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Berkshire Reps Serve Important Roles at Democratic Convention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:10AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark remembers the first time he watched a Democratic National Convention in 1988.   He watched the speeches and the celebration of the party and was fascinated. He's watched every single one since and volunteered at the 2004 convention in Boston that nominated Secretary of State John Kerry, then the state's U.S. senator. Now he'll serve an important role this week in Philadelphia — as a delegate. He's the only Berkshire County delegate from either party and either campaign.   "I was the first elected official in Massachusetts to endorse Bernie Sanders and I am co-chair of the Massachusetts Bernie Sanders

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Documentary Explores Good Life in the Berkshires
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:34AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tim Durrin and friends on bicycles. Durrin turned to social work after his military service. See the trailer here.

NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A documentary film examining what it takes for a life well-lived has focused on several Berkshires residents to illustrate its ideas.

"A Small Good Thing" won best documentary at this year's Boston International Film Festival. Among director Pamela Tanner Boll's previous credits is as a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels." "A Small Good Thing" has a screening at the New Marlborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Her path to making "A Small Good Thing"

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Inauguration 2016
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Chinese Garden Unveiled at Naumkeag
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:41PM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dragon Dancers were part of the festivities. See more photos here.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Hundreds gathered at the annual Naumkeag Afternoon Garden Party on Saturday to celebrate the newly renovated Chinese Garden.

Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations president and CEO, welcomed honorary co-Chairs Yo-Yo Ma and his wife, Jill Hornor, and Naumkeag staff to celebrate the unveiling of newly-renovated Chinese Temple Garden and the 125th anniversary of the conservation group.

"We believe that Naumkeag is more than a cultural icon. It is a work of art perched on the edge of 46 acres of pasture, woodlands and gardens,"Erickson said. "The artisans here made this

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Pittsfield Americans Win Little League Sectional
06:08PM / Saturday, July 23, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- There are a lot of ways to look at the dominance of the Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars in their Massachusetts Section 1 tournament run.   Here is one way to put things in perspective: In one swing of the bat on Saturday afternoon, Brendan Stannard drove in more runs than Pittsfield allowed in three games.   And he did the same thing again the next time he went to the plate.   Stannard went 3-for-3 with two grand slams and nine RBIs to lead Pittsfield to a 20-0 win over Holden and a 3-0 record in the four-team, double-elimination tournament.   With the win, Pittsfield advances to the four-team state final that begins on Thursday in

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@theMarket: Markets Need to Digest Recent Gains
By Bill Schmick,
07:50AM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned.

It is true that the markets, like the humans that trade them, tend to vacillate between these emotions when gains and losses begin to nudge the extremes. Of course, we would all like the markets to just continue to climb, but a line I read recently sums it up well.

"Keep in mind that betting on never-ending capital gains is the very definition of a Ponzi scheme."

The best thing that could happen to the stock market in the short-term would be to

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Stephentown Man Sentenced To 30 Years in Jail For Drug Operation
Staff Reports,
06:21PM / Friday, July 22, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass — A Stephentown, N.Y. man was sentenced to 30 years in jail on drugs charges, the investigation of which included 14 Berkshire County residents being indicted, including former City Councilor Paul Capitiano.   Joshua Stegemann was sentenced to 30 years by The United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York, on Friday on charges of possessing cocaine, heroin, and oxycodone with intent to distribute, possessing two handguns in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and unlawfully possessing three firearms and ammunition as a felon.   Stegemann had been convicted by a jury of the crimes last August. The Stephentown, N.Y. resident

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Superior Court Briefs: July 18 - July 22
Staff Reports,
06:03PM / Friday, July 22, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 18.   Michael Taylor, 56, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of heroin, and resisting arrest.   He was released on $1,000 bail but he is also currently being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on other charges. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on June 6, 2016.   Michael Crump, 39, of Canaan, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to

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SABIC Leaves 'Bittersweet' Parting Gift To United Way
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Friday, July 22, 2016

Brenda Petell presented the check to Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazard.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — By the end of the year, SABIC may be gone.

But not forgotten.

Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp.'s Innovative Plastics is leaving a legacy of philanthropy and community engagement behind with a parting gift of a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way.   The company has made major impacts in the city of Pittsfield over the years with donations to the Berkshire United Way, employees serving on boards and commissions, and volunteer efforts on a number of projects.    The headquarters are being moved to Houston and some 300 employees will be moved

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Berkshire County Banker Completes ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management
02:53PM / Friday, July 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mark Pedrotti, the AVP digital marketing officer of Berkshire Bank, recently graduated from the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management held in June at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta.

"The ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management gave me the opportunity to learn from the best in the field and to exchange information and ideas with my peers," Pedrotti said.

The only national school of its kind, the program provides marketers, managers and specialists with an intensive education under the guidance and direction of faculty advisors comprised of distinguished marketing and banking professionals. Students develop

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Barrington Stage Names New Trustees
11:29AM / Friday, July 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Warren C. Dews Jr.,  Isanne Fisher and Eleanore Velez to the Board of Trustees.

"I am thrilled to welcome three dynamic new board members to the Barrington Stage family.  They will give our board and our organization a richer, deeper understanding of our Berkshire community and how we can serve it more effectively," said ​Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

Dews Jr. has worked in the media industry for close to two decades. Dews’ ascent in the field is evident by his former roles. Initially, he held positions such as Telemarketing Supervisor, Single Copy Sales Manager, Sales & Marketing

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 22-28
10:36AM / Friday, July 22, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     July 22 - July 28,

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Pittsfield Celebrates 10 Years of Third Thursday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:39AM / Friday, July 22, 2016

Attendees helped hold out the banner while a drone flew overhead to snap photos. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has had its ups and downs over the last decade but one thing has remained constant — Third Thursday.   Put on by the city's Office of Cultural Development, the street fair is held monthly throughout the summer is still going strong. At July's event, the organizers celebrated the 10 year anniversary.   "They come out through all of it and says 'this is our city.' It uplifts the community. It brings the city together. It's a great showing of community spirit in a half-mile radius," Director of Cultural Development Jen Glockner

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