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Biz Briefs: Berkshire United Way Celebrates Volunteers
12:50PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

Local leaders and award recipients gather following the Berkshire United Way Live United Community Celebration, incuding Perri Petricca, CEO of Petricca Industries; Kristine Hazzard, president & CEO Berkshire United Way; C. Jeffrey Cook, the Robert K Agar Jr. Volunteerism award recipient; Susan Driscoll, the JC Penney Employee Campaign Coordinator award recipient; Brenda Petell, the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart award recipient; and Christopher Mathews, chairman of Berkshire United Way Board of Directors.

Volunteer shout-outs: Berkshire United Way’s LIVE UNITED Community Celebration was held on Tuesday, April 12, at Berkshire Hills Country Club, where 300 members

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@theMarket: Markets Hold on to Weekly Gains
By Bill Schmick,
09:19AM / Saturday, April 23, 2016

It was a struggle, but the stock market indexes stubbornly refused to cave in despite some really horrendous earnings reports. A battle is being waged among bulls and bears right here, right now. Who will win?

Remember last week when I reported that earnings have been revised down so low that it was practically impossible for most companies to disappoint the market? Well, that proved to be not quite accurate. Not only did some really big companies in industry, technology, banking and finance fail to beat, they actually came in less than anticipated on both earnings and revenues.

Although traders punished these companies' stock prices in after-hours trading and through the next day,


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
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

Child Care Organizations Raise Awareness of Child Abuse Issues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:43PM / Friday, April 22, 2016

One hundred and twenty-two pairs of shoes were laid out on the steps of City Hall, each one representing a case of child abuse per month in the Berkshires. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One hundred and twenty-two children are abused in Berkshire County each month.   And that's only the confirmed cases. Many others are never reported or confirmed. That number continues to grow.   On Friday, child-care organizations and elected officials laid out 122 pairs of shoes on the steps of City Hall to raise awareness of the issue.   "While these are symbols, there are faces and names associated with every one," state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing said.    The

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'Barbershop: The Next Cut': Seriously Styled
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:10PM / Friday, April 22, 2016

A tragic dilemma confronts director Malcolm D. Lee's "Barbershop: The Next Cut," the fourth in the "Barbershop" film series if you count the spin-off, "Beauty Shop" (2005). While it is a heartfelt and generally successful attempt to lay bare and ponder solutions to the rampant murder rate in urban America (in this specific case, Chicago), the filmmaker also attempts to deliver the rollicking trademark humor that viewers have come to expect from the franchise. The unfortunate result is two disparate natures that never quite meld.

Like a cartoon train that jumps back and forth from one set of tracks to another, one marked serious, the other funny, the


The Independent Investor: Leaving your Legacy
By Bill Schmick,
12:53PM / Friday, April 22, 2016

It may not seem so sometimes, but your children value your opinion. The older they get, the more importance they place on things like your ethics, moral teachings and values. That's why it is extremely important to leave a legacy after you are gone that your children can turn to when they need it.

Leaving your legacy is an integral part of my on-going series of columns on estate planning. My last column on "passing the torch" to another generation concerned the family meeting. Hopefully, the Alpha Child (you or another sibling) has arranged the date, time and place of this momentous occasion and all the invitees (advisor, parents and adult kids) are on hand.

The room is


Berkshire Tidbits: Passover Orders
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:54PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

Baby animals abound! They brighten our days as spring blows in and away and back!


Great Barrington Bagel Company & Deli, 777 South Main St. in Great Barrington, 413-528-9055,, now under the ownership of Bob and Karen Climo who bought the Jewish-style deli last year from its founders Judy and Marvin Lieberman, offers to cater your Passover seder and your entire eight-day Passover week.

The Climos and their able and enthusiastic staff will make charoset, chicken matzoh ball soup, chopped chicken liver, gefilte fish, beef brisket, tzmmes, potato kugel and macaroons.

Bob worked alongside Judy and Marvin for eight years before buying the deli so he knows and maintains


The Right Mower Can Make Lawn Care a Pushover
Presented by Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor, SPONSORED CONTENT
02:14PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mowing a lawn isn't always something people look forward to. But there are many ways to make the job easier and more effective to provide a lush look that will make your neighbors green with envy.

Kevin Stengl, marketing manager at Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor, said one of his best tips for a more efficient cut is to mow the outline of your yard first. Going around the perimeter one time, then backtracking halfway creating a "U" shaped border before going up and down making rows, will alleviate the need to back up on every swipe and will save you time while giving you a professional-looking finish.

"It actually does save time when you do


Soccer Domain Academy Squads Host Four Games at BCC
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02:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The second weekend of the season saw a mixture of results for Soccer Domain Academy teams as they went 1-2-2 in a weekend that included four home games.


It was a glorious day for soccer in the Berkshires with four SDA teams scheduled home games at Berkshire Community College and one visiting GPS Metro Reds.


U13 Girls

The first game of the day saw the U13 girls host NEFC. A very positive start from the girls saw SDA go 2-0 up. The first goal came in the sixth minute with a good finish from the edge of the box. Shortly after, in the eighth minute, a great ball was played through to put the striker through on goal. The keeper made an inspired save but the


Local Investors Purchase Berkshire Eagle, Three Vermont Newspapers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fredric Rutberg said he first thought of the idea two years ago after hearing a lecturer say 'citizenship requires a town square.' For him, The Eagle is the Berkshires' 'town square.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle and three Vermont papers have been sold to a Stockbridge-based group of investors.   The Eagle announced the sale Thursday morning during a press conference at the Berkshire Museum to frequent applause from an invited group of community stakeholders.   There the new owners promised to invest in the papers, raise the quality of the product, and ultimately restore the century-old paper as the "town square" of the


Kinder Morgan Suspends Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Project
Staff Reports,
05:35PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kinder Morgan has suspended the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, which was planned to cut through the Berkshires.   The company released a statement Wednesday evening announcing the suspension of work on the $3.3 billion project.   "As a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, Kinder Morgan Inc. and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, have suspended further work and expenditures on the Northeast Energy Direct Project," reads the statement from the company.    The project was announced in 2015 and the company said it had received a number of commitments from local gas distribution


Brain Injury Survivor to Speak at BFAIR Annual Meeting
03:06PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Family & Individual Resources will host its annual meeting on Friday, April 29, at the Williams Inn.

The breakfast, set to begin at 7:30 a.m., will include the presentation of several awards for employee recognition, as well as the recognition of the community employer of the year. Additionally, the chairwoman of the board will offer remarks on the organization’s continued success and growth through 2015.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Stacia Bissell. A lifelong Berkshire resident, Bissell is a former educator who lives with an acquired brain injury. Her story surrounding her brain injury is a powerful one of


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A Theme for Investors?
02:02PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 22, we observe Earth Day. Like many people, you might participate in some activities to help the health of our planet. But you can also do some things to improve your personal investment environment.

In fact, you might want to follow a key environmental theme: reduce, reuse, recycle. How can these elements be applied to investing? Here are some ideas:

Reduce: You don’t want to waste time, effort and money on investment decisions that will ultimately not benefit you much, if at all. For example, if you are constantly buying and selling investments, you may be hurting yourself in a few different ways.

First, by not holding investments for at least a year before selling


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