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The Independent Investor: The Biden Bounce
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
Super Tuesday surprised many investors. As the smoke cleared and the results came dribbling in, it became apparent that Joe Biden had risen from the dead. Wall Street celebrated by gaining over 4 percent in one day.   The market's performance says a lot about how investor's view the Democratic candidates. Taken as a group, Wall Street was not happy with where the Democratic candidates were heading. Last week, for example, I discussed Bernie Sander's election platform. The price tag alone ($50 trillion over 10 years) was enough to convince most Wall Streeters that the market and economy would be in for some really rough sledding if Bernie were to be elected.   Elizabeth


'The Invisible Man': More Than What Meets the Eye
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:30PM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
I inevitably ponder the same confounding question every time I review a horror move: Why would someone want to subject themselves to two hours of blood pressure-raising, heart-pounding, stomach-curdling and mind-distressing occurrences?    I then go on to explain that there are plenty of real, everyday circumstances from which to draw fear without paying handsomely for it at the Bijou. Things like the mortgage, a suspiciously weird neighbor who's doing gosh knows what, a bunch of looney, mendacious ne'er-do-wells helping themselves to the national treasure down in Foggy Bottom, and nowadays especially, the guy working in the diner who, after visiting the men's room,


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

Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March
01:00PM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during March.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Huntington and North Adams on Wednesday, March 18, for this month's staff office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  North Adams City Hall, 10 Main St. Stanton Hall, 24 Russell Road, Huntington

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 those seeking assistance with state agencies or programs to


Mount Greylock Proposes Smaller Budget to Lanesborough
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:23AM / Thursday, March 05, 2020

Superintendent Kimberley Grady brought good news to Lanesborough town officials Wednesday in the form of a slightly smaller school budget for fiscal 2021. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The news of a smaller school budget for fiscal 2021 was welcomed on all fronts in Lanesborough.   Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent Kimberley Grady presented the preliminary school budget to a joint meeting of the Finance Committee and Selectmen on Wednesday night.   "There will be a very slight decrease from last year's budget," Grady told the assembled town officials. She was assisted by members of the district's administration including Mount Greylock


Pittsfield Firefighters Save Dog That Fell Through Ice
03:21PM / Wednesday, March 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield firefighters on Wednesday rescued a dog that fell through the ice on a pond off Gale Avenue.   Craig Eggleston and Jeremy Ostrander donned ice water rescue suits to successfully retrieve the dog. A video posted by Police Officer Darren Derby show them crawling out onto the small pond that had large patches of water.   The small dog's head was above the water and his front paws on the ice, trying to climb up. One of the firefighters was able to pick up the dog, bring it to shore and hand the pup off to his owners.    The call came in about 8:15 a.m. to the Police Department of a dog stuck in the pond near 538 Gale


Pittsfield Committee Approves Brewery Funding
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Wednesday, March 04, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council's Committee on Community and Economic Development approved an Economic Development Fund allocation for a proposed North Street brewery and restaurant.    The committee unanimously agreed Monday to pull $150,000 from the GE Fund to help the proposed 41 North Tap Room purchase brewing equipment.   "We definitely want to create an experience in the space that will change what is already there but just in general having a place you can go and have an experience where staff can educate," owner Robert Trask said. "Where you can feel like you are part of a community."    Trask also owns 51 Park Restaurant


Lanesborough Finalizes Police Chief Description
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:51AM / Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Town Manager Kelli Robbins goes through job description for the chief of police. The new description extends the residency requirements to outside of Lanesborough. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Selectmen unanimously approved the final draft of the job description for the soon to be vacant police chief position.    Chief Timothy Sorrell will be retiring this summer after almost six years in the post. Town Manager Kelli Robbins has been fine tuning the details since Sorrell informed the board in January that he would be retiring.   The residency requirement is the only major change to the document: The police chief will no longer be required to live in


Officials Explain Steps Being Taken to Address Coronavirus
Staff Reports,
10:27PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials say Massachusetts is well positioned at this point at address any expansion in the state of Covid-19, a coronavirus that's killed more than 3,000 worldwide.

"Massachusetts remains at low risk and has had only one confirmed case to date so far," said Gov. Charlie Baker in a press briefing in Boston on Monday afternoon. "Our top priority remains the health and safety of our residents."   Appearing with Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Monica Bharel and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, the governor said the Department of Public Health has launched a website to apprise the public of news and updates on

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MCLA Spring Theatre Season Kicks Off With 'Topdog/Underdog'
05:01PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts theater program kicks off its spring season with Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog."

The play will be directed by visiting guest artist Rodney Creech, with student John Archer-Harvey serving as assistant director.

"Topdog/Underdog" opens on Friday, March 6, with additional shows on March 7, 10, 11, and 12. All performances begin at 8 p.m. There will be additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 7 and 8. A talk-back with Creech and the cast will be held after the March 8 matinee performance. General admission tickets are $15.

The play explores the lives of two brothers, Lincoln and


Physical Therapy Assistant Joins CHP
04:05PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has expanded its physical therapy staff in Great Barrington with the addition of Jennifer Valente.

A licensed physical therapist assistant, Valente worked most recently at Berkshire Rehabilitation Skilled Care Center and the Farmington River School. She also works as a tutor and lab assistant in the physical therapist assistant program at Berkshire Community College.

She earned her associate degree in physical therapist assistant at Berkshire Community College, and received clinical training at Baystate Neurological Rehabilitation, Columbia Memorial Rehabilitation and Genesis Rehabilitation at Hillcrest Commons in


Massachusetts, Vermont Vote in Presidential Primary Tuesday
03:15PM / Monday, March 02, 2020
Voters in Massachusetts and Vermont will finally get their chance to weigh in on the candidates running for party nominations for president.    They'll have a long list of candidates to chose from on the Democratic side but recent events have whittled active campaigns down to just five.   As of Monday afternoon, only former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts' own U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren are still in it to win. In Vermont, the Democratic candidates also include Mark Stewart of Farmington, Conn.   The number of failed campaigns is much


West Stockbridge Fire Chief Pays $5,000 for Violating Conflict of Interest Law
02:59PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. -— West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput, a former Select Board member, has paid $5,000 to settle accusations that he violated the state's conflict of interest law.

The State Ethics Commission has accepted Skorput’s payment of a $5,000 civil penalty and dismissed the adjudicatory proceeding against him.

The charges stem from Skorput continuing to serve as fire chief after his election to the Select Board; deciding payment amounts for himself, his daughter and his nephew; voting as a Select Board member to reappoint himself fire chief; terminating a firefighter who had filed a complaint against him; and through other actions, according to a news


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