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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire Curling Club Hopes to Ride Olympic Wave of Popularity
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, October 30, 2017

Organizers of the year-old Curl Berkshires says interest in the 600-year-old sport tends to peak during the Winter Olympics. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — You don't need blades to hit the ice.   "I can't skate, but I can curl," says Gerrit Blauvelt. "It's not a requirement that you have any physical ability. Curlers come as young as 5 or 6, and there are people curling into their 90s.   "If you want to do more competitive levels, there are those opportunities."   For the uninitiated, there is the Curling Club of the Berkshires.   Blauvelt is the vice president of the year-old non-profit, which will offer an open house for would-be

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@theMarket: Markets Are Waiting for Tax Reform
By Bill Schmick,
10:48AM / Saturday, October 28, 2017
Stocks gyrated up and down this week as events in Washington competed with quarterly earnings results for investor's attention. Next week, we should find out more about both.   True to form, third-quarter earnings results have been in-line or better than expected. Over 70 percent of companies have "beat" earnings estimates, which is no surprise. Sales and earnings guidance have also been upbeat. For those unfortunate corporations who "missed" their targets on either the top or bottom line, retribution was swift and dramatic.   Some companies saw their stock price plummet 20 percent or more. And we are not just talking about penny stocks. Some mega-cap

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The Independent Investor: IRS Changes Tax Rules for Next Year
By Bill Schmick,
02:39PM / Friday, October 27, 2017
As politicians squabble over tax reform and cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to do their job. New tax provisions for 2018 are out and some of them may be of interest to you.   Right now, there are seven marginal tax rates (soon to be three or four, if tax reform happens). Each tax bracket applies to a different income range. The highest tax rate (39.6 percent) will apply to all those who make $426,700, or $480,050 (married). The lowest rate, at 10 percent, would apply to those making $9,525 as an individual and $19,050, if married. You can review the other five brackets at your leisure by going to IRS.gov.   The IRS has also increased the standard deduction to

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Senator Markey Holding Town Hall in Pittsfield
02:13PM / Friday, October 27, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., will hold a town hall on Sunday at Barrington Stage Company.    The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; doors open at 5. The theater is located at 30 Union St., off North Street, with parking available in the Columbus Avenue Parking Garage a block south or on the other side of North Street in the Melville Parking Lot.    Markey will take questions from the audience and discuss U.S. Senate action on the opioid crisis, health care, tax reform and foreign policy. The event is free and open to the public.   The senator has been holding town halls across the state with the most recent in Western Massachusetts in

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Brien Center Program Director Receives Excellence in Program Leadership Award
01:13PM / Friday, October 27, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Meri-Ellen Morgans of The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse has received the Excellence in Program Leadership Award from the Association for Behavioral Healthcare.

ABH, a statewide organization representing more than 80 community-based behavioral healthcare provider organizations, announced its 2017 Recognition Award recipients at its Salute to Excellence event, earlier this month. Each year, ABH recognizes individuals and groups that have made impressive contributions to the field of mental health and addiction treatment.

"On behalf of ABH, we want to thank all of today's award recipients for the important work that they do every

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New Doctor Joins BHS Renal Services
12:47PM / Friday, October 27, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Kevin Quiusky, a board-certified and fellowship-trained nephrologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and to the physician staff of the BHS Kidney Disease and Hypertension Center.

Dr. Quiusky is accepting new patients in need of renal care and is partnered with doctors David Albert, Hani Erian, David Henner, Steven Lamontagne and Henry Rose, and nurse practitioners Sheila Silsby and Susan Downey Luhrmann.

Dr. Quiusky is board-certified in internal medicine and was fellowship-trained in nephrology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He received his medical degree from

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017
10:45AM / Friday, October 27, 2017

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too! If your organization is holding something Halloween related,

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BRTA Seeking Feedback on Employment-Based Transportation
07:04PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation.    The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.   It included identifying where the employment centers are, what the various shifts are, and how to connect these employees to their jobs oncepublic transportation ends.   Berkshire County residents are invited to attend a public meeting to hear the aspects of the study and to provide feedback on

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'Victoria and Abdul': The Queen and I
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:18PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
Remember the first time you heard someone opine that "The rich get richer and the poor get more children?" You looked up from your playpen and thought, "Gee, that's not a very good starting point. Guess I'll have to grow up to be either rich or a social reformer, whatever that is?"   Thus, faced with that cynical, socioeconomic fact practically since birth, and having fought the good fight for one side or the other throughout a good portion of your life, a little ameliorative drama to ease the class warfare battle scars is always welcome. "Victoria and Abdul" provides it.   In this sweet, nicely filmed tale based on the actual relationship

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'Baseball and the Berkshires' Offers Special Events this Weekend
12:27PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will hold its next “Talkin’ Baseball” presentation on Saturday from noon to 1, when former minor league pitcher Peter Greenbush will be the guest speaker.   A North Adams native and former Colorado Rockies farm hand, Greenbush will be in the Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit to meet, greet, sign autographs and talk baseball with all attendees.   Baseball in the Berkshires, in conjunction with the Berkshire Mall’s Malloween event, is presenting "Batmania: A History of Baseball Bats," presented by Larry Moore, outreach educator from the National Baseball Hall of

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Mildred Elley Opens Admissions Office in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With a new admissions office on Main Street, Mildred Elley is ready to connect Northern Berkshire residents with career training and education opportunities.   Director of Admissions Jennifer Bushika said 20 percent of Mildred Elley's student population comes from Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and that opening up a satellite facility in North Adams will make it easier for current and potential students to connect with the Pittsfield school.     "We really just wanted to make it easier…because when you are thinking about education sometimes getting your foot in the door is the hardest hurdle to get over," she said

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Roots Teen Center Hosting Halloween Fundraiser For One-Year Anniversary
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Roots teen center opened for business one year ago on Eagle Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When the Roots teen center's youth board of directors started to brainstorm a fundraiser for the month of October, the answer was as plain as ... well, as plain as the pumpkin on the porch.

A Halloween event, of course. And thus was born the idea for the inaugural youth-led fundraiser, a "Haunted Harvest Festival," an all-ages event to be held in downtown North Adams on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Events will begin at the teen center, located at 43 Eagle St., where people can get tickets for activities, raffles and contests for $1 each and then spread out at other

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