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Ciccolo Adds Attorney With Experience Defending Terror Suspects
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Adams man facing federal terrorism charges has a new member of his legal team.   Alexander Ciccolo was back before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson on Tuesday for a procedural hearing in the case of U.S. v Ciccolo.   Northampton defense attorney David Hoose earlier informed the court that Ramzi Kassem, a professor at the City University of New York, has joined as co-counsel for Ciccolo, who was arrested on July 4, 2015, on a federal weapons charge. In August, a superseding indictment was handed down charging Ciccolo with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use


North County Group Seeks 'Ambassadors' as Relocation Resource
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new volunteer initiative is hoping to attract young people to the area by connecting them with like-minded residents.

Two Degrees of NoCo (North County) is a take off on 2 Degrees Portland, part of the city of Portland, Maine's efforts to grow its economy and culture. The idea is that tight-knit communities have less than "6 degrees of separation" and so become a well-connected resource for anyone considering relocating or moving a business there.

"This is a volunteer organization that is being run so that we have a bunch of 'ambassadors' to North County from Williamstown, North Adams and Adams that are willing to volunteer their

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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

Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:58PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

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

Of a total school enrollment of 565, 354 students have made honor roll.

Grade 12: Dagny Albano, Kyle Alvarez, Zachary Armet, Elizabeth Bartlett, Kyle Bazonski, Jenna Benzinger, Immanuel Brennan, Emily Brown, Savanah Brown, Devin Buda, Caroline Carlough, Cameron Castonguay, Catherine Cavalli, Brianna Chilton, Serena Chow, Caleb Cimini, Jesse Cohen, Abigail Coleman, Niku Darafshi, Lauren Diamond, Olivia DiNicola, Grace Dodig, Artem Dudko, Nicholas Dudley, James Ellingwood, Amy Gates, Sally Gotlieb, Mercer Greenwald, Hailey Guest, Sydney Gurek, Cameron Hadley, Mark Hayden, Manas


BArT Announces First Trimester Honor Roll
02:43PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are


Guest Column: Going to the Dogs
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02:06PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

To the Editor:

Hopefully, Berkshire County will be going to the dogs.

To the dog parks that is and here's why. As the population declines countywide, so does the number of children playing in the youth sports leagues. Participation in these leagues has dropped over 50 percent since they started and the future looks bleak for almost all of the leagues. Soon the question will be, what will the city do with all of those vacant fields and courts? Probably as little as possible as manpower usually shrinks in the Parks and Rec departments.

Years ago, cities and towns started eliminating the swimming pools and skating rinks and it's time to start eliminating or repurposing the dormant


Biz Briefs: More Than 100 Come for Seminar in Excellence
01:48PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

Excellent: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Berkshire United Way co-hosted a "Seminar in Nonprofit Excellence" on Nov. 3 at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington. The seminar attracted over 100 nonprofit and business leaders from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York to learn about the collective impact model from John Kania and regional colleagues who are implementing the principles and practices inherent to this approach.

Collective impact is a methodology that brings people together from different sectors to develop a shared agenda for achieving social change. Kania and Mark Kramer, of nationally recognized consulting firm FSG, were first to articulate this powerful


'Giving Tuesday' Urges Donations to Local Charities
01:18PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

We have passed Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and are on to Cyber Monday, but soon it will be time for something more meaningful this holiday season.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, is "Giving Tuesday," and organizations and individuals throughout the community are encouraged to use the occasion to promote a cause or charity that is meaningful to them. Launched in 2012 and celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday's purpose is to inspire giving, resulting in greater financial donations, increased volunteer hours, and participation in activities that bring about real change in communities.

The Williamstown Community Chest will mark the day by distributing


Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Free for Berkshire Residents in December
11:54AM / Monday, November 28, 2016

Free for all: From Dec. 1-21, Mass MoCA opens its doors and waives admission to all Berkshire County residents with its first-ever Free Berkshire County program. Since Mass MoCa's inception, various campaigns have steered patrons to the galleries free of charge. Free Day, which typically falls during the winter season, waives admission to all museum-goers, attracting an influx of visitors. Free North Adams, a program designed specifically for Mass MoCA's neighbors, offers free admission several times a year to those residing within the 01247 zip code.

Expanding those previous plans that offered free admission, Mass MoCA — for the first time — extends free admission


Greylock Junior High Travel Basketball Team Opens Season
08:22AM / Monday, November 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Greylock boys basketball travel team got its season under way this weekend with two wins in its jamboree.   Derek Paris scored 13 points to lead Greylock to a 25-5 win over Adams in the opener.   In Game 2, Lenox defeated Greylock, 15-12, after a 3-point try rimmed out at the buzzer. Malcom Waynick led Greylock with five.   Patrick Ross and Oscar Low each scored three to lead Greylock in a bouncback, 14-10 win over Dalton. Alex Axt hit a jumper from the corner late in the game to help seal the win.   "Overall our kids played great all weekend and we were happy with how they preformed," Greylock coach Rick Paris said.   Paris'


Williamstown Housing Trust Looking into Rental Assistance Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Monday, November 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust is working toward creation of a pilot program to help renters.   Two years ago, it launched a mortgage assistance program for first-time homebuyers that saw considerable initial interest. Since then, the trustees have heard about a need in the community for a program to help apartment dwellers move to and stay in town.   The group discussed possible solutions at its Nov. 16 meeting, where Chairman Thomas Sheldon reported that he had found a rental assistance program proposed in an eastern Massachusetts town through which beneficiaries would be eligible for up to $400 per month in public funds.   The Williamstown

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'Poultry Plunge' Raises Money for Special Olympics
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:02AM / Monday, November 28, 2016

See more photos of Saturday's event here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty hearty souls got a jump on "Giving Tuesday" by jumping into Onota Lake Saturday in order to give to a good cause.   Law enforcement officers from throughout Berkshire County sponsored a "Poultry Plunge" to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts.   It is the fifth time the Pittsfield Police, Berkshire County sheriff's office and other agencies have combined to hold such an event but the first time it has taken place in November. The former "Polar Plunge" was moved from February to the fall and rebranded appropriately for the Thanksgiving holiday


'Bleed for This': Middleweight Contender
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:08PM / Saturday, November 26, 2016

To accent boxer Vinny Pazienza's close-knit family in director-writer Ben Younger's "Bleed for This," turning points in the pugilist's remarkable saga are inevitably marked by the clan crowded around the dinner table eating, with hardly room for a bread stick among them. There is a basic, anthropological purity in the devotion, an incontrovertible given, as each member, whether laughing, chiding or worrying out loud, plays out his or her supportive role in the dynamic. The conceptualization is as engaging as the accompanying tale of fisticuffs.

Based on a true story, the travail that was "The Pazmanian Devil's" career should please boxing fans who know


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