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Protect Your Online Data With These Tips
11:57AM / Thursday, January 29, 2015
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In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Adams Community Bank is urging customers to take an active role in protecting their data.     

"Adams Community Bank’s first priority is to protect our customers’ money and information,” said Charles P. O’Brien, president  and CEO.  “We use a combination of safeguards to protect our customers’ information, and we encourage our customers to partner with us in that effort.”

To help ensure the safety of personal information, Adams Community Bank suggests following these four tips:

* Create c0mplic@t3d passwords. Avoid birthdays, pet names and simple passwords

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New Doctor Joins BMC's Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Team
11:50AM / Thursday, January 29, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Neville Walker, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC.

Walker joins Dr. Marlyn Ramos-Lamboy in providing comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and is accepting new patients.

He received his medical degree from New York College of Osetopathic Medicine and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York University Langone Medical Center's Rusk Institute. He is a certified medical acupuncturist, achieving his

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Free State, Federal Tax Prep For Incomes Under $53K
11:17AM / Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Three nonprofit community organizations have partnered to offer free tax preparation services to Berkshire County households with incomes of less than $53,000.

Some of these households may also qualify for an Earned Income Tax Credit of up to $6,044.

With funding from the Berkshire United Way; Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and CONSTRUCT have joined forces to provide a free VITA Tax sevice. VITA is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program by IRS trained and certified volunteers.

Berkshire County residents meeting the household income requirement should call 413.442.3181 to schedule appointments in Pittsfield or Great Barrington. Residents are encouraged to call as soon as

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Plan to Remove Pittsfield's Mill Street Dam Moving Forward
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The dam on Mill Street, next to the Hawthorne Mill, is slated to be removed next year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Plans to finally remove the Tel-Electric dam on Mill Street are being crafted.   The city and the state have been looking to remove the century-old dam for a decade and now has the funding to do so.   The state Department of Fish and Game won a $1 million federal grant through the U.S. Department of Interior's Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program for the demolition in 2016.   "The removal of the dam will have a big impact on the health of the river," said Alex Hackman, a restoration specialist with the Department of Fish

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Morningside Principal Offered Pittsfield's Deputy Superintendent Job
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:49PM / Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The School Committee made its decision Wednesday night for the new deputy superintendent. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee appointed Morningside Community School Principal Joseph Curtis as the new deputy superintendent.   Curtis was among three interviewed as finalists for the position. The others were Sophia Redman-Jones, director of special services in Harvey, Ill., public schools, and Taconic High School Principal Jonathan Vosburgh.   The School Committee had high praise for all the candidates but Curtis' background stood out as stronger.   "In the end, the district needed a person fully licensed for the position, experienced as a teacher and

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Pittsfield Group Leaves Warm Clothing Out For Those In the Cold
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:01PM / Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The items are there for anybody who needs them.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of scarves, hats and gloves are scattered out on the benches in Park Square.

But, those items aren't lost.

They were placed there by a group of five area residents for anybody who is out in the cold. The items feature a note explaining why they are there.   "There was a post on Facebook about it being done in another city and I just thought it was beautiful," said Patti Lyon Reed.   "I just thought it was something nice we could do with the pending weather."   Almost immediately after sharing her idea on Facebook, others jumped on board. She set a time to meet

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Pittsfield Police: Gun Found Near Reid Middle School
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03:52PM / Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say guns and drugs were found laying on the ground behind Reid Middle School on Monday.   According to police, a resident was walking in Springside Park behind the school when he found what he thought was a bag of trash. However, once he looked inside he found a .22 caliber pistol, ammunition and drug paraphernalia.   "Based on the actions of the reporting party, once the bag was discovered it was never out of his control or accessible to any other party," said Police Chief Michael Wynn in a statement released on Wednesday.   "Given this fact and the initial assessment by the responding officer, it was determined that once the

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Free Blood Pressure Screenings Set in February
02:32PM / Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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February is Heart Health Month. In recognition, Berkshire Health Systems and Berkshire VNA will be offering free blood pressure screenings and health education at these locations throughout February.
 
The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 3:  Pearl St. Day Center, Pittsfield 3-5 p.m.

Feb. 4: Friendship Food Pantry, North Adams, 9:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.; Berkshire Athenaeum, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Walmart, Pittsfield 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Feb. 9:  Hinsdale Town Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Feb. 10: Walmart, North Adams, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 11: Christian Center 9 to 11 a.m.; Friendship Food Pantry, North Adams, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Stop & Shop (Merrill Road) 2:30 to 4 p.m.
 
Feb.

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Greylock Insurance Agency Makes Donation to Breaking Bread Kitchen
02:07PM / Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Greylock Insurance Agency recently made a $250 donation to the Breaking Bread Kitchen.
The donation was matched with a $500 donation from the Arbella Insurance Foundation’s “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” initiative. The $750 check was presented by Jessica Havens, GIA Account Manager, to Paul Mulholland, Co-Chair, Breaking Bread Kitchen.

Breaking Bread is a partnership of eight South County churches and groups that volunteer on Thursday evenings to serve free hot meals to 60 to 80 community residents at the Sheffield American Legion.

 “Organizations such as the Breaking Bread Kitchen do great work by providing meals and fellowship for

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Ventfort Hall Mansion Names New Executive Director
01:43PM / Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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LENOX, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum unanimously appointed Beverly N. Rainey as its new executive director.

“In this new capacity, Rainey will liaise with the board, employees and volunteers, as well as oversee the museum’s operations and community outreach," said Lorraine Becker, president of the board. "She takes on this role after five years of proven capabilities at the historic house in Lenox.”

Rainey joined Ventfort Hall in 2009 as a front desk associate and museum shop manager, assuming the duties of operations manager in 2013.

A Pittsfield native, Rainey began her business career in the human

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