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The Independent Investor: Was There Really a Trade Deal?
By Bill Schmick,
02:52PM / Friday, October 18, 2019
Last Friday a "phase one" trade agreement between the United States and China was announced with great fanfare. The problem is that nothing was written down, nor were the terms agreed upon. In the end, we only have a gentlemen's handshake. Will that be enough?   With the stock market up by over one percent, President Donald Trump spent most of the that day in front of the cameras crowing that China had agreed to buy $40-$50 billion worth of food imports from our nation's farmers. He repeated those numbers over and over, throwing in comments of how famers were going to have to buy bigger tractors to handle the business.   China's Vice Premier Liu He smiled

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Forum Envisions 'Inclusive Development'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, October 18, 2019

Kerri Nicoll, associate professor of social work at MCLA, introduces the 'inclusive development' topic at the NBCC meeting on Tuesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In its third forum on the topic of gentrification, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition flipped the script.

Instead of focusing on what people fear when thinking about the challenges of new community investment, participants in the October forum were asked to instead think about what aspects of "inclusive development" they would like to see.

"It was not a good place to get stuck in our fear," said Kerri Nicoll, associate professor of social work in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and

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Pittsfield Superintendent Seeking New Opportunities
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, October 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Jason "Jake" McCandless is actively seeking new opportunities and may leave the Pittsfield Public Schools.    After McCandless' evaluation by the School Committee on Wednesday, he confirmed that he is a finalist for the superintendent's position of the Silver Lake Regional School District in Kingston, just north of Plymouth.   "It simply feels in my gut like it is a good time to make a change," McCandless said.   McCandless came to Pittsfield in 2013 after being in Lee for 11 years, eight of those as superintendent and three as principal. He came to Lee after three years as an assistant

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Bay State Winter Games Return to Berkshires in January
04:36PM / Thursday, October 17, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Bay State Games are set to host the 35th annual Winter Games in the Berkshires in 2020.    The Bay State Winter Games have been held in the Berkshire region each year since 1985 except for one year because of funding. The Winter Games expects to attract hundreds of athletes and families to the Berkshire region to compete in sports like figure skating and masters ice hockey.   The 2020 Figure Skating competition will take place Jan. 3-5, 2020, at Williams College. This is the earliest the competition has ever been held in Bay State Games history. This competition will feature more than 400 skaters from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 18-24
11:57AM / Thursday, October 17, 2019
The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival continues! The 15th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival continues through Sunday, Oct. 20. The Dayramir Gonzalez Quartet will perform at Berkshire Museum on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be preceded by a wine bar that opens at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., The Colonial Theatre will host legendary vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and her daughter, Veronica Swift, in a rare pairing. The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will open.   View the BerkshiresJazz website for the full

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Pittsfield Man Charged with Setting A-Mart Convenience Store Blaze
Staff Reports,
11:48AM / Thursday, October 17, 2019

Screen capture taken from video by Patricia Devinez  here. PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — A Pittsfield man has been arrested in relation to the devastating fire that destroyed the A-Mart convenience store on Tuesday night.   Thomas Roberts, 51, was arrested Wednesday on charges of arson and injuring a firefighter.    Authorities determined the blaze as suspicious after an investigation by the Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Services, along with fire investigators. The building is most likely a total loss.    Roberts was located by members of the police anti-crime unit in a motel within the city. He is being charged with injuring a

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Pittsfield Students Receive Superintendent Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, October 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Emily Mazzeo and Alexander Currie have received the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award.   Superintendent Jason McCandless began Wednesday's School Committee with a presentation honoring two of the highest achieving students in the school system.    "This is one of my personal favorite things of the entire school year and these awards," he said. "We have a remarkable run here in Pittsfield of not only recognizing unbelievable distinguished intellects but unbelievable work ethics."    McCandless first brought Mazzeo, who attends Pittsfield High School, to the podium and read a letter from

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Pittsfield Airport to Serve as Hub For Disaster Preparedness
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
01:30AM / Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thomas Grady, left, Robert Czerwinski, and Lucy Britton at Wednesday's Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Berkshire County has received a total of $71,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a "point of distribution," or POD, training grant to aid residents in the event of a public disaster or emergency.    The Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee announced the grants at its meeting Wednesday morning in Lanesborough.   Central Berkshire received $25,000 while the Northern and Southern Berkshire committees each were awarded $23,000 from the highly competitive grant

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Rain, Wind Heading for New England
, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Wednesday, October 16, 2019

There's bad weather on the way. The beautiful and downright balmy weather over the Berkshires will change in a big way mid-week as a "bomb" cyclone hits along the Northeast seaboard.    Accuweather says the latest indications are the storm will strengthen at a fast enough pace from Wednesday to Thursday to be classified as a bomb cyclone. The barometric pressure has to fall at least 24 millibars, or 0.71 inches, in 24 hours for the bomb cyclone criteria to be met.   Since winds on the front side of the storm are likely to be from the east or southeast, instead of the northeast for much of the mid-Atlantic and New England, it is not likely to be considered

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Strat-O-Matic Clinic To Be Held in Pittsfield
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03:07PM / Wednesday, October 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires Museum is hosting a learn to play Strat-O-Matic event on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center.   Billed as the original fantasy sports game, Strat-O-Matic debuted in the 1960s and allows players to "manage" teams of Major League Baseball players using statistically accurate data.

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Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates Debate Education Issues
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Melissa Mazzeo says the schools are in crisis. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo sparred over education during a debate hosted by the Pittsfield Educational Administrators Association and United Educators of Pittsfield on Tuesday night.    While both candidates agreed on some issues, challenger Mazzeo stressed safety and teachers' needs during the debate in the Pittsfield High School library and Tyer, the incumbent, the policies implemented during her tenure to address those concerns.    Mazzeo said although the city has great teachers and students there are real issues in the school system.   "We

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BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program
01:41PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program for those with Medicare, with new classes beginning in November, at multiple locations across the Berkshires.

The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher. The program involves 16 weekly classes over the first six-month period, and six monthly sessions over the remaining six months, for a year-long program. Participants must also be willing to log food that they

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