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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:47PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are Gianna

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Three Berkshire County Nursing Homes Praised by National Publication
02:05PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four of Berkshire Healthcare's skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts have been named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

In the Berkshires, Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, Mt. Greylock Extended Care in Pittsfield and Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation were among 75 in Massachusetts designated by the national magazine as “Top Performers” in their selection of the best nursing homes in the country. Berkshire Healthcare affiliate Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in Peabody also earned a spot on the list.

U.S. News evaluated nearly 16,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide,

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Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce Elects Officers
01:16PM / Friday, November 03, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce elected new officers during the annual meeting, held at the Austen Riggs Center on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Barbara Zanetti, executive director of the chamber, said officers elected for the 2018-19 term included President Margaret Kerswill of Mutability in Motion; Vice President Jeff Bell of the Inn at Stockbridge; Assistant Vice President Jay Ogle of Berkshire Bank; Treasurer Susan Higa of the Red Lion Inn; and Secretary Jessi Meagher of Wheeler and Taylor.  

Five others will be joining the board as members-at-large: Mike Tucker of Qualprint, Brian Marshall of Berkshire Theatre Group, Jenni Roy Hallock of Shaker Mill Tavern

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Three Arrested at Pipeline Protests in Sandisfield
01:46PM / Thursday, November 02, 2017
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — Three people, including a Lenox man, were arrested on Wednesday at the site of the Tennessee Gas pipeline project by state police. A Connecticut man, whom troopers say tried to flee, was tased.   Two were arrested for refusing orders to move out of the way of construction vehicles and the third for allegedly assaulting two troopers who attempted to apprehend him after he trespassed on private property.   Max S. Bambery, 31, of Lenox, and Priscilla A. Lynch, 65, of Conway, were charged with disorderly conduct.   Jacob Renner, 24, of Sharon, Conn., was charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police office and single counts of trespassing,

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Berkshire County Firefighters Complete Academy Training Class
06:02PM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Three Berkshire County residents graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy on Monday in Springfield.    John Duval of Adams, Troy Baroli of Dalton and William Filiault of West Stockbridge were among the 25 men and women from 15 departments who completed call/volunteer recruit firefighter training Class 66.    State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and academy Director David C. Evans presented the certificates of completion at the Department of Fire Services' Springfield campus.   The volunteer training program delivers a standard recruit training curriculum, meeting national standards, on nights and weekends to accommodate the

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Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Announces Nominations for Berkie Awards
12:51PM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association has announced the nominees for the second annual Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as The Berkies.

The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theater in the greater Berkshire region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Nov. 6 on the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield. Limited reservations are available by calling 413-822-7384.

This year, 80 nominees in 20 categories were culled from the 381 votes of critics who covered productions at theaters in four

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Checklist for Helping You Choose a Financial Professional
12:13PM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

For reasons likely to remain obscure, October 30 is Checklist Day. But while the origins of this observance may be a mystery, the value of checklists is clear: They help us organize our time and break large jobs into manageable steps. You can use a checklist for just about any significant endeavor – including the task of choosing a financial professional to help you achieve your important goals.

Here's what such a checklist might look like:

* Find someone with the proper credentials. Make sure a prospective financial professional has the appropriate securities registrations.

* Find someone who has worked with people like you. You will want to seek out a financial professional

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Weathering the Storm: What to Do If You Catch the Flu
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11:23AM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Imagine you see a weather report for heavy rain. You're headed off to work for the day, and you have your rain coat within easy reach. Do you bring it with you? Of course you do! You bring it with you knowing that, depending on the storm, the raincoat may not be 100 percent effective. But it will go a good long way to keep you dry.

As an infectious disease specialist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, especially in the months leading up to flu season, I spend a lot of time persuading people to get a flu shot. It really is the best way to prevent getting the flu yourself and to decrease the effect of the flu on the whole community.

According to a recent study reported by the

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Massachusetts Health Connector Begins Open Enrollment
11:10AM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Connector has started open enrollment for 2018, providing members and new applicants the opportunity to pick a health insurance plan for the New Year, and officially kicking off a full-scale, statewide outreach and education campaign.

Massachusetts has the highest insured rate in the country, with 97.5 percent of the state's residents covered according to the U.S. Census. The lead up to Open Enrollment has created national concern about outreach activities, particularly in states that are part of the federal government Exchange. Consistent with the commonwealth's mission to support access to affordable health coverage for everyone, the

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BMC Again Achieves Straight As for Patient Safety
10:57PM / Tuesday, October 31, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has once again been named among the safest hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group, the nation's leading nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety. 

The Leapfrog Group has announced new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for fall of 2017, and Berkshire Medical Center once again earned an "A." BMC has achieved straight As since the inception of the Safety Grade in 2012, and is one of only 59 hospitals out of over 2,600 surveyed nationwide to attain this honor.

"Berkshire Medical Center has been, and continues to be a national leader in providing the safest environment for our patients," said David

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Biz Briefs: Abstract Art Colors Walls at Tunnel City Coffee
02:47PM / Monday, October 30, 2017
Coffee and art

Contemporary abstract work by Williamstown, Mass., artists Jeff and Jane Hudson now hangs at Tunnel City Coffee’s flagship shop on Spring Street, marking the next phase of the pair's artistic journey. The show runs through December.

Jane Hudson's deftly plotted explosions of color energize the shop’s walls, while Jeff Hudson's contemporary digital prints engage visitors with nothing less than burning social questions of the modern world.

Moving from analog through the technological revolution and into the realm of software applications and iPad drawings, the Hudsons consider themselves lucky to keep pace. They use a variety of Mac-based photography

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Berkshires Beat: Coalition Holds Fall Neighborlies Awards Night
01:17PM / Monday, October 30, 2017

Adia Bourassa was honored with a Neighborly Award. Facing recognition

The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held its Fall Neighborlies Community Recognition Award Ceremony at Congregation Beth Israel on Oct. 18. Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community. Northern Berkshire Community Coalition staff and Mayor Richard Alcombright presented Neighborlies to the following recipients:

* Community Health and Wellness awards went

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