Barringon's Community Health Programs/CHP, 442 Stockbridge Road/Route 7, is hosting a "Spooktacular" of morning events for kids on Thursday, Oct. 29, and a pumpkin walk on Friday, Oct. 30.

Thursday there will be a cooking class from 10:45 to noon, Halloween pumpkin painting from noon to 1 and a reading of Julia Donaldson's book


NBCC's Fall Neighborlies Honor Community Members
11:11AM / Monday, October 26, 2015

Annie Rodgers, coordinator of Northern Berkshire Neighbors, pumps up the crowd at the Fall Neighborlies Community Recognition Award Ceremony.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held its Fall Neighborlies Community Recognition Award Ceremony at Congregation Beth Israel on Oct. 21 to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

“One of the most wonderful things about living in Northern Berkshire is that we recognize the


Mount Greylock Building Committee Reschedules Construction Manager Interviews
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Monday, October 26, 2015
A view of the proposed renovated and expanded Mount Greylock Regional School. The new academic wing is at the top. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Not everything went according to schedule for the Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday, but a hiccup in its schedule will not affect its progress in the Massachusetts School Building Authority process.   The committee had planned to interview construction management firms on Thursday afternoon and hold a joint meeting with the Mount Greylock School Committee that evening to hire a CM.   Instead, that selection was delayed until Thursday, Oct. 29, because of a failure to post the interviews as a public

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Sagas of the Shire: The Mystery of the Gentleman Burglar
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
07:43PM / Sunday, October 25, 2015

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — It began as an isolated incident — a widow on the outskirts of town, robbed at gunpoint by a masked intruder who slipped in quietly, in broad daylight one warm afternoon that October.

She had just recently withdrawn $100 from the bank, which the masked man demanded. The witness said she was terrified until the robber spoke, which he did in such "soothing tones" that it calmed her considerably for the duration of the heist.

So began what The New York Times would refer to as "a reign of terror" for the town of Stockbridge, lasting from late 1892 through 1893, and give birth to the "Gentleman Burglar," a criminal of folkloric

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Majumder Scores Twice, Tufts Tops Williams
08:51PM / Saturday, October 24, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown resident and Mount Greylock Regional School graduate Nathan Majumder scored two goals to lead the Tufts men's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Williams College on Saturday at Cole Field.   Majumder is second in the NESCAC with nine goals this season.   The win helped head coach Josh Shapiro's Jumbos guarantee a home match in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championship which starts next Saturday.    Williams (7-5-2) finishes its regular season on Wednesday at Middlebury.   WOMEN'S SOCCER WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kristina Alvarado and Evan Gancedo scored to lead Williams to a 2-0 win over Tufts on Saturday at Cole

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@theMarket: Regaining the High Ground
By Bill Schmick,
10:44AM / Saturday, October 24, 2015

As of today, the S&P 500 Index is in the plus column for the year. That seemed impossible to most investors just a month ago. And I expect more gains to come over the next two months.

In last week's column, I predicted the worst was over and the price action this week confirms that. This will be the fourth week in a row that U.S. markets have generated positive returns. The engine of growth behind these further gains this week came as no surprise to me.

I have argued repeatedly that the monetary stimulus programs underway by central banks across the globe would keep stock markets climbing. Last week I wrote that "The ECB launched a stimulus program at the beginning of the


Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Discusses Goals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:36AM / Saturday, October 24, 2015
Tri-District Superintendent Douglas Dias meets with school committee members from Lanesborough and Williamstown to discuss his goals. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Tri-District School Superintendent Douglas Dias on Tuesday told his bosses that the challenges of his first five months have been an opportunity to grow in the job faster than he anticipated.   From a building project with a strict, state-proscribed timetable to a busted pipe that forced a one-day closure at one of the Tri-District's elementary schools to an effort to break up the Mount Greylock Regional School District itself, it has been an eventful trial by fire for the first-time superintendent.   On


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