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Man Dies Following Pittsfield Shooting
09:29PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018
Updated: The district attorney's office said 30-year-old David Green Jr. died from a gunshot wound to the neck on Wednesday. The case is now being investigated as a homicide.    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man was found with a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound just before 9 a.m. on Saturday.    Police were alerted to the shooting by a ShotSpotter activation near the intersection of Spring Street and Willow Street. There they encountered the 30-year-old man, who has not been identified.   Officers performed life-saving measures on the man, and he was later transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment.   Anyone who may have witnessed, or who

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Brien Center Honors Michaels, Pignatelli at Annual UNICO Dinner
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:52PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018

Manny Slaughter was hugged by his daughter after he shared the story from the darkest times in his life with a full room at the annual Unico dinner. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Most of the community leaders in the central Berkshires know Manny Slaughter.   They know him now from hours upon hours of volunteer time he puts in every summer, with a smile on his face, running a basketball program for the area's youth. They know him now from thousands of Pittsfield children he's taken under his wing. They know him now as a mentor and a role model.   They know Slaughter now as a shining star in the Pittsfield community.   And on Thursday, they saw the man who means so

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Guest Column: We Are Too Great to Hate
By James F. Birge, Guest Column
01:56PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018
As the president of a public institution of higher education, I have the unique opportunity to hear from many voices of those who represent the next generation. It should come as no surprise that there are myriad concerns coming through in those voices about the state of our country.   Between the Trump administration's seeking to restrict Title IX's definition of gender to "a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth," bombs being sent to officials affiliated with the Democratic Party, and shooting violence fueled by the increasing volume of hateful, racist, anti-Semitic, and ideological propaganda

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Caccaviello's Team Holds Final Standout as Election Day Approaches
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Saturday, November 03, 2018

Caccaviello supporters stand on every corner of the busy intersection. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Amanda Hamilton didn't personally know William Catalano but she knew the family.   She said she knows Catalano's father very well and refers to the Catalanos as family friends. Her father, Tim Hamilton, said the two families grew up together. Catalano was recently killed and they want justice.   They believe if Paul Caccaviello wins the district attorney race, justice will come. Caccaviello is currently seeking election as a write-in for district attorney and on Friday the Hamiltons introduced themselves and asked if they could hold a sign during a standout the campaign

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Letter: Moran Much More Experienced for Register of Deeds
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, November 02, 2018

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter to support Debbie Moran in her candidacy for the Northern Berkshire Register of Deeds.

In looking at both candidates, one might say that they both have significant experience in the office, with both having over 20 years, and Debbie having the most with 26-plus years in the office, but to examine deeper and look at what positions have been held during that time that really tell the whole story.

While her opponent is a simply a clerk within the office, Debbie holds the position of first assistant register of deeds. This in and of itself is a significant variation between the two and one that should be looked at very closely. While a clerk does have

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Letter: Caccaviello Offers Leadership, Continuity
Letter to the Editor,
01:12PM / Friday, November 02, 2018

To the Editor:

As a respite care foster parent for nine years for children who have been traumatized by violence and/or sexual assault; as a crime victim myself; as an elected School Committee member (winning as a write-in) and a former Fair Housing commissioner; I know the work that Paul Caccaviello and the staff of the Berkshire district attorney's office have done and are doing. I know this because I have had first-hand experience with their programs, and I believe they are not to be taken lightly or denigrated.

As Berkshire district attorney, Paul Caccaviello has already made exceptional decisions to sustain and enhance these programs; and, at the same time, create new programs

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Letter: Harrington Right Person for DA
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, November 02, 2018

To the Editor:

It was supposed to be easy.

The position of district attorney in Berkshire County was his to be had. It was set up so well. A shady backroom deal between the 14-year veteran DA and the Republican governor ... an early retirement of the 14-year veteran to allow him to run as the incumbent ... and a last minute switch to the Democratic Party to ensure the vote in the heavy Democrat/Democrat-leaning county. All the "right" political moves were made. He thought he was a shoo-in ... but then, something happened:

Andrea Harrington announced her campaign to run for Berkshire County district attorney. She embraced the extremely popular Criminal Justice Reform

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 2-8
12:07PM / Friday, November 02, 2018
NOVEMBER 2 is First Friday Artswalk and More! Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First 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.

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

FRI An Evening of a Curious Nature at Shire City Sanctuary Sound & Vision

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MassPIRG Pushing to Increase Voter Turnout at MCLA
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Friday, November 02, 2018

MCLA student Ari Battaini, MassPIRG coordinator, speaks with Mayor Thomas Bernard and college President Jamie Birge after the presentation. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's a given that young people don't vote. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hoping to buck the trend.    In one good sign, the nearly two dozen students and others attending a voter information session on Wednesday, at least those of voting age, raised their hands to indicate they were registered and would be voting on Tuesday.    While turnout was low in the last mid-terms in 2014, only 16 percent, MCLA students turned out in numbers of 47 percent and 55 percent for the presidential

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Pittsfield to Contract With Berkshire Humane For Animal Sheltering
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Friday, November 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society will take over the city's animal sheltering operations for the next three years.    The city has accepted a proposal to have the Humane Society take over responsibilities for stray animals picked up by animal control. The plan is to have animals transported the society's Barker Road facilty for care during the required seven-day holding period.   With more accessible hours, the hope is it will be easier for residents to retrieve their pets. If unclaimed, the Humane Society would then attempt to find someone to adopt the animal.   The contract is expected to be signed in the next few weeks and operations could

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The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Risk Tolerance
By Bill Schmick,
06:47PM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
It is a good time to take a reality check on how aggressively you are invested. The 6.9 percent decline in the S&P 500 Index over October was gut-wrenching. But entirely within the realm of probability given the historical data. Here are some questions to ask.   Did you find yourself checking your investment portfolios every day? How about every hour? Did you have trouble focusing on other, possibly more important, things like your job, or your family and friends? Was it more difficult to sleep at night, or did you lay awake worrying about the markets?   How much time did you spend checking the averages and listening to the talking heads on television or in the print media?

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'The Old Man & the Gun': The Antihero & the Movie Star
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:31PM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
If movies were cherished trinkets, director David Lowery's "The Old Man & the Gun," based on a true story and starring Robert Redford as the gentlemanly, senior citizen bank robber, Forrest Tucker, would deserve a place of honor in your cigar box. It is at once a sympathetically laced portrait of the legendary stickup man/jail escapist extraordinaire and a nostalgia-evoking paean to one of the last great movie stars.    We are warmly invited to again marvel at how Redford's handsomeness and signature humanitarianism have always seemed so magically inseparable.    We hook up with Forrest just shortly after his astonishing, much heralded escape from

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