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Suns Name Carey Director of Marketing
03:07PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. –The Pittsfield Suns and the Goldklang Group are pleased to announce the hiring of Connor Carey as the director of marketing and ticket sales account manager.       Carey has several years experience with the Suns as a full-time intern.  Fans will recognize Connor for his on-field presence, both on the mic and running promotions.   “We are obviously excited about the addition of Connor to our full-time staff.  He has spent the last few seasons working for the Suns and has become a local celebrity.  Connor is extremely creative, and brings a true Pittsfield work ethic to the job. His personality and presence will continue


The Independent Investor: Europe, the World's Sick Sibling
By Bill Schmick,
12:08PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
The European Community is beset by worries. Brexit, trade threats, a slowing Chinese economy, and internal politics at home have all conspired to slow growth, employment, and positive sentiment.   This year, the EU will be lucky to see 1.5 percent GDP growth. In fact, the International Monetary Fund reduced their overall forecast this week for global growth largely as a result of poor performance out of Europe. Europe's powerhouse, Germany, saw its growth for 2019 cut by 0.6 percent because of anemic consumption and weak industrial production data.    Italy, one of the problem children of the EU, saw its growth forecasts cut by 0.4 percentage points as a result of weak


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 Expects Increased Revenues as Budget Process Begins
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, January 31, 2019

Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood gave a preview of the 2020 budget process. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is expecting to have some $6.4 million more in revenue as it builds the fiscal 2020 budget.   The City Council and the School Committee held its annual meeting to discuss the fiscal state of the city Wednesday night.   Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood noted an upward trend in revenues from various sources that will go into the budget planning for next year.   Of particular note, the city is expecting a $3.7 million increase in state funding for schools.    "This is after several years of talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, not


Former Pittsfield Councilor Urges Licensing Board to Be Tougher
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former City Councilor Joseph Guzzo wants the Licensing Board to be a little tougher.   Guzzo attended Monday's meeting to express his frustration with the board's recent decision when it comes to license violations. Particularly, Guzzo disliked the board's recent decision to suspend A-Mart's license but to wait until after the holidays.   "I don't think there should be any consideration for their pocketbooks," Guzzo said.   In December, the board suspended the North Street package store's license after allegedly selling to a minor during an Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission sting. A-Mart had previously been


BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:36PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade 6

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Tucker


Biz Briefs: Big Y Bag Program Now Benefitting Hillcrest Educational Centers, BCARC
12:22PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Bags for a cause

Hillcrest Educational Centers and Berkshire County Arc begun generating donations through the Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program. The Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. When a shopper purchases the reusable Community Bag at any Big Y store, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to a local nonprofit by using the attached Giving Tag.

"Participating in Big Y's Community Bag and Giving Tag program is an exciting opportunity for us," said Hillcrest Educational


What Can Investors Learn From 'Big Game' Teams?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In February, TV stations the world over will broadcast the most-watched U.S. football game of the year. But sports fans aren't the only ones viewing this "big game," held in Atlanta this year. The two teams competing are watched closely by the teams that didn't qualify. That's because these teams can learn a lot from the contenders. In fact, "big game" teams can teach some valuable lessons to many groups and individuals – including investors.

What investment insights can you gain from observing these teams? Here are a few to consider:

* A good "offense" is important. "Big game" teams usually have the ability to score a lot of


Berkshire Museum Names New Executive Director
11:58AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum has named Jeff Rodgers as its new executive director, effective April 1.

Rodgers brings more than 20 years of museum experience to the Berkshire Museum's top job. Rodgers is currently the provost and chief operating officer of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla.

"The Berkshire Museum is, and must continue to be, an integral part of the Berkshire community. The museum creates experiences that spark new thinking and new connections bridging art and history and the natural world," Rodgers said in a statement announcing his hiring. "Over the past few months, I've met with leaders from across the community and came

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City of Pittsfield Prepares For Extreme Temperatures
11:42AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ITTSFIELD, Mass — In anticipation of record low temperatures in the days ahead, the city of Pittsfield has designated three warming centers in the city and is providing residents with free transportation to these locations, as needed.

The centers include the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., the Christian Center, 193 Robbins Ave., and the Salvation Army, 298 West St. The warming center will serve as a place for patrons to get some relief from the cold. At all locations, visitors will be able to have a warm beverage and charge devices, if necessary.

Each location will serve as a warming center during its normal hours of operations. From Wednesday through Friday, the


Churchill Street Residents Raise Concerns With Truck Traffic
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents of Churchill Street are asking for a ban on truck traffic.   But the Traffic Commission doesn't see a way to reroute them and suspects much of the traffic comes from businesses on the road.   Resident Susan Schwartz represented at the Traffic Commission last week a number of residents who signed a petition said there has been a significant increase in the number of dump trucks using the road.   "They have been awful last summer up and down, up and down, putting on the jake brakes going down. The fumes were not really good, the noise was terrible. They've been breaking up the road," Swartz said.    Swartz said the


BIC Holds Topping Off Ceremony
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center,
06:51PM / Tuesday, January 29, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday officials with the Berkshire Innovation Center and Mayor Linda Tyer joined state and other local officials at the BIC construction site for a topping off ceremony to recognize the significant progress made so far on construction of the 22,500 square-foot facility.    The brief ceremony included the installation of the final steel beam in the infrastructure of the building. The beam was signed by key stakeholders and partners of the project.   "The signing of the final beam symbolizes the very real progress that has been achieved with the construction of the Berkshire Innovation Center at the William Stanley Business Park. Each


Lanesborough Selectmen Weigh Dog Park Location
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mary Reilly and Tom Rathbun said the Fire Department has non-skid socks and small fire extinguishers to give to the seniors in town thanks to a new state grant. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town officials are now considering where to create a dog park.   The Selectmen had opted to ban dogs from all town parks last year after the Highway Department's workers' union filed a complaint about dog waste. That had followed a push to re-open the parks for dogs with signs and waste bags being made available.   Now, the Board of Selectmen is weighing ideas of designating one park specifically for dogs.   According to Town Manager Kelli Robbins, a group of citizens had


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