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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019
11:15AM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iBerkshires.com.

 

Holiday Events Thursday, Dec. 19

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Friday, Dec. 20

Pittsfield: Whitney Center for the Arts presents Berkshire and New York Favorite Monk Schane-Lydon, as he inhabits every role in "This Wonderful Life" by Steve Murray, a hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film "It's a

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BFAIR Names New Vice President of Quality Compliance
04:41PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Erin Shea has been promoted to the vice president of Quality Compliance at BFAIR, a new member to the senior management team.

Shea holds a bachelor's in social work from Our Lady of Elm's College and is a licensed social worker with more than 15 years of progressive experience supporting elders and individuals with disabilities and their families. She began her career at United Cerebral Palsy of Western Massachusetts and as a social worker with Berkshire Health Care Systems.

Over the past 10 years, Shea has assumed a variety of roles at BFAIR, one as the assistant director of the Day Habilitation Center. In April 2019, Erin was promoted to the director

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BCC Hires New Faculty, Staff
04:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus.

Melody Fisher has been hired as the assistant professor of psychology at the college. Previously, she taught at BCC as an adjunct for three years and has taught in Boston, Mass. Recently, Fisher worked at Hillcrest Educational Centers as a clinician and for Williams College running an after-school enrichment program for elementary school children. She lives in Williamstown, has a bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University, where she double-majored in English and psychology, and has earned her doctorate degree at UMass-Boston.

Sarah Giasullo has been hired as the assistant professor of

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Berkshire Community College Wins Prestigious Sustainability Award
03:44PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College was one of eight state organizations that was recognized at the 13th annual Leading by Example awards for clean energy initiatives in public higher education in the commonwealth by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

The Leading by Example program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance clean energy and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations. The awards were presented at a State House ceremony by DOER Commissioner Judith Judson and Division of Capital Asset

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Berkshire Bridges Working Cities Snags $25,000 Grant
03:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is awarding Berkshire Bridges Working Cities additional funding to sustain the Working Cities Pittsfield initiative into its fourth year.

The funding of $25,000 will enable the next stage of its work creating a just, thriving and safe Berkshires for all. This milestone also unleashes the opportunity to pursue additional tactical funding for projects to implement the Working Cities principles.

The new award was granted after an extensive application and interview process involving more than a dozen community leaders. The Berkshire coalition includes members of the nonprofit, school system, city government, resident and business

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Financial Moves for Life's 'Inflection Points'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:04PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

You've probably heard or read about inflection points. The term has a specific definition in mathematics, but it's also used widely to describe historical or technological events, such as the Industrial Revolution or the creation of the internet – events that changed human existence in some important way. However, you have personal inflection points, too – and when they occur, you'll need to make the right financial moves.

Here are four of the most important of these inflection points, along with suggestions on dealing with them:

* Marriage: When you get married, you and your spouse will need to discuss a variety of financial issues: What assets and liabilities

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Second Storm Brings Snow to Region Over Monday Night
02:52PM / Monday, December 16, 2019
A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday through 1 a.m. Wednesday as yet another snowstorm bears down on the Berkshires.    Depending on which forecast you look at, we're in for anywhere from 4 to 6 inches or up to 12 inches. The snow is expected to begin late  Monday tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning making for slippery and snowy roads Tuesday morning.    And right behind the snow is another deep freeze moving as an arctic cold front moves in on Wednesday night. Ugh.   The National Weather Service says snow squalls are possible on Wednesday, as an arctic cold front crosses the region. Behind the front, bitter cold

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Authorities Investigating 3 Suspicious Fire on Mount Washington
09:26PM / Sunday, December 15, 2019
MOUNT WASHINGTON, Mass. — Authorities are investigating arson in the case of three houses that burned on West Road early Sunday morning.    Two were owned by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and one was privately owned.    The Egremont Fire Department was dispatched at 1:15 a.m. for a report of a fire in the area of 25 West St. Both the DCR structures were fully involved and a single-family home across the street was also on fire, according to Chief Joseph Schnieder.   The first alarm with a tanker task force was requested, bringing in mutual aid from Great Barrington and Sheffield and Copake, Hillsdale, and Craryville, N.Y.,

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North Adams Remembers Its 3,400 Fallen Veterans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019

Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi of North Adams speaks at the ceremony at the American Legion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 3,400 wreaths were laid at the gravestones of the city's veterans on Saturday to honor their memory.    Dozens of volunteers at Southview Cemetery braved the rainy day to set wreaths and speak the names of the veterans interred there or to simply say, "Thank you for your service."   Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi, keynote speaker for the event, said he participated in last year's Wreaths Across America and recalled the emotions he had felt.    "I had that feeling like, as I'm passing wreaths, and I'm not

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Supplemental Bill Has $1M for Rural Schools, $200K for Barton's Crossing
03:03PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019
BOSTON — The Legislature's recently passed $541 million closeout supplemental budget for fiscal 2019 includes another $1 million rural school aid, for in fiscal 2020, for a total of $3.5 million in rural school aid this fiscal year.    "I'm happy to see this bill make those investments in public education, regional school transportation, public transportation, among many other areas " said state Sen. Adam Hinds, who has been a strong proponent of increasing aid to the schools in his largely rural district. "It is my hope that, in providing this additional investment, we can expand this program and make meaningful investments in more school

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@theMarket: The 'Apprentice' Manages the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:02PM / Friday, December 13, 2019
Where to begin? The China trade deal, the UK elections, the impeachment of the president? Let's not forget the agreement on a new North American trade deal as well. It was a heck of a week and Donald Trump flawlessly controlled the news flow.   Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party leader and prime minister of England, won the greatest majority since Margaret Thatcher on Thursday evening. That is good news for the United Kingdom. His victory also supercharges hopes that a Brexit deal can finally be accomplished in 2020. The British pound skyrocketed over 3 percent on the news, and the London stock market was up 2 percent as well. Good news.   The replacement for NAFTA, called

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Rain, Rain and Then ... Snow? Wet Weekend Ahead
02:48PM / Friday, December 13, 2019

Next week will bring a cross-country storm, but the path it takes will determine what parts of the Northeast and Midwest see snow: https://t.co/WIKUKRfH3B pic.twitter.com/LqPeheYGdF

— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) December 13, 2019 This weekend is starting off with icy rain that will switch to drenching, and then the beginning of the week could start with a foot of snow depending on which path a cross-country storm takes over the next couple days   The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect from Friday afternoon until 10 p.m. as light, freezing rain enters the region. The Albany, N.Y., office is warning there could be very slippery roads, sidewalks

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