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Lemme, Mumford Top Individuals at Josh Billings Triathlon
08:34PM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
LENOX, Mass. -- Kent Lemme and Heather Mumford were the ironman and ironwoman champions Sunday at the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon.   Lemme completed the run, boating, biking event in a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds and placed fifth overall in the triathlon, which sees teams and indviduals competing together.   Mumford finished in 4:04:12.   The team from Allen Heights Veterinary (biker Josh Lipka, canoists Tom Keefe/Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick) defended its overall title, finishing in 2:17:08 to edge runner-up Josh Itch (Brian Rabuse, Sue Purdy/Kurt Kuehnel and Stephen Foley). Josh Itch came across the line in 2:29:18.   The top all-female team once


Pittsfield Continues Police Oversight Conversation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:36AM / Saturday, September 15, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement lists eight essentials for a civilian police oversight board: independence, funding, access to critical information, rapport, authority, the ability to review police policies, community support, and transparency.   Igor Greenwald says the mayor's plan for such a board doesn't do that.   "The problem with the mayor's proposal is essentially it is as if somebody in the administration looked at this list of all of the things that make a successful board and decided to check none of the boxes," Greenwald told the Ordinance and Rules Committee.   Greenwald was an


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: Sept. 10 - Sept. 13
Staff Reports,
03:17PM / Friday, September 14, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 10.   Stephanie Carsno, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   She was ordered to serve 63 days, time served, at the Hampden County House of Correction.    A single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute was dismissed by the state. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at her home on March 4, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 11.   Russell Allison, 45, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with

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NEPR Hires New Berkshire County Reporter
01:20PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Nancy Eve Cohen will cover Berkshire County for New England Public Radio.

Cohen has been a freelance reporter with NEPR since 2012 and has produced an impressive body of reporting for the station including recent pieces on the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, local farming and school safety from the perspective of students and teachers.

"Nancy is an experienced and accomplished reporter," said NEPR news director Sam Hudzik. "She has a particular interest and expertise in environment and agriculture stories - and has produced some brilliant ones for us."

Cohen has worked in public radio for more than two decades. She served as the


New Executive Director Joins Berkshire Grown
01:04PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Grown's Board of Trustees has announced that Margaret Moulton has assumed the role of executive director of the organization.

Moulton's work with the Trustees of Reservations as an engagement site manager, and her long-time interest in sustainable agriculture as a volunteer educator at Stone Barns Center for Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., have uniquely prepared her to shepherd Berkshire Grown into its next stage of development, according to Allison Rachele Bayles, president of the Board of Trustees
"We are thrilled to have Margaret at the helm of the organization. She is uniquely suited to engage growers and eaters alike


Greylock Staffer Graduates from CUNA Management School
12:52PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announced that Terrie Lucaroni, AVP/Manager, Project Management Office, recently graduated with honors from the Credit Union National Association Management School.

The three-year program, consists of three, two-week summer terms at the University of Wisconsin, School of Business in Madison. Each yearly term requires participants to pass three exams, complete two projects, and make an oral presentation.

"Greylock is proud of Terrie for her hard work to earn this prestigious certification. The CCUE from the CUNA Management School is an important educational accomplishment in the credit union industry and we all congratulate her


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 14-20
12:23PM / Friday, September 14, 2018
NEXT THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 is 3rd Thursday!  September's 3rd Thursday is the last of the season and it's the annual Walk a Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center! The walk kicks off at 6 p.m. from the Persip Park Stage.    The Dance Zone with Jacob's Pillow, located in front of St Joseph's Church, will feature pop-up performances by Adam H. Weinert, Cantarella School of Dance, and Berkshire Salsa. Rock On takes to the Mainstage following the walk, at 6:30 p.m. The Lichtenstein will have IS183 Art School'sexhibit open for viewing. 



Solar Array Planned For Pontoosuc Country Club
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, September 14, 2018

Joe Fiori outlined the plan to the Conservation Commission but also told the neighbors that the company will be before the Community Development Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and will hold a neighborhood meeting as well. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ridge Avenue-area neighbors feel blindsided by a plan to construct a 6.6-megawatt solar facility at the Pontoosuc Country Club.   The Boston-based solar developer Nexamp Inc. is looking to take over 25 of the 131 acres on the course for a photovoltaic array. The planned array is located on the southern portion of the property — the Hancock Road side of the first handful of holes.    Nexamp's business


'Juliet, Naked': Anatomy of a Triangle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:06PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
Ethan Hawke's Tucker Crowe in Jesse Peretz's intelligent, seriocomic "Juliet, Naked," had me thinking back to 1969 when, during a hiccup in my education, I visited my best friend, rock 'n' roller Howard "Richard" Tepp, in Malibu. It was the era of free love and, like the fictitious Tucker Crowe, Howie, through the cooperation of some enthusiastic groupies, had strewn the landscape with several progenies. The other similarity between the two is the cult following that grew out of their brief stardom.   Fact is, throughout history, there have been many such multi-pollinating troubadours who, intentionally or not, have substituted legacies of their DNA


Tyer Shares Outdoor Recreation Vision With Environmental Chief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

Eventually, the historic Springside House will serve as the hub for all of the activities that happen on the 300-plus acres of parkland that surrounds it. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The natural resources and scenic beauty of the Berkshires has always been a draw for those who enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, and the like.   But now officials are becoming a little more intentional about that. Both local and state officials are looking closely at the economic benefit that comes with building an outdoor recreational economy.   "They're going to eat in the restaurants. They are going to go to the fly shop. They are going to go to the bike shop. That's


Pittsfield School Bus Involved in Minor Traffic Accident
01:33PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Westfield man was cited Wednesday for a rear-end collision that involved a Pittsfield Public Schools bus on East Street.    The accident occurred at approximately 3:37 p.m. when a 2012 Honda Civic operated by Anthony Disanto of Westfield rear-ended a 2009 Nissan Versa, operated by Daniel Hammer of Pittsfield, which then struck the bus.    The school bus was stopped in traffic on East Street near the intersection with First Street. The school bus was transporting approximately 19 elementary school-aged children. The collision caused Hammer's vehicle to be pushed into the rear end of the stopped school bus.   The school bus was not


New Taconic Opens to Fanfare But Not Without Hiccups
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

The new Taconic High opened with 820 students, up more than 100 from last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new Taconic High School opened on time, on budget, and with tremendous fanfare.    But not everything is perfect. The building isn't 100 percent complete yet and traffic on Valentine Road has become very problematic. But the doors are open and a ribbon-cutting featuring state officials is scheduled for Oct. 19.   "Taconic opened up on time. We are on budget. And we are done-ish," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The auditorium is still under construction and students haven't been allowed in there. That was eyed as the very last


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