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Paratransit Workers Vote Work Stoppage Over Contract
01:56PM / Monday, December 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The union representing paratransit drivers for the Paratransit Management of the Berkshires rejected a contract on Sunday, resulting in a work stoppage on Monday.   In a statement, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority said the paratransit service will not operate during the strike.   "BRTA has subcontracted with other chaircar vendors to perform essential paratransit trips. BRTA will operate limited fixed route service during the strike," the statement reads.    Starting Tuesday, Dec. 4, the updated limited fixed route service bus schedule is below:   Route 1 will operate 6:30, 7:30, 9:00 and 10:00 morning runs and

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December
09:10AM / Monday, December 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during December.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Clarksburg and Conway for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last month's scheduled office hours in Clarksburg had to be postponed to December. Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11 to 1, Clarksburg Town Hall at 111 River Road; Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11 to noon, Conway Town Hall, 5 Academy Hill Road Wednesday, Dec. 12, noon to 1, Conway Town Offices, 32 Main St. All

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Common Folk Open Up Pop-Up Shop
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:10AM / Saturday, December 01, 2018

Some of the odds and endds that can be found at Common Folk's shop. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Common Folk Pop Up Shop is now open at the former Makers Mill space at 73 Main St.   Common Folk co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the artists' collective opened Phase 1 of their new headquarters on Small Business Saturday but have so much more planned for the new space.   "Phase 1 is complete and we are ready to open with retail, but we are really looking to do a lot more," she said.    Common Folk has been jumping around from location to location throughout its existence, which Sweeney said really did fit their nomadic nature.

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@theMarket: Markets Hope for Trade Breakthrough
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Friday, November 30, 2018
This Saturday evening, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will sit down to dinner in Buenos Aires at the G-20 conference. Investors are holding their breath, hoping that the two might come to some agreement that could lower tensions and avert a full-out trade war between the U.S. and China.   Given past rhetoric and the president's mercurial temperament, anything could happen. Xi Jinping and his advisors, after years of dealing with Washington, believe if they just hang tough and wait Trump out, the outcome will be "business as usual" on their terms.   Unfortunately, Wall Street and the media have created another binary event out of the dinner. Either there is a

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KeyBank Names Business Banking Manager for WMass
02:24PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — KeyBank has appointed Thomas Tierney as a business banking relationship manager for the Western Massachusetts market.

In this role, Tierney will manage commercial relationships for businesses with annual revenues ranging from $3 million to $20 million. In addition to supporting the bank's existing client relationships, Tierney will be responsible for generating new business banking opportunities, and expanding commercial loans and deposit relationships for the bank.

He will report to Allison Standish-Plimpton, who serves as senior vice president and business banking sales leader for KeyBank's Connecticut and Western Massachusetts markets.

"We are

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Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Welcomes New Clinical Care Coordinator
01:49PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON,  Mass. — Katherine Ryan Waiveris of Monterey has joined the staff of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires as its clinical care coordinator.

Waiveris brings more than a decade of nursing and leadership experience and community service to the free medical facility in Great Barrington.

"Katie has been a part of many medical teams and will help VIM continue to provide the highest quality of care to our patients," said Arthur Peisner, chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

Waiveris has most recently served as a cardiopulmonary program manager at Fairview Hospital.  At Fairview, she was known for her strong clinical and communication skills as she

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New Member Joins CHP Board
01:24PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Jennifer Goewey of Sheffield has been named to the CHP board of directors.

Goewey is the shelter director at the Elizabeth Freeman Women's Center, where she has also worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault counselor and advocate. She is the former executive director of the Council on Aging in Sheffield and worked in municipal finance and administrative roles for several towns in Berkshire County.

Goewey is a member of the Berkshire Community College South County Advisory Council and serves on the board of Berkshire Community Action Council. She is also an outreach coordinator for the Salvation Army and serves on the state Department of

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Nutritionist Joins CHP Neighborhood Health Center
01:17PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Nutritionist Christina Garner has joined the CHP Neighborhood Health Center medical practice.

Garner is a clinical nutritionist and wellness educator with expertise in medical nutrition counseling, fitness and health education. She places emphasis on integrative nutrition, program design and practical methods for implementing dietary changes.

She has worked for 13 years at Canyon Ranch Lenox and in private practice, a substance abuse facility and the Nutrition Center in Pittsfield. In her new role, she will also provide nutrition services to patients of CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield.

She has has also served as as an adjunct professor of nutrition at MCLA and

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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces New School Director
01:13PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School has announced that, after a nationwide search, the school's new director will be Dr. Sue Das.

"Dr. Sue Das is the right person at the right time for Steiner, as we go through a vitally important transition in our school's history," said Chris Lee, president of the Steiner School Board of Trustees and a member of the school director search committee. "She brings extraordinary knowledge as an educator, deep experience as an administrator, and wisdom from her rich and meaningful life story. Combine all this with her fresh perspective, quiet confidence and compassion for children, and we will

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 20 - Nov. 29
Staff Reports,
12:26PM / Friday, November 30, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Nov. 20.   Kelly McIntosh, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of intimidation of a witness and larceny from a person.    She was given concurrent one-year sentences at the Hampden County House of Correction. The charges stem from an incident involving a 24-year-old woman in Pittsfield on March 4, 2017.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Nov. 26.   John Dyer Sr., 43, of Springfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Dyer

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South Berkshire Evacuates Sheffield Campus, Dismisses Classes
11:44AM / Friday, November 30, 2018
In a school community update just before 5 p.m., Regulbuto wrote that the potential bomb threat was brought to the attention of the administration on Friday morning, the building was evacuated and first-responders called.    The decision to evacuate students from the campus was made in conjunction with the Sheffield Police Chief Eric R. Munson III.   The Police and Fire department and State Police and Arson and Bomb Unit responded to the campus. The school buildings and campus were thoroughly searched, and law enforcement declared that the buildings and campus are safe.   Sheffield Police are still investigating the incident.    Students and staff who need to

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The Independent Investor: Sustainability Investing and Millennials
By Bill Schmick,
05:10PM / Thursday, November 29, 2018
The demand for sustainability investments is growing. Companies that offer measurable social and environmental impacts that address issues like world hunger, climate risk, poverty and access to health care, seem like a good investment for those socially-minded. Finding companies that also provide a good financial return at the same time is not so easy.   Sustainability investing is different from the decades-old trend called "social investing." Generally, social investments are those that bet on solar power, clean water, or the avoidance of "sin stocks" such as tobacco, guns or liquor companies. Most of these areas were not viable investments without a great deal of

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