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BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program, with new classes beginning soon, at multiple locations across the Berkshires.  The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past
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'Gloria Bell': For Whom the Loneliness Tolls
My mother was beautiful. Not just pretty, but beautiful. At family gatherings, it was inevitably brought up: Who is more beautiful, Dora or Elizabeth Taylor? It was Mom's cue to blush, although she kept serving and rarely sat down.    Intentionally or not, her splendor impacted nearly every aspect of our lives. Whether
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The Independent Investor: The Business of Baseball
Attendance is down, as is viewership, as we head into the 2019 season. Major League Baseball is hoping some rule changes will turn around the decline. Will it be enough, and does it matter anyway?   Defenders of the game argue that last season's declines were to be expected. Television ratings for all sporting events have been
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Senator Markey Speaking at BCC's 59th Commencement
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 59th commencement exercises to be held May 31 at Tanglewood in Lenox. Markey, the state's junior senator, is a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications
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Biz Briefs: North Adams Restaurants to 'Go Green' for the Month of April
'Go Green Month' During the month of April, restaurants throughout North Adams will be making quick and easy changes to reduce their environmental impact. The goal of "Go Green Month" is to reduce waste and practice behavior changes that are more environmentally friendly, with hopes that these changes will have a lasting
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Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning
Spring is here – and for many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. This year, in addition to tidying up your home, why not try brightening your financial environment? Some of the same moves you make to clean your surroundings may apply to your finances. Consider these suggestions: Get rid of clutter. When
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Pittsfield City Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban
Rinaldo Del Gallo first petitioned for the ban in 2013. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After close to six years of debate, the city finally passed a ban on single-use plastic bags Tuesday night.   The ban had been proposed in 2013 and has been working its way through the City Council process since. It was first coupled
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Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School
Corpse flowers bloom It’s spring at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. That means the sap is rising, the birds are singing, the sun is lingering, and something in the air stinks. This means that the rare corpse flower is in full bloom. Corpse flowers were first planted at Darrow in 2009 in the sheltered confines of the
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Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts
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Albany Berkshire Ballet Looks Ahead — And Back — in 50th Anniversary Year
Albany Berkshire Ballet has formed collaborations with organizations like Williams College, where ABB dancers join student dancers for performances. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The five dancers glided around the room, its purple-and-mirrored walls enclosing a faintly muggy space, either from powerful bodies working hard or a
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