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County Curtains Board Recommends Closure: 175 Jobs Could Be Lost
Staff Reports,
05:19PM / Tuesday, September 12, 2017
LEE, Mass. — County Curtains is likely to close, putting 175 local workers out of a job.   On Tuesday, the company released a statement saying that after several years of effort to sell it or improve sales, the board of directors is recommending a liquidation of the bedding and home decor supplier and related operations. That liquidation process needs to be approved by the more than 300 company shareholders on Oct. 4.   "This has been a heartbreaking decision, but the board is confident that it is in the best interests of our shareholders –including our ESOP and our employee participants," said CEO Celia Clancy in a prepared statement.   "The

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Guest Column: Berkshire Museum's New Vision Ensures Future
By Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees, Guest Column
03:06PM / Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    The Berkshire Museum has been a staple of the community since opening our doors in 1903.   It is therefore natural that many members of the Berkshire community have expressed both support for and concerns about the sale of certain works of art.   The museum's Board of Trustees wanted to take this opportunity to share our views of the future and long-term goals that will ensure that our cherished institution will be able to enrich our community for at least another century. The reality is that our museum is facing a set of financial challenges that we must address, which requires making some difficult, and clearly, emotion-provoking decisions.   Importantly,

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Berkshires Beat: New Art Exhibit Now Open in SVHC Corridor Gallery
01:15PM / Monday, September 11, 2017

Art in the halls: Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Corridor Gallery welcomes a new exhibit by Dr. Stuart DuBoff and his wife Shelli DuBoff. The show features paintings by Ms. DuBoff and photographs by Dr. DuBoff. Dr. DuBoff is an ophthalmologist at Advanced Eye Care. He has been practicing medicine for 45 years and is affiliated with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Both artists concentrate on subjects related to Cuba and Latin America.

The pieces in this exhibit are for sale. Proceeds benefit the artists and the SVHC Auxiliary, which has given more than $1 million to support services and equipment upgrades to SVHC over the past 20 years.

In addition to the Corridor Gallery,

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Biz Briefs: Greylock App Connects Members With Local Discounts, Perks
12:23PM / Monday, September 11, 2017

ChaChing: Greylock Federal Credit Union has introduiced its new ChaChing app. The new free app works on Greylock members' smartphones alerting them to a variety of perks, benefits and discounts available at a range of merchants around Berkshire County. Using the GPS on member's phones, ChaChing sends mobile alerts off­ering instant discounts whenever they are near participating merchants.

Here's an example of how ChaChing works: If a Greylock Member with the app on their phone walks by a participating coffee shop, they might get a pop up notice on their phone saying they can save on their next coffee. Or, if they are near a participating restaurant, they may get a pop up

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Pittsfield Health Officials Encourage Landlords to Go Smoke Free
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, September 11, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health wants landlords to make their properties smoke free.   The Health Department doesn't have authority to demand landlords adopt smoke-free policies but are rolling out resources to guide landlords on how to do so. The board feels that secondhand smoke is a health concern and inside homes are where that mostly occurs.   "We have had a steady increase of complaint calls from tenants who have issues trying to live with secondhand smoke on their rental property," Health Director Gina Armstrong said, but "our hands are really tied to a degree if we are not seeing violations tied to state housing code."   The city

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Keane Halts Run for Pittsfield City Council
Staff Reports,
12:31PM / Sunday, September 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Billy Keane is dropping out of the race for Ward 5 City Council.   Keane received enough nomination signatures to have his name on the ballot. However, he said "unforeseen circumstances related to a tough situation my family is currently experiencing" has led him to halt his campaign.   "I am going to need to relinquish my candidacy for Ward Councilor. In my world view, family needs to come first, and therefore I know that though this is a difficult decision, it is also the right one," Keane wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.    "I look forward to continuing to work diligently towards the bright and successful future

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Pittsfield Resident Suffers Multiple Gunshot Wounds
Staff Reports,
11:25AM / Sunday, September 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say a 32-year-old resident was shot multiple times early Sunday morning.    According to a statement released Sunday morning, a Shotspotter activation sent police to 101 Fenn St. Officers confirmed a shooting had taken place near the Fenn and First Street parking lot.    The victim, a Pittsfield resident, had been taken to Berkshire Medical Center prior to the officers' arrival.   The Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Services responded and recovered numerous shell casings and other evidence. The incident remains under investigation.

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Pittsfield Sisters Start Up Own Candle Company
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:05AM / Sunday, September 10, 2017

Shire Fire Candles was started by the two girls as a family business. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Grace Proskin and Isabella "Izzy" Brown were on a family trip to Ireland in June when they found a candle shop, seemingly out in the middle of nowhere.   Inside there were tons of candles all inspired by the Irish countryside and the shopkeeper told them all about it. When they got home, they couldn't stop talking about it.   That's when Grace came up with an idea: let's start our own candle company.   "When we came back we were like 'why can't we do this? I really want to do this, this is really interesting.' We wonder, as a family,

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Citizens Continue to Protest Berkshire Museum Art Sale
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:47PM / Saturday, September 09, 2017

Hope Davis was one of four who spoke at Park Square in protest of the planned sale. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sharon Gregory has reviewed more than a decade of the Berkshire Museum's financials and says the situation isn't nearly as dire as the non-profit organization says.   And Gregory isn't just anybody, she is someone with 40 years of financial experience. She retired as the vice president of business development and planning for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, and before that worked with a number of organizations such as Lehman Brothers and Citibank.   "I think the deficit has a lot to do with managerial decisions on where they spend the money and where they

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New Co-working Space Framework to Open in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:09AM / Saturday, September 09, 2017

The new space takes up two storefronts on North Street. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are a lot of people who work from home or are just starting up a small business that doesn't yet need to open an office.   Framework will be opening on North Street at the end of the month and it hopes to bring those people together into a new, dynamic co-working space.   The new company has leased out two storefronts at 437 North St. and has built out all of the amenities of a traditional office but will operate on a membership-based model.   "It runs similar to a gym, on a membership model. Members will purchase a monthly membership and come and go as little or as much as

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'Tulip Fever': When Speculation Was in Bloom
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:24PM / Friday, September 08, 2017
A fascinating backdrop for an intricate if not convoluted, seriocomic love story that could have very well been written by Nöel Coward gives director Justin Chadwick's "Tulip Fever" an arthouse cachet. But while patience is a virtue, the esoteric appeal of this costumed affair set in 17th-century Holland may require more virtue than the general moviegoer wishes to expend. All the same, for those unfamiliar with the financial frenzy that speculation in tulip bulbs created during the era in question, its intrigue deserves a study even if you pass on seeing the film.   Viewed in a greater, historical perspective, not unlike the frantic rush by everyday Americans to play

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@theMarket: Markets Brace for the Weekend
By Bill Schmick,
04:33PM / Friday, September 08, 2017
Usually, the weekend is a time when traders try to relax, reduce stress, and prepare for the coming week's markets. This weekend will be an exception to that rule. Just about everyone is focused on the latest news of Hurricane Irma's landfall in southern Florida tomorrow and into Sunday.    Over in Southeast Asia, analysts are also expecting North Korea to fire off yet another missile. Exactly where and when is up in the air.   As if that were not enough, an earthquake and Hurricane Jose both hit Mexico simultaneously last night causing quite a lot of damage. Investors have no idea what economic impact these natural disasters will have on the North American economy.

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