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Teddy's Pizza Claims Berkshire Summer Lacrosse League Crown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:16PM / Monday, August 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Next spring, Williamstown resident Michael McCormack will be looking to repeat as an all-America selection as a senior for the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team.   On Monday night, he was looking to win some bragging rights a little closer to home.   McCormack and his Teddy’s Pizza teammates did just that, winning the Berkshire County Summer Lacrosse League championship with an 8-5 win over a team of students and alumni from Hoosac Valley and McCann Tech.   “It’s just to have fun, honestly,” the Mount Greylock graduate said after scoring a goal and setting up a few more for Teddy’s. “I’m doing other

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Berkshires Beat: The Clark, Jacob's Pillow Team Up for Special Dance Performance
11:48AM / Monday, August 12, 2019
Martha Graham at the Clark

The Clark Art Institute hosts a special pop-up performance by the acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company on its Williamstown campus on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. The free event is co-hosted in a cultural collaboration with Jacob's Pillow.

The day's program includes some of Martha Graham’s most revered and iconic choreography, along with a creative project titled "The 19 Poses."  Dancers from the company will perform in dialogue with the Clark's landscape and galleries in various locations in and around the Clark’s reflecting pool. Three works choreographed by company founder Martha Graham highlight the afternoon:

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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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Berkshire Business Interns Recognized for Summer Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:43AM / Sunday, August 11, 2019

Lever's Jeffrey Thomas gives a T-shirt to intern Jade Schnauber because she's kind of a big deal.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They say that doing is the best way to learn. So for 10 weeks, 44 college students have had a chance experience how their education can be applied to real-world settings.    The Berkshire Business Interns, winnowed from more than 500 applications this past spring, worked in 20 different organizations, businesses and municipalities throughout the county this summer. About two-thirds hail from the Berkshires.   For Steven Luciano of Boston, who is studying international business at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it was a chance

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Berkshire Workforce Board Taps Two New Staffers
11:26AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two professionals have joined the Berkshire Workforce Board to help move a number of initiatives forward.

Shannon Zayac, manager of industry relations, will be engaging employers throughout Berkshire County to define their workforce needs and assist with recruitment and retention strategies. She will be coordinating relevant training grants to bring more skilled-workers into the workforce and develop a pipeline of future workers, expanding the career ladders within the manufacturing, hospitality, and healthcare sectors. She also will be be overseeing the Berkshire Skill's Cabinet and leading industry advisory committees to identify retention and recruitment

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Perfect Timing: How Do You Know When It's Time To Do Joint Replacement?
Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer,
10:29AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

Joint replacement surgeries are some of the most popular and successful operations being performed today. In fact, in 2017, more than 1.6 million Americans underwent hip or knee replacement. And in 90 percent of the cases, the patient is happy with the result.

If you're someone who suffers from chronic joint pain and you hear about those kind of results, it's easy to think "replacement surgery is for me." And you may be right. But surgery is, shall we say, a big deal and should rarely be your first course of action. While joint replacement can be life-changing, it can also be painful, there's always the risk of infection, and devices can wear down prematurely. For

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How Does Social Security Fit Into Your Retirement Income Strategy?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:07AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

It might not be on your calendar, but Aug. 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren't enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely.

To help you make decisions about Social Security, you will need to answer these questions:

When should I start taking my benefits? You can take Social Security once you reach 62, but if you wait until your full retirement age, which will probably be between 66 and 67,

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North Adams' Belltower Records to Host Summer Jam II
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

Belltower bought out the inventory of the former Toonerville Trolley. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Belltower Records has settled into the community as a hub for music fans, musicians, and audiophiles alike.   It is easy to lose a few hours on the third floor of the Norad Mill digging through the overflowing record crates at the independent music store.   "We have just been longtime collectors, my wife and I, and we have been looking to do something for a while and we basically stumbled upon this," owner Wes Nelson said recently.   With news that Hal March, owner of Toonerville Trolley Records in Williamstown, was looking to close and sell his business in 2017, a

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Monument Mountain, Drury Reach Giorgi League Final
10:37PM / Thursday, August 08, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Scott McGuire Jr. scored 29 points and collected 10 rebounds Thursday to lead the Drury boys basketball team to a 74-45 win over Mount Greylock in the semi-finals of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Anthony Pettingill score 12 for the Blue Devils.   Malcolm Waynick scored 14, and Liam Bray had nine points and six rebounds for the Mounties.   In Thursday's other semi-final at the Armory, Monument Mountain topped Hoosac Valley, 75-49.   Dion Brown scored 17, Connor Hanavan and Zach Goffin each scored 13 for the Spartans. Goffin had a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds.   Izaha Stubbs scored a game-high 21 points, and Joe

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The Independent Investor: Will We race to the Bottom?
By Bill Schmick,
04:22PM / Thursday, August 08, 2019
Financial markets are in turmoil. President Trump's trade war is escalating, and with it, fears that both China and the U.S. will employ a new weapon, currency devaluation, to win the war. Is that a wise move?   The last time the country devalued the dollar outright was on Dec. 18, 1971, when President Nixon took the country off the gold standard. Since then, there have been times when various administrations have nudged the dollar down, but most American presidents have maintained a strong-dollar policy.   However, over the course of the last two years, President Trump has increasingly complained that the United States is at an unfair advantage versus other countries that are

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'The Farewell': And a Fond One at That
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:24PM / Thursday, August 08, 2019
Every so often, some philosophically inclined sort seeks a window into your soul by asking, "If you could spend time with anyone now deceased, who would it be, pray tell?"    Akin in hypocrisy to first wishing for world peace or a cure for cancer before asking for a Ferrari whence blowing out my birthday candles, I perfunctorily answer, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or Ben Franklin. However, after seeing the delightfully heartwarming, bittersweet and often hilarious "The Farewell," about a Chinese family who throws a wedding as pretense for gathering to say goodbye to their terminally ill matriarch, I thought of the grandmother I never knew.   Anna

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Cross' 50 Points Lift Team in Giorgi League
08:58AM / Thursday, August 08, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keiland Cross scored 50 points on Wednesday night, and his team needed every one of them in an 89-88 win in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Cross connected on nine 3-pointers and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Lifting Standards to the one-point win over Pizza House at the Armory.   Quentin Gittens backed up Cross with 14 points.   Deshaun Hamlett scored 31 to lead Pizza House, which got 21 points from Khalil Paul and 13 from David Vidal.   In Wednesday's other game, Dave Wellington scored 18 points and Lavante Wiggins added 14 to lead Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread to a 68-58 win over Yard Work by DAn.   Mohammed Sanogo scored

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Ashland Street Improvements Next Big Project in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Thursday, August 08, 2019

The 'quintessential project' for fiscal 2018's block grant program was the splash park at Noel Field.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's next major improvement project will be rejuvenating the Ashland Street corridor from Davenport to Summer Street.    The street's seen significant improvements over the past decade with public/private investment such as building renovations, the Clark Biscuit residential project and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' new facilities building.     A Downtown Initiative grant from MassDevelopment in fiscal 2015 of about $15,000 was used for a "visionary study" of the entire street,

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