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Senate Candidates Debate at UCP in North Adams
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In the seventh of eight debates in six days, the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat continued to show their differences.   United Cerebral Palsy held a nearly 3-hour forum Friday night with Executive Director Salvatore Garozzo moderating. The primary election is on Thursday
Local Environmentalist Updates Guide to Berkshire Trails
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lauren R. Stevens has been traipsing through the Berkshire mountains for more than 40 years. And he wants others to find the same joy has in exploring the trails that weave throughout the county. "I want people to gain an appreciation of the beautiful place we live in," the
@theMarket: A Tale of Two Interest Rates
Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, investors had little to do but bet on how strong or weak the unemployment number would be. It turned out to be weaker than expected and the markets rallied. Yes, we are once again in a "bad news is good news environment." Weaker economic data means the chances of the Federal Reserve Bank raising
The Independent Investor: The VA ó Political Football
It is an election year and as such veterans are a voting block that neither side can resist. Both candidates are promising to overhaul Veterans Affairs once elected. The questions are whether to hand it over to the private sector or just try and fix the government organization's short-comings. We all remember the terrible scandal back
Polling Stations in Berkshire County
Polls are open in Massachusetts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for state & federal elections, including primaries; municipal election times vary. Where to vote: Adams: Department of Public Works garage, North Summer Street Becket: Town Hall, Main Street Cheshire: Community Senior Center, 119 School St. Clarksburg: Senior Center, Cross
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Berkshire Mall Set to Be Sold
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Berkshire Mall is set to be sold to a New York investment firm which specializes in distressed malls.   Mehran Kohanseih, also known as Mike Kohan, said he will close on a sale of the mall Friday for $3.5 million. His goal is to be a "hands-on" owner and bring new
Campaign Finance Takes Center Stage In GMP Senate Debate
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The morning after pre-primary reports were due to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance, the three vying for the Democratic nomination for the state senate sparred on WTBR's "Good Morning, Pittsfield."   Leading off the debate, host John Krol tackled those reports posed
Pignatelli Kicks Off Re-election Campaign
William 'Smitty' Pignatelli is embarking on his eighth campaign for House of Representatives. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In front of a crowd of who's who of the Berkshires, fifth-grader Jada McKie took to the microphone.   "Massachusetts has the greatest state representative of all and it is I,
Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 19 National Awards
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Of the few long-term care and senior living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corporation for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, Berkshire Healthcare communities captured about 75 percent – 19 out of 25 - of the Massachusetts awards. In the Berkshire region,
'Playing With Fire' Merges Music, Mystery With Flair
Often, when we think of our greatest musicians – performers who spend countless hours practicing their instrument, and leading up to that, years perfecting their craft to attain the highest levels of virtuosic and interpretive artistry - we may assume that their lives are fully taken up by mastering their art. So, it may come as
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