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Open Enrollment Choices Can Have Big Financial Impact
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:20PM / Tuesday, September 15, 2020
It’s that time of year again, where, if you work for a medium-to-large employer, you’ve got some decisions to make because it’s open enrollment time. Of course, depending on your situation, you may have been working remotely for a while, but, even so, you will likely have the opportunity to review your benefits package and make changes. And you’ll want to make the right moves because your choices can have a big financial impact on your life.   So, take a close look at these key areas of your benefits program:   •Health insurance – Think about your health care needs over the coming year – will you or someone in your family be coping with a


North Adams Turns Out for Abbreviated Freeman Center Walk
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:23PM / Monday, September 14, 2020

Police Chief Jason Wood gets ready for the walk.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nearly three dozen community members took the street on Monday night to walk a symbolic mile to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center and the victims of domestic violence it serves.   The annual fundraiser — Walk A Mile (in Her Shoes) — has been held for a decade in Pittsfield during one of the monthly Third Thursday events. Hundreds of people have participated in marching along North Street, with speakers, music and other activities.   The era of COVID-19 forced that to change, as it has so many social activities, and the center turned to virtual walks and a set of smaller groups


Main Street Hospitality Announces COVID Compliance Officer And New Housekeeping Partnership
09:25AM / Monday, September 14, 2020
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group, announced the company's appointment of its first COVID Compliance Officer.    As Main Street Hospitality Group continues to welcome guests to its properties throughout the Berkshires, and the newly opened Hammetts Hotel in Newport, R.I. the COVID Compliance Officer (CCO) will make monthly visits to each hotel for routine inspections and engagement with staff and leadership.    A board-certified physician, the officer strictly adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and government mandates. The officer also remains informed on the latest public health


Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Schedules 2020 Low Plate Lottery
03:59PM / Friday, September 11, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that the Registry of Motor Vehicles will hold the 2020 Low Plate Lottery drawing on Sept. 14, 2020.   The Registry of Motor Vehicles will hold the 2020 Low Plate Lottery drawing virtually beginning at 9:30 a.m.    This year, nearly 12,000 low number plate lottery applications were received for 100 available, eligible plates, including 6P, 751, V35, K5, 2042 and T31. Lottery results, including the names of winners, will be posted on Mass.Gov/RMV by the close of business on Tuesday, Sept, 15, and customers selected for a low number plate will be directly notified via mail after the drawing


Youth Soccer League Offering Competitive Opportunity for High Schoolers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, September 11, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As a dad, Stephen Nesbit knows how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for youngsters.   As an officer in the North Adams Soccer Club, he can do something about it.   "I'm a father, I have a 9-year-old and a 16-year-old," Nesbit said on Thursday morning. "Kids have been trapped in the house since March. They want to get out and run around with their friends. We're giving them a responsible option for that."   The NASC and its corresponding youth groups throughout the county are working to put together competitive opportunities for players of all ages, up to and including high schoolers, who likely will not have the


First-Responder Profiles: EMT, Firefighter Brian Sears
07:14PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020

Brian Sears is a volunteer firefighter in Dalton. DALTON, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    Brian Sears wanted to be involved as a first-responder since he was a kid. He found the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream when he moved to the Berkshires from the Boston area. He's now an emergency medical technician


The Retired Investor: CSAs & Local Farms Make a Comeback
By Bill Schmick,
04:41PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020
While much of the nation's farming industry has been decimated by the global pandemic, here in the U.S. one tiny segment of the agricultural market is booming — the CSA.   The line at my local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pickup station was short this week. As usual, everyone wore masks and waited in line, 6 feet apart. One by one, customers stuffed their carry bags full of lettuce, radishes, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes and whatever else nature's bounty and Kate, our farmer, had planted this season. CSAs charge a seasonal, or sometimes yearly membership fee in exchange, you receive weekly boxes, or bags of fresh veggies, fruits, and more. My membership cost more

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Berkshire Museum Enters Next Reopening Phase
02:36PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum will implement its third phase of reopening Monday, Sept. 14.    The Berkshire Museum, which began a phased reopening on Aug. 1, will start phase of their reopening process that will bring changes to the museum’s available gallery experiences.   This includes the departure of "The Art of Warner Bros.," which has been on view at the museum since January.    In addition to the museum’s Aquarium, exhibitions on view will now include "Berkshire Backyard," "Rocks and Minerals," "Animals of the World in Miniature" and the "Feigenbaum Hall of


Big Y Appoints Cormier as VP
02:15PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Big Y Foods, Inc. announced the appointment of Michael R. Cormier as Vice President of center store.    In his new role as Vice President of center store for Big Y, Cormier is responsible for all center store sales, marketing and merchandising. This includes grocery, health and beauty care, pharmacy, general merchandise, frozen, dairy, retail pricing and space management departments for the 70-store chain. He reports to Guy W. McFarlane, senior vice president of sales and marketing.   Cormier has worked in the grocery business throughout New England and New York for over 23 years. Before that, he worked in both his


'The Last Hurrah': Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Politics, But Were Told Not to Ask
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:43PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the


Berkshires Beat: Elizabeth Freeman Center's Walk a 'Virtual' Mile Continues
09:16AM / Thursday, September 10, 2020
Elizabeth Freeman Center's Walk a 'Virtual' Mile Continues The Elizabeth Freeman Center's 2020 digital Walk a 'Virtual' Mile fundraiser to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence continues through September. The following walks have been scheduled throughout the Berkshires. Bring a mask and remember to social  distance. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m.: Join Jane Iredale and EFC staff at 294 Main St., Great Barrington. Thursday, Sept. 10, at 3:30 p.m.: Join District Attorney Andrea Harrington at the District Attorney's Office at 7 North St., Pittsfield Monday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m.: Join North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard, members of the City


Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist Joins Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates
09:05AM / Thursday, September 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Matthew C. DeWolf, MD.   DeWolf, a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon and specialist in hand and upper extremity surgery, joins the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates.    Dr. DeWolf is accepting new patients in need of comprehensive orthopaedic care and hand and upper extremity services. He joins Drs. Jeffrey Cella, Anthony DeFelice, Jarod Goodrich, David Grygier, Christina Kane, Ashley Miller, Kevin Mitts, James Parkinson, Daniel Sage and Mark Sprague at Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health

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