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@theMarket: Fourth of July Started Early for Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:11PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016

It wasn't supposed to happen. After the British surprise vote to exit the European Union caught global investors leaning the wrong way last week, most traders expected a blood bath.

Instead, after a two-day 5 percent sell-off, markets have regained almost 90 percent of that loss in the last few days. So how could the "smart money" get it so wrong twice in one week?

Readers may recall that traders had at first bid the stock market higher in anticipation that the UK would remain in the EU. When that didn't happen, traders flipped the other way by selling and shorting. Most of the world markets were down by 5 percent or more between last Friday and Tuesday.

And then a

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Williamstown Veterans Home to Cease Current Operation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:50PM / Friday, July 01, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After 20 years of providing transitional housing to veterans, Turner House is facing a transition of its own.

The Simonds Road nonprofit announced this week that it will end its current operations on Sept. 30, yielding to market forces that have made its model unsustainable in the relatively isolated, small town setting.   A big driver in the decision is an institutional change in focus at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which in recent years has placed more emphasis on placing homeless vets into permanent housing, rather than using the temporary, transitional beds at “Grant Per Diem” homes like Turner House.   “In many respects,

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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
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Cangelosi Pitches Bulldogs to Win in State Tourney Opener
08:09PM / Friday, July 01, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs' Jack Cangelosi struck out eight and allowed just three hits in a complete-game, 9-1 win over Westminster Friday in the opening round of the Cal Ripken Baseball 12-and-Under Western Massachusetts State Championship tournament at Bill Laston Field.   Cangelosi had a perfect game through four innings before Ben Mattson belted a solo home run for Westminster.   Panayiotis Constantopoulos went 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and three RBIs for the Bulldogs (6-6), who also got a homer and a pair of RBIs from Derek Paris.   Josh Polumbo doubled in a pair of runs in the win.   "We jumped on them early in the first,

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Three Local Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award
11:51AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Anna Welch, Lily Edge and Eva Myers of the Williamstown/Lanesborough Girl Scout Troop 40003 each received their Silver Award in a ceremony in Holyoke on June 13.

The Silver Award is the highest award available for achievement to a Cadette Girl Scout, grade six through eight. Girls work alone, or together in small groups, to identify an issue/problem that they would like to work towards improving.  They spend at least 50 hours on the leadership project, which has to be approved by the Girl Scout Council. Each project has to have an element of sustainability, meaning that once the project is finished, there is something that will carry on in the future, such as a

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
09:01AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Festivities marking the nation's 240th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Monday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Sunday night (no fireworks) and Monday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA running free after the Monday's concert. More information here.


Lenox

Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual celebration featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.   Guests are invited to a ribbon cutting of Shakespeare &

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
09:01AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written

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The Independent Investor: Clicks vs Bricks — Who Will Win the Retail War?
By Bill Schmick,
07:46AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Have you noticed that you are buying more products via the internet? Do you find yourself showroom shopping when you do make the trip to that department store or mall? It is happening to all of us and as it does, the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling the loss.

That doesn’t mean the demise of malls or department stores altogether, but over the next decade there will be fewer of them, especially in depressed areas of the country. The main culprit in this story is e-commerce or internet shopping. In the first quarter of this year, e-commerce accounted for $74.9 billion. That might sound like a lot of money but it still only accounts for 7 percent of overall consumer

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Terrorism Charges Leveled Against Ciccolo
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Alexander Ciccolo, held by federal authorities since his arrest last July 4, was indicted Thursday in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by and in the name of ISIL.

Ciccolo, a resident of Adams at the time of his arrest, was indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use of weapons of mass destruction.  

These charges from a superseding indictment were added to a pending indictment charging Ciccolo with one count of being a convicted person in possession of firearms and one count of assaulting a nurse during a jail intake process by use of a

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'Independence Day: Resurgence': Oh No, Not Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:52PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

In one scene of director/co-writer Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day: Resurgence," brainy scientist Julius Levinson, played by Judd Hirsch, berates his equally brainy scientist son, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), thusly: "So, it takes the end of the world for a son to visit his father?" It is but one of a long list of clichés the filmmaker surmises would attend a planet facing Armageddon at the hands of alien beings. Uh, well, more correctly, it's not at the hands of, but at the tentacles of, which of course is much scarier.

Skipping my usual diatribe and head-scratching inquiry as to why folks would want to see a film about our threatened

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Berkshire Art Museum Opens With CAC Retrospective
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:18AM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

Architectural graphic of Williams College's '62 Center by Keith Bona in the 'Art and Architecture.'

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before Mass MoCA, before DownStreet Art, the Contemporary Artists Center was a converging point for the creative.

The Beaver Mill center hosted a plethora of artists — from the established to the up-and-coming, from the home-grown to the international. Now selected works from nine of those artists will be on display at the Berkshire Art Museum in "Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999" as part of the DownStreet Art season that kicks off Thursday evening.

Eric Rudd, the center's founder with his wife,

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Lanesborough Bulldogs Host State Tourney Starting Friday
03:36PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken Baseball all-star team will look to defend its Western Mass State Championship when the tournament gets under way on Friday at Bill Laston Field.   The Bulldogs and South Berkshire will both be in action in the tournament’s first games at 5:30 p.m. Host Lanesborough will take on Westminster while South Berkshire plays Narragansett as the teams try to stay in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tourney.   The action continues on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 with the state title game set for Tuesday, July 5, at 5:30. If a second game is necessary to decide the title, it will be played

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Summer Music Festival Season Heats Up
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
02:51PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2016

For most music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer concert presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres.

Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony’s website, tanglewood.org, for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

Why go? Read below for all the stellar music making scheduled for the upcoming holiday weekend, with superstar performers interpreting great music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites of audiences worldwide – in both popular and

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