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UNICO Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame Inductions Set for Nov. 18
12:25PM / Monday, November 07, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- UNICO will induct five athletes in its Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.   The 21st induction dinner and ceremony will be held at Berkshire Hills Country Club. Past recipients are encouraged to attend. The five 2016 recipients will join 112 other Berkshire County coaches and players (amateur and professional) who have been inducted over the past 20 years.   These five individuals not only exhibited exceptional athletic skills that were developed through various Berkshire County youth programs, but also have given back to their communities.   The 2016 UNICO Hall of Fame recipients are:   MIKE GLADU Gladu played four years at

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BHS Opens Specialty Practices Center at North Adams Campus of BMC
12:15PM / Monday, November 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams campus of Berkshire Medical Center is now home to a convenient, single site for multiple physician specialties and associated programs, providing North Berkshire and Southern Vermont patients with greater access to care.

Northern Berkshire Specialty Practices of BMC opened Nov. 1 on the first floor of the North Adams Campus, with access through the main lobby at 71 Hospital Ave.

Northern Berkshire Specialty Practices of BMC will consolidate in one location the offices of several BMC physician practices, including: Cardiology Professional Services of BMC; Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC and BHS Diabetes Education; Hematology Oncology

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Pittsfield's Patti Helps College Team Win League Title
iBerkshires.com Sports,
04:45PM / Sunday, November 06, 2016

It is championship time for college athletes in fall sports, and Berkshire County products are contributing for their teams throughout New England and beyond.

 

On Saturday, the Wentworth College women’s soccer team won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title with a 4-0 win over Gordon, and sophomore Taylor Patti again helped contribute to the shutout in the back.

 

Patti has appeared in 14 games this fall for the Leopards (15-3-3). The team has allowed just 13 goals for a .60 goals against average.   Sophomore Amanda Wright (Pittsfield) assisted on the goal in Springfield College’s regular season finale, a 1-0 win over Wellesley, and she appeared in both

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BArT Blows Its Own Horn at Breakfast
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Sunday, November 06, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Four days before Massachusetts voters decide whether to raise the commonwealth's cap on charter schools, the director of Berkshire County's lone charter school Friday made the case for continued support of the junior-senior high school.

Julia Bowen told a crowd at the school's annual Fall Breakfast that the politicking around Question 2 on Tuesday's ballot has included repetition of misconceptions about charter schools that do not apply to the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School.   One thing that particularly stuck in her craw: the charge from Question 2 opponents that charter schools, unlike traditional public schools, enjoy the

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'Denial': Adding Insult to Injury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:26PM / Friday, November 04, 2016

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Point of disclosure: That was the number on the inside of my mother's arm ... my personal proof that there was a Holocaust. The A denoted Auschwitz. The numbers added up to 13. She said it was her lucky number. I don't think she'd mind me telling you. While there were times when Dorothy Goldberger (R.I.P.) absolutely drove me out of my mind, I can't remember her ever lying to me.

She didn't talk about it at first, nor did any of the other survivors who visited our home shortly after WWII. Or at least I didn't hear it ... only snippets, the name Hitler used interchangeably with the still not popularized term, Holocaust. All were firsthand witnesses. Later,

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Governor Signs Bill to Allow Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge to Share Administrator
11:10AM / Friday, November 04, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a bill that will allow the towns of Lee, Lenox, and Stockbridge, if they so choose, to share a town administrator on a regional or joint basis.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox.

Last December, Pignatelli was joined by Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito as 17 towns in Southern Berkshire County signed a Community Compact in which they committed to exploring future collaboration in education, public works, public safety and human services. Since then, several towns have jointly purchased equipment, Lee and Lenox have hired a joint building inspector, and Berkshire Hills and Shaker Mountain Schools

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DeMarsico Pasta Dinner, 5K Set for Nov. 12 and 13
09:20AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The annual Up Front  for DeMar 5K race and 1 mile walk and pasta dinner will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.   These annual events raise money for the SPC Michael R DeMarsico II scholarship fund and to honor DeMarsico and all who serve and have served.   SPC DeMarsico was killed in action on Aug. 16, 2012, while serving in Afghanistan. "DeMar" to his fellow battle buddies, he served at the front of his battalion searching for IED's. The young specialist discovered 16, saving many men in his unit, before stepping on one.   In the days and weeks that followed Michael's death, his community came out in full support of

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Young BArT Harriers Excel at League Championships
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:00PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. -- In its first year hosting the River Valley Athletic League cross country championships, the teams from BArT Charter were hospitable.   The course at the Greylock Glen? Slightly less so.   “We definitely have the hardest 5K course in the county, I think,” Berkshire Arts and Technology coach Bennjamin Griffin said on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s 550 feet of elevation gain, and there are four significant climbs on it. I think some of the kids come in a little underprepared if they’re from other schools.”   That cannot be said of individual champions Mac Sloan-Anderson of Greenfield’s Four Rivers and Delaney Bullock of

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Autumn Leaves Prelude to White Winter
03:08PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Driving around Northern Berkshire County this gorgeous October treats both residents and visitors alike to stunning, vibrant, oranges, reds and golds of the autumn leaves. Leaf peepers drive to the Berkshires from all over to take in the breathless beauty of the trees atop Mount Greylock, Jiminy Peak, the Taconic Mountains and more.

In the midst of this beautiful time of the year, many are already lamenting the coming of winter. Rather than revel in the current beauty and enjoyment of the moment, folks are saying, "sure, it’s nice now, but you know what’s next,” and other statements expressing a similar sentiment. Generally speaking, it's good to enjoy the

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Letter: Check Hinds on Tuesday
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

To the Editor:

As we look out to next Tuesday, there is a wide breadth of questions and various positions both national and local that every eligible voter has the right and responsibility to vote on. No matter what side you take on any of these decisions, they will not only affect our lives, but the lives of future generations in the commonwealth, our nation, and our world.

If I can make a statement on one of those votes, I would urge you to support Adam Hinds for state Senate. Adam has proven his ability to listen and work with the community and has an incredible capacity for working with colleagues at both the state and national level. The support he has received for his candidacy

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Don't Overlook Long-term Care Costs
12:34PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

How much money will you need in retirement? To arrive at an estimate, you should consider various factors, such as where you'll live, how much you plan to travel, and so on. Not surprisingly, you'll also need to think about health care costs, which almost always rise during retirement. But there's one area you might overlook: long-term care. Should you be concerned about these costs?

In a word, yes. Expenses for long-term care – which can include receiving assistance at home as well as prolonged care in a facility – can be surprisingly expensive. Consider the following statistics, taken from the 2016 Cost of Care Study issued by Genworth, an insurance company:

The

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Letter: Question 2 Contrary to the Commonwealth
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Tuesday, November 01, 2016

To the Editor:

Charter schools are an expensive proposition in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with no oversight from our locally elected officials.  This year over $400 million will be diverted from local school districts to fund these privately managed schools.

The broad coalition that has organized against this misguided ballot initiative speaks to its significance.  Why would over 135 organizations including the Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association, the NAACP, and both major teachers unions (MTA and AFT) be against the proposal?  Why have over 200 schools committees, 23 town boards and city councils, and 31 mayors said No On 2?  It’s the simple

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