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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Urged to Think Green
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mary Stucklen, a member of the Pittsfield Green Committee, had some green advice for the forum participants on Friday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — We've all heard it before, but the "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra is one we should still be heeding.

That was the message a group of environmental advocates gave to the approximately 100 participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday, titled "Moving Toward Sustainable Living in North Berkshire": Do what you can to help reduce your own footprint.

Elena Traister, professor of environmental studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, got the ball rolling by reminding the audience of the

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Locals Compete at 123rd Boston Marathon
iBerkshires.com Sports,
07:28PM / Monday, April 15, 2019
BOSTON, Mass. -- Lee’s Matt Kinnaman finished 71st in his division to post one of the strongest performances among Berkshire County residents competing at Monday’s 123rd Boston Marathon.   Kinnaman, 58, covered the 26.2 mile route from Hopkinton to downtown Boston in 3 hours, 13 minutes, 15 seconds.   The fastest county resident listed on the Boston Athletic Association’s list of official finishers on Monday evening was Great Barrington’s Nicholas Curelop, 30, who broke the three-hour mark, finishing in 2:58:18 to finish 1,603rd in his division.   The fastest woman across the finish line from the county contingent was Housatonic’s Kristen

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Windstorm Blows Through Berkshires
12:14PM / Monday, April 15, 2019
 
A wind gust or microburst blew out the side of a barn in Clarksburg. Owner Dan Tanner posed on Facebook that it shifted the barn 4-6 inches and took down trees around the property. A severe storm system working its way along the East Coast blew through the Berkshires early Monday morning, taking down trees in several areas.    The region saw winds of 45 to 60 mph and tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were in place for several areas overnight in eastern New York state.    There is a flood watch in effect through Tuesday morning from rainfall and snowmelt runoff and strong winds are expected to continue in the I-91 corridor, according to the National

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Boxing Gym Opens in South County
Community submission,
05:06AM / Monday, April 15, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Boxing Club, which began nearly three years ago as a "floating" boxing program, has a permanent home at 72 Stockbridge Road (the former Gans Bedding).   The brick and mortar space will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, April 17. There will be a grand opening party on Friday, May 17 May 24, at the gym, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to see live exhibition sparring. Everyone is welcome.      Berkshire Boxing Club offers a training program for beginners as well as seasoned boxers who are hoping to compete. Genève Brossard, Berkshire Boxing Club's head coach

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Williamstown Author Pens Second Middle-Grade Novel
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:49AM / Saturday, April 13, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Williamstown author Ali Benjamin started thinking about a follow-up to her 2015 middle-grade novel "The Thing About Jellyfish," she struggled to find the right topic and the right tone. 

"Jellyfish," while a beautiful story about a young girl's journey of self-discovery, is, after all, a story about the death of a child. Benjamin had planned her next book around the issue of gun violence, but in the years following the release of "Jellyfish," real life seemed too dark in many ways to pick another tough topic.

"I finally said to my editor, 'I don't think I can do the book we have been talking about,'

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Step Up For Kids Event Raises Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:56AM / Saturday, April 13, 2019

Each pair of shoes represent one case of child abuse in Berkshire County per month. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The steps in front of City Hall on Friday were filled with 58 little pair of shoes, each one representing a child being abused in Berkshire County each month.   The display was part of the 13th annual "Step Up For Kids," a presentation to rally support for efforts to combat child abuse. The annual event is put on each year by the Children's Trust to recognize child abuse prevention month in April.   "It saddens me that our kids need us to dedicate a month to their protection. Isn't it a child's birthright to be loved, nurtured, and

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@theMarket: Earnings Season Cause Markets to Surge
By Bill Schmick,
04:48PM / Friday, April 12, 2019
After a week of low volume consolidation, all three averages broke higher on Friday. The bulls are still in charge and seem determined to push stocks back to their all-time highs.   A trigger could be this year's first quarter earnings season, which is upon us, some of the multi-center banks reported today. They did not disappoint, beating estimates handily and expectations are that most of the big banks will also beat earnings estimates. That won't be too difficult to do given that earnings estimates have been down-graded not once, but twice, over the last three months.   Overall, the Street is expecting companies that comprise the S&P 500 Index to report a decline in

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iBerkshiresTV Launches With Local News, Interviews
Staff Reports,
04:42PM / Friday, April 12, 2019
Here at iBerkshires, we are always open to trying new things. After 19 years of providing local news to our readers, we know no everyone gets their news in the same manner. There are readers, there are listeners, and there are viewers. So, we're working on a potential new partnership with Clayson Creative to bring you a new way to get your news. We're introducing iBerkshiresTV.    In this pilot episode, Jeff Snoonian is our host. He brings you all of our top headlines from the last two weeks. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer was gracious enough to sit down with iBerkshires' Pittsfield Bureau Chief Andy McKeever to discuss her At Home in Pittsfield program. And we've got

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Berkshire County School Vacation Activities Abound
12:24PM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Looking for something to do with the kids during April school vacation? Look no further!

 

Single Events

Wednesday, April 17: The Family Center will host its annual Touch A Truck celebration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Hasins Center on 210 State St., North Adams. Touch a Truck is an annual free, fun community event for the whole family. Featuring big trucks and vehicles to explore. Children will have a chance to see and learn about a fire truck, police car and ambulance. Other vehicles to explore will be a school bus, tractors and construction vehicles.

Wednesday, April 17: The Nutshell Playhouse will present “Saving Jazzy” at The Whitney

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Preschools Around Berkshire County
12:17PM / Friday, April 12, 2019



Berkshire County Head Start: Becket, Great Barrington, Lee, North Adams and Pittsfield

Child Care of the Berkshires: Child Care of the Berkshires operates three licensed child care centers across Berkshire County, as well as a system of family child care providers and a program for young parents.

Berkshire Family YMCA: Pittsfield and North Adams

Most public elementary schools have a preschool option. Check with your school district.

 

Private preschools

Adams
St. Stanislaus School, http://diospringfield.org/SUBDOMAIN/ststansadams/

Dalton
Dalton Preschool, https://daltonpreschool.org/

Great Barrington
Berkshire South Regional Community Center,

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Library Storytimes Around the Berkshires
10:05AM / Friday, April 12, 2019

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go."

Adams Free Library
92 Park St., Adams
www.adamslibraryma.org
Storytime: 10 a.m. Fridays

Alford Free Public Library
5 Alford Center Road, Alford
https://townofalford.org/library/

Becket Athenaeum
3367 Main St., Route 8, Becket
http://www.becketathenaeum.org/
Preschool STEAM: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays through May 21

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield
http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/
Tiny Tots Storytime: 10 a.m. Mondays
Preschool Play and Learn: 10 a.m. Thursdays
LEGO Club: 3-5 p.m. Thursdays

Bushnell-Sage Library
48 Main St.,

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