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Dellea Honored With Hillcrest's Irish Person of the Year Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

There was a large audience at the Pittsfield Country Club for the event.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was in the mid-1980s when Michael Dukakis was looking to close the Avalon School, which was in receivership.

Meanwhile, Hillcrest officials had taken an idea of expanding into the education field to their Chief Operating Officer Eugene Dellea.

Dellea brought the concept the board chair, financial and legal reviews were done and the leadership was ready to bring the idea of buying Avalon to the full board. But first, they needed the governor's office to stop his efforts to close it.   "In communications with the governor and his staff, we impressed upon him the needs

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The Independent Investor: Trump's Budget
By Bill Schmick,
06:44PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

It was late, "skinny," and guaranteed to send Washington lawmakers up a wall.  President Trump's first crack at a budget, released on Thursday, makes drastic cuts to many sacrosanct departments and programs while boosting spending in others.

If you haven't strapped in quite yet, now is the time to do so. The president's 53-page budget (less than half of his predecessor's lean, 134 pages) makes dramatic cuts to departments such as the Environmental Protection Agency (minus-31 percent) and the State Department (minus-28 percent), while increasing defense spending by $54 billion.

Areas that would also be hit hard were foreign aid, grants to multilateral

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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'Kong: Skull Island': Serious Monkey Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:55PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

While director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' "Kong: Skull Island" asserts independence from the original, 1933 legend, as well as the 1976 and 2005 remakes, it is all the same, a throwback, a good old adventure yarn. To quote an eloquent teen in the theater lobby who ruminated it afterward with his pals, "That was a most satisfying movie experience."

The 14-year-old in me agrees; the curmudgeon has reservations. But despite some modernizations and nods to contemporary sensibilities integrated into the ethos of the tale, there is one heartening fact. Indeed, on this unchartered, South Pacific island where Charles Darwin would have enjoyed a veritable feast of evolutionary

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Clarksburg Approves Measures to Close $250K Deficit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:10AM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

Moderator Bryan Tanner confers with Town Clerk Carol Jammalo before the meeting. Tanner reminded those in attendance that the town needs candidates for Select Board, School Committee and Planning Board.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters passed three articles at Wednesday's special town meeting that will bring the budget into balance and allow tax bills to finally go out.

The town is dealing with a $249,992.06 deficit because of an accounting error and higher-than-expected charges from the state.

Town Administrator Carl McKinney gave a lengthy apology to the nearly three dozen people who attended the special town meeting at Clarksburg Elementary School.  

"It is my fault,

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Police Find Vehicle Of Missing Woman
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. - Authorities say the vehicle of 39-year-old Joanne Ringer has been found, but she is still missing.   Ringer went missing on March 2. She had last been seen in Clarksburg and was driving her 2001 Volkswagen Jetta to Easthampton. On March 6, authorities found the vehicle in Easthampton but she remains missing.    Police are asking for any assistance in locating here. She is described as a white, standing 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighing 130 lbs. She has brown eyes, but police say she could be wearing colored contacts, and has brown hair with purple streaks. She has several tattoos including the full length of her right arm. Specifically, she has a tattoo

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Thieves Steal Scenic Viewers From Eastern Summit
03:57PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FLORIDA, Mass.  — State Police are investigating the theft of two scenic viewers that were stolen from the Eastern Summit on Route 2.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Talitha McCarthy-Johnson indicates that two commercial binocular units, which were located next to the Eastern Summit Gift Shop, were cut from their platform and taken sometime between Feb. 27 and March 7.   The two binoculars, manufactured by Tower Optical, are constructed of bronze and cast iron and weigh approximately 305 pounds each. These binoculars are considered collectibles, given the relatively low number manufactured.   If you have any information relative to the whereabouts of these items,

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Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of Grant Deadlines
03:17PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017.

Regional nonprofits, students, school communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

For nonprofits

The Fund for Williamstown's DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, businesses or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about

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North Adams Happenings: March 15-21
12:18PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
March 15 -

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Plan for Health Care Costs During Retirement
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:14PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

When you retire, some of your expenses may go down – but health care is not likely to be one of them. In fact, your health care costs during retirement may well increase, so you may want to plan for these costs well before you leave the work force. How much can you expect to spend on health care during your retirement years?

Consider these statistics: A 65-year-old couple who retired in 2016 will need about $288,000 (in today's dollars) during retirement just to pay Medicare Parts B, D and supplemental insurance, according to HealthView Services, a company that provides health care cost projections for financial services firms. If out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles,

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North Adams Preschoolers Now Brushing Their Teeth in School
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:02PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Michelle Nicholas helps two of her students find their toothbrushes from the tray.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In a football game, the two-minute warning signals that the end of the game is near. In reality, two minutes is a really, really, REALLY long time.

Just ask the preschoolers in the North Adams Public Schools Prekindergarten Program, who are the first to begin a new initiative in which kids brush their teeth after breakfast and lunch right at school.

"That's been the hardest thing," admitted preschool teacher Michelle Nicholas, who twice daily shepherds pairs of tots into the bathroom, asks them if they can remember which color toothbrush belongs to them, lets them

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Seats Open on Clarksburg Select Board, School Committee
03:37AM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg is in need of elected officers, including two Select Board members.   Select Board member Linda Reardon has indicated she will not run for re-election on May 23 and William Schrade Jr. submitted a letter of resignation on Tuesday.    School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Levanos also said he will not stand for re-election on that board. Both Levanos and Reardon said time constraints influenced their decisions not to run for re-election. Levanos also serves on the Select Board but is not up for re-election until next year.   There are also two vacant seats, one for four years and one for one year, on the Planning

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Clarksburg Special Town Meeting Set to Fix 2017 Budget
11:54PM / Tuesday, March 14, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board has set a special town meeting for Wednesday, March 15, to address a $250,000 budget gap for fiscal 2017.   The error in budgeting for this year was discovered by the state Department of Revenue in December. Some $200,000 in school choice revenue had been placed twice and other state charges on the town came in higher than initially proposed.   Voters will be asked to cut a total of $93,916 out of the town budget with four months left in the fiscal year. Another $71,000 will be taken from a line item approved last year to pay off the library construction loan and $85,000 will be taken from the stabilization

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