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The Independent Investor: The Market's Half-Time Report
By Bill Schmick,
12:56PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
Financial markets worldwide ended the first six months of the year much better off than they started. Here in the U.S., the Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes both gained 8 percent, while NASDAQ delivered 15 percent.   The Russell 2000, the small cap index, underperformed (up 4 percent) and the Transports gained 5 percent. All-in-all, it paid to be in large-cap, especially the large cap growth sector for the first half. At the same time, the Volatility Index continued to make new lows, despite the fact that at least half the investing population was/is worried and fearful of our new president's agenda.   All of the top 20 economies around the world are growing this year. That


Pittsfield Superintendent to Speak on Schools as Sanctuaries
11:28AM / Friday, July 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, July 8, welcomes Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless, who will speak on the topic of schools as sanctuaries, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. in Murdock Hall.   The event is free and open to the public.   In his presentation, McCandless will look at the many types of "at-risk" students, the state of at-risk students in the Commonwealth, what Pittsfield Public Schools have done to become more "sanctu-arial," and the special care that immigrant and refugee children require.   According to McCandless, because of current affairs, rhetoric and


Classical Beat: Great Music Abounds at Tanglewood, Taconic & Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
09:16AM / Friday, July 07, 2017

Tanglewood, the nation's largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 77th classical festival season. Here's a rundown of the concerts and performers from July 5-11.

As if that's not enough, don't miss out on the brilliant offerings at Taconic Music and Tannery Pond – two additional stellar venues in Manchester, VT. and New Lebanon, NY.

Why go? Great performers interpret iconic music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites of audiences worldwide. Read below for the details.


• Wednesday, July 5, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo's Fire will present a


Neal Delivers 100K Grant To Help Fairview Hospital
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Thursday, July 06, 2017

Neal announced the $98,871 grant at the hospital on Thursday.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Since 2010, 80 rural hospitals have closed.

Another 363 are struggling to keep the doors open, according to Fairview Hospital President Eugene Dellea.

The Berkshires know that well. It has only been a few years since the former North Adams Regional Hospital closed up.   On the federal level, massive changes to healthcare delivery could be looming, making hospitals unsure of how to plan for the future.   "We are fortunate here at Fairview. We have the support of a huge health system in Berkshire Health Systems. We have the availability of a lot of resources that other small

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What Can Investors Learn from the All Stars?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:49AM / Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Next week, the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in Marlins Park in Miami. If you're a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you're an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the All Stars.

* Alertness: Most of us can only dream of having the outstanding reflexes of major league ballplayers. But we can develop a similar trait: alertness. Just as a ballplayer who wants to steal a base needs to be alert to the pitcher’s delivery and the strength of the catcher’s throwing arm, you should be vigilant about investment opportunities and the potential need to make changes to your portfolio.



MPO Wants Closer Look at Public Transit Options
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Wednesday, July 05, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The MPO wants to take a much more serious look this fall at how public transportation serves its customers.   The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization is in charge of prioritizing federal transportation dollars allotted to the county. That includes funding for the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority.   The issues with the BRTA haven't changed in years — a lack of funding leads to limited hours, infrequent service, and constrained geographic coverage.   The MPO wants to "think outside of the box" and find how to address some of those issues to better serve the community.   "If we want to crack some of the


Biz Briefs: Architect to Focus on Houses for Adults With Autism
12:22PM / Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Growing to help: Pamela Sandler, founder of Pamela Sandler Architect in Stockbridge, Mass., completed the 11-week, 100-plus-hour Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a national program created to help entrepreneurs develop jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.

Sandler fine-tuned the firm's business growth plan which, along with her residential and commercial full-service architecture, extends the firm's reach by teaming with groups that develop appropriate housing for Autism Spectrum Disorder and special needs adults in the Northeast. Sandler said that within seven years, 500,000 ASD adults will require


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire United Way Celebrates Day of Caring
12:51PM / Monday, July 03, 2017

A rising kindergartner receives a Literacy Backpack at the Dalton CRA on June 21.

Caring and sharing: Berkshire United Way held its 2017 Day of Caring on July 21.  Day of Caring is the name United Way has used to represent volunteer engagement and community building. In the past, Berkshire United Way Day of Caring initiatives have included the installation of 50 Berkshire Book Houses, Born Learning Trails at Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington and Durant and Springside Parks in Pittsfield to enhance literacy.  Volunteers have painted classrooms and held book drives in support of education, cleaned the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, and held countywide


Artist Creates Explorative Sculpture Based on Hoosac Tunnel
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:51AM / Saturday, July 01, 2017

The mountain peaks are made from connected triangles. Sambruce began assembling the pieces in April for the mid-June opening. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Artist Wesley Sambruce brings his reflections on the Hoosac Tunnel to life in Kidspace with an interactive sculpture that asks children and adults alike to explore courage.   Lofted in Kidspace in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Sambruce built a portal into another world. Flipping back the tunnel's heavy veil opens to meandering pathways paved with poetry, crawlways dropping off into unexplored caverns and open vestibules with hanging tendrils — all inspired by the 4.75-mile Hoosac


'Beatriz at Dinner': Manifesto Under Glass
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:31PM / Friday, June 30, 2017
There isn't any doubt what writer Mike White had in mind when he penned "Beatriz at Dinner."   His insightful parable, brought to life by Miguel Arteta's skillful direction and a superb cast starring Salma Hayek in the title role, takes place at the very crux of humanity's social ills.   Expect diagnosis, but alas, no cure. You see, beneath the dramatic layers, both disingenuously polite and blatantly hateful, it's about the money. As my rich big sister Ann says, "It's always about the money, especially if they say it's not about the money."   Oh, it wasn't much different before we invented the stuff. Back then, the love of

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BArT Announces New Chair of Board of Trustees
03:38PM / Friday, June 30, 2017

Dianne Cutillo

ADAMS, Mass. — Trustees of the BART Charter Public School elected a new board chair and treasurer, Dianne M. Cutillo and Jennifer Kerwood, and a new trustee, Maura Delaney, at the board's June meeting.

Officers re-elected were Christopher Perkins, vice chair, and Geraldine Shen, secretary. In addition to electing Delaney to a first term of two years, the board approved a third three-year term for Perkins and a second three-year term for Cindy Brown, Cutillo and Kerwood.

"It is a privilege to serve BArT as a Trustee," Cutillo said. "The school's work makes such a difference for area students by helping them achieve academic success and prepare


YMCA to Host Camp Green Mountain in Bennington
03:12PM / Friday, June 30, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Berkshire Family YMCA announces open registrations in its new Camp Green Mountain to be held at the Bennington Recreation Center. Weekly sessions are from July 3-Aug. 18, with no camp on July 4.

The YMCA Camp Green Mountain develops the necessary building blocks for youth development by providing a safe, creative learning environment for young people to feel empowered, build self-esteem, explore personal interests, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories.

Held at Bennington Recreation Center, Camp Green Mountain will offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities. Activities also include swim time,


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