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Wealth Management Team At Berkshire Bank Expands
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has expanded its wealth management enterprise with the addition of a premier financial adviser known for his investment acumen and wealth management capabilities.   Stephen J. Augstell has joined Wealth Management as a senior financial planner and Vice president/wealth adviser at Berkshire
Pittsfield Highlights Westside Riverway Park For Arbor Day
City Council President Peter Marchetti read a proclamation to celebrate Arbor Day. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It may seem like an odd setting to celebrate Arbor Day: an active construction site where some trees have been removed and soil dug up, resting alongside a river historically known for pollution.   But the
Berkshire Bank Names New Vice Presdident/Marketing Officer
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has announced the promotion of Mark Pedrotti to vice president/marketing officer.  Pedrotti began his career with Berkshire Bank as a college intern from Johnson & Wales University in 2006. He was offered permanent employment in 2008 as e-marketing and website administrator and has continued
BMC Doctor Honored with Patient-Centered Award
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A highly respected BMC Emergency Medicine specialist has been recognized with the 2017 Patient-Centered Physician Award, presented annually to a physician who exemplifies the philosophy of patient-centered care at BMC.  Dennis Owens, MD, a longtime member of the Emergency Department team, was awarded the honor
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 28-May 4
'Born in China': Animal Magnetism
One of the key joys of seeing "Born in China," a splendidly picturesque documentary about snow leopard Dawa and her two cubs; Tao Tao, a young snub-nosed monkey; and a giant panda Ya Ya and her daughter, Mei Mei, was worth listening to the kids in the audience emoting. Normally, I would rail at the ragamuffins' commentary
Pittsfield Traffic Commission Rejects Handicapped Parking Plan
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Traffic Commission rejected a plan increasing the number of handicapped parking spaces on the city's four main commercial streets.   Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell put forth a petition calling for additional handicapped parking spaces on North, South, Tyler, and Elm Streets. He then
Pilot Program Brings Destressing Techniques to Pittsfield Classrooms
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Doing any job when one is stressed and frustrated is much more difficult.   And teachers are the same way. They are the scapegoats when schools are underperforming. They're pressured by parents and administrators. Their work days are long, some students can be taxing, and recently in Pittsfield, the
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The Independent Investor: World's Bread Basket No More
The recent controversy over dairy trade policies between the Trump administration and Canada is only the tip of the iceberg. While Trump is selectively picking on one particular product, the truth is that the United States is losing its competitive advantage in many areas of agriculture.   Government subsidies to the agriculture
Council Voices Few Concerns Over Pittsfield's Capital Plan
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's capital plan calls for the replacement of 5,236 street lights to LEDs but some councilors are wondering why a project to light up Tyler Street has not been undertaken.   The Tyler Street Business Group petitioned the city in 2014 asking for lights on the north side of Tyler Street at an
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