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Open Enrollment Runs Through Jan. 23
11:48AM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Open Enrollment period in Massachusetts for getting (and keeping) ACA insurance coverage runs through Jan. 23, and CHP can help.

Making an in-person appointment with a CHP application counselor is the easiest way to get – and keep – your health insurance in 2020, whether or not you are a CHP patient.

In Massachusetts, more than 95 percent of residents have health insurance. But each year, residents covered by a Massachusetts Health Connector Plan (ACA, or Obamacare) must re-enroll in their existing plans or pick a new one. Those with no coverage must apply for a plan, or face a state tax penalty.

If you are already enrolled in a subsidized


Berkshire Museum Names New Chief Engagement Officer
11:16AM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Museum welcomes Hilary Dunne Ferrone as chief engagement officer.

Ferrone has 25 years of experience in nonprofit strategic planning, philanthropy, program development, and management for arts, higher education and government organizations, most recently as the interim director of Institutional Advancement for Bard College at Simon's Rock.

As chief engagement officer, Ferrone will be a key member of the museum leadership team, responsible for all aspects of community engagement, including fundraising, membership, foundation grants, corporate and community partnerships, special events, new program development, and communications.



Images Cinema Presents 20th Century Women in Film Series
01:57PM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. In celebration of that historic expansion of voting rights, Images Cinema is presenting a series of films about women's activism and advocacy from then until today.

From January through May, Images will present both narrative and documentary films that highlight woman activist stories. Each film is paired with a woman activist guest speaker or speakers. Regular admission prices apply unless otherwise noted. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St.

"I was inspired to put this series together by the confluence of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and all


Two Members Join Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Board
11:13AM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — David Offensend of Wassaic, N.Y., and Eleanore Velez of Lee, Mass., have joined the board of directors of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Offensend is president and CEO of Waltham-based Education Development Center, a global nonprofit focused on improving education, promoting health and expanding economic opportunity. Before that, he was chief operating officer for America Achieves and the New York Public Library.

Prior to his work in the nonprofit sector, Offensend cofounded Evercore Partners, an independent investment banking advisory firm, and held leadership roles at the investment organization of Robert M. Bass and Lehman Brothers Merchant


Protect Yourself Against Long-term Care Costs
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:05AM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

If you're fortunate, you'll live independently and in good health throughout your retirement years. However, if you ever needed some type of long-term care, such as a stay in a nursing home, would you be financially prepared?

To answer this question, you may want to evaluate two variables: your likelihood of needing long-term care and the cost of such care. Consider the following:

* Someone turning age 65 today has an almost 70 percent chance of eventually needing some type of long-term care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

* The average cost for a private room in a nursing home is about $100,000 per year, while a home health aide costs about

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Bay State Games Recognizes 'Berkshire Heroes'
01:25AM / Monday, January 06, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Bay State Games presented the Berkshire Hero Award on Saturday evening to two staunch supporters of the annual Winter Games.   The 2020 recipients are Nate Cariddi from Williams College and Sue Briggs of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. The two recipients received their awards during the Bay State Skate Figure Skating Show, which took place at the college's Lansing Chapman Rink on Saturday.    Nate Cariddi is the groundskeeper lead at Williams with responsibilities including the ice rink. Cariddi has served as an important contact between the Bay State Games and the college. He and his crew also put in a lot of extra work and care during


Berkshire Palate Expands in Williamstown
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:32AM / Saturday, January 04, 2020

The new location in the Colonial Plaza is 600 square feet bigger than the eatery's original spot.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Palate has moved to accommodate its expanding business.    The eatery has moved just a few doors down at the Colonial Plaza into the former EAT — a more suitable location for its cuisine, business, and customers.    "People are really receptive to the menu and I think they like that we are family owned and the food is local," co-owner Paul Brassard said. "They like the creative things we do on the menu and it is never the same old thing."   Berkshire Palate is a family business run by


@theMarket: New Wall of Worry for Markets
By Bill Schmick,
06:27PM / Friday, January 03, 2020
Donald Trump's decision this week to kill Iran's second-most important figure, Gen. Qassem Soleimanai, this week placed a time-out on the stock market's bull run into the New Year. Do you run for the hills or do you buy the dip?   If I look back to other geopolitical events, my first reaction is to use any further declines as an opportunity to increase exposure to the stock markets. At the same time, I wouldn't chase those categories of assets that have vaulted higher in response to this event. Gold and oil both moved higher overnight, but those gains could be fleeting as investors begin to assess whether or not there will be any further downside.   That is not to


'Uncut Gems': Frenetic: [fruh-net-ik] Filled With Excitement, Activity, or Confusion: Wild or Frantic
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires columnist
05:14PM / Friday, January 03, 2020
Adam Sandler's partially tour de force and indubitably frenetic portrayal of New York Diamond District jeweler/gambler Howard Ratner in "Uncut Gems" is a wildly disturbing adventure yarn, the purpose of which I'm still trying to figure out. Neither a comprehensive character study of its anxiety-ridden, addictive personality nor a scientific delve into the protagonist's torturing affliction, Howard's pillar-to-post rampage in quest of that ultimate score courtesy of a raw, Ethiopian opal will leave you shockingly exhausted.   Nonetheless, when I recently issued that quasi-deterring cautionary to an acquaintance, she seemed even more anxious than before to


The Independent Investor: Why Is Inflation so Low?
By Bill Schmick,
12:14PM / Friday, January 03, 2020
The inflation rate has not been a cause of concern in this country for well over a decade. On the contrary, economists have been worried that the opposite might occur, a bout of deflation.   Throughout the last decade, inflation has averaged no more than 1 1/2 percent, which is well below the Federal Reserve Bank's targeted inflation rate of 2 percent. Historically, that is highly unusual, given how economics are supposed to work. Central banks around the world (although they don't like to admit it), have no idea why the inflation rate is as low as it is.  Neither do global economists, or Wall Street strategists.   World economies continue to grow, and interest rates


Main Street in North Adams Filled With Art in the New Year
02:25AM / Friday, January 03, 2020

Jon Verney's 'Sightseer' is featured at 105 Main St.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Downtown North Adams is glammed up for the new year, thanks to an artistic collaboration among the city of North Adams and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and Fine and Performing Arts Department of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

New work from local artists, one Mass MoCA artist in residence, two MCLA alumni and eight MCLA students has been placed in storefront windows along Main Street. Visitors who wish to read more about the artists and obtain a walking map can isit MCLA Gallery 51 at 51 Main St. in North Adams.

"We wanted to ignite Main Street in a way that reflects the

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Clark Art Institute Presents Programs for Families With Young Children
03:16PM / Thursday, January 02, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This winter, the Clark Art Institute continues two of its popular programs for families with young children, New Parents Gallery Talks and Start with Art.

New Parents Gallery Talks are designed for parents/guardians and their infants. Parents and guardians can enjoy a guided visit in our galleries without having to find a babysitter. Talks take place on Fridays Jan. 3, Feb. 7 and March 6 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Strollers and front-carrying baby carriers are permitted. The gallery talks are most appropriate for parents/guardians and pre-toddlers.

The Start with Art program introduces young children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old to art in a fun and


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