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Berkshire Money Management Welcomes Operations Manager
04:28PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Natalie Wheeler has joined the Berkshire Money Managament team as operations manager.

Prior to joining Berkshire Money Management, Wheeler was the director of office operations at Atlas Private Wealth Management for nine years. During her time at Atlas, she helped spearhead organizational goals and procedures to ensure that all general office and personnel operations ran smoothly across multiple offices. Her professional versatility provided all employees with the necessary tools, training and resources they needed to be successful.

Wheeler also managed employee benefits and all human resource questions and concerns.

"Natalie has significant executive-level


Mass MoCA Hosts Community Day with Free Admission on Saturday
03:52PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mass MoCA will host its annual Community Day, with free admission for all, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. End the day by dancing along to M.A.K.U. Soundsystem’s mash of Colombian folklore, psychedelic rock, and Caribbean grooves, up in Club B10 at 8 p.m.

The annual community celebration is brimming with art-making, gallery tours, live music, pop-up performances, fun photos, a free screening of "Museum Town" directed by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, and tons more to inspire and explore.

Also, Kidspace turns 20 this year, and everyone is invited to join the festivities to celebrate two decades of bringing engaging exhibitions and a vibrant


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

'Dolittle': Physician, Heal Thy Self
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:51PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
It was early in director Stephan Gaghan's "Dolittle," the umpteenth permutation derived of Hugh Lofting's 1920 novel, "The Story of Doctor Dolittle," when I began to bemoan my choice of occupation. Little on the screen could dissuade me from the self-pity. So, I resorted to fantasizing. What would have been so terrible about being a podiatrist?   "Madge, anyone left out there?"   "Yes, Dr. Goldberger, Mrs. Berkowitz, your 5:30, is your last."   "Send her in. How are you, Mrs. Berkowitz? Corns still bothering you?"   "Oy, don't ask, Dr. Goldberger. And I think it's worse from the walking around at the


Weekend's Looking Warmer But Will Bring Mix of Snow & Rain
02:34PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

Can you BELIEVE the snow in Newfoundland?!

— Christina Erne (@ChristinaErne) January 23, 2020 After a few days in the icebox, temperatures will be turning above freezing going into the weekend and there's a chance of snow — or more likely rain, as a storm system moves north of the Berkshires.    But with temperatures hovering near freezing, especially in the evening, that rain could turn to black ice making for treacherous driving.    "Because of the patchy nature of the ice, some motorists and pedestrians may think the entire stretch of roads or sidewalks are just wet. The ground can be icy even though car or home


Biz Briefs: Price Rite Marketpace to Hold Grand Re-Opening of Pittsfield Store
12:55PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
Price Rite grand re-opening

Price Rite Marketplace will unveil fresh new looks and shopping experiences with grand re-openings at its store on Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield, as well as stores in Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield and Westfield. The supermarket is continuing to roll out its award-winning redesigned store concept focused on deep discounts and fresh foods after successful store rebrands in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania locations.

Price Rite Marketplace kicked off its rebranding campaign in fall 2018 with three stores in Pennsylvania, followed by an aggressive 2019 rollout with 35 additional rebrands in Connecticut,


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 24-30
11:29AM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
SAT Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo at Holiday Inn Joinfor a Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems and featuring information and demonstrations to improve your health and well-being! Meet professional fitness trainers and local health experts, learn about local health and sports clubs, get your blood pressure tested, participate in various workshops, and sample healthy food and drink. Holiday Inn & Suites, 2-5 p.m. PITTSFIELD PARKING SURVEY   In 2014, The City of Pittsfield finalized a study that resulted in a series of recommended strategies to


MCLA's Girls and Women in Sports Day Is Feb. 1
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10:39AM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts athletic department will hold its free National Girls and Women in Sports Day event on Saturday, Feb. 1.   The event for girls in grades 3 through 8 will include sports clinics, lunch, a women's basketball game and autograph sessions with the MCLA team.   The day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center, and admission is free.   The next day, Feb. 2, the college will hold a pickleball tournament and lunch for women from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Amsler Center.   Admission to Sunday's event is $5, and all skill levels are welcome.   For information, contact Dot Houston at


Pittsfield Parks Commission Approve New Veterans Memorial
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:57AM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

Arnie Perras of VFW Post 448 explains the how the memorial concept came about. The entire meeting can be watched here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission has signed off on an Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial monument to be installed in Veterans Way Park.   Commander of the VFW Post 448 and Chairman of the Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial Committee Arnie Perras brought a $10,000 check to the commission's Tuesday meeting to help jump start the memorial fundraising.   "It has been a long time coming," Perras said, adding that planning for this monument goes back more than five years.   The piece will be installed near the World War I Peace Memorial, just off


Pittsfield Panel Continues Marijuana Zoning Restriction Decision
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Community Development Board is considering a zoning amendment that would eliminate outdoor marijuana growing from residential neighborhoods.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board continued a hearing giving it more time to consider a zoning amendment that would essentially eliminate outdoor marijuana cultivation in residential neighborhoods.   The board heard from City Planner CJ Hoss on Tuesday who spelled out different outdoor cultivation zoning scenarios and the board agreed to hold off on a decision allowing members to digest the information they heard for the first time that night.   "Then we can look at even more scenarios, look at

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Governor Baker Delivers 2020 State of the Commonwealth Address
10:23PM / Tuesday, January 21, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday night.    Remarks as prepared for delivery:   "Mr. Speaker. Madame President. Members of the House and Senate. Members of Congress. Fellow Constitutional Officers. Members of the Governor's Council. Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and my Administration. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests.   "To our Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, my partner in leading this administration. I want to take a moment to extend gratitude on behalf


Bamba Scores 32 in BArT Basketball's Win Sports,
09:50PM / Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Brandon Bamba scored 32 points Tuesday to lead the BArT Charter basketball team to a 92-47 win over White Oak.   Isaac Bamba scored 21, and William Peets added 10 for the Wolfpack, who got contributions across the board.   "In this game, every single player scored as we continued developing the bench," BArT coach Robert Daugherty said.   "Our focus was on improving our offense by passing the ball better and getting the ball inside in order to get a higher percentage shot. This was very successful as the team's shooting percentage improved dramatically."   BArT (7-1) is averaging 67 points per game this winter.


Berkshires Beat: Contest Invites Youths to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln
01:36PM / Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Berkshire County Republican Association is hosting its inaugural President's Day Contest celebrating Abraham Lincoln. The contest will be open to all children attending public, private or parochial school as well as those who are home-schooled.

Five categories include: pre-K to grade three can draw a picture celebrating the greatness of Abraham Lincoln; grades four through six can express the accomplishments of Lincoln's legacy on today's society; grades seven through 10 can write no more than one page, single spaced in 12-point font, answering the question of how Abraham's principles in stopping slavery in the United States can be used to stop human slavery


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