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Students Join Berkshire Community College’s 2016 STEM Starter Academy
03:17PM / Monday, August 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-six Berkshire County students have joined the 2016 STEM Starter Academy at Berkshire Community College, a program geared toward high school students who are interested in attending BCC to study STEM fields.

Part of a statewide Massachusetts Community College initiative, the program features a three-week Summer STEM Success Academy and a year-long Support Academy at BCC. The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.

The following students applied and were accepted into the program:



Boys & Girls Club Advances to Giorgi League Final in Double OT
01:47PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Shaq Ardrey scored 23 points, including 21 on 3-pointers, to lead Boys & Girls Club to a 84-80, double overtime victory over Troiano & Sons Building on Sunday evening in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Joe Wiggins scored 21 points, Tank Roberson added 19, and Keiland Cross had 15 points and 11 rebounds on a night when league play was moved to the North Adams Armory.   Lawrence Carrier scored a game-high 29 and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Sedale Jones scord 22 with 11 boards for Dagnoli. Jamual Warren scored 19, and Ron Kelly had 12 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks in the loss.   In Sunday's other semi-final, Geoff Kondel scored


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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Bank Offers Free Admission to Hancock Shaker Village for Children
01:02PM / Monday, August 15, 2016

Free for kids: For the fourth consecutive year, Berkshire Bank is sponsoring Hancock Shaker Village's "Be Our Guest" program, a cultural access program that provides children ages 12 and under with free admission with a paid adult throughout its 2016 season. The museum is open daily through October and for an abbreviated schedule in November and December.

Through support from the bank’s charitable Foundation, the "Be Our Guest" program offers youth the opportunity to immerse themselves in an expansive, authentic, historic site and actively engage in the practices, culture, and values of the Shaker community. Kids learn about issues that are relevant in


Pittsfield Co-op Awards $7,000 in Scholarships to Area Students
12:49PM / Monday, August 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank has announced that 14 area students have received awards from the bank's Centennial Scholarship Fund.  Each recipient received $500.

Created in 1989 in celebration of the co-op’s 100th anniversary, the Centennial Scholarship Fund has provided more than $295,000 in aid to local students seeking to further their education.  

This year’s recipients are:

Taconic High School: Richard Garwood, Nicholas Gingras        

Pittsfield High School: Hailey Graham, Allison Hunt         

St. Joseph's Central High School: Michael Peplowski, Nicholas


Biz Briefs: Goodwill Leases Space in Great Barrington for New Retail Store, Donation Center
12:27PM / Monday, August 15, 2016

Growing again: Goodwill of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont is expanding again, having leased 2,000 square feet of retail space on Route 7 in Great Barrington, where it plans to open a new thrift store next month. This will be the second retail enterprise the Pittsfield-based non-profit organization has launched in 2016, following the opening of a Goodwill store in Rutland, Vt., in March.

The site, at 396 Stockbridge Road, is located next to Laramee Cleaners in the building that once housed the Caffrey Ford car dealership.

A grand opening of the Great Barrington retail outlet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10. The site also has a donation center where people are encouraged to drop


Hancock Resident Having Fun With Politics, Launches Mock Presidential Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Monday, August 15, 2016
HANCOCK, Mass. — A Polish proverb reads, "not my monkeys, not my circus" to essentially mean, it's not my problem.   For years that's how Hancock resident Barry Grauman has felt about politics. He's been an active voter, intent to make it to the polls every time. But, he's never liked his choices. He says he was voting out of hate, voting against a candidate and not for one he likes. He's sick of that, though, and he is trying to make it his circus.   Grauman has launched a mock presidential campaign. It is one of humor where his stance on gun control is "I feel that whenever I am around guns, I prefer they are under


Sarasota, Fla., Tops Pittsfield 14s
10:23PM / Sunday, August 14, 2016
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Southeast Region champion Sarasota, Fla., Sunday scored two runs in the top of the first to take the lead and four runs in the top of the seventh to put away an 8-1 win over Pittsfield in the 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series.   Samuel Miller went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for Sarasota, which got 4-1/3 innings on the hill from Evan Gibbs.   Christian Womble singled to drive in Dylan Burke for Pittsfield's run in the bottom of the fifth.   Womble went 2-for-3 at the plate and struck out five and allowed one earned run in three innings of work on the mound.   Sarasota improved to 2-2 in pool play at the World Series. Pittsfield


Pittsfield City Councils Votes to Put CPA on November Ballot
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:43AM / Sunday, August 14, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier said the Legislature each year approves a budget for the CPA but none of those funds are coming back to Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters will be asked for a second time whether the city wants to adopt the Community Preservation Act.

The state law allows for communities to add a surcharge to property tax bills to pay for parks, open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing. The state divvies up fees collected from deed transfers with real estate sales and matches on a percentage basis.    Proponents say a 1 percent surcharge on the bills would have generated $383,613 in local revenue dedicated to those areas. That would


Pittsfield 14s Drop Pair on Tough Day at World Series
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
11:07PM / Saturday, August 13, 2016
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- A game delayed 90 minutes by heavy rain, a rainout that forced a double-header on one of the hottest days of the year, a game that began on one field and ended on another because of darkness -- there have been plenty of distractions for the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-olds this week at the World Series.   But to describe the thing that ultimately may have ended their national title hopes, the word “distraction” does not quite cut it.   “It was less of a distraction and it was more like we lose the heart and soul of the team,” Lucian Lamerall said of the moment Christian Womble left Saturday evening’s 8-1 loss due to distress


Pittsfield Council Wants Public Forum On Walmart Proposal
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Saturday, August 13, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council wants a chance to ask the proponents of a new Walmart at the William Stanley Business Park some questions.   However, the council needs another organization to host a discussion to avoid legal conflicts. So, the councilors agreed to ask the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority to host one with the developer Waterstone Realty in the City Council chambers.    "I really think this is going to be such a huge, huge discussion and impact that we need to be clear looking forward about what we are looking to get and to do," Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo said.   Mazzeo had petitioned the council to hold a discussion.

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@theMarket: Three in One
By Bill Schmick,
04:24PM / Friday, August 12, 2016

On Thursday, all three U.S. benchmark averages — the S&P 500, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average—registered historical new highs on the same day. You don't want to know what happened the last time this happened.

That was in 1999. The year after ushered in the Dotcom boom and bust where some averages lost 20-30 percent and sent the markets on a roller coaster that did not end until 2003. Am I saying that will happen again? No, but I am expecting a pull-back soon in all three averages.

It is not something that most investors need to worry about. As I mentioned in my last few columns, stocks are overbought and valuations are being stretched higher and higher.


Pittsfield Welcomes Sister City Cava de Tirreni Delegates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:05PM / Friday, August 12, 2016

Nicola Pisapia said the program is meaningful to Cava because there are so many Italians now living in Pittsfield, unlike other sister cities twinned with Cava.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was 30 years ago when an air conditioning company from Pittsfield went to Cava de Tirreni in Italy for a job.

That trip started longtime friendship between the two cities.

Through the Sister City program, Pittsfield has been partnered with Cava De Tirreni and residents of both cities have traveled between them.   The cities launched an exchange program allowing students to study and learn the culture of one another.    On Friday that relationship continued when the city welcomed


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