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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Tackles Economic Development
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Adams Select Board member Christine Hoyt points to a map laying out the redevelopment sparked by the Berkshire Scenic Railway project in Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Everyone can play a role in the economic development of the region, local officials and experts said at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's monthly forum on Friday.

"Every single one of you is involved in economic development," Jonathan Butler, CEO at 1Berkshire, told the nearly 70 people in attendance at the monthly forum at First Baptist Church.

Butler kicked off the forum by giving an overview of the economic situation in the Berkshires, more specifically northern Berkshire County. He shared

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Area Residents Finish Strong at Boston Marathon
06:38PM / Monday, April 16, 2018
BOSTON, Mass. -- More than half the area’s competitors at Monday’s Boston Marathon finished in the top half of his or her respective age division, according to results posted Monday evening on the Boston Athletic Association website.   One of the top performances was turned in by Pittsfield’s Abigail Wright, who finished in 3 hours, 9 minutes, 42 seconds, placing 235th out of 6,619 women in the 18-39 age group, the top 4 percent of the division.   It was a big day for the Americans in Boston, where Michigan’s Desiree Linden was the top woman in a time of 2:39:54 and Arizona’s Sarah Sellers was second in 2:44:04.   The top runner overall was

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Central Berkshire Habitat Teams With Lowe's For Women Build
04:11PM / Monday, April 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year's National Women Build Week from May 5-13 and also for an additional five weeks following the national event.   More than 18,000 women construction volunteers unite nationwide to build up their communities with Habitat homeowners.   On Sunday, April 29, local volunteers will start Women Build month by attending a hands-on construction training workshop that will give them the necessary tools to build on the construction site. Lowe's in Hadley will host a workshop on Monday, April 23, which Women Builders can

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Berkshires Beat: Thermal Cameras Available at the Milne Library
01:44PM / Monday, April 16, 2018
Picture perfect
The cameras show hot and cold spots in homes that are not visible to the naked eye.

Just in time for Earth Day, the Milne Public Library is making two thermal imaging cameras available for residents to check out. These cameras, which attach to a smartphone, show hot and cold spots in homes that aren’t visible to the naked eye, enabling homeowners to find air leaks and poor insulation. Common culprits for air leaks include doors, windows, exterior outlets, ducts and connections to the outside such as cables or plumbing fixtures. Areas that might need additional insulation include attics, walls, floors, foundations, crawl spaces and ducts.

The cameras were

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Legislature Looking at $200M in Chapter 90 Funds; $7.2M for Berkshires
01:23AM / Monday, April 16, 2018
BOSTON – Some $200 million in Chapter 90 road funds have been approved in both houses of the Legislature for fiscal 2019, with about $7.3 million headed for Berkshire County.    The funds are part of a three-year, $600 million Chapter 90 apportionment that passed the State Senate. The House the week before passed a single-year $200 million bill and both houses are now working to resolve differences in the two bills in order to get legislation to the governor's desk so that the funds can be released for this construction season.   "This legislation allows the current Chapter 90 program to continue and guarantees future funding in FY 2020 and FY2021," said

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Great Barrington Police Investigating Fatal Crash
07:36PM / Sunday, April 15, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Housatonic woman was killed late Sunday morning in a head-on collision near 200 Maple Ave.    Annemarie E. Bushka, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries incurred in the crash.    Bushka's motor vehicle collided with one driven by Robert Bacigalupi, 68, who police say crossed the yellow line into Bushka's lane.    Bacigalupi, of New York City, was charged with motor vehicle homicide and marked lanes violation. He was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and will be issued a summons to appear in court at a later date.   The

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Williamstown's Art Runs Boston to Benefit Disabled Runners Group
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Sunday, April 15, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Qualified to run his 80th marathon at age 73, Hank Art shows no signs of slowing down.   Unless he wants to.   Art will toe the line in Hopkinton this Monday morning for his 16th Boston Marathon. But one of his most memorable experiences in a 26.2-mile event came a couple of hours to south, at the 2013 New York City Marathon.   "It was my personal record for my slowest marathon," Art recalled last week. "We started at 10 a.m. and ended up after 6 at night in Central Park."   That is because Art was running not for a time but as a guide with Achilles International, a New York-based nonprofit that helps mobility-impaired

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Youth Conference Inspires Teens To Become 'Tools of Change'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:30AM / Saturday, April 14, 2018

The arts was one of the four tracks students could choose for the workshops. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Zoe Hypolite watched as Hurricane Maria devastated her home country of Dominica.   She knew something had to be done to help. She started fundraising.   "I decided that I am going to do something about it. This is why I am the head of Miss Hall's natural disaster relief group where we have raised thousands of dollars for schools of areas affected by natural disasters," Hypolite.   Hypolite is a student at Miss Hall's and comes from a background checkered in trauma. From nearly being blind as a child to bullied in high school to feeling suicidal,

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Rep. Farley-Bouvier named 2018 Provider's Council Legislator of the Year
12:30PM / Friday, April 13, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass.— State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier was named 2018 Provider's Council Legislator of the Year and awarded the Caring Bear presented by The Caring Force at their seventh annual State House Rally and Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 10. The award is annually given to legislative champions for their commitment to the human services sector.

"I was thrilled and honored to be recognized by these terrific community partners and receive the prestigious, and adorable, Caring Force Care Bear. It was that staff from Berkshire County ARC came to help celebrate that really made this award special," said Farley-Bouvier, who represents the 3rd Berkshire

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The Independent Investor: The Facebook Fallacy
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018
After a grueling two-day inquisition before both houses of Congress, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has left the building. The question is how much did anyone really learn about the privacy issues of this social media behemoth?   As most readers are aware, the present controversy erupted when it was revealed that a Trump-campaign related firm, Cambridge Analytica, harvested personal data from millions of Facebook users. It spawned a huge controversy over privacy, cybersecurity and Big Data companies in general.   I watched as much of the hearings as I could stomach. What was clear to me was most of our so-called legislators had no idea how Facebook works. While some

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Strategies for Your Investment 'Garden'
12:17PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

If you're a gardener, your busy season is at hand, as April has been designated National Garden Month. But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing?

Here are a few ideas for doing just that:

* Establish a timeline. As a gardener, you typically follow a well-defined timeline. You need to get the soil ready a few months before you want to plant, and you need to plant at different times, depending on what plants you choose. You even need to set up a schedule for watering, feeding, weeding and other garden care.

As an investor, you may also need to observe a timeline. During the early and middle stages of your career,

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Pittsfield's Carnevale To Lead Governor's W. Mass Office
Staff Reports,
02:20PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MEMA's Regional Manager Patrick Carnevale will lead the governor's Western Massachusetts office.   Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Carnevale to run the Springfield office and be a liaison between the communities in Western Massachusetts and the executive branch.   "Our Springfield office serves as an important connector to support our constituents, local leaders and municipalities in western Massachusetts," Baker said in a statement. "With almost two decades of public service and his role in overseeing emergency management for western Massachusetts, Patrick is uniquely qualified to lead the office and we are proud to welcome him

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