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Biz Briefs: Young People Start to Work on Their Own Businesses
04:59PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

Planning on business: The business planning program for young people, which is presented by BerkShares in partnership with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Berkshire Regional Office and in collaboration with Berkshire Community College's South County Center, has involved community members as mentors, teachers, and advisors for young entrepreneurs over the past two years. On Jan. 25, this year's program started off with a whole new level of community involvement.
 
Students in the program, who range in age from 14 to 27, are asked to write business plans that address gaps in the local economy, meeting needs for basic goods and services that we

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Two Department Heads No Longer Work For Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:49PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two department heads are no longer working for the city.   Mayor Linda Tyer said Commissioner of Public Utilities Bruce Collingwood and Director of Community Development Janis Akerstrom are no longer working for the city but that plans are in place for continuity of service. The mayor said she would not comment any further because it is a personnel issue.   It is not clear whether the two were fired or had resigned.   In an email to the City Council on Friday, Tyer wrote, "I thanked them for their service to the city of Pittsfield. Their tenure with the City of Pittsfield has come to an end effective immediately."   The email went on

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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

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10X10 Arts Festival Kicks off Feb. 16 in Pittsfield
03:25PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

  The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival Is Here: February 16-26! The 6th annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival participants and locations include Barrington Stage Company, the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire Athenaeum & Berkshire Historical Society, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Running Center, Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, Dottie's Coffee Lounge, Jacob's Pillow Dance, and Word X Word.    Sohn Fine Art is collaborating with the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts to present  featuring 10 photographers. There truly is something for everyone. See below for a day-by-day schedule. View The Full Schedule!
The City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development organizes the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. For questions or comments, call 413-499-9348.  

   Thursday, February 16

  Through the Historic Lens at Berkshire Athenaeum
In collaboration with the Berkshire Historical Society (BHS), the Berkshire Athenaeum presents 10 historic perspectives of Pittsfield through photographs in the BHS and Athenaeum collection. Open during Library hours: Mon. - Thu. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 


10 Spot: Photography at The Lichtenstein    This art exhibit features 10 photographs by 10 artists at two galleries. On view until Feb. 25 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (Hours are Tue. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Also on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox until March 30.   Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5-7 p.m.  


10x10 New Play Fest at Barrington Stage 
The 6th annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)  


BIFF Best of Short Films at The Beacon 
Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) presents a fantastic array of some of the best short films from its annual festival. Beacon Cinema at 57 North Street. 8 p.m.

   Friday, February 17

  Through the Historic Lens at Berkshire Athenaeum
In collaboration with the Berkshire Historical Society (BHS), the Berkshire Athenaeum presents 10 historic perspectives of Pittsfield through photographs in the BHS and Athenaeum collection. Open during Library hours: Mon. -Thur. 9 am - 9 pm; Fri. 9 am - 5 pm & Sat. 10 am - 5 pm.
 


10 Spot: Photography at The Lichtenstein 
This art exhibit features 10 photographs by 10 artists at two galleries. On view until Feb. 25 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (Hours are Tue. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Also on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox until March 30.


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum    Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.   FREE Community Play Night: Friday, Feb. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  


10x10 Chairity Auction at Dottie's    Dottie's Coffee Lounge invited local artists to use their creative genius and recycle chairs no longer being used at the Lounge. The only instruction was to take the chairs and bring them back in another form. The creations will be on exhibit during the 10×10, and you can bid on them during a silent auction that will end on March 3 with a closing party. All proceeds go to the Pittsfield Education Foundation.   Artist's Reception: February 17 from 7-10 p.m.    


10x10 New Play Fest at Barrington Stage 
The 6th annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)  

   Saturday, February 18

  1-10 Mile Run at Berkshire Running Center
Join Berkshire Running Center, located at 34 Depot Street, for a group run from any distance from 1 mile to 10 miles. All levels are welcome. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

  Through the Historic Lens at Berkshire Athenaeum
In collaboration with the Berkshire Historical Society (BHS), the Berkshire Athenaeum presents 10 historic perspectives of Pittsfield through photographs in the BHS and Athenaeum collection. Open during Library hours: Mon. -Thur. 9 am - 9 pm; Fri. 9 am - 5 pm & Sat. 10 am - 5 pm.
 


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum 
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


10 Spot: Photography at The Lichtenstein 
This art exhibit features 10 photographs by 10 artists at two galleries. On view until Feb. 25 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (Hours are Tue. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Also on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox until March 30.


10x10 New Play Fest at Barrington Stage 
The 6th annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)  

   Sunday, February 19


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 12 - 3 p.m.


