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CHP Gets Support for 'Reach Out & Read' Initiative
01:04PM / Wednesday, August 08, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has participated in the nationwide program "Reach Out & Read" for more than 15 years.

CHP is committed to supporting families in the Berkshires and beyond by keeping its Reach Out & Read program alive and well. A new study in Pediatrics featuring Reach Out & Read proves that the benefits of this model extend beyond literacy and help set children up for success.

The Reach Out & Read program has been supported in part by a $1,500 grant from the South Berkshire County Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, received in May 2018. With this money, CHP can buy between 500 and 600 books; last year, CHP

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Prescription for Better Health: Community Health Centers Like CHP
By Lia Spiliotes,
12:53PM / Wednesday, August 08, 2018

This past year, with strong bipartisan support, Congress invested nearly $10 billion in the nation's 1,400 community health centers, recognizing that a strong community-based system of care -- where people have certain access to doctors and preventive care -- will save lives and reduce health care costs.

National Health Center Week 2018, from Aug. 12-18, provides an opportunity to learn more about community health center (CHCs) and witness, firsthand, why we are at center stage in a changing health care landscape.

Health centers like Community Health Programs – we serve more approximately 30,000 residents at nine practices throughout Berkshire County -- are part of a nationwide

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How Can You Help Your Kids Pay for College?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:37PM / Wednesday, August 08, 2018

It's still summer, but we're getting close to a new school year. One day, though, "back-to-school" will mean "off to college" for your children. Will you be financially prepared to help your kids cope with the costs of higher education?

Your first step, of course, is to know what you're up against, so here are some numbers: For the 2017-18 academic year, college costs (tuition, fees, room and board) were, on average, nearly $21,000 for in-state students at four-year, public schools and nearly $47,000 for students attending private colleges or universities, according to the College Board. And you can probably expect even bigger price tags in the years to

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Local Students Graduate From College-Sponsored Summer Academy
By Matt McGrory, iBerkshires Intern
02:24AM / Tuesday, August 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than a dozen high school seniors and recent graduates earned college credits this summer through the MCLA/BCC Summer Academy program.   Friends and family gathered for the graduation luncheon this past Friday in the Conte Federal Building to celebrate the students’ achievement over the monthlong program.    The Summer Academy program, first instituted in 2016, has been designed to give motivated young adults a headstart into college by providing them with two free college courses; Statistics 101 and English 101, both of which award three college credits upon completion.   These credits can be transferred to any state-accredited

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Sniezek Wins Juniors Series Event at Waubeeka
04:52PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Henry Sniezek carded a 79 Monday to win the Berkshire County Juniors Series event at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Sniezek, playing out of Forest Park Country Club, finished going away in the 16-and-older division, building a 12-stroke margin over runner-up Connor Champeaux of Berkshire Hills.   Berkshire Hills' Liam Fitzgibbons and Waubeeka's Ryan Baran tied for third at 96.   In the 14- and 15-year-old division, Berkshire Hills' Brendan Hayden edged Matthew Shields of Stockbridge Golf Club for the title. Hayden finished at 84, one stroke better than Shields.   Max Digrigoli of the Country Club of Pittsfield and Harrison Seeley of Cranwell

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Berkshires Beat: Mayor's Fitness Challenge Winners Announced
02:34PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
The winners are ...

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has announced the winners of the 2018 Mayors' Fitness Challenge winners.

From North Adams, the winners are as follows:

* Winning MFC Team: MCLAzybones

* MFC Individual Winner: Jane Bernard

* Healthy Work Site Winners: MountainOne Goal Diggers- & MountainOne Summit Slayers

* MFC Individual Winner At A Work Site: Denise Davis

* Participant With The Most Points Overall: Hannah Noel

From Pittsfield, the winners are as follows:

* Winning MFC Team: Seniors Rock

* Individual Winner: Debbie Holden

* Healthy Worksite Winner: MountainOne Skinny Dippers

* City Hall Team: The Awesome Assessors

* Passport Winners: Sue

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Biz Briefs: Guido's Fresh Marketplace Brothers Named Members of the Year
01:18PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
Feeling fresh

The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce has named Matt and Chris Masiero of Guido's Fresh Marketplace as the Business Persons of the Year. The Masiero brothers began their professional partnership in search of the very best produce they could source and sell. They named their roadside stand after their father Guido, determined to carry on the commitment to good health and personal integrity that ran through everything Guido did. That little roadside stand has grown, but the brothers' mission remained the same: to find the freshest, highest quality products from Lenox to Lyon; to help you feed families well; and to support the community both within their stores and

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End of Session Review 2018: William 'Smitty' Pignatelli
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, August 06, 2018
This is the second in a series of interviews with the Berkshire delegation on legislative actions during this past session of the General Court.     LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli thinks the House of Representatives had a very productive session.   But he is disappointed that two major topics were never fully addressed — health care and education.   The Legislature just completed the formal portion of the 190th session. While there will still be informal sessions, it is unlikely any major undertaking will take place until the new Legislature is in place in January. In the last two years, Pignatelli said the state did

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Swallowtails and Purples Abound at Stoney Ledge
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:33PM / Sunday, August 05, 2018

A monarch sips nectar from a lily. Its wings can brush against the flower's stamen and anthers, spreading its pollen to the next flower. ADAMS, Mass. — The winding trail out to Stoney Ledge on the slopes of Mount Greylock is wide enough to allow sunlight to penetrate the high leafy canopy above, creating light gaps where wildflowers abound that attract assorted butterflies.    The tiger swallowtail is the sole swallowtail here in late June through mid-July, and quite numerous, leading to a surprising estimate in the thousands for the whole Greylock mountain range and neighboring valleys. Swallowtails looping and fluttering through the green woodland in this great

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End of Session Review 2018: Tricia Farley-Bouvier
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:26AM / Sunday, August 05, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The massive criminal justice reform bill stands out as a highlight of the legislative session for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.   The Legislature just wrapped up its formal session on Tuesday night, concluding deliberations on most major pieces of law until a new Legislature takes over in January -- though there are still informal sessions during which bills can be passed.   Farley-Bouvier, representing the 3rd Berkshire District that encompasses most of Pittsfield, highlighted the criminal justice reform bill as one of the top undertakings lawmakers completed in the last two years.   "That has wide-ranging implications for most

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Absentee Ballots Available for September Primary
05:08PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Absentee ballots for the Tuesday, Sept. 4, state primary election are now available at most town and city clerks' offices.   The last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for the primary is Aug. 15 by 8 p.m.; the last day to register to vote in the general election on Nov. 6 is Oct. 17 by 8 p.m.    If you are unable to vote on Election Day, you may stop by your local clerk's office and vote any time during office hours. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than Aug. 15.   Office hours in North Adams are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   If you

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@theMarket: Stocks Set for a Volatile August
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
This month would be a good time to go on vacation. Otherwise, you might be tempted to do something rash like chase stocks or sell at their lows. That is the kind of market volatility investors should expect in August.   The market's trading range is still intact and should continue and keep stock market values corralled into September and probably October.    We had our moves up to the old highs (or slightly beyond) in most of the averages in July. A combination of anticipated stellar second-quarter earnings and somewhat less rhetoric from the "Trumpster," allowed equities to notch their fourth month of gains. Second quarter earnings have come in as expected for

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