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'The Circle': The Shape of Things to Come?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:45PM / Friday, May 05, 2017
Do you find yourself peering endlessly into your smartphone, hoping to make connections, seeking information, wiling away the time, looking for the secret of life and maybe even G-d? It has become your crystal ball and indeed, if we take the cue from director James Ponsoldt's "The Circle," it may show the way to a very creepy future. More important than it is good, this fictionalized audit of the mass voyeurism that has become a frightening offshoot of the information explosion demands the attention of people who still care to think for themselves.   The delve into this world by Mae Holland, a young woman previously in a dead-end customer service job who is recruited by a

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Main Street Hospitality Group Creates VP Position
12:08PM / Friday, May 05, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – Eva Sheridan, former senior human resources officer at MountainOne Financial, has been appointed vice president of people and human development at Main Street Hospitality Group.
 
"As Main Street continues to evolve into a leading operator and developer of independent hotels, Eva will be a positive force in our business," said Sarah Eustis, CEO. "We are thrilled to have her join us. Her natural hospitality, love of people, deep experience and understanding of our company make this a great mutual fit."

In this newly created strategic role, Sheridan will be responsible for the management and development of human capital across all Main

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McCann Tech Welding Grads Hope to Spark New Careers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Friday, May 05, 2017

Nick Lannan looks over his certificate of completion at Wednesday's graduation event.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School's evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing skills.    "This is a compressed course. You went through a lot of material in a very short period of time," metal fabrication instructor John Kline said. "You know how far you've come in the short seven weeks we had here. ...   "I hope you got a lot of out of it, and not just the hands-on welding but what you learned in the

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The Independent Investor: Only The Rich Are Saving
By Bill Schmick,
06:12PM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
Last quarter, the  percent age of Americans' personal savings rate stood at 5.9  percent of their disposable income, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis'. Given that number had fallen to as low as 1.9 percent in 2005, that's a large improvement. But who is saving and who is not is the real question to ask.   Our savings rate is clearly higher than it used to be relative to other countries. It is nowhere near the Chinese savings rate of 38 percent of 2014, for example, but it has improved to the point that we are now somewhere in the middle of the pack when looking at the 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and

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Health Screenings Save Time for Busy Moms
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03:20PM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
 
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Women lead busy lives. Many function in multiple roles in caring for their families every day including chauffeur, chief executive, banker, scheduler, professional organizer and cook. 

When you’re a mom, taking care of yourself can seem like a extravagant luxury. But visiting your healthcare providers for regular screenings can save you time and money in the long run - not to mention keeping you in good health so you can continue to juggle all of those responsibilities without getting run down.

Women’s Health Week begins on May 14, Mother’s Day. It is a great time to remind your mom and the other women in your life (even yourself) to

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Weight Lifting Event Raises Money for Cancer Awareness
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10:42AM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. - This past weekend marked the inaugural Balls Out Bash Push Pull Powerlifting Meet to Benefit Barballs, Inc., and its mission to help our communities battle cancer.   With the support of our community, Iron Bred Strength and the sport of powerlifting, Barballs, Inc., was able to raise $1,800.   This money will be used to help run many more awareness and cancer-based events as we continue our battle against cancer. Our "Strength Giving Strength" mission will continue to be our primary platform of bringing awareness as we take the strength sports we all love and give strength to those in need.   Barballs, Inc., is here to help. If you are looking to help

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Berkshire Special Olympians Compete in Great Barrington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Hundreds of athletes from throughout Berkshire County converged at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday for the 38th annual Berkshire Area Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.   Participants competed in running, throwing and jumping events, thrilling to their own accomplishments and inspiring those lucky enough to witness the event.   The opening ceremony featured a torch run conducted by area law enforcement officers, a performance of the national anthem by the Monument Mountain marching band and a reading of the Special Olympic Oath by Kaitlyn Critchley.   "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the

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Smart Investing Can Help You Race Toward Your Goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:05PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017

It's Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you're not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby's pageantry – the mint juleps, the women's beautiful hats, the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home," and so on.

But if you look beyond the hoopla, you'll realize just how much work it takes to put on such an event. And the efforts of one group in particular – the jockeys – may be able to provide you with some lessons in life – and in investing.

For starters, consider the stamina the jockeys show as they steer 1,000-pound thoroughbreds around the track at Churchill Downs. Riding a racehorse is difficult, demanding and

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Pignatelli Secures Funds for County Initiatives, MassPike Study
05:48PM / Tuesday, May 02, 2017
BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, secured funding and language for the 4th Berkshire District in the House of Representatives' version of the fiscal 2018 state budget was passed last week.   It includes language that would require the state Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of building a new exit between Exits 2 and 3 of the Massachusetts Turnpike and report back to the Legislature by next January. There are 29 miles between those two exits — Lee in Berkshire County and Westfield in Hampden County.    "The distance between Exits 2 and 3 of the turnpike is the longest on the state highway,"

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Pipeline Demonstrators Arrested for Blocking Forest Access Roads
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02:49PM / Tuesday, May 02, 2017
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — State police they have arrested 18 demonstrators for trespassing at two separate locations at the Sandisfield pipeline extension project on Tuesday morning.    The protesters apparently ran chains and caution tape with "resist" on it across two access roads in an attempt to stop Kinder Morgan from felling trees in Otis State Forest to make way for a natural gas pipeline. According to police, they "indicated that they wanted to be arrested. They notified State Police beforehand that they would not comply with requests to disperse from the roads."   The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. was given permission by U.S. Federal Energy

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Native Stars in ‘Peppa Pig’ Stage Show
10:54PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Pigging out: Adams native Evan M. Pinsonnault is an actor with Peppa Pig's first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, "Peppa Pig's Big Splash." The show splashes down in Springfield for the final performance in its spring 2017 tour (peppapigliveus.com). The show will be at Symphony Hall on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

Pinsonnault, stage name Evan Michael, plays the roles of Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull and Danny Dog in the live show. Springfield is one of more than 30 cities in the United States and Canada on the spring tour. Pinsonnault also played the roles of Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull and Danny Dog in the 2015-2016 tour, which visited more than 90 cities.

Pinsonnault is a 2001 graduate of Hoosac

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Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Join In 'More Than Pink' Movement
03:07PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Thinking pink: Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets across New England, including the Lee Premium Outlets, is holding its Spring 2017 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. As part of its pledge to donate $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 180 participating Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide will be participating in a range of activities throughout the month of May.

Visitors to Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets will notice the pink theme carried throughout the shopping centers with features such as pink-lit entrances, pink flowers on display, pink ribbon parking and more. Staff will also be donning

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