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YMCA Accepting Registration for Elementary School-Age Programs
12:56PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Family YMCA has opened registrations for its licensed elementary school-age programs.

First day of care will be Tuesday, Sept. 1 with half day care at the available schools and at the YMCA. Pittsfield kindergartners’ first day is Sept. 2 with half day care available until Sept. 21 at the YMCA.

The Pittsfield Family YMCA offers before and after-school programs to elementary school-aged children at Allendale, Crosby, Egremont, Richmond Consolidated (after-school care only), Stearns (before AND after-care) and Williams elementary schools, as well as the Y, 292 North St.

The Y’s before and after-school programs combine academics with play

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'Mile in Her Shoes Art Show' Seeks Participating Artists
12:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development and Elizabeth Freeman Center are teaming up to call out to artists to participate in the inaugural Berkshire County “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Art Show.”

The art show is being held in conjunction with the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" Men’s March against Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, which is scheduled for Third Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

The Walk a Mile Art Show presents artists and community members with an opportunity to create wearable art for a great cause.  Artists may enter one or more pair of shoes. The shoes must be new and never worn, and they should be

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Berkshire Bank Names MacDonald SVP Corporate Auto Sales Leader
11:30AM / Friday, August 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Hills Bancorp has appointed Ron A. MacDonald to the position of  senior vice president/corporate auto sales leader.   

MacDonald joins Berkshire from First Niagara Bank, where he served as first vice president/national sales manager, focused on expanding the indirect auto finance business across the Northeast. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive business including previous roles at TD Bank as the National Sales Manager for auto finance and various positions within the auto dealer community.  

MacDonald received his BA from University of New Hampshire.

Sean Gray, executive vice president and head of Retail

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 28-Sept. 3
10:33AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: Birthday Bash at Dottie's   It's our birthday! Going into our 9th year of building community through exceptional coffee and sustainable food, all day long we will be giving away Dottie's Gear and merchandise. Come and celebrate. We love and thank all of you that have been supporting us for so many years. Join us for a dance party with DJ BFG from 9-11. Click here for more

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Adams-Cheshire Makes High School Pitch to Lanesborough
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
Town Adminstrator Tony Mazzucco looks at the numbers on Thursday at Hoosac Valley High School during a presentation to Lanesborough.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Adams and Cheshire touted the school district's benefits to an audience of nearly 80 on Thursday night.

The presentation by Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional staff and officials was an attempt to sway Lanesborough residents in considering to send high school students their way.

Mount Greylock Regional held a similar demonstration on Wednesday to remind Lanesborough of the advantages of being educated at the Williamstown school.

But whereas Mount Greylock focused on academics, Adams went straight for the pocketbook.

The town could

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Opened or Closed? Debate Over Kirvin Park's Gate Grows
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
The Conservation Commission members will also weigh in on the debate over opening the gates. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — While the City Council is mulling whether to open Kirvin Park's back gate, a neighbor has come out in opposition.   City Councilor at Large Kathleen Amuso filed a petition on behalf of a constituent to open the gate.   The constituent is handicapped and has trouble walking across the playing fields to access the rear portion of the park. The gate stops vehicles in a parking area closer to Williams Street and limits traffic to the back.   However, both the Maintenance and Parks Departments have opposed opening it because previously vehicle access

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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 24 - Aug. 27
Staff Reports,
02:18PM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 24.   William Soper, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of rape of a child with force, and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and intimidation of a witness.   He was ordered to serve 10 to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape of a child charges. He was given concurrent nine and a half to 10 years on the other charges.   The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012 and involved a 12-year-old girl.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, August 26.   Daniel Chao, 39, of

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Mount Greylock Officials Make Case for School District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald emphasized the school's diverse academic program and the success of its students at Wednesday's forum. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Mount Greylock officials on Wednesday made their pitch to Lanesborough residents being courted by a neighboring school district.   In a nearly hourlong presentation in the Lanesborough Elementary School cafeteria, Mount Greylock's superintendent, principal, assistant principal and director of pupil services explained the things that they say make Mount Greylock a school worth preserving.   "What attracted me to Mount Greylock was, first, its reputation," said Doug Dias, who was hired

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Economist Urges Berkshires To Build Around Strong Non-Profit Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
Steven Sheppard outlined the state of the Berkshires economy at Wednesday's Good New Business Salute.   LENOX, Mass. — Following a shock to the economic eco-system, economist Steven Sheppard says an area needs to mitigate the negative fallout, understand the changes, and then focus on rebuilding on the strengths.   The Williams College professor said the Berkshires had multiple "shocks" to its economy and still hasn't fully recovered.   Since the 1970s, population has been dropping and, in 2010, the county's gross domestic product "hit bottom" from

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BRTA Details Regional Transit Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:38PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Administrator Robert Malnati outlined the regional plan at Wednesday's public hearing in Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority knows what it wants to do.

It just don't know if there will be the money to do it.

BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati presented the draft regional transit plan on Wednesday that calls for six additional vehicles and about $3 million.   The plan outlines specific plans for routes and will be combined with the plans of 15 other regional transit authorities for submission to the Legislature.    "All told, we'd need six additional vehicles and $3 million," Malnati said at a hearing

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Mercier Named Administrator of Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox
01:58PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — George Mercier has been named administrator of Mount Carmel Care Center, which has earned four consecutive deficiency-free surveys by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Mercier is a seasoned senior care administrator with more than two decades of experience in the leadership role for skilled nursing facilities throughout Massachusetts.

Mercier replaces David Laplante, who was recently named vice president for the Carmelite System. The Carmelite System is a Catholic nonprofit health system sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, based in Germantown, N.Y. The Carmelite Sisters acquired Mount Carmel Care Center in 2013, and since then,

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The Classical Beat: Chamber Concerts Blossom Throughout Region
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:21PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Kalichstein, Laredo, Robinson Piano Trio will perform as part of the South Mountain Concerts series on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music.

This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather invites us to share massed performances outdoors at Tanglewood and other venues, large and small.

Looking ahead, you’ll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even

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