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Speakable Adjustable Mask Wins Lever Pitch Challenge
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lever director Jeffrey Thomas, left, speaking during the virtual pitch competition with Economic Development Secretary Michael Keannely. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Speakeasy Travel Supply won the Lever COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge Pitch Competition with its adjustable mask.   The Centerville company was awarded the $25,000 prize Friday to help ramp up the production of the mask after a virtual pitch contest in which  11 companies shared their innovative general use face mask designs.   "We are very humbled and we are just so thankful that you guys chose our product," owner Bethany Salvon said. "We can't wait; the whole team is

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Governor Signs Order Requiring Travelers to Isolate 14 Days
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:07PM / Friday, July 24, 2020

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed an executive order requiring anyone entering the commonwealth from any state outside the Northeast to self-quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

The new travel order, outlined on the state's website, carries a $500 per day fine for anyone violating the rule, which goes into effect on Aug. 1.

It applies to any residents of the commonwealth returning to Massachusetts as well as visitors from — for now — 41 states not identified as "lower-risk" states. The lower-risk states currently include the five other New England states plus New York, New Jersey and Hawaii.

That list of

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

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@theMarket: Bailout blues
By Bill Schmick,
03:53PM / Friday, July 24, 2020
Investors have been giving Congress the benefit of the doubt — until now. A long-promised second tranche of fiscal stimulus was supposed to be passed by the end of the month. The clock is ticking, but the horse-trading has just begun.    On Aug. 1, the rent is due for millions of Americans. The sunset of the $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits legislation, which amounts to almost 60 percent of their benefit, will have expired unless Congress acts. The GOP has dragged its feet for almost two months, hoping that the economy would bounce back, and relieve them of their responsibilities. The GOP and their leaders miscalculated.   Right now, the two sides are far

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New Housing Development Proposed For Tyler Street
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Friday, July 24, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board has approved the development of new multifamily housing on Tyler Street.   The board acted upon an application from Mill Town Capitol to construct 20 residential units near Forest Place.    "The existing site is a haphazard mix of parking and buildings," Darren Harris of Hill Engineers told the board on Tuesday. "There are crazy access points, there is not much vegetation and there is weird parking."   The site is about an acre and the applicant would like to demolish four of the buildings. Harris said some of the buildings have already been demolished.    Harris said this will make

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'Auntie Mame': 'Life is a Banquet, and Most Poor Suckers Are Starving to Death'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:27PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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The Retired Investor: The Weakening Dollar
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
Sometimes, investors are so focused on the trees that they miss the forest entirely. Take the U.S. dollar, for example. It has been declining at an alarming rate, yet no one seems to care.   Today, investors are occupied by a number of trees — earnings, stock prices, dividends, earnings results — that a weakening currency is almost an afterthought. Unfortunately, if the dollar continues to weaken, it could radically change your investment choices.    Most readers, in general, believe a strong dollar reflects a strong economy. The fact that it makes our exports more expensive, and imports cheaper, is also true. A strong dollar, in the past, has also been a safe

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 24-30
03:20PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
On Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m., The Colonial Theatre hosts  The Naughton Family in Concert, featuring singer/songwriter Greg Naughton, Tony Award-winner James Naughton, Broadway actress Kiera Naughton, and Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara! Enjoy an evening of group numbers, sweet duets, funny originals, and powerful solos.

  FUN & LEARNING   On Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m., Hancock Shaker Village will present Back Porch Music, a socially distanced live concert on the lawn with Billy Keane of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. This is

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Start Travel Season Unbeaten
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12:58PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth travel baseball program's 14-year-old team is off to a 5-0 start this summer.   With Babe Ruth Baseball's state and national tournament competitions canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is competing in the Eastern New York Baseball League.   Recent games for the Pittsfield Thunder include:   Pittsfield 12, Berkshire Americans 1 Nick Brindle had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs.   Christian Salzarulo threw a one-hitter and struck out seven in three innings of work to earn the win on the mound. Brayden Gutzmer threw two innings of relief, striking out four and had a double at the

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Mill Town, Dalton CRA Offer Music on Main Live Music Series
10:49AM / Thursday, July 23, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Mill Town and the Dalton Community Recreation Association have partnered to host a series of free weekly outdoor live music concerts on the lawn of the Mill + Main property in Dalton.

With Gov. Charlie Baker's announcement of Massachusetts Phase III reopening in the beginning of July, the group received the green light to invite the public to come together safely and enjoy the newly renovated property during the coronavirus pandemic. The group has worked closely with the town of Dalton Department of Health to put in place strict social distancing protocols in adherence with public health and safety guidelines.

The events run every Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Pittsfield Planners Delay Downtown Homeless Shelter Vote
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board continued a hearing allowing more time to consider the development of a homeless shelter downtown.   A proposed shelter at 55 Fenn St., First United Methodist Church, took up the bulk of Tuesday night's meeting and after hearing some backlash from downtown businesses, the board extended the hearing to another month.   "For me I need some more time and I really feel that we need to hear from the abutters and other citizens of Pittsfield," board member Floriana FitzGerald said. "We need a better discussion where people will be able to speak and give suggestions."    The church looks to

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Berkshires; More Rain Expected Thursday
06:33PM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The Berkshires could be in for some wild weather as several storm systems move through the area.    The National Weather Service has posted a severe thunderstorm warning until 10 p.m. for the Berkshires, eastern New York, northwestern Connecticut and Southern Vermont. Wind gusts could reach up to 70 mph in some areas.    The potential for severe weather stretches from Charleston, W.Va., up the Atlantic Coast to Upstate New York.    "A very humid air mass spreading out across the East into Wednesday evening is going to be a key ingredient which will cause some heavy thunderstorms to break out, especially in the central Appalachians and the mid-Atlantic

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Wahconah High Names Top Students for Class of 2020
03:24PM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
DALTON, Mass. — Jack Michael Minella and Catherine Patricia Boino have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the 2020 graduating class at Wahconah Regional High School.     Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, July 25, at 7 p.m. on the school athletic fields. The valedictory speech is titled   "Memories to Look Forward To" and the salutatory address, "The Magic of Memories."                                                             

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