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PEDA Says Goodbye to Executive Director Thurston
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — PEDA officially accepted the resignation of longtime director Corydon "Cory" Thurston this week.   The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority met Wednesday morning, remotely, accepted the executive director's resignation, and appointed Pittsfield's Business Development
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The Independent Investor: If You Are Laid Off, Read This
As of the end of April, more than 30 million Americans have joined the ranks of the unemployed. Companies have closed, while the pandemic has forced many employees to remain at home. If you are one of the jobless victims of this pandemic, here is some advice on your next steps you might take.   First off, do not panic. If there was
May Is Mental Health Month; Time to Maintain 'Connection' During Pandemic
BOSTON — You do not hear much about the up side of a global pandemic, but Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday was able to inject a note of levity into his daily COVID-19 update.   "I've tried for years to get my three kids to read books — wildly unsuccessfully," Baker said. "My daughter and a friend of
'Sullivan's Travels': Goes First Class
I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to
42nd Annual Sam Gomez Race Goes Virtual
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Sam Gomez 5K road race is on for this weekend to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center.    With COVID-19 limiting the way people can interact, one would think a road race would certainly be out of the question.   But Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Student Government
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Big Y Appoints Sheffield Woman as New Marketing Leader
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y Foods has appointed Sarah Steven of Sheffield as senior director of marketing.  In this new capacity, Steven will oversee all aspects of marketing across the company’s brands of Big Y World Class Markets, Big Y Express Gas and Convenience, Fresh Acres specialty market and Table & Vine wines
Barrington Stage Postpones Part of 2020 Summer Season
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage is postponing its previously announced 2020 season until the summer of 2021 but is moving forward with late-summer and fall productions with new procedures in place. "We think there is a strong need to do an alternate season that honors live theater, that allows us to assemble safely and
Drury Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2019-2020 school year. Grade 12  High honors: Alicandri, Francisco Joseph; Boudreau, Holly Jean; Czarnecki, Brian Richard; DelRatez, Ashley Rose; Demarsico, Quintin Curtis; Felix, Alison Marie Moulton; Guyette, Megan Kathleen;
Crane Officials Say Small Workforce Eyed to 'Preserve Legacy Brand'
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Crane officials say the company will not be completely shutting down but 85 percent of the workforce will be laid off effective June 19.    Officials contacted workers by email late Wednesday to inform them that operations would be "winding down" but employees would continue to paid through
North Adams Budget Projections Raise Specter of Great Recession
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The administration is looking for guidance in the past it tries to project a budget for fiscal 2021 — the past as in the Great Recession.   The novel coronavirus pandemic is presenting similar grim financial picture for the state and communities as the global economic collapse did just over a
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