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Higher Ed Commissioner Santiago to Speak at BCC Commencement
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 57th commencement.   Santiago was appointed to his position by Gov. Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to
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Youth Center, Mount Greylock Budgets Sail Through Williamstown FinComm
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two more chunks of the Williamstown budget have sailed through presentations in front of the Finance Committee. At its March 29 meeting, the committee heard from the Williamstown Youth Center, seeking a $73,381 allocation from the town, and the Mount Greylock Regional School District, seeking an allocation of
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Another Hotel Proposal Heads to Williamstown's Town Hall
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local motel owner is asking the town for permission to develop a new three-story, 77-room hotel on Main Street.   Vipul "Vinny" Patel, who owns the Northside Motel on North Street, will be in front of the Conservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals this month to seek four
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Williamstown Planners Make Proposed Pot Bylaw More Restrictive
Wendy Penner argues against a zoning bylaw that would have allowed marijuana dispensaries in four commercials zones. The board revamped the bylaw to limit them to two. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday decided to recommend that May's annual town meeting approve four amendments to the zoning
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Biz Briefs: Two Pittsfield Businesses Get Help to Grow
There they grow: The city of Pittsfield has fully supported two local businesses, Modern Mold and Tool and Shire City Herbals, which were recently awarded tax incentives through the state's Economic Development Incentive Program to facilitate expansion projects in the city. The businesses were among 13 companies across the commonwealth
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Berkshires Beat: St. Stan's Sendings Soccer Balls, Legos to Haiti
To Haiti with love: Students in St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams presented soccer balls and Lego sets to Holly Palardy for children living in rural Haiti. Palardy is the assistant director of the Haiti Plunge, a mission founded by Sister Eunice Tassone through the Cote Center 30 years ago. Money for this gift was raised by the students
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@theMarket: New Quarter, New Market
As traders and institutions put to bed the first quarter, several concerns loom large in the weeks ahead. How things play out over that time period will have important implications for the averages, given that they are not far from their all-time, historical highs.   What will the Fed do in May? Will Washington pursue tax cuts and
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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress
Frani Miceli's class participates in World Down Syndrome Day in honor of their classmate Cole by wearing crazy socks to school. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown Elementary School teacher has been named the Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was
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Living together is not what it used to be
Times are changing. Over 12 million Americans now "live in sin," as my parents would say, and their numbers are increasing every year. As long as they remain together, everything is copacetic, but what happens when they break up?   Thanks to the economy, demographics, and life-style choices, young couples today are living
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'Life': No Bowl of Cherries
I'm tempted to give away the ending of director Daniel Espinosa's "Life," an extremely tense but run-of-the-mill outer space adventure that was heading for an only so-so rating even before its curiously misanthropic finish. I'd be doing you a favor. Sure to be shocked, the viewer is left wondering why Espinosa,
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