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Freeman Center Rally Raises Awareness of Domestic Violence
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Thursday, April 04, 2019

Each flag represents a new victim of sexual or domestic assault in the Berkshires. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There were 345 flags in Park Square on Thursday, with each one representing a new local victim of domestic and sexual violence.   The Elizabeth Freeman Center placed one flag per new disclosure of sexual or domestic violence in 2018. And those are only the victims that received services from the organization.   The flags, coupled with a rally in the city's center, were intended to demonstrate the issue and the services the center provides.   "April is sexual assault awareness month so each year we put out flags for our survivors that we served the

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The Independent Investor: Coffee Prices at 13-Year Lows
By Bill Schmick,
04:45PM / Thursday, April 04, 2019
A few days ago, arabica coffee futures prices fell to a price they haven't seen since December 2005. But don't expect your morning cup of coffee to reflect those cheaper prices. The coffee business doesn't work like that.   Normally, when the price of a commodity falls (like oil), consumers can expect to see a drop in price at the gas pumps within a week or three. The same thing might happen if the price of beef, wheat, corn or any number of commodities experienced a decline in price, so why not coffee?   You might guess (as I did) that the demand for coffee by consumers must be falling, but that's not the case. In fact, more Americans are drinking at least one cup

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'Us': It Takes Two to Terrorize
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:38PM / Thursday, April 04, 2019
Point of disclosure: Save for classics like "Dracula" (1931) and "Frankenstein" (1931), I'm a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror films. I'm not simply afraid of them, but rather, in the parlance of childhood, "a-scared'"of them. That is, until now. Gripping my armrests in anticipation of a body-elevating jolt whilst viewing film auteur Jordan Peale's "Us," his unconnected followup to the highly praised "Get Out" (2017), the epiphany dawned on me.   Having lived through the last two years of the real-life horror that has masqueraded as American politics, I am immunized. Any fiction purporting to be horror pales in

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MassDOT Announces Enhanced Teen Driver Initiative
12:28PM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles, in collaboration with Safe Roads Alliance and program sponsors Safety Insurance, Toyota North America, and the Massachusetts National Guard has announced that "The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program" has been updated and is now available at statewide full-service RMV Service Centers and online. A copy of the guide will be distributed for free to all Junior Operators when they obtain their learner’s permits.

"We're pleased to continue our partnership with the Safe Roads Alliance and founding sponsor Safety Insurance, and welcome new sponsors Toyota and the Massachusetts

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Launches New Catering Website
11:43AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Catering website

Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe, has launched a new catering website that will streamline the ordering process for customers. The new site, which also include meat and seafood, will allow customers to begin their order online with a few clicks and get a preliminary quote in real time, anytime of the day or night.

Wild Oats has been offering catering services for over ten years in their Main Street location, which includes a full-service kitchen and bakery. The ingredients are organic, in-season and locally sourced whenever possible and they use humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and sustainable

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Try to Avoid 'Titanic' Investment Mistakes
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:42AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019

It has been 107 years this month since the tragedy of the Titanic. Of course, this disaster has fascinated the world ever since, leading to books, movies, musicals and, ultimately, a successful search for the big ship's remains. On the positive side, commercial shipping lines learned a great deal from the Titanic, resulting in safer travel across the oceans.

And as an investor, you, too, may be able to draw some important lessons from what happened on that cold April night more than a century ago.

So, to avoid some "titanic" investment mistakes, consider the following:

* Create a financial strategy with a solid foundation. Although considered a technological marvel, the

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. to Present Blue Art Show in Honor of Autism Awareness Month
10:27AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will host an exhibit of blue or mostly blue artworks in honor of Autism Awareness Month at the Downtown Pittsfield Inc. offices at 33 Dunham Mall in April.

An opening reception for Blue Art Show will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Fridays Artswalk, and the show will remain on view through April 26.

Twenty-one local artists will be represented in Blue Art Show, including Irene Collias, Tiffany Delmolino, Mary Beth Eldridge, Susan Geller, Katherine Haig, Anadelia Hart, Michelle Iglesias, Caroline Kelley, Christina Kelly, Henry Kleine, Ben Mancino, Dorothy Martell, Julie Morgan, Don Orcutt, Carolina Perrone,

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Local Human Services Providers Share Stories With Lawmakers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

Tori Ackley sings uplifting songs she had written about her own struggles. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At age 19 Rebecca Gleason was just like every other teenager.   Until two weeks after graduating high school.   She got in a car accident and was in a coma for a month. Her brain was severely injured and when she came out of the coma life wasn't going to be the same.   That was 26 years ago. Gleason has been going through rehabilitation on a daily basis since. But nine years ago, she found the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.    "In those nine years, I've grown socially. I learned not only to be a group leader but to lead my own life,

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Berkshires Drop A Spot In County Health Rankings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:58AM / Sunday, March 31, 2019

Kim Kelly of Berkshire Health Systems detailed the Community Health Initiative aimed to turn around the poor rankings seen in the data. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County has dropped a spot in the county health rankings.   The annual rankings measure in two categories — health outcomes and health factors. The county ranks 13 out of 14 counties in Massachusetts in the former and 11 out of 14 for the latter.   Neighboring Hampden County was dead last in both categories.   The report was released by local health officials on Monday and will serve as the basis for efforts to improve the well-being of residents throughout the county. The data used was garnered

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Fruscio, Former Creative Director, Has New Post at Housing & Development
07:17PM / Friday, March 29, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The head of the county's former Berkshire Creative agency has been named assistant secretary of program and performance management for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.   Helena Fruscio Altsman, a former city resident, has held a number of creative economy posts in state government including creative economy industry director.    Fruscio Altsman is one of three changes in the senior leadership at EOHED and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism: Mark D. Fuller has been named undersecretary for business growth and Keiko Matsudo Orrall as MOTT's executive director.   "I am excited to round out my

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1Berkshire Announces VP of Tourism and Marketing, Digital Specialist
11:46AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire has promoted Lindsey Schmid to the position of vice president of tourism and marketing.

Schmid, who previously served as 1Berkshire's director of marketing, has worked with the organization for more than eight years and is also the regional Tourism Council director.

"We are thrilled to continue our work with Lindsey, who was originally hired by the late Lauri Klefos to work for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau," said Jonathan Butler, president, and CEO of 1Berkshire. "She worked hand and hand with Lauri, promoting and enhancing our tourism product, and has transformed our organization in the areas of traditional and digital marketing and

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Adam's Hometown Market Opens to Welcoming Crowd
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:42AM / Friday, March 29, 2019
 

ADAMS, Mass. — Adam's Hometown Market opened to a welcoming crowd on Friday morning.

A month ago, the grocery store's aisles were empty and shelves bare as Big Y ended its tenure. In just 18 days, the Connecticut grocery chain had stepped, freshened the entire building, hired many of the former workers and filled the store with new products. 

"Welcome back," one woman called out to employees as customers clustered around the deli counter. 

It was 50 years and a month from when the building had first opened as Adams Supermarket, just the latest in the Wineberg's family grocery chain that proudly bore the town's name. 

It was, state Rep.

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