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Biz Briefs: Couple Returns to Berkshires to Buy Catherine's Chocolates
11:34AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Change of chocolate hands

The iconic Catherine’s Chocolate handcrafted chocolatier was sold on April 12 to Steven and Trent Kinney of Lenox, Mass. The couple recently returned to the Berkshires, one having completed his military service. Both men were captains in the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army piloting Apache helicopters and led teams as large as 80 soldiers.

Catherine's Chocolate owner Kathy Sinico is retiring after more than 40 years of hand crafting chocolates from the same location on Route 7 in Great Barrington. The chocolatier has been a pillar of the South Berkshires, well known for its homey atmosphere and the scent of chocolate. Patrons return year after

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Longtime Nephrologist Honored with BMC Patient-Centered Award
11:18AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A highly respected and longtime Berkshire Medical Center nephrologist has been recognized with the 2019 Patient-Centered Physician Award, presented annually to a physician who exemplifies the philosophy of patient-centered care at BMC.

Dr. Henry Rose, who has served kidney disease and dialysis patients at BMC for more than 30 years, was awarded the honor during a special breakfast ceremony on March 29, National Doctors Day.

"Henry works in an environment and with patients facing a critical illness and life-altering treatments and care. When these patients first begin their dialysis, they are naturally concerned, nervous, and are often frightened about their

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Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Discusses Challenges, Successes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are three companies that would expand immediately if there was a building with 20,000-square-feet of warehouse space available, according to Business Development Manager Michael Coakley.   In less than 24 hours, Coakley presented to two different city boards on his work over the last year or so. The business manager is tasked with helping to bring companies to the city -- with his biggest success being Wayfair -- and helping local ones grow. When asked what the biggest challenges are, he said it is the availability of space.   "There are at least three local companies that we have here who, if we had 20,000 square-feet of warehouse type space,

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Urged to Think Green
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mary Stucklen, a member of the Pittsfield Green Committee, had some green advice for the forum participants on Friday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — We've all heard it before, but the "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra is one we should still be heeding.

That was the message a group of environmental advocates gave to the approximately 100 participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday, titled "Moving Toward Sustainable Living in North Berkshire": Do what you can to help reduce your own footprint.

Elena Traister, professor of environmental studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, got the ball rolling by reminding the audience of the

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Locals Compete at 123rd Boston Marathon
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07:28PM / Monday, April 15, 2019
BOSTON, Mass. -- Lee’s Matt Kinnaman finished 71st in his division to post one of the strongest performances among Berkshire County residents competing at Monday’s 123rd Boston Marathon.   Kinnaman, 58, covered the 26.2 mile route from Hopkinton to downtown Boston in 3 hours, 13 minutes, 15 seconds.   The fastest county resident listed on the Boston Athletic Association’s list of official finishers on Monday evening was Great Barrington’s Nicholas Curelop, 30, who broke the three-hour mark, finishing in 2:58:18 to finish 1,603rd in his division.   The fastest woman across the finish line from the county contingent was Housatonic’s Kristen

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Wahconah & Mount Greylock to Match Wits on WGBY
02:48PM / Monday, April 15, 2019
WESTFIELD, MASS. — Two Berkshire high school teams will match wits next weekend in a quiz show competition broadcast on public television.   The two teams, Wahconah Regional High School and Mount Greylock Regional School, will spar on "As Schools Match Wits," airing on WGBY public television Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m., rebroadcast Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. and available for subsequent online streaming.   The show pits teams of western New England high schoolers against each other in a fun, but competitive game of academic performance. The competition is open to both public and private high schools throughout western New England.   Each season, up to 50

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Windstorm Blows Through Berkshires
12:14PM / Monday, April 15, 2019
 
A wind gust or microburst blew out the side of a barn in Clarksburg. Owner Dan Tanner posed on Facebook that it shifted the barn 4-6 inches and took down trees around the property. A severe storm system working its way along the East Coast blew through the Berkshires early Monday morning, taking down trees in several areas.    The region saw winds of 45 to 60 mph and tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were in place for several areas overnight in eastern New York state.    There is a flood watch in effect through Tuesday morning from rainfall and snowmelt runoff and strong winds are expected to continue in the I-91 corridor, according to the National

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McCandless Shrinks Pittsfield School Budget Request
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Monday, April 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless is scaling back his budget request by about a half-million dollars.   McCandless said he had a meeting with Mayor Linda Tyer and Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood since revealing his initial request for a $3.4 million increase to the budget and the three agreed to a lesser number. Particularly, McCandless said the number of new positions, mostly new paraprofessionals, is being scaled back.   "The number of new employees will be between 14 and 20. It will not be in the upper 20s or low 30s like it was last time," McCandless said.   Tyer said she had a couple of particular concerns with the

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Pittsfield Councilor Reignites School Buildings Discussion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Sunday, April 14, 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer responds that she wants the focus to be on the elementary schools. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council Vice President John Krol is pushing for the consolidation of the city's two high schools to be a top talking point in the upcoming election.   Krol, who has said he is not seeking re-election, is pushing for the School Building Needs Commission to began looking at what to do with the city's school buildings. He also is glad to hear that school administrators are starting to take a closer look at the elementary schools.   "Let's have a convo during the election season when people are more engaged," Krol said on Tuesday.   Krol

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Williamstown Author Pens Second Middle-Grade Novel
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:49AM / Saturday, April 13, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Williamstown author Ali Benjamin started thinking about a follow-up to her 2015 middle-grade novel "The Thing About Jellyfish," she struggled to find the right topic and the right tone. 

"Jellyfish," while a beautiful story about a young girl's journey of self-discovery, is, after all, a story about the death of a child. Benjamin had planned her next book around the issue of gun violence, but in the years following the release of "Jellyfish," real life seemed too dark in many ways to pick another tough topic.

"I finally said to my editor, 'I don't think I can do the book we have been talking about,'

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Step Up For Kids Event Raises Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:56AM / Saturday, April 13, 2019

Each pair of shoes represent one case of child abuse in Berkshire County per month. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The steps in front of City Hall on Friday were filled with 58 little pair of shoes, each one representing a child being abused in Berkshire County each month.   The display was part of the 13th annual "Step Up For Kids," a presentation to rally support for efforts to combat child abuse. The annual event is put on each year by the Children's Trust to recognize child abuse prevention month in April.   "It saddens me that our kids need us to dedicate a month to their protection. Isn't it a child's birthright to be loved, nurtured, and

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@theMarket: Earnings Season Cause Markets to Surge
By Bill Schmick,
04:48PM / Friday, April 12, 2019
After a week of low volume consolidation, all three averages broke higher on Friday. The bulls are still in charge and seem determined to push stocks back to their all-time highs.   A trigger could be this year's first quarter earnings season, which is upon us, some of the multi-center banks reported today. They did not disappoint, beating estimates handily and expectations are that most of the big banks will also beat earnings estimates. That won't be too difficult to do given that earnings estimates have been down-graded not once, but twice, over the last three months.   Overall, the Street is expecting companies that comprise the S&P 500 Index to report a decline in

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