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Dellea's 'Quiet' Service Trumpeted as BCC Turf Field Named in His Honor
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:19PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday afternoon, Berkshire Community College ushered in a new era in Berkshire County sports and recognized a longtime civic leader in the process.

The best part for honoree Gene Dellea? It just may be the fact that his part came at the end of a 45-minute dedication.   "For all of you who know this person, you will say to yourself, 'Of course, this should be dedicated to this person,' " Dellea's friend Emil George said moments before revealing the name of the long-awaited artificial turf field at BCC. "Because this field is important not just to Pittsfield but to Berkshire County, it should be dedicated to someone who has given


Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 27 - Aug. 29
Staff Reports,
04:58PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 27.   Erica Emerling, 29, of  Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of aggravated rape of a child with force, aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and posing a child in a sexual act.   She was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in  Pittsfield on January 1, 2018 and involved and 18-month-old boy.   Seton Janulis, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

@theMarket: September's stock market
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
Next week, Wall Street's big boys return to their offices. Campaigning for mid-term elections moves to the front burner, and tariff threats between the U.S. and China will likely escalate. Welcome to one of the worst months of the year for stocks.   It is true that both September and October tend to be negative months for the averages. Since 1945, the S&P 500 Index has, on average, lost 1 percent. In addition, it is a mid-term election year where Septembers are almost always rocky months for the market.   One could say that investors face an entire fall season of potential risks. Besides those I have already listed above, there will be the implementation of the new Iranian


Berkshire Money Management Welcomes New Community Development Director
01:59PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management, a locally based investment advisory firm, announces that Berkshire native Nichole Dupont has joined the firm's growing team of investment and business professionals.

Dupont is a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant whose work has appeared in multiple regional and national publications including Berkshire Magazine, The Take, Rural Intelligence, the Berkshire Eagle, Newsday and the Huffington Post. She has also helped businesses and nonprofits — Simon's Rock college, Emma Willard School, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and many others— "find" their stories and bring this unique


Lenox United Methodist Church Receives New Pastor
12:30PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England United Methodist Conference has announced Nami Yu as the new pastor of the United Methodist Church of Lenox at 6 Holmes Road.

Pastor Nami Yu’s appointment will be celebrated with a special installation service at the United Methodist Church of Lenox on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

Pastor Yu comes from previous appointments serving two churches as senior Pastor in Brattleboro, Vt., and Leyden, Mass. Prior to that she served as Sunday school minister at Wesley UMC of Medford while completing her studies at the School of Theology at Boston University, where she graduated in July of 2016.

Pastor Nami is a native of South Korea,


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 31-Sept. 6
12:10PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
SUNDAY Joe Iconis & Family at Barrington Stage  Back by popular demand! Come celebrate Labor Day with musical theater rabble rouser Joe Iconis and his family of supremely talented singers and musicians. These musical mavericks make it clear why thecalls Joe the future of musical theater. These songs about anything and everything will make you laugh, cry, scream and drink. It's the perfect way to say goodbye to summer! Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 7 p.m.


SAT Wayne "The Train" Hancock at Shaker Village Wayne "The

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Friday, August 31, 2018

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 3. Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states to


'Puzzle': She's Come A Long Way, Maybe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
07:38PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
We are reminded in Marc Turtletaub's "Puzzle," about an unappreciated housewife who finds meaning and identity in doing jigsaw puzzles, that if you want to find truth, look to fiction. We Homo sapiens have been doing it since time immemorial. No one's feelings get hurt, at least not until their misdeeds are exposed for what they are. So bless the metaphors — purveyors of honesty by illustration. Civilizations rise and fall by them, proving in their finest example that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.   Building his case from a sensitively adept script Polly Mann and Owen Moverman adapted from the Argentinian film "Rompecabezas,"


The Independent Investor: How Prepared Are You to Sell Your Company?
By Bill Schmick,
07:24PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
If you are a small-business owner and are toying with the idea of someday selling your company, you should pay attention. Only one in five small businesses put up for sale result in a closing. How do you become one of those success stories?   Where I live and work, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, there are relatively few large companies. We are over-populated with "Mom and Pop businesses." As such, I meet and talk to plenty of these enterprise owners daily. An overwhelming number of these entrepreneurs have saved little or nothing towards their retirement.   Instead, they believe that at some point, someone would swoop in and buy their business,


Baseball in the Berkshires Honors Drury's 1978 State Championship Baseball Team
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:48PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Retired coach Tom McGrath coached the '78 Blue Devils to a state championship and was the force behind their once-in-a-lifetime trip to play in Taiwan.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Winning a high school state championship is the kind of thing that gives most people a lifetime of memories.   But it was just one of the once-in-a-lifetime events for members of the Drury High baseball team in 1978.   Both the North Adams Blue Devils' state crown and their exhibition games in Taiwan were recognized Sunday in a ceremony marking their 40th anniversary at the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall.   "That were a lot of things happening that


Arson Ruled on Three Boylston Street Fires in Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
01:45PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three fires on Boylston Street have all been ruled arson.   Authorities are now asking for any information on the series of fires — and even offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps solve the case.   "All of these fires were intentionally set. We ask anyone with information to contact the toll-free Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229. All calls are confidential," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in a statement released on Wednesday.   The most recent blaze was at 26 Boylston St. was on Aug. 26, when a vacant structure was set on fire. Prior to that, there were structure fires at 24 Boylston and at 32-34


Pittsfield Starts Another School Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:32PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Martin McEvoy, or maybe more known as 'Dr. Mac,' is embracing his new job as the principal of Herberg Middle School. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elected officials, firefighters, police officers, and community members stood in rows outside of each elementary school on Wednesday morning with arms stretched out to give each student a high five.   School is back.   Close to 70 community members used their morning to send a clear message to all of the returning students that the city as a whole is rooting for them.   "To see the smiles on the kid's faces, the parents, and the teachers, there is nothing better to start the year," said the school


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