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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Running With The Law 5K Race Planned For June
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Running with The Law" returned to the streets this past weekend with runs planned every Saturday up to a community road race planned for June.

Last fall, it was hard to miss North Adams Police officers running downtown with an entourage of nearly 20 elementary school students.

This same program, Running with The Law, returned Saturday for the spring session with a 5-kilometer road race planned for Saturday, June 11, to benefit Pop Cares, a non-profit organization that supports local cancer patients.

"We are kind of doing a spinoff of what we do with the Running with Law program. We are going to do a 5K and kind of get the whole community


'Disrupting Aging' Comes to the Berkshires
03:14PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County is home to one of the fastest growing populations of older adults in Massachusetts and across the country. In fact, about 21 percent of the population is currently over 65, and that number is expected to grow.

Our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse. Dr. Bill Thomas, an internationally acclaimed longevity expert argues that our cultural view of aging is all wrong.

Blending myth and science, live music and visuals, Dr Bill Thomas’ "Age of Disruption Tour" is a modern day Chautauqua (Chautauqua is an adult educational movement that Theodore Roosevelt called “the most American thing


Berkshire Taconic Awards $1.8 Million in Spring Grants Cycle
02:17PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the recipients of the first round of grantmaking for 2016. The foundation distributed a total of $319,245 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and grants totaling nearly $1.5 million from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund/Youth World Awareness Program, Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund, Lanesborough Initiative for Excellence Fund and Lee Fund for Educational Excellence.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools and


Biz Briefs: Greylock’s Billow Receives 'Volunteer of the Year'
12:46PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

Volunteer award: The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council has recognized Joanne Billow, Marketing Services manager at Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Marketing Group in Pittsfield, with a “Volunteer of the Year” Award.

The Volunteer of the Year is selected by the Council leadership and honors an individual who exemplifies excellence in credit union marketing. The award was presented during the Council’s annual meeting at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., in March.

“Joanne has worked hard over the years as a judge in the CUNA Diamond Awards and as a strong voice in the growth of the nationally known


Berkshires Beat: Dream Auction Is Now Open
12:06PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

Bid on it: The 2016 Berkshires Dream Auction is now open online.

The auction features 200 spa treatments, dinners out, overnight stays and tickets to attractions and performances. The auction is a way to help the Berkshire Visitors Bureau promote the Berkshires as a four-season travel destination, and at the same time have a chance to grab up great deals.

More new items will be added as the auction continues, through 8 p.m. May 19.

Final flushing: The city of Pittsfield’s Department of Public Utilities flushing of the City water system will continue the week of May 9, marking the conclusion to the annual process.  Water main flushing may be expected to affect the following


AAU Girls Team Wins Seven Straight
05:27PM / Sunday, May 08, 2016

The Berkshire Mountaineers seventh-grade AAU girls basketball team has won seven straight after winning tournaments in Manchester, Vt., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

In both events, the local team, coached by Jeff Johnson and Sean McGrath, competed against teams made up of older girls.


Class Offered for New Football Officials
03:04PM / Friday, May 06, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Football Officials Association will hold a course for new football officials on June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 826 Valentine Road.   Please contact Peter Ochs (413-443-4364), Wil Bourdon (413-743-3267), or any member of the association for more details.


The Independent Investor: Giving Up Control in the Event You Need To
By Bill Schmick,
02:46PM / Friday, May 06, 2016

The more successful you are, the more difficulty you face in wrestling with one inescapable fact. In preparing to pass the torch to your heirs, you need to give them the power to decide what happens to you and your estate in the event you can't.

That's not an easy thing to get your arms around if you have been the go-to guy or gal that the family depends on when life's hard knocks come visiting. How do you entrust your own health and wealth to others? Even if you love them to death, are they really capable of taking care of you in your time of need?

No question, it is a problem that you need to deal with and resolve before that family meeting I have been writing about in this


Great Barrington Police Officer Killed in Friday Morning Crash
12:08PM / Friday, May 06, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — An off-duty Great Barrington police officer died early Friday morning after his pickup truck hit a tree on Prospect Hill Road in Stockbridge.

Stockbridge Police Chief Darrell Fennelly said 25-year-old Ryan A. Storti of Muddy Brook Circle was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported shortly after 2 a.m. According to a statement from the Great Barrington Police Department, Storti was alone and on his way home when he lost control of his truck and struck a tree on the side of the road.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Stockbridge Police Department with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and


MassDOT's Adams Rail Line Project Falling Short of Station
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Friday, May 06, 2016

Selectman John Duval attended the meeting in Pittsfield to urge MassDOT officials to finish the 6/10 of a mile needed. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a newly renovated train station in Adams but no train.    In 2014, taxpayers in Adams reluctantly put up funds to purchase and renovate a former Hoosac Street car wash into the Adams Station, an end point to the Berkshire Scenic Railway's Hoosac Valley Service.   The idea to run Berkshire Scenic Railway trains between Adams and North Adams was first announced in 2013 and plans were laid to fix up the Pan Am lines from Burke Construction to North Adams. An additional 6/10th of a mile of track from there to Hoosac


'Keanu': Puss & Galoots
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:36PM / Thursday, May 05, 2016

More misses than hits in director Peter Atencio's "Keanu," a rambunctious action-comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, suggest that the effort might best be enjoyed by fans of the duo's Comedy Central sketch series, "Key & Peele." Oddly, though, while unaware of the pair's cable TV fame and thus essentially a representative of the Great Unwashed, this admittedly easy chortler laughed much more than the supposed target audience with whom I viewed the movie.

While it behooves to academically note that the essence of comedy hasn't changed since Oog tripped Grouk as he exited his cave, the art of making folks chuckle, titter and hopefully


Berkshire Tidbits: Mother's Day
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
06:15PM / Thursday, May 05, 2016

Chez Nous Bistro, 150 Main St. in Lee, 413 243-6397, has reopened and they are still having fun for the next few weeks with their Thursday night Manger! Boire!/Eat! Drink! cooking demo and wine pairing tasting dinners at 6:30.

They start them about November until end-of-year holidays, pick them up again when the new year begins through the middle of February when they take their much needed vacation, then add another month and half of demos after they return in April.

If you remember from previous Tidbit columns, the two chef-owners, Franck Tessier and his wife Rachel Portnoy who is the pastry chef, present a small themed cooking lesson, share the evening's recipes, serve a full meal


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