BIFF Best of Short Films at The Beacon    Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) presents a fantastic array of some of the best short films from its annual festival. Beacon Cinema at 57 North Street. 2:30 p.m.  


10x10 New Play Fest at Barrington Stage 
The 6th annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)  

   Monday, February 20


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum 
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Danny Dollar at Berkshire Museum 
Berkshire Theatre Group presents , adapted from the book by Ty Allan Jackson. From his lemonade stand, to town hall, to a big company board room, it's all part of the average, ordinary, typical every-day life of Danny Dollar. 11 a.m.


WordXWord's 10 New Voices at Berkshire Museum 
The WordXWord Festival introduces 10 fresh, brave new voices in a fast-paced program of poetry/spoken word, in collaboration with guest curators Doni Smith, Jadesola James and Sage. The Berkshire Museum at 7 p.m.

   Tuesday, February 21

  Through the Historic Lens at Berkshire Athenaeum
In collaboration with the Berkshire Historical Society (BHS), the Berkshire Athenaeum presents 10 historic perspectives of Pittsfield through photographs in the BHS and Athenaeum collection. Open during Library hours: Mon. -Thur. 9 am - 9 pm; Fri. 9 am - 5 pm & Sat. 10 am - 5 pm.
 


10 Spot: Photography at The Lichtenstein 
This art exhibit features 10 photographs by 10 artists at two galleries. On view until Feb. 25 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (Hours are Tue. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Also on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox until March 30.


Danny Dollar at Berkshire Museum 
Berkshire Theatre Group presents , adapted from the book by Ty Allan Jackson. From his lemonade stand, to town hall, to a big company board room, it's all part of the average, ordinary, typical every-day life of Danny Dollar. 11 a.m.


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum 
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

   Wednesday, February 22

  Through the Historic Lens at Berkshire Athenaeum
In collaboration with the Berkshire Historical Society (BHS), the Berkshire Athenaeum presents 10 historic perspectives of Pittsfield through photographs in the BHS and Athenaeum collection. Open during Library hours: Mon. -Thur. 9 am - 9 pm; Fri. 9 am - 5 pm & Sat. 10 am - 5 pm.
 


10 Spot: Photography at The Lichtenstein 
This art exhibit features 10 photographs by 10 artists at two galleries. On view until Feb. 25 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (Hours are Tue. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Also on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox until March 30.


Danny Dollar at Berkshire Museum 
Berkshire Theatre Group presents , adapted from the book by Ty Allan Jackson. From his lemonade stand, to town hall, to a big company board room, it's all part of the average, ordinary, typical every-day life of Danny Dollar. 11 a.m.


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


De-Stress Yoga at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness
Drop in to Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness, located at 57 North Street, for a De-Stress Flow yoga class with Regina Burgio. Stretch, breathe and re-charge yourself. 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

   Thursday, February 23

  Through the Historic Lens at Berkshire Athenaeum
In collaboration with the Berkshire Historical Society (BHS), the Berkshire Athenaeum presents 10 historic perspectives of Pittsfield through photographs in the BHS and Athenaeum collection. Open during Library hours: Mon. -Thur. 9 am - 9 pm; Fri. 9 am - 5 pm & Sat. 10 am - 5 pm.
 


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Danny Dollar at Berkshire Museum 
Berkshire Theatre Group presents , adapted from the book by Ty Allan Jackson. From his lemonade stand, to town hall, to a big company board room, it's all part of the average, ordinary, typical every-day life of Danny Dollar. 11 a.m.


10 Spot: Photography at The Lichtenstein 
This art exhibit features 10 photographs by 10 artists at two galleries. On view until Feb. 25 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (Hours are Tue. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Also on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox until March 30.


10x10 Real Art Party at Berkshire Museum    Artists from the Berkshires and beyond have contributed 10×10 inch original artworks to be auctioned off for $25 each. The Preview Party begins at 6 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m. To guarantee a piece of art, purchase an ARTtix at the Berkshire Museum before the event. Tickets are on sale now through the night of the 10x10 RAP (or until tickets sell out).


10x10 New Play Fest at Barrington Stage 
The 6th annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)  


Pecha Kucha Night at Berkshire Museum 
Kick back in the galleries with light refreshments and a cash bar, and enjoy a series of lightning-fast presentations: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. This time, the night is all about the local arts! 8:15 p.m.

   Friday, February 24

  Through the Historic Lens at Berkshire Athenaeum
In collaboration with the Berkshire Historical Society (BHS), the Berkshire Athenaeum presents 10 historic perspectives of Pittsfield through photographs in the BHS and Athenaeum collection. Open during Library hours: Mon. -Thur. 9 am - 9 pm; Fri. 9 am - 5 pm & Sat. 10 am - 5 pm.
 


