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'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood': What This World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:03PM / Friday, November 29, 2019
Can you say inspirational?   I can't remember the last time I left the movie theater thinking that what I had just seen was inspirational. Crazy? Yes. Funny? Yes. Sad and foreboding? Yes, quite often. But inspirational, in this cynical environment, with the Philistines at the gate? Nah, couldn't be. Who'd buy it?   But true enough, relying on the wonderfully positive legacy Fred Rogers bequeathed us, that's the overriding motif of director Marielle Heller's splendidly etched "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood."   You see, borrowing from Mr. Rogers' overwhelmingly positive spiel, I believe even the most disingenuous supporters of the evil


Post-Thanksgiving Storms Bringing Major Snowfall to Region
12:25PM / Friday, November 29, 2019
Some wild weather could be in store for the Berkshires this weekend as a major storm that dumped more than a foot of snow disrupted travel across the center of the nation piles into New England.    There's a possibility of foot falling over the region through Monday but the National Weather Service is predicting 3 to 4 inches over the Berkshires with up 8 inches in the hilltowns.    Snow will begin falling Sunday morning and became heavier overnight and into Monday morning. The southern parts of the Berkshires and into Connecticut could see more rain than snow and the mix, which will cause slippery roads for Monday's commute.    The severe weather

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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

Williamstown, Great Barrington Join 'Fair Saturday' Celebration
05:05PM / Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will show 'The Wizard of Oz' at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, as part of Great Barrington's participation in Fair Saturday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Cultural District is participating in the first celebration of "Fair Saturday" in the United States.

Williamstown will be involved as part of the state's inaugural participation, which is being coordinated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In Berkshire County, the town of Great Barrington also is participating. The complete list of participating towns and cities and more information can be found online.

Fair Saturday is an independent not-for-profit


The Independent Investor: Will Santa Satisfy Retailers?
By Bill Schmick,
04:25PM / Thursday, November 28, 2019
Ready, get set, go! That's what the nation's retailers are hoping you will do, preferably before your Thanksgiving dinner has barely been digested. Black Friday has become Black Week, while holiday shopping now officially includes the entire months of November and December.   In 2019, retail sales nationwide are expected to increase by 3.8-4.2 percent from last year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). That would amount to a total of between $727 billion to $730 billion being rung up in the nation's cash registers. That's not a bad haul when you realize the average holiday sales increase over the last five years was 3.7 percent.   Those numbers are


All Saints Voluneers Make Sure Seniors Have Thanksgiving Meal
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:19PM / Thursday, November 28, 2019

Shannon Daugherty gives instructions for putting pies and rolls into paper bags for Thursday's delivery.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The parish hall at All Saints Episcopal Church was abuzz with the activity of more than two dozen volunteers of all ages on Wednesday evening.   All the potato peeling, pie packaging and cranberry sauce portioning was in preparation to ensure nearly 200 local seniors would have a Thanksgiving feast this Thursday.   "Over 35 years, you just figure out a way to make it happen," coordinator Shannon Daugherty said, snapping her fingers. "We've got this down to a science."   The annual event is hosted by the


Happy Thanksgiving
11:59AM / Thursday, November 28, 2019


Sullivan School Proposal Heads Back to Mayor Bernard
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Councilors Benjamin Lamb and Keith Bona sat in the audience during the discussion because of their relationships with the school proposals. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The potential sale of Sullivan School was punted back to the mayor's office on Tuesday.   Short two councilors and with not enough votes to pass, the seven councilors agreed to hold off until more information could be provided about the plans for an advanced manufacturing school to be located at the site.    The referral was advised by Finance Committee members Marie T. Harpin and Wayne Wilkinson, who had raised questions the members of Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center, or

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MCLA Women Fall to Fisher College
10:01PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Fisher College women's basketball team placed three players in double figures as the Falcons used a strong second half to pull away from MCLA for a 67-46 win on Tuesday night.   After one quarter of action it was tied at 17-17. Fisher (7-5) owned a 32-27 edge at halftime, but then outscored MCLA 35-19 over the final two quarters to pull away.   With the score at 34-29 after trading baskets to open the half, the Falcons outscored MCLA, 8-2, over the next few minutes to take a 42-31 lead.  Eventually the Falcons led, 49-38, heading to the final quarter of play.  MCLA (2-4) got no closer than 10 points over the final quarter as Fisher continued


Berkshire Money Management Adviser Receives CEPA Designation
04:28PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management's Lauren Russo recently earned the prestigious Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation.

The CEPA program was specifically designed for business advisers who work closely with owners of privately held companies. CEPA designation is given through the Exit Planning Institute, offering the most widely accepted and endorsed professional exit planning program in the world. The organizing principle of the program is Master Planning, the alignment of the three legs of the stool (business, personal, financial), which is executed through the implementation of a process called the Value Acceleration Methodology.

"We manage the assets of


Nine MCLA Students Attend the 2019 COPLAC Conference at Keene State College
03:56PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nine Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students had the opportunity to present scholarly and creative work at the 2019 Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Conference of COPLAC, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

The students traveled to Keene State College on Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, with MCLA professors Dr. Jenna Grace Sciuto, associate professor of English and chair of undergraduate research, and Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr, assistant professor of anthropology and associate chair of undergraduate research.

"This conference offers our students a venue to showcase their brilliant work beyond the


1Berkshire Announces New Director of Member Services
03:50PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —1Berkshire has hired Christine Hoyt as its new director of Member Services.

In her role, Hoyt will manage all 1Berkshire events and the Berkshire Leadership Program as well as recruit and retain members. She also serves as an integral part of the organization's leadership team. She started working as a consultant for the organization this past summer and 1Berkshire was happy to bring her on board full time in November.

"Already familiar with our organization, Christine Hoyt has been able to make an immediate impact," said 1Berkshire's President & CEO Jonathan Butler. "We’re fortunate to be able to utilize her impressive


Schools Announce Recipients of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:20PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Berkshire County Schools are now announcing the names of students who have received the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. Schools are encouraged to send their lists to to recognize their students in this space.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides merit-based credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university (with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design). The waiver is good for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

In order for a student to qualify, they must score "advanced" on their grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics tests or


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