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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Williams Celebrates Stephen Sondheim's Impact on Musical Theater
12:06PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Renowned lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim is known for the remarkable range of musicals he has worked on, from "West Side Story" to "Sweeney Todd" to "Into the Woods." A class of 1950 graduate of Williams College, his life and legacy have influenced generations of people throughout the world — including countless Williams students — and the impact of his contributions to the field of musical theater is immeasurable.
On the occasion of Sondheim's 90th birthday in March 2020, Williams College will present a series of events on campus titled Sondheim@90@Williams. The events are free and open to the public


Swim-A-thon Fundraiser for Adaptive Needs Announces Ambassador
11:54AM / Monday, March 02, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center has announced Holly Vacchina as this year's Swim-A-Thon ambassador.

A critical fundraiser for Adaptive Needs programs at Berkshire South, the 10th annual Swim-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, March 7, in the Norris Aquatics Center. Swimming begins at 8 a.m.

Vacchina is one of the more than 16,500 patrons who use the therapy pool annually, more than 50 each day. It is the only warm-water therapy pool of its type in South County. Berkshire South's adaptive needs initiatives include free swim lessons, class modifications, fitness classes and specialized equipment for individuals of all


Veteran Spotlight: Gen. Sullivan Lead Army Into Information Age
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:08PM / Sunday, March 01, 2020

Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan with participants in the inaugural Sullivan Cup precision tank gunnery competition held in 2012 at Fort Benning, Ga.    FALMOUTH, Mass. — This will not be your typical Veterans Spotlight, simply because this gentleman is not your typical veteran.   It was an opportunity of a lifetime. What an honor and true pleasure to sit and interview retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan.   The former Army chief of staff and retired four-star general served his country from 1959 to  1995. Born in Boston, he grew up in Quincy and graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., later earning a master's degree from the University

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Child Care of the Berkshires Celebrates 50 Years
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Sunday, March 01, 2020

President and CEO Anne Nemetz-Carlson speaks at the annual meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Child Care of the Berkshires could be celebrating the milestone of its 50th anniversary by looking back at what the agency has accomplished over the last half-century.

Instead, it's looking forward — particularly to the completion of renovations to its home, the Sarah T. Haskins School in North Adams.

At the agency's annual meeting on Feb. 25 at the Williams Inn, Liz Costley, chairman of the board of directors, said $1.8 million has been raised for the renovations to "transform" the building into the "bright, clean and safe space that our children, our families and

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Markey Secures Agreement to Restore WWLP to Cable Lineup
07:08PM / Friday, February 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey report he has brokered a deal to restore WWLP, Channel 22, to cable viewers in the Berkshires.   Charter Communications had removed the NBC affiliate in Springfield nearly three years ago, cutting off Berkshire residents access to television news in Massachusetts. WCVB, Channel 5 Boston, was cut in 2018.   Because the Berkshires are technically part of the Albany, N.Y., "Designated Market Area," Western Massachusetts viewers have only had access broadcast stations in the Capital District with their focus on New York news. Berkshire County is, therefore, known as an "orphan county," like other counties in


@theMarket: Pandemic Fears Decimate Markets
By Bill Schmick,
06:44PM / Friday, February 28, 2020
The COVID Crash of 2020 crushed the world's stock markets this week. The average decline in the United States topped 14 percent. How much further will they fall and, more importantly, what should you do about it?   My first bit of advice is to refrain from checking how much you lost in your retirement account. Why? Because it will only increase your angst and might trigger the emotional impulse to sell everything before you lose even more.   Next, lets look at the markets. There are two unknowns driving the markets lower. The first is the fear that the Coronavirus (COVID19) will get worse. Investors fear that self-imposed quarantines will be announced here in the U.S. and


Berkshire Innovation Center Symbolizes 'Bright, Bold Future'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:48PM / Friday, February 28, 2020

Mayor Thomas Bernard walks down the stairs of the Berkshire Innovation Center with Gov. Charlie Baker.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Innovation Center was celebrated Friday as a symbol of a "bright, bold future" for not only the city of Pittsfield but the Berkshires as a whole.    More than a decade in the making from concept to opening, the $13.7 million hub for technology, training and entrepreneurship was packed on Friday morning with business and community leaders, and state and local officials past and present who have helped shepherd the project over the years.    "Today, we officially open the doors to this amazing facility,

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'The Call of the Wild': Mush to the Theater
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:46PM / Thursday, February 27, 2020
In the closing credits of director Chris Sanders's presentation of Jack London's "The Call of the Wild," a wholesome tale of the courage, honor and loving devotion between man and dog that hopefully won't be lost on our adolescent population, there is a curiously inherent contradiction.   The lists of folks who toiled in the visual effects, special effects, art, animation and makeup departments to make this rousing adventure yarn in the Yukon look so stunningly real go on and on, affirming that the sorcery of re-creating nature sure takes a lot of manpower.   Now, I don't want to be like Sid, the suitor/engineer who ruined every movie for my big sister by


Adams Boy Named Down Syndrome Ambassador
03:10PM / Thursday, February 27, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — Lucas Solak of ​Adams was announced this week as an ambassador of Nothing Down, an organization aiming to change the way the world views Down syndrome.

Four-year-old ​Lucas is one of 29 new ambassadors from across the globe. He was chosen to represent Nothing Down and, alongside his family, will assist the organization through community outreach, fundraising and social media promotion for the duration of 2020.

The mission of Nothing Down is to provide support, advocacy, education and opportunities for individuals and families that have been touched by Down syndrome. They aim to change the way that the world views Down syndrome and eliminate the stigmas

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BFAIR Names New Director of Adult Foster Care
03:02PM / Thursday, February 27, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jasmine Rivera-Boucher has been promoted to the director of Adult Foster Care (AFC) and Shared Living services at BFAIR.

The director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of both programs, the development and implementation of the AFC/SL, accreditation, policies and procedures as well as the fiscal administration of the AFC department. The director ensures all funder's regulations are met, which includes oversight of the referral and intake process in collaboration with DDS, DMH and other funding/referral sources.

"Jasmine’s knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm for BFAIR’s AFC and Shared Living services made her the perfect choice for


Avoid These Estate Planning Mistakes
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:11PM / Thursday, February 27, 2020

You save and invest to meet a variety of goals during your lifetime: college for your children, long vacations, a comfortable retirement, and so on. But you probably also want to leave something behind – to your loved ones and, possibly, to the charitable organizations you support. To do so, you'll need to develop a comprehensive estate plan, but to make that plan work, you must avoid some common mistakes.

Here are a few of these pitfalls you will want to avoid:

• Not writing a will: If you were to die "intestate" – without a last will and testament – the state in which you live would determine how your property was distributed. And the state's


Mt. Greylock Regional School to Present 'Anything Goes'
08:55PM / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The show will be staged Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. at the school.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School students in grades seven through 12 will perform the musical comedy "Anything Goes' on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27, 28 and 29, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1781 Cold Spring Road.

"Anything Goes" takes place in the mid-1930s onboard the luxury liner SS American between New York Harbor and London, England. Billy Crocker (ninth-grader Sam Tucker-Smith), a young assistant to Wall Street tycoon Elisha J. Whitney (10th-grader Jonah Hane), a passenger on the ship, decides to stow away in hopes of wooing his long-lost


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