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New Williams Inn Opens on Spring Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:32AM / Saturday, August 17, 2019

Chef Kevin DeMarco has put together a menu informed by local produce. He is part of leadership team appointed by Waterford Hotel Group, which manages the hotel for Williams College. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new Williams Inn is positioned to be a catalyst for the town's retail center on Spring Street as well as a bucolic retreat for guests — as exampled by the deer grazing near the patio this week.     "We really want to be an indoor/outdoor experience," said Kevin Hurley, the inn's general manager, during a press preview just days before the hotel's opening on Thursday. "We will see a lot of those features, again with the windows,

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Boys & Girls Club Announces Pebble Beach Golf Raffle
05:35PM / Friday, August 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires has announced that raffle tickets for a trip to the world renown Pebble Beach Golf Resorts located on the  Monterrey Peninsula of California are now available.   The winner will stay in the world class luxury accomodations at The Lodge at Pebble Beach which features an ocean side setting overlooking the famed 18th hole of The Pebble Bach Golf Links. The prize package includes one round for two of golf at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, and one round for two at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.   The Pebble Beach Course is recognized as one of the most beautiful courses in the world as it hugs the coastline and opens up to

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Inauguration 2016
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Youth Works Participants Honored in Pittsfield
By: Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Friday, August 16, 2019

The program got Destane Pope-White's foot in the door and now it has turned into a full-time, permanent job. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Destane Pope-White felt it was better to just do something rather than wait.   She was applying for jobs but not having much luck. She decided to enter the Youth Works program through MassHire Berkshire Career Center. The program is state-funded pays the wages for youth to work in various local companies. Pope-White ended up working for Jae's Spice this summer.   "I was a little discouraged. I was job searching and couldn't find anything. It took me to get into a program to be making some money again. I thought at least I am

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Biz Briefs: Jacob's Pillow Founder’s Property on the Market
11:29AM / Friday, August 16, 2019
Property for sale

William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has listed a 19th-century compound in the town of Chester formerly owned by the founder of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The estate is listed for $685,000 and is represented by Great Barrington/Lenox agent Stephanie McNair.

Ted Shawn lived on the property in the 1930s during which he founded what would become the country's oldest internationally celebrated summer dance festival in Becket, but the seeds of Jacob's Pillow are found here in Chester. The property, nestled on a hilltop overlooking 73 acres, provides opportunity for swimming, tennis and hiking.

According to McNair, this was the original dance

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Pittsfield Native Returns Home to Join Smith, Watson & Company
10:54AM / Friday, August 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CPA Jeffrey D. Belair of Pittsfield has been admitted as a partner at Smith, Watson & Company,, a full-service, regional based, public accounting and advisory firm with offices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington, North Adams and Lakeville, Conn.

Belair has more than 15 years of public accounting experience advising individuals, including business executives, owners and their families with the numerous aspects of wealth accumulation and transfer. Specializing in tax, he offers clients extensive experience and insight related to complex individual tax compliance and strategy, financial and philanthropic planning, and trust and estate design.

"As we continue

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 16-22
09:57AM / Friday, August 16, 2019
TONIGHT: Thursday, Aug. 15 is Touch a Truck! Beep beep! Honk honk! Join us for a fun 3rd Thursday celebration and touch a truck! Kids (and adults) will be able to see, touch, interact with and learn about dozens of cool vehicles, including fire trucks and police cars, construction vehicles, airport vehicles and more.   There will also be live music from the Amy Ryan Band, The Hoping Machine, and students from the Rock On workshop, plus a tap dance performance at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone and free yoga and Zumba in Park

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Berkshire County Arc Announces New Senior Employment Manager
09:43AM / Friday, August 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has named Kyle Harvey as senior employment manager of Employment Services.

She will oversee the three employment managers, as well as her own caseload of some 35 individuals employed around the Berkshire County region.

"Kyle has a keen sense for matching the people we serve with appropriate employment situations, and growing the relationships," said Kenneth W. Singer, BCArc's president and CEO. "Today we have more than 130 employers who have hired our individuals, and Kyle deserves a lot of credit for identifying and nurturing new partners."

Kyle started at BCArc in 1984, where she worked as a residential director of

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Mazzeo Presses Tyer On Capital Projects Never Completed
By: Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Friday, August 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The cracked and worn steps to City Hall stood between two mayoral candidates Tuesday night.   Councilor at Large and mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo and Mayor Linda Tyer sparred during the City Council meeting over the lack of repairs to those steps. In 2015, a storm led to significant flooding in the basement of City Hall and damaged records.   The council then approved a borrowing of up to $100,000 to fix the steps and the foundation at City Hall to prevent more damage.   The work was never done. On Tuesday, the administration brought forth an order to rescind what is left of that authorization -- $91,000 -- because it will take more than that to

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OLLI Forum Delves Into Issue of Ageism
By: Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, August 16, 2019

OLLI instructor Tom Hodgson called this generation 'pioneers' because people are living longer and better than any time in human history. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At one point, Ashton Applewhite's biggest fear was that she'd end up "drooling in an institution" when she got old.   She was worried about memory loss. She didn't want to live a depressed life. Getting old was not something she wanted to even think about. But something changed when she embarked on a project writing about people over the age of 80 and still working.   "I realized that getting older was almost certainly going to be different and probably a lot better than the grim

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BCC Hosts Pittsfield Ward, Mayoral Debates for Preliminary Election
05:03PM / Thursday, August 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is hosting the Pittsfield's Ward 5 and Ward 6 debates on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111, at its main campus, 1350 West St.   There are three city races that have sufficient candidates that will appear on the Sept. 17 municipal preliminary election ballot: Ward 5, Ward 6 and mayor. In each case, the top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 5 city election, which will also feature the other contested races.    The mayoral forum will take place at BCC on Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., also in K-111.   The Aug. 19 event will feature the Ward 5 candidates at 6 p.m. and the Ward

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Pittsfield Council Continues Discussion On Downtown Parking
By: Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the third time in four months, the City Council said it wants to have a full conversation about downtown parking.   But it still hasn't determined how to do that — whether that means hiring a consultant or doing it internally. On Tuesday, the council agreed to have the city solicitor craft an order to have the newly constructed Summer Street surface lot have 90 minutes of free parking instead of the current 30 minutes. But not before many councilors called for a wider examination of the overall plan.   "We need an overview, a real look at how parking has been working," said Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi.   Councilors have

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts Increased Chapter 70 School Spending Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Thursday, August 15, 2019

Superintendent Jason McCandless outlines his plan on Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council approved a spending plan for the nearly $1.3 million Chapter 70 increase that will improve the district's alternative school and fill staffing gaps.     City Council unanimously approved a spending plan layout Tuesday that will provide the school district with a $1,285,600 shot in the arm — pumping resources in both the elementary and middle schools.    "We know that this money was directly and specifically aimed at communities that need it the most," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.  "I can assure you ... many of our

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