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Biz Briefs: Simon Scholarships, Canyon Ranch Luxury Residences
01:51PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

A little help: Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England, parent company of the Lee Premium Outlets, have awarded 26 high school seniors with Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships totaling more than $80,000.  

Locally, Emma Lezberg of Pittsfield and Erica Perrea of Hinsdale were each given scholarships.

Simon Youth Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate high school and to provide scholarship opportunities for the youth. Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship recipients attended a celebratory reception on Wednesday, July 20, at Burlington Mall in Burlington, Mass.

Simon Youth Scholarships are awarded annually to at least


Berkshires Beat: Chesterwood Installation, Louison House Help
01:12PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

Remember this: Chesterwood is hosting a site-specific installation by New York conceptual artist Marko Remec, currently on view in the Studio Field through Oct. 2.

The work, titled "Remember What (Field Totem)," is the latest in Remec's "Totem Series" and is a reconfiguration of a portion of his installation "Can’t Hear You (Fat Totem)," which was exhibited at Mass MoCA in North Adams from June 15, 2013, to June 19, 2016. The installation features 128, 32-inch dome mirrors arrayed in the pattern of a chessboard gone awry. Each mirror reflects 180-degree views of Chesterwood's lush landscape along with fleeting views of those observing the


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

Pittsfield 13s Win at Babe Ruth Regional
07:52PM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Jake Risley went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles on Sunday to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars to a 10-6 win over Taunton, Mass., at the New England Regional Tournament.   Christian Marchbanks went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to help the offense.   Caden Frazier went three innings on the mound before Haywood Eurquhart and Anton Lazits finished things up.   Pittsfield plays Maine on Monday at 10 a.m.


Berkshire Reps Serve Important Roles at Democratic Convention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:10AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark remembers the first time he watched a Democratic National Convention in 1988.   He watched the speeches and the celebration of the party and was fascinated. He's watched every single one since and volunteered at the 2004 convention in Boston that nominated Secretary of State John Kerry, then the state's U.S. senator. Now he'll serve an important role this week in Philadelphia — as a delegate. He's the only Berkshire County delegate from either party and either campaign.   "I was the first elected official in Massachusetts to endorse Bernie Sanders and I am co-chair of the Massachusetts Bernie Sanders

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Documentary Explores Good Life in the Berkshires
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:34AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tim Durrin and friends on bicycles. Durrin turned to social work after his military service. See the trailer here.

NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A documentary film examining what it takes for a life well-lived has focused on several Berkshires residents to illustrate its ideas.

"A Small Good Thing" won best documentary at this year's Boston International Film Festival. Among director Pamela Tanner Boll's previous credits is as a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels." "A Small Good Thing" has a screening at the New Marlborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Her path to making "A Small Good Thing"

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Chinese Garden Unveiled at Naumkeag
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:41PM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dragon Dancers were part of the festivities. See more photos here.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Hundreds gathered at the annual Naumkeag Afternoon Garden Party on Saturday to celebrate the newly renovated Chinese Garden.

Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations president and CEO, welcomed honorary co-Chairs Yo-Yo Ma and his wife, Jill Hornor, and Naumkeag staff to celebrate the unveiling of newly-renovated Chinese Temple Garden and the 125th anniversary of the conservation group.

"We believe that Naumkeag is more than a cultural icon. It is a work of art perched on the edge of 46 acres of pasture, woodlands and gardens,"Erickson said. "The artisans here made this


Pittsfield Americans Win Little League Sectional
06:08PM / Saturday, July 23, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- There are a lot of ways to look at the dominance of the Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars in their Massachusetts Section 1 tournament run.   Here is one way to put things in perspective: In one swing of the bat on Saturday afternoon, Brendan Stannard drove in more runs than Pittsfield allowed in three games.   And he did the same thing again the next time he went to the plate.   Stannard went 3-for-3 with two grand slams and nine RBIs to lead Pittsfield to a 20-0 win over Holden and a 3-0 record in the four-team, double-elimination tournament.   With the win, Pittsfield advances to the four-team state final that begins on Thursday in


@theMarket: Markets Need to Digest Recent Gains
By Bill Schmick,
07:50AM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned.

It is true that the markets, like the humans that trade them, tend to vacillate between these emotions when gains and losses begin to nudge the extremes. Of course, we would all like the markets to just continue to climb, but a line I read recently sums it up well.

"Keep in mind that betting on never-ending capital gains is the very definition of a Ponzi scheme."

The best thing that could happen to the stock market in the short-term would be to


Stephentown Man Sentenced To 30 Years in Jail For Drug Operation
Staff Reports,
06:21PM / Friday, July 22, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass — A Stephentown, N.Y. man was sentenced to 30 years in jail on drugs charges, the investigation of which included 14 Berkshire County residents being indicted, including former City Councilor Paul Capitiano.   Joshua Stegemann was sentenced to 30 years by The United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York, on Friday on charges of possessing cocaine, heroin, and oxycodone with intent to distribute, possessing two handguns in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and unlawfully possessing three firearms and ammunition as a felon.   Stegemann had been convicted by a jury of the crimes last August. The Stephentown, N.Y. resident


Superior Court Briefs: July 18 - July 22
Staff Reports,
06:03PM / Friday, July 22, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 18.   Michael Taylor, 56, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of heroin, and resisting arrest.   He was released on $1,000 bail but he is also currently being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on other charges. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on June 6, 2016.   Michael Crump, 39, of Canaan, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to


SABIC Leaves 'Bittersweet' Parting Gift To United Way
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Friday, July 22, 2016

Brenda Petell presented the check to Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazard.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — By the end of the year, SABIC may be gone.

But not forgotten.

Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp.'s Innovative Plastics is leaving a legacy of philanthropy and community engagement behind with a parting gift of a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way.   The company has made major impacts in the city of Pittsfield over the years with donations to the Berkshire United Way, employees serving on boards and commissions, and volunteer efforts on a number of projects.    The headquarters are being moved to Houston and some 300 employees will be moved


Berkshire County Banker Completes ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management
02:53PM / Friday, July 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mark Pedrotti, the AVP digital marketing officer of Berkshire Bank, recently graduated from the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management held in June at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta.

"The ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management gave me the opportunity to learn from the best in the field and to exchange information and ideas with my peers," Pedrotti said.

The only national school of its kind, the program provides marketers, managers and specialists with an intensive education under the guidance and direction of faculty advisors comprised of distinguished marketing and banking professionals. Students develop


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