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Soccer Referees Offer Course for New Officials
12:55PM / Sunday, January 20, 2019
LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Soccer Referee Committee will offer its next new referee course on Sunday, March 17.   The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on Pittsfield Road (Route 7).   The cost is $115, which includes registration, administration and course fees.   Interested men and women are asked to register at onthe association's website.   For information, contact either courseadministrator@massref.net or Berkshire County Youth Soccer League assignor Anthony Pedlozky at assignor@bcysl.org.   The local board of officials will reimburse new referees for their soccer uniform and kit once they have officiated 10 games in a

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@theMarket: Markets Retrace December Losses
By Bill Schmick,
09:04AM / Saturday, January 19, 2019
It was a week where lackluster earnings battled with the Fed's willingness to hold off on rate hikes for investors' attention. The Fed won. Investors bought on the dips and helped to push the markets out of correction territory.   From a technical point of view, however, all the U.S. indexes are overbought, extended, and in need of some kind of pullback. Traders know this and have been shorting the market as it climbs, betting that we will see at least a 100-point decline in the S&P 500 Index. It hasn't happened — yet.   Normally, markets will do what is most inconvenient for the greatest number of traders.   In this case, the indexes simply keep going

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Snowstorm Prompts Snow Emergencies, Cancellations
03:25PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

This delightful paragraph arrived Saturday morning from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

"The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public that weather forecasters are expecting a winter storm to impact travel across the Commonwealth beginning Saturday evening and continuing throughout Sunday. Heavy wet snow is expected to begin falling on Saturday evening, transition to freezing rain and sleet in some areas on Sunday, and be followed by a flash freeze on Sunday afternoon and evening. The public is advised to minimize travel if possible, make smart decisions if driving, and be mindful of potentially hazardous travel conditions due to the

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01:02PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 21. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was assassinated on

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New Doctor Joins BMC Cardiology Services
01:01PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Tracy E. Hagerty, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist and electrophysiology specialist, has joined the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Hagerty specializes in general cardiology and electrophysiology and is accepting new patients in need of cardiology services. She joins doctor Jeffrey Leppo, Kyle Cooper, Kristen Currie, Henry Lyle, Lisa Massie, Teresa Menendez, Andrew Potash, Peter Shaw, Georgianne Valli-Harwood and Vikas Veeranna in providing comprehensive care through Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Hagerty is board-certified in internal medicine

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Donovan O'Connor & Dodig Names New Partner
12:57PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Gregory P. Howard has become a partner in Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.  

Howard has been with the firm since 2011. A native of Bennington, Vt., and lifelong resident of the area, he is well-regarded by both his clients and his peers. He received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 2008 and Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College Law School in 2011. He is a member of the Berkshire Bar Association and the Bennington County Bar Association.

Howard is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont, in the state and federal courts. His practice focuses on representing individuals and families throughout the

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'Green Book': Because Look Out Old Macky's Back
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:43PM / Friday, January 18, 2019
There it was, the perfect opportunity I thought I wanted — staring me right in the face. A quadruple bypass procured the day after Thanksgiving 2018 can have that effect on a film critic.   What more reason could I conjure to call it a career, to be done with this movie reviewing stuff and finally retire to that long-fabled cabin on the lake in Vermont where I would idyllically pen those 36 essays and short stories with which I had been threatening the world of belles-lettres lo these many years?   But then the words of professor Halberstadter, my mentor back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, slowly interceded.    "Always remember the oath you took,

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Barrett Enters First Full Term With Legislative Agenda
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, January 18, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Entering his first full session in the House of Representative, John Barrett III is doubling down on the priorities he held when he was first elected.   "One of the areas I'm obviously concerned about is transportation in the county. We need it, especially in the Northern Berkshire area," Barrett said.     "Obviously we have to do some things to revamp it statewide but one of my bills is that under Massachusetts General Law is that 16 percent of your sales tax goes to running the MBTA so I am including a piece in there that may not go anywhere but it will get people maybe thinking about the way we can start directing some

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The Independent Investor: Pay Gap for Women Is Growing
By Bill Schmick,
07:22PM / Thursday, January 17, 2019
If Citigroup, one of the world's largest banks, is any indication, women earn 29 percent less than their male counterparts. It also revealed that only 37 percent of its managerial jobs were held by females.   Wall Street has long been known as "the last bastion" for white males. But to Citigroup's credit, it just made public its internal assessment of the existing pay gap between the genders. One reason it did so was the new disclosure standards that are now required in the United Kingdom since last April.   Last year, when Citigroup first reported these numbers for its U.K. workforce, women were paid 44 percent less, and if bonuses were counted, the gap widened

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Biz Briefs: Balance Rock Investment Group Celebrates 20 Years With Move
02:01PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Happy anniversary

Balance Rock Investment Group closed out 2018 with after celebrating the firm's 20th anniversary and move to its new office space on South Street in Pittsfield. Formerly known as Colt Investment Services, Balance Rock Investment Group was founded by David Milligan in 1998. Specializing in developing retirement income strategies built on the best interests of each client and designed to promote clarity across all chapters of life, the firm’s personalized approach has attributed to its 20 years of growth and success.

In early 2011, in conjunction with its rebranding, Balance Rock Investment Group moved to new offices on Elm Street. Since that time, the firm's

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What's Keeping You From Protecting Your Family's Future?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:08PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Think about your loved ones. What will their future be like? Can you picture them living in your house many years from now? Can you picture your children going to college? Can you picture your spouse or partner enjoying a comfortable retirement? These are all pleasant visions – but what if you weren't in these pictures?

If you were no longer around, you would leave a gaping hole in the lives of your survivors. The emotional element would be tough enough, but the financial aspect – the permanent loss of your income – could be devastating to all the hopes you have had for your family members. Fortunately, you can help prevent this 'worst-case" scenario from

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Baseball in the Berkshires Museum Offers Red Sox,Yankees Items this Weekend
12:57PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass, -- The Yankee-Red Sox rivalry continues this weekend at the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall.   Long-time Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and  Yankee Troy Tulowitzki bats will be on display this weekend. These bats are exact replicas of the bats that these two All-Stars use.   Touch, hold and get your picture taken with these the bats.   The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

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