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Conversation With Wayfair CEO Opens Neal's Economic Summit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:32PM / Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer welcomes the gathering on Thursday.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The founder of Wayfair engaged in a conversation with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on Wednesday morning, covering topics of technology, entrepreneurship, immigration, taxes and trade.    Niraj Shah, a 1991 graduate of Pittsfield High School, is bringing 300 jobs to his hometown with the development of a call center for the international home decor company. He was the keynote speaker at Neal's Economic Development Policy Summit hosted by Berkshire Community College.    Shah's father was one of the thousands employed by General Electric in Pittsfield. He'd emigrated from India

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Flu Shot: It's That Time Again
By Dr. Everett Lamm,
11:45AM / Tuesday, October 01, 2019

With flu season around the corner, your health care providers, employers, pharmacists and others are sounding the annual reminder: "Get your annual flu shot." We encourage this for you — and for the people around you, too. We see evidence every year of the benefits of the flu vaccine, and we also see the risks of skipping it.

The flu vaccine has dramatic impacts on public health. However, since strains of the flu may vary from year to year, the vaccine must be received annually. Although the vaccine doesn't guarantee a flu-free winter and perfect health, medical research has convincingly shown that the flu shot reduces flu severity and reduces sick visits,

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How to Become a Long-term Investor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:17AM / Tuesday, October 01, 2019

It's a fairly predictable pattern: When the stock market rises, more people invest, but after a large-scale drop, many of these same people head for the exits. But by staying out of the financial markets, and only putting their money in "safe" vehicles that offer few or no growth prospects, are they really helping themselves?

Here's the bottom line: If you're going to make progress toward your long-term goals, you have to become a long-term investor. But how?

To begin with, you need to understand that long-term investing involves accepting inevitable short-term price swings. You may not like seeing those sharp price drops, but it will help your outlook greatly if

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Adams Man Charged With Murder In Columbus Avenue Shooting
02:50PM / Monday, September 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Adams man has been charged in the murder of 32-year-old Stephanie Olivieri of Yonkers, N.Y.   Tyler Sumner, 25, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on a single count of murder on Monday.   He is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Sumner was arrested in Adams on Saturday by Pittsfield Police, with assistance from Adams Police and North Adams Police. The charge is in connection with the Aug. 25 shooting on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield that killed Olivieri.   Olivieri, a native of Pittsfield, suffered a single gunshot wound while sitting in a silver sedan near the intersection of Columbus and

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Police Investigating Assault at Simon's Rock; College Cancels Classes
10:06AM / Monday, September 30, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon’s Rock has canceled classes for the week as it deals with an assault on a student and the appearance of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti.   Police are investigating an assault that occurred on Friday at 2 p.m. on a wooded area of the campus. The victim was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and treated for minor injuries and released, according to Great Barrington Police and district attorney's office.    The Berkshire Edge reports that the college community was apprised by email that "a student of color was physically assaulted on the Simon's Rock campus by an as yet

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HiLo North Adams Welcomes Comedy Night to the Region
By Rick Duteau, iBerkshires Correspondent
07:07PM / Saturday, September 28, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — We enjoyed a live comedy show in North Adams on Thursday night.   HiLo North Adams entertained a near-capacity audience on Thursday night for its inaugural Comedy Night, headlined by comedian Monroe Martin.    The venue at Canal and Union streets opened just a few weeks ago to bring a local home for live music and nightlife entertainment, and Comedy Night is another extension of that vision.   Both audiences and performers alike were unsure what to expect of one another, and yet almost immediately the atmosphere felt comfortable and exciting in a way that suggested this was anything but the first time this was happening there. The feel of the

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@theMarkets: Markets Muddle Through
By Bill Schmick,
04:17PM / Friday, September 27, 2019
As we close this quarter, investors are having a hard time deciding what the stock market’s next move will be. Since the future appears murky right now, equities are trapped in a tight trading range. Will we break out? And, if so, in which direction?   For the bulls, we are tantalizingly close to breaking out to all-time highs, but every time we do, something happens to spoil the parade. The bears, on the other hand, believe the markets are fraught with risk and should be sold. Both sides have a good case, but that decision is going to be made elsewhere, specifically, in Washington, D.C.   You would have to be marooned on a desert island not to know the events that have

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Norman Rockwell Museum Hires New Communications Manager
04:04PM / Friday, September 27, 2019

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — After an extensive search, Norman Rockwell Museum has named Alyssa Stüble as the new communications manager.

In this role, she will help bolster NRM's presence in the media and highlight the broad range of the museum's offerings, from special exhibitions to virtual reality experiences, and more. Additionally, her digital marketing experience will bring online content to new audiences and grow the museum's regional and national footprint.

"We are delighted to welcome Alyssa to NRM and our Berkshire community," said Margit Hotchkiss, chief marketing officer. "Her museum experience and contemporary communications skillset will

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Berkshires Beat: CATA, Mass Audubon Collaborate on Art Exhibit at Wildlife Sanctuary
03:45PM / Friday, September 27, 2019
'Forces of Nature'

Community Access to the Arts and Mass Audubon present "Forces of Nature," an exhibit of paintings and drawings by CATA artists with disabilities inspired by the wildlife and natural landscape of the Berkshires. The exhibit is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between CATA and Mass Audubon, where CATA artists worked with educators and naturalists from Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore connections between art and nature.

The exhibit opens Oct. 3 with a free, public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the historic barn at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. "Forces of Nature" runs through Oct. 31 31 in the barn at Mass

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Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative Unveils Mobile Health Unit
02:21PM / Friday, September 27, 2019

CHP CEO Lia Spiliotes and the new Mobile Health Unit.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative, a MassHealth Accountable Care Organization Partnership Plan, has launched a new state-of-the-art Mobile Health Unit (MHU) that will travel throughout Berkshire County, increasing outreach and bringing healthcare directly to patients.

The Berkshire Fallon Mobile Health Unit will be staffed by Community Health Programs' medical and operations staff during its visits to various Berkshire locations.

"One of the advantages of the ACO model of care is that we are afforded the flexibility to be creative in addressing the needs of the populations we serve.

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Fall Foliage Festival Begins With Friday Night Movie
01:58PM / Friday, September 27, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 64th annual Fall Foliage Festival kicks off in North Adams on Friday, Sept. 27. This year’s theme is "There's No Place Like Home ... in the Berkshires," a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the film "The Wizard of Oz."

The following is a schedule of events taking place during the Fall Foliage Festival, beginning Friday, Sept. 27, and concluding with the 64th annual Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, Oct. 6. For more information on any of the events, call 413-664-6180 or visit the website.

 

Friday, Sept. 27

* Movies Under the Stars at Colegrove Park Presents "The Wizard of Oz" at Colegrove Park, North Church

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Program Aims to Help Young People in North Adams at Risk of Criminal Activity
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:00AM / Friday, September 27, 2019

The new West Main Connection program, an initiative of 18 Degrees, will be located at the city-owned building at 6 West Main St. in North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Tuesday afternoon, the upper floors of 6 West Main St. were filled with well-wishers from the community.

In the coming weeks, the space will be filled with messages of hope, community connections, and resources to help guide vulnerable young people to a safe and healthy future.

"The most exciting part of this now is we're going to be working with young people in the community, and we have the opportunity, and they have the opportunity, to make their lives what they dreamed of," Colleen Holmes,

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