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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center Announces New Hire, Promotion
11:25AM / Friday, July 14, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Rebecca Wolin has joined the Berkshire South Regional Community Center team on July 6, filling the role of director of Finance and Administration.

Wolin has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management. Most recently she held a position as staff accountant at Country Curtains. She will be stationed at the Jenifer House offices and can be reached at 413-528-0397 or

In addition, Jaclyn Sinay was recently promoted to director of Employee and Community Engagement from her previous title of director of Membership. Sinay will continue to oversee membership while providing added support to all employee


BHS Named Among 2017's 'Most Wired'
11:18AM / Friday, July 14, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The American Hospital Association's Health Forum has named Berkshire Health Systems among Healthcare’s Most Wired for 2017.

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th annual Health Care's Most Wired survey, released by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Forum.

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals like Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital are using smart phones, telehealth and


Region Hosting Variety of Classical Musical Offerings
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
08:53PM / Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It's here: the summer concert season is upon us. With programs across the region, concertgoers will have a wide range of classical music to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo piano and orchestral to opera and musical theater in concert; from chamber music to a thrilling Bach Brandenburg Concerto. 

This week I'll showcase three presenters that offer the best in chamber music, symphonic music, opera and musical theater.

Taconic Music
Ariel Rudiakov&Joana Genova-Rudiakov

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova-Rudiakov, co-founders and co-artistic directors of Taconic Music, the stimulating and innovative Manchester, Vt.-based


Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:20PM / Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July is Independent Retailer Month. As you know, local stores bring vitality, creativity and economic growth to their communities, so it's worth celebrating those “mom and pop” shops. But they aren't the only entrepreneurs in the country – about 10 percent of workers in the United States are self-employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're thinking of joining these ranks, you may want to prepare yourself financially. 

For one thing, you may need to pay more in taxes, depending on your income. Self-employed individuals typically have to pay twice the amount in Social Security and Medicare taxes because they have to cover the


AYJ Fund of North Adams Lead Sponsor of Cancer Conference
07:09PM / Wednesday, July 12, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The AYJ Fund of North Adams was a lead sponsor for the 2nd International Gliomatosis Cerebri Conference that was held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.    The conference in late June brought together leading physicians and researchers from Europe, Canada and leading cancer facilities from across the United States to collaborate, present research and advance the study of this rare brain cancer.   Kathy and Joe Arabia created the AYJ Fund to honor their 16-year-old daughter Anna Yan Ji Arabia, who died of gliomatosis cerebri in 2013. Upon diagnosis, the family determined it was unacceptable that there was no research being done on


Ciccolo Attorneys Seek Access to Witnesses' Identities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16PM / Tuesday, July 11, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A U.S. District Court judge will decide by early September whether to compel the government to disclose classified information to the attorneys for an Adams man accused of terrorism.   Alexander Ciccolo was in court on Tuesday for a hearing before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni on whether the government must reveal the identities of six "confidential human sources" and two "under cover employees" referenced in the government's filings in the 2-year-old case.   The government argued Tuesday that the defense has no "need to know" the classified information and it can be dealt with "in camera" as part of ex parte


Neal Talks Health Care In Recent Berkshire Visit
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Sunday, July 09, 2017

Neal spent time discussing various issues, though health care was the top, with reporters after announcing a grant for Fairview Hospital on Thursday. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A single payer health care policy has been picking up steam and support among Democrats locally and nationally.    It had been a key part of Bernie Sander's presidential platform. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth recently called for such a program to be considered. And Massachusetts state legislatures have put forth a bill to study on moving to one.   But U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is somewhat more reserved about bringing such a program to the federal level. He says he'd like to see Massachusetts


Berkshire Force 14U Squad Falls at Regional
07:30PM / Saturday, July 08, 2017
BARRINGTON, N.H. -- The Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball fell behind early and couldn't come back in an 11-1 loss to Barrington Blaze on Saturday at the Babe Ruth New England Regional.   Jordyn Codding, Lexi Sondrini, Addison Lyon, and Jordyn Lummus each had one hit for the Force.   Barrington collected 13 hits.


Health Care Dominates Warren's Town Hall in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Saturday, July 08, 2017

Warren was greeted with cheers at Saturday's packed town hall meeting at BCC. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The most pressing issue before U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren right now is the proposed federal health care bill.   And that's what she spent most of her time discussing with more than 800 people who attended her town hall at Berkshire Community College on Saturday.   The Democrat has been holding town hall meetings throughout the state, using most of the time to answer questions posed by the audience. She opened with remarks about the health care bill, and fielded numerous questions related to it.   "I think health care shows us what is going on in


@themarket: Global Interest Rates Rise, Global Stocks Fall
By Bill Schmick,
11:05AM / Saturday, July 08, 2017
It is something we really haven't seen in quite some time. Back in the day, before the financial crisis, interest rates and stocks most often moved in opposite directions. This week investors got a taste of what the future might hold.   U.S Treasury yields on the 10-year note (the benchmark average) ticked up to 2.39 percent at one point. Across the pond, the German Bund (their benchmark) rose .5 percent. Those were big moves in the debt world. Why are interest rates on the rise all of a sudden after years of declines?   Some would say it just had to happen. Global central bank policy has just been too loose for too long. I don't necessarily agree with that view, but at


Berkshire Force 14U Squad Advances at Regional
08:10PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
BARRINGTON, N.H. -- A big defensive play by Molly Sherman Friday sparked the Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team to a 9-5 win in bracket play at the Babe Ruth New England Regionals.   Sherman’s shoestring catch in left field ended a three-run rally in the top of the fourth.   The Force then took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame with five runs of its own.   Kirstyn Carrigan and Lexi Sondrini each had two hits for the Force.   Carrigan also combined with Sophia-Marie Groves to strike out five in the circle.


Lear RBI Lifts Thunder in Ninth at Regional
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
04:19PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Eight was not enough to silence the Thunder on Friday.   The Greylock Thunder 16-and-under Babe Ruth Softball team bounced back from two demoralizing eight-run innings to win two games over the Berkshire Force in the New England Regionals at the Doyle Complex.   In the morning, the Adams-based Thunder rallied after falling behind, 8-1, in the first inning, to earn a 9-8 to wrap up pool play in the four-team tournament.   In the afternoon, the Thunder squandered an 8-0 lead when the Force rallied for eight in the top of the seventh. Then Greylock gutted out a 9-8 win on Abby Lear's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to advance in the winners'


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