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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee OK to Call 2nd Strike
Staff Reports,
12:08AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center on Tuesday approved giving the bargaining committee the authority to call a second one-day strike.

The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter has been at odds with management for nearly a year and a half of contract negotiations. In October, the nurses staged a one-day strike, which was followed by a four-day lockout by management. The two sides returned to the bargaining table shortly afterward and have yet to come to a settlement.

After two days of voting concluding Tuesday night, the union's membership voted to again give its bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike. The vote


SVMC Waiting Rooms Now Kid-Friendly Thanks to Bennington Bank
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Kids Korners donated by Bank of Bennington gave two waiting areas much-needed face-lifts to make them welcoming for children.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — Little hands and active minds now have something to keep them occupied while waiting for a new sibling or to see their doctor.   Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has transformed two waiting rooms into welcoming spaces for young families with the help of a $25,000 donation from the Bank of Bennington.    A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Alcombright Honored Following MLK Day of Service
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:32PM / Monday, January 15, 2018

Mittens and scarves were among the items being made during Monday's Day of Service. More photos can be found here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The culmination of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service honored one of the community's best known advocates: Richard Alcombright.    Not Mayor Richard Alcombright, since he'd lost that title two weeks ago, but the Dick Alcombright who'd been involved in the community long before he took office eight years ago.   "I really think it's wonderfully appropriate we're recognizing the man and not the mayor today, because Dick's role as a peacemaker flows from who he is and not from any

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Biz Briefs: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues
03:38PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
'I do'

Crissey Farm has been named a winner of the 2018 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for Wedding Venue in Great Barrington, a recognition they have received five years in a row. WeddingWire Inc., the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, annually recognizes the top 5 percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The top local wedding professionals in more than 20 service categories from venues to florists are awarded the prestigious accolade.

Crissey Farm was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working


Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project
03:01PM / Monday, January 15, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is seeking volunteers for its seventh annual Human Library, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky student center.

Founded in 2001 in Denmark, the Human Library seeks to promote human rights and social cohesion by creating greater understanding between people. It provides an opportunity for people to learn more about each other while working through stereotypes and discrimination. The event has been held at Williams annually since 2012.

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title


Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought
02:15PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
Real women

The 32nd Berkshire County Real Women Essay Contest has been announced by the Berkshire County Real Women Essay contest task force. The contest was created to honor National Women's History Month in March as an effort to increase awareness of contributions made by women to our society and used to promote students literacy and writing skills.

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them. Students can write about a role model or mentor, a woman on the national stage who has inspired


Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Talks Opioids In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:01AM / Monday, January 15, 2018

After brief opening remarks, the Democrat opened the floor to the community to hear what their thoughts on the best way to tackle the issue. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren says five people a day are dying from opioid addiction.   "In 2014, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency around opioid addiction. We were the first state in the country to do so. Since then, 6,000 people have died of opioid addiction in our state, 250,000 are living with addiction in our state right now and that number is growing. Over five people a day are dying from opioid addiction or are sick. This at a cost of $10 billion annually," Warren


North Adams Library To Host 'Look Up' Film Series Dedicated To Cariddi
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Monday, January 15, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Library will host a yearlong astronomy program and film series and memory of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.   Starting Thursday, Jan. 18, the library will host a "Look Up" movie series based on the cosmos using some of the $7,500 left by Cariddi's estate, earmarked for astronomy, after she passed in 2017.   "Since we couldn't decide how to spend that kind of money on books alone, we decided to do a multimedia program," Library Director Mindy Hackner said. "I think Gail wanted us ... to pay attention to some larger things that are going on instead of just focusing on the


MCLA Men's Basketball Snaps 16-Game League Losing Streak
07:29PM / Saturday, January 13, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA men's basketball program Saturday snapped a 16-game MASCAC losing streak by placing five players in double figures as the Trailblazers sprinted past the visiting Worcester State Lancers, 91-76.   MCLA earned its first win of the season in the conference and first since Feb. 10, 2016, against Framingham as it improved to 4-9 overall 1-2 in the MASCAC.    Noah Yearsley led the Trailblazers with 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting, including 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Fellow freshman Mike Demartinis added 16 points, including a 4-for-6 showing from beyond the arc. Joe Wiggins collected 13 points, while Keiland Cross and Adam Conquest added 12 and


@theMarket: Melt-Up Continues
By Bill Schmick,
11:53AM / Saturday, January 13, 2018
It's been the best two weeks for the U.S. markets in decades. Investors seemingly can't get enough stocks in their portfolios, no matter how high the indexes climb. Ain't it grand?   Over the past few weeks, I have explained in detail that the stock market is in "melt-up" mode. You may think it's crazy, or that the gains are a result of excessive exuberance. You may even be sitting there with your arms crossed, pointing your finger at me and predicting this is all going to end badly for investors. That's fine, provide as many opinions as you like, but stay invested in the meantime.   Some ask me how you can have the U.S. dollar declining, while


'Darkest Hour': Saving The World 101
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
07:14PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
It is said that if you're hungry and motoring in a hurry, unable to stop due to time constraints, ubiquitous eateries will line the road. Likewise, an analogous case exists in times of sociopolitical crisis. Looking at our current situation in America, I see metaphors everywhere.   But in viewing Gary Oldman's tour de force portrayal of Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour," it takes no great stretch of the imagination to draw comparisons. A threat to civilization is a threat to civilization.   The difference is that while the United Kingdom and eventually most of its allies, including the United States, faced an external menace back in


The Independent Investor: The Cost of MAGA
By Bill Schmick,
06:46PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
It is the guiding principle behind the Trump administration, but to "Make America Great Again" the U.S. may have to break some eggs. Are you ready for that?   "MAGA" is much more than a marketing gimmick. Almost every day, we uncover additional evidence of how the President and his supporters in Congress are dismantling regulations, taxes, and on the foreign front, trade deals.   For example, while the president professes to have "a great relationship" with China and admires its president, Xi Jinping, at the same time, he is working behind the scenes to apply more pressure to our sometime-friend, sometime-nemesis.   This week we will have surely

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