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@theMarket: Fed-fueled Gains Support Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:01PM / Friday, July 29, 2022
The markets embraced another 75-basis point interest rate hike by the Fed, even as the U.S. economy contracted for the second quarter in a row. Bad news became good news in today's markets.   It was not so much the hike in the Fed funds rate announced as part of the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) meeting on July 27, 2022, as it was the words of Chairperson Jerome Powell in the Q&A session afterward. Although he really did not say anything new, the markets and the media interpreted his stance as more dovish, if not pivotal.   The bulls' argument is that the economy is slowing, inflation is peaking, and therefore the Fed is likely to slow, if not stop, its

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Aquarium Reimagined as Berkshire Museum's 'Heart'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:44AM / Friday, July 29, 2022

Tomomi Itakura and Yugon Kim, founding partners IKD architects, explain their vision to a gathering at the Berkshire Museum. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum plans to bring its aquarium from the basement to its main floor and create a unified space for art and natural history displays.

On Tuesday, the museum gave a presentation on the third phase, or "block," of its approximately $10 million capital improvement plan. The nearly 120-year-old building has so far received renovations to its sewer lines, foundation, freight elevator and second floor.

Project architects Tomomi Itakura and Yugon Kim, founding partners of IKD of Boston and San Francisco,

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Lt. Governor Candidate Lesser: Government Needs to Work for People
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:08PM / Thursday, July 28, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eric Lesser says the next gubernatorial administration needs to focus on the cost of living, affordable child care, affordable housing for people, and transportation because they are all tied together.   "They all go together, you can't really have good, high-quality housing without good transportation, right to get people connected to where they work and where they live," the state senator said recently during a visit to Pittsfield.   He's running in the Democratic primary on Sept. 6 for the lieutenant governor nomination.   One of the most important roles of the lieutenant governor is helping carry out the governor's vision,

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The Retired Investor: No End in Sight for Airline Agony
By Bill Schmick,
03:56PM / Thursday, July 28, 2022
Missing bags, canceled flights, stranded passengers, and interminable check-in times have made this summers' travel a nightmare. What's worse, the cost of travelling has exploded.   Consumers are paying an average 34 percent higher air fares this year versus last. The reasons why range from higher jet fuel costs, increased labor costs and sky rocketing demand among others. As the summer season progresses, it seems that the worse the experience gets, the more consumers are willing to pay.    If you watch the horror shows on the news, chaos abounds not only here in the U.S. but in the international airline system overall. Short comings in one location, whether it be

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Truck Crashes Into Former Johnny's Beach Club
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Thursday, July 28, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A pickup truck crashed into the former Johnny’s Beach Club on Wednesday night, taking down the front of the building.

The crash into the empty building at 87 Wahconah St. occurred at about 9:50 p.m. 

Two people who were in the vehicle were taken to Berkshire Medical Center for minor injuries and the city's building inspectors were notified.

A photo posted to Facebook by a resident showed a white pickup with its front end in the building and its back end on the sidewalk.

The brick addition on the front of the building where the accident occurred was destroyed and surrounded with caution tape. It had previously been in

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Dalton, Hinsdale Start Study for Merged Police Force
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:06AM / Thursday, July 28, 2022

Sean Kelly of Municipal Resources Inc., a consulting firm, explains the feasibility study of the police departments in Dalton and Hinsdale in this screenshot from Dalton Community Television. See the full video here.  DALTON, Mass. — Residents seemed open to a merged police force with Hinsdale, but officials are concerned at the low numbers that attended the informational meeting Tuesday at Wahconah Regional High School.    Select Board members said they will look into sending a questionnaire to residents to gather more input based on the recommendations of one citizen who raised the concern of lack of attendance and responses from the audience. Only about a dozen

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Cannabis Facility Proposed for Berkshire Mall
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:52AM / Thursday, July 28, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The shuttered Berkshire Mall may have a revival of business activity -- in cannabis.  

The Selectmen on Tuesday authorized negotiations for a Host Community Agreement with JMJ Holdings Corp. for a project that includes making former anchor stores into manufacturing and cultivation facilities.

"What we seek to do is basically revive that property to a state of business. We are focused on the supply chain side. I'm aware that Lanesborough does not have any retail cannabis establishments so that's certainly not on the table for us," applicant Blake Mensing said.

"The rough outline of the proposal would be to benefit from the mall

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-Year-Olds Win New England Championship
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:24PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022
TRUMBULL, Conn. — After scoring 57 runs in its first four games at the Babe Ruth New England Regional Championship, Pittsfield's 13-year-olds figured to have a whole other challenge in Tuesday morning's title game.   Facing a Waterford, Conn., team that allowed four runs total in its first four games, Pittsfield was going to need strong pitching to win the crown and claim a berth in next month's Babe Ruth World Series.   Cam Hillard and Connor Paronto were up to the task.   The pair combined to strike out eight and allowed four hits in seven innings to pitch Pittsfield to a 6-0 win at Trumbull High School.   "I usually come in with a lot of

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Bousquet Summer Concert Series Peaks With Mountain Day
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:55PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The music starts at 1 p.m. and ends with  a performance by the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Bousquet summer concert series will be hosting its pinnacle event, Mountain Day, on Saturday, July 30, starting at 1 p.m.    This daylong family-friendly music event will feature vendors, food trucks, outdoor activities, and live music.    Throughout the day each of the five bandmates from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow will be performing solo until they reassemble for the Main Stage concert in the evening.    Boston-based folk rock band Session Americana opens for them at 7 p.m. and Whiskey Treaty Roadshow takes the stage at

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Thunder 10U Team Edges Berkshire Force in Summer League Semis
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:27PM / Tuesday, July 26, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Greylock Thunder 10-and-under softball team Tuesday outlasted the Berkshire Force for a 25-24 win in the semi-finals of the Berkshire County Softball playoffs at Alcombright Field.   Maliyah Todd came home on a pitch that got to the backstop in the bottom of the fourth to complete a nine-run rally that sent the Thunder into the championship round of the summer travel league’s season-ending tournament.   The Thunder Wednesday will visit the top-seeded Adams-Cheshire-Savoy Swat to decide the league crown.   Tuesday’s semi-final featured patience at the plate and opportunistic base-running as the teams combined for more than 40 walks

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Springfield Man Found Guilty of Shooting Pittsfield Woman in 2020
06:06PM / Tuesday, July 26, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Springfield man has been found guilty of shooting a woman two years ago.    Judge John Agostini found Myron Crapps, 31, guilty of assault and battery with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm after a two-day trial. Agostini scheduled sentencing for Sept. 28.   "I thank the victim and witnesses for their powerful testimony, the Pittsfield Police Department for their diligent investigation into this daytime shooting, and our trial team for giving a strong presentation of the evidence," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.   "My office prioritizes holding those who commit violence in our community accountable for

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Reach New England Title Game
04:06PM / Tuesday, July 26, 2022
TRUMBULL, Conn. -- Eddie Ferris hit a two-run double in a seven-run seventh inning Tuesday as the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars pulled away for an 11-4 win over Tri-County, Maine, in the semi-finals of the New England Regional Championship.   The Maine state champs scored three runs to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning, but Pittsfield scored three in the bottom of the fourth to retake the lead for good.   Goo Stannard hit a line drive single to score Boo Socie to make it 3-3, and Christian Barry singled to drive in Stannard and give Pittsfield a 4-3 lead.   Barry finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs.   Connor Paronto, Ferris, Andrew Hammill,

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