Social distancing guts Berkshire hospitality industry

The county's hospitality industry is taking a severe hit from the coronavirus pandemic, with a sharp decline in reservations and hundreds of layoffs, with many more anticipated. "The impact is …

Pittsfield firm General Dynamics takes precautions after worker tests positive for coronavirus PITTSFIELD — General Dynamics Mission Systems on Tuesday began taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus after an employee is believed to have contracted the …
Cannabis shops aid in resupply of hand sanitizer PITTSFIELD — Two Berkshire County marijuana dispensaries are involved in a partnership between two state agencies that has asked cannabis-related businesses to make hand sanitizer that will be …
Local firm sees bounce from hand sanitizer product LENOX — A fast growing e-commerce company that makes personal protection products like hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes has experienced a significant jump in business as the novel …
PCTV to air music shows for nursing facility residents PITTSFIELD — Beginning Monday, Pittsfield Community Television will begin to air broadcast archival music programs from its library each weekday on its Access Pittsfield channel 1301 for the …
Salisbury Bank modifies fee services LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Salisbury Bank has modified several of its services due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Overdraft item fees, business mobile and e-deposit fees, automatic transfer …
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Stop the hop: Workers average 2.3 jobs in a 5-year span

PITTSFIELD — Never before have workers in the United States had so many occupational options. It’s a boon for job seekers, but a bane for employers. Job-hopping (yep, that’s a …

