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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

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


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


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 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.


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


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


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


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


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Interfaith Organizing Adds New Group at Convention
01:15PM / Monday, February 05, 2018
BIO meeting

Berkshire Interfaith Organizing elected officers, welcomed its newest member group, and shared stories from the front lines of its work organizing throughout the county to advance social justice at its annual convention on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Knesset Israel in Pittsfield.
BIO's newest member organization is Temple Anshe Amunim of Pittsfield; this brings the number of member groups to 18, spread around the county. They are joined by individual members of the group BIO Community Leaders. All work together to build strength within the community to address the root causes of struggles faced by many Berkshire neighbors, including hunger, transportation and the need for


Snowfall Predictions: Super Bowl Sunday
06:54PM / Saturday, February 03, 2018
Super Bowl Sunday is sizing up to be more rainy than snowy, but there's a chance of snow showers and sleet early in the week.    The National Weather Service is forecasting some light snow showers Sunday morning with a mix of rain and snow after midnight Sunday. The roads will be slippery so drive with care.    Greylock Snow Day is predicting 2 to 5 inches, on the other hand, with the possibility of school delays on Monday. This may be wishful thinking, as the blog points out. Accuweather shows the chance of up to 3 inches for the northwestern corner of the Berkshires — Williamstown and North Adams.    Monday is expected cold and blustery but the sun

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New Clark Art Exhibit Draws From Philanthropist's Collection
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:48AM / Saturday, February 03, 2018

Regular visitors to the Clark Art Institute might recognize this drawing or, at least, the sculpture it inspired. (Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), 'Three Studies of a Dancer,' c. 1880. Black, pink, and white pastel on light brown paper, 18 3/4 × 24 3/4 in. Thaw Collection, Morgan Library & Museum, 2001.12.)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jay Clarke, the Manton curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute, is going out with a bang.

Clarke, who is leaving the Clark after nine years to return to the Art Institute of Chicago in her hometown, has curated a show featuring one of the world's finest private collections of drawings: those


BMC Opens Central County Renal Dialysis Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Friday, February 02, 2018

The hospital renovated the inside of the former Berkshire Hematology practice. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Edith King doesn't feel like the hours she spends receiving renal dialysis is a problem.   "This is the greatest place you can come to if you've got kidney problems. I feel like I don't have a kidney problem. I feel like I am just sitting here, visiting with friends, and having a good time. It is just a great place," King said on Friday as she awaited her doctors to start another procedure.   King is one of the 82 patients being served out of the newly opened renal dialysis center on Conte Drive. Berkshire Medical Center capped off a project to open


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