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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Activist Protest Pipeline As Court Case Over Easements Begin
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:49PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

Cars passing Park Square on Friday afternoon were greeted with signs of protest.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A court case with the potential for massive long-term repercussions regarding natural gas pipelines began to play out Friday.

Outside of Berkshire Superior Court, around a hundred activists gathered to protest Kinder Morgan's plans.

The Texas-based pipeline company has two proposed routes cutting through Berkshire County. The Connecticut expansion is eyed to cut through Sandisfield and has become the subject of a lawsuit in which the corporation is seeking the ability to cut trees to begin construction on land the state constitution protects.   The company is seeking


MassDOT Updates Berkshire Construction Projects
03:58PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released an update on the current status of two streetscape improvement projects and one bridge construction project located in Great Barrington, Pittsfield and Dalton.

The Main Street Project in Great Barrington offers various streetscape improvements to the town’s business district.  The project consists of resurfacing and/or replacement of full depth pavement on Main Street from Taconic Avenue North to Cottage Street, a distance of 0.51 miles. The work includes pavement repair, pavement milling and overlay, sidewalk repair, traffic signal improvements and pavement markings, and additional landscape and streetscape improvements.


Greylock Federal Credit Union Holds Youth Week
03:07PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union will hold its annual Youth Week celebration from April 16-23 with the theme “Pump Up Your Savings.”

“Passport to New Adventure” lanyards and free tickets for the week’s events are available at all Greylock branches beginning Saturday, April 16. The annual event fosters financial education among young people in Berkshire County through free fun events and activities designed to enhance skills for managing money and savings.

“The goal of Greylock’s Youth Week is to instill the habit of saving at a young age, offering positive encouragement, and providing financial education to young


Superior Court Briefs: April 12 - April 14
Staff Reports,
02:28PM / Friday, April 15, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 12.   Stephanie Carsno, 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - her second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   She was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on March 4, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, April 14.   John Hobart III, 31, of Housatonic pleaded guilty to seven counts of larceny over $250, five counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, and single counts of possession


'The Boss': Corners the Funny Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

It has been suggested that Melissa McCarthy's scurrilous business tycoon in director-husband Ben Falcone's "The Boss" is a female Donald Trump. Indeed, there are similarities, the main difference being that McCarthy's robber baron is likeable. While equally egocentric, delusional and selfish to a fault, we sense there's a moral core there somewhere. Fact is, real-life people rarely repent and change their spots. So we count on fictitious Scrooges to seek redemption and please our innate sense of right and wrong.

A prologue detailing a childhood scarred by abandonment explains the psychology that went into creating McCarthy's Michelle Darnell, the mogul


The Independent Investor: Have You Had 'The Talk' Yet?
By Bill Schmick,
02:18PM / Thursday, April 14, 2016

Whether you are a Baby Boomer or the child of one, it is about time you faced the music.

We all know that life ends, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. Having a family meeting before it is too late may save all of you needless heartache and financial turmoil.

Today, we are in the midst of an enormous transfer of wealth within America. Trillions of dollars of assets are passing from one generation to another and will continue to do so over the next couple of years. And whenever large amounts of money are involved, there is a need for knowledge, advice and estate planning. You can't do that if you or your family is in the dark when it comes to family finances.

Most experts will


Biz Briefs: April 14-20
11:49AM / Thursday, April 14, 2016
Ruby Sparks is celebrating five years in business.

Grants for businesses: The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation is seeking applicants for matching grants of up to $5,000 that it can award to businesses in Pittsfield and Berkshire County for technical assistance services, such as financial, architectural, legal, engineering, or specialized business planning services.  The funding was awarded to PERC by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.

The purpose of the technical assistance grant program is to help small businesses with 20 or fewer employees expand, grow, improve their operations and create jobs.  All individuals, especially women, minorities,


Berkshire Tidbits: Preparing for Passover
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:57PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The menu for the Haven Supper Club for the week of April 11 to 15 will be:

Roast chicken with asparagus, roasted potatoes and sherry mushroom sauce Lemon roasted rainbow trout with sautéed kale and basmati rice Roast pork loin with sautéed spinach, polenta and pineapple chutney Mushroom risotto with butternut squash and asparagus

Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for 12 dinners. They can be any of the dinners.

Order by Wednesday, pick up at the bakery in Lenox on Friday. The staff suggests people can order for different meals and can choose among that


While Paying Off Student Loans, Donít Forget About Retirement
11:46AM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Even if you’ve been out of school for a few years, you may still have a vivid reminder of college: your student loan debt.

Since you’ve joined the workforce, you might be paying back your loans as best you can. But can you gradually reduce your debts while still putting money away for your long-term goals – such as retirement?

Of course, you might think it’s premature to even think about retiring, since you probably have decades to go before you say goodbye to the working world. But the sooner you begin saving and investing for retirement, the more time you’ll have for your money to grow. Plus, your early start will help you avoid having to play “catch


Krugman Commencement Speaker at Bard College at Simon's Rock
05:52PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Paul Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, will address graduates at the 47th commencement ceremony of Bard College at Simon's Rock, The Early College, on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m.

The ceremony is free and open to the public; priority seating given to the families of graduates.

Krugman was the sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory. As one of the founders of the "New Trade Theory"— economic models that focus on the role of increasing returns to scale, among others — he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal by the American Economic Association


St. Joe High Accredited, Approves Strategic Plan
02:54PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — St. Joseph Central High School has been accredited for 10 years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The recent acknowledgment by NEASC affirms the academic excellence of the diocesan high school's programs and offerings, said school officials. The self-evaluation process, which is also extended to public schools, sets specific criteria as it reviews all aspects of a school.

School Board President John O'Brien applauded the many individuals and their countless meetings involved in the accreditation process, stating that it was "no small undertaking. We are extremely pleased with the NEASC commendations and have incorporated all of


Tractor Supply Paper Clover Drive Benefits 4-H
01:38PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, launches its 2016 Spring Paper Clover Campaign this week

Local Tractor Supply customers can purchase paper clovers between April 13 and April 24 for $1 or more during checkout. All funds raised will be used to support 4-H youth development program activities in the communities where Tractor Supply stores are located.

 "We were so thrilled by the results of last year's Paper Clover Campaign, and with the help of our dedicated customers we hope to meet and exceed that goal this year," said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. "Partnering


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