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Berkshire County Adult Baseball League Welcomes New Players
Community submission,
01:15PM / Friday, January 24, 2020
The Berkshire County Adult Baseball League is looking for players from Berkshire County for the 20-and-over league and the 35-and-over league.   To register anyone can go to the league's website at www.   For more information, contact Lou orazio at or 413-663-0741.   The first meeting of the year is on Feb. 22 at the Dalton American Legion from 5 to 7 p.m.


Community Preservation Committee Supports Three Funding Requests
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Friday, January 24, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Community Preservation Committee gave its stamp of approval on three requests for funding from Community Preservation Act proceeds at its meeting on Wednesday night.

The applications totaled $159,800 and came from three bodies: the town's Affordable Housing Trust, the Sand Springs Recreation Center and the town itself. Town Manager Jason Hoch said the CPA currently has a balance of around $197,000 in funds available to allocate.   The largest of this year's application was for $75,000 by the Affordable Housing Trust, which has sought and received CPA funds each year since it was founded. Although the funds will be labeled as


Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires Welcomes Four New Board Members
04:36PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires announces the addition of four new members to the NPC board.

The organization was founded in 2016 to help nonprofits connect, learn and grow. Since then, it has launched 20 programs, including workshops, publications, networking events, and the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards.

"We're excited to evolve our board to meet the challenges of our fast-growing organization, and harness their creativity and connections to meet the demands of the nonprofit sector we serve," NPC founder Liana Toscanini said.

Stephanie Bosley serves as the Community Connector Partnership Coordinator with Berkshire Community Action


The Independent Investor: Intellectual Property Has Not Always Been So Important
By Bill Schmick,
04:33PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
America's intellectual property (IP) is worth more than $6.6 trillion and employs 45 million Americans and hundreds of millions more worldwide. It is estimated that IP-intensive industries account for one-third of the country's total Gross Domestic Product and 52 percent of U.S. merchandise exports. It is why we, as a country, are fighting so hard to protect these rights today.   The figures above come from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. If anything, they understate the value of IP to all of us. So what, exactly is IP? Generally, it is any product of the human intellect that the law protects from unauthorized use by others. Inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols,


Berkshire Money Management Welcomes Operations Manager
04:28PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Natalie Wheeler has joined the Berkshire Money Managament team as operations manager.

Prior to joining Berkshire Money Management, Wheeler was the director of office operations at Atlas Private Wealth Management for nine years. During her time at Atlas, she helped spearhead organizational goals and procedures to ensure that all general office and personnel operations ran smoothly across multiple offices. Her professional versatility provided all employees with the necessary tools, training and resources they needed to be successful.

Wheeler also managed employee benefits and all human resource questions and concerns.

"Natalie has significant executive-level


Williams Anthropologist Receives Grant to Support Climate Change Research
04:05PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kim Gutschow, lecturer in religion and anthropology at Williams College, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Geographic Society to fund a project titled "Climate Change Adaptation: By the People & For the People" in the Ladakh region of India.

The grant was co-written and co-conceived with Robin Sears, research associate in anthropology at Williams, and includes an international team comprised of Gutschow, Sears and four Ladakhi individuals who have been active in climate change adaptation and social justice work for the past 30 years.

Climate change and modernization have introduced unprecedented risk in high-altitude Himalayan


Mass MoCA Hosts Community Day with Free Admission on Saturday
03:52PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mass MoCA will host its annual Community Day, with free admission for all, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. End the day by dancing along to M.A.K.U. Soundsystem’s mash of Colombian folklore, psychedelic rock, and Caribbean grooves, up in Club B10 at 8 p.m.

The annual community celebration is brimming with art-making, gallery tours, live music, pop-up performances, fun photos, a free screening of "Museum Town" directed by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, and tons more to inspire and explore.

Also, Kidspace turns 20 this year, and everyone is invited to join the festivities to celebrate two decades of bringing engaging exhibitions and a vibrant


'Dolittle': Physician, Heal Thy Self
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:51PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
It was early in director Stephan Gaghan's "Dolittle," the umpteenth permutation derived of Hugh Lofting's 1920 novel, "The Story of Doctor Dolittle," when I began to bemoan my choice of occupation. Little on the screen could dissuade me from the self-pity. So, I resorted to fantasizing. What would have been so terrible about being a podiatrist?   "Madge, anyone left out there?"   "Yes, Dr. Goldberger, Mrs. Berkowitz, your 5:30, is your last."   "Send her in. How are you, Mrs. Berkowitz? Corns still bothering you?"   "Oy, don't ask, Dr. Goldberger. And I think it's worse from the walking around at the


Weekend's Looking Warmer But Will Bring Mix of Snow & Rain
02:34PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020

Can you BELIEVE the snow in Newfoundland?!

— Christina Erne (@ChristinaErne) January 23, 2020 After a few days in the icebox, temperatures will be turning above freezing going into the weekend and there's a chance of snow — or more likely rain, as a storm system moves north of the Berkshires.    But with temperatures hovering near freezing, especially in the evening, that rain could turn to black ice making for treacherous driving.    "Because of the patchy nature of the ice, some motorists and pedestrians may think the entire stretch of roads or sidewalks are just wet. The ground can be icy even though car or home


Biz Briefs: Price Rite Marketpace to Hold Grand Re-Opening of Pittsfield Store
12:55PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
Price Rite grand re-opening

Price Rite Marketplace will unveil fresh new looks and shopping experiences with grand re-openings at its store on Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield, as well as stores in Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield and Westfield. The supermarket is continuing to roll out its award-winning redesigned store concept focused on deep discounts and fresh foods after successful store rebrands in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania locations.

Price Rite Marketplace kicked off its rebranding campaign in fall 2018 with three stores in Pennsylvania, followed by an aggressive 2019 rollout with 35 additional rebrands in Connecticut,


MCLA's Girls and Women in Sports Day Is Feb. 1
Community submission,
10:39AM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts athletic department will hold its free National Girls and Women in Sports Day event on Saturday, Feb. 1.   The event for girls in grades 3 through 8 will include sports clinics, lunch, a women's basketball game and autograph sessions with the MCLA team.   The day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center, and admission is free.   The next day, Feb. 2, the college will hold a pickleball tournament and lunch for women from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Amsler Center.   Admission to Sunday's event is $5, and all skill levels are welcome.   For information, contact Dot Houston at


Williams Men's Basketball Sweeps Amherst
Williams Sports Information,
10:57PM / Wednesday, January 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College men's basketball team (9-8) Wednesday defeated Amherst (11-6) by a score of 62-60 to sweep their Little Three rival for the first time since 2010.   The Ephs overcame a 14-point first half deficit, as the Chandler Gym crowded reached its highest energy level of the season.   “The fun part about playing a rival is getting a good atmosphere … it’s always great to have our fans down the stretch,” Williams head coach Kevin App said. “Coming and playing in this environment is one of the things we talk about during recruitment. To come out on top in two last second endings [against Amherst] was


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