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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Community College Hosts Annual 40 Under Forty Awards
01:35PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
40 Under Forty
This year's awards ceremony will be held Thursday, March 29.

Berkshire Community College, in partnership with 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Eagle, is hosting the third annual Berkshire County 40 Under Forty Awards. The event aims to recognize outstanding young professionals who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. The event, taking place on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m., will be held at Berkshire Plaza Hotel.

The selection process again this year for winners was competitive and nomination driven. Nominees needed to demonstrate a commitment to business success, personal growth and community involvement. The judging panel was made up of

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Berkshires Beat: NAMI Berkshire County Raises $15,000 at Cupcake Wars
01:02PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
Cupcake Wars

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County raised approximately $15,000 at its fourth annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Feb. 1, 250 in attendance. The event began with an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO of Pittsfield. Following dinner, three judges sampled the unique confections prepared by the following bakers and bakeries vying for the best cupcake in various categories: Gould Farm; Linda's Pastries; Berkshire Pathways, a Program of Viability; Simply Sweet; Gimme Some Sugar; Sarah's Cheesecakes & Cafe; and Jennifer's Cookies, Cupcakes & Confections.

The winners were:

People's Choice: Simply

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Democratic Candidates For Governor Share Views at Pittsfield Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, March 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three Democratic candidates all believe that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker can be beat in the fall.    It is just a matter of which one of them will be on the ballot against him.   Will it be former Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Jay Gonzalez, or author and activist Bob Massie?   "There is a not a single issue where the majority of people feel he is doing a good job," Gonzalez said of Baker.   Polls have constantly shown Baker as being a very popular governor. But, the Democrats say when it comes to the issues, the Republican is just

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Williamstown Elementary Sixth-Graders Win Berkshire Robotics Challenge
05:23PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

The team from St. Mary's School in Lee was called 'Anything But Last.' The team did not come in last in Saturday's Robotics Challenge.

LENOX, Mass. — A team of sixth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School won the 19th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Saturday.

Noelle Dravis, Julia Goh and Grace Winters took turns guiding the team’s Lego robot through seven rounds of competition, capped by a dramatic 110-100 win in the finals over the runner-up from the Berkshire Christian Homeschool group.

Lila Cohen-McFall, Emma Kate Hane and Emma Swoap also participated on the winning team, dubbed WES LegoHeads II, which

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@theMarket: Trump's Trade Wars Sink Markets
By Bill Schmick,
08:55AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
World markets declined again this week. Despite world condemnation, which included most of America's economists and corporations, Donald Trump unilaterally forged ahead in implementing his own brand of protectionism. Investors fear the consequences.   While tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are still being negotiated, the president has upped the ante and is now pursuing China. The United States has long accused China of stealing our intellectual property. The Chinese, of course, have denied that and so, for years the discussions went round and round — until now.   On Thursday, our president announced his intention to slap $60 billion of tariffs on 1,300 product

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Citizens with Disabilities & Their Families Share Their Stories
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Jane Ryder speaks at Friday's legislative breakfast.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elected officials from throughout the county Friday morning were at Berkshire Hills Country Club to enjoy the 18th annual Berkshire Disabilities legislative breakfast.   And they heard how any breakfast — or any meal — can be a challenge for some of their constituents.   "I was speaking with [United Cerebral Palsy's] Louise Norton in the assistive technology department one day, and she told me, 'Well, Jennifer, this is where I come in. I can help you to be able to communicate with [your daughter] and she

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Mass RMV Service Interruption Runs Through March 26
01:30PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

The Registry of Motor Vehicles has announced that all RMV services and system access, with the exception of law enforcement, will be unavailable from 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 26.

The service interruption is due to the RMV transitioning to a new computer system that will allow the RMV to comply with federal and state mandates. During this time, there will be no motor vehicles inspections available in the state, no RMV online services, and all RMV service locations will be closed.

Please note AAA locations will be unable to process RMV services for AAA members.

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MCLA President Appointed to Two Local Boards of Directors
01:12PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James F. Birge has been appointed to the 1Berkshire Board of Directors and the Lever Board of Directors.

His participation on these two boards augments the college's outreach to the greater community as MCLA continues to maintain and expand vital connections throughout the Berkshires.

Birge said he is delighted to join the 1Berkshire and Lever boards as they, along with MCLA, work to elevate economic growth all over the region.

"I look forward to working with 1Berkshire and Lever to gain further insight on how we might best prepare our students to fill positions across the Berkshires," he said.

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Chesterwood’s Executive Director Wins Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome
12:50PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Donna Hassler, executive director of Chesterwood and administrator of the Historic Artists' Home and Studios (HAHS) Program, has been awarded a National Trust for Historic Preservation Affiliated Fellowship of the American Academy in Rome during the month of April.

While at the Academy, Hassler, an art historian and authority on American sculpture, will retrace the steps of distinguished 20th-century public sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) in Italy when he was a young student, as well as subsequent trips there later in his career. French, who was a founding board member of the Academy, maintained diaries of his European travels, now in the

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The Independent Investor: Medicare Premiums and Your Income
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
We all know that Medicare is not free. Once we enroll in Part B and D, we start paying monthly premiums. What many consumers fail to realize is that how much you pay depends on how much you make.   For most of us, this is a moot point. We assume that we will be retiring at 65 years old (at the same time Medicare kicks in) but that assumption is no longer accurate. The reality is that Social Security, retirement, and Medicare can happen at different times in your life.   Take, for example, Social Security benefits. Every year the target date for full retirement creeps higher. It used to be 65, but now, for many, it is edging up to almost 67 over the next few years. When that

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'Love, Simon': You've Got Blackmail
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:54PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
While director Greg Berlanti's "Love, Simon" is at once funny, serious and important, it's a darn shame that it is so very apt ... that this astute tale about a teenage boy's struggle to make his gayness known is revolutionary at all. Memo of inquiry to American civilization: It's the spring of 2018, and this fact of life is just making the mainstream? Well, better late than never.    Truth is, attitudinal changes come slowly, especially to the narrow-minded. But the seed of tolerant reformation, boosted during the enlightenment of the '60s, has finally gained pragmatic traction. Today's kids, who have of late heroically evidenced that they'll

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Time for Financial 'Spring Cleaning'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:41AM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer – so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the "spring cleaning" concept to your financial environment, too.

How can you tidy your finances? Here are some suggestions:

"De-clutter" your portfolio. As you go through your home during your spring cleaning rounds, you may notice that you've acquired a lot of duplicate objects – do you really need five mops? – or at least some things you can no longer use, like a computer that hasn’t worked since 2010. You can create

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