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Phone Scammers Targeting Berkshire County Residents
10:03AM / Thursday, October 04, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Authorities are warning Berkshire County residents about a telephone scam targeting elderly victims.   Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello says several people have fallen victim to the scam in which the caller poses as a relative or the attorney of a relative that has been involved in an accident where someone else has been injured. The caller claims the relative is in need of bail money, legal fees and medical expenses.   Those making the fake calls have been operating out of the state of Florida, but the phone numbers they are using have an area code of 202, which is located in Washington, D.C.   Caccaviello is asking anyone who may

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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Coffee Opens Fall Art Show
02:11PM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Coffee and art

Sarah Sutro and Dorothea Osborn present their abstract paintings at Tunnel City Coffee in downtown Williamstown this fall, featuring rich watercolors and imaginative takes on scientific themes. Sutro's abstracted realist paintings recall memories of existence among peaceful landscapes, while Osborn's macro-paintings delve into life at the cellular level, sharing the beauty of biology’s smallest divisions. The show runs from the beginning of October through the end of December.       

Influenced by artists Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keefe, and John Singer Sargent, Sutro finds inspiration in the outside world, oceanscapes and

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Inauguration 2016
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Can You Count on a Bountiful Investment 'Harvest'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:52AM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018

We're officially in autumn – the season when we bring in what we planted in the spring. But the concept of planting and gathering isn't confined to agriculture. In fact, it can be used in many walks of life, including investing. So what can you do to help work toward a successful investment "harvest"?

Here is (not quite) a bushel of ideas:

Plant the right "seeds." When farmers plant specific crops, they know about what to expect – how long it will take for them to grow, how much yield they will produce, and so on. When you invest, you too need to plant "seeds" by choosing investments that are designed to help meet your goals. For example,

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Berkshire Health Systems Has 'Legitimate Concerns' With Ballot Question
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Berkshire Medical Center says not all the staff are on board with Question 1, providing a group photo to prove it. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center officials estimate that it'll cost the hospital $22.8 million if Question 1 is passed.   Voters will decide in November whether to legally mandate specific ratios of registered nurses to patients. Berkshire Health Systems is opposing the question, fearing the costs will prove to be detrimental to the services it provides.   "It requires us to hire between 120 and 130 registered nurses. Do the math, it is about $20 million for Berkshire Medical Center. It is a lot of money," President and CEO

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Advocates for Ballot Measure on Nurse Staffing Levels Rally in Pittsfield
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Mark Brodeur, also an RN, was more fiery in his speech, blaming hospital executives across the state for choosing profit over patient care.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Advocates for the ballot measure instituting minimum nurse staffing levels in hospitals say the focus is on patient safety.    "The care has gotten tougher, the patients have gotten sicker with our opioid epidemic," said Amber VanBramer, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Berkshire Medical Center. "We need safe limits to be able to care for these patients properly."   Around a dozen registered nurses and supporters, including North Adams City Councilor Jason

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Pittsfield's Patti Notches Game-Winner for College Squad
iBerkshires.com Sports,
04:21AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Pittsfield High School alumna Taylor Patti scored the game-winner in double overtime last month to lift Wentworth College to a 2-1 win at Emerson.   It was just the second career goal for the senior back, and it helped Wentworth 5-4-2 record going into Saturday's game against Nichols.   Alessandra Arace scored her first goal of the season for the Providence College women's soccer team in a 3-2 overtime loss to Xavier last week. The Lenox graduate has a goal and a two assists this season for the Friars (7-4-1).   Amanda Wright (Pittsfield) had a team-high seven shots and helped set up the winning goal in Springfield College's 2-0 win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

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County School Officials Press Legislators on School Funding Formula
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Local school officials pressed members of the Berkshire delegation to make education funding a priority in the coming legislative year.    And the legislators urged them to keep up the pressure.    "The pressure we feel at home can translate into action at the State House," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, explaining that when they speak with legislative leaders, "I can go and say this is the most important issue in Pittsfield."   But while the Pittsfield representative is a firm believer in grassroots activism, she said the critical part of the equation is finding new revenue.    "We're underfunding

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Berkshires Beat: Albany Berkshire Ballet Receives Grant For 'Rockwell in Our Time'
02:08PM / Monday, October 01, 2018
Rockwell in dance

The Albany Berkshire Ballet has been awarded a project grant of $2,500 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Cultural Investment Portfolio for the continued development of the new work "Rockwell in Our Time" by choreographer Mary Giannone Talmi. Talmi is collaborating with playwright Kevin McGerigle and composer Christopher Culpo with additional choreography by Andres Ramirez and music by Ben Talmi. The ballet is a multidisciplinary work inspired by Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" that moves forward and backward in time reflecting World War II America and our current national reality.

"The individuals that work together to produce a

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Retirements Lead To Numerous New Hires In Pittsfield Fire
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, October 01, 2018

Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski, left, with three new recruits in 2017. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Fire Department is in the midst of a hiring spree.   In the last three years, the department had 28 new hires and at least three more are expected by the end of the year.   But, it isn't boosting staffing numbers. It is mostly driven by retirements and a cycle stemming from the state's adoption of Proposition 2 1/2.   "We're at that point in time where 30 years ago Proposition 2 1/2 came in and at that time there were a lot of cuts, rollbacks, and layoffs. A lot of departments were decimated. Shortly after '85, '86, '87, they started to figure

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Legislation Extends Lafayette Trail From Hinsdale to Hancock
06:03PM / Saturday, September 29, 2018

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis du Lafayette as a young general in 1791. BOSTON — A bill to expand the Lafayette Trail through the Berkshires is expected to be signed soon by Gov. Charlie Baker.    The measure, S. 2265, An Act relative to the Lafayette Trail, was filed in December 2017 after state Sen. Adams Hinds met with Consul General Valéry Freland, of the Consulate General of France in Boston.     As chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, Consul Freland sought to brief Hinds on the cultural significance of the trail, which tracks the route the Marquis de Lafayette, the famed French general

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@theMarket: The Market's Last Quarter
By Bill Schmick,
04:29PM / Friday, September 28, 2018
Today marks the end of the third quarter for stocks in 2018. But it is the fourth quarter that will determine what kind of year it will be. Let's place our bets.   First, we should look at what could go wrong over the next three months. Tariffs probably lead the list. More of them, (although the dollar amount is minimal in the scheme of global trade), would be bad for sentiment within the global stock markets. Mid-term elections are a toss-up, but simply not knowing the outcome I count as a negative. Quarterly earnings results might also hold some risk for investors. And finally, the latest investor sentiment readings (a contrary indicator) are as high as they were back in January

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Markey Proposes Legislation to Restore Berkshire TV Lineups
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:12PM / Friday, September 28, 2018

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey said the Berkshire customers should get both stations. PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — Two flags decorated microphones at the podium in the City Hall chambers Friday morning.   One was Springfield-based WWLP Channel 22 and the other was Albany, N.Y.-based WNYT Channel 13.   One major difference between the two is that no one who lives in Berkshire County could watch the Massachusetts station on cable television to hear the press conference at Pittsfield City Hall.    Spectrum cable pulled Channel 22 from its lineup earlier this year, as well as WCVB Channel 5 out of Boston. Spectrum subscribers in the Berkshires on Friday weren't able to

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