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Four Freedoms March Again Draws Large Crowd to Pittsfield
By Jeff Snoonian, Special to iBerkshires
12:47AM / Monday, January 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey was the keynote speaker at Sunday's Four Freedoms Coalition rally. He attended a fundraiser for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier's campaign prior to the march.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of people marched Sunday afternoon under a brilliant sky from City Hall to the Colonial Theatre, chanting "No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here!"   The Four Freedoms March was held to acknowledge the four freedoms that were outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a State of the Union address nearly 80 years ago.   He described them as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The Four

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New Owners Take Over Williamstown's Nature's Closet
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Sunday, January 12, 2020

Amy Jeschawitz, left, and Beth McLean purchased Nature's Closet on Spring Street on Jan. 2. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From boots to berries and from sweaters to smoothies, Nature's Closet has been a fixture on Spring Street for 10 years.   It started this year under new — but very familiar — management.   Longtime store manager Beth McLean and friend Amy Jeschawitz bought the combination outdoor store/smoothie shop on Jan. 2 from founder Steve Hinchcliffe.   In between greeting the familiar faces of longtime customers and chasing after a rambunctious puppy who has taken up residence in one of the store's front windows, McLean last week

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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Boston Bruins Alumni Prevail Over Northern Berkshire Alums
By Rick Duteau, iBerkshires Sports
10:57PM / Saturday, January 11, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass — Justin Kruszyna began skating again after 16 years off the ice when his two young sons first started playing hockey two years ago. So it was only fitting that sons Tyler and Bradley were there on Saturday afternoon to watch their dad play with the rest of the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League Alumni against the Boston Bruins Alumni.   The Kruszyna family is just one example of all the magic that was created at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink on Saturday, as a packed house enjoyed a friendly battle between their local hockey heroes and notorious members of the Boston Bruins Alumni. Things were close at the break, before the Bruins

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@theMarket: The Teflon Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Friday, January 10, 2020
It was another up week for the stock market. As we hit record high after record high, investors want more and expect to get it. Forecasts are getting even rosier for this year and, if all goes well, we can expect the signing of the long-awaited Phase One China trade deal next week. What's not to like?   Geopolitics for one thing. As I wrote last week, investors should expect a response after the killing of Iran's No. 2 guy, Gen. Qasem Soleimani. I expressed hope that it would be sooner rather than later since the market hates the unknown. That turned out to be the case.   The Iranian response, however, was largely symbolic. Several rockets that did little damage and took

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for January
01:00PM / Friday, January 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Chesterfield on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Great Barrington on Wednesday, Jan. 22, for this month's staff office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Chesterfield Town Offices, 422 Main Road (Jan. 15) ​Westhampton Town Hall, 1 South Road (Jan. 22)

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for

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Four Berkshire Co-Working Centers Get MassDevelopment Grants
01:01AM / Friday, January 10, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — Four organizations in the Berkshires are getting a boost from MassDevelopment to help their entrepreneurial endeavors.   The Old Stone Mill, the Stationery Factory in Dalton, Lever Inc. in North Adams and Frameworks in Pittsfield received a total of $206,000‬ through MassDevelopment's Collaborative Workspace Program. The awards were announced on Thursday at the Worcester CleanTech Incubator as some $1,892,910 in grants were made to 31 organizations throughout the state.    "Massachusetts' economy thrives when local entrepreneurs, creators, and small business owners have the space and resources they need to be successful," said Gov.

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MIAA Proposal Would Eliminate Sectional Titles, Create Statewide Tourneys
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:28PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

The Western Mass title, a goal for generations of Berkshire County high school athletes, would be no more under the plan.   FRANKLIN, Mass. — The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association this winter will be asked to decide whether to implement a statewide playoff system for most sports, abandoning the current structure of four sectional tournaments producing semifinalists who play for a state title.   On Thursday, four members of the MIAA's Tournament Management Committee held an open press conference call (in which iBerkshires participated) at the association's office to explain the system, which the committee says is the best way to address two

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The Independent Investor: China's role in Iran
By Bill Schmick,
04:40PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
The de-escalation of the potential conflict between Iran and the United States sent markets higher this week. It could have turned out much differently. The question is why did the situation  defused so rapidly, and who really is responsible for that outcome? I'm thinking it was China.   Taking out the number two guy in Iran, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone attack last week was a highly provocative move. The world expected push-back from Iran and feared a tit-for-tat escalation on both sides. That didn't happen. Sure, the Iranians did lob a dozen-plus missiles at two military bases across their border into Iraq, but relatively little damage resulted from that

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It Takes A Village Administers Daycare Subsidies in Hilltowns
03:10PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

CUMMINGTON, Mass. — It Takes a Village, a local nonprofit organization, will now administer a special program for low- and moderate-income families in the Hilltowns to help with the high costs of daycare, preschool, and before- and after-school care.

The Hilltown Childcare Subsidy Program is funded by a Community Development Block Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development and provided to the Town of Chesterfield. Families living in Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Peru, Worthington, or Williamsburg where the parents or guardians are working, in school, or in a work-training program could be eligible for a subsidy to help cover all or

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Berkshires Beat: Community Members Donate Guided Technology for PICC Line Placement
03:06PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
SVMC donation

The Interventional and Perioperative Services Departments at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center received a special gift from donors Bob and Anne Farrara of Eagle Bridge, N.Y. The couple donated $10,000 for the purchase of an Arrow Vascular Positioning System (VPS) G4 Device from Teleflex. The machine expedites the placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter lines—a long thin tube inserted into a vein in the heart. PICC lines remain in place long term and provide clinicians convenient access to deliver intravenous (IV) antibiotics, nutrition, or medications or to draw blood over several encounters without the need for a needle stick.

"Everyone’s heart

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'Little Women': The Halberstadter Excuse
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:27PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
The seventh film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," exquisitely chiseled to fully expected, classic standards by director-writer Greta Gerwig, jogged my memory. I specifically remember the exact day in Dr. Halberstadter's class at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College when the good professor warned us that upon occasion even the best of us would have our objectivity challenged.    Wearing the Mr. Chips-like tweed suit I was certain I'd one day emulate should I follow his path into academia, the doc wrote "In Cold Blood" on the blackboard and launched into his diatribe: "I hate this recently released movie based on Truman Capote's

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Mass Audubon Schedules Vacation Week programs
02:25PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

LENOX, Mass. - Mass Audubon has scheduled programs for both February school vacation - Winter Adventure Vacation Week - and April school vacation - Spring Explorers Vacation Week.

Winter Adventure Vacation Week will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday, Feb. 17, through Friday, Feb. 21, at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, in Lenox. Instructors will be Max Galdos-Shapiro, the Berkshire Sanctuaries education coordinator, and naturalist Zach Adams. Suitable for children ages 7 to 12, the week will help children learn about wildlife that stays active in the cold and snow, and the adaptations that enable them to survive. Depending on the conditions, kids will

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