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Berkshire South to Start Supplemental Meal Program Called 'Nourishing Neighbors'
05:34PM / Tuesday, April 21, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center announces Nourishing Neighbors, a new supplemental community meal program running for eight weeks and beginning Wednesday, April 22. 

Through Nourishing Neighbors, Berkshire South will distribute 500 restaurant-prepared cold to-go meals each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. with the help of a volunteer team. Meal recipients will drive up to a non-contact distribution system in the circle of the front lot at the community center.

Home-bound community members may make a reservation for delivery by sending an email. Delivery will be available as long as the center has volunteer drivers to deliver.  All meals will be


Massachusetts Schools Will Not Reopen This School Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:47PM / Tuesday, April 21, 2020
BOSTON — Schools won't be reopening this school year.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced the decision to continue remote learning through the end of the year and to extend the closure of non-essential child care centers through June.   "It's the right thing to do, considering the facts on the ground associated with the COVID-19 pandemic," he said at the daily update on the state's pandemic response. "At this point in time, there is no authoritative guidance, or advisories with respect to how to operate schools safely and how to get kids to and from schools safely. We believe students, therefore, cannot safely return to schools and

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Earth Day: Time to 'Go Green' with Your Investments?
11:48AM / Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Over the past several weeks, many of us have been working from home in response to the social distancing necessitated by the coronavirus. Nonetheless, we still have opportunities to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. And now, with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day being celebrated on April 22, it’s important to appreciate the need to protect our environment. 

Of course, you can do so in many ways – including the way you invest. 

Some investors are supporting the environment through "sustainable" investing, which is often called ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) investing. In general, it refers to investments in businesses whose products


MCLA Professor Named Outstanding Educator of the Year by Massachusetts Society of CPAs
11:43AM / Tuesday, April 21, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams resident and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts assistant professor Tara Barboza has been selected as the 2020 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the professional association of certified public accountants, representing over 11,000 members. 

Each year, the MSCPA recognizes a full-time accounting educator at a college or university who has demonstrated excellence in a classroom teaching, motivating students and inspiring educational innovation.

Barboza was selected for her excellence in teaching and motivating students, as well as her contribution to the accounting profession, active

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Berkshire County Historical Society Names Education Coordinator
11:37AM / Tuesday, April 21, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead has appointed Jana Laiz, emeritus writer-in-residence, to the position of education coordinator. 

The education coordinator will be engaging in outreach to local schools and colleges; planning and executing educational programming both on-site and off in person or through instructing other BCHS staff and volunteers who teach these programs; and leading in the development of online resources and remote learning opportunities in supporting educational programming of all kinds. 

Through the education coordinator position, Laiz will be the link between the Berkshire County


Berkshire Legislators: 'Back to Normal' Not Good Enough
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, April 21, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Life looks very different today than it did just more than a month ago and it should look very different when the COVID-19 crisis ends, the Berkshire County legislative delegation agreed last week.   All four county representatives and state Sen. Adam Hinds participated in a virtual town hall hosted by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.   "We keep saying the term, 'We want to get back to normal,'" state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, said. "I think everybody here agrees, especially when we're talking about this topic, that we don't want to get back to normal. What is 'normal?' We need to really


Berkshire Medical Center Joins COVID-19 Plasma Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Monday, April 20, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is turning to recovered COVID-19 patients for blood donations that may be able to help those suffering from the disease now.    BMC is using convalescent plasma as a treatment as part of a study being done by the Mayo Clinic.   "The idea is that you're kind of using somebody else's weaponry," said Dr. Jessica Diane Krochmal, chairman of Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. "We've done this before with other things ... we did it with Ebola, we did it with H1N1 in 2007. So it's not a new idea, but it is an idea that we try to use when we don't have a specific drug target or


Hancock Shaker Village Focuses on Gardens, Livestock
07:48AM / Sunday, April 19, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The museum at Hancock Shaker Village may be closed, but the gardens are thriving.

Unlike any other cultural institution in the region, Hancock Shaker Village is both a museum and a working farm. (In fact, it is the oldest working farm in the Berkshires.) Though the museum is closed — and, like every other business in the country closed due to the pandemic, doesn't know when it will reopen — the village made the decision to plant its gardens.  

"Bill Mangiardi (director of Farm and Facilities) and Lauren Piotrowski (head gardener) made a strong appeal, and it felt more important than ever," said Director Jennifer Trainer Thompson.



Running Community Adapts to COVID-19 Reality
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
04:08AM / Sunday, April 19, 2020
The commonwealth’s premier road race may be shut down, but that will not keep down Berkshire County’s running enthusiasts.   Monday should be marathon day in Massachusetts, but the 124th running of the Boston Marathon has been postponed until at least September by the Boston Athletic Association in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Saturday, Gov. Charlie Baker recognized the loss of the event.   “This year, while the race will not be taking place on Monday, the sentiment, I think we all feel here in Massachusetts on marathon Monday remains true: Massachusetts is strong, we are resilient, and we can run any marathon anybody wants us to run,” Baker


Pandemic Forces 'Total Change' for Berkshire County Arc
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Saturday, April 18, 2020

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier speaks at BC Arc's annual breakfast in 2018; President and CEO Kenneth Singer is at right. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the most vulnerable members of our community, day-to-day life can be filled with challenges, even in the best of times.   The frightening times we all are confronting can be even harder on those sometimes marginalized populations.   "It"s a total disruption of their lives," said Kenneth Singer, the CEO of Berkshire County Arc. "For some of them, it's very difficult to understand why their routine is stopped. Families cannot visit. We can't go to the movies and the restaurant, all the things


'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House': Blueprint for a Comedy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:02PM / Friday, April 17, 2020

Multiple Blandings houses were built around the country to promote the film. Here's a great story from the Toledo Blade about an Ohio one (and one apparently in 'Worchester, Mass.')

……………………………………………………………   "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948) charmingly dramatizes why one of the great American pastimes, right up there with baseball, seeking out the best pizza and keeping up with the Joneses, is dreaming about finding or, better yet, building that dream house of your very


@theMarket: Bulls Are Back in the Saddle
By Bill Schmick,
06:45PM / Friday, April 17, 2020
A spate of good news helped stocks this week battle the overriding pessimism of the last month. A possible drug to combat the COVID-19 virus coupled with a flattening of the virus curve in some regions helped the markets to gain ground. Can it continue?   It sure can, although a pause to catch our breath may be in order for next week. Gilead Sciences, the pharma/biotech company, has been working at breakneck speed to develop a drug to treat coronavirus patients. On Thursday, a report in a health-care publication indicated that its experimental drug, Remdesivir, was having some success in human trials. The indexes spiked higher on this news.   On the same day, Donald Trump and his


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