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Miss Hall's Students Named Pickett Scholars
11:37AM / Friday, June 29, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School announces that rising senior Cely (Nikky) Abreu, of Methuen, Mass., and recent graduate Jayme McGuigan, of Pittsfield, Mass., have been named by the Lenox School Alumni Association as recipients of this year's Mansfield Pickett Scholarships.

The awards are named in memory of Mansfield E. (Peter) Pickett, who was a longtime teacher both at the former Lenox School and at Miss Hall's School. The scholarships are awarded annually to two students who exhibit outstanding performance in academics and extracurricular activities. This is the 15th year the association has honored Miss Hall’s students.

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Superior Court Briefs: June 27 - June 29
Staff Reports,
10:48AM / Friday, June 29, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, June 27.   Joseph Barnes, 32, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.   He was released on $2,000 bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home on March 9, 2018.   Jayce Jones, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was released on $500 bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home on March 9, 2018.   Marcelle King, 30, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas

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Inauguration 2016
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 29-July 5
09:44AM / Friday, June 29, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 Independence Day Parade Rain or shine, the Pittsfield 4th of July Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. sharp from the intersection of South and East/West Housatonic Streets. See the parade website for more information, including parade route and parking bans and

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Emergency Responders Jointly Practice Mass Casualty Incident
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, June 29, 2018

The 'patients' immediately got into character when the alarm went off. Many were yelling for staff and others were passing out after attempting to stand. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This is just a test of the emergency response system.   One man died during a fire at Berkshire Health Center's Central County Dialysis Center on Thursday evening and 17 others were taken to the hospital. Shortly after 7 p.m., the fire alarm went off at the center with 18 patients in the midst of treatment.   Staff had to quickly unhook the panicked and immobile patients from the machines and one by one get them out of harm's way.    Police closed of Conte Drive,

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Neighbors Want Pittsfield Shooting Range Closed
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, June 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Neighbors of the gun range police use to train are asking for it to be shut down.   David Durante lives on Lathers Avenue and says there is no way a range should ever have been constructed there. He argues that the range is too close to a residential neighborhood, has too few acres, and the backstops aren't compliant with the city's bylaws.   "I've never seen a land use so dangerous and outlandish than placing a shooting ranging in a residentially zoned neighborhood," Durante said.   Durante boasts of some 16 years serving on the Lee Planning Board and is challenging the range. He said if he, as a resident, did the same thing

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Hillcrest Celebrates $4.5 Million Expansion Into St. Mark's School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:18PM / Thursday, June 28, 2018

Shaun Cusson praised the support the organization received from the community.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Education celebrated its $4.5 million expansion into the former St. Mark's School.

Hillcrest bought the former parochial school in 2016 for $1.2 million and then invested some $3.2 million more into renovating it.   Now, the organization is serving 81 students who need therapeutic or autistic education and can't be served in the traditional school setting.   Hillcrest Academy is an expansion from its current home on West Housatonic Street.   "Since we opened in December we are educating currently 81 students in this building and we have a

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The Independent Investor: Currencies & Trade Wars
By Bill Schmick,
04:34PM / Thursday, June 28, 2018
What's up with the dollar? The greenback is strengthening and is having its best quarter since 2016 against an array of foreign currencies. Is this an accident, or is it something far more dangerous?   Economists will tell you that the Trump tariff crusade is responsible. New trade barriers, which the president is suggesting, would usually lead to higher prices at home, according to economic doctrine. Products we import would cost more, whether we are talking about steel, automobiles, or baseball caps.   As prices increase, so should the U.S. inflation rate. As inflation rises, bondholders will demand higher interest rates to keep up with inflation. In turn, higher interest

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Pittsfield Officer Jango Receives Protective Vest
12:03PM / Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jango looking pretty sweet. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police Department's K9 Jango has received his bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.   The vest was sponsored through funds raised at HeatherFest, an annual blues festival hosted by Heather McKibben in Norton. The nearly 25-year festival supports a number of charities, including Vested Interest in K9s. The vest is embroidered with the sentiment "Donated by HeatherFest in memory of Bill McKibben," McKibben's father who died last year.   Jango is a 2-year-old German shepherd who joined the Police Department in

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Berkshire Museum Director Van Shields Retiring
11:40AM / Thursday, June 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The director who lead the Berkshire Museum through the most controversial period in its century-long history is leaving.   The retirement of Executive Director Van Shields was announced on Thursday morning in a statement from the museum. David Ellis, former president and director of the Museum of Science in Boston, will step in in the interim as the museum undertakes a national search for Shield's successor.   "We are grateful for Van's leadership and vision, especially through a challenging time," said Elizabeth McGraw, president of the museum's board of trustees. "Van helped chart a course to secure the museum's future,

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Licensing Board Cautious About Allowing Sportsman's To Stay Open Later
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, June 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Neighbors of the Sportsman's Cafe are objecting to the owner's pitch to once again stay open until 2 a.m.   Owner Neal Marshall has been closing the bar at 11 and has petitioned the Licensing Board to stay open until 2 a.m. as it had in the past. But neighbors say the late nights in the past have led to people arguing in the streets, littering, urinating in public, and illegal parking.    Craig Rand spoke on behalf of the neighbors and the nuisances were a constant when the bar was open that late. He said there are no lights, only one bartender working for a large crowd, and nobody to ease traffic burdens.    Marshall said he has a

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Pittsfield Businessman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Greylock Credit Union
Staff Reports,
07:14PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city real estate developer pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield of defrauding Greylock Federal Credit Union.   Jeffrey Pierce, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to receive money through transactions of a credit union with intent to defraud the credit union and make false statements to a federal credit union.   According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, between 2005 and 2008 a former Greylock Federal Credit Union vice president authorized some $4 million in loans and loan modifications to Pierce and his five real estate development companies.    While the office didn't name the

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Hinds, Farley-Bouvier Look to Feds For Help With Police Station
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday morning, police arrested a woman and she wasn't being cooperative.   Officers struggled to get her up the flight of steps at the police station and then up the next flight of steps, and they maneuvered through the hallways to the undersized women's holding cells on the second floor. Officers wouldn't have been able to get her in and out of the building at all if she had been disabled.   A little later, they had to help a different individual into an ambulance. That meant the mechanic had to stop working, move the cruiser out of the way, and allow for access — which again required climbing a few steps.   There is an

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