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Berkshire County Arc Opens New Home for Individuals with Brain Injuries
07:32AM / Sunday, December 22, 2019

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc received two grants totaling $635,000 that helped build a new home in Lanesborough to give new lives to four men with brain injuries.

Funding for $435,000 came from the State Facilities Consolidation Fund and $200,000 came from from the Federal Home Loan Bank.

"This is part of a larger, statewide effort to move people with brain injuries out of nursing homes into communities to live more engaged and meaningful lives," said Kenneth W. Singer, BCArc president and CEO. "Already one of the individuals goes to a program during the day, and the other three are learning skills to do the same. They are also living closer to their

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Lanesborough Youth Football Team Thanks Community
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04:49PM / Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Lanesborough Tigers visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum in Canton, Ohio. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It is the season of giving, and the players and families of the Lanesborough Senior Tigers football team are feeling grateful.   Last week, the members of the youth football team gave it their all at the World Football Championships in Canton, Ohio.   The trip included, among other things, a chance for the team to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum, host of the tournament.   The 2019 Berkshire County Champions and Northeast Regional Champions were helped in their trip by hundreds of donors — named and anonymous — who contributed to

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Inauguration 2016
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Local Author Releasing New Children's Book
04:29PM / Friday, December 20, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local author Dan Sadlowski will hold an official release celebration for his new children's book, "The Universe Is Rooting for You," from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at 555 Hubbard Ave.

In "The Universe Is Rooting for You," a little boy surprisingly discovers everything in the universe and in nature is truly rooting for him - the sun, moon, stars, leaves, trees, and more. This children's book aims to inspire readers everywhere to appreciate the natural world around them, connect with nature and give back.

Four local artists worked collaboratively to complete this children’s book. In addition to author and art

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@theMarket: Market Melt-Up
By Bill Schmick,
04:05PM / Friday, December 20, 2019
Officially, the Santa Claus rally has not even begun. And yet, almost every day over the last two weeks stocks have climbed higher. Unlike last year, there appears to be nothing stopping the market from continuing to make new highs at least into January.   Historically, the Santa rally begins on the day after Christmas and stretches through to the second day of January. The fact that last year he failed to make an appearance might mean that the jolly old elf could be making up for lost time by coming in early.   The markets action is especially impressive since this is the time of the year when investors usually sell their losers in order to establish a tax loss for the year.

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'Richard Jewell': All That Sparkles …
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:45PM / Friday, December 20, 2019
"Richard Jewell," director Clint Eastwood's skillfully told account of how a hero was turned into a scapegoat following the murderous bombing at the 1996 Olympics, stokes that greatest fear upon which our judicial system is based: that an innocent soul might be convicted of a crime.   It is everything in a true democracy to protect against arbitrary and random indictment, much to the vexation of today's unscrupulously authoritative voices in America who would sweep due process under the rug in the name of greedy motivations benefiting rich benefactors.   Eastwood, a national treasure by virtue of his probing forays into the American scene, once again makes a

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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's
01:02PM / Friday, December 20, 2019

Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks over the next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's. Christmas falls on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, and New Year's Day on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. 

Christmas is now a state holiday but it wasn't always. The General Court under the control of the Puritans outlawed the holiday in 1659.

There was too much eating, drinking, wassailing and other festiveness for the colony's righteous rulers. Even after the ban was lifted, Christmas was treated as a regular day until its popularization during the Victorian era. Thank goodness. Can you imagine Norman Rockwell not painting Stockbridge at

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AT&T Withdraws Keeler Street Cell Tower Plans in Pittsfield
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, December 20, 2019

The Historic Commission approved the demolition of 11-13 Kellogg St. that was heavily damaged by fire earlier this year.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — AT&T has backed out of plans to install a cellular tower near the Keeler Street mill.   City Planner CJ Hoss told the Historical Commission on Monday that the telecommunications company withdrew the application to install the 150-foot tower on the historic mill's campus.   "Based on the comments from the residents, the comments from the [Zoning Board of Appeals], and our consultants, they decided to step back and re-evaluate," Hoss said during the meeting broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television.

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BArT Basketball Loses at Buzzer, Gains Some Respect
iBerkshires.com Sports,
11:47PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019
HARDWICK, Mass. -- If ever there was a moral victory, it was the one-point defeat suffered by the BArT basketball team on Thursday afternoon.   Brandon Bamba’s last-second shot was tipped by Eagle Hill to secure a 61-60 win over Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School.   “Eagle Hill is a very strong program,” BArT coach Robert Daugherty said. “They play many more games in their season, and they often play teams that are at a higher skill level than those in the River Valley Athletic League [BArT’s league].   “The first time we played Eagle HIll four years ago, they won, 86-6. The fact that we were able to just have a close game

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The Independent Investor: Business of Santa Claus
By Bill Schmick,
05:29PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019
As we approach that most joyous of holidays, the image of Santa Claus greets us in every nook and cranny. From television commercials to internet greeting cards, "Jolly Old St. Nick" is a ubiquitous figure. What you probably didn't know is without American business there probably wouldn't be the Santa Claus of today.   Santa and business go back a long way, but before you ask, the answer is no, Coca-Cola did not invent Santa Claus, although they will celebrate their 100-year anniversary in 2020. This modern-day, cherry-cheeked, fat elf of a figure has been best buds with the owners of many U.S. enterprises. Montgomery Ward, Macy's, F.W. Woolworth, General Electric

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Eight PHS Musicians Accepted into Senior District Orchestra
04:51PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eight Pittsfield High School orchestra students have been accepted into the Western Massachusetts Senior District Orchestra - with four of those students having high enough scores to receive an All-State recommendation.

PHS orchestra students will perform in Western District Symphony orchestra in January at UMass Amherst Performing Arts Center with other students in Western Massachusetts who were accepted through auditions.

Students with All State recommendations will audition at the state level at Shrewsbury High school on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a chance to perform at Symphony Hall in Boston in March.

The students are: Gerdlie Jean-Louis, principal of viola

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The Berkshire 4-H Program Holds Annual Awards & Recognition Event
04:20PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 4-H members, volunteers, parents, and supporters gathered at St. Stephen's Church in Pittsfield earlier this month to recognize everyone's hard work and accomplishments for the last 4-H year.

Volunteers were recognized for milestone years of service: one year, Amanda Brooks-Clemeno, Worthington, and Beth Hiam, Williamstown; five years, Dave & Donna Motta of North Adams and Curt Petricca of Pittsfield; 10 years, Elaine Caligiuri of Lenox and Larry Heyman of North Adams; and 15 years, Adrianne Epe and Sherry Mangiardi, both of Pittsfield.

The Friend of 4-H award went to Glenda Matos-Carter of Williamstown; she was nominated for her consistent support

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BFAIR Celebrates 25 Years with Success at First Signature Event
03:54PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass — BFAIR held its first signature event, a masquerade gala, on Oct. 25 at the Proprietor’s Lodge.

The event celebrated BFAIR's milestone 25th anniversary while raising more than  $110,000.

Adams Community Bank was the underwriter of the event, followed by MountainOne Bank as a Diamond Level Sponsor and Gold Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Health New England.

A silent auction, raffle, and live auction were among many activities of the night, but the true passion of the evening was shown during the speech given by Brittany Dorwin, who receives employment services from BFAIR. Brittany’s pride in all that she accomplished was felt by

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