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Mezze Restaurant Group Names Two New Co-Owners
10:19AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mezze Restaurant Group added two new individuals to its ownership structure on July 6. 

In recognition of their many years of service and their importance to the future of the business, co-owners Nancy Thomas and Bo Peabody have announced Linda Stripp and Nicholas Moulton will become new co-owners of Mezze Restaurant Group.

"I am incredibly excited to welcome Nick and Linda as co-owners of Mezze Restaurant Group. Their contributions to date and their roles in our continued expansion are critical," Peabody said. "Linda's leadership of our events business – our fastest-growing category – has been extraordinary, while Nick's

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Berkshire County Arc Elects New Board Chair
10:13AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Ferry has been elected Berkshire County Arc's chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been serving as the board's treasurer for 16 years.

Ferry brings to the position more than 30 years with Berkshire Bank, most recently as senior vice president, commercial regional president, for Berkshire County and Vermont regions.

"I look forward to working with the board and BCArc's staff to ensure the continued delivery of services to our individuals and families, while maintaining the financial stability of the agency into the future," Ferry saud. "There will always be new challenges, new regulations, a changing economy, and leadership.

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St. Stan's Announces Fourth Period Honor Roll
10:02AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams has announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2019-20 school year.

A student merits high honors for an average of 93 or higher. A student merits honors for an average between 85 and 92.

Grade Eight

High honors: Maggie Little, Joseph Roy, Athena Shafer

Honors: Ty Barrett, Nikolai Mendel

Grade Seven

High honors: Colin Daly, Logan Driscoll, Jacinta Felix, Mary Haight, Cole Maxwell, Noah McGrath, Joshua Touponce

Honors: Samuel McGrath

Grade Six

High honors: Gabrielle Driscoll, Timothy Kupiec, Andrew Meaney

Honors: Manuel Dupras, Ian Militello, Grace Perreault, Aidan Tremblay.

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
09:33AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 56 local students among the 166 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year, which ended May 22.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Ella Biancolo, Pittsfield; Emily Carmel, Pittsfield; Angela Guachione, Pittsfield;

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Protect Yourself Against Financial Scammers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:23AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

It's unfortunate, but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest "industries" has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you will want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself.

For starters, just how widespread is financial fraud? Consider this: In 2019, more than 3.2 million fraud cases were reported to the Federal Trade Commission, with identity theft being the most common type of fraud, accounting for about one-fifth of the overall cases. And fraudulent new accounts (mortgages, student loans, car loans and credit cards) amounted to about $3.4 billion in 2018, according to a study by Javelin Strategy

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Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Opens July 20
05:49AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
DALTON, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires is opening its newest exhibit, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” in the Gallery at the Stationery Factory on Monday.   The exhibit will be open from July 20 through Sunday, Sept. 20. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with weekend hours to be announced at a later date. It is also open by appointment by calling or texting 413-822-6738 or emailing lmgymfest@aol.com.   The exhibit has new displays, artifacts and photos that assist in telling the stories of the rich history of baseball in the Berkshires. In March 2019, The Boston Globe called Baseball in the Berkshires "A Museum Worth Catching.”   Visitors are

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BRPC, Mill Town Unveil Outdoor Recreation Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:18AM / Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Plan lists assets within the county and recommendations on how to leverage them. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission unveiled a countywide outdoor recreation plan last week in conjunction with Mill Town Capital.    Leaders from Mill Town, BRPC and local partners produced a 210-page report that outlines an analysis of the existing outdoor recreation landscape of the Berkshires as well as recommendations for expansion.   "We thought this was a really strong area to flesh out investment, philanthropic areas, and projects so we can just keep building a lot of momentum and infrastructure

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Berkshire Museum Will Reopen Saturday, Aug. 1
12:07PM / Saturday, July 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After being closed for more than four months, the Berkshire Museum will once again welcome visitors through its doors in downtown Pittsfield. 

The museum, which will open in phases, plans to open exclusively to its members for two weeks during its first phase beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, before inviting the whole community in phase 2 starting Monday, Aug. 17. The reopening of the Berkshire Museum comes as part of Phase 3 of the state's four-phase Reopening Massachusetts plan, which began Monday, July 6, as announced on July 2.

The museum intends to meet or exceed all state-mandated health and safety guidelines through each reopening phase. Beginning Aug.

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Neal Announces CARES Act Grants for Cultural Organizations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Friday, July 10, 2020

Norman Rockwell Museum CEO Laurie Norton Moffat, Rep. Richard Neal and Mass Humanities Executive Director Brian Boyles pose beneath a banner with Rockwell's depiction of Rosie the Riveter.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, visited the Norman Rockwell Museum on Friday to announce $72,500 in grants to benefit cultural institutions throughout Berkshire County.

The funds are part of $75 million in grants distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.

Neal told his audience about the expedited process that got the CARES Act enacted and predicted success for the next

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Tropical Storm Bringing Heavy Rain to Berkshires
12:03PM / Friday, July 10, 2020
A tropical storm heading north up the Atlantic coast could bring more rain to the Berkshires over the weekend.    Dubbed "Fay," the storm began as a tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina midweek and formed late Thursday.    According to Accuweather, the storm has sustained winds of 60 mph and could bring 2 to 4 inches of rain over Western Mass and Southern Vermont from late Friday through Saturday morning.    "Fay will make landfall along the New Jersey coast during Friday afternoon," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Lead Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said. "Fay will be a mostly heavy rain producer but could still

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Senate Candidate Kennedy Makes Stops in the Berkshires
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:47PM / Thursday, July 09, 2020

Congressman Joe Kennedy III asks a question of pastry chef Cynthia Walton as Salvatore Perry looks on.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Kennedy used a campaign stop in North Berkshire on Thursday to say that the nation's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic cannot ignore the creative economy that is a major economic driver in the region.   "We want to have arts and cultural institutions," the 4th Mass congressman said during a tour of the Greylock Works mill revival on State Road (Route 2). "Not only are they critically important to our economy, they're literally integral to our quality of life.   "And the

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The Retired Investor: Next Bailout Should Address Job Creation
By Bill Schmick,
04:06PM / Thursday, July 09, 2020
As the COVID-19 virus rages across the nation, Americans are hoping for more assistance from the government on a variety of fronts. So far this month, their hopes have been met with a resounding silence from the White House, although members of Congress are trying to come up with answers that both parties can agree upon. I have a couple of suggestions.    The first round of fiscal and monetary stimulus did a good job in addressing the huge spike in unemployment the country has suffered. While the CARES Act at $2.2 trillion provided $500 billion to distressed industries, almost $350 billion in loans to small businesses and $4100 billion to hospitals, it was the $200 billion in

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