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Pittsfield Prepping Local Regulations For 5G Technology
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tower companies are chomping at the bit as a multibillion-dollar industry in 5G technology is primed to roll out.   On Wednesday night, the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan to help roll that industry out quicker and cheaper. And when it does, companies will be seeking to use public rights-of-way for towers, antennas and accompanying infrastructure.   "When it is finally rolled out, the theory is you are going to have a pole every three homes. It is going to be a lot of infrastructure," attorney Anthony Lepore of Cityscape Consultants Inc. told the Community Development Board, members of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and staff

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Mosquitoes Out in Record-breaking Numbers This Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:53AM / Saturday, September 08, 2018

Culex pipiens is a known carrier for West Nile and other diseases.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It is going to be a record year for the local mosquito population in Berkshire County.   And residents have taken note. Over the last week, the Health Department the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project had fielded hundreds of calls from residents about high population numbers.    "This is going to be the biggest year in history. We are at record West Nile already," Mosquito Control Project Christopher Horton said.   West Nile was confirmed Thursday in another sampling of mosquitos in the area, raising the number of positive samples to 20 in recent

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Pittsfield Police Seek Information On Domino's Pizza Robbery
Staff Reports,
04:54PM / Friday, September 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on a robbery of Domino's Pizza on Elm Street.    Authorities say at about 11 p.m. on Thursday a black man in his late teens or early twenties, standing about six-foot-three-inches tall and weighing 180 to 190 lbs. with a slim build and deep voice robbed the store at gunpoint.    The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black head covering, black gloves, black pants, and a mask. The suspect then ran south toward Hazelwood Terrace.    Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or has information about it to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705.

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BCC's Director of Nursing Resigns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, September 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Director of Nursing Tochi Urbani has resigned from Berkshire Community College.   Dean of Enrollment Management Christina Wynn confirmed on Friday that Urbani submitted his resignation letter on Sept. 4 and will be leaving the college on Oct. 3. The resignation comes in the midst of college officials working to elevate the program's accreditation from a recently issued "approval with warning" status.   "At this point, we are placing a high priority on finding an interim director of nursing," Wynn said.    Wynn said the change will have no impact on the students who have just returned for the semester nor does she expect

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 6 - Sept. 7
Staff Reports,
11:42AM / Friday, September 07, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 6.   Dylan Litchfield, 24, of Peru was found not guilty by a jury on single counts of mayhem, armed assault with intent to murder, and aggravated assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   The charges were related to an incident in Windsor on June 13, 2016 involving a 29-year-old man.    Austin Litchfield, 20, of Peru was also found not guilty - through a direct motion approved by Agostini and not by a jury -on a single count of attempt to commit murder in connection with the same incident.   Brandon Griffin, 22, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault by means

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Pittsfield Man Charged In Tuesday Morning Hit and Run
Staff Reports,
11:03AM / Friday, September 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man is being accused of hitting a woman with his car and driving away.   Police say at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to the area of Pecks Road, near Valentine, to an accident. There they found a 20-year-old woman lying in the roadway. She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where she was admitted with serious internal injuries.   Police later arrested Alfredo Maya Osorio, 25, on charges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle_, and leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.   The case remains under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to contact Lt.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 7-13
09:14AM / Friday, September 07, 2018
SEPTEMBER 7 is First Friday Artswalk & More!  Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional 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.   The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Ave., will present Art and Sole, an exhibit of IS183 Art School faculty and student designed,

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Harrington Reflects On DA Race, Looks Toward Transition Into Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Friday, September 07, 2018

City Council Vice President John Krol was particularly excited with the Williamstown numbers when they came in. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Andrea Harrington entered the district attorney's race, she knew she could do it. She fully expected to win the race.   She didn't think she was an underdog, but she was.    "I didn't realize how improbable my winning was until I actually won," Harrington said on Thursday.   Harrington entered the race in March after former District Attorney David Capeless had maneuvered to place Paul Caccaviello into the office. Caccaviello had strong support from the local business community and many well-established

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Third Pittsfield Man Facing Charges Related To October Mountain Shooting
Staff Reports,
04:21PM / Thursday, September 06, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A third man is being charged in the October Mountain shooting.   Daquan Douglas, 24, from Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   He is the third individual to face charges in the early morning shooting near the Ashley Reservoir that left a 19-year-old Cheshire man in critical condition.   Judge Jacklyn Connly ordered Douglas to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until Sept. 10 when there will be a dangerousness hearing in Westfield District Court.    Police arrested

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'Operation Finale': Crime & Punishment
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:44PM / Thursday, September 06, 2018
Director Chris Weitz's "Operation Finale," a tension-filled historical drama about the Israeli Mossad's 1960 capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, reminded me of a turning point.   In my house when I was little, you didn't hear the actual word Holocaust. More often, the tragedy that had annihilated half of my family was referred to, in hushed tones, in terms of Hitler: before Hitler, during Hitler and after Hitler. Before was good, a seeming Heaven on Earth that maybe only we children would one day again realize. It was the unspoken hope.   But word that Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution, had been captured, seemed to change

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Pittsfield Health Officials Uphold Demolition Order; Tobacco License Suspension
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Thursday, September 06, 2018
    The Board of Health upheld its order to demolish on a property owned by Raymond Supranowicz on John Street. The property has been in code enforcement for years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health upheld both a demolition order on a multi-unit building on John Street and a suspension of Thing or Two's tobacco license.   Thing or Two Variety on Francis Avenue will have its tobacco licenses suspended for seven days following a number of violations.   Health Director Gina Armstrong said on May 10, inspectors from the Tri-Town Health Department found flavored tobacco products in stock. Such products were banned dating back to sweeping new

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Pittsfield ACO: Conditions at Animal Shelter Have Improved
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Thursday, September 06, 2018

The outdoor kennels had been maintained and improved during the Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter's time at the municipally-owned building. Since the organization was kicked off the property and it took what it considered its property, the shelter's outdoor area no longer can have dogs in it. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Animal Control Officer Joseph Chague is confident that the conditions at the municipal animal shelter have been improved.    The city has recently been accused of neglecting the shelter and endangering the animals being housed there. The city had just recently taken over the shelter's management from the Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal

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