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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Money Management Founder Allen Harris Publishes First Book
12:05PM / Monday, March 19, 2018
Written in stone

Berkshire Money Management founder and CEO Allen Harris has released his first book, written especially for business owners in the midst of transition. "Build It, Sell It, Profit," published by Advantage in February, as a longtime labor of love and valuable insight into preparing business owners who are looking to reap the benefits of their hard work.

"Build It, Sell It, Profit" is written for all business owners, including those who know what they need to do, but who are trying to navigate where to begin in the process. The book is about increasing an owner's income while making the business a better candidate for sale – either in two years

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Community Baby Shower to be Held March 31
11:12AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHP/Berkshire South WIC invite all expecting and new parents to a Community Baby Shower on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m.

The first 10 women who attend will win a gift card for a free manicure. There will be free workshops on prenatal bonding, breastfeeding and returning to work, baby boxes and more. In addition to educational activities, there will be informational resources from local providers in the community to support new mothers and their families.

There will also be several give-a-ways, including a Graco Click & Connect Infant Car Seat and Stroller, Nursery Center Playard, Bright Starts Bouncer and more. Healthy, delicious

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BMC Brings Endoscopy Services Under One Roof
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

The new center, in the former radiation oncology space, held an open house on Thursday evening.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center recently opened a new Endoscopy Center on its main campus, bringing both in-patient and ambulatory care under one roof.   The $5 million investment in what was previously the radiation oncology suites has allowed the health system to better service patients.   "The past years have been at the Crane Center," said Dr. Jason Bratcher. "We were doing [in-patient] procedures in the operating room. It just wasn't as cohesive and together doing out-patients there and in-patients here. ...   "It makes it

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Hillcrest Commons Promotes Concurrent Therapy To Neal
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

Congressman Neal is on the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicaid and Medicare. A bill in Congress now could expand concurrent treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Commons would like to expand its group and concurrent therapy programs, but a 7-year-old Medicaid and Medicare law prevent it from doing so.   But, now there is legislation that could allow for those sessions to have greater coverage, which advocates say is a benefit to the patient, the health-care organization, and to the government.   "There is pending legislation in Washington that would allow for greater therapy services for people access their Medicare benefit. Instead of one-on-one

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DeMarsico's Wine Cellar Opens Tasting Room in the Norad Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

The DeMarsicos' wine list continues to grow. The winery operates on an agricultural license. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DeMarsico's Wine Cellar has been elevated.    The "cellar" is now situated on the second floor of the Norad Mill, giving the winery plenty of space for production, retail and wine tastings.    "And we have windows," laughed Cheryl DeMarsico.    Cheryl and her husband, Glen, started making wine as a hobby but as demand for their product grew — and they scored some awards — they opened for business in the basement at 28 Marshall St., in a room below Grazie Italian Ristorante, about a year and a half

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Berkshire County Arc Names New Director of Staff Development and Training
02:30PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Shaun Hall to the position of director of Staff Development and Training.

Hall has been a valued employee for BCArc for 18 years, most recently being honored with the 2017 BCArc Employee of the Year award. Previously he was a BCArc employment manager for 10 years, working to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

Seven years ago, Hall was promoted to the new position of staff development specialist. The position's focus was to standardize the training throughout the agency. He has been instrumental in this position for the agency and grew his department to a team of three additional staff to

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New Member Joins MCLA Board of Trustees
02:25PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as been named the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the board.

"Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA's Board of Trustees," Birge said. "Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a

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'A Wrinkle in Time': Folds, Spindles and Doesn't Exhilarate
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:44PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
'A Wrinkle in Time': Folds, Spindles and Doesn't Exhilarate   2 popcorns By Michael S. Goldberger film critic   I expected more from director Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time," an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962, adventure-fantasy novel.    The book has been touted by a couple generations of youngsters, including my own moppet, Erin, who in retrospect adds that the freaky ideas were also a bit terrifying to a 9-year-old who hadn't to date "given that acid trip-type stuff much thought." Well, that's gratifying. But in any case, I saw my critiquing mission as a sort of command performance and wanted to bring news

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Artistic Director of Ephrat Asherie Dance Snags Jacobís Pillow Fellowship
01:38PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

BECKET, Mass. — Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, the artistic Director of Ephrat Asherie Dance, has been awarded the inaugural Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.

The fellowship includes a $15,000 grant, a one-week residency at Jacob's Pillow's new Pillow Lab, and a residency at LIU Tilles Center. Executive Vice Chairman Roger Tilles was integral in making this new partnership between Jacob's Pillow and Long Island University possible.

"Roger Tilles has been a long-time supporter here at the Pillow and wanted to do something that would bring two of his passions together. We are so grateful that thanks to his

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Youth Hockey Tournament Continues All Weekend in North Adams
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12:01PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey’s Spring Fling tournament continues at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink with games Friday through Sunday.   The  NBYHL will welcome teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont to North Adams for two great weekends of youth hockey that began on March 9.   There will be a raffle table with great prizes and a concession stand selling yummy food.     Admission is free to all games, with action through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.   Come down and cheer on all the participants of this great event.  

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New Doctor Joins BMC Rheumatology Services
10:55PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Leonard H. Sigal, FACP, FACR, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Sigal joins Dr. Lauren Dudley at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC, and is taking new patients in need of rheumatology services in the community.

Sigal comes to the Berkshires from New Jersey, where he most recently served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, RW Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. He previously was on the faculty of

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Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul Caccaviello said he'll lead the office with integrity and honor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new district attorney has taken office.   Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless.    "It is now my turn to step aside but I assure you I leave you in safe and sturdy hands," Capeless said.   Capeless is retiring and has opted not to finish out his term, but instead, pass the reins over to his first assistant -- a move that has faced a fair amount of criticism since it was announced two weeks ago.   Caccaviello took his oath of office in front

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