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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Unveils MyTeller Interactive Machines
03:07PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
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MyTellerSM is now open at the 99 North St. drive-up.

Got tech?

Berkshire Bank is the first bank in Berkshire County to unveil MyTeller – the bank's new Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) technology – to its Berkshire County customers. MyTeller is next-generation banking that combines the technology and convenience of an ATM with the same personal assistance you would receive from a traditional teller.

The use of Interactive Teller Machine technology, is a convenient solution to help customers bank on their own schedule, offering extended banking hours. Customers will now have the opportunity to cash checks, make deposits, transfer funds and make loan payments with more flexibility, allowing for less time spent at the teller window and more time to focus on what is most exciting in their lives.
MyTellerSM is now open at the 99 North St. drive-up with extended banking hours available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employees will still be available to assist customers during normal banking hours.


Sweet move

Baked goods from Good Night Kitchen are among the local offerings being sold at the Williamstown Theatre Festival's lobby bar, now being operated by Sweet Hospital Group.

Sweet Hospitality Group, Broadway's premier concessionaire and caterer, is now operating the lobby bar at Williamstown Theatre Festival. This is SHG's biggest move outside of the Broadway box.

SHG's custom curated bar menu at WTF features locally sourced products from Williamstown-area purveyors. The beverage list includes custom seasonal cocktails that highlight the award-winning spirits of Berkshire Mountain Distilleries and craft beer from Berkshire Brewing Company. The bar includes an elevated selection of handmade confections and baked goods from Good Night Kitchen. For those looking for heartier pre-theater fare, a selection of small plates provided by local eateries rounds out the offerings. These include an artisanal cheese board from Spring Street Market and Café and a traditional lobster roll from Taconic Golf Club. SHG also will be providing bar and table service at the WTF Late-Night Cabaret and Hot Spot performances.

SHG was born in 1986 when Julie Rose, founder and president, began providing food and beverage service at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Armed with pans of freshly baked brownies, a small fortune in floral arrangements and the idea to provide theatergoers with more than what was expected, she created a concept that would revolutionize the industry. Today, SHG's innovative offerings, inviting service and stylish displays can be seen in 26 Broadway and off-Broadway theaters.

SHG's mission is simple: Enhance the experience through product, presentation and performance. They do this by building lasting relationships with their clients, offering the highest quality products, presenting them in striking new ways and striving for success while maintaining the highest ethical standards.


Look closer

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has launched, an easy-to-navigate, interactive web resource providing current data, resident perspectives and multimedia stories on the four-county region Berkshire Taconic serves. Designed to build community knowledge and inspire critical thinking about the region's future, will be regularly refreshed with new data and stories.

A digital companion to the foundation's print report of the same name, the website features:

* An interactive map with at-a-glance profiles of 67 towns; Berkshire, Columbia, northern Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties; and the BTCF region overall. The data is organized by topic: population, jobs, education, incomes and poverty, and housing. The map also shows public school enrollment data for 30-plus districts.

* Dozens of data visualizations using graphs, charts and maps to bring five themes into focus: jobs and the economy, demographic transition, youth and the future workforce, deepening inequality, and assets and infrastructure.

* Multimedia stories that illustrate these themes through the lives of local residents.

* Results from the foundation's resident survey, with responses available by age, income and education level.

* A downloadable PDF of Berkshire Taconic's Plan for the Future, which outlines three new priority areas where the foundation believes philanthropy can make a difference.

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