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Johnny's Beach Club Hours Clipped in Wake of Shooting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Lt. Michael Grady provided the board with a police report on the incident in question. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board is forcing Johnny's Beach Club to close at midnight after a 20-year-old man was shot on Sept. 25.   Police Lt. Michael Grady said police responded to Berkshire Medical Center at 1:55 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, for a man who had been shot in the foot.   Grady said the victim told police he was drinking at the Wahconah Street establishment and when he was leaving out of the back door, an unknown assailant shot him.   Police found a .45 caliber shell casing by the rear door of the property and, that following Monday, reviewed surveillance

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Advance Machine & Tool Eyes Growth With Move To Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Monday, October 26, 2015
Michael Wasuk, Mayor Daniel Bianchi, and David McDermott toured the new facility on Monday morning.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Advance Machine & Tool was looking to move from Hancock to a building in New York because of the state's tax-free option.

The company was ready to grow and it was either move there or expand on its existing building.

Then owners Michael Wasuk and David McDermott sat down with Mayor Daniel Bianchi, who offered some $120,000 in loans through the city's small-business fund.   They have now doubled the sized of their facility with the purchase of the former Pyramid Mold on Greenway Street.   "The opportunity to grow in Pittsfield was

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Berkshire Bank Receives Seven Financial Marketing Awards
02:22PM / Monday, October 26, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank and the Berkshire Bank Foundation have been honored with seven Financial Marketing Awards for their work in the community and leading edge products.

The bank received the following prestigious awards:

* Community Champion Award – for their overall philanthropic work

* Civic Involvement Award – honoring their corporate volunteer efforts

* Brand Award, First Place Winner – for their Celebrity X team ambassador campaign featuring hockey legend Ray Bourque and current player Milan Lucic

* Deposit Award, Second Winner– for their Veteran's Checking and 3x3x3 CD Products

* Loan Award, Second Place Winner– for their

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Submissions Sought for a Holiday Wreath Art Auction
11:41AM / Monday, October 26, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Office of Cultural Development is seeking  for a Holiday Wreath Art Auction on Dec. 4 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

The wreaths will be on display in conjunction with First Fridays Artswalk during a ticketed event with a preview from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Andy Kelly and Roy Burdick, the singing auctioneers. All proceeds will benefit the Pittsfield Food Pantries.

This call for submissions is open to all artists on a first come, first served, basis, as there are a limited number of wreaths available. There will be a $10 entry fee. The Office of Cultural Development will supply all artists with a

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Berkshire Tidbits: Spooky, Spirited & DeButchery
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
11:41AM / Monday, October 26, 2015
Hancock Shaker Village's autumn dinners will offer a Latino twist this month.

CHP in Great Barrington Celebrating Mass 2015 Food Day

Although Massachusetts Food Day nationally is — sort of, technically, officially — on Oct. 24, communities all over the commonwealth are staging their events on days convenient for them.

Great Barringon's Community Health Programs/CHP, 442 Stockbridge Road/Route 7, is hosting a "Spooktacular" of morning events for kids on Thursday, Oct. 29, and a pumpkin walk on Friday, Oct. 30.

Thursday there will be a cooking class from 10:45 to noon, Halloween pumpkin painting from noon to 1 and a reading of Julia Donaldson's book

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Sagas of the Shire: The Mystery of the Gentleman Burglar
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
07:43PM / Sunday, October 25, 2015

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — It began as an isolated incident — a widow on the outskirts of town, robbed at gunpoint by a masked intruder who slipped in quietly, in broad daylight one warm afternoon that October.

She had just recently withdrawn $100 from the bank, which the masked man demanded. The witness said she was terrified until the robber spoke, which he did in such "soothing tones" that it calmed her considerably for the duration of the heist.

So began what The New York Times would refer to as "a reign of terror" for the town of Stockbridge, lasting from late 1892 through 1893, and give birth to the "Gentleman Burglar," a criminal of folkloric

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Kiwanis Fill Park Square With Flags For Second Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:32PM / Saturday, October 24, 2015
A large crowd gathered for the opening ceremony Saturday afternoon. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In its second year, the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield has grown the Park of Honor project to some 640 flags.   The flags are sponsored by residents and businesses in honor of veterans, each with a tag representing the name of the veteran being honored. The club is flying them throughout Park Square for the month of November.   "This is just a beautiful project," said Kiwanis Club Chairman Real Gadoury at a ceremony on Saturday. "We were trying this year to do 524 flags and we did 640."   The sponsorship, with the addition of four flag purchases Gadoury was

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@theMarket: Regaining the High Ground
By Bill Schmick,
10:44AM / Saturday, October 24, 2015

As of today, the S&P 500 Index is in the plus column for the year. That seemed impossible to most investors just a month ago. And I expect more gains to come over the next two months.

In last week's column, I predicted the worst was over and the price action this week confirms that. This will be the fourth week in a row that U.S. markets have generated positive returns. The engine of growth behind these further gains this week came as no surprise to me.

I have argued repeatedly that the monetary stimulus programs underway by central banks across the globe would keep stock markets climbing. Last week I wrote that "The ECB launched a stimulus program at the beginning of the

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The Independent Investor: Water Scarcity Not Only California's Problem
By Bill Schmick,
06:39PM / Friday, October 23, 2015

Just about everyone is aware of the California water crisis. You may be tempted to simply dismiss this on-going event as a local problem, but it isn't. Our world is running out of water and we are on the brink of a freshwater shortage.

At least that is the conclusion of NASA, in a recent report that argues that even giant lakes are disappearing. The agency believes that sometime within the next 35 years the globe will be facing a long and protracted drought of epic proportions.

You might say, "So what? We have plenty of time to come up with solutions. Besides, the 'authorities' will handle it." A look at what is happening in California might dissuade you of that

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Bianchi Attacks Tyer For Declining Springfield Debate
Staff Reports,
04:13PM / Friday, October 23, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Incumbent Daniel Bianchi criticized challenger Linda Tyer for not participating in a debate in Springfield on Friday afternoon.   The two are seeking the corner office for the city's first four-year term. 22News out of Springfield organized the debate, which Tyer declined on Oct. 7. Bianchi went ahead with an appearance on the station and latter issued a statement saying he was disappointed Tyer hadn't showed.   "My opponent and I have agreed that the most important part of any campaign is the opportunity to discuss the issues facing our community; which is why, after the preliminary election, I immediately challenged my opponent to a series

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Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 20
Staff Reports,
03:51PM / Friday, October 23, 2015
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Oct. 20.   George Chapman, 30, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his  behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 66 Angeli Street in North Adams on August 6, 2015.   Mark Daniels, 33, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - and a single count of conspiracy to violate

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Berkshire County Arc Administrator Receives Supervisor of the Year Award
12:50PM / Friday, October 23, 2015

BOSTON, Mass. — Erwin Figueroa, a residential supervisor at Berkshire County Arc, received the Supervisor of the Year Award during the 40th Annual Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers' Convention and Expo at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston on Monday.

The Convention is the largest human services conference in New England, with more than 1,000 in attendance.

Figueroa, who has been with Berkshire County Arc for 16 years, was born in Guatemala. During his childhood, he lived on a coffee farm in the village of Isnul. The eldest of seven brothers and two sisters, he moved out of his home at age 14 to attend seventh grade and continued his schooling while working for

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