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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Celebrates 35 Years As Cooperative in Williamstown
02:13PM / Monday, December 11, 2017
35 and counting
Wild Oats is seen in 1982 when it first opened as a retail store in Colonial Shopping Center.

Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe, will celebrate 35 years as a cooperative, community-owned business on Saturday, Dec. 16, in conjunction with Owner-Appreciation Day. The main event will be a cake cutting at 3:35 p.m., but the celebration will go on all day with vendor demos throughout the day, including Maplebrook Farm, Hop2o, Heritage Cider and Niman Ranch.

The hot bar, salad bar, sandwich bar and soup will be 35 percent off for all shoppers that day and a small coffee will be just 35 cents There will also be specials on beer

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Berkshires Beat: Habitat for Humanity Giving One Family Ultimate Christmas Present
01:10PM / Monday, December 11, 2017
Home at last

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will be dedicating a new home to a local family on Saturday, Dec. 16. The public is welcome. The formal presentation will begin at 1 p.m. with local leaders as well as state Sen. Adam Hinds and Roberta McCulloch-Dew, director of Administrative Services in the Office of the Mayor.
 
Thanks to the tremendous support of donors, volunteers, neighbors, community partners and construction leaders, the DelSonno family will be moved into their new home at 92 Clarendon Street, Pittsfield, just in time for the holidays. Days after the foundation had been poured, building commenced on May 6 with Habitat's annual Women Build event and

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10 Most Dangerous Pittsfield Intersections: 2017 Edition
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, December 11, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation prioritizes safety when determining which road projects it undertakes.   And that starts by knowing where the most dangerous intersections are located. MassDOT and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission track accidents and create a list of trouble spots.    The ratings use a weighted system. If there is a fatality at an intersection, it is given a score of 10. If the accident causes a non-fatal injury, the intersection receives five points. An accident that only causes property damage receives one point. Over a three-year period, those scores then start to show specific areas that tend to see more and more

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Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2017
01:11AM / Monday, December 11, 2017
Holiday Events

(Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday fairs.)

Saturday, Dec. 16

FESTIVAL OF TREES AFTER DARK, Pittsfield, 5-7 p.m.: Discover the Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees after hours, when the twinkling lights are aglow on every tree but the galleries are dark. The indoor forest of imaginatively decorated trees festooned with fantasy offer a dreamy atmosphere during evening hours, and this year’s quizzical treasure hunt, discovering hidden objects on each tree, becomes that much more of a challenge at night. Tickets are $5.

HOLIDAY PAJAMA NIGHT, Lenox, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Children can wear their favorite pajamas for a cozy night of storytelling and

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Boys & Girls Club Black Tops Greylock
01:34PM / Sunday, December 10, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sean Harrigan scored 11 points to lead the Boys & Girls Club Black team to a 60-30 win over Greylock in seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball travel league action.   Sam Sherman and Bo Bramer added 10 points apiece in the win.   “Boys Club Black is always a very tough matchup,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “They are very athletic with lots of speed and very deep with talent. We started slow and were down, 35-8, at the half. We didn’t hit an outside shot the entire first half. In the second half we started to hit some shots which included five 3-pointers.   “So even though we lost big, our boys showed some heart

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Renovation of Former Pittsfield Church Into Apartments Progressing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:01AM / Sunday, December 10, 2017

The building was first constructed in 1906 and transformed into a church in 1923. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 1906, the Berkshire Railway System constructed a building on Seymour Street to host a steam boiler and large electrical generators to power the trolley cars going up and down North Street.    Six years later, the facility was too small. The railroad built a new one on East Street and vacated the Seymour Street building.   The Polish community, however, had started petitioning the Catholic Diocese of Springfield for a Polish church. The diocese granted the wish and the former powerhouse was converted into Holy Family Church, opening in 1924.   Next year,

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@theMarket: Should Be Good Month for Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
05:34PM / Saturday, December 09, 2017
The House passed a stop-gap spending bill averting a government shut-down late Thursday night. As a result, markets moved higher. We can expect more of the same until the next deadline, which is just before Christmas.    To be honest, investors have become so used to these eleventh hour deals out of Congress that the markets hardly budge when the drama begins. Dec. 22 is the new date investors will be watching. We will see whether a compromise can be reached on the budget for 2018 by then.   In the meantime, the markets will remain focused on the Republican tax deal. The hope is that a compromise between the House and Senate will be reached in time for President Trump to sign

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Pittsfield Health Officials Back Trash Collection Changes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:50AM / Saturday, December 09, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Health Director Gina Armstrong doesn't see the enforcement of new trash regulations becoming a difficult task.   The Board of Health is currently in charge of enforcing nuisance issues regarding trash and will continue to do so if the city moves to an automated system. An ordinance to move to the toter system, with residents being given city-issued 45-gallon and 96-gallon trash and recycling bins, is currently before the City Council.    Armstrong brought up some areas of concern about the proposed toter system regulations, but overall said it will keep the city cleaner.   "It is going to save a lot of time and we can address more

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Wahconah Cheerleaders Earn Berth in National Championship
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05PM / Friday, December 08, 2017

The Wahconah cheerleading team celebrates its second-place finish at last month's state championship.   DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah cheerleading team may not have had a chance to cheer at Gillette Stadium this year, but it still had a pretty good fall.   It's going to Disney World.   In addition to supporting their school's football team on a run to the Western Massachusetts championship and a narrow loss in the state semi-finals, Wahconah's cheerleaders last month earned a spot in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships with their performance at the Massachusetts fall state championships.   "It's very exciting to

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BArT Presents 'Twelfth Night'
01:36PM / Friday, December 08, 2017

ADAMS, Mass.— The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School Theater Department will be performing William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

The BArT theater is located within the school building at 1 Commercial Street in Adams. Tickets can be purchased at the door and the pricing is as follows: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, $2 BArT students.

The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks. "Twelfth Night" follows the romantic misadventures of Orsino who loves Olivia, Olivia who loves Cesario

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Goodwill of the Berkshires Names New President and CEO
01:32PM / Friday, December 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont's board of directors approved a management transition plan whereby David Twiggs has succeeded Frank Engels as the next president and CEO of the organization.

Twiggs, a Lenox resident, had most recently served as Goodwill's chief operating officer. He joined the organization in 2012 and has served in other senior management roles at Goodwill, including director of logistics.

"David Twiggs brings a wide range of experience from both the operations, retail, and social service sectors," said President of the Board of Directors Heidi Higgins. "His commitment to our community and personal approach

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 8-14
01:28PM / Friday, December 08, 2017
SAT-SUN Holiday Shindy at Shire City Sanctuary Shire City Sanctuary will again host its Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks and live music. Long-time returning vendors will mingle with emerging talents. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3. Children under the age of 12 are

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