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Berkshire Taconic Announces Third Round of 2015 Grant Deadlines for Berkshire County
11:38AM / Friday, June 05, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the third round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2015. Covering the period from July through September, the summer cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals.

For nonprofits

Harvard Business School’s ‘Governing for Nonprofit Excellence’ Scholarship is designed to enhance the leadership skills of nonprofit board chairs or vice chairs. Taught by a team of Harvard faculty members who specialize in nonprofit management and valued at $4,250, this program explores four core nonprofit governance competencies: board leadership, strategic stewardship, performance


The Independent Investor: How to Run for President and Make a Fortune
By Bill Schmick,
11:03AM / Friday, June 05, 2015

Almost every day this week we received an announcement of yet another contender for the 2016 presidency, or an announcement that an announcement would be forthcoming. The reason for so many candidates however, may have nothing to do with winning the presidency.

Back in the day, it was rare to have any more than two or three candidates in each party (and maybe an independent) running in the presidential primaries. Over the last few years that number has tended to increase. This year it looks like we may set a record of most candidates seeking the country's highest office. As of this week, I think we have 10 announced with another eight or more coming.

Can all these politicians truly


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

Mount Greylock Narrows Building Concepts to Three
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Friday, June 05, 2015
School Building Committee co-Chairmen Mark Schiek and Paula Consolini. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday selected three conceptual designs — two addition/renovations, one new construction — to forward to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.   The committee selected the drastically different options for add/renos: one that will retain only the gymnasium wing of the current junior-senior high school and another that maximizes the existing building, lopping off only a 1968 addition.   For a new build, the committee favored one of two concepts presented that builds on the green space behind the existing


With New Lease, Pittsfield Suns Open Fourth Season Friday Night
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Thursday, June 04, 2015
General Manager Kevin McGuire said the team is excited about the new five-year lease on Wahconah Park to become the longest tenant since the Pittsfield Mets.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday night, the Suns will throw out their first pitch of season and become Wahconah Park's longest tenant since the Mets.   The Future's Collegiate Baseball League team signed a new five-year lease with the city for Wahconah Park after growing in attendance over its first three years.    "On opening night in 2012, when we asked the community to give us a shot, they did. Our attendance has increased every year since year one and last year we set the Future's


Williams Continues Run of Success in Directors' Cup
09:19AM / Thursday, June 04, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Last year Williams College led the NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Race from start to finish, but this year was different as the Ephs only led at the end of the year.   MIT had a 6.5-point lead over the Ephs at the end of the fall and at winter's end Williams trailed archrival Amherst 26.50 points: Amherst 664.0, Williams 637.50.   Sitting in third place, 21.50 points behind second place Johns Hopkins University (659.00), the Ephs needed a strong spring campaign to retain the Cup. The Ephs rattled off NCAA Championships in women's golf and women's tennis and then the women's crew team capped off the spring season


Mount Greylock Graduation Speakers Selected
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School on Wednesday announced the two seniors chosen to speak at the school's commencement ceremony.   Ian Scott Brink was selected by the class of 2015, and Jacqueline Elizabeth van Slycke was selected by the school's faculty to speak at the event, scheduled for Saturday, June 6, at 5 p.m.   The title of Brink's speech is "The Greylock Experience."   While at Mount Greylock, Brink's academic program included honors and Advanced Placement classes. He was selected to attend the Berkshire County Student Leadership Summit in his sophomore year, and in his senior year was chosen to present at the


The Classical Beat: Berkshires Classical Music Season to Begin
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
03:08PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Tanglewood again offers a diverse menu of musical and other offerings this season – from Lady Gaga to 'Ave Maria' to a wine and food festival.

The summer "high season" of classical music is about to begin. After a particularly severe and brutally cold winter, the musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who anticipate the cornucopia of music these diverse festivals and series present.

Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Glimmerglass are three that make the region a cultural capital, drawing tens of thousands to hear great music – chamber, symphony, choral, opera, musical theater, contemporary classical, et al, to experience


Miss Hall's School Graduates 62 Students in Class of 2015
02:00PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Miss Hall's School graduated 62 students on Sunday at its 117th commencement ceremonies. Photos were taken Brian Majewski, Jim Marby and Paul Clermont.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sixty-two students, including 16 local girls, graduated on Sunday during Miss Hall's School's 117th commencement.

Ceremonies took place in the Thatcher Family Gymnasium of the Anne Meyer Cross '37 Athletic Center on the school's Holmes Road campus. Matthew R. Ward, director of athletics, delivered this year's address.

Among the class of 2015 graduates were the following local students:

Sarah Aillon, Claudia Bertrand, Margaret Meisberger and Ashley Todd, all of Pittsfield; Julia Bianchi


Williamstown Public Safety Building Panel Wants Deal on Lehovic Land
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Public Safety Building Study Committee Chairwoman Jane Patton and committee member Andrew Hogeland at Tuesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Public Safety Building Study Committee on Tuesday voted to ask the Board of Selectmen to negotiate a purchase and sale agreement for the so-called Lehovec property on Main Street.   But the committee is not advising that the town jump in with both feet. Rather, it said the P&S agreement should include conditions, including that the property pass seismic tests required of land intended for a public safety facility.   The committee was created two years ago to explore possibilities for a joint fire-police station after


Williamstown Planning Board Looking at Subdivision Rules
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:03PM / Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Planners Ann McCallum and Chris Winters listen to a presentation at last week's Planning Board meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board is investigating whether and how the town's rules on subdivisions and multifamily dwellings should be amended.   At its meeting last week, the board discussed the long-range project it wants to tackle leading to next spring's annual town meeting.   Board members present appeared to be in agreement that it may be time for the town to consider allowing smaller building lots, townhouses and the like.   Carol Stein-Payne made a point that linked the potential zoning change to the economic development efforts that

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Lanesborough Projecting Drop in School Choice Enrollment
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2015
The Lanesborough School Committee voted an array of moves to put the expected school choice into the budget to conform with the bottom-line number approved at the public hearing. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The school choice revenue for 2016 is expected to come in lower than anticipated.   Principal Ellen Boshe said on Monday that the school is expecting $100,000 in school-choice revenues, which is $30,000 lower than anticipated in the budget. Each student to choice in from another district brings $5,000 of aid with him or her.   This year, 10 additional spots were opened and in crafting the budget, it was assumed six would be filled to give a $30,000 boost to the


Family Resource Center Sets Open House
07:32PM / Monday, June 01, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families will host an open house for its newly established Family Resource Center at 480 West St. on Friday, June 5, from 3:30 to 5.  

The center will be a single point of entry for family members to access family support services. Any family member will be able to walk into the FRC and receive assistance with any human services-related issue. If services cannot be provided to a family member onsite, staff will provide information and referrals to a network of service providers affiliated with the FRC.

The center will serve as an opportunity to integrate BCF's family support services and expand upon the good work that is already


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