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Cannabis shops aid in resupply of hand sanitizer PITTSFIELD — Two Berkshire County marijuana dispensaries are involved in a partnership between two state agencies that has asked cannabis-related businesses to make hand sanitizer that will be …
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Bill Schmick | @theMarket: The COVID-19 crash of 2020 The stock market has not only erased all the gains of this year but is now working on giving back last year's gains as well. Are we close to a bottom, or is there more pain in store for …
Allen Harris: Your clients stink at giving referrals Tell me if you've heard this story. Mary Jane, a client of yours, says, "Hey, I told Roger Referral about you. You should expect him to call you." You smile and say, "Thank you." And then what …
Liz Weston | NerdWallet: I travel-hacked a college tour and saved $3,000 My teenage daughter and I had used a similar two-for-one deal last year to take an overnight train trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore. This year, she wanted to use her spring break to check out …
Executive Spotlight
Executive Spotlight: Ben Sosne, executive director, Berkshire Innovation Center PITTSFIELD — Ben Sosne has worked as an appellate lawyer in Brooklyn. N.Y., helped run a summer collegiate baseball league team in Holyoke, and served as general counsel and senior project …
Executive Spotlight: Christine Macbeth, president, CEO of The Brien Center PITTSFIELD — Christine Macbeth likes to place these three words on her computer's screen saver: "Keep hope alive." Those words are especially meaningful in social work, which Macbeth is …
Executive Spotlight: Sandra Carroll, CEO of Berkshire County Board of Realtors PITTSFIELD — Sandra Carroll grew up around real estate because her father was a Realtor. But, Carroll had no experience in the field at all until she answered an ad seeking an executive officer …
Executive Spotlight: Jeromy Richardson, CEO of EDM PITTSFIELD — Jeromy Richardson didn't take the traditional route to his position as CEO of EDM, an engineering, architectural and design firm based in Pittsfield. Richardson holds a college …
Executive Spotlight: Joanne Longton, owner of Elm Street Luncheonette PITTSFIELD — "Gourmet it isn't. Excellent it is. That's how I'd describe the fare at the Elm Street Luncheonette."The late Lee Leahy wrote those words in her "Just Looking" column for The …
Executive Spotlight: Joseph 'Joe' McGovern, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires PITTSFIELD — Joseph "Joe" McGovern has a deep affinity for the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires. He first joined the club when he was nine, worked there as a teenager and developed a …
Executive Spotlight: Liana Toscanini, director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires PITTSFIELD — Volunteering makes Liana Toscanini feel useful, and her background in marketing gives her the skill set that small nonprofits look for when they're seeking visibility in a crowded …
Executive Spotlight: Ashley Alter, owner of Martino Glass PITTSFIELD — Ashley Alter thought she was going to become an accountant. She studied to be one while waiting tables to pay for school. But she needed to complete an internship to receive her …
Executive Spotlight: William Caligari Jr., co-owner, William Caligari Interiors PITTSFIELD — William Caligari Jr. was 13 when his parents sent him to a day camp in Great Barrington. He was the only local kid there. Everyone else came from the New York City …
Executive Spotlight: Amelia 'Lia' Spiliotes, CEO of Community Health Programs PITTSFIELD — Amelia "Lia" Spiliotes knows what it's like to come in from the outside, on a temporary basis, to help restructure an entity that is struggling. As a senior adviser and partner …
Executive Spotlight: Perri Petricca, CEO of Petricca Industries of Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — It never is easy running a big company, but, imagine running a large family business as a third-generation family member. Perri Petricca understands that responsibility …
Executive Spotlight: Peter Taylor, president of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation PITTSFIELD — Peter Taylor originally was interested in becoming a lawyer, but after a short stint at a large civil litigation firm in Washington, he turned to higher education instead.He spent …
Executive Spotlight: Maria Sekowski, owner of Maria's European Delights PITTSFIELD — Maria Sekowski owns Maria's European Delights on North Street, and this small delicatessen reflects her vibrant personality.Sekowski likes to interact with her customers. …
Executive Spotlight: John Perreault, executive director of the Berkshire Humane Society PITTSFIELD — John Perreault received an internship at an animal shelter while he was growing up in Methuen. The experience changed his life. "I had an internship through school," he said. "The …
Executive Spotlight: Jeffrey Thomas, CEO of Lever PITTSFIELD — Jeffrey Thomas arrives for an interview with index cards that he spreads out in front of him. He pauses to look through them while answering a question."Sorry," he said. "I want to …
Executive Spotlight: Heather Boulger, executive director of MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board PITTSFIELD — Heather Boulger was the first member of her family to graduate from college. The North Adams native originally wanted to be a teacher, but gravitated toward workforce development …
Executive Spotlight: Luke Marion, owner and operator of Otto's Uncorked and Red Apple Butchers PITTSFIELD — Luke Marion once studied computational biology at Rochester Institute of Technology. But his career in higher education was interrupted when he received an offer that he couldn't …
Executive Spotlight: Mike Spelman, co-owner of Mike's Maytag PITTSFIELD — Mike Spelman can be quick with a quip and engaging in conversation — two qualities that serve him well in his chosen profession.Spelman is the Mike in Mike's Maytag Home …
Real Estate
Morewood, Gilded Age mansion in Pittsfield, for sale at $1,995,000 Morewood, the Gilded Age mansion that's on the National Register of Historic Homes, at 575 South St. in Pittsfield is on the market. Located next to the Pittsfield Country Club, the home with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms is on 11 acres.
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LEE Bisaccio joins commercial lending team Kevin Bisaccio has joined Lee Bank as a vice president of commercial lending and will work in the bank's Pittsfield office at 75 North St. with fellow … more
CHICOPEE — A water main break couldn't stop Chicopee Provision, and neither is COVID-19. The longtime maker of Blue Seal kielbasa and Table-Ready meats is back in production at its Sitarz … more
NORTH ADAMS — Ocean State Job Lot, which has a store in North Adams, is donating $250,000 to purchase masks, gloves, eye protection and more for healthcare and government entities battling the … more
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Dr. Amy E. Freeth has joined Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. She has resumed endocrinology services at SVMC Endocrinology, which … more
BOSTON — Robin Wadsworth, who grew up in Pittsfield, has been appointed president of Thought Industries, the world's leading business-to-business training customer training platform. She will … more
LEE — Kevin Bisaccio has joined Lee Bank as a vice president of commercial lending and will work in the bank's Pittsfield office at 75 North St. with fellow commercial lender Mark … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — The technical problems that kept a local community radio station from broadcasting from its new location have recently been resolved, but the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic … more

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