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Are We There Yet?: Be a Llama Mama
By Rebecca Dravis,
09:49PM / Thursday, April 10, 2014
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"Llama, llama red pajama waiting, waiting for his mama" ... Who knew so many words rhymed with "llama"?

And who knew llamas could be so much fun! Find out for yourself this Saturday, April 12, with a double dose of llama drama (ha ha, I'm a poet) at the Mason Library in Great Barrington. First, at 10:45 a.m., children in grades pre-K through 3 can come make a fun paper llama. Registration requested at 413-528-2403 or through the website.

Then, at 11:30 a.m., the real llama will appear, courtesy of Debbie Elias, owner of Country Quilt Llama Farm. Elias will read stories (like something from the "Llama Llama" series by Anna Dewdney, where that first quote

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The Independent Investor: Banks Face Tougher Regulations
By Bill Schmick,
08:46PM / Thursday, April 10, 2014
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This week the eighth largest U.S. banks were told they need to increase capital by about $68 billion. In some ways it is too little, too late in the government's efforts to prevent another financial meltdown. Nonetheless, the regulations do provide an increased level of safety for taxpayers.

"Too big to fail" is a term that makes most of us grind our teeth. It was taxpayers, after all, who were required to pay trillions of dollars to rescue our financial sector after the 2008-2009 financial crisis precipitated by our largest banks. Ever since then, regulators have been looking at ways to prevent the same thing happening again.

Now, over five years later and despite massive

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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


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Chamber Career Fair Connects Hundreds With Open Jobs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Those looking for a better job got to browse openings at more than 50 companies. More photos can be found here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of job seekers flocked to Berkshire Hills Country Club on Thursday for the annual Berkshire Chamber of Commerce career fair.

The fair featured 51 employers from all over the region to collect resumes and tell people what positions they need filled.

"We've already had 230 people [at noon] and we're anticipating more than 400 for the day," said Darci Hess, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce's director of marketing.

Of note, Hess said many of those job seekers listed themselves as "underemployed" rather than

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Williamstown Preschool Finds Church a Good Fit
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
12:42PM / Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Preschool teacher Caitlin McConnell and Nathan Keating, who was wearing a crown to mark his 5th birthday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The building that housed First United Methodist Church for 138 years looks the same as ever to the passerby.
 
The steeple, the stately front doors and stained-glass windows are still in place.

But the cheerful preschool sign in front hints at the transformation within.
 
On any school day, the sound of children at play — laughing, bouncing balls and riding tricycles — fills the former sanctuary-turned-gymnasium.  

Williamstown Community Preschool and the Methodist congregation co-existed for 40 years, sharing an addition to

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Williamstown Elementary Sees Enrollment Bump
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Thursday, April 10, 2014
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School Committee Vice Chairman Chris Jones, right, ran the meeting in place of Chairwoman Valerie Hall, who was unable to attend. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The folks at Williamtown Elementary School may be wondering what all this talk about Berkshire County's population decline is about.   Principal Joelle Brookner and Superintendent Rose Ellis informed the School Committee on Wednesday that the school has about 17 more applicants than anticipated for the 2014-15 kindergarten class.   The news necessitated adding at least one half-time teacher and has the committee planning to revisit the four school-choice slots it already approved for the kindergarten

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BMC Confirms Hirings, Medical Practice Relocations
09:16PM / Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has provided an update on efforts to date in restoring emergency and medical services previously provided by the now defunct Northern Berkshire Healthcare.

Employment

As of today, Berkshire Medical Center has hired 143 former employees of North Adams Regional Hospital and NBH. This includes the physicians and other clinical support staff for the former NBH physician practices, VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire staff, physicians, nurses and staff for the planned Satellite Emergency Facility and other support services. Of these, 96 are permanent positions and 47 are temporary 90-day positions. Some of the temporary positions,

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State Releases $30 Million for Pothole Repairs
07:39PM / Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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North Adams crews patching potholes on Eagle Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The state announced good news on Wednesday for motorists tired of slamming into the proliferating potholes along the region's byways.

The new Pothole and Winter Recovery Program will dump some $40 million to smooth over the scarred and cracked pavement and infrastructure damaged by the long, long winter.

"We experienced an extraordinary winter season that caused damage to our roads, bridges, and vehicles well beyond the typical year,” MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey said in announcing the program in Dorchester. "This one-time, targeted program will speed repair and recovery and

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BArT Gets ZBA OK, But Building Project on Hold
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:20PM / Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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Attorney Sydney Smithers, right, explains Berkshire Arts & Technology's building needs to the Zoning Board on Tuesday.

ADAMS, Mass. – The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance Tuesday night from a zoning bylaw for construction of an addition to the Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School.

Unfortunately, BArT’s groundbreaking for the expansion has been put on hold.

Although the school has passed all the permitting and variances for the 10,000-square-foot, two-story expansions, the bids for the addition exceeded the school's budget. The project was estimated to cost near $3.5 million. However, the general contractor bids came in between $3.9

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Investors Taking Advantage of the Real Estate Market
By Paul Harsch,
12:32PM / Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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I've been reading recently of the very significant volume of residential purchasing being done by hedge funds and investors in general and, while we live in a democratic capitalist society, it troubles me.

Here we are just four years out from the devastating effects of the derivatives scandals and excesses and once more big money is manipulating and disrupting another part of American life, purely for profit.

Housing was once just that, a house, a place of comfort and refuge but now it's treated like an entire market to be manipulated, used by big-money interests for their gains regardless of the impact on the average American.

What's worse is that the hedge-fund buying is

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Goodwill Donation Truck to Be at the Milne Library
10:48AM / Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Milne Library will join Goodwill Industries as a donation site every second and third Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beginning April 13, the big white truck will begin taking donations from the parking lot of the library.

Through donations, volunteering, recycling initiatives and sales at their retail stores, area donors make it possible for Goodwill to train people in our community to get jobs.

Donations include the following: Furniture, electronics, holiday items, home goods, lightly worn clothing, books, bikes, albums, CDs, DVDs and videos, accessories like jewelry, belts and scarves. Goodwill also will recycle cardboard, cell phones, computer

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