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Brian J. Dempsey MD Pediatrics Welcomes New Pediatrician
09:59AM / Friday, May 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Brian J. Dempsey MD Pediatrics LLC welcomes Sherri Thomas.    Dr. Thomas received her Doctor of Medicine and completed her residency at the Medical College of Ohio.  She completed her fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's hospital in Columbus Ohio.  Dr. Thomas is Board Certified in both General Pediatrics and Developmental Pediatrics.   She starts July 15.   As a dually certified pediatrician, Dr. Thomas cares for pediatric and adolescent patients with a wide variety of needs.  In addition to general pediatrics, she has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder,  Down Syndrome

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BCC Announces Virtual Info Sessions for Criminal Justice and Human Services Programs
08:08AM / Friday, May 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual open house session for Criminal Justice and Human Services programs on Wednesday, May 19 at 4:30 pm.    Current and prospective students can register for the Zoom session by visiting www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse and scrolling down to the "Program Info Sessions" section.   The program will begin with opening remarks from Dr. Laurie Gordy, Dean of the Humanities and Behavioral & Social Sciences Division. Dr. Gordy will then introduce program advisors and faculty from both programs, who will present program overviews discussing courses, program requirements and workload, and transfer

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Mass MoCA Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Friday, May 07, 2021

A conceptual image of the restaurant. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Georgian restaurant out of New York City is planning a pop-up eatery at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer.   The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.   "The operators for this pop-up restaurant are coming to us from Manhattan, where they run two restaurants with Georgian — as in, over-in-Europe Georgian — style food, and they recently, last year pre-COVID, hosted a dinner event for

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Images Presents Annual 'Fresh Fest' on Food, Farming
04:09PM / Thursday, May 06, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema presents Fresh Fest: A Food and Farming Film Festival, Friday, May 7 through Thursday, May 13.    Produced by Images Cinema, in collaboration with Storey Publishing and the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies, this annual film festival explores the ways farming and food culture impacts our lives in rich and varied ways, and makes links to local farmers and food producers.   This year Fresh Fest will happen virtually this year, on Images' Virtual Cinema platform, watch.eventive.org/imagesvirtual. All films are free to view and will be available for the full week with the exception of Gather, which will be available

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The Retired Investor: Are Inflation Fears Real or Imagined?
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Thursday, May 06, 2021
If you have been grocery shopping lately, there is no question that prices and inflation are going higher. The same can be said for the price of a gallon of gas. But is it a transitory event, or are we at the beginning of an inflationary era not seen in decades?   Clearly, commodity prices, which are usually the harbinger of future inflation are soaring. Copper, oil, sugar, corn, steel, aluminum and lumber as well as many other food and material prices are hitting multi-year highs. But it is not just commodities that are seeing a price surge. Shipping costs are also skyrocketing. And there are parts shortages that are leading to higher prices, plus a global semiconductor shortage that

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Eagle Newspaper Group Sells Off Vermont Publications
Staff Reports,
03:44PM / Thursday, May 06, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — New England Newspapers is selling off its Vermont publications and a regional lifestyle publication to a Vermont company lead by entrepreneur Paul Belogour.   The sale consists of dailies Brattleboro Reformer and Bennington Banner, the weekly Manchester Journal and the 3-year-old award-winning UpCountry, a bi-monthly magazine. Both the Banner and Reformer date back more than a century.   The terms of the sale were not disclosed other than that the transfer will take effect on May 14 and that The Berkshire Eagle will not only continue to print the publications for at least five years, it will also continue to provide pagination, ad development and customer

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Berkshire Money Management Welcomes Two New Team Members
03:02PM / Thursday, May 06, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management welcomed Holly Simeone and Jared Reinstein.    Simeone is a client care specialist and will be at the helm of the BMM satellite office at 322 Main Street in Great Barrington, which is slated to open this summer.   "Our clients wanted us to be closer to South County," said founder and CEO Allen Harris. "To do that, we needed an all-star. We needed someone like Holly who can do it all."   Prior to joining BMM, Simeone, who has more than a decade of customer experience, was a dual employee for Lee Bank and October Mountain Financial Advisors, where she attended to client services, managing trust and

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1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program Class of 2021 Commencement
12:18PM / Wednesday, May 05, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday, May 4, 1Berkshire celebrating the commencement of the Youth Leadership Program's Class of 2021 via Zoom.    Having completed the entirety of this 10-month leadership program, 31 students shared the products of their collective impact projects with attending family, friends, and regional leaders, and were recognized for their program completion.    The Class of 2021 is the 11th class in the program's history.   Though the class applied to the program prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health guidance precluded in-person meetings throughout the course of the year. As a result, from their kickoff retreat

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Proposed BRTA Route Changes
03:57PM / Tuesday, May 04, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority have proposed some route changes scheduled to take effect July 1.   Summary of Proposed Changes Transfers:    Amend transfer policy to allow for more travel flexibility. Route 1:       Weekday evening schedule adjustments. Route 2:       Travel pattern change around Pittsfield ITC. Route 3:       Bus stop location change at Big Y North Adams. Route 4:       Weekday morning schedule adjustment. Route 5:       Travel pattern change between ITC and Hancock Road. Route 11N:  Discontinue pilot

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Greylock Federal Appoints New Member To Board Of Directors
12:46PM / Tuesday, May 04, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announced that the Credit Union's Board of Directors has appointed Bryan E. House to Greylock's volunteer Supervisory Committee.   House is the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement with the Berkshire County District Attorney's office. Previously, he served as a deputy director with the Berkshire Community Action Council.    He is involved in the community and currently serves on the Multicultural BRIDGE Race Task Force, the City of Pittsfield's Personnel Review Board, MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board and the Boards of Directors for UCP of Berkshire County and Pittsfield Community

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Greylock Insurance's Employee Earns National Designation
10:47AM / Tuesday, May 04, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Insurance Agency announced that Andrew Alcaro, a commercial lines producer, has earned his designation as a Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales (AIMS) Society.   "Andrew's dedication to continued industry training speaks volumes to his character," said Vice President, Commercial Lines Sales and Services Jay Marion. "He is always seeking out opportunities to grow as a professional and to better serve Greylock's business partners in North County."   The AIMS Society's CPIA designation stands for professionalism and a commitment to excellence through technical

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More relief in sight for business owners
08:51AM / Tuesday, May 04, 2021
If you own a business that's been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have received some type of aid from the government – or maybe not. But in either case, some new opportunities for assistance may interest you.   President Biden signed legislation extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline from March 31 to May 31, 2021. So, if you haven't received a PPP loan yet – or even if you have, and you're eligible for a "second draw" loan – you've got another chance.   As you may know, a PPP loan may be fully forgiven, including interest, if the loan proceeds are used for eligible expenses such as payroll costs

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