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Hinds Chats Priorities With BRPC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Monday, January 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires don't have the traffic congestion or real estate prices that the Boston area does.   Jim Lovejoy, from Mount Washington, sees that as an opportunity.   He envisions using the effort to expand broadband in Western Massachusetts as a chance to build a far superior internet connection that will incentivize companies to build and grow here instead of in the pricier eastern end of the state.   "If we took that middle mile and made a robust connection out of it, that was low cost, then you would have a situation where people would be incentivized to move here," Lovejoy said.   Lovejoy has been a longstanding member of the

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Five Years Later, 'Sustainable Berkshires' Plan Being Implemented
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:17AM / Sunday, January 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When it comes to local planning efforts, nothing was more ambitious than the Sustainable Berkshires master plan.   The 800 or so page document was developed by stakeholders throughout the county as it looked to create a master plan for the entire county. After three years of work, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission adopted the full document in 2014.   That process revealed what planners at the time called "sobering" information that the trends in the county were unsustainable and it developed 352 strategies to turn the tides.   But a plan doesn't do much if it just sits on the shelve collecting dust and Sustainable Berkshires was

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

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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
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@theMarket: Markets Bounce 10 Percent Since Christmas
By Bill Schmick,
10:34AM / Saturday, January 12, 2019
The stock markets have gained almost one percent per day since the beginning of the year. If you had panicked and sold during the Christmas holidays, you are sitting in cash wondering when to get back in. Here is some advice.   Patience should be at the top of your "to-do" list. If you believe we are in a bear market, then the kind of rebound we are seeing in the equity markets is completely normal. Bear markets are characterized by waterfall declines followed by sharp, explosive upside rallies. Unfortunately, these fantastic trading opportunities are just that — trades.   If you are not living the markets every single moment, day-in, day-out, then forget about

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North Adams Considers Adopting State Law to Reduce Speed Limits
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:12AM / Saturday, January 12, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City officials are considering the adoption of a state law that would allow them to reduce the speed limits on some streets.    "My hope is that in adopting this ordinance update, we can begin to curb the unsafe traffic activity in our downtown corridors. A decrease in speed limits, along with improved enforcement can help to make our city safer, and increasingly pedestrian friendly," wrote City Councilor Benjamin Lamb in his communique recommending the ordinance to the council.   At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Lamb said there were a lot of layers to go through with the state to reduce any speed limits. Adopting the state law would

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McCann Superintendent Receives Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:21PM / Friday, January 11, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — James Brosnan was recognized late last year for his work with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.   The nonprofit, independent accreditation organization presented Brosnan, superintendent of the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District, with the Richard J. Bradley Endowment Fund Award.   "To be recognized by your peers when you spend an entire lifetime in education being a committee member, a commissioner, and chair fo NEASC over 15 plus years," the superintendent said at Thursday's School Committee meeting at McCann Technical School. "To be recognized by your peers is one of the single most important

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New President Named at Berkshire Gas
04:00PM / Friday, January 11, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Franklyn D. Reynolds has been named to lead Berkshire Gas as its 11th president since the company's founding in 1853.

In this role, Reynolds will have overall responsibility for operations and management of the company and its 124-member workforce. Berkshire Gas provides natural gas service to 40,000 customers in 20 communities in the three westernmost counties of Massachusetts.

A 25-year veteran of the utility industry, Reynolds also serves as vice president of gas integration for Avangrid Networks, where he leads the restructuring of the gas operations and gas engineering lines of business.

"Frank is a proven leader with broad experience in the

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Two Appointed Department Chairs at Berkshire Medical Center
03:53PM / Friday, January 11, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointments of Dr. Marcella Bradway as chair of the Department of Surgery and Dr. Jessica Krochmal as chair of the Department of Pathology at Berkshire Medical Center, extending its history of equity in leadership. 

Dr. Bradway is the first female chair of Surgery and previously served as interim chair of Surgery for half of 2016 and throughout all of 2018, and was vice chair for five years. Dr. Krochmal is the second woman to serve as chair of Pathology, and she previously served as vice chair from 2016 to 2018. 

"Berkshire Medical Center has a remarkable medical staff, and its foundation is a physician

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Berkshires' First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Opens to Long Lines
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Friday, January 11, 2019

Staff had come in well before the opening to prepare for what was expected to be a big day in retail sales. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Cheers roared in the parking lot of Theory Wellness at 10 a.m. as staff held a signed reading "recreational cannabis, now open."   At that point, there were about 100 people standing in the blistering cold waiting to get through the doors. It's been more than two years since voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis in Massachusetts and Theory became the Berkshires' first dispensary to sell the products, leading the way for an industry that has been bursting through the doors throughout the

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Boston Architectural Firm Will Offer Design Ideas for Brayton Path
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Friday, January 11, 2019

A team from the Payette architectural firm checking out the area around Brayton, including the trees.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The steep incline in front of Brayton School would seem an obstacle but Parke McDowell sees it as an opportunity.    "Something like this really should be fun," he said as the team from Payette finished up a tour of the Brayton School site on Saturday. "The broader goal is to craft an environment for people to live in."   The members of the Boston architectural firm were there to get an idea of how to revitalize a path leading from the Brayon Hill Apartments to the school and attached Northern Berkshire Family YMCA.

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Shutdown Could Impact Renters, Landlords Who Rely on Section 8 Vouchers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Friday, January 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local landlords and recipients of Section 8 housing assistance could start feeling the pinch if the shutdown of the federal government continues much longer.   That is the assessment of the chief executive officer of Pittsfield-based Berkshire Housing Development Corp., a nonprofit dedicated to helping provide affordable housing throughout the region.   Elton Ogden indicated Wednesday afternoon that the shutdown is not having a major impact on Berkshire Housing or its clients — for now — but he is concerned about "mom and pop" landlords with tenants who rely on the federal subsidies to pay the rent.   "It's really the

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The Independent Investor: Changes to Social Security and Medicare Benefits
By Bill Schmick,
04:03PM / Thursday, January 10, 2019
As the year begins, those who are retired, or who plan to soon, need to know the changes the government has recently announced to your benefits.   The good news is that retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in Social Security payments. While that doesn't sound like much, it happens to be the largest cost-of-living adjustment in seven years. What that amounts to for the average couple in retirement is about $67 per month, or an average monthly payment of $2,448.   If you are one of those workers like me, who waited until 70 years of age before collecting benefits and are considered a "high earner," then you will be receiving as much as $73 more per month up to

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North Adams' Tourists Repurposing Historic Farmhouse as Restaurant
Staff Reports,
06:15PM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The original Airport Rooms sign and its neon is being restored and will be put back in place.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tourists is planning a new eatery that will reflect some of the 200-year-old history of the property.    The Airport Rooms will open in February in the historic 1813 farmhouse that first welcomed visitors to the area.    It marks a significant change in the resort's plans for a fine-dining restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue that guests at the State Road motel would have accessed via a bucolic trail over the river.    In a press release Wednesday, the motel said it the Airport Rooms will be "serving classic cocktails and a

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