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Thinking outside the big box: Report pitches 5 possible new uses for Berkshire Mall

LANESBOROUGH — A new report charts possible uses of the shuttered Berkshire Mall, all of which embrace life after retail.And, most likely, under new ownership.The 31-year-old site could morph …

The 5 futures: Proposed Berkshire Mall plans The plainly titled "Berkshire Mall: Future Use Study" does more than suggest what-ifs. It fleshes out five possible new uses for the Lanesborough mall, which lost its last retailer this past spring, …
What's on the Agenda Public hearing on smart growth overlay district The Adams Planning Board will hold a public hearing on a proposal to amend existing zoning by creating a Smart Growth Overlay District to allow …
The scam goes woof! Identifying new ploys gunning for your wallet Some of the top scams going around right now include: tech support, IRS, grandparent, utility company, overpayment, rental, lottery, romance and mystery shopper. They are called impostor scams, …
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Growing old LGBTQ in the Berkshires: Barriers are many, residents say PITTSFIELD — A lack of public transportation and access to primary care physicians make growing old in the Berkshires a challenge. For LGBTQ residents, even more so. On Tuesday, more than a …
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CEOs speak out on gun violence, want congressional action

Dear Members of the Senate: Our hearts are with the victims, their families and loved ones and all those affected by the tragic shootings in El Paso and West Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. These …

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Executive Spotlight: Scott Kirchner, Mad Macs Co-owner/president and director of operations

PITTSFIELD — Scott Kirchner has a hobby and a career. He has used one to create a successful business, and the other to maintain his creativity.Kirchner is the co-owner of Mad Macs of …

Executive Spotlight: Alfred Enchill, co-owner of Elegant Stitches, Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — Growing up in Ghana, Alfred Enchill's dream was to become a lawyer and work as a diplomat at the United Nations, but life had other plans.
Executive Spotlight: Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant didn't take a direct route to the Berkshires. She was born in Philly. Her father was an engineer in the Navy, so they moved often. Still, something in the Berkshires was calling her, VanSant said. Perhaps it was the ghost of W.E.B. Du Bois?
John Regan, Associated Industries of Massachusetts president and CEO The state's largest business association might be based in Boston, but it has deep ties to Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires — 26 manufacturers from the western part of the state, …
Executive Spotlight: John Bresnahan, managing partner, Devanny Condron Funeral Home, Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — John Bresnahan's professional career has been marked by his work in two professions: funeral service and license inspecting.Funeral directors are trained to be "empathetic" …
Executive Spotlight: Edward Forfa, CEO Berkshire Place Edward Forfa has worked at Berkshire Place, a senior health care community in Pittsfield, for two decades, the past 15 as executive director. Under his tenure, the nonprofit with roots dating to the …
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Executive Spotlight: Vassilios 'Vasso' Stamatkos, co-owner of The Clip Shop Grand Salon and Day Spa PITTSFIELD — Vassilios "Vasso" Stamatkos got his first glimpses of America when post-World War II aid workers traveled to his village in Greece and when relatives sent him clothes from the …
Executive Spotlight: Ken Singer, CEO Berkshire County Arc When the Berkshire County Association for Retarded Citizens opened its first group home, in 1971, the agency was located in a small office building on Wendell Avenue. It had three …
Executive Spotlight: Larry Hazzard, president of Berkshire Life Insurance Co. PITTSFIELD — Not many of the Berkshires' storied businesses have local roots as deep as the Berkshire Life Insurance Co.The firm, founded as the Berkshire Mutual Life Insurance Co. in 1851, a …
Executive Spotlight: Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell Museum CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt was majoring in art history at Connecticut College in 1977 when she did a summer internship at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. She didn't know much about one of …
Executive Spotlight: Gary Johnson, chairman of the Johnson Dealerships of Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — For Gary Johnson, chairman of the Johnson dealerships of Pittsfield, selling and repairing motor vehicles is more than an occupation. It's a way of life. It also was a way of life …
Executive Spotlight: Main Street Hospitality Group CEO Sarah Eustis It might seem odd now, but in 1968 The Red Lion Inn was struggling so much that there was talk of replacing it with a gas station ... 
How does an English major become president of Greylock Federal Credit Union? PITTSFIELD — John Bissell took the road less traveled on his way to become president and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union.
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Berkshire Staycation: Mixing 19th century with modern luxury

STOCKBRIDGE — Luxury and 19th-century architecture meet at the Taggert House. The "grand estate" is a five-minute walk to Stockbridge and rests on 3 acres of manicured landscape along the …

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BOSTON — Massachusetts building trades unions on Monday advocated in Boston for passage of a bill to close what they're calling a loophole in the prevailing wage law. Contractors are required … more
BOSTON — Massachusetts has won $500,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support export growth among small businesses. Businesses can apply for a piece of the award through a … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Food Co-op has been selected as one of three regional finalists to receive an Economic Impact Award from MassEcon.MassEcon is considering the reward in light of … more
Value stocks — those equities that have fallen out of favor — have made a comeback this week. These underpriced orphans have become the new darlings of Wall Street, while high-flyers … more
LEE- Master instructor Cori Doetzer has joined the Kinesphere Movement Studio featuring Gyrotonic in Lee. Gyrotonic is a method of physical wellness based on yoga, dance and tai chi. Practice often … more
LEE - The College Internship Program, a national transition program for youths with autism and learning differences, has appointed Jenna Knauss as program director of its Berkshire Center in Lee. … more
Kristine Hazzard, the recently retired president and CEO of the Berkshire United Way, has been named the 2019 Kusik Award winner. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to Berkshire County. … more
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Craig Langlois, the Berkshire Museum's chief experience officer, was recognized for his dedication to education ... more
NORTH ADAMS — MountainOne Insurance, a full service insurance agency with offices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown, has been named a "Top Insurance Workplace" by Insurance … more

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