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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Jacob's Pillow Taps New Deputy Director
01:11PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

BECKET, Mass. — A.J. Pietrantone, vice president for Finance and Administration at the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, will join Jacob's Pillow as deputy director beginning on Oct. 22.

Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, a National Medal of the Arts recipient, home to America's longest-running dance festival, and has recently expanded to become a year-round center for dance research and development.

"A.J.'s deep experience in nonprofit management will greatly support this institution at a pivotal time in its development. His collaborative spirit and commitment to community partnership will thrive here. As an avid Pillow subscriber and active

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
12:20PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 20

Cheshire: The Adams Cheshire School District PTG is hosting the Hoosac Harvest Vendor and Craft Fair at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event  features 70-plus vendors, more than 70 raffle items, a stuffing station (where you can stuff your own animal) and a DIY with Bella Sky. All money raised from this event will go to Hoosac Valley Elementary PTG.

Dalton: A Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the

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BCC Names Interim Director of Nursing
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10:29AM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Christine Martin will take over as interim director. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC.   Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.    Martin is no stranger to the program. She has taught at the college since 1993 and has worked as a tenured Professor in the Practical Nursing Program as well as the Associate Degree Nursing Program, an Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty member, an instructor of the Bridge Course

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'A Star is Born': Yet Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:21PM / Thursday, October 11, 2018
With four "A Star is Born" iterations in the books and probably many more to come — expect one every ensuing generation — the universality of the tale is a given. Until some bold director makes a woman the established star, and the up-and-comer a male, the formula remains the same. He's a major star flirting with the decadence that comes of success, with booze and/or substance abuse the tell-tale sign of his looming, downward spiral. She's the talented, innocent and grateful ingénue he discovers.   I remember how surprised I was in my youth when I found there was an earlier version of another, oft-remade movie of which I was particularly enamored. I

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Berkshire Works Rebrands as MassHire
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:09PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Secretary of Labor and Workforce  Development Rosalin Acosta said boards and centers throughout the state are being rebranded under the MassHire name and logo. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — We have jobs.   That's what numerous elected officials proclaimed Wednesday morning. There are thousands of jobs available.   But, at the same time, there are still thousands of people in the Berkshires looking for jobs.    "We have jobs, lots of jobs, nearly 1,500 every day. Jobs from travel and tourism to engineering to health care, executives and entry-level and every level of talent," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "We have jobs. The Berkshires are ready to

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How Can You Become a 'Sustainable' Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:19PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Your values are important to you – and so are your investments. But you don't have to keep these two parts of your life separate if you pursue sustainable investing.

If you haven't heard of this term, you might know it by other names: socially responsible investing, values-based investing and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Essentially, sustainable investing incorporates non-financial or indirect financial considerations, specifically environmental concerns (climate change, renewable energy, water scarcity), social concerns (human rights, product safety or liability) and governance issues (corporate behavior, executive compensation, lobbying and so on).

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Flu Shot: Get the Vaccine to Protect You — And Those Around You
By Dr. Everett Lamm,
12:12PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

With flu season around the corner, your health care providers, employers, pharmacists and others are sounding the annual reminder: "Get your annual flu shot." We encourage this for you — and for the people around you, too. We see evidence every year of the benefits of the flu vaccine, and we also see the risks of skipping it.

The flu vaccine has dramatic impacts on public health. However, since strains of the flu may vary from year to year, the vaccine must be received annually. Although the vaccine doesn't guarantee a flu-free winter and perfect health, medical research has convincingly shown that the flu shot reduces flu severity and reduces sick visits,

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Secretary of State Candidate Amore Drums Up Support in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Anthony Amore views elections as the "next great security challenge" and it is one he hopes to take on.   The Swampscott Republican is challenging longtime incumbent William Galvin for the post of secretary of state in the November election. Amore has a lengthy background in security — he's currently security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — and is pledging to increase public access to records and secure the election process.   "I think 2016 showed glaring vulnerabilities. This is the first election cycle after we saw threats to our elections. Bill Galvin has been in [various government] office for 23 years,

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Northern Berkshire United Way Announces Campaign Goal
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018

iBerkshires.com account representative Tyler Bissaillon of Adams became of the youngest board member in the history of the Northern Berkshire United Way when he was officially elected to the board on Friday. The other new board members are: William Blackmer of North Adams, a retired lieutenant/station commander with the Massachusetts State Police; Yvette Stoddard of Adams, director of Academic Services-ASD Residential Program at Hillcrest Educational Centers; and Candace Wall of Stamford, Vt., a private practice psychotherapist.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The numbers tell the story of the Northern Berkshire United Way.

Last year, the organization's campaign goal was $470,000. The

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Berkshire Education Task Force Developing Models for Collaboration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018
LEE, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has completed its initial mission of determining options for local schools facing difficult economic and academic futures.    Now, it's hoping to offer pathways to school officials as they decide whether and how far to proceed toward the task force's solution of a single countywide school district.    William Cameron, task force member and retired superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District, presented the coalition's goals to the meeting of Region VI of the Massachusachusetts Association of School Committees last week.   The task force last met on Sept. 22, he said,

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Area Teams Earn Titles at Dalton Youth Soccer Tournament
09:34AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- Teams from Dalton, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown picked up titles at the 22nd annual Dalton CRA Just for Kicks Socccer Tournament on Sunday.   Fifty-five teams of boys and girls in various age groups converged on Nessacus Middle School and Wahconah Regional High School for two days of games starting on Saturday morning.   Teams were drawn from every part of the county plus the Pioneer Valley, Vermont and New York's Capital District.   The hometown squad from Dalton earned the U14 boys championship with a 6-1 win over Pittsfield Soccer Club in the title game.   In the U14 girls, PSC turned the tables, taking a 1-0 win over Dalton in the

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Parkington Standing Out on College Volleyball Team
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:38AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
Wahconah High graduate Emma Parkington is a two-time Rookie of the Week in the Empire 8 as a freshman on the Russell Sage College volleyball team this fall.   Parkington most recently earned the award on Sept. 24 after averaging 1.83 kills per set over 18 sets while hitting to a .310 percentage and recording a team-best 49 assists in four matches for the Gators.   On the year, Parkington leads Sage (5-15) in kills (132), assists (189) and hitting percentage (.224). She also has 20 service aces.   And she is only one of a number of 2018 Berkshire County high school graduates making impacts on their collegiate volleyball teams this season.   At Anna Maria College, freshman

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