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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Unveils MyTeller Interactive Machines
03:07PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
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Berkshire Bank is the first bank in Berkshire County to unveil MyTeller – the bank's new Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) technology – to its Berkshire County customers. MyTeller is next-generation banking that combines the technology and convenience of an ATM with the same personal assistance you would receive from a traditional teller.

The use of Interactive Teller Machine technology, is a convenient solution to help customers bank on their own schedule, offering extended banking hours. Customers will now have the opportunity to cash checks, make deposits, transfer funds and make loan payments with more flexibility, allowing for less time spent at the teller

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Final Debates Set for Berkshire District Attorney Candidates
02:29PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three district attorney candidates competing for the Democratic nomination in September's primary will meet at least three more times.    Paul Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight are vying for the nomination that will essentially determine the winner in the race since there is no other candidate on the general election ballot.    Caccaviello was first assistant district attorney for 14 years until his predecessor, David Capeless, stepped down in March so Caccaviello could run as the incumbent. He has worked in the district attorney's office as a prosecutor for nearly three decades.    Harrington is a civil and

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413Heart Music & Arts Festival Returns to Dalton
02:12PM / Monday, August 13, 2018

Johnny Iron will release his new album 'Driving Friend' on Friday at the festival.

DALTON, Mass. — In its third year, the 413Heart Music & Arts Festival is bringing an exciting mix of art to the Berkshires.

Opening the festival on Thursday night, Aug. 16, is a night of dance. Members of the Albany Berkshire Ballet will be performing "Spindown," inspired by Michael Boroniec's sculpture series Spatial Spirals and Verdant Fire Movements I and II. Verdant Fire explores one woman's quest to "shed her skin," discover her true self, and find joy in the new world around her.

Also performing will be Professor Sleepwalker and The Magic Pusher, an

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BArT School 2018-2019 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Monday, August 13, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 20. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

 

 

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End of Session Review 2018: Paul Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, August 13, 2018
  DALTON, Mass. — The state Legislature relaxed a bit in the early hours of Aug. 1 as the formal legislative session was ready to close.   But, wait, wait. State Rep. Paul Mark had one more bill -- a land taking for the town of Northfield intended to help local farmers.   "I was able to hold the House and the Senate open until after 1 in the morning on the last day of the session because it was an important bill. It had to be done before we adjourned," Mark said, joking about the change in his popularity among legislators as that night waned.   The Peru Democrat is wrapping up his fourth term in the House of Representative. He said lawmakers tackled a

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Jazz Camp to Be Hosted at Hoosac Valley
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Monday, August 13, 2018

Bassist Alex Blake, who started his career with Sun Ra; drummer Victor Jones, who has played with Chaka Khan; and pianist Charles Blenzig, who has played with Marcus Miller and Michael Brecker, will be on the camp faculty. CHESHIRE, Mass. — Hoosac Valley and the Adams Anthony Center are hosting a free Berkshire Jazz Day Camp this week.   Berkshire County music students will get a week of face time with five professional New York City musicians that will culminate in a live performance at the Bounti-Fare.   "I have always wanted to bring as much music and my experience as an artist back to the area," North Adams native and jazz trumpeter Richard Boulger said.

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New Doctor Joins BMC Surgical Services, Providing General Surgery Care
10:21AM / Sunday, August 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Adam Bowling to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC. 

Dr. Bowling is accepting new patients in need of general surgery services and is teamed with doctors Michael Cohn, Eugene Curletti, Michael DiSiena, Andrew Lederman, Christian Galvez-Padilla, Clayton Peterson, Elie Semaan, Christopher Touloukian and George Veinoglou at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Bowling received his medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California and completed residencies in general surgery at Palisades Medical Center in Bergen,

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@theMarket: Will Stocks Break Out or Break Down?
By Bill Schmick,
05:23PM / Friday, August 10, 2018
The S&P 500 index is within a hair's breadth of breaking out. This week we topped 2,850, which we haven't done since March. The record high for the index in January was 2,872.   Can we top that?   The S&P 500 Index traded within 0.5 percent of its record high this week. If we can close and hold a new high, it will be the 18th time the benchmark index has closed at a new all-time high after going six months without one. Statistically speaking, the odds of doing so are against us. Normally, if we use historical data, it should take the index another year before we reach a new high, but there is nothing normal about the environment we live in today.   Last week,

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'Christopher Robin': What the World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:32PM / Friday, August 10, 2018
Watching director Marc Forster's delightfully sweet and optimistic "Christopher Robin," wherein the title character now all grown up and in a funk reunites with Winnie the Pooh, his inspiring, childhood pal, my mind wandered. Not because the film wasn't absorbingly influential, but because it was. There I was, back on Dewey Street in Newark, in front of David Stein's house, where I found a dime and screamed of my bonanza, only to be assailed by Mrs. Stein, who claimed it was the dime David had lost. But that's OK.   Arriving in front of the six-family house at 61 Dewey, crying about my fortune so quickly won and lost, there stood my Mom, as if a sixth sense

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Review: 'West Side Story' at Barrington Stage: Wow!
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:00AM / Friday, August 10, 2018

Robert La Fosse choreographed 'West Side Story' at Barrington Stage.

Surely you know the song "Maria" from "West Side Story: "Maria, the most beautiful sound I ever heard, Maria. I've just met a girl named Maria ..." It has been recorded by Johnny Mathis, Dave Brubeck, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, to name just a few.

But you will never know the profound emotion in that song until you hear it sung by Tony, the character for whom it was written. And if the Tony happens to be young and a superb singer – as he is in the current, breathtaking Barrington Stage revival – only then can you appreciate the wonder and amazement of young, first

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Lever Demo Day Celebrates Entrepreneurship
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:48PM / Thursday, August 09, 2018

Jack Wadsworth, a Williams alum and owner of Porches, speaks about how 'lonely' he and his wife felt when they first began investing in North Adams. They don't feel that way anymore.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — From musical education to tiny houses, Thursday's Lever Demo Day was a celebration of the region's entrepreneurial spirit.    The daylong event held at Greylock Works was an opportunity for local startups to display their visions and progress — and for the finale of the North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge that saw the prize go to Eric Schimelpfenig of Fabber.   Launched back in April, the challenge offered $25,000 in startup funds

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The Independent Investor: Should You Pay Down Your Mortgage?
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Thursday, August 09, 2018
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, together with rising interest rates have changed the calculus in determining whether to pay down your mortgage or let it ride. Let's examine the pros and cons.   Over the last 10 years, as interest rates fell to almost zero, it made total sense to pay off your high-interest mortgage. At the very least, one could re-finance and save on monthly payments. This was especially true if your mortgage was in the last stages of a 30- or 15-year life.   At that point, the interest portion of the payment, (which is tax deductible) was minimal, while the principal payments represented the lion's share of the monthly bill. For those with new mortgages,

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