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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Senate Candidate Hinds Opens Pittsfield Headquarters
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:48PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

More than two dozen supporters stopped by to check out the new office space. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Senate Candidate Adam Hinds opened a downtown office on Tuesday.   Hinds is running against Andrea Harrington for the Democratic nomination for the Berkshire state Senate seat being left vacant by Benjamin Downing, who opted not to run for re-election.   Rindaldo Del Gallo has said he plans to run but has not yet jumped into the race.    The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Executive Director Hinds held an open house at his new office on South Street — in the plaza at the Crowne Plaza — which had previously been used as the headquarters for the


SVMC Health Blog: Good News, Gone Bad
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03:15PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

One day several years ago, a national news broadcast reporter covered a scientific study that revealed the beneficial components of chocolate. "It's good for your heart," she proclaimed. "Eat more chocolate."

The 90-second news broadcast oversimplified the findings, and so did every other news source reporting the story in the wildfire of coverage that ensued. The "good news" of dark chocolate is still making headlines now, years later. Meanwhile millions are over-consuming chocolate and other foods that — while they may have some beneficial properties — have a lot of calories. Those calories are actually doing more harm than good.

So let's


Baseball Exhibit to Go Up at Country Club of Pittsfield Sports,
01:53PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- “Baseball in the Berkshires: A County’s Common Bond” will continue its 2016 season later this month at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

The historic exhibition that traces the game from its earliest beginnings through the career of contemporary local collegians was created last year and had its initial residence at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.

It returned to the Holmes Road site this spring for a brief stay with plans to take it on the road to various sites around the county.

The first stop will be at the CC of Pittsfield from May 16 to 20.

No admission will be charged at the exhibit, which will be displayed Monday, May 16, from noon to 4 p.m.


Berkshires Beat: Save Stockbridge Bowl Campaign Nears Goal
01:06PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

Close to the goal: The Stockbridge Bowl Association expects to complete its $2.8 million Save Stockbridge Bowl capital campaign in 2016, as the organization celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1946.

The SBA has raised more than $2.4 million of the estimated $2.8 million cost to pay for Phase 2 of the Town of Stockbridge Lake Management Plan. The work will include dredging to remove silt that has built up over many decades, and to permit a significant winter drawdown to kill the roots of invasive non-native plants clogging many areas of the lake.

"If the Town of Stockbridge cannot dredge decades of accumulated sediment and enable a winter drawdown to kill the invasive


Biz Briefs: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Wins TV Award
12:05PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

SVMC patient John Kasper and Orion Howard, MD, pose with the 2015 Telly Award.

'Telly' It Like It Is: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, with its agency Jennings, have received a 2015 Telly Award for its Partnership is Powerful Medicine campaign video featuring cancer patient John Kasper.

In the video, John, an auto detailer in Bennington, shares his emotional story about battling cancer with SVMC’s team. The video was part of a series of patient videos, all of which can be viewed online.

“We are pleased to win this award and grateful to the team of doctors and nurses at the Cancer Center for the inspirational work they do every day,” said Ray Smith,


Barrett Contributing on Two Sports at Westfield State
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:52PM / Sunday, May 01, 2016

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- After helping the Westfield State women’s basketball team earn a MASCAC Championship this winter, Mount Greylock graduate and Owls freshman Lucy Barrett switched gears to lacrosse.


And Barrett has not missed a beat.


She scored two goals on Saturday as Westfield State defeated Framingham, 17-4, in the Owls’ regular season finale. For the year, she has eight goals and six assists despite missing the team’s preseason training due to the extended basketball season.


Westfield State is the top seed in the MASCAC tournament and on Thursday will host the winner of Tuesday’s quarter-final between Worcester State and


@theMarket: It May Be That Time Again
By Bill Schmick,
01:12PM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

For traders, the old adage to "Sell in May" is now upon us. Over the past 40-plus years this recommendation has worked over 70 percent of the time. Should you go with the statistics or ignore them?

As regular readers know, the S&P 500 Index has already reached my target of 2,100. We did so over two weeks ago and until yesterday the bulls have been trying to break over that line and get back to the historical highs around 2,134.

The perfect excuse to do so should have occurred on Wednesday when the central bank's Federal Open Market Committee announced their latest decision to keep rates where they are.

The wording of the news release was almost identical to last


BFAIR Meeting Shows How Far Services Have Come
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:35PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was a different world when Doris and Aldo Sartori began raising three boys with developmental disabilities.

Their second child, Dennis, was born with special needs in 1953. Twin boys, both with developmental impairments, came along 12 years later.

"Services available to help a family with their children consisted of little more than institutional care," BFAIR Executive Director Rich Weisenflue said on Friday morning. "That was what was recommended often by physicians.

"In Doris' case, that wasn't going to happen."

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources on Friday recognized Doris Sartori and her family with BFAIR's


The Independent Investor: What Do Prince, You and a Will Have in Common?
By Bill Schmick,
03:05PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

What do Prince, you and a will have in common? The short answer is maybe nothing, unless, like so many of us, you still have not finalized such a document. If you haven't, get on the phone with a lawyer and get it done.

The passing of Prince was a sad day, but even sadder is the fact that this week his sister just opened a probate case in Carver County, Minn., the home of the late rock star.

"I do not know of the existence of a will and have no reason to believe that the Decedent executed testamentary documents in any form," Tyka Nelson wrote in her filing.

Prince had no spouse or children but he does have several siblings and an estate valued at $300 million. There is


MCLA Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law
01:28PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has signed a 3 + 3 articulation agreement with Western New England University School of Law to establish a joint program leading to a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree.
With this agreement, signed Tuesday by MCLA President James F. Birge, WNEU Provost Linda Jones and WNEU School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin, qualified undergraduates at MCLA may substitute the first year at the law school for their senior year at MCLA. As a result, they may earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the typical seven.

According to Birge, this new partnership allows both MCLA and WNEU


Montessori School Kicks Off $2.95 Million 'Go Beyond' Capital Campaign
12:56PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — The Montessori School of the Berkshires, a school that serves toddlers through grade 8 in Lenox Dale, has launched a $2.95 million capital campaign called “Go Beyond.”

The campaign kick-off, which took place at a school-wide event on April 15, is part of the school’s 10th anniversary celebration. The “Go Beyond” Campaign is raising funds for a 7,300-square-foot expansion to the existing 9,000-square-foot building. Students, families, teachers and MSB board members attended the event.

In addition to a large space for whole school gatherings and indoor sports, the campaign will fund MSB’s expansion, including a second elementary


Superior Court Briefs: April 25 - April 28
Staff Reports,
11:44AM / Friday, April 29, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, April 25.   Roscoe Adams, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery on a disabled person, caretaker abuse on a disabled person, and misleading a police officer or other person.   He was released on personal recognizance. Adams is accused of assaulting a student and then giving false statements to court officials while employed by Eagleton School. The assault allegedly occurred on June 10, 2013.    Debra Davis, 41, of Great Barrington had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of intimidation of a witness.   She was released on personal


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