10 Spot: Photography at The Lichtenstein 
This art exhibit features 10 photographs by 10 artists at two galleries. On view until Feb. 25 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (Hours are Tue. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Also on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox until March 30.


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum 
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Danny Dollar at Berkshire Museum
Berkshire Theatre Group presents , adapted from the book by Ty Allan Jackson. From his lemonade stand, to town hall, to a big company board room, it's all part of the average, ordinary, typical every-day life of Danny Dollar. 11 a.m.


Dance for Social Justice at Boys & Girls Club
Danza Orgánica, a Boston-based contemporary dance theater company directed by choreographer Marsha Parrilla, leads a Dance for Social Justice Movement Workshop (for youth, teens and adults; all levels, space is limited) followed by a lecture/demonstration performance. 4-7 p.m.


10x10 New Play Fest at Barrington Stage 
The 6th annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)  

   Saturday, February 25

  1-10 Mile Run at Berkshire Running Center
Join Berkshire Running Center, located at 34 Depot Street, for a group run from any distance from 1 mile to 10 miles. All levels are welcome. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

  Through the Historic Lens at Berkshire Athenaeum
In collaboration with the Berkshire Historical Society (BHS), the Berkshire Athenaeum presents 10 historic perspectives of Pittsfield through photographs in the BHS and Athenaeum collection. Open during Library hours: Mon. -Thur. 9 am - 9 pm; Fri. 9 am - 5 pm & Sat. 10 am - 5 pm.
 


10 Spot: Photography at The Lichtenstein 
This art exhibit features 10 photographs by 10 artists at two galleries. On view until Feb. 25 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (Hours are Tue. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Also on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox until March 30.

  Links for Literacy at Berkshire Athenaeum
Play miniature golf INSIDE the library! A 10-hole golf course, complete with hazards, will be set up as a benefit for Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum 
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  


Danny Dollar at Berkshire Museum
Berkshire Theatre Group presents , adapted from the book by Ty Allan Jackson. From his lemonade stand, to town hall, to a big company board room, it's all part of the average, ordinary, typical every-day life of Danny Dollar. 11 a.m.


10 Minutes of Fireworks on The Common
Winter fireworks return at the First Street Common for a third straight year, thanks to sponsor Greylock Federal Credit Union. Fireworks will begin at dusk (around 5:45 p.m). Free parking is available across the street at the City Parking Lot. 


Women's Invitational Poetry Slam at The Whit 
The WordXWord Festival presents a competition where poets will read or recite original work. These performances are usually judged by selected members of the audience or by a panel of judges. Enjoy cabaret-style seating with a cash bar at The Whitney Center for the Arts. 7 p.m.


10x10 New Play Fest at Barrington Stage 
The 6th annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)  


10 Flavors of Jazz at Flavours Restaurant 
Berkshires Jazz presents The Matt DeChamplain Trio, featuring vocalist Atla DeChamplain, performing 10 styles of jazz at Flavours of Malaysia, located on McKay Street. The musical menu includes New Orleans/traditional; swing; Brazilian/bossa nova; stride; Kansas City/blues; west coast/cool; and even contemporary. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Dinner available separately at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.


10x10 Upstreet Comedy Show at Dottie's 
Dottie's Coffee Lounge welcomes headliner Mike Lebovitz (NBC's "Last Comic Standing," the Just For Laughs Festival) along with Berkshire County comedians. Ragliacci Rags will serenade you during dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. $10 in advance/$15 at the door.  

   Sunday, February 26


10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum 
Ten Days of Play is expanding throughout the entire Museum due to popular demand! The Crane Room will be transformed into a child-directed play zone. New experiences include an early childhood center in LAB 102, dramatic forest play in Berkshire Backyard, and a Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Included with regular Museum admission. 12 - 3 p.m.


10x10 New Play Fest at Barrington Stage 
The 6th annual 10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)  


Dance 10 at Barrington Stage    Ten exciting Berkshire dance groups showcase their talents. Performers include: Albany Berkshire Ballet; All Berkshire Dance Competition; Cantarella Dance Academy; DysFUNKcrew; Funk Box Dance Studio; Olga Dunn School of Dance & Dance Company; Terpsichore Dance Center; Breffny Irish Dancers from Terpsichore and Youth Alive. 3 p.m.

 

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BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
02:55PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's List status is awarded to full-time students who have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the fall semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

The following 80 students qualified for High Honors:

 

Connecticut

Canaan: Jackson P. Karpicz

 

Massachusetts

Adams: Colleen M. Baker, Aaron R. Biros, Enrique F. Bouvier, and Jeremy R. Patterson      

Becket: Alexys J.

