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The Independent Investor: The Era of U.S. Oil Independence
By Bill Schmick,
05:02PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Last weekend's surprise drone attack on Saudi Arabia's major oil fields was a disaster, but it could have been worse. Fifty years ago, an attack like that would have sent the world's financial markets into a tailspin and rocked global economies. None of that happened — thanks to the U. S. energy production.   Granted, there was an initial decline in the markets until the damage was assessed and experts concluded that the 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude production could be put back online within three weeks. The short-fall represented about half of the Saudi's daily production. Yet, the markets rebounded quickly, and for the most part, it is business as

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'Hustlers': The Tacky Laps of Luxury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:56PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Am I that naïve? I sat there aghast as some took in stride the vengeance being meted out by former strip club employees upon their predominantly Wall Street clients in director Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers," a scathing dramatization of Jessica Pressler's New York Magazine expose.   Said financiers are assembly line-style drugged and then fleeced of their reputedly ill-gotten gains following the implied and sometimes more than implied promise of sexual favors. Point of disclosure: While not a regular habitué of such dens of iniquity back in the day, my fires of spring were not unsullied. So why the shock? Function of age? Advancing Fuddy-Duddyism?   For

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Inauguration 2016
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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Food Co-op One of Three Finalists for MassEcon Award
02:19PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Economic Impact Award

Berkshire Food Co-op is one of three regional finalists to receive an Economic Impact Award from MassEcon. On Sept. 19, finalists will present one-minute pitches to a panel of judges and business leaders describing their growth in the commonwealth. Finalists compete on a regional basis in the West, Central, Southeast, Northeast and Great Boston areas. The winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October.

"Our mission has always been to support the health and well-being of our community and this expansion was a massive investment in that mission. This recognition from MassEcon represents a sweet moment for us, even as we continue the work of

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Narcan: A HOPE to Save Lives
By Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Guest Column
01:49PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
At the tail end of last year, I heard a story about a young man who had passed away of an opioid overdose. This story hit many nerves for me, in particular, because it involved a first responder who arrived on the scene while the young man was still alive, but was unable to take action to save his life because he was not carrying an opioid antagonist.   Opioid antagonists work by blocking receptors in the brain interacting with opioids causing the overdose and preventing the body from responding to them. The most common and easily accessible antagonist at this time is naloxone, usually referred to by its brand name, Narcan. We know that Narcan works and we credit it with saving

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 20-26
01:19PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
TONIGHT, Sept. 19 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile!
The final 3rd Thursday of 2019 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile, a fun annual fundraiser which raises money for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Plus enjoy a live performance from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Barkha Dance Company in the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone, food, vendors and other entertainment for the entire family. 5-8 p.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRI A Night in

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Hinds Seeks Designs for Annual Holiday Card Contest
12:35PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School is in session and summer doesn't officially end until Sept. 23, but Team Hinds is thinking about the holidays.

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) has sent packages to 57 schools across his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District inviting students in grades three through six to participate in his annual Holiday Card Design Contest.

Each December, Hinds sends almost 1,000 greeting cards by mail to friends, family, colleagues and constituents. The winning design will be used as the cover art for his 2019 holiday greeting card. The student artist will be identified on the card, featured in the senator's media and social media

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MountainOne Announces Officer Promotions
11:55AM / Thursday, September 19, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne, a full service financial institution with offices in the Berkshires and Boston’s South Shore, has announced the promotions of 10 employees.

"We are happy to celebrate these individuals, and recognize their dedication, strong work ethic, accomplishments, and commitment to MountainOne," said Robert Fraser, MountainOne president and chief executive officer.

* Donna Bishop has been promoted to senior vice president, MountainOne Insurance, North Adams. Bishop oversees Personal and Commercial Insurance Operations, which involves the management of day to day service operations and insurance markets to create the highest level of efficiency

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Pittsfield Historical Commission Has Questions About Proposed Cell Tower
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Thursday, September 19, 2019

The commission also approved the demolition of a property on Curtis Street.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Historical Commission is leery of installing a wireless telecommunications tower on a historic Keeler Street mill.   The commissioners agreed Monday to draft a letter just to air their concerns about the proposed installation of a wireless telecommunications tower on the 20 Keeler St. campus.   "I think we as a commission should draft a letter indicating our concern about the historical integrity," Chairman John Dickson said.   Dickson said the mill is one of the 24 properties in their Endangered Property Case Book and is also surrounded by historic

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Mazzeo Picks Up Support From Eliminated Mayoral Candidates
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:59PM / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Melissa Mazzeo thanks the two eliminated candidates for their support. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The two mayoral candidates eliminated in Tuesday's preliminary election have thrown their support to Melissa Mazzeo.    Karen Kalinowsky and Scott Graves stood beside the top vote-getter on Tuesday to say she best represented the platforms they'd run on. The endorsement took place on the steps of City Hall, just outside the office of Mayor Linda Tyer, who is seeking a second four-year term.    "She has my beliefs," said Graves, owner of the Rusty Anchor whose candidacy pointed to what he says are hurdles to local business. "I want to take care of

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Drury Class of 1951 Meets at Waubeeka Tavern
04:58PM / Wednesday, September 18, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Drury High School Class of 1951 convened Wednesday for lunch at Tavern on 7 at Waubeeka Golf Links.   The group of graduates from the North Adams high school and their spouses and guests convenes monthly. They welcome anyone from the Drury class of 1951 to join them on Oct. 16 at noon at the 6' House Pub in Williamstown.   Jack and Joyce Brooks, Jeannette Brule, Carol Kelley, Herb and Donna Putnam, Gen and George Beckwith, Arlene Zappone, Richard Weld, Ray Piaggi, Janet and Dick Arick, Theresa King, Pat and Paul Gigliotti, Nola and Ivan Carli and Dan Skorcz (driver). 

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Brien Center Awarded $360K Curb Risky High School Student Behavior
04:35PM / Wednesday, September 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center has been awarded a total of $357,480 in state grants that will fund a first-of-its kind program in two Berkshire County high schools that is designed to reduce such risky behaviors as smoking, vaping, drinking and substance misuse that could compromise students' futures.   The local organization applied for the funds through a competitive grant process offered for the first time by the state Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Office of Youth and Young Adult Services. The bureau awarded 18 grants statewide, with the Brien Center winning two of them.   The grants will fund new and intensive services at

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'Voices for Recovery' Event Set for Saturday in North Adams
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A sign on the lawn of North Adams City Hall advertises the event.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The bracelet on Susan Cross' wrist says it all: "Stamp out stigma."

Cross showed her bracelet to Mayor Thomas Bernard on Tuesday afternoon as she and Bernard chatted about the upcoming Voices for Recovery walk and celebration, set for Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at Colegrove Park.

Cross is a prevention and recovery program associate with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition; joining her and Bernard at City Hall was Barb Reeves, a volunteer at the coalition's Beacon Recovery Community Center, which is officially hosting the sixth annual event for the first time

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