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Miss Hall's School Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'
12:07PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will live life to its eccentric fullest this fall, performing the popular madcap comedy "You Can't Take It With You" on the Miss Hall's campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

This MHS production stars senior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Martin Vanderhof/Grandpa; junior Jasmine Briggs as Alice; and sophomore Emily Carmel of Pittsfield and junior Trudy Fadding of Glendale as Alice's parents, Penelope and Paul Sycamore. Guest actor Matthew Gallagher of Pittsfield plays Tony Kirby, while senior Gabby Hinkley of Dalton and senior Miriam Myers of

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Letter: Great American Smokeout Is Nov. 16
Letters to the Editor,
11:21AM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

To the Editor:

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 16, a great day to remind clients, friends, and family about quitting smoking or any tobacco use.

Developed by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout is a perfect opportunity to think about quitting and its many benefits — physically, mentally, and financially, and maybe even plan a quit attempt. Remember, quitting can take many tries and help is always available for any tobacco user who wants to quit, whether on November 16 or at any other time.

You can help smokers and other tobacco users by encouraging them to keep trying to quit and by offering them the following suggestions:

Consider talking to a

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Berkshire Attack Lacrosse Competes at New England Showcase
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11:29AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- Players from schools throughout Berkshire County and beyond competed on Sunday at the New England Lacrosse Showcase with Berkshire Attack, a local lacrosse club.   Club teams from seven states competed in front of nearly 100 college lacrosse programs at this annual event.   Berkshire Lacrosse Club offers opportunities to learn and play lacrosse for those in grades 3-5, 6-8 and high school.   For more information about joining the program, contact Jeff Murray at jrmurray11@yahoo.com or Larry Sheedy larrysheedy@gmail.com.  

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Berkshires Beat: Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Composting Challenge
02:01PM / Monday, November 06, 2017
The winner is

The Center for EcoTechnology, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Pittsfield, has been awarded top honor in the North American 2017 Rathmann Challenge, "Mitigating Climate Change: Expanding the Use of Compost," for its pioneering work over the past 20 years to expand the use of composting to reduce wasted food, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The announcement of the award was made on Wednesday, November 1, by the Rathmann Family Foundation. The Rathmann Challenge, which was launched in 2014, seeks to advance organizations possessing the creativity, entrepreneurial ethos, and innovative spirit to make a positive difference in the world. CET

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Edward Jones Office Supports Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Toy Drive
12:13PM / Monday, November 06, 2017
Giving back

Walter Lother, the local Edward Jones financial advisor, is supporting the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund toy program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive. Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 71 Main Street, North Adams, during regular business hours from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. Especially needed are LEGOs and baby dolls of all types, as well as board games and books.

"With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities," Lother said. "And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our

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@theMarket: Investors Underwhelmed by Tax Reform
By Bill Schmick,
10:07AM / Saturday, November 04, 2017
With great fanfare, House Republicans rolled out a tax reform proposal that they promised would get this country going again and invigorate business, while creating jobs and huge savings for the middle class. What are they smoking?   Clearly, the entire reform package was simply a smoke screen to reduce taxes for American corporations with the majority of benefits directed at the country's largest companies. For the individual, depending on what you make and where you live, taxes will remain the same or go up.    Several legislators used a postcard as a prop claiming your individual tax return will be so simple it will fit on a postcard. The reason is simple. This plan

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'Suburbicon': Where Seldom Is Heard a Tolerant Word
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:27PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
My rich sister Ann has regularly informed that "It's always about the money, especially if they say it's not about the money." Whether she influenced the deservedly famous Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, or they figured out the maxim themselves, they have made a successful film career of exploring and dramatizing it.    "Suburbicon," their latest bit of cynicism about how the American dream is perennially misrepresented as a free-for-all grab of wealth and not the pursuit of human rights and freedom the Founders envisioned, robustly continues the muckrake.   Here, in a rare departure of form, though co-writing and producing, they've chosen

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The Independent Investor: Are You Ready for a Down Market?
By Bill Schmick,
05:02PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
It has been some time since we have had even a tiny decline in the stock market. Human behavior is such that we expect what has come before to continue into the future. When it doesn't, a whole host of emotions arise and most of them will be detrimental to your financial health.   A new survey by E-trade Financial, a discount broker dealer, reveals that well-heeled investors (those with $1 million or more in equity investments) are as bullish as they have been all year. Almost 75 percent of million dollar players are now bullish as we enter this final quarter of the year. Most of these investors are 55 or older and are significantly more optimistic than younger

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:47PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are Gianna

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Three Berkshire County Nursing Homes Praised by National Publication
02:05PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four of Berkshire Healthcare's skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts have been named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

In the Berkshires, Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, Mt. Greylock Extended Care in Pittsfield and Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation were among 75 in Massachusetts designated by the national magazine as “Top Performers” in their selection of the best nursing homes in the country. Berkshire Healthcare affiliate Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in Peabody also earned a spot on the list.

U.S. News evaluated nearly 16,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide,

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Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce Elects Officers
01:16PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce elected new officers during the annual meeting, held at the Austen Riggs Center on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Barbara Zanetti, executive director of the chamber, said officers elected for the 2018-19 term included President Margaret Kerswill of Mutability in Motion; Vice President Jeff Bell of the Inn at Stockbridge; Assistant Vice President Jay Ogle of Berkshire Bank; Treasurer Susan Higa of the Red Lion Inn; and Secretary Jessi Meagher of Wheeler and Taylor.  

Five others will be joining the board as members-at-large: Mike Tucker of Qualprint, Brian Marshall of Berkshire Theatre Group, Jenni Roy Hallock of Shaker Mill Tavern

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Three Arrested at Pipeline Protests in Sandisfield
01:46PM / Thursday, November 02, 2017
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — Three people, including a Lenox man, were arrested on Wednesday at the site of the Tennessee Gas pipeline project by state police. A Connecticut man, whom troopers say tried to flee, was tased.   Two were arrested for refusing orders to move out of the way of construction vehicles and the third for allegedly assaulting two troopers who attempted to apprehend him after he trespassed on private property.   Max S. Bambery, 31, of Lenox, and Priscilla A. Lynch, 65, of Conway, were charged with disorderly conduct.   Jacob Renner, 24, of Sharon, Conn., was charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police office and single counts of trespassing,

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