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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

'Eight Men Out': Say It Ain't So, Joe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Saturday, June 13, 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


Lenox Memorial Names Top Two Students for 2020
01:33PM / Saturday, June 13, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — Nora Mathews and Alexandra "Ali" Hochfelder have been named valedictorian and salutatorian of the Lenox Memorial High School class of 2020, according to Principal Michael Knybel.   Mathews, daughter of Brandon Mathews and Margaret Keller of Lenox and of Scott Hochfelder and Jennifer Sacon of Pittsfiel, has performed the past four years with Shakespeare & Company's Fall Festival of Shakespeare and its Spring Young Company. She was a co-captain of the school's improv troop The Poorly Timed Sneezes, co-captain of the cross country team, treasurer of the National Honor Society, vice president of the National Art Honor Society and a member of the


Adams Community Bank Taps New VP of Commercial Lending
12:46PM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — Tracy McConnell joined Adams Community Bank as vice president of commercial lending. 

McConnell, a seasoned veteran in commercial lending, joins ACB with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, having worked in other financial institutions in Berkshire County.

"We are thrilled to have Tracy as part of our Commercial Lending Division. Her extensive lending background and broad knowledge of the commercial industry strengthens our core team as we meet the growing needs of local business owners and commercial borrowers," said Charles O’Brien, President and CEO.

As vice president of commercial lending, McConnell will focus on further


Temple Anshe Amunim Names New Rabbi
11:38AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch has been named the permanent spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Amunim, a congregation serving the Reform Jewish community of Pittsfield, effective July 1.

Rabbi Hirsch has served the congregation in an interim role for the last two years supporting their period of transition.

"In the last two years, Rabbi Hirsch has become a beloved member of our congregational community. In good times and bad, particularly during this pandemic, she has provided our members with wisdom, stability, inspiration and forward thinking," said Joshua M. Cutler, president of Temple Anshe Amunim's Board of Trustees for the last two years. "As we


Greylock Federal Names Chief Administrative Officer
11:11AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — JamieEllen Moncecchi has been named senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Greylock Federal Credit Union. 

Her areas of responsibility now include administration, marketing, community partnerships and support, board governance and human resources.

"JamieEllen has always demonstrated strong and capable leadership and has continued to expand her role through hard work and a long list of achievements," said President/CEO John L. Bissell. "She is one our most trusted employees and I congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition."

Moncecchi joined Greylock in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in a


@theMarket: Markets Fear New Virus Surge
By Bill Schmick,
09:15AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020
Thursday happened to be one of the worst days for the market all year. Stock indexes dropped between 5-6 percent in the blink of the eye as the number of COVID-19 cases spiked higher in several states. Was that simply an excuse to sell, or should we be worried about a second surge?   As far as a second surge is concerned, I don't know what Wall Street is talking about. We are still in the initial phase of the pandemic. All that has happened is that a number of states are playing catch up with ground zero states like New York, New Jersey and California. Of course, it doesn't help that most states, like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama, etc., have all but ignored the

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Lee Graduation Speakers See Love, Limitless Dreams Postpandemic
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:41PM / Friday, June 12, 2020

Valedictorian Suriana Lee says the class of 2020 was drawn closer together even while physically apart. See more photos here. LEE, Mass. — Instead of walking across the Tanglewood stage, the Lee High School class of 2020 made do with their own football field but still found a way to make the ceremony special and their own.     Lee High graduated 53 seniors Friday evening during a compromised graduation ceremony affected, like many others, by the COVID-19 pandemic. But class speaker Taggart Roosa found the football field quite fitting.   "Many of us have been using this field for as long as we can remember, whether it was for field day throughout


Mount Everett's Top Students Announced for 2020
01:19PM / Friday, June 12, 2020
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Sofia Giumarro is the valedictorian and Nicholas Boardman the salutatorian of the Mount Everett Regional School class of 2020.   This year's graduation was held on Saturday, June 6, at the school. Principal Jesse Carpenter has provided the following remarks on the top students.   Giumarro is the daughter of Sylvia Collins and Robert Giumarro. She is a remarkable young woman, talented in many ways, across arenas. She has been a high honors student throughout her time at Mount Everett and is a member of the National Honor Society. Intelligent, artistic, inquisitive and confident, she has been involved in the choral program at Mount Everett as well as


The Retired Investor: The Virus & the Stock Market
By Bill Schmick,
11:19AM / Friday, June 12, 2020
Once upon a time, the world suffered from a pandemic. The global stock markets collapsed. The world's labor force disappeared, and the economies in every corner of the world plunged. All seemed lost until one day, the virus mysteriously disappeared, and every one lived happily ever after.  If you liked that fairy tale, I also have a bridge I can sell you.   Don't say we were not warned. Every epidemiologist that wasn't on the government's payroll has been sounding the alert to prepare for a second wave of the COVID-19 virus. So why didn't we listen? There are a number of reasons.   Number one, it is an election year. If the economy doesn't show signs


Two BCArc Site Managers Promoted to Residential Supervisors
11:32AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County ARC has promoted two site managers to residential supervisers.

Jamie Sigoski was recently promoted to residential supervisor, where she oversees the operations of four group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Previously she supervised a home in Lanesborough. 

Sigoski joins a team of nine supervisors, who, collectively, oversee BCArc's 43 homes across Hampden and Berkshire counties.  

A Pittsfield native and mother, she has worked at several human service agencies, and for a variety of programs at BCArc. 

"Years ago I saw myself in early childhood education, but after I took a job at BCArc, I fell in love with


Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department Brings Video Connect Sessions to Correctional Facility
11:25AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Sheriff's Department has implemented video connect technology through its partnership with Securus Technologies. 

The implementation of video connect sessions went live on May 19 to provide incarcerated individuals with the tools necessary to see and connect with their loved ones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"It is part of our job to help prepare the incarcerated for reentry and maintaining ongoing communications with loved ones plays a vital role in success when they are released," Sheriff Thomas Bowler said. "It was a priority for us to fast track this program for our population given the


Mass MoCA Approved for Major NEA Grant
11:10AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is one of a select number of initiatives the National Endowment for the Arts has approved for a major "Our Town" grant.

Selected as one of just 51 grants nationwide in this category, the two-year, $100,000 matching grant will support the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition, a collaborative initiative designed to maximize artist support in the North Adams community and better connect artists to regional resources and to each other. 

The coalition, which formed last year, is spearheaded by Mass MoCA's Assets for Artists Program alongside the city of North Adams and other area arts stakeholders such as


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