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HospiceCare in The Berkshires Earns National 'Hospice Honors' Recognition
02:42PM / Friday, May 12, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — HospiceCare in The Berkshires has been recognized as a "Hospice Honors" recipient, one of only six in Massachusetts. The designation is based on survey results from 2016.

The "Deyta Family Evaluation of Hospice Care" (FEHC) survey evaluates a hospice's performance on 24 satisfaction indicator measures. To earn the "Honors" designation, HospiceCare in The Berkshires had to be above the national average in at least 20 of the evaluated questions.

"We congratulate all of the compassionate caregivers at HospiceCare in The Berkshires for this great achievement," said Michelle Chappell, executive director of HospiceCare.


MountainOne Bank Names Senior Vice President of Residential Lending
01:56PM / Friday, May 12, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Sherry Fonseca has joined MountainOne Bank to become its new senior vice president/senior residential lending officer.

Fonseca will succeed long-time Senior Residential and Consumer Lending Officer Peter Radigan, who is retiring at year-end following a very successful mortgage banking career.

"We are pleased to have attracted a leader of Sherry's caliber. She is a results-oriented sales professional, and brings a wealth of mortgage lending knowledge," said Robert Fraser, president and chief executive officer. "I look forward to Sherry leading the continued growth and market expansion of our residential lending division begun under


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

North Adams Event Tries to Link Local Vendors with Anchor Institutions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Friday, May 12, 2017

Jeffrey Thomas of Lever organized the event at Mass MoCA's B10 Club.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Last Friday's foul weather was just fine with Jeffrey Thomas.   "I've never hoped so hard for rain," Thomas said as the crowd filtered in to a Buyer/Supplier Meetup event he planned at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts' Club B10.   Thomas is the executive director of North Adams non-profit Lever, which seeks to foster entrepreneurship throughout the region.   On Friday, Lever hosted the first-ever event to try to form connections between small- and mid-sized businesses and the area's major "anchor" institutions, like


Great Barrington Rescuers Locate Missing 13-Year-Old Boy
10:24PM / Thursday, May 11, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A 13-year-old special needs child who went missing early Thursday afternoon during a hike was located shortly before 7 p.m.

Police Chief William Walsh and Fire Chief Charles Burger said more than 75 rescuers took part in the search that successfully located the child.

Rescuers responded at 12:15 p.m. to Fountain Pond State Park, a 250-acre park bisected by U.S. Route 7, for a report of a missing hiker. Upon arrival, officials were told that the boy became separated from his group during a hike and could not be located.

Firefighters began a search of approximately 3 miles of trails, but were unable to locate him.

Multiple jurisdictions were summonsed to


Model Railroad Museum Options to Buy Heritage Park for $1.2M
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:22PM / Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Redevelopment Authority, including new member David Bond confirmed on Tuesday, voted unanimously to enter into the agreement.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The proposed model railroad has taken out an option to purchase Western Gateway Heritage State Park and the former Sons of Italy property for $1.2 million.    The Redevelopment Authority on Thursday voted to enter into the agreement with the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum being developed by museum maestro Thomas Krens.   The private for-profit development group will pay a non-refundable $20,000 payment for the one-year option effective on Friday and $30,000 should it request to


The Independent Investor: Cosmetics Survive, Prosper Despite Competition
By Bill Schmick,
05:26PM / Thursday, May 11, 2017

As the clash between brick-and-mortar retail enterprises and the mighty Amazon escalates, the internet shopping colossus is laying waste to one store or mall after another. One of the few areas that has not only staved off the internet shopping giant, but has actually turned the internet and social media to its advantage, is the cosmetics industry.

There is a combination of fortuitous developments, some peculiar to the makeup industry, and others the result of adept marketing that has allowed the beauty trade to grow unencumbered. Social media, as you might imagine, has played a big part in growing an industry that has revenues of $62 billion and climbing.

For decades, women would pay a


'A Quiet Passion': Rhyme and Reason
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:36PM / Thursday, May 11, 2017

Digging into my trove of words rarely used to describe most movies, but certainly apt in the case of director Terence Davies' biopic of the American poet Emily Dickinson, "A Quiet Passion," I have located and here employ the term, highbrowed. Truth be told, though I spent much of my formative years at institutions of higher learning where one can stave off the inevitability of work and earn a degree or two by paying the tuition and showing up for class somewhat regularly, I estimate that I just barely learned enough to appreciate this masterpiece.

Continuing in my hifalutin assay of expressions pertinent to this highly intelligent work, note that I've never really liked


State Drops Criminal Charges But Pipeline Protesters Demand Trial
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:05PM / Thursday, May 11, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Sixteen of the 24 protesters arrested fighting a natural gas pipeline being built on state forest land in Sandisfield showed up in court Thursday morning ready to proudly say they are not criminals.   The state agreed their actions didn't warrant criminal charges and entered a motion to convert those charges to civil citations. Those who were arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct then left the courtroom without an arraignment.   But the protesters say they were already treated like criminals through the arrests and being brought up on criminal charges in the first place. They want a trial on those original charges because


Clarksburg Sets Budget, Warrant Articles for Town Meeting
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, May 11, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters on May 24 will be asked to approve a bare-bones budget for fiscal 2018 budget that's been slashed by more than $124,000.   The budget approved for the closing of the town meeting warrant on Wednesday is $4,224,710.81, a 3 percent reduction over this year. Some $43,534.23 was trimmed from the town side and $80,882 from the school side.   The dire cuts led the Select Board on Wednesday to cut two articles that would have appropriated account funds for the cemetery restoration ($4,900) and a forest management plan ($3,900).    "This bothers me a little bit and [Article] 12 bothers me," board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos said. With


Hairpin Turn Collision Sends Two to Hospital
Staff Reports,
04:45PM / Wednesday, May 10, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A two-car collision at the curve of the Hairpin Turn sent the drivers to the emergency room.   Police Chief Michael Williams said the injuries appeared non-life-threatening but both individuals were taken by ambulance to the emergency facility at Berkshire Medical Center's North Adams campus.    The accident occurred shortly after 3:30 and the scene was cleared at 4:08 p.m. It initially was reported as a head-on crash involving three people.    A gray Toyota Corolla heading east apparently took the V-shaped corner too wide and too fast and collided with a black Chevy Impala heading west. The Toyota's front end hit the Chevy's


Letter: BAtT Fundraiser Success Because of Community Support
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Wednesday, May 10, 2017

To the Editor:

On Saturday, April 8, Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School hosted our 10th annual "Get BART Smart" fundraiser – and raised $27,843 (net) for the school's college preparatory programs. Over 130 people attended – and re-lived their high school years through our team trivia game. A huge "thank you" to all who played and made it a great evening!

This night would not have been possible without the support of over a hundred local organizations and businesses.

Our High Honor Roll sponsors: Aladco Linen Services; Berkshire Bank; Cord Master Engineering; Primary Venture Partners; Shine Wire Products Inc.; Smith Watson &


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