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'The Art of the Oscar Picks': The Devil Is in The Details
On a recent gloomy night I pondered weak and weary, not because I was necessarily weak or weary, but because I like the expression and it was time to make my Oscar picks, an annual tradition I abhor with no small amount of dread and disdain. All the same, I was determined that this year's choices would be the likes of which the world has
The Independent Investor: Is America Back in the Space Business?
If you were watching television this Thursday, you may have caught the launching of a low-orbit Spanish government-commissioned satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The difference between today and 25 years ago is that it was a private company called Space X, rather than NASA, that made it happen.   For
Letter: BMC: A North County Perspective
To the Editor: With all of the recent news on Berkshire Medical Center, the registered nurses' contract disputes and a looming second strike by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, we shouldn't be surprised that financial rating agencies have expressed concern for the future of our community hospital. The costs of the
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Berkshire Pediatric Associates Joins CHP Health Network
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Pediatrics Associates has joined the Community Health Programs health network as of Aug. 1, the latest private medical practice in the Berkshires to merge with the federally qualified health center organization.   With the BPA merger, 12,000 new patients and 33 new employees will bring
North Adams Youth Basketball Wraps Up Gaudreau Tourney
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- North Adams Youth Basketball’s John Gaudreau Memorial Tournament was held Freb. 15-19 with 35 teams across four divisions competing at Colegrove Elementary School, Drury High School and the North Adams Armory.   Seventy-two games were played and titles were awarded in four divisions: third- and
Groundbreaking For Innovation Center Now Eyed For Spring
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Innovation Center is now eyeing a groundbreaking this spring.   With commitments from the state, city, and the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, the project's $3 million funding gap is reportedly closed. Officials from all three agencies are finalizing the legal documents and
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Adams Boys Win North Adams' Gaudreau Tournament
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Adams seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel team won its third consecutive tournament on Monday, defeating North Adams in the championship of the John Gaudreau Memorial Tournament by a score of 40-39.   Adams started the tournament off by defeating Greylock by a score of 61 - 50. Carson Meczywor had 20
Snowfall Predictions: Did You Think It Was Spring? LOL
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The National Weather Service is predicting a wintry mix of precipitation beginning by Thursday and continuing into Saturday.    Tuesday and Wednesday were unseasonably warm and the temperature hit 76 on Main Street in North Adams in afternoon.   It was a mini summer vacation day
Berkshire Athenaeum Collects PJs Through Boston Bruins Program
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, made an appearance at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Tuesday.   Oh, and the commonwealth's first lady Lauren Baker was there too.   The pair came to the library to collect pajamas to give to the children in the care of the Department of Children and Families.
Conceptual Plans For Pittsfield Dog Park Created, City Seeks Design Funding
The park is eyed to be created on land inside Burbank Park. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will apply for grant funds next month to design a dog park.   The Parks Commission gave its approval of a preliminary design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The plans call for two areas — one for small dogs and
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