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'The Post': The Stuff of Pulitzers
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
When we look back at this currently shameful nadir in American history, we will have heartening movies like Steven Spielberg's "The Post," about how the title newspaper fought a disingenuous U.S. government, to remind us of our successful defense of the 1st Amendment. It is a testament to the uses of history.    Although the film is an exciting, often heart-pounding chronicle of the Nixon-era Pentagon Papers scandal, we know full well that, just as the Korea-based "MASH" (1970) was about Vietnam, this past triumph is also crucial to the here and now.   Once again we are heroically reminded that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Although

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Medical Marijuana Company Plans Recreational Sales in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, January 18, 2018

Benjamin Hildebran outlined the changes made to the property and building. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a medical and a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year.   Berkshire Roots is finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Ave., a commercial building that formerly housed Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and the Salvation Army store.   Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.   The company received its approval to open the facility back in July 2016 and just a few months later

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

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Coffee Kiosk Eyed For First Street Common in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Thursday, January 18, 2018

Todd Fiorentino explains his coffee kiosk plans to the Parks Commission.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local business owner wants to open a coffee kiosk at the First Street Common. But, the Parks Commission isn't sure if it wants to commercialize the park system.

Todd Fiorentino is proposing opening Poseidon Coffee, a small kiosk to sell coffee and hot cocoa drinks during the morning hours at the park.

"It is a nice amenity for people and adds a social element," Fiorentino told the Parks Commission on Wednesday.

Fiorentino said there is a lack of coffee options during the morning, citing that Market Place Cafe doesn't open until 10 a.m. and he would be supporting the

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When Do You Need a Financial Advisor?
11:45AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn't need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn't that simple – and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when?

Actually, you might benefit from the services of a financial advisor during many life events, including the following:

Starting your career: When you're starting out in your career, you may encounter several questions related to your benefits package. Should you contribute to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan? If so, how much, and where should you invest your money? Are the

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Yon Will Continue to Chair Pittsfield School Committee
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:40AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Katherine Yon will continue to chair the Pittsfield School Committee.   During the re-organization meeting Wednesday, the committee voted Yon back to the leadership position. Yon has served as chair since 2014.   "We have such important work. At a time when public education is being assailed on many fronts, it is our duty to stand firm for the young people in our charge. All of our students have the right to a high-quality education," Yon said after accepting the nomination.   The former English teacher has been on the committee since 2010. She expressed confidence in her colleagues and staff in the schools that the district will be able to

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Winter Storm Alert: Cancellations & Closures
09:04AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A snowstorm has dumped several issues of snow this morning, covering much of the region.    The storm has closed or delayed opening of most schools in the area. Find the list here.   Cancellations and closures will be added to the list below as they come in. Send closures to info@iberkshires.com.      Following closures and delays for Wednesday, Jan. 17.   Clarksburg Clarksburg Library closed; trustees meeting canceled.   Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum opens at 11 a.m.   Pittsfield Berkshire Museum opens at 11 a.m.  

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee OK to Call 2nd Strike
Staff Reports,
12:08AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center on Tuesday approved giving the bargaining committee the authority to call a second one-day strike.

The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter has been at odds with management for nearly a year and a half of contract negotiations. In October, the nurses staged a one-day strike, which was followed by a four-day lockout by management. The two sides returned to the bargaining table shortly afterward and have yet to come to a settlement.

After two days of voting concluding Tuesday night, the union's membership voted to again give its bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike. The vote

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Mall Loses Partial Power, Security Kicks Media Off Property
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:43PM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Tuesday afternoon.   iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. This reporter attempted to call management to find out what happened but got a message that the office phone there was "temporarily unavailable."   After driving to the mall, a number of stores were dark and closed. Some still seemed to be operating as normal, but others that are typically open were closed and a Peace Train Tee employee was sitting outside that darkened store.   This reporter continued on to the management office in hopes to find out what happened from the

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Hillcrest Educational to Honor Sheriff Bowler, Officer Derby
Staff Reports,
10:53AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sheriff Thomas Bowler will be honored as Hillcrest Educational Center's Irish Person of the Year.   Hillcrest will present the award at the 17th annual Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Celebration on March 15 at the Country Club of Pittsfield.    Bowler was a Pittsfield police officer for 24 years, serving in the detective bureau and in the drug unit, before his 2010 election as Sherriff. Recent winners of the Irish Person of the Year award were Fairview Hospital President Eugene Dellea, former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, former state Sen. Benjamin Downing, and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.   Hillcrest will also be

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Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer has no plans to move the city offices currently at 100 North St. back to City Hall.

An array of city offices were moved from the basement of City Hall back in 2014 to the mezzanine level of 100 North. The move, under former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, caused consternation from some of the city councilors at the time because it didn't need council approval.

The move had led to a battle outside of the City Council chambers when Bianchi charged former Councilor Barry Clairmont $63.95 for documents relating to the move — a charge Clairmont balked at. Clairmont and Bianchi had also clashed over the former mayor's use of an office in the

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Biz Briefs: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues
03:38PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
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Crissey Farm has been named a winner of the 2018 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for Wedding Venue in Great Barrington, a recognition they have received five years in a row. WeddingWire Inc., the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, annually recognizes the top 5 percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The top local wedding professionals in more than 20 service categories from venues to florists are awarded the prestigious accolade.

Crissey Farm was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project
03:01PM / Monday, January 15, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is seeking volunteers for its seventh annual Human Library, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky student center.

Founded in 2001 in Denmark, the Human Library seeks to promote human rights and social cohesion by creating greater understanding between people. It provides an opportunity for people to learn more about each other while working through stereotypes and discrimination. The event has been held at Williams annually since 2012.

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title

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