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SteepleCats Seeking Host Families
03:42PM / Friday, May 04, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams SteepleCats are seeking host families to house players for their upcoming 2018 baseball season.

The host family commitment is to house a SteepleCats player from June 2 through the beginning of August. Players should have their own room and families provide their meals. Players will arrange their own transportation.  

In exchange, host families receive a "Golden Ticket" that allows them to attend any game throughout the league – and never expires. They also receive a discount on SteepleCats merchandise and are able to build a relationship which can last a lifetime.

For more information on hosting a player, email Pat Decker.

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Economic Development Secretary to Speak at BCC Commencement
11:07AM / Friday, May 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will be teh keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 58th commencement exercises to be held Friday, June 1, at Tanglewood in Lenox.   Ash is responsible for directing and executing Gov. Charlie Baker's agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. Since joining the Baker-Polito administration, Ash has prioritized efforts to grow jobs, help communities realize their economic development priorities, connect citizens to new economic opportunities, and build prosperity across

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Caccaviello Officially Kicks Off Campaign For District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, May 04, 2018

Caccaviello has worked in the Berkshire District Attorney's office for almost 30 years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If wisdom comes from experience, Paul Caccaviello says his 30 years of working in the district attorney's office has given him the wisdom to lead it.   Caccaviello is currently the district attorney after David Capeless resigned from the post earlier this year. The former first assistant district attorney took to the Berkshire Superior Courthouse steps on Thursday to officially kick off his campaign for the job.   "You should not expect political jargon or spin, buzzwords and vague talking points, from your candidate. You should expect decisions

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BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
07:16PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of “Honors”. Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of “High Honors.”

Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Abreyana Avila, Tiana

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Guest Column: Tobacco Industry Targeting Teens With Vaping
By Joyce Brewer, Guest Column
07:00PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

Thanks to the tobacco and vaping industries targeting our youth, Berkshire County has experienced an increase in the use of e-cigarettes, such as the JUUL, by young people.

In my job, I speak with people throughout our region about the dangers of tobacco and about how the tobacco industry targets kids. Usually, they are alarmed and surprised to learn that youth use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices such as JUUL is not just another harmless fad, but that these products contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that is getting youth hooked. Nearly 24 percent of high-school-aged youth in Massachusetts report using e-cigarettes and almost 45 percent have used them at least

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The Independent Investor: Financial Scams Targeted at Elderly Are Epidemic
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018
As Baby Boomers age, the volume of reported financial scams directed against them continues to escalate. By some estimates, more than $37 billion a year is now being stolen from America's elderly. And those are only the reported cases.   It is estimated that 5 million Americans are bilked by con artists every year. Some financial firms believe the total can exceed $37.5 billion annually. The Office of Children and Family Services in New York begs to disagree. They say that in their state alone $1.5 billion a year is stolen. And for every case that is reported, 44 are not.   Aside from the impact of losing their entire savings, elder fraud victims are dying at triple the death

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Here's a Checklist for Changing Jobs
07:51AM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A few generations ago, it was not uncommon for workers to stick with a single job for their whole careers. But for many of us today, frequent job changes are a fact of life: The average employee tenure is just over four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

So, assuming you’re going to switch jobs a few times, you’ll want to be prepared. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to smooth these transitions and help your financial situation:

* Build an emergency fund. Some of your job changes may be involuntary, so you’ll want to have a cash cushion handy – just in case. One smart move would be to build an emergency fund, containing three to

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Berkshire Country Day School Announces Awards for National Latin Exam
01:55PM / Monday, April 30, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, has announced that 14 Upper School (grades seven through nine) students were awarded certificates and medals for their high scores on the 2018 National Latin Exam.

The NLE exam is sponsored both by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. More than 143,000 students from all 50 states and 24 foreign countries took the test.

For the Introduction to Latin Exam: An Outstanding Achievement Certificate was earned by seventh-grader Norah Smith of Sheffield.

For the Latin I National Exam, the following awards were earned by seventh-grade

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Berkshires Beat: Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Hosts Lenox Students
01:26PM / Monday, April 30, 2018
Accounting on it

The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the professional association of CPAs for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, previewed what an accounting career future would look like for students from Lenox Memorial High School at its "Is Accounting for Me?" conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on April 27. The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life, and a networking lunch with college students, faculty and CPA practitioners.
 
Students got the chance to hear from professional CPAs about their

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North Berkshire Orthopaedic Specialist Joins Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates
11:26AM / Monday, April 30, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. James R. Parkinson, a well-respected and former longtime provider of Orthopaedic services in North Berkshire, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates.

Dr. Parkinson will provide orthopaedic evaluation and care at Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates' North Adams Campus of BMC office.

Parkinson served on the medical staff of the former North Adams Regional Hospital and with the former Orthopedic Associates of Williamstown for more than 20 years. He also served as medical director of Sports Medicine and Team Physician for Williams

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BRPC: State's Housing Choice Program No Good For Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Monday, April 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker is looking to curb a housing crisis in the Boston metro area through his Housing Choice Initiative.   But the program will be used little, if at all, in the Berkshires where the issue isn't so much the need for new housing but for rehabilitation of older housing. But this area does rely heavily on such programs as MassWorks, Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities, and the state Department of Transportation's capital and Complete Streets programs. Language in the Housing Choice Initiative puts the Berkshires at a disadvantage for those.   Those grant programs are competitive among communities across the state.

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4 Freedoms Workshops Explore Ways to Advocate, Connect
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:25PM / Sunday, April 29, 2018

Professor Frances Jones-Sneed gives the keynote addressing, urging the workshop participants to stand up against injustice. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some came to share insights on their political experience, some wanted to know how they could change their communities, others to connect with like-minded people on issues important to them.    "Look at the people we have, these are the lead people in our county doing these things and they're talking to small groups," said Becky Mieir, organizer for the "Step Up: Empowering Ourselves" series of workshops held Saturday at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   Nearly 100 area residents spent the

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