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Ladley Remembered for Fight, Family, Fealty to Berkshire County Sports Community
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:08AM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ed Ladley was remembered Wednesday evening as a giant of the Berkshire County sporting community.   The New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, legendary Wahconah boys basketball coach and educator died on Wednesday. And as word of his passing got around the county coaching fraternity, one word was on everyone's lips: competitor.   "Even when his son, Timmy, played for me my first year at Pittsfield, I remember him yelling at his players because Timmy had five 3s against Wahconah," said Ron Wojcik, now the girls basketball coach at Hoosac Valley.   "Timmy, at the time, was one of our best if not our best player, and [Ed

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Berkshire Ambulance, Emergency Room Officials Oppose Question 1
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Thursday, November 01, 2018

Heads of local ambulance services and emergency department officials gathered at County Ambulance on Wednesday to express the reasons for the opposition to Question 1.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The phrase "holding the wall" hasn't really been used much in describing emergency medical services in Berkshire County. But, local EMS providers say that could be a real possibility if Question 1 is passed.   The term is used to describe the amount of time a patient is in an ambulance waiting to be ushered into the emergency department than is absolutely necessary. Ambulance companies don't want to be "holding the wall" but instead getting the rig back

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Harrington Rallies Base to Start Final Week Of DA's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:02PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

 
Harrington's husband Timothy Walsh reflected on the campaign and thanked the crowd for the support of Harrington and their entire family.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It is the final week in the district attorney's race and those in Andrea Harrington's camp are as energetic as ever.   The campaign held a rally Tuesday exactly one week before the general election for a final push to get out the vote.   The event was part fundraiser -- goodwill donations were accepted -- and part organizing as campaigner staffers sorted out volunteers for sign holding on election day, and a part rally to energize those supporters.    "I did not run

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Mount Greylock Regional High School Teacher Wins $10,000 Kapteyn Prize
01:38PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today that

Jeffrey Welch, a social studies teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School, has been awarded the 10th annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching. He will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich his teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in his name.

In his 21 years at Mount Greylock, Welch's teaching assignments have ranged from core world and U.S. history classes to topics in a wide variety of disciplines, including conversational Italian, psychology and introduction to the law. He has directed the spring musical since 2000 and has served as the

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Consolidating Accounts Leads to Clear Financial Strategy
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:12PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

None of us can completely control all the things that happen to us. Yet, when it comes to achieving your long-term financial goals, including a comfortable retirement, you do have a great deal of power – as long as you follow a clear, well-defined financial strategy. And one way to help build and maintain such a strategy is by consolidating your financial accounts.

Over the course of their lives, many people pick up a variety of financial accounts from multiple sources. They might have a few IRAs from different providers, a couple of old 401(k) plans from past employers, an insurance policy (or two) purchased many years ago, and a scattershot of stocks, bonds, certificates of

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Pittsfield Receives Proposal For Animal Shelter, Mum on Details
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is apparently giving up its attempts to run an animal shelter on its own but a request for proposals to take over the care of strays has only elicited one bid.    The city issued an RFP for animal sheltering earlier this month. The proposals were due on Monday and the Berkshire Humane Society was the only one to respond. Pittsfield officials are mum on what the organization has proposed or what the city is looking for in such a contract.    Mayor Linda Tyer's administration booted the Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter from city-owned property earlier this spring and terminated the non-profit's contract to

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Pittsfield's Wright Honored by League, Scores in Springfield's Tourney Win
09:30PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week Amanda Wright Tuesday scored a goal to help the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over Wheaton in the first round of the NEWMAC tournament.   Wright, a graduate of Pittsfield High School, scored her ninth goal of the season in the 58th minute to give the Pride a 2-0 lead at the time.   Springfield moves on to play Emerson on Thursday in the league semi-finals.   On Monday, Wright, a Springfield senior, was recognized for her performance the week prior.   Wright was instrumental in a pair of NEWMAC victories for the Pride last

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Lanesborough Wins Grant to Improve Transparency
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The state is funding a project to enhance transparency in town government.   The Board of Selectmen on Monday agreed to contracts with cleargov.com and Civics Plus, both eyed to make information about the town much more accessible to the public.   The former is mostly financially-based and allows residents and town officials to easily craft charts and track historical data about town spending. The latter will revamp the town's website, making information much more easily accessible.   "It is pretty impressive for sure. I think a lot of people will be interested to see from year to year," said Chairman John Goerlach after seeing a

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CHP Berkshire Pediatrics Expands Primary Care Team
01:29PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CHP Berkshire Pediatrics welcomes Jamie L. Berkowitz, physician assistant, to its pediatric primary care team in Pittsfield.

Berkowitz holds a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a second master's degree in neuroscience and behavior from UMass-Amherst, as well as a B.S. in biology from UMass-Amherst.

She has previously worked as a primary care/urgent care practitioner at 510 Medical Walk-In in Pittsfield, and earlier, for the practice of Pittsfield pediatrician Dr. Michael Fabrizio. She holds state and national certification as a physician assistant and is a fellow member of the American

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Police Call For Revocation Of Lach's Lounge Liquor License
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are asking the Licensing Board to shut down Lach's Lounge.   Lach's Lounge is currently shut down until mid-November when it will have a hearing before the Licensing Board after a police investigation into a shooting and alleged drug dealing. This is the latest pile onto a heaping history of incidents at the Fenn Street bar.   The hearing will specifically regarding two alleged recent incidents. The first occurred at approximately 1 in the morning on Sunday, Aug. 19. Officer David Kirchner responded to a call from bar manager Ishmael Lytle asking for an officer to respond to the area to deter any disturbances during closing

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Letter: Integrity Matters in District Attorney Race
Letter to the Editor,
03:02PM / Monday, October 29, 2018

To the Editor:

Elections can be filled with all sorts of strategies and antics, and some we have simply come to accept. Lawn sign theft, whispered rumors and the like are common in every election and are impossible for campaigns to control. Some races even get nasty as the Berkshire County district attorney has, ironically, given that this office is supposed to reflect the best of what we have in honor and justice.

The DA in office right now should be showing us an example of an honorable man and honorable campaign. I hear he is a nice guy as are most of us among our friends and family. However, the real test of character is how you behave when you are challenged and how far you will go

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Letter: Write-In Paul Caccaviello
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, October 29, 2018

To the Editor:

First Assistant District Attorney Paul Caccaviello has won 20 homicide cases tried in Superior Court. He won the Prosecutor of the Year award in 2008, the highest award in the state. Paul Caccaviello brings 30 years of experience to his current management of the Berkshire County DA office.

Our county is experiencing increasing rates of crime with no end in sight. Ms. Harrington has zero experience as a prosecutor and has never tried a homicide case. Write-in Paul Caccaviello on Nov. 6. Choose an experienced prosecutor over a politician.

Scott Plantier

 

 

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