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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire Communities Receive Firefighter Equipment Grants
01:30PM / Wednesday, January 26, 2022
STOW— In Berkshire County, 17 communities were awarded Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants to be used to purchase equipment.   This program enables fire departments to purchase a variety of equipment that will make firefighters' jobs safer. This is the second year that funding has been awarded for this purpose as part of a $25 million bond bill filed by the Baker-Polito Administration to support firefighter safety and health in the coming years.   "Our communities and families depend on firefighters in difficult and dangerous moments," said Governor Charlie Baker. "This program is an opportunity to show our deep appreciation for their work by ensuring


Gov. Baker Gives Final State of the Commonwealth Address
09:07PM / Tuesday, January 25, 2022

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his eighth and final State of the Commonwealth address from the Hynes Convention Center on Tuesday night.   Remarks as prepared for delivery:   Madame President. Mr. Speaker. Leaders Tarr and Jones. Members of the House and Senate. Members of Congress. Fellow Constitutional Officers. Members of the Governor's Council.   Chief Justice Budd and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and our Administration.    Mayor Wu. Secretary Walsh. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests.   Thanks so much for being with us as I deliver my eighth and final State of


Berkshire Health Group to See 8 Percent Rate Hike in FY23
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Tuesday, January 25, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Group Board of Directors on Monday voted to raise health insurance premiums by 8 percent for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 while offering a one-month "premium holiday" in FY23.   By a vote of 6-2 with one member abstaining, the board decided to raise rates for the 31 municipal entities served by the group. The 11 voting members of the group include the towns of Adams, Great Barrington, Lanesborough, Lenox and six regional school districts, Berkshire Hills, Central Berkshire, Hoosac Valley, Mount Greylock, Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational (McCann Tech) and Southern Berkshire; BHG also serves 20 smaller municipal


State Officials Urge Public to Stay Safe On and Near Ice
06:06PM / Saturday, January 22, 2022
BOSTON – Environmental and public safety officials urge the public to practice caution on and near apparent frozen lakes, ponds, streams and rivers.   The Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) are cautioning the public about the potential dangers of thin ice on the state's many lakes, ponds, streams and rivers, and ask the public to be responsible and mindful of local conditions, aware of the possible dangers while on the ice and to remain diligent in following prudent ice safety practices.    "Many factors including


@theMarket: Corporate Guidance Sends Stocks Lower
By Bill Schmick,
01:31PM / Saturday, January 22, 2022
Across several industries, corporate executives are guiding investor's expectations lower during this fourth-quarter 2021 earnings season. To me, it is just added another nail in the coffin of bullish sentiment.   Pick your poison. The money center banks earnings beat on the bottom line, but it was the commentary and nuanced forward guidance that dismayed investors. Airlines did OK, but also warned of tough times ahead due to higher fuel costs, and the Omicron variant. Companies in other sectors (such as Netflix) warned of thinner profit margins ahead due to higher costs, less demand and/or supply chain issues.   None of this should come as a surprise to my readers. I expected


The Retired Investor: A New Female Fed
By Bill Schmick,
03:39PM / Friday, January 21, 2022
Just before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Biden announced three new nominations to the Federal Reserve Bank Board, two of whom are women. If the U.S. Senate approves, women would then account for most of the Federal Reserve Bank's seven-member board.   Lisa Cook and Sarah Bloom Raskin, if confirmed, would join Lael Brainard, who President Biden picked as vice chair, and Michelle Bowman, who is already a board member. In addition, Lisa Cook would be the first Black woman on the board. Women are still in the minority, however, if you include all the Federal Reserve Bank's regional presidents, but the board is where the voting power resides. All-in-all, I say hip-hip


Meet Teachers at Berkshire Waldorf School
09:01AM / Friday, January 21, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf School (formerly Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School) announced the appointment of Andrew Gilligan as First Grade teacher for the 2022-23 school year.    Families whose children will be six by Sept. 1, 2022 and interested community members are invited to meet Mr. Gilligan, along with First Grade subject teachers, at the school's Meet the First Grade Teachers event Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10:30am via Zoom.    Parents and caregivers can register for this live, virtual, free event at, or by contacting Admissions Director Robyn Coe at   Andrew


Tanglewood Plans Full 2022 Season; James Taylor Returns for 4th
03:39PM / Thursday, January 20, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — Tanglewood will hold its first full summer season since 2019, including the traditional James Taylor concert on the Fourth of July.    The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra canceled its entire 2020 season after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and shifted to virtual performances. Last year, there was a truncated season with shortened performances, distancing protocols and limited capacity.   The full-season schedule will run eight weekends of BSO, Boston Pops and Popular Artist concerts, and performances by the Fellows of Tanglewood Music Center. Ozawa Hall and the Linde Center for Music and Learning will both reopen to the public after


Great Barrington Taxes Due, Census Mailed
12:29PM / Thursday, January 20, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Property tax payments for the third quarter of FY22 are due Feb. 1.    Residents also have the option of making their fourth-quarter payment now or by May 1.   Tax bills were mailed in late December and early January.    This year's property tax rate is $14.86 per $1,000 of property valuation, down from $15.99 last year. The average tax bill rose $230 this year, over FY21.   The FY22 tax bills are sent twice during the fiscal year, in July and December/January.    The July bills reflected estimated taxes, since the town's tax-setting process was not complete until later in 2021. The current bills reflect final

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Mahaiwe Announces Winter Movies Schedule
08:46AM / Thursday, January 20, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center adds four classic movies to its year-round programming lineup: "The Shining" (1980) on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.; "Roman Holiday" (1953) on Monday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.; "Remember the Titans" (2000) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.; and "The Gods Must Be Crazy" (1980) on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.   In addition to pre-existing vaccine and mask protocols, all January and February screenings are general admission with limited audience capacity, so patrons can seat themselves comfortably.    Stanley Kubrick's psychological horror movie "The Shining" (1980, rated R)


CEO of Price Chopper Parent Northeast Grocery to Retire
02:07PM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Northeast Grocery Inc., the parent company of Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets, announced Wednesday the upcoming retirement of CEO Scott Grimmett and named former Tops Markets Chairman and CEO Frank Curci to that position. Grimmett's retirement will be effective in February.   "Working at Price Chopper/Market 32 and helping to lead the organization through this merger has been the opportunity of a lifetime. I want to thank all of the teammates and associates at Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops who have worked so hard to serve our customers, especially during these difficult times. I also want to thank the Golub family for trusting me to

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MassDevelopment Announces Funding For Public Spaces
12:50PM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
BOSTON — MassDevelopment announced the availability of funding for a new round of the Commonwealth Places program, a statewide initiative that leverages public support for placemaking projects in Massachusetts.    The program funds place-based, community-driven projects that revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, such as outdoor dining spaces, pop-up parks and beer gardens, sidewalk retail infrastructure, and more.   "MassDevelopment's Commonwealth Places program provides nonprofits and community groups with the resources to implement creative placemaking projects that draw foot traffic in our downtowns and commercial corridors," said


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