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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Clark Art Institute Presents New Podcast Series
11:04AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program has premiered a new podcast series this summer.

"In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing" considers art's role in society, how knowledge is shared, the way histories are made, and the personal stakes of scholarship. Each episode offers a lively, in-depth look into the life and mind of a scholar or artist working with art historical or visual material. Discussions touch on guests’ current research projects, career paths, and significant texts, mentors, and experiences that have shaped their thinking. 

The first episode was Aug. 25. Ten more are planned for the first


Freeman Center Continues Fundraiser During Time of Heightened Need
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:23AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a drop at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to the Elizabeth Freeman Center's domestic abuse and sexual assault hotline have returned to the kind of numbers the non-profit saw in the summer of 2019.   If anything, it's getting more calls. And the callers are in greater peril.   "Beginning in May, we started to see a sharp increase in hotline calls, particularly those coming in on the weekends and evening hours," Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick said this week. "We could get between 12 and 15 calls on a weekend alone.   "And the calls were different, too. They're more severe. The violence

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@theMarket: Markets Reach for the Sky
By Bill Schmick,
03:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2020
Credit the Fed for this week's bump up in the averages. Technology shares led the charge as usual, shrugging off a sinking economy, higher unemployment and no progress on another bail out. What else is new?   At the annual Jackson Hole Symposium of world central bank leaders, conducted virtually this year, Jerome Powell, the chairman of our central bank, took center stage. In his prepared remarks, Powell announced a shift in the U.S. inflation policy. Rather than using the oft-stated, long-held inflation target of 2 percent, the Fed will now "seek to achieve inflation that averages 2 percent over time."   What's the big deal, you might ask? In laymen's terms,


'Friendly Persuasion': Love, Quaker Style
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:51PM / Friday, August 28, 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


Pittsfield Price Rite Closing Next Month
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:40PM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Price Rite Marketplace plans to close its Pittsfield location on Dalton Avenue by Sept. 30.   In a statement Thursday, Daniel Emmer with the supermarket's corporate communications confirmed rumors that the company will be closing the Pittsfield store.   "After 14 years, Price Rite Marketplace of Pittsfield has made the very difficult decision to close the store by September 30, 2020," he wrote. "Price Rite appreciates the loyalty of its customers who have supported the store through the years and its dedicated team members who have worked hard to serve our community."   He added that the company is sharing information


BCC Offers Networking and Cybersecurity Program
10:57AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is continuing to offer its Networking & Cybersecurity program for students interested in entering the workforce as a network technician and/or as a tier 1 cybersecurity analyst in a Security Operations Center (SOC). 

Students can also elect to transfer to a college or university to further their skills in computer Info Systems (CIS) to become a tier 2 or 3 security analyst or network engineer. On average, entry level analysts start out making about $62,000 a year.

"Anyone who has watched the news in the past couple of years knows why cybersecurity has become so important and the need for cybersecurity analysts is


Berkshire Museum Operating Hours Expand to Five Days Per Week
10:44AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum, which began a phased reopening on Aug. 1, will expand its operating hours to five days per week beginning August 31. 

The new schedule will be as follows:

• Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Saturday,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The museum will continue to close in the middle of each day, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and 1 to 2 p.m. the rest of the week, for a deep cleaning of all public spaces. Through August 29, the Berkshire Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Advance reservations are required to visit the museum. Guests are


Berkshire Money Management Planner Earns Master's in Personal Financial Planning
10:06AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Zack Marcotte, a certified financial planner at Berkshire Money Management, has completed a rigorous course program through the College for Financial Planning, earning a master of science in personal financial planning. 

Marcotte has been with BMM for almost 13 years, beginning his career as an 18-year-old intern.

"Zack has taken every opportunity for continuing education and professional development, and his work ethic is limitless," BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris said. "His dedication directly translates into being able to continually provide individualized and holistic services to our clients, who are like family. They deserve that dedication


'Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield' This Friday
02:35PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Tanglewood in the City returns to Pittsfield Friday with a free video presentation of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the Common.   This Friday, Aug. 28, a 2019 Boston Symphony Orchestra program at Tanglewood will be projected on a screen on the Pittsfield Common at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.   The event is sponsored by Mill Town Capitol and will feature and Aug. 25, 2019, performance of "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony" with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass Morris Robinson.   Tanglewood in the City aims to bring


Pope Names Administrator for Springfield Diocese
05:10PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The bishop of Worcester has been appointed apostolic administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.   Pope Francis on Monday named the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus administrator effective immediately, in addition to continuing as the bishop of Worcester.   An apostolic administrator oversees the continuing operation of the diocese in the absence of an ordinary or local diocesan bishop. The See or Diocese of Springfield became "vacant" with the naming of Bishop Mitchell Rozanski as the archbishop of St. Louis.   "I am humbled by the confidence which the Holy Father has placed in me," said Bishop McManus in a statement.


BRTA to Return to Full Service Monday, Aug. 31
04:39PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is scheduled to return to full service beginning on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.   Copies of the new printed bus schedules will be available in the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), on the BRTA buses, or online at   Look for the "Effective June 29, 2020" date at the top of the schedules for the latest version. The free smartphone mobile app "RouteShout 2.0" is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.   Effective Monday, Aug. 31, 2020:   Route 4: Pittsfield – Dalton/Hinsdale Full hourly weekday schedules.   Route 11: Berkshire Community


First Friday Artswalk to Feature Indoor/Outdoor Exhibits
02:36PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the month of September, First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a variety of outdoor locations and indoor locations   The First Friday Artswalk begins Friday, Sep. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. and features three indoor locations along with a variety of outdoor art shows to accommodate social distancing.    Artists include Pittsfield High Shcool student art and over two dozen accomplished regional artists.   Beginning Sep. 4, and continuing all month, NUarts Studios and Gallery will display the artwork of at least seven artists in the storefront windows along Union St. just across the street from Barrington Stage Company’s Mainstage. Participating


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