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Entertainment Permits Granted To Pittsfield Establishments
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A couple well-established businesses received their first entertainment licenses on Monday, after operating without one for years.   The operators of the Beacon Cinema and the Colonial Theatre was both granted entertainment permits from the Licensing Board after both said they were unaware they needed one. The city informed the owners of the need for the permit earlier this year.   The Beacon Cinema opened in 2009 and the Colonial reopened in 2006, after a massive renovation.   The board also granted an entertainment license to the owners of Hotel On North, a new boutique hotel under construction on North Street. Bruce Finn, CEO of Main Street

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Lanesborough FinCom Reviews COA, American Legion, Rec Budgets
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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The Finance Committee is reviewing the town administrator's proposed budget. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town administrator's proposed budgets for recreation, Council on Aging, and the American Legion were all subject to the Finance Committee' scrutiny Monday night.   The Finance Committee has begun pouring over Town Administrator Paul Sieloff's proposed $10.4 million budget. The Finance Committee will present their recommended budget for approval at town meeting.   Sieloff said he is currently about $18,000 away from having a proposed balanced budget because the school budgets both came in higher than he anticipated.   However, he says he will be

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Lenox Selectmen Review FY16 Budget & Town Warrant
By Stephanie Salvini, Special to iBerkshires
10:07PM / Monday, March 30, 2015
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The Selectmen gave a final review of the budget and town meeting warrant. They are expected to vote on the warrant on Wednesday.

LENOX, Mass. — The Selectmen reviewed the basically level-funded $27.7 million budget for fiscal 2016 and the town warrant on Friday.

Town Manager Christopher Ketchen suggested that there may be a 1.5 percent tax increase in fiscal 2016 and even a 2 percent increase by fiscal 2017, but that was a rough estimate and still a "conservative approach."

Thinking ahead to fiscal 2018, however, there is looking to be about a $350,000 deficit as the school project reimbursement bond comes off the books.

"[The spending] is always part of the

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Pittsfield City Clerk Announcing Run for Mayor
08:24PM / Monday, March 30, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Clerk Linda Tyer plans to announce her candidacy for mayor on Tuesday. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall.

Tyer was elected to represent Ward 3 on the City Council in 2003, one of three successful candidates that year endorsed by the Women Helping Empower Neighborhoods (WHEN) political action committee. She was elected two more times and stepped down at the end of 2008, when she was appointed as city clerk by then Mayor James M. Ruberto.

She holds a degree from Bay Path College in Longmeadow and had worked in the Lenox Public Schools for 17 years, including as administrative assistant to the superintendent of schools, until

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Brien Center Employees Protest Contract Wage Offer
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:24PM / Monday, March 30, 2015
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Brien Center employees stand outside the North Adams location on Monday demanding more pay in contract negotiations. The 90-year-old agency provides mental health and other support services to county residents.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brien Center employees held information picketing against management negotiations they say call for minimal salary and health care increases.

Clinicians and direct care staff, who provide mental health services for children and adults throughout Berkshire County, assembled outside of the Brien Center locations in Pittsfield and North Adams Monday to advocate for better wage.

Local 509 Service Employees International Union representative John Grossman

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Pittsfield's Lothrop Will Not Run for Re-Election
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07:05PM / Monday, March 30, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The longest serving member of the current City Council has decided not to run for re-election.

Ward 5 City Councilor Jonathan Lothrop, first elected in 2003, announced in a press release on Monday that he would not seek a seventh term.

He first sought office over the controversial plans to expand the Pittsfield Municipal Airport and to develop a waste transfer station in his ward.  

"I am proud that, along with the Citizens for a Sensible Airport Plan (CSAP), our proposed compromise was eventually selected as the ultimate outcome of a decadelong process. As for the Transfer Station, it never did materialize and the Residents' Against the Transfer

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Berkshire Health Systems, OB/GYN Practices Partner
02:33PM / Monday, March 30, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a move that will help to ensure long-term obstetric and gynecologic services throughout the region, Berkshire Health Systems has announced that three key OB/GYN physician practices have joined together and formed Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC, which solidifies and stabilizes critical women’s health services for the community.

The three practices joining under the Berkshire Health Systems Physician Practice Group are Berkshire OB/GYN Associates, located in Pittsfield and Lenox, and Northern Berkshire OB/GYN and GYN Services of the Berkshires, located in Adams. This significant and necessary investment in OB/GYN stabilizes these essential physician services and

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Berkshire Bank Seeks Volunteer Projects
02:20PM / Monday, March 30, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Bank is seeking volunteer opportunities for their upcoming Company-Wide Week of Service June 8-12.  

During the week, more than 300 bank employees are expected to participate in a series of service projects to help the communities in which the bank operates.

Berkshire Bank is seeking service projects of all sizes, but generally should engage between five to 50 employees using a mix of skilled and non-skilled labor. Projects should be able to be completed in one day using largely bank volunteers and have a tangible impact on both the organization and the individuals served by the organization. Limited financial support for selected projects may be

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Greylock Federal Reports Strong 2014
02:01PM / Monday, March 30, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union reported strong performance in 2014.

In its 79th year of operation, Greylock posted net income of $5.37 million and total assets of $1.075 billion. The credit union’s regulatory net worth – a key measure of financial strength – ended the year at 9.4 percent, up from 8.76 percent in 2013, improving upon Greylock’s “well-capitalized” rating as determined by the National Credit Union Administration.

“In 2014, we saw the challenges of the ‘Great Recession,’ appear to recede," Greylock President Marilyn L. Sperling said. "We began to see home and auto sales increase, and

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Living With Ghosts: My Time At the Butler Goodrich House
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
02:40AM / Monday, March 30, 2015
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The Goodrich House is one of the oldest residences in Pittsfield and was once a museum. The building's decayed over the years and some people have reported what they believe was paranormal activity in the 200-year-old house.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield's second oldest house, located just north of downtown on Route 7, was built by one of the city's most prominent early citizens and has since accrued a curious history over the centuries.

It is also, according to some, quite haunted ... a reputation which prompted me, in early 2014, to jump at the chance to temporarily take up residence in the storied house.

Historic Home

Technically, only half of the "Goodrich

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