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Berkshire Bank Moving Corporate Headquarters to Boston
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:24PM / Monday, May 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank is moving its corporate headquarters this Boston later this year as it acquires Commerce Bancshares Corp., increasing the bank's holdings to $12 billion.   The $209 million acquisition makes Berkshire Hills Bancorp the largest regional bank in Massachusetts, according to officials, and the first regional bank headquartered in Boston in decades. Bank officials say moving its corporate headquarters will not affect its employees here and that the operational center will remain on North Street.    "Locating our corporate headquarters in Boston will not take us away from our roots in Berkshire County; we remain committed to all of

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Biz Briefs: CompuWorks Celebrates 30 Years in IT Services
03:05PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy anniversary: CompuWorks, a Pittsfield-based managed IT services provider (MSP) specializing in making companies more efficient, innovative and profitable through the effective use of technology, is celebrating 30 years. The company reflected on its history in an address to its employees.

Founded in 1987 by David Hall and Alan Bauman, CompuWorks' mission has always been to help its clients maximize the business impact of technology. The company believes that technology should be a competitive asset, not simply a necessary evil.  CompuWorks serves as the outsourced IT department for most of its clients who range in size from 20 employees to over 1,000 and are generally

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Earl Persip Jumps Into Pittsfield City Council Race
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09:14PM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Earl Persip III has joined the race for City Council.   The director of operations at the Berkshire Family YMCA announced his candidacy for an at-large seat Friday morning.    "The city of Pittsfield is evolving, and to be effective and truly representative, our government must reflect the diversity of our community," Persip wrote in the announcement. "I want to be part of the decisions that help shape our city, and I will work to earn that opportunity."   Persip has been with the YMCA for more than 20 years and has a board member of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. He serves on the Animal Control Commission and recently worked on

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Pittsfield Looking to Standardize Park Signage
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:25PM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new sign for Durant Park will be the model for all park signs in the future.   Parks and Open Space Manager Jim McGrath presented the design to the Parks Commission on Tuesday, showing a fairly basic sign with letter naming the park, the city's seal, and a note that it is overseen by the Parks Commission. McGrath said the signage replicates the standard signs at the city's conservation areas except with a green background instead of maroon.   "We'd like this commission to be thoughtful about is this the right sign and I think it is," McGrath said, hoping that the sign will become the template for all parks signs.   As of

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@theMarket: The Trump Dump
By Bill Schmick,
10:09AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
Investors were shocked this week when the U.S. stock markets fell almost 2 percent in one day.    Wall Street blamed it on the growing scandals engulfing the White House. However, there was little follow through despite predictions that this was the beginning of the long-awaited pullback.   To be honest, much of the controversy coming out of Washington — demand for Trump's impeachment, obstruction of justice, witness-tampering, etc. — is simply partisan politics deliberately fueled by a biased media. All of the above, which had been building for days, finally reached the tipping point for investors. As weak-kneed day traders started to sell, the program

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Hinds Gives BRPC Updates From the State House
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:01AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Local organizations have great long-term plans for the future of Berkshire County. But, state Sen. Adam Hinds said the state needs to get the "fundamentals right" before that can take hold.   Hinds spoke with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday and reviewed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. He said 1Berkshire also has a similar blueprint with how to revitalize the Berkshire economy. But, both plans are still two or more years away, he said.   "In the interim, we need to double down on getting high-speed internet right and double down on education," Hinds said.   The Pittsfield Democrat said population

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The Independent Investor: Health-Care Costs Are Strangling Us
By Bill Schmick,
05:03PM / Friday, May 19, 2017
Recently, none other than the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has sounded the alarm on what he sees as the number one threat to American businesses — rising health care costs. His advice is that we better do something and do it quickly.   While Congress bickers over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, there is still a large body of American politicians who believe we should simply return to the good old days. While they fiddle with adjusting insurer's premiums, or gutting Medicaid, the entire healthcare system surrounding them continues to burn. While they debate whether you should be responsible for your own medical insurance and how much Medicare should cover, health care

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 19-25
01:27PM / Friday, May 19, 2017

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       May 19 - May 25,

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Maintaining Your Current Sign Offers Many Benefits
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01:08PM / Friday, May 19, 2017

Dust and clutter begins to take over as we hibernate for winter, waiting for the highly anticipated weather of spring and summer to provide a fresh start through the ritual of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is not only for emptying garages and raking lawns, but it is also the perfect time to spruce up your business's sign.

By regularly maintaining your current sign through the completion of seasons one can significantly save their company money. Companies are always torn between two very popular provers: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and "Prevention is better than cure" - and this is especially true when it comes to signage. Now you may be asking,

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Convenience Plus At First And Tyler Eyed For Rebuild
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:10PM / Friday, May 19, 2017

 
The plans submitted to the city call for the new XtraMart to face First Street. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Shell gas station at the intersection of First and Tyler is eyed to be razed and rebuilt.   Global Montello Group, which operates the store through a lease agreement with O'Connell Oil, has filed an application with the city to tear down the existing station and rebuilt as an XtraMart.   The plans call to move the building farther away from the intersection, abutting the neighboring business, and reposition the gas pumps to run parallel with First Street.    "The proposed changes to the site include the replacement of the existing

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Pittsfield Police Honors Officers Killed In Line Of Duty
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:01PM / Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mayor Linda Tyer read a proclamation honoring the week. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A total of 145 law enforcement officers across the country died in the line of duty last year, the highest total since 2011.   "One average one American law enforcement officer is killed every 53 hours somewhere in the United States. Last year, 145 law enforcement officers made the ultimate sacrifice. That is the highest total fatalities since 2011," Police Chief Michael Wynn said.   Those are added to the more than 20,000 who have been killed since 1791 and there have been another 50 so far in 2017.   As part of National Police Week, the Pittsfield Police Department honored all

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Culture, Recreation Dominate Downtown Pittsfield's Annual Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Thursday, May 18, 2017

Steven Valenti presented the Robert Quattrochi Downtown Person of the Year Award to Berkshire Theater Group CEO Kate Maguire. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires has a niche when it comes to scenic beauty and cultural institutions that other places can't replicate.   The city's downtown has positioned those two aspects as cornerstones to economic development. At Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting Thursday morning, businesses who have helped expand in those areas were honored for their efforts.    "We're not going to compete with New York City and we're not going to compete with Boston. But guess what? They can't compete with us

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