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Drury Grad Trumpeter & 'SNL' Saxophonist Return to Berkshires
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:47AM / Sunday, March 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshires trumpeter Richard Boulger and "Saturday Night Live" saxophonist Alex Foster will return to the Berkshires to provide free instrumental band clinics in Pittsfield schools.

This week Foster, musical director of the Mingus Big Band, and saxophonist in the "SNL" house band will join Boulger, a North Adams native, recording artist, and protegé of the late Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd, will make their way from New York City to run another series of free clinics.

Stearns Elementary, Reid and Herberg middle schools, and Pittsfield and Taconic high schools band students, as well as those from Wahconah Regional in Dalton, will be


@theMarket: Markets Need a Break
By Bill Schmick,
09:20AM / Saturday, March 05, 2016

The stock market has climbed 10 percent in the last three weeks from its February lows. That is a substantial gain, over a year's worth of historical performance for the S&P 500 index. And as such, it's time for a break.

That doesn't mean a sell-off will happen, but it never hurts to prepare one's mind set for a bout of profit-taking. The worst that can happen is that I'm wrong. If it doesn't occur, you can remain relieved (and possibly pleasantly surprised) that your portfolio is recovering the losses it incurred over the first two months of the year.

About the only investors that would be disgruntled by this turn of events, would be those who disregarded my


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

Chamber Sees Increased Number of Employers at Annual Career Fair
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:47PM / Friday, March 04, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is hoping to connect those seeking jobs with employers seeking workers.   One tool is the annual career fair, which on Thursday saw an increased number of employers than in recent years.   "It's larger than we've had in the last three years," June Roy-Martin, vice president of member services for the chamber, said. "We are hoping with some of the layoffs and closures we can match the employees with employers."   The chamber has been holding the job fair for a number of years at the Berkshire Hills Country Club. This year, Roy-Martin said there are 52 employers looking for workers with an

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'Eddie the Eagle': Doesn't Soar
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:33PM / Friday, March 04, 2016

I didn't mind too terribly the obviousness and predictability of director Dexter Fletcher's "Eddie the Eagle," a biopic about the underdog (and lone) British ski jumper who charmed everyone at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Rather, I let its goodwill and well-meaning parable about determination in the face of overwhelming odds wash over me, giving the movie points for its unpretentious, Disney-like sincerity. Such basic, filmic oases far from the cynicism of cutting edge this, hi-tech that and metaphor-loaded obscurities are nature's way of rebooting our brains.

You get what you see, and nothing much more: a pleasant ride through the sweet and polite, Golden

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Should You Retire in 'Stages'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:48AM / Friday, March 04, 2016

For many people, the concept of retirement can be scary, both emotionally and financially. If you, too, feel somewhat anxious about what awaits you, you might feel more comfortable in knowing that, depending on where you work, you might be able to retire in stages.

As its name suggests, retiring in stages typically involves reducing one’s work hours from full-time to part-time, and then, eventually, to complete retirement. If you enjoy the social relationships of work, and you define part of your identity with what you do at your job, this type of gradual transition may be easier for you to accommodate than the abrupt transition from “worker” to


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Arrowhead Opens Baseball Exhibit on Friday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:34AM / Friday, March 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Bagwell may be the best player of his generation not yet to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.

The career .297 hitter retired after 15 Major League seasons, all with the same club, in which he hit 449 home runs, earned a National League MVP trophy, garnered three Silver Slugger awards and was named the NL Rookie of the Year

"What's interesting is Jeff Bagwell is labeled a singles hitter who all of a sudden started to show power, and what did they think? That he was taking something," said Larry Moore, one of the curators of "Baseball and the Berkshires," which opens on Friday at Herman Melville's Arrowhead.

What is more interesting


Clarksburg School Draft Budget at $2.6M for Fiscal 2017
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Friday, March 04, 2016

Julia Jammalo tells the board of her experience with Project 351.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — School officials are reviewing a preliminary budget for fiscal 2017 that is up 3 percent over this year.

The proposed budget is $2,564,996, up about $77,000 over fiscal 2016.

"There aren't a lot of changes," Superintendent Jonathan Lev told the School Committee on Thursday. "This represents maintaining the current programs at the school and maintaining the staff."

Like many governmental districts, health insurance has continued to rise apace; Clarksburg is looking at about $331,000. Lev said the district's insurer had cautioned that if "we continue our current


The Independent Investor: Why Wall Street Is Worried About Trump
By Bill Schmick,
03:10PM / Thursday, March 03, 2016

Normally, Wall Street loves GOP presidential candidates. Historically, Republican presidents have been good for business, tend to cut taxes, and slow the rate of government spending. So why does Donald Trump give them the willies?

For starters, the investment community worries that Trump is an unpredictable wild card. Remember, that investors can accommodate the good or the bad, as long as the future is articulated in clear terms. For example, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is going after predatory pricing in the biotech sector. That's bad for biotech so Wall Street sells or shorts biotech stocks until that risk factor is resolved. Another politician says we need a


Letter: City Cab Is a Good Company
Letters to the Editor,
01:39PM / Thursday, March 03, 2016

To the Editor:

I been wanting to do this for a long time. I am very good friends with Sue and Mike at City Cab. I will tell you, you can't meet better people anywhere.

What the city is doing and did to that company is bull. I drove for Mike a long time, this is one of the best companies I've worked for in a long time. We would go out of our way to help every one. Mike would always go by the rules, he was a great guy and will be missed. There is a lot going on in this town that people don't know until you drive a cab. It is like a another world. You never know what you are going to hear.

Dave Bushey




Health Insurance Hike Drives Up McCann School Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Thursday, March 03, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A "runaway train" of health insurance premiums and rising costs have pushed the McCann Technical School budget up nearly 3 percent for fiscal 2017.

The Northern Berkshire Vocational School Committee last week approved a spending plan of $9.09 million, some $243,430 over this year.

"It's probably one of the most difficult budgets we've looked at in the last 20 years,"

"The fixed costs just keep going up every single year," said School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. "There is a lot of cutting and things that had to be shifted around ... there's not a lot of wiggle room."

Superintendent James Brosnan said

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Girls Lacrosse Youth Programs Offered
07:43PM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield-based youth girls lacrosse programs are available for players in grades 3 and up this spring.

Pittsfield’s Boys and Girls Club offers programs in two age groups: juniors (grades 3 to 6) and seniors (grades 7 and 8). New players are welcome and no experience is required.


The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse club is an elite program for girls entering grades 6 to 12 and offering summer and fall playing opportunities.


The Attack will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club’s Lighthouse Cafe.


Players can register for the Boys and Girls Club’s beginners program by


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