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News and events in Williamstown, Mass.

Soccer Domain Academy Squads Host Four Games at BCC
Community submission,
02:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The second weekend of the season saw a mixture of results for Soccer Domain Academy teams as they went 1-2-2 in a weekend that included four home games.


It was a glorious day for soccer in the Berkshires with four SDA teams scheduled home games at Berkshire Community College and one visiting GPS Metro Reds.


U13 Girls

The first game of the day saw the U13 girls host NEFC. A very positive start from the girls saw SDA go 2-0 up. The first goal came in the sixth minute with a good finish from the edge of the box. Shortly after, in the eighth minute, a great ball was played through to put the striker through on goal. The keeper made an inspired save but the


Local Investors Purchase Berkshire Eagle, Three Vermont Newspapers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fredric Rutberg said he first thought of the idea two years ago after hearing a lecturer say 'citizenship requires a town square.' For him, The Eagle is the Berkshires' 'town square.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle and three Vermont papers have been sold to a Stockbridge-based group of investors.   The Eagle announced the sale Thursday morning during a press conference at the Berkshire Museum to frequent applause from an invited group of community stakeholders.   There the new owners promised to invest in the papers, raise the quality of the product, and ultimately restore the century-old paper as the "town square" of the


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

Kinder Morgan Suspends Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Project
Staff Reports,
05:35PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kinder Morgan has suspended the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, which was planned to cut through the Berkshires.   The company released a statement Wednesday evening announcing the suspension of work on the $3.3 billion project.   "As a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, Kinder Morgan Inc. and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, have suspended further work and expenditures on the Northeast Energy Direct Project," reads the statement from the company.    The project was announced in 2015 and the company said it had received a number of commitments from local gas distribution


Brain Injury Survivor to Speak at BFAIR Annual Meeting
03:06PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Family & Individual Resources will host its annual meeting on Friday, April 29, at the Williams Inn.

The breakfast, set to begin at 7:30 a.m., will include the presentation of several awards for employee recognition, as well as the recognition of the community employer of the year. Additionally, the chairwoman of the board will offer remarks on the organization’s continued success and growth through 2015.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Stacia Bissell. A lifelong Berkshire resident, Bissell is a former educator who lives with an acquired brain injury. Her story surrounding her brain injury is a powerful one of


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A Theme for Investors?
02:02PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 22, we observe Earth Day. Like many people, you might participate in some activities to help the health of our planet. But you can also do some things to improve your personal investment environment.

In fact, you might want to follow a key environmental theme: reduce, reuse, recycle. How can these elements be applied to investing? Here are some ideas:

Reduce: You don’t want to waste time, effort and money on investment decisions that will ultimately not benefit you much, if at all. For example, if you are constantly buying and selling investments, you may be hurting yourself in a few different ways.

First, by not holding investments for at least a year before selling


North Adams Ambulance Replaces Aging Fleet
04:25PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Ambulance Service recently took possession of two 2016 McCoy Miller Type III Ambulances and a 2016 Ford Expedition Supervisor Medic Intercept vehicle.

The ambulances were purchased from Yankee Fire & Rescue Inc. in Palmer and Medic 1 was purchased from MHQ in Marlborough, completing all graphic, lighting and radio installations.

Officials say the new acquisitions are part of the emergency medical services' commitment to provide safe, compliant transportation for individuals in the large geographic area it serves.

"With the increased transport distances our trucks are seeing rapid increases in miles and maintenance costs and the two


Senate Candidate Del Gallo Takes Strong Anti-Pipeline Stance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rinaldo Del Gallo spent a long time getting the city to pass a ban on Styrofoam. And he's continued to press for a ban on plastic bags. Those type of environmental concerns have always been a priority.   Now he is running for the open state Senate seat, though he hasn't made the official announcement yet, and he didn't expect any difference in opinions among the other Democratic candidates when it comes the proposed natural gas pipeline project. But, he was wrong.   Both Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington did not take a stance when asked during interviews with WAMC earlier this year, a move Del Gallo feels is


Finck, Kinnaman Place High in Divisions at Marathon
Staff Reports,
10:09PM / Monday, April 18, 2016
BOSTON — Leatrice S. Finck of West Stockbridge finished 41st in her division at Monday's Boston Marathon.

Finck, 60, ran a time of 4 hours, 1 minute, 44 seconds over the 26.2-mile course at the world's oldest marathon. There were 358 women aged 60 to 64 competing in the race.

The top time among Berkshire County finishers at the event was 2:59:01, turned in by Lanesborough's Logan Wilson, 21, who finished 1,312th overall and 961st in his age group.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia won the individual titles, finishing in 2:12:45 and 2:29:19, respectively.

The Boston Athletic Association reports that 27,487 runners started the race. Nearly 97 percent of that


Greylock Federal Credit Union Holds Youth Week
03:07PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union will hold its annual Youth Week celebration from April 16-23 with the theme “Pump Up Your Savings.”

“Passport to New Adventure” lanyards and free tickets for the week’s events are available at all Greylock branches beginning Saturday, April 16. The annual event fosters financial education among young people in Berkshire County through free fun events and activities designed to enhance skills for managing money and savings.

“The goal of Greylock’s Youth Week is to instill the habit of saving at a young age, offering positive encouragement, and providing financial education to young


'The Boss': Corners the Funny Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

It has been suggested that Melissa McCarthy's scurrilous business tycoon in director-husband Ben Falcone's "The Boss" is a female Donald Trump. Indeed, there are similarities, the main difference being that McCarthy's robber baron is likeable. While equally egocentric, delusional and selfish to a fault, we sense there's a moral core there somewhere. Fact is, real-life people rarely repent and change their spots. So we count on fictitious Scrooges to seek redemption and please our innate sense of right and wrong.

A prologue detailing a childhood scarred by abandonment explains the psychology that went into creating McCarthy's Michelle Darnell, the mogul


Mount Greylock School Building Committee Discusses Design Details
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, April 15, 2016

Stephen Wentworth, third from left, attends Thursday's meeting of the School Building Committee. He is slated to fill a vacancy on the committee.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday started digging into the nitty gritty of design work that will produce a final plan for the district's addition/renovation project.

Although the broad strokes of the project were hashed out in the project's feasibility and schematic design phase, much of the detail work was saved until after the district and the Massachusetts School Building Authority knew that the project had local voters' approval, which it won last month.

On Thursday night,


Lanesborough Elementary Testing Out Breakfast Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Friday, April 15, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Elementary School is piloting a new breakfast program.   Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that the "grab and go" program will provide small breakfast meals to anyone who signs up. The meals will cost $1.25 with a discounted rate for those who qualify for reduced lunch, and free for those who qualify for free lunch.   "There are a lot of different models for breakfast programs," McEvoy said.   Lanesborough's program is different from what's happening in Pittsfield, where every student receives a free meal. But, it still accomplishes the goal of providing the ability for it.    "Studies have shown


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