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Women's Political Caucus Releases Endorsements for Election 2018
05:30PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus' Political Action Committee has endorsed a long list of women seeking local state political office across the state.   These endorsements come as more women are seeking the support of the MWPC, whose mission is to "recruit, train and elect" women to political office. This year's endorsements include races for state representative, state Senate and district attorney.   "We are pleased to endorse a group of terrific women candidates who are highly qualified and committed to making positive changes in districts across Massachusetts," said Laurie Martinelli, executive director, in a statement.

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Presence of West Nile Prompts Mosquito Spraying in Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
04:20PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will be spraying a one-mile circumference of Williams and Elm streets.   The spraying is in response to the presence of West Nile virus. On July 3, three mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. A truck-mounted adulticide spraying in the area of Elm and Williams from  10 p.m. until midnight on Monday, July 16. If it rains, the spraying will be rescheduled for Wednesday, July 18.   On the same collection date, there was also a positive finding in Stockbridge as well.    The spraying comes right on the heels of the Board of Health approving an update protocol as to when to spray. A group of

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Pou Pitches Berkshire Force to Win at Regional
03:50PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
NEW MILFORD, Conn. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under and 10-and-under softball teams each picked up wins on opening day of the Babe Ruth New England REgional Tournament on Thursday.   The 10U squad scored twice in the last inning to win, 9-7.   The U12 team beat Burlington, 13-5, behind a five-strikeout, complete game performance in the circle by Amanda Pou.   Kami Sweet went 3-for-4 with a double, and Brodi Rosier had two hits, including a double, in the win.   Both teams continue play throughout the weekend at the tournament.

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
02:07PM / Friday, July 13, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-two graduates of the Practical Nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 14 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Nurse Catherine Stechmann, staff development coordinator at Hillcrest Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and clinical instructor, addressed the students.

The ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition, dating back before the turn of the 20th century.  Traditionally, nursing students have conducted an honors or pinning ceremony to mark the passage of student nurse role to practice role.  It is an emotional

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Berkshire Money Management Welcomes Third Hire of the Year
01:31PM / Friday, July 13, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — John Bielski, a longtime resident of the Berkshires, has joined Berkshire Money Management's quickly expanding team of investment professionals.

Bielski, who is a registered investment advisor, brings nearly two decades of experience to BMM and will focus specifically on the firm's day-to-day operational responsibilities.

"John was my first-ever hire, which was at my previous employer some 18 years ago," said BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris. "It's not easy finding someone with nearly two decades of this sort of specific operational expertise. All the credit goes to the BMM team, who has created one of the best workplace cultures in the

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Superior Court Briefs: July 9 - July 12
Staff Reports,
11:44AM / Friday, July 13, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 9.   Justin Senecal, 29, of Palmer pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and a single count of caretaker abuse on a disabled person.   The case was continued without a finding for six months. Senecal assaulted a student while employed at Eagleton School on July 11, 2013.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 11.   Dennis Ducharme Jr., 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, inducing or abetting a minor to distribute controlled substances, and

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
11:40AM / Friday, July 13, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging upwards from $1,000 to five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

The students are:

· Brittney Arsenau, Pittsfield High School;

· Hannah Ronayne, Wahconah Regional High School;

· Hannah LaPointe, Taconic High School;

· Trinity Peets, BART Charter School;

· Hannah Flynn, Monument Mountain Regional High School.

Arsenau's scholarship is the eighth annual Carol Craighead Memorial

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Temple Anshe Amunim Announces 2018 Members of the Year
11:34AM / Friday, July 13, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jane and Larry Pellish, co-chairpersons of the Social Action Committee, have been named as the 2018 Members of the Year at Temple Anshe Amunim.

Now retired from their respective fields in education and medicine, the Pellishes have dedicated themselves to social action, social awareness and social justice for the temple and in the greater community.

With their leadership, the Social Action Committee coordinates a team of volunteers that prepares and serves meals at the First Baptist Church; represents the Temple on the Thanksgiving Angels Steering Committee (which last year provided food for 1,450 Berkshire County families); sponsored a kiwi removal day at

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Caccaviello, Harrington Campaigns Take Aim at Each Other
Staff Reports,
01:15AM / Friday, July 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two of the three district attorney candidates, Paul Caccaviello and Andrea Harrington, have taken aim at each other over the last few weeks.   Last week, Caccaviello challenged Harrington's fitness for office, saying she doesn't have the "basic qualifications" needed. Harrington countered by calling Caccaviello, the incumbent, the candidate of "the old guard."   "In my 30 years of working in the office of the district attorney, and handling over 5,000 criminal prosecutions myself, prosecuting multiple murder trials, as well as other cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies, I have found the community

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Vermont Motorcyclist Injured in Pittsfield Collision
Staff Reports,
11:01PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Vermont motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon after colliding with a pickup truck.   Police say just before 1:30 in the afternoon, John Bailey, 56, of Cheshire turned out of Unistress on Cheshire Road and collided with the northbound motorcyclist Cassius Bradford, of Stamford, Vt.   Bradford was transported to Berkshire Medical Center with injuries to his arms and legs "that appeared serious but non-life threatening," according to police. Bailey was not injured.   Pittsfield Police was assisted at the scene by the Massachusetts State Police and Lanesborough Police. It remains under investigation by the traffic unit and Police are

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'Motor Voter' Legislation Passes Senate on Unanimous Vote
10:02PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
BOSTON — The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a version of the so-called "motor voter law," H.4671, An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud, by a vote of 38-0.     The legislation creates a framework in which eligible voters will be automatically registered to vote when receiving services from the Registry of Motor vehicles, MassHealth, and other participating state agencies. The framework will be overseen and implemented by the secretary of state.   "Voting is a fundamental right in our society and yet, today, 680,000 eligible residents in Massachusetts are not registered to vote," said

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Pittsfield American League All-Stars Win 12-Year-Old District Crown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:20PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield American League 12-year-old All-Stars pounded out 14 hits in just three innings to win Thursday’s Don Gleason District 1 title game.   But that was only half the story.   And, to hear the team’s coach tell it, it wasn’t the biggest reason the Americans are headed to next week’s sectional tournament in Amherst.   “You’re not going to win this tournament unless you have pitching,” Skutnik said. “Last year’s group, the 11-year-old group, had some pitching. Then you take the 11s that were up with the 12s last year and combine it together, and I really thought we had a nice group that would

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