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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Family Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP Health Center
11:48AM / Friday, March 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Family nurse practitioner Rebecca Gamache has joined the primary care team at Community Health Centers Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield.

Gamache earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from UMass-Amherst and a master’s degree in nursing from Sage Graduate School in Troy, N.Y.

A Berkshire County native, she previously worked as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and for Berkshire County ARC. Her primary focus is health promotion and disease prevention, and she has a strong interest in incorporating holistic treatment options into her practice, which includes patients of all ages.



Berkshire Bank Foundation Welcomes New Member of Board of Trustees
11:29AM / Friday, March 03, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Berkshire Bank, has announced the appointment of Thomas W. Barney to its Board of Trustees.

Barney, a certified financial planner, is a senior vice president/wealth advisor with Berkshire Bank Wealth Management based in Lenox.

Barney has spent over 19 years with Berkshire Bank, rejoining the wealth group out of retirement to work on all aspects of client relationships, including financial planning and strategy implementation. He previously served as an officer of the Foundation and expressed his delight with returning to the board.

"While Berkshire Bank has grown as a successful company, serving the


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Pignatelli Honored as a Mentor of Mass Mentoring Partnership
11:04AM / Friday, March 03, 2017

BOSTON — Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli. was one of 25 individuals and organizations honored by Mass Mentoring Partnership at their 25th anniversary gala, which took place at the Moakley Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Mass Mentoring Partnership serves more than 250 mentoring and youth development program statewide supporting more than 33,000 youth in mentoring relationships.

The 25 individuals and groups who were honored were chosen based on their impact on MMP over the past quarter-century. It's through their commitment to the mission that MMP has been able to continue their work in strengthening communities through empowering positive youth-adult relationships.


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 3-9
10:29AM / Friday, March 03, 2017
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       March 3 - March 9, 2017 MARCH 3RD Is First Friday Artswalk & More! Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during theFirst Friday Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at  the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

The Berkshire Art Association


Girls Lacrosse Players Sought
09:20AM / Friday, March 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- There will be sign-ups for youth girls lacross from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 4, at Dick's Sporting Goods.   Girls in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to sign up.


BRPC Crafting Succession Plan For Executive Director
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Friday, March 03, 2017

Executive Director Nathaniel Karns, seen in this file photo, hasn't decided when he will retire, but he setting up a succession plan for when he does.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns knows a thing or two about planning.

He's been in the business for 40 years, spending the last 23 years as the executive director of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.   Now he's planning his retirement. He's just not sure when that will be.   "I would probably choose to retire this coming fall or the first of the year. I'm not certain if that is the best time to try to attract a full slate of candidates," he said on


Former Pittsfield American Defender to Play in World Baseball Clasic Sports,
03:38PM / Thursday, March 02, 2017

A former Pittsfield American Defender will be among the Major League Baseball prospects participating in the fourth World Baseball Classic next week.

John Andreoli, a prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization, will play for Italy, which opens Pool D play on March 9 in Jalisco, Mexico, against Mexico.   In 2009, Andreoli played for the now-defunct Defenders of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   The former University of Connecticut Husky is one of 10 NECBL alumni who are scheduled to play in the WBC, which runs through March 22.   In 2009, he hit .261 with nine RBIs and seven runs scored for the Defenders.   At UConn, he was an all-Big East Second Team


'Get Out': Guess Who's Coming to be Terrorized?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:03PM / Thursday, March 02, 2017

It is an eerie, unsettling experience when your every instinct smells dangerous deceit and yet numerous people claiming authority discount your fears as just so much paranoia and curious distrust. Worse even yet is when such shifty characters then try to convince you, despite their most egregious actions, that they have only your best interests at heart. You know they're lying. It's called the "Gaslight" effect, named after the 1944 film by that title starring Charles Boyer as the creepy husband plying said treachery on his wife, played by Ingrid Bergman.

While this ugly contemplation may be misinterpreted as a reference to current affairs, that would be just too


Pittsfield Approves Needle Exchange Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:12AM / Thursday, March 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It took seven months to make the decision but on Wednesday, the Board of Health approved a needle exchange program.   The board approved the letter authorizing the state Department of Health to pursue a vendor for such a program. The state will now take over the process of funding, issuing a request for proposal, and ultimately working with that vendor in finding and opening a site.   The issue had been before the board since August, neared a vote in December, and then was pushed until March.    "As we move along in the application process, hopefully, we will be funded, and we will work on a site selection process," said Health


Pittsfield Enters 2nd Year of Tyler Street Revitalization Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:00PM / Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Amequsika 'Sika' Sedzro has been appointed by MassDevelopment to head the efforts. She is paid by the agency for three years to help in Pittsfield's district. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Amewusika "Sika" Sedzro has been in the city for a year now with a primary focus on crafting a plan to revitalize Tyler Street.   Entering her second of three years, the first steps in rolling out that plan will be taking shape this year.   The Tyler Street and the Morningside neighborhood are the next targets for a complete redevelopment, following nearly the same plans as implemented on North Street over the last decade.    "We're not limiting what it


Nurses Picket BMC As Staffing Issues Hold Up Collective Bargaining
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:47PM / Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The nurses paced back and forth along North and Wahconah Streets. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nurses and supporters paced back and forth along North and Wahconah streets on Tuesday afternoon, holding signs and chanting "if we're out here, something is wrong in there."   On the other side of the hospital walls, the administration is reviewing data showing Berkshire Medical Center ranking in the top when it comes to patient safety and preparing a forum to celebrate those numbers with employees.   Outside, the nurses chant that the staffing levels are unsafe. Inside, a staffing office is reviewing the personnel on hand to make sure everything is covered.   What


Massachusetts Named Best State by U.S. News & World Report
02:25PM / Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BOSTON — The commonwealth of Massachusetts has been named the best overall state in U.S. News & World Report's inaugural report. 

This best state ranking evaluates all 50 states in various categories, with Massachusetts ranked the No. 1 overall state, No. 1 in health care, No. 2 in education and among the top 10 for economy and crime and corrections.

Massachusetts was recognized for having the most accessible health care and is ranked third for pre-K through 12th-grade education.

"Massachusetts is a great place to live, work and raise a family because of the strength and character of all those who call the Commonwealth home," said Gov. Charlie Baker.


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