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Pittsfield Health Officials Want To Curb Tick-borne Illnesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:36AM / Saturday, November 04, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health is considering its options to reduce the spread of tick-borne diseases.   The Health Department has been noticing a steady increase in tick-borne illnesses recently and is now wondering what options it has to help control it.   "Lyme, HGA, and babesiosis, have increased from 2016 to 2017. I saw a few more cases of Lyme in the past day or two. That Lyme case makes 113, 114 now compared to 87 last year," Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters said.   Donnelly-Winters said the numbers have been rising across the county with Pittsfield and Great Barrington toward the top of the number of incidents. In 2014, there were


'Suburbicon': Where Seldom Is Heard a Tolerant Word
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:27PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
My rich sister Ann has regularly informed that "It's always about the money, especially if they say it's not about the money." Whether she influenced the deservedly famous Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, or they figured out the maxim themselves, they have made a successful film career of exploring and dramatizing it.    "Suburbicon," their latest bit of cynicism about how the American dream is perennially misrepresented as a free-for-all grab of wealth and not the pursuit of human rights and freedom the Founders envisioned, robustly continues the muckrake.   Here, in a rare departure of form, though co-writing and producing, they've chosen


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
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The Independent Investor: Are You Ready for a Down Market?
By Bill Schmick,
05:02PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
It has been some time since we have had even a tiny decline in the stock market. Human behavior is such that we expect what has come before to continue into the future. When it doesn't, a whole host of emotions arise and most of them will be detrimental to your financial health.   A new survey by E-trade Financial, a discount broker dealer, reveals that well-heeled investors (those with $1 million or more in equity investments) are as bullish as they have been all year. Almost 75 percent of million dollar players are now bullish as we enter this final quarter of the year. Most of these investors are 55 or older and are significantly more optimistic than younger


Police Find Pellet Gun Behind Taconic High School
Staff Reports,
03:45PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police found a pellet gun behind Taconic High School after reports that a student had brought a weapon to school.   Police said that on Tuesday the school officials and the Police Department's School Resource Officers were told that a student had seen another with a handgun. The suspected student was located and a search of a backpack did not result in finding a weapon.   On Wednesday, however, more information was reported supporting the student's claim of seeing a gun. Police reviewed surveillance footage and found the original incident was "misreported." Officer John Gray continued the investigation, finding additional


BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:47PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are Gianna


McCandless Sets Record Straight on Rumored Incident at Herberg
Staff Reports,
02:13PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A personnel manner took on a life of its own on social media Thursday and Friday.   On Thursday, school administrators at Herberg Middle School dealt with a "personnel" matter with an employee. The district took steps to shield the children from seeing or hearing what was happening. Those tidbits of information then grew as the conversation about the matter spread on Facebook, dovetailing into accusations of teacher misconduct and arrests.   "It had absolutely nothing to do with children and no arrests were made," Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Friday. "There was not a single student involved and there were no allegations


Three Berkshire County Nursing Homes Praised by National Publication
02:05PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four of Berkshire Healthcare's skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts have been named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

In the Berkshires, Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, Mt. Greylock Extended Care in Pittsfield and Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation were among 75 in Massachusetts designated by the national magazine as “Top Performers” in their selection of the best nursing homes in the country. Berkshire Healthcare affiliate Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in Peabody also earned a spot on the list.

U.S. News evaluated nearly 16,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide,

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Miss Hall's School Students Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Competition
01:58PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School seniors Lin Hou, of Shenzhen, China, and Elizabeth Tagliaferro of Pittsfield have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The designation means that Hou and Tagliaferro placed among the top 5 percent of the approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarships, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program.

The designation recognizes the students’ academic promise and their exceptional performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT/NMSQT.

In addition to their academic


Berkshire Money Management Hires Compliance Officer
01:53PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management, a locally based investment advisory firm, has hired Jayne Bills, a veteran of Citigroup Treasury, as the firm's compliance officer.

Bills joins an already growing team of committed advisors and will be dealing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and all of its outside regulatory requirements and internal policies. She has the essential task of effectively communicating Berkshire Money Management's ethics principles and compliance regulations to the SEC and to BMM's client community.

"We are fortunate to have been able to lure Jayne away from New York City to our Berkshire-based company," said


Pittsfield Suns Make Off-Season Support Staff Moves
01:25PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns and the Goldklang Group have announced the promotion of Brian Flagg to assistant general manager and the hiring of Courtney Lewis to take over as the director of ticket sales and marketing.  

Flagg has functioned as the director of food and beverage and the director of corporate sales for the past two years. Lewis has previously served as a full-time intern for the Suns.  

"We are very excited for the promotion of Brian Flagg and the addition of Courtney Lewis. Brian has proven himself to be a dedicated leader in the Suns organization and is committed to the community," said Suns General Manager Kristen Huss.


Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 30 - Nov. 1
Staff Reports,
12:21PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, October 30.   Steven Winters, 34, of Lenox pleaded guilty to eight counts of distribution of heroin and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Winters sold heroin and conspired with others to sell heroin in Lenox between November 8, 2016 and March 5, 2017.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, November 1.   Alexis Lopez, 24, of Pittsfield had seven counts of assault and battery on a disabled person, six counts of caretaker abuse on a disabled person, and a single count of assault and battery


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 3-9
11:49AM / Friday, November 03, 2017
November 3 is First Fridays Artswalk & More! Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host artwork by Soldier On's Veterans Community Arts Initiative for the month of November.   In most venues,


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