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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Ways & Means Holding Hearings on Human Services in Pittsfield
10:07AM / Monday, February 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and state Sen. Adam G. Hinds will chair one of eight statewide fiscal 2019 state budget hearings on behalf of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means in Pittsfield on Monday, March 12.   These hearings focus on specific areas of state spending and help the House of Representatives and Senate  prepare their spending recommendations. The Pittsfield hearing is one of two focused on agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.   While the hearing is open to the public, testimony is limited to senior Baker administration officials by invitation of the committee only. It is expected that commissioners and


Hoosac Valley's Ciempa Ties School Record at Merrimack Sports,
02:54AM / Monday, February 26, 2018
Hoosac Valley graduate Trevor Ciempa has had a successful indoor track and field campaign at Merrimack College this winter.   The Merrimack senior won the high jump, tying the school record of 2.04 meters, at the Northeast-10 Championships. His score helped the team place fourth out of 11 teams at the meet. Earlier this year, he won the high jump at the Southern Maine Invitational, clearing 1.99 meters at the event.   Michael Kotleski (Monument Mountain) helped lead the Bridgewater State men’s track and field team to a first-place finish at the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championships. Kotleski finished fifth in the the 400 meters (52.20 seconds) and


Local Woman's Murder Sparks Rally to Raise Transgender Awareness
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:53AM / Monday, February 26, 2018

Jahaira DeAlto of Berkshire Pride speaks about the experience of transgender women of color and the likelihood of them being abused or killed. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The call at Saturday's rally following the murder of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien could be summed up in two angry words: No more.    No more murder of trans people. No more hate. No more suffering.     "I'm sick and tired of us being murdered," said Ben Power, a close friend of Steele-Knudslien who organized the Stop Killing Trans People! Rally and March, adding, "It's not enough to just read the names of our dead and mourn their loss. We must do


Williams College Baseball, Softball Host Indoor Youth Clinic
01:22PM / Sunday, February 25, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College softball and baseball teams are hosting a youth clinic on Sunday, March 11 at the Towne Field House from 3 to 5 p.m. for players ages 8 to 12.   The cost is $20 per player. Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to register. Please bring a glove and wear sneakers, no cleats.   For more information, contact softball coach Kris Herman at or baseball coach Bill Barrale at


Author to Speak at Berkshire Mall's Baseball Museum
09:54AM / Sunday, February 25, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at Berkshire Mall will host a book talk with author Kevin Larkin on Saturday, March 3, from 1 to 2 p.m.   Larkin is the author or co-author of three books: "Baseball in the Bay State," "Gehrig, Game by Game," and "Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond."   The event is free and open to the public.   The Baseball in the Berkhires museum is across from Spencer's Gifts in the mall.


BRTA Paratransit Drivers Accept Contract, Reject Strike
Staff Reports,
08:37PM / Friday, February 23, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A potential strike by paratransit drivers has been called off after members voted to accept an agreement with Paratransit Management of the Berkshires on Friday.   Robert Malnati, administrator of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, sent a brief notification late Friday that he had been told the tentative agreement settled on Wednesday had been voted by the paratransit union membership. Paratransit Management has operated the bus agency's paratransit services for nearly two years.    The workers represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 404 had rejected a "best and final offer" in early February and called for a


MCLA Stages Adaptation of 'Rhinoceros'
06:30PM / Friday, February 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The third show of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Fine and Performing Arts Department's theater program continues to emphasize this season's theme of "We the People" with its adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's play, "Rhinoceros," which will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in MCLA's Venable Theater.     Guest artist David Lane, who directs the production, described "Rhinoceros" as an absurdist theater production that includes comedy and tragedy, as well as dark political tones.   "'We the People' is not a given, and democracy doesn't exist without a country of people to

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@theMarket: Interest Rates and Stock Market
By Bill Schmick,
05:28PM / Friday, February 23, 2018
After years and years of historically low-interest rates both here and abroad, stock investors are suddenly paying attention to the day-to-day movements of the world's bond markets. They may be getting a little too obsessive for their own good.    This week, the 10-year Treasury note and the equity averages moved hand in hand. As the yield on the U.S. Treasury moved higher, stocks moved lower. As the yield fell, stocks gained ground. This change in behavior is causing a great deal of needless volatility but I believe it is all part of the "normalization" process.   That is a term coined by investors to explain what happens when our central banks begin to back


Democrats Meeting Across Berkshire County
02:35PM / Friday, February 23, 2018

Democratic town committees have been meeting and preparing for the Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention and hosting other events across Berkshire County. The following is a sample:


The Adams Democratic Town Committee held its annual caucus to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention being held in June in Worcester. The caucus was run by Town Democratic Chair Ed Driscoll, and elected six delegates and one alternate. They are: Charles Forsman (7 Columbia Terrace), Joe Nowak (78 East Hoosac St.), John Zelazo (22 Summitt Ave.), Adele Michaud (5 Dubis St.), Melissa Mendes (7 Columbia Terrace), Andrea Filkins (195 East Road), and Jon Duval;


Norman Rockwell Museum Appoints Chief Philanthropy Officer
01:54PM / Friday, February 23, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Norman Rockwell Museum has appointed Ellen Spear, currently president and CEO of Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Mass., as the museum's new chief philanthropy officer.

Spear will officially join Norman Rockwell Museum over the summer, assuming a newly created senior-level position to lead the museum's development efforts at a pivotal time of growth. Spear succeeds chief advancement officer Michelle Clarkin, who joined the development staff of Fordham University in Manhattan.

Norman Rockwell Museum recently announced plans to assess the feasibility of adapting the Old Stockbridge Town Hall as a National Center for Illustration Education


Women's Day: How Can Women Make Financial Progress
12:33PM / Friday, February 23, 2018

On March 8, we observe International Women's Day. This year's theme is "Press for Progress," and events around the world will celebrate women's advancements in the political, social and cultural arenas. But right here in the United States, women still face barriers to their financial progress. If you're a woman, you need to recognize these challenges – and respond to them.

So, what are the key obstacles to financial security for a woman? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is the gender wage gap: Women generally earn around 80 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

But women also face other threats to their financial


CHP Board of Trustees Names New Members
12:07PM / Friday, February 23, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has welcomed two new members to its board of trustees.

Nicole Antil and Gloria Escobar took their seats on the board of the countywide health care network in December, said Christopher Phillips, board chair.

Antil, a native of Morris County, N.J., is the owner of Antil Creative and chief creative officer for Graham-Pelton Consulting, a nonprofit fundraising and management consulting firm. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, she is also a 2017 graduate of the Berkshire Leadership Program. She previously worked as a marketing and proposal manager for Maxymillian Technologies. She and her husband Peter live in Richmond with


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