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Berkshire Museum Presents 'Ten Days of Play'
02:46PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kids will play, create, improvise and learn when "Ten Days of Play" returns to Berkshire Museum from Friday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 26, to coincide with most schools' February vacation weeks.

Celebrating the fifth year for this popular event, this innovative opportunity for child-directed play is included with regular museum admission and is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. "Ten Days of Play" is part of Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

The kickoff celebration for "Ten Days of Play" will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during "Ten Days of Play Free

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Berkshires Beat: Displays at North Adams Public Library Tell Story of the Hoosic River Revival
02:32PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

It's a revival: The Hoosic River Revival's vision is to revitalize the Hoosic River, maintain current levels of flood protection and bring the river back as an asset to the residents of North Adams. The North Adams Public Library is currently featuring two displays to learn about the history of the Hoosic River and the Hoosic River Revival's vision for the south branch of the river.

The first floor display includes information about the history of the flood chutes in North Adams and an artist rendering that invites residents to "imagine a revitalized Hoosic River." Also on display are examples of river restorations in other parts of the country that have reconnected

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Central Berkshire Habitat Dedicates 37th Home
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Monday, February 13, 2017

Steve Wentworth has coached Adams for the last five years, helping her get into a position to become a responsible homeowner. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was five years ago when Sheerece Adams started working with a financial coach, Steve Wentworth.   The years following included tough times, times when Adams wanted to quit, times when Adams was near tears. But a few years later, the financial checklist was much shorter. Then it was a focus on getting rid of old debt and putting in the 400 hours of sweat equity with Habitat for Humanity.   On Saturday, Adams became a homeowner.   "I started from the bottom now I'm here. I have a lot of pride, I never thought I

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Coalition Forum Focuses on Housing Insecurity in North County
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Monday, February 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Around 75 people came to the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday to talk about homelessness.

But first, they had to take a quiz.

And the answers to those questions were a sobering lesson in the extent of the problem of housing insecurity in Northern Berkshire County.

According to slides presented that were based on data from Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, for example, 33 percent of people in Berkshire County are renters; that number jumps to 48 percent in North Adams and 41 percent in Adams, while Williamstown numbers match the county average. Of those renters, more than half — 56 percent — fall into the

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Monster Snowstorm Headed for Berkshires; School Closings Coming
Staff Reports,
10:30AM / Sunday, February 12, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The third storm in a week is expected to dump a foot or more of snow on the Berkshires over Sunday and Monday. A foot or more of snow fell over Sunday and Monday, closing or delaying schools and offices across the region.

Call ahead to your destination to ensure it is open

Cancelled

* Adams Library and COA are closed today; Town Hall is open

* Paint and Chat at Mohawk Forest Community Center has been canceled

Fire Departments are asking residents to clear out hydrants to make sure they are accessible. Home and business owners are required to clear sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours of a storm.


The National Weather Service is forecasting a

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Letter: Quitting Smoking the 'Perfect Valentine's Gift'
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

To the Editor:

The Perfect Valentine's Gift: Help Your Loved One Quit Smoking

February is American Heart Month, so before you think about what kind of flowers or type of candy to buy for Valentine's Day, choose the valentine that is better than any box of chocolates or bouquet of expensive red roses: show your love by supporting your sweetheart in quitting smoking.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, smoking is a leading cause of heart disease. Smoking leads to the narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure. Quitting smoking greatly improves heart health.

Give Valentine's Day new meaning by helping your loved one become a nonsmoker. If your sweetheart

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Berkshire Money Management Welcomes New Executive Director
12:59PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management, a locally based investment advisory firm, announces that Pittsfield native Peter Coughlin has been hired as the company's executive director.

Coughlin joined the BMM team in December. He will be focusing on new business development, portfolio management, and client education and communication.

Coughlin brings 30 years of experience, including more than two decades at USB Wealth Management and several years at Wells Fargo Advisors. He works with a wide variety of clients, including corporate executives, retirees, and families. His goal with each client is simple.

"I help those that need guidance and advice," he said.

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Pittsfield Considers Raising Public Services, Utilities Permit Fees
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:50PM / Friday, February 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to raise a number of permit fees regarding water, sewer, and public services.   Commissioner of Public Utilities Bruce Collingwood brought forth a proposal Monday to increase some two dozen fees that hadn't been changed since the 1980s. However, the City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee felt the proposal was too aggressive and cut the proposed increases in half.   "The goal here is to cover our costs," Collingwood said of the proposal.    Collingwood presented a spreadsheet outlining the permits, which range from permits and inspections for contractors repairing water lines to occupying public

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