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Concerns Raised With MassPike Tolling Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:16PM / Friday, September 16, 2016

State Rep.  Tricia Farley-Bouvier said she has concerns about the 30-cent fee-per-gantry that drivers will be charged if they do not have a transponder. LENOX, Mass. — For 17 years, residents in the Berkshires could take the turnpike for six exits before having to pay anything. For many, there was little need to get an E-Z Pass transponder. Rather, they just paid the five or six bucks for the rare trip to Boston.   On Oct. 28, however, if a Berkshire resident takes that trip to Boston without a transponder, the cost has nearly doubled. The state is moving to an all-electronic tolling system that includes reducing from 26 toll gantries to 16.   While the total cost


Trendsetter Winners Named at Celebrate the Berkshires Event
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01:54PM / Friday, September 16, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — Seven individuals and organizations were feted on Thursday night as the this year's Berkshire Trendsetters.

The awards were presented at the sixth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event at Tanglewood before a crowd of more than 300 with state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, as master of ceremonies. The awards are a program of 1Berkshire.

The night's special honoree was Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map." Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, accepted the award.

Over the past 10 years, close to 3.5 million people have enjoyed the "Tanglewood


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

Williams College to Award Bicentennial Medals at Convocation
11:46AM / Friday, September 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Bicentennial Medals will be presented at Fall Convocation on Saturday, Sept. 17, to Convocation Speaker Maxine A. Burkett, Class of 1998, and four other accomplished alumni.

President Adam Falk and College Council co-presidents seniors Michelle Baland Caitlin Buckley will welcome the Class of 2017 at Convocation, which formally launches the academic year. The event will begin at 11 a.m. in Chapin Hall after a formal procession.

Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college’s 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor. This year's medalists


Williamstown Restoring Spruces Property's Lions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, September 16, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When the town acquired the former Spruces Mobile Home Park, it got more than just the 100-plus acres of land.   It also got the lions.   The two sculptured sentries who guarded the entrance to the former mobile home park, which opened in 1954, have become something of a Williamstown institution.   But they also had fallen on some hard times over the years.   The peeling paint led the town to investigate what else might be needed to restore the statues, and it consulted with the art conservators at the Clark Art Institute to see what needed to be done.   The work began this week.   "They're a symbol of the park and sort of


The Independent Investor: Woman Need to Invest More
By Bill Schmick,
02:34PM / Thursday, September 15, 2016

We all know women generally make less than men. On average, female workers make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same job. If you are a woman of color, or work in some lower paid industries, the gap could be even wider. It is one of the reasons women need to invest and save more, not less.

That may sound counter-intuitive. After all, if you are making less, you have less to save and invest. You are absolutely right, but there are important reasons that you still need to save more. One of the main reasons is that the chances are you will live longer than your male counterparts by about five years.

That means if you are living on $50,000 a year, you will need $250,000 (five


'Sully': Down to Earth Ace
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:04PM / Thursday, September 15, 2016

Director Clint Eastwood's "Sully," detailing the little-told backstory of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's "Miracle on the Hudson," is a competently dramatized paean to a very deserving hero, and much more entertaining than I had anticipated.

Sure, Tom Hanks is going to be as good as ever, and Eastwood will bring his journeyman skill to the work. But in capturing the idea of a human being functioning at his very best, Todd Komarnicki's swell adaptation of the book, "Highest Duty," by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, puts it all across.

As you may have surmised by now in your traipse on this mortal Earth, our species is capable of


WCMA, Ghana ThinkTank Turn the Tables to Confront Climate Change
02:57PM / Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Museum of Art is working with the international art collective Ghana ThinkTank to bring climate change solutions from Indonesia and Morocco — two countries already grappling with the devastating affects of climate change — to Williams College.

This year-long project flips the power dynamics of climate change discourse, seeking to disrupt and reframe narratives about the impact of climate change, and brings into high relief the nature of the community's perceptions of this critical issue.

The collaboration applies an innovative process that the collective has developed through projects across the globe. Ghana ThinkTank collects


Want to Retire Early? Start Planning Now
12:10PM / Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The average American retires at about age 63, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you enjoy your work, of course, you may want to go well beyond that age. But what if you don't want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire early?

Possibly – if you follow these suggestions:

Research the costs involved: What will you do during your retirement years? Will you travel the world or stay close to home, pursuing your hobbies? Will you downsize from your current home? How will you pay for health care until you're old enough for Medicare? You will need to answer these and other questions to determine how much you will need to sustain a comfortable lifestyle as


Schools Drive 8 Percent Tax Rate Hike in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Assessor William Barkin addresses the Board of Selectmen at Monday's tax classification hearing.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown residents can expect a tax rate increase of about 8 percent in fiscal 2017 thanks largely to the expansion and renovation of the junior-senior high school that voters approved earlier this year.

On Monday, Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Board of Selectmen that he expects to see an overall increase in the tax rate of $1.27 in the coming year, a hike of 8.03 percent over last fiscal year.

Last year's rate was $15.79 per $1,000 assessed value and the average value was $355,136; the estimated increase this year is about $400 on the average tax

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Williamstown Housing Trust Looking at Options for Residential Lots
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:26AM / Tuesday, September 13, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust last week discussed its options for developing a pair of residential building lots it acquired in spring 2015.

The trust purchased the properties on Summer Street and Cole Avenue with the intention of developing each into owner-occupied subsidized housing.

At the time, the trustees consulted with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which the board saw as a likely partner in the development. But the town was told it could be a while before the non-profit could work the projects into its building schedule.

On Wednesday, Chairman Thomas Sheldon told his colleagues that dialogue with Habitat for Humanity


MassDOT Sets Lenox Hearing on Toll Rates
03:46PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation is holding hearings this week on the proposed new gantry prices for all-electronic tolling.

The only hearing in the Berkshires will be held Thursday at District 1 Headquarters at 270 Main St. at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the hearings, written comments will be accepted for two weeks following the hearings, until 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29.

In October, MassDOT is scheduled to activate all-electronic tolling to collect tolls on I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) and the tunnels in the Metropolitan Highway System. All-electronic tolling, or AET, has been in place for vehicles since July 2014 on the Tobin Bridge.

The rates being proposed

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Changes Mark Start of Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's 31st Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has started its 31st year by dealing with a bunch of changes — but keeping its focus on the future nonetheless.

At its first monthly forum on Friday, coalition staff led the annual "needs assessment" discussion to gather ideas on what topics to tackle this year. Suggestions ranged from topics that have been continually discussed over the years like food insecurity, health care and transportation to newer concerns such as resources available to those in recovery from substance abuse to multicultural and multigenerational training and engagement to media literacy and communication strategies.



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