EforAll Berkshire County Awards Prizes to Fall Cohort

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Top row (l-r): Lindsay Neathawk, Outdoor Life Decor/Neathawk Designs , Charlie Nadler & Kiar Holland, Laugh Dealers, Kristen Tool, Heart & Soil, Mary Childs, New England Ceramics, Kate Abbott, By the Way Berkshires, Courtney Gilardi, Daughter of Demeter. Second row: Alex Kacheris, Equine Spirit Horse Tours, Rebecca Childs, Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshires, Liam Gorman, CozQuest, Laurie Rock, Aquatic Roots, Nicole Ferry, Book the Berkshires
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — EforAll Berkshire County marked the culmination of 12 weeks of business training for its 2020 Fall Accelerator Program with a virtual event with prizes.
The dozen individuals representing 11 local businesses participated virtually in classroom learning with specialists and working weekly with their volunteer mentors.  
Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities nationwide to help under-represented individuals  start and grow a business through  business training, mentorship and an extended professional support network.
At the online event, state Sen. Adam Hinds gave welcoming remarks and Lindsay Neathawk and Laurie Rock were the class speakers chosen by the cohort.  
Cohort members Kiar Holland and Charlie Nadler of Laugh Dealers also demonstrated their  "digital impersonation" technology with introductions by famous people, for instance a pretend Steve Jobs was the emcee.  
The cohort also collaborated on a video celebrating their journey.
Prizes were awarded as follows:
  • Courtney Gilardi of Pittsfield, Daughter of Demeter: $500 for the Christina Hamilton Award.
  • Liam Gorman of Pittsfield, CozQuest: $500
  • Kristen Tool of Lanesborough, Heart & Soil: $1,200
  • Charlie Nadler & Kiar Holland of North Adams, Laugh Dealers: $1,280
  • Lindsay Neathawk of Williamstown, Neathawk Design/Outdoor Life Decor: $2,500
  • Laurie Rock of Pittsfield, AST Scuba/Aquatic Roots: $2,500
The complete video of the gala and showcase event is available here.
EforAll's next Accelerator cohort will begin in March 2021, also virtually.

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Methuselah Loses License for Two Days

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A bar and restaurant owned by a city councilor had its license suspended for two days for violating state COVID-19 guidelines.

On Monday, the Licensing Board voted to suspend Councilor at Large Yuki Cohen's liquor license for Methuselah Bar and Lounge, scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, after a hearing for three alleged pandemic violation complaints that included pictures and anonymous testimony.

Because of the anonymous nature of the evidence submitted, the board weighed in on the fact that this is not Cohen's first time in front of the Licensing Board, as Methuselah faced a five-day liquor license suspension in 2018.

"I feel like in light of what the history is, I don't think we can just pretend that there's no history,"  Chairman Thomas Campoli said, concluding with the other board members that this case had to be handled differently than if it was a first violation.

On Jan. 15, the board held a hearing for two of the violations occurring on Aug. 22 and Dec. 11. It was decided to continue the hearing for the third violation and voting until Monday, Jan. 25.

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