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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

DeMarsico's Wine Cellar Opens Tasting Room in the Norad Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

The DeMarsicos' wine list continues to grow. The winery operates on an agricultural license. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DeMarsico's Wine Cellar has been elevated.    The "cellar" is now situated on the second floor of the Norad Mill, giving the winery plenty of space for production, retail and wine tastings.    "And we have windows," laughed Cheryl DeMarsico.    Cheryl and her husband, Glen, started making wine as a hobby but as demand for their product grew — and they scored some awards — they opened for business in the basement at 28 Marshall St., in a room below Grazie Italian Ristorante, about a year and a half


Berkshire County Arc Names New Director of Staff Development and Training
02:30PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Shaun Hall to the position of director of Staff Development and Training.

Hall has been a valued employee for BCArc for 18 years, most recently being honored with the 2017 BCArc Employee of the Year award. Previously he was a BCArc employment manager for 10 years, working to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

Seven years ago, Hall was promoted to the new position of staff development specialist. The position's focus was to standardize the training throughout the agency. He has been instrumental in this position for the agency and grew his department to a team of three additional staff to


New Member Joins MCLA Board of Trustees
02:25PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as been named the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the board.

"Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA's Board of Trustees," Birge said. "Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a


Artistic Director of Ephrat Asherie Dance Snags Jacobís Pillow Fellowship
01:38PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

BECKET, Mass. — Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, the artistic Director of Ephrat Asherie Dance, has been awarded the inaugural Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.

The fellowship includes a $15,000 grant, a one-week residency at Jacob's Pillow's new Pillow Lab, and a residency at LIU Tilles Center. Executive Vice Chairman Roger Tilles was integral in making this new partnership between Jacob's Pillow and Long Island University possible.

"Roger Tilles has been a long-time supporter here at the Pillow and wanted to do something that would bring two of his passions together. We are so grateful that thanks to his


Youth Hockey Tournament Continues All Weekend in North Adams
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12:01PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey’s Spring Fling tournament continues at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink with games Friday through Sunday.   The  NBYHL will welcome teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont to North Adams for two great weekends of youth hockey that began on March 9.   There will be a raffle table with great prizes and a concession stand selling yummy food.     Admission is free to all games, with action through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.   Come down and cheer on all the participants of this great event.  


New Doctor Joins BMC Rheumatology Services
10:55PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Leonard H. Sigal, FACP, FACR, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Sigal joins Dr. Lauren Dudley at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC, and is taking new patients in need of rheumatology services in the community.

Sigal comes to the Berkshires from New Jersey, where he most recently served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, RW Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. He previously was on the faculty of


Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul Caccaviello said he'll lead the office with integrity and honor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new district attorney has taken office.   Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless.    "It is now my turn to step aside but I assure you I leave you in safe and sturdy hands," Capeless said.   Capeless is retiring and has opted not to finish out his term, but instead, pass the reins over to his first assistant -- a move that has faced a fair amount of criticism since it was announced two weeks ago.   Caccaviello took his oath of office in front


New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to


BRTA Looking For Input on Storm Shutdowns
01:22PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) recently shut down bus service due to a snow storm. BRTA now is investigating the effectiveness of how adequate the communication was to the public.

The public is invited to take the survey, which takes less than 3 minutes to complete and is confidential, online here between now and March 30.

People can also take the survey at the BRTA Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, on the Customer Service Kiosk computer.


What Should Investors Know About Recent Volatility?
11:56AM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

As you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What's behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?

Let's look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?

Essentially, two main factors seem to be responsible. First, some good economic news may actually have played a significant role. A 17-year low in unemployment and solid job growth have begun to push wages upward. These developments have led to fears of rising inflation, which, in turn, led to speculation that the Federal Reserve will tighten the money supply at a faster-than-expected rate. Stocks reacted


Dem Candidate Palfrey Sees Policy Opportunities in Lt. Gov. Post
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Quentin Palfrey spoke with Greylock Together and laid out his positions and his optimism on Democratics taking the state's two top spots back.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Democrat Quentin Palfrey was drumming up support on Sunday not only for his run for lieutenant governor but for enthusiasm for an election he believes can take back the state's top spots.    "I would like to build a grassroots campaign from the Berkshires to the Cape doing the kinds of things that we know how to do," progressive Democrat said. "We know how to run successful campaigns. We know how to take back the corner office ... it's neighbor to neighbor, it's knocking


Filson Undefeated in Oberlin Goal this Spring Sports,
04:20PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Oberlin College men’s lacrosse goalkeeper Cal Filson shows no sign of a sophomore slump.   The Mount Greylock graduate enters the week ranked 17th in the nation among Division III keepers with a .655 save percentage.   In his last two games for the 4-0 Yeoman, Filson backstopped the squad to a pair of overtime victories, stopping 15 shots in an 8-7 win over Thiel and eight in a 9-8 win over Mount Union.   Oberlin was scheduled to face La Roche College on Tuesday night.   Back in New England, Williamstown resident and Deerfield Academy grad David Hamilton has a record of 1-2 in goal in three starts for Trinity College this spring. The Bantams senior has turned aside


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