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Fire In Four-Family Pittsfield Building Displaces 15 Residents
By Andy McKeever,
09:45PM / Monday, May 07, 2018

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire after about an hour. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fifteen people are displaced after a large fire destroyed a four-family Brown Street home.   Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said at 7:32 p.m. the department received a call of a working fire in the two and a half story, wood frame building at 48-50 Brown Street.    "They had a fire on the second floor in the back of the building which looks like it auto-extended into the attic area. Our guys could not find an access to the attic. The fire got a good hold inside the attic and was running from end to end. We had to finally wait for the fire to break through the roof itself in

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Berkshires Beat: BCC First in Massachusetts, Third in United States in Recycling Contest
02:16PM / Monday, May 07, 2018
Waste not

Berkshire Community College finished first in Massachusetts and third in the United States in the Diversion category of the 2018 RecycleMania competition with a recycling rate of 80.9 percent. RecycleMania is the nation's premier waste reduction and recycling competition among colleges and universities, managed by Keep America Beautiful. With a recycling rate of more than 94.8 percent, The College of Staten Island is the top school in the Diversion category, while the Rhode Island School of Design finished first in the Per Capita Classic category.

The year marked BCC's 10th year of participation in the annual RecycleMania competition. The college has improved its waste

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
12:58PM / Monday, May 07, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2018 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, Mount Greylock Regional School, North Adams Public Schools and Williamstown Elementary School.

Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

Adams-Cheshire will fund the implementation of Project Lead the Way at Hoosac Valley Middle School. PLTW will help teachers engage in student-centered instruction and improve student learning through increased engagement

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Biz Briefs: Haddad Subaru Donates $23,000 to Berkshire Humane Society
09:48AM / Monday, May 07, 2018
Sharing the love

Haddad Subaru presented the Berkshire Humane Society with a $23,000 check from their Share the Love campaign on May 3. The presentation was aired live on News 10 as part of meteorologist Steve Caporizzo's live broadcast from the shelter in Pittsfield. Subaru's Share the Love program allows dealerships to select a charity of their choice to receive $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased between Nov. 21 and Jan. 2. This year, Haddad Subaru selected Berkshire Humane Society as their local charity.

Additionally, Haddad's and BHS's sixth annual Subaru Car Raffle has kicked off, and tickets are now being sold at a variety of locations, including BHS and

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Attorney General Candidate Visits Pete's Gun Shop
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Monday, May 07, 2018

McMahon, recently endorsed by state Republicans, is running as a strong proponent of 2nd Amendment rights.  ADAMS, Mass. — One of the Republican candidates for state attorney general was back in the Berkshires on Saturday, stopping in at Pete's Gun Shop.    Jay McMahon, a Bourne attorney and former police officer, heard residents' concerns about crime, public safety and 2nd Amendment rights.   "This is the fifth time I have come out here because I know that they are not paying attention up here," he said. "I need Berkshire County ... and I have a heart for Berkshire County."   McMahon was recently endorsed at the Republic

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Pittsfield Fire Upgrades Boat, Trains For Potential Water Rescues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:02PM / Sunday, May 06, 2018

Crews took shifts throughout Wednesday testing out the new equipment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With 80-degree temperatures on Wednesday, many county residents were thinking about getting their boats onto the lake.   And the Fire Department is no different. Except, the department is thinking about rescuing people after boat crashes, or kayaks tipping, and people drowning.   The department has just upgraded its boat and for the next week, every member of the department will be out on the lake, learning the new equipment and getting prepared for the potential water rescues firefighters will have to make.   "This is one of those high risk, low-frequency events. They

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Tyer Releases Proposed FY19 Budget
Staff Reports,
05:58AM / Saturday, May 05, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth an FY19 budget calling for a 1.8 percent increase in total expenditures.   On Friday, the mayor released her proposed $167.6 million spending plan. That reflects a $2.8 million increase from the current year. The City Council will be asked to raise and appropriate a total of $159.9 million of that.   "In FY19 we continue to be challenged in the form of a levy ceiling constraint. However, the FY19 budget renews our commitment to strategies that will foster increased property values and inspire new growth through private investment. Safe neighborhoods that are free from blighted conditions, competitive public schools that

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@theMarket: China Worries Dominate Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:59PM / Friday, May 04, 2018
You would think an unemployment rate that hit 3.9 percent in April would have cheered the market. It was, after all, the lowest such rate in 18 years. But no, all eyes were focused on the first round of China/U.S. trade talks, which conclude today.   The American team includes Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and two, hardline China hawks: Robert Lighthizer, our trade rep, and the administration's trade and manufacturing adviser, Peter Navarro. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin heads the team that is trying, according to the President 's tweet, "trying to negotiate a level playing field."   What we would like to see from the Chinese is a commitment to increase

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'Avengers: Infinity War': Goldberger's Complaint
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:24PM / Friday, May 04, 2018
President Re: "Avengers: Infinity War" Marvel Studios 500 S. Buena Vista Street Burbank, CA   Dear Sir or Madame,   I have a bone to pick. Well, actually, many bones. While I certainly appreciate the obvious effort your studio has put into the here referenced "Avengers: Infinity Wars," I cannot help but feel that your megamillion-dollar, superhero extravaganza is discriminatory against filmgoers not inculcated in the Marvel Comics Universe. Admittedly, being of a certain age, my comic hero fealty lies with "Superman" and, to a lesser degree, "Batman."    Oh, there was that time in my early teens when I had a dalliance with

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CHP Hosting Forum For Seniors
04:17PM / Friday, May 04, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CHP will host "Berkshire Supergenarians: A Forum for Seniors" from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Berkshire Museum.

Supergenerians in their seventh, eighth, ninth, or 10th decade, or older, are invited to a free event about aging well. Guests should bring their questions and ideas. The goal is to start a dialogue between seniors and providers of health, wellness, and medical services.

Speakers will be Dr. Mark Pettus of Berkshire Health Systems, who will speak on "Take Charge of Your Health," and Dr. Debra Ann Pollack of the Center for Comprehensive Care, Danbury, Conn., who will speak on "Healthy Sleep for Seniors."

There will be free

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SteepleCats Seeking Host Families
03:42PM / Friday, May 04, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams SteepleCats are seeking host families to house players for their upcoming 2018 baseball season.

The host family commitment is to house a SteepleCats player from June 2 through the beginning of August. Players should have their own room and families provide their meals. Players will arrange their own transportation.  

In exchange, host families receive a "Golden Ticket" that allows them to attend any game throughout the league – and never expires. They also receive a discount on SteepleCats merchandise and are able to build a relationship which can last a lifetime.

For more information on hosting a player, email Pat Decker.

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Economic Development Secretary to Speak at BCC Commencement
11:07AM / Friday, May 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will be teh keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 58th commencement exercises to be held Friday, June 1, at Tanglewood in Lenox.   Ash is responsible for directing and executing Gov. Charlie Baker's agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. Since joining the Baker-Polito administration, Ash has prioritized efforts to grow jobs, help communities realize their economic development priorities, connect citizens to new economic opportunities, and build prosperity across

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