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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire Lacrosse Club Offers Youth Instructional Program
05:34PM / Monday, January 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Lacrosse Club is hosting a four-day instructional program at The Infield (10 Lyman St.) starting Feb. 3.   The program will focus on skill development, the rules of lacrosse, and organized game play. All equipment will be provided.   The dates are Feb. 3 and 10 and March 3 and 10.   The program will run in two sessions. Grades 3 to 5 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and grades 6-8 from 4:15 to 5 p.m.   The cost is $35 through Jan. 21 and $45 after Jan. 21.   Register at   For information, contact Jeff Murray at


Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Free for Berkshire County Residents Through Jan. 19
01:11PM / Monday, January 08, 2018
Free for all

Mass MoCA is opening the doors to its 250,000 square feet of galleries free to all Berkshire County residents (that's everyone who can show proof of residing within a zip code beginning with "012") through Jan. 19. The museum hopes to welcome as many friends and neighbors as possible with its second Free Berkshire County program — the first since its critically hailed and award-winning expansion doubled the space for the museum's visual arts exhibits last May with long-term installations that include James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Gunnar Schonbeck and Robert Rauschenberg.
Since Mass MoCA’s inception, various


Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Report Addresses Sharing of Services
11:50AM / Monday, January 08, 2018
Share and share alike

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has released the results of a report titled "Sharing Nonprofit Services in Berkshire County." Authored by Erin Sullivan, who works for a Berkshire nonprofit and initiated the research as part of a requirement for a master's degree in public administration, the four-page summary details findings on which nonprofits are willing to participate in shared services, what levels of shared services are of interest or seem most beneficial, the plusses and barriers to sharing services, and the need for more structure and support for these endeavors.

Sullivan collected both quantitative and qualitative data in the forms of an


Westfield State Women, Men Sweep MCLA
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
07:15PM / Saturday, January 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- With eight former Berkshire County high school athletes on the court at MCLA on Saturday, there were a number of local families in the stands for the Trailblazers’ MASCAC-opening double-header against Westfield State.   At least one family got to go home happy.   Westfield State junior Lucy Barrett scored 11 points and passed out four assists to help the Owls defeat MCLA, 101-62, in the opener.   In the nightcap, the Westfield State men earned a 104-87 win over the ‘Blazers despite a team-high 17 points from MCLA’s Joseph Wiggins.   In the first game, Westfield State’s women used their platoon-style substitution pattern and


@theMarket: Look! Up in the Sky! It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's the Stock market!
By Bill Schmick,
10:09AM / Saturday, January 06, 2018
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained a thousand points in a month. In just the first three days of 2018, all three U.S. averages hit consecutive record highs. Overseas indexes did even better.   Japan, for example, was up more than 3 percent on its first trading day of the year. Emerging markets continue to make new highs, while European bourses continue to climb. Those who expected the markets to tank in the New Year have thus far been wrong. How long can this last?   Short sellers, convinced that stocks just have to come down, bet on a market decline and have had their head handed to them on a daily basis. Undeterred, they point to the "overbought" indicators that


Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 2 - Jan. 3
Staff Reports,
08:13PM / Friday, January 05, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, January 2.   Juan Aragon, 46, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of enticing a child under the age of 16, and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14, and misleading a police officer or other person.   He was released on personal recognizance. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on March 25, 2017 and involved two girls - ages 13 and 14.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, January 3.   Ishmael Lytle, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of


Shakespeare & Company Names New Board Members
11:55AM / Friday, January 05, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company has added six new members to the company's board of trustees. 

The new members joining the board are Sandra Bourgeois, George Camarda, Phoebe L. Giddon, Beverly Hyman, Maureen O'Hanlon, and Scott Rubinow. 

"I'm thrilled we have added so many talented and dedicated individuals to the board this year," said board Chair Ken Werner. "It's a tribute to the leadership of Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Managing Director Adam Davis that we've been able to attract Trustees who will add so much to the company."

Three of the newly appointed trustees were introduced to the company through their


Literacy Network Elects New Board Members
11:38AM / Friday, January 05, 2018

LEE, Mass. — The Literacy Network of South Berkshire has elected Leigh Doherty and Rebecca Riordan to the organization’s board of directors. 

“Our board is an unusually close-knit, generous, and hardworking group. Leigh and Rebecca are perfect fits, with deep and long-standing commitments to education, diversity, and community. We are thrilled to have them join our team,” said LitNet President Lucy Prashker.

Riordan is the vice president of human resources at Greylock Federal Credit Union, a position she assumed in July 2017. Riordan has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished leader in the field of human resources, including 20 years at Country

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Alcombright to be Honored at MLK Day of Service
11:19AM / Friday, January 05, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Day Committee will hold the annual “Day of Service” on Monday, Jan. 15, this year honoring former North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright with the annual Peacemaker Award.

The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. at MCLA’s Venable Gym with coffee and pastries; there will be signs along Church Street for parking. Participants will choose from more than 10 sites to provide service to the community, including Louison House, YMCA, weatherization for homes, food collection sites, and projects onsite at the MCLA Venable Gym. There will be projects suitable for all ages and abilities.

Participants will return to the MCLA Venable Gym at


Saturday Features Clash of Berkshire Alumnae at MCLA Sports,
02:43AM / Friday, January 05, 2018
Mount Greylock graduate Lucy Barrett is the leading scorer this winter on the Westfield State women’s basketball team.   Barrett, a junior, is averaging 16.5 points per game in 12 starts. Pittsfield High alumna Lauren Carnevale has appeared in eight games off the bench, averaging 6.4 minutes per game for the 6-6 Owls, who travel to North Adams to face the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday.   That MCLA team features five area graduates from five different high schools.   Drury graduate Emily Moulton and Hoosac Valley’s Mckenzie Robinson have started all 11 games for the Trailblazers (4-7).    Moulton is averaging 7.3 points per game and a

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'The Greatest Showman': For Ladies, Gentlemen & Parentally Guided Children of All Ages
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:08PM / Thursday, January 04, 2018
Watching Michael Gracey's "The Greatest Showman," about the life and times of circus visionary P.T. Barnum, it occurred to me that the Trump debacle wasn't just about old white men afraid of losing their foothold. And it also wasn't just about white supremacists afraid of multiculturalism, or about trying to preserve dodo bird industries that would have no future place in our health, wealth and commonweal if we were to progress as a nation.    Nope, I fear it has to do with our basest instincts: a curiosity and approach-avoidance appetite for the macabre.   It is our national car accident, turned upside down on the side of the road, unheard screaming


The Independent Investor: Beware the Tax Hit From Mutual Funds
By Bill Schmick,
03:22PM / Thursday, January 04, 2018
Plenty of investors will be faced with an unpleasant surprise. Any day now, one or more of the mutual funds that you own will be sending out their capital gain distributions for the year.   The tax hit could be quite large this year.   Many investors are not aware that mutual fund companies are required to distribute at least 95 percent of their capital gains to investors each year. Given the double-digit gains in the stock market last year, those gains could be an unwelcome liability when tax time rolls around.   At this late date, there is little one can do about it, other than pay the piper, but this year you can take steps to minimize 2018's potential tax liability.


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