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Williamstown Economic Development Committee Finalizes Report
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05AM / Tuesday, December 08, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Economic Development Committee on Monday finalized the report it will submit to the Board of Selectmen next week.   The two selectmen who serve on the EDC were in accord about the message they want the committee's chairman to send when he presents the report.   "We've done this work not to write a report and stick it somewhere," Selectman Hugh Daley said. Then, referring to the EDC's recommendations, he continued, "Please, pick three and go to town. Start somewhere.   "It's incumbent on [the board] to make sure this effort gets pushed forward."   Selectman Andrew Hogeland agreed, telling Chairman

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Baker Administration Introduces 'Modernization' Bill for Municipalities
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
10:51PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a raft of legislative amendments on Monday designed to remove outdated obstacles to efficient local government.

Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Politio introduced "An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government" after months of meetings with municipal officials across the state. The measure is supported by, among others, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Massachusetts Mayors Association.

"As two former local officials, the lieutenant governor and I promised to make partnership with cities and towns a focus and priority of our administration," said Baker. "We were proud to establish a Community

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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

MCLA Offers New Option for Transfer Students From New York State
01:14PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a new opportunity for New York state residents who wish to transfer to the campus.

The New York Transfer Program provides guaranteed admission, as well as a reduced cost of attendance for students looking to enroll at MCLA.  

“We’re excited to streamline the transfer process for New York students,” said Gina Puc, director of admission at MCLA. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for those with an associate’s degree to seamlessly transfer to MCLA and enjoy our New York Tuition Reduction Program rate while they earn their bachelor’s degree. It’s a great

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Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
12:02PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District has announced its first quarter honor roll.

Of the total school enrollment 559, 301 students made the honor roll.

Grade 12: Elizabeth Bernardy, Ian Culnane, Bailee Duquette, Hannah Fein, Calvin Filson, Holly Fisher, Matthew Germanowski, Sophie Gerry, Blanca Hagstrom, Adam Hall, Mollyann Haskins, Noah Howard, Nicole Jones, Graham Kaegi, Bernhardur Magnusson McComish, Petrea Mannello, Nevin Nassar, Lucius Park, Adam Petricca, Tyler Rathbun, Maggie Rorke, Jasper Rosenheim, Greta Savitsky, Tara Shastri, Anya Sheldon, Maeve Shine, Grace Smith, Justin Sousa, Melissa Swann, Samuel Swoap, Adly Templeton, James Thompson, Julia

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SVMC Renal Dialysis Receives Regional Excellence Award
11:56AM / Monday, December 07, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Renal Dialysis received a 2015 Quality Award from the Island Peer Review Organization (IPRO) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network of New England at the Network’s Fall Meeting.
The award was presented in recognition of high standards in data collection and submission.

SVMC Renal Dialysis team’s reporting in CROWNWeb, the Center for Disease Control’s National Health Safety Network (NHSN) system, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Improvement Program (QIP) in 2014 and 2015 has placed them in the top 15 percent of centers region wide.

SVMC Renal Dialysis is a department of

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Carr Hardware Named Quarterfinalist for Indie Award
11:53AM / Monday, December 07, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Carr Hardware has been voted into the quarterfinals for the 2015 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award.

“We are honored to have not only been nominated but to make it to the quarterfinals for such a prestigious national award. This is truly a tribute to our 85 career professionals who believe in our Berkshire community and take pride in serving our customers every day,”  Vice President and owner Bart Raser said.

With locations in Pittsfield, North Adams, Lee and Great Barrington, Carr Hardware serves not only homeowners, but contractors, institutions and government customers as well.

“This year’s

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Free BRTA Ride Campaign to Benefit Soldier On
11:45AM / Monday, December 07, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s annual holiday campaign to offer free transit rides for a contribution to assist our community will again benefit Soldier On, the local organization assisting homeless veterans.
Any new, unwrapped, in original packaging, contribution of personal care items, jackets, hats, gloves, socks, t-shirts, gift cards, writing paper, pens and stamps, or non-perishable food items are accepted on any BRTA bus instead of the regular fare through Dec. 12. The gift should equal the amount of the ride. No toilet paper, mouthwash, alcohol or tobacco please. To see a complete wish list of the most needed items, visit the

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Williams Men's Hockey Wins at Conn College
10:27PM / Saturday, December 05, 2015
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Williams College men's hockey team (5-1-0, 4-0-0 NESCAC) defeated the Connecticut College, 3-1, on Saturday.   Sophomore C.J. Shugart got the Ephs on the board first, midway through the third period, and was then backed up by freshman Michael Lata, and sophomore David Italiano, to secure a victory, and a continued undefeated conference record.    In net for the Ephs (5-1, 4-0 NESCAC) was freshman Michael Pinios, who made 17 saves this afternoon. In net for the Camels (1-4-2, 0-2-2) was senior Tom Conlin, who 17 saves.    The Ephs play at Amherst on Friday.   WOMEN'S HOCKEY MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Williams women's hockey

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Williams Women Win Soccer National Title
10:07PM / Saturday, December 05, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Michelyne Pinard was first hired at Williams, she dreamed of winning a national championship by the age of 30.    Those days may have passed, but the dream never died, and her Williams women's soccer team made it a reality Saturday, defeating Washington-St. Louis 1-0 in the NCAA Div. III national championship game at Swope Park Village.   The national title for women's soccer is the first at Williams and also the first for a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference.    It was only 12 months ago that the Ephs departed Swope with mixed feelings after playing Lynchburg to a scoreless draw over 110 minutes only to

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Williams Women's Soccer in NCAA Final
10:41PM / Friday, December 04, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Williams College women's soccer team will make its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Div. III national championship game thanks in part to two second-half goals from Natasha Albaneze and a key save from Tressa Palcheck.   The Ephs edged No. 9 Centre College, 2-1, Friday despite falling behind only 115 seconds into the contest.   No. 6 Williams (20-1-2) will face No. 4 Washington-St. Louis (20-2-1) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. back at Swope Park. Friday's win gave the Ephs back-to-back 20-win seasons, the only two such seasons in program history.   "I couldn't be prouder of our performance today, mostly because it was clear that

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Williams Men's Hockey Tops Tufts
10:24PM / Friday, December 04, 2015
MALDEN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's hockey team defeated Tufts (1-3-2, 0-2-1 NESCAC), 2-0, on Friday.   George Hunkele had a goal and an assist, an Noah Klag stopped 36 shots for Williams (4-1, 3-0).   Williams plays at Connecticut College Saturday at 3 p.m.    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Williams College women’s basketball team extended its unbeaten streak to start the season, beating the Pine Manor College Gators, 83-71, in the opening game of the Williams Classic on Friday at Chandler Gymnasium.   The Ephs (5-0), found success under the basket throughout the game, scoring 52 points in the paint and out-rebounding the

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'Creed': The Comfort Food of Film
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:02PM / Thursday, December 03, 2015

One of the greatest things about movies is that, contrary to Thomas Wolfe's assertion, you can indeed go home. Joyfully witnessed in director Ryan Coogler's "Creed," essentially a sequel to the "Rocky" legend, whole bunches of lore, heritage and mythology are reembraced for their life-affirming schmaltz.

Lest the flickering candle that burns for all longshots is snuffed out, Sylvester Stallone's patron saint of underdogs returns here to train and nurture his famous rival's son, Adonis Johnson. Of course, he has to be talked into it.

You see, what we didn't learn in any of the six previous "Rocky" films is that Apollo Creed, who gave our

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