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@theMarket: Markets Broken Record
By Bill Schmick,
11:45AM / Saturday, November 23, 2019
As the Dec. 15 deadline approaches, investors aren't sure whether the next tranche of tariffs on Chinese imports will be raised, lowered, or delayed. Given the importance of this event, markets are once again stuck betwixt and between.   If this sounds like a broken record on the China trade deal, you would be right. We have been here so many times before that just about everyone in the worldwide financial community is sick of it. Nonetheless, hope springs eternal, or so it would seem, because, many investors still have faith that there will be a breakthrough sometime in the next three weeks.   A senior executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Myron Brilliant, who is head of

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New Cardiologist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
10:12PM / Friday, November 22, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Walter P. Paladino, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Paladino is accepting new patients in need of cardiology services and joins doctors Jeffrey Leppo, Kyle Cooper, Kristen Currie, Tracy Hagerty, Henry Lyle, Teresa Menendez, Andrew Potash and Georgianne Valli-Harwood at Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Paladino is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and was fellowship-trained in cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital, cardiovascular

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
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Meehan, Peckham Lead Williams Women to Home Win
09:39PM / Friday, November 22, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maggie Meehan scored 23 points, and Emily Peckham grabbed 22 rebounds to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 62-49 win over Endicott on Friday night.   Emily Chang scored 14 points, and the Ephs (3-0) outrebounded the Gulls (1-2), 65-35.   Williams plays at 3 p.m. Saturday in the championship game of the Morin Memorial Tournament.

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The Independent Investor: Diamonds Should Be at Top of Christmas List
By Bill Schmick,
04:52PM / Friday, November 22, 2019
Diamonds for most Americans evoke visions of luxury and romance and are almost always the traditional go-to precious stone for engagement rings. The good news is that no matter how strapped for cash you are, you could probably afford one right now.   Chances are, I don't have to sell you on diamonds, since most Americans are in love with this precious gem and always have been. Diamonds make men into heroes, while nothing says to a woman ‘"I am deeply loved" than a sparkling stone that required millions of years to make.   Americans account for 50 percent of all diamond sales worldwide. Sales grew 4.5 percent (to $36 billion) last year. The good news for you

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Mohawk Trail Woodlands, Forest Service Team Up on Conservation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019

BRPC's Tom Matuszko asks advisory board members to raise their hands as FRCOG's Executive Director Linda Dunlavy waits to speak. CHARLEMONT, Mass. — A shared stewardship agreement signed Thursday will bring U.S. Forest Service expertise to the state while keeping hundreds of thousands of acres of forestland in state and private hands.    The Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership encompasses 361,941 acres of state and private land across 21 communities in the northwestern corner of the state. About 28 percent of that land is permanently protected. The partnership will enhance conservation and forest research and provide technical support for businesses that depend

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Mac-Haydn Theatre, Shakespeare Take Top Honors at Berkshire Theatre Awards
04:20PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tara Franklin accepting the award for Outstanding Solo Performance for 'On the Exhale' at the Chester Theatre Company.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association presented the Berkshire Theatre Awards on Nov. 11, the fourth year the awards have been presented to honor and celebrate the excellence and diversity of theater in the greater Berkshire region.

The 2019 awards really display the commitment of regional theaters to presenting new and diverse work. Women and minorities were well-represented among the nominees and the winners in all categories. Nominees represented theaters in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Connecticut.

Critics J. Peter

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'Ford v Ferrari': Or, Goliath v David
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:39PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019
The red-blooded American portion of me, the part that in my youth soaked up John Wayne movies, was gratified by the spirit of director James Mangold's studiously executed "Ford v Ferrari." Rah, rah and all that good stuff.    Ferrari had been dominating world auto racing and its reign might have gone on for a bit longer had it not been for il Commendatore's dissing of the Deuce. That's car enthusiast colloquium for Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II. And the automobile industry version of "The Cask of Amontillado" to which I allude concerns Ferrari adding insult to industry when he not only rebuffed the Detroit magnate's attempt to buy his Prancing

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Red Cross Offers 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips
02:56PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to prepare the holiday feast and brush up on home fire safety and prevention with your household. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires in the United States, and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts urges everyone to never leave cooking food unattended — which is the most common cause of kitchen fires.

10 Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

* Keep an eye on what you fry. Stay in the kitchen and never leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.

* Clean and clear the area around the stove before turning on the heat.

* Move items that can burn away from the

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Humance Society Hosts 100 Cats for Christmas
02:38PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019
100 Cats for Christmas

For the seventh year, Berkshire Humane Society has received a grant from Massachusetts Animal Coalition's license plate program to support BHS’s 100 Cats for Christmas initiative during the month of December. The program is the shelter’s largest and most successful low-cost spay/neuter effort for kittens and cats in the Berkshires and surrounding areas. Without the support of the license plate program, this invaluable service would not be possible.

In the last six years, 100 Cats for Christmas has exceeded its goal of spaying and neutering 100 cats. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To participate, residents of Berkshire County must

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Finale Performances Run Nov. 21-24
01:19PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — The annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare is back, bringing hundreds of teenagers from 10 area high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company.

Beginning on Nov. 21, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the award-winning program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties for nine weeks. During the program, students explore creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare as they create a 90-minute fully produced performance to be shared with their neighboring communities.

The Fall Festival of Shakespeare is nationally recognized for its innovative teaching, emotional

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Berkshire Museum Will Be Free for Children Under 18 in 2020
01:06PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All children under 18 years of age will receive free admission to the Berkshire Museum in 2020 through an initiative honoring Elizabeth "Buzz" McGraw, president of the museum's Board of Trustees.

The museum's annual gala in June raised more than $300,000 to support the museum's education programs and expand free access to its youngest visitors. Free admission for youth will begin in January 2020.

"We are so grateful to the many supporters who are making it possible for us to give back to the community in such a powerful way," said Jeff Rodgers, executive director of the Berkshire Museum. "And all of this in honor of Buzz

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Where to Find a Thanksgiving Meal
12:45PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019

As Thanksgiving approaches, many community organizations are serving dinner for the public. Let us know if we've missed one by emailing us a info@iberkshires.com.

Sunday, Nov. 24

* The Salvation Army on River Street in North Adams is offering a takeout Thanksgiving meal available for pickup between 4 and 5 p.m. Call the office at 413-663-7987 and leave your name and the number of people to be fed.

Monday, Nov. 25

* The Berkshire Food Project will host its annual free Thanksgiving meal for the community with two seatings: from 1 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. There are no reservations; meals are served on a first come, first serve basis. This is a traditional holiday meal including

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