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Berkshire County Arc Holds Annual Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:35AM / Saturday, December 03, 2016

Robert Glass of Sample Express, right, accepts BCArc's Employer of the Year Award.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc singled out a few of its 700 employees for awards at Friday morning's 62nd annual meeting.

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, had a message for all those employees.

"I've been really focusing on a particular way I can be helpful … and that is the pay of staff," Farley-Bouvier said. "I feel that if we can pay the staff … Those are 700 individuals in our community who have families, and you need to be supported as employees of Berkshire County Arc and the other agencies.

"I will continue to fight for


Live Feed: Pittsfield Lights the Christmas Tree
05:37PM / Friday, December 02, 2016


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 15 - Dec. 1
Staff Reports,
03:02PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Nov. 15.   Brian Schaffer, 60, of Lee, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography.   He was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on three-years probation.   Schaffer was in possession of child pornography in Lee on August 1, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Nov. 16.   Russell Allison, 43, of Pittsfield, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, armed career felon, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was


Greylock Announces New Supervisory Committee Member
12:59PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Isa F. Ali has been appointed to Greylock Federal Credit Union's volunteer Supervisory Committee by the credit union's Board of Directors. Ali is taking the place of Jean A. Doak, who recently retired from the Supervisory Committee after serving for 25 years.

"Greylock thanks Jean for her many years of service, and her contributions to the credit union. She will be missed by all of us and we wish her well," said Greylock President/CEO John L. Bissell. "Isa's experiences in the arts, business and real estate investment will bring a unique perspective to the Supervisory Committee. His insights and international background are a great


Barrington Stage Company Names Director of Advancement
12:50PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company welcomes Ashley Pirsig as its new director of advancement.
Pirsig joins the Barrington Stage Company team having previously served as the director of development at Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, N.C.) and assistant director of development for Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk. Additionally, she has worked in marketing and development for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Lyric Stage (Dallas, Texas) and Huntington Theatre Company.

Pirsig has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College and an MBA and MA in Arts Management from Southern Methodist University.

"We are thrilled that Ashley Pirsig has joined us as Director of


Suns Ownership Firm Names General Counsel, Senior VP
12:19PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Goldklang Group, a sports entertainment management and consulting firm that owns and operates the Pittsfield Suns, has named Michael D. Goldklang as general counsel and senior vice president.

Based at the group's headquarters in New Jersey, Goldklang will oversee legal matters relating to its member clubs and will be involved in other aspects of the group's operations, including new business opportunities.

Prior to joining the Goldklang Group, Goldklang was a partner at LeClairRyan in the firm’s Newark, N.J., and New York City offices, during which time he regularly counseled business clients and actively litigated in federal and state courts


Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Names VP/Commercial Loan Officer
11:13AM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Timothy J. Collins has joined the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank as vice president/commercial loan officer.

Collins brings more than 10 years of industry experience, six years locally at Berkshire Bank and their ownership predecessor Legacy Banks, as assistant vice president and commercial real estate officer. Most recently he worked as senior associate, acquisitions, at High Street Realty Company in Boston, where he was responsible for the oversight and execution of investment underwriting analysis and overall operations for the acquisitions group, including all new debt placement and negotiations.  

Collins grew up in Lee and will be moving back to Berkshire


BCF Names Acting Executive Director After CEO's Sudden Death
11:08AM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families, a social services agency serving Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley since 1887, has appointed Diane Robie to the position of acting executive director, filling the vacancy caused by the recent death of President and CEO Carolyn Mower Burns.

Robie, who was senior vice president at Berkshire Children and Families, came to BCF from Vermont in 2015, after 20 years of experience serving children, families and communities in programs that ranged from family support to child permanency.

"Carolyn had both a vision in identifying the needs of children and their families and the ability to create and administer programs committed


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 2-8
11:02AM / Friday, December 02, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       December 2 - December 8,


BRPC Urges Single Environmental Report to Move Scenic Rail Project Along
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, December 02, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Because of all of the work done already to bring the Berkshire Scenic Railway to Hoosac Street in Adams, BRPC says only one environmental review is needed.   The Berkshire Scenic Railway is already operating on tracks between Crowley Avenue in North Adams to Renfrew Street in Adams and plans have been to continue that all the way to Hoosac Street, less than a mile away. The initial round of funding did not support the extension but the project won a $2.6 million MassWorks grant last month to complete the line.   The rail line run will run on a pre-existing bed next to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail that has already been built out on the same right of way.


'Moonlight': Illuminating
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:22PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016

The DNA of everything that is wrong, sad and perplexing about race relations in the U.S. is poetically discerned and illuminated in filmmaker Barry Jenkins' Oscar-worthy "Moonlight." Jenkins ingeniously utilizes the low-budget, art house look of his sociologically profound film about a young black man's journey in ghettoized America to personalize the tale without the least bit of affectation. It is storytelling in our best, lyrical tradition, ripping open barely sealed wounds in its engrossing proof that there's nothing like the real truth to get your attention.

In the slums of Miami, in an indeterminate near-past that implies the infinite stagnancy of such


Seven Years In, Cop on Top Continues To Grow
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been seven years since the first Cop on Top set in motion a series of fundraisers, growing every year, that has raised more than $600,000 for Special Olympic athletes.   "We've made so much money in our county program that we help other programs in other counties," said Officer Darren Derby, who along with Investigator John Bassi, has been heading the local efforts for years.   The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a local program that has raised money to pay for local Special Olympic athletes to participate — whether it be for transportation, equipment, uniforms. Locally it started with a Tip a Cop fundraiser and seven years ago

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