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Red Lion Reopens Dining Room With $1M Renovated Kitchen
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Saturday, April 29, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Red Lion Inn bakes more than 6,000 muffins and some 1,300 of its famous apple pies every year.

So when the bakeshop in the multiroom kitchen showed signs of structural distress, inn management decided if it was time to revamp this very important area, why not do the whole kitchen over?   After more than two months of construction, inn officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated $1 million kitchen on Thursday afternoon, capping the latest update of the historic structure whose roots date back to the 1770s.   Owner Nancy Fitzpatrick joked it was the kind of project done only about every 75 years or so.    "So you're all


'Baseball and the Berkshires' Moves to Berkshire Mall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:17PM / Friday, April 28, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Right alongside an athletic shoe retailer where today's high school baseball stars would feel at home, the stars of Berkshire County's yesteryear have a new home.   "Baseball and the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond" holds its grand opening on Saturday and Sunday and will be open Friday through Sunday for the foreseeable future at its new digs at the Berkshire Mall.   After spending parts of the past two years at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, including last year's run as a traveling exhibit, curator Larry Moore hopes the mall location will be a permanent home for the exhibit, which features artifacts celebrating the game's


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Traffic Commission Unsure What Else Can Be Done For Deming Park Traffic
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:41PM / Friday, April 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Traffic Commission was unable to come up with a plan to ease traffic congestion around Deming Park on game days.   The park with both Little League and Babe Ruth playing fields is packed during the baseball season, with cars overflowing from the parking lot and lining the sides of Newell Street and Meadow Lane. Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo put forth two petitions aimed to ease that burden — one to eliminate parking on Boise, Newell, and Meadow in the immediate area surrounding the parking lot and two to make it so no left turns can be made exiting the lot.   "The site lights both southwest and easterly are pretty hindered by the


@theMarket: 100 Days Does Not an Economy Make?
By Bill Schmick,
04:24PM / Friday, April 28, 2017
Markets by their very nature are impatient. Every day they are open, something, somewhere has to be making traders money. Applying that behavior to either Donald Trump or the overall economy would be a mistake.   Nonetheless, it is what it is, Friday's first quarter GDP data, which measures the pace of growth in the U.S. economy, came at a dismal 0.7 percent. That was far less than expected.  Most economists were expecting a number closer to 1 percent or more.   The response from Wall Street was "where's the beef," meaning that there has been little to no evidence that our new president has done anything whatsoever for the economy. But what about all the new


Superior Court Briefs: April 26 - April 27
Staff Reports,
02:34PM / Friday, April 28, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Daniel ford on Wednesday, April 26.   Timothy Carnute, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of  possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of cocaine - his second offense.   He was released on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle check in Pittsfield on January 1,


Pittsfield Police Arrest Two On Firearm Charges Following Search
Staff Reports,
02:03PM / Friday, April 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police seized a number of guns from a Linden Street home Friday morning.    Police said the Berkshire County Special Response Team executed a "no-knock" search warrant at 108 Linden Street. The search was after an investigation in tandem with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.    Fabian Herandez, 34, of Pittsfield and Jeremy Paul, 39, of Pittsfield were arrested on firearm charges. During the search, police found a number of weapons including a sawed-off shotgun. 


Wealth Management Team At Berkshire Bank Expands
01:55PM / Friday, April 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has expanded its wealth management enterprise with the addition of a premier financial adviser known for his investment acumen and wealth management capabilities.  

Stephen J. Augstell has joined Wealth Management as a senior financial planner and Vice president/wealth adviser at Berkshire Bank.

Augstell brings more than 27 years of industry experience, including his most recent position as the regional financial planning manager with Key Private Bank in Albany, N.Y., where he served as a senior vice president/team leader and senior financial planner. Additionally, Augstell has served as a lecturer in finance at Siena College since 2010, as


Pittsfield Highlights Westside Riverway Park For Arbor Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:52PM / Friday, April 28, 2017

City Council President Peter Marchetti read a proclamation to celebrate Arbor Day. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It may seem like an odd setting to celebrate Arbor Day: an active construction site where some trees have been removed and soil dug up, resting alongside a river historically known for pollution.   But the celebration wasn't about what the site off of Dewey Avenue is now. It is what it will be — the Westside Riverway Park.   The site of former blighted homes will eventually feature a number of new trees, access to the river, a walking bridge, and sitting areas as the city's newest park.    "If you had been here 18 months ago what you


Berkshire Bank Names New Vice Presdident/Marketing Officer
01:36PM / Friday, April 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has announced the promotion of Mark Pedrotti to vice president/marketing officer. 

Pedrotti began his career with Berkshire Bank as a college intern from Johnson & Wales University in 2006. He was offered permanent employment in 2008 as e-marketing and website administrator and has continued to learn and grow within the marketing department, taking on new titles and increasing challenges as the years have progressed.

"Mark is a key member of Berkshire Bank’s marketing team and this promotion reflects his dedication to his position" said Elizabeth Mach, SVP/marketing officer. "We are proud of his accomplishments and look


BMC Doctor Honored with Patient-Centered Award
01:26PM / Friday, April 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A highly respected BMC Emergency Medicine specialist has been recognized with the 2017 Patient-Centered Physician Award, presented annually to a physician who exemplifies the philosophy of patient-centered care at BMC. 

Dennis Owens, MD, a longtime member of the Emergency Department team, was awarded the honor during a special breakfast ceremony on March 30, National Doctors Day. 

"In the past we have honored many remarkable physicians and surgeons, but I have to say this year’s recipient of the 14th annual Patient-Centered Physician award stood out, not just in his qualifications to receive this honor, but in the sheer number of nominations

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'Born in China': Animal Magnetism
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:01PM / Friday, April 28, 2017

One of the key joys of seeing "Born in China," a splendidly picturesque documentary about snow leopard Dawa and her two cubs; Tao Tao, a young snub-nosed monkey; and a giant panda

Ya Ya and her daughter, Mei Mei, was worth listening to the kids in the audience emoting. Normally, I would rail at the ragamuffins' commentary with an agitation worthy of the great W.C. Fields. But this was different. For many of the seemingly delighted and relatively polite tykes, this was their first movie experience. Respect must be paid.

Here was the nascence of what might become a lifelong love of that to which I have attributed everything from a zeal for adventure to the development of


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