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Berkshire Voters Head to the Polls on Primary Day
02:32AM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Voters go to the polls today, Tuesday, to decide a number of party primaries, several of which will determine the winner before the general election in November.    Voting in all cities and towns is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; find polling places for your communities here. Those enrolled in a party must vote in that party's primary; voters who are unenrolled may choose which primary to vote in.    Perhaps the most significant race on the ballot Tuesday is for Berkshire district attorney. Three Democrats are vying for the post in an election that will determine the winner of the office -- barring any last-minute write-in effort in November.    Paul Caccaviello,

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Ranked Choice Voting Seen as Way to End Vote Splitting In Elections
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:21AM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters are heading to the polls this Tuesday to cast ballots for one of the three candidates in the Berkshire district attorney's race.   But they have to figure out the game -- this election, just like last year's for state representative in North County, won't simply identify a party candidate but who will win the office.   So if their favorite candidate loses, did that pull a vote from their second choice? Vote splitting has been an ongoing conversation in every election when there are more than two candidates. Two candidates can pull from the same like-minded voting pool and a third candidate cruises to victory -- sometimes with less than

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Zamore Wins Mount Greylock Road Race
07:46PM / Sunday, September 02, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. -- Turner Zamore Sunday won the 43rd annual Mount Greylock Road Race, reaching the summit of the commonwealth’s highest peak in 53 minutes, 11.62 seconds.   Zamore, 34, set a pace of 6:39 per mile to lead a pack of 254 finishers.   He finished just more than three minutes ahead of runner-up Cameron Cogburn, 32, who clocked a time of 56:21.80.   The top female finisher in the race was Meghan Davis, 16, who placed 10th overall in 1:00:40.27.

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Endorsements Roll in For Final Push in District Attorney Race
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07:41AM / Sunday, September 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the primary election day approaches, a number of elected officials have been choosing their sides in the district attorney race.   Whether those final affirmations by well-known names will swing any late-deciders toward — or away — from a candidate is yet to be seen. Still, the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Berkshire district attorney, and essentially the election, have been showcasing the support they racked up.    Paul Caccaviello, the incumbents, boasts of two former mayors, city councilors in both Pittsfield and North Adams, and Sheriff Thomas Bowler as lead endorsements in his camp. Andrea Harrington reeled in

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Dellea's 'Quiet' Service Trumpeted as BCC Turf Field Named in His Honor
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:19PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday afternoon, Berkshire Community College ushered in a new era in Berkshire County sports and recognized a longtime civic leader in the process.

The best part for honoree Gene Dellea? It just may be the fact that his part came at the end of a 45-minute dedication.   "For all of you who know this person, you will say to yourself, 'Of course, this should be dedicated to this person,' " Dellea's friend Emil George said moments before revealing the name of the long-awaited artificial turf field at BCC. "Because this field is important not just to Pittsfield but to Berkshire County, it should be dedicated to someone who has given

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@theMarket: September's stock market
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
Next week, Wall Street's big boys return to their offices. Campaigning for mid-term elections moves to the front burner, and tariff threats between the U.S. and China will likely escalate. Welcome to one of the worst months of the year for stocks.   It is true that both September and October tend to be negative months for the averages. Since 1945, the S&P 500 Index has, on average, lost 1 percent. In addition, it is a mid-term election year where Septembers are almost always rocky months for the market.   One could say that investors face an entire fall season of potential risks. Besides those I have already listed above, there will be the implementation of the new Iranian

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Berkshire Money Management Welcomes New Community Development Director
01:59PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management, a locally based investment advisory firm, announces that Berkshire native Nichole Dupont has joined the firm's growing team of investment and business professionals.

Dupont is a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant whose work has appeared in multiple regional and national publications including Berkshire Magazine, The Take, Rural Intelligence, the Berkshire Eagle, Newsday and the Huffington Post. She has also helped businesses and nonprofits — Simon's Rock college, Emma Willard School, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and many others— "find" their stories and bring this unique

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Friday, August 31, 2018

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 3. Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states to

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Pignatelli Reconnects With 'Family' Before Entering 9th Term
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, August 31, 2018

The 4th Berkshire District State Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli hosts an annual get-together at the Country Club of Pittsfield. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — William "Smitty" Pignatelli's daughter Anah may have omitted something from their conversation Wednesday night.   She lives in Los Angeles so getting home often is a challenge. He Facetimed her Wednesday night, as she was relaxing at her California home.   Thursday night at Pignatelli's traditional late-summer campaign fundraiser, though, Anah walked through the crowd, completely unexpected and surprising him for his birthday.    "We were so down to the nitty-gritty where I made

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'Puzzle': She's Come A Long Way, Maybe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
07:38PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
We are reminded in Marc Turtletaub's "Puzzle," about an unappreciated housewife who finds meaning and identity in doing jigsaw puzzles, that if you want to find truth, look to fiction. We Homo sapiens have been doing it since time immemorial. No one's feelings get hurt, at least not until their misdeeds are exposed for what they are. So bless the metaphors — purveyors of honesty by illustration. Civilizations rise and fall by them, proving in their finest example that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.   Building his case from a sensitively adept script Polly Mann and Owen Moverman adapted from the Argentinian film "Rompecabezas,"

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The Independent Investor: How Prepared Are You to Sell Your Company?
By Bill Schmick,
07:24PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
If you are a small-business owner and are toying with the idea of someday selling your company, you should pay attention. Only one in five small businesses put up for sale result in a closing. How do you become one of those success stories?   Where I live and work, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, there are relatively few large companies. We are over-populated with "Mom and Pop businesses." As such, I meet and talk to plenty of these enterprise owners daily. An overwhelming number of these entrepreneurs have saved little or nothing towards their retirement.   Instead, they believe that at some point, someone would swoop in and buy their business,

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Baseball in the Berkshires Honors Drury's 1978 State Championship Baseball Team
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:48PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Retired coach Tom McGrath coached the '78 Blue Devils to a state championship and was the force behind their once-in-a-lifetime trip to play in Taiwan.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Winning a high school state championship is the kind of thing that gives most people a lifetime of memories.   But it was just one of the once-in-a-lifetime events for members of the Drury High baseball team in 1978.   Both the North Adams Blue Devils' state crown and their exhibition games in Taiwan were recognized Sunday in a ceremony marking their 40th anniversary at the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall.   "That were a lot of things happening that

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