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The Independent Investor: How to Handle a Pullback
By Bill Schmick,
05:47PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
The stock market is in turmoil. Several hundred point swings in the Dow and other averages has investors on edge. The indexes are suffering 1-2 percent point swings per day. How are you dealing with it?   Over the last several months, I have written several columns preparing you for this day. I thought it might be useful to give readers a refresher course on coping. Here are some useful tips on avoiding that worst of all reactions—selling on the lows.   Number one: do not check your portfolio. The more often you do, the greater the probability that you will panic and sell. Every time you check your investments in a freefall decline like this one, you will feel terrible. The

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'I, Tonya': Class Warfare on Skates
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:41PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
I wasn't looking forward to seeing "I, Tonya," about provocative, world class ice skater Tonya Harding. The events surrounding her quest for Olympic greatness and fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan's ruthlessly broken kneecap seemed so yesterday, and anyway, I never learned to ice skate. A bunch of fancily clad skaters twirling about on slippery ice while a Rachmaninoff etude plays in the background seemed like an awful yawn. But alas, dear reader, it appears I'm not entirely bereft of the genteel gene required to appreciate such stuff.   Now don't get me wrong. I'm not going to move heaven and earth to make sure I don't miss the competitive figure

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Mass Delegation Calls on Pruitt to Uphold Rest of the River Plan
Staff Reports,
01:16PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The region's congressional delegation is pushing Environment Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to uphold the EPA's 2016 order that contaminated material in the Housatonic River be "shipped off-site to existing licensed facilities for disposal."   U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal have sent a letter to Pruitt calling on him to ensure General Electric lives up to its commitments in the $613 million "Rest of the River" cleanup.    Keeping the contaminated soil and sediment in the county would save GE roughly $250 million.    GE, once a powerhouse in Pittsfield,

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Snowfall Predictions: Weekend Watch
11:18AM / Friday, February 09, 2018

If you haven't had enough snow this past week, guess what? We might get a few more inches this weekend.

The National Weather Service says there is a chance of light snow Friday afternoon into the evening, and then again in the early-morning hours of Saturday and possibly continuing after daybreak. The total amount in northern Berkshire County could be upwards of 3 inches.

Temperatures should be seasonably mild, with daytime highs reaching into the 40s.

The Weather Channel and WTEN also predict a 50 percent chance of snow Friday afternoon and into Saturday as well, with a total of 1 to 3 inches.

 

Light snow this afternoon into tonight, but moderate over the southern

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IS183 Art School Names Executive Director
10:29PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — IS183 Art School's Board of Directors has named Lucie Castaldo permanent executive director after four months serving in the interim position.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have an internal candidate of such high quality with such an extensive history serving the organization," said Andy Foster, chairman of the board. "Lucie cares so much about our programs, teachers and students and this engagement is infectious. She brings both continuity and – as we can already see a few months in – a raft of new ideas and approaches that will strengthen our service to the Berkshires. With a strong team in place surrounding her, IS183 is

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BCC Adds Two to Board of Trustees
10:05PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carlo Zaffanella and Julia Bowen have joined the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees. Both were appointed last year by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Zaffanella is the vice president/general manager of Maritime & Strategic Systems business at General Dynamics Mission Systems, one of the largest employers in Berkshire County. He also serves on the board of Soldier On and the Naval Submarine League.

Bowen has worked as the founder and executive director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Mass. Her work in the community includes being the founding board chair for Lever, Inc., and a member of the board of Northern Berkshire United

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Hinds Secures $29.7M for Local Projects in State Capital Bill
Staff Reports,
06:36PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
BOSTON — State Senator Adam G. Hinds, D- Pittsfield, has been able to place $1.2 million toward design and engineering for a new North Adams public safety building, $4 million toward a Pittsfield Police station, and $500,000 toward a new roof on Clarksburg School.    The funds were secured in the $29.7 million in capital spending authorizations for local projects in S. 2279, "An Act providing for capital facility repair and improvements for the Commonwealth," a bond bill engrossed by the state Senate.   "Securing these spending authorizations is critical for timely and much needed capital investments in our local schools, housing stock, public safety

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Be a Smarter Curling Viewer and, Better Yet, Try It Yourself
Community Submission,
03:18AM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
  Since Pete Fenson and the U.S. men's bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, things have not gone well for USA curling at the Olympics. In 2010, both the men's team. and the women's team. finished last during the preliminary round. In 2014, the United States won only three of their eighteen combined ga.m.es with the men finishing ninth and the women tenth after the round-robin tournament   The United States should be moving up in 2018, but how much better and do any U.S. teams stand a chance to medal?   The 2018 Winter Olympics will begin with the new Olympic event of mixed doubles curling. Matt Hamilton and Rebecca Hamilton will represent the United States.

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Mount Greylock Care Residents Get Dolled Up For Glamour Shots
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:46PM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The residents were treated to makeup and their hair styled.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Betty Sacco doesn't get all dolled up much anymore.   The senior citizen lives at Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility and doesn't get her hair and makeup done very often.   But on Wednesday, she was styling.   Sacco is one of two dozen residents who got all dressed up to take "glamour shots."    "I love it because it is dressing up, you don't do this every day," Sacco said. "They do a good job. They really know what they are doing. There are no complaints here."   Sacco had just sat down with Pam Ellis, who carefully

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Be Financially Prepared for Natural Disasters
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:31PM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Just this past year, we've seen natural disasters in Texas, California, Florida and Puerto Rico – and looking back even further, it's not hard to spot other traumas in virtually every part of the country. Whether it's a tornado, hurricane, flood or wildfire, you may be at least potentially susceptible to a weather-related event that could threaten your physical – and financial – well-being. How can you protect yourself? 

As far as your physical safety is concerned, you're probably already aware of the steps you need to take to shield yourself and your family. And now that many alerts can be sent directly to your smartphone, you've got an even

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Berkshire Baseball Artifact Heads to Hall of Fame
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14PM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — For four years, the "Baseball in the Berkshires" exhibit has chronicled, preserved and displayed local artifacts of America's pastime.   This month, one of those artifacts is getting the call up to "the show."   Since 2016, the exhibit, now housed at the Berkshire Mall, has displayed a 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers jacket worn by Dalton's Ed Ladley during his playing days.   On Feb. 13, Ladley will donate that piece of history to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.   "Two months ago, the Hall of Fame came out with an article talking about the rookie teams the New York teams had in

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Biz Briefs: New Jersey Brothers Purchase Elm Street Market
02:22PM / Monday, February 05, 2018
Changing hands

Main Street Hospitality has sold Elm Street Market to Verson, Inc., headed by brothers Rajesh and Rajeev Verma from New Jersey. New management took over operation of the market immediately when the sale was completed on Jan. 19.

The Elm Street Market, owned and operated by Main Street Hospitality, has been a local favorite and community staple for more than 20 years. "We stopped at Elm Street Market on our way to visit my son at college and immediately fell in love with the restaurant and Stockbridge," Rajesh Verma said. "The market is a strong community anchor and we intend to keep it that way, building on its existing strength and evolving its local food

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