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Pittsfield CPA Committee Recommends Funding For 11 Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A group opposing the turf field project lined up on Fenn Street during the meeting. PITTSFIELD, Mass — The Community Preservation Committee is recommendating just about all applicants for the first year's distribution receive some level of funding.   The committee agreed on Monday to recommend a total of $320,000 from the fund be distributed to 11 different projects. The City Council will be asked to provide the final approval to the committee's recommendation before any funds can be distributed.   The newly adopted act adds a 1 percent surcharge on property tax bills, with the first $100,000 of value being exempt. The funds are collected and somewhat matched

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Berkshire Medical Center Again Recognized for Straight A’s in Safety
08:19PM / Tuesday, May 01, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, has announced the Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and awarded Berkshire Medical Center the elite designation of “A” for its continued achievement in patient safety. 

BMC is one of only 49 “Straight A” hospitals in the United States to be awarded an “A” every grading cycle since 2012. 

“This consistent recognition for patient safety is reflective of the dedication our care team has to providing nothing but the best and safest care possible,” said David Phelps,

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Froio Senior Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:21PM / Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Chairwoman Theresa Bianchi detailed the history of the senior center. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-five years ago, the ribbon was cut opening the Ralph Froio Senior Center in the former Capitol Theater.   The building had gone through extensive renovations after the historic theater had closed about a decade earlier.   The building itself dates back to 1898 but had mostly served as the theater from 1922 until 1982. In 1993, it reopened as the senior center.   "This beautiful marquee was restored to the original condition and the lights were lit," said Council on Aging Chairwoman Theresa Bianchi.   On Tuesday, another ribbon was cut. This time it

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Opposition To Mosquito Control Mounts Again In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, May 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A group of citizens is yet again mounting opposition to the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project.   A citizens group dubbing itself "Residents Against Poison Spraying" has petitioned the City Council to end its enrollment in the program. This is third strong push against the program in the eight years since Pittsfield joined. Those in opposition question need for the program, the effectiveness of the pesticides being used, and say there are health and environmental risks associated with it.   "Hundreds of Pittsfield residents over several years have indicated their opposition to the pesticide spraying in this program through multiple

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MS Foundation Gala Hears Inspiration, Presents First McGraw Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:16PM / Monday, April 30, 2018

Kathy Mazzeo is congratulated by state Sen. Adam Hinds after giving an inspirational speech on her experiences with multiple sclerosis.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kathy Mazzeo had been stressed for years over the specter of multiple sclerosis.   More than a dozen years ago, she'd started to exhibit some of the symptoms of MS: the feeling of pins and needles on her extremities, some difficulty maneuvering, vision problems. She was haunted by the memory of a little girl with the disease whom her mother had cared for when Mazzeo was younger.   "As I kept thinking in my mind of what was going on with my body, the more issues I had," she said. Her neurologist

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Berkshires Beat: Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Hosts Lenox Students
01:26PM / Monday, April 30, 2018
Accounting on it

The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the professional association of CPAs for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, previewed what an accounting career future would look like for students from Lenox Memorial High School at its "Is Accounting for Me?" conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on April 27. The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life, and a networking lunch with college students, faculty and CPA practitioners.
 
Students got the chance to hear from professional CPAs about their

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North Berkshire Orthopaedic Specialist Joins Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates
11:26AM / Monday, April 30, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. James R. Parkinson, a well-respected and former longtime provider of Orthopaedic services in North Berkshire, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates.

Dr. Parkinson will provide orthopaedic evaluation and care at Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates' North Adams Campus of BMC office.

Parkinson served on the medical staff of the former North Adams Regional Hospital and with the former Orthopedic Associates of Williamstown for more than 20 years. He also served as medical director of Sports Medicine and Team Physician for Williams

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BRPC: State's Housing Choice Program No Good For Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Monday, April 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker is looking to curb a housing crisis in the Boston metro area through his Housing Choice Initiative.   But the program will be used little, if at all, in the Berkshires where the issue isn't so much the need for new housing but for rehabilitation of older housing. But this area does rely heavily on such programs as MassWorks, Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities, and the state Department of Transportation's capital and Complete Streets programs. Language in the Housing Choice Initiative puts the Berkshires at a disadvantage for those.   Those grant programs are competitive among communities across the state.

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Pittsfield, Unions Settle On Six-Year Deal For Health Insurance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Monday, April 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Public employees will be paying a greater percentage of the health insurance split with a new six-year agreement with the city.   City officials and the Public Employee Committee, which consists of representatives from numerous employee bargaining units, has settled an agreement that will drop the city's percentage of health care for active employees and non-Medicare retirees by 5 percent over the course of the contract.    In return, the unions are getting a new lower cost option, retirees on Medex are retaining their split, and stability for the next six years.   "We came to something that made sense for all of our groups," said

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4 Freedoms Workshops Explore Ways to Advocate, Connect
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:25PM / Sunday, April 29, 2018

Professor Frances Jones-Sneed gives the keynote addressing, urging the workshop participants to stand up against injustice. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some came to share insights on their political experience, some wanted to know how they could change their communities, others to connect with like-minded people on issues important to them.    "Look at the people we have, these are the lead people in our county doing these things and they're talking to small groups," said Becky Mieir, organizer for the "Step Up: Empowering Ourselves" series of workshops held Saturday at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   Nearly 100 area residents spent the

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Dalton-Hinsdale Little League Celebrates Start to Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:59AM / Sunday, April 29, 2018
DALTON, Mass. — On one of the few spring days the region has enjoyed this year, the boys' summer got things started at Chamberlain Park.   Escorted by fire trucks and cheerleaders and members of the Wahconah Regional High School baseball team, the six teams of the Dalton-Hinsdale Little League paraded to the field where they will hone their skills over the next seven weeks and — they hope — on into June and July.   "A few weeks ago, I didn't think we'd be having this ceremony today," league President Ben Melle said to the crowd gathered at the field.   But thanks to the hard work of numerous volunteers and a little break from the

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Spring Harbinger Butterflies Abound on Mount Greylock
By Tor Hansen, Community Submission
05:44PM / Saturday, April 28, 2018

Above, a mourning cloak, or Nymphalis antiopa, soaks up the sun after overwintering on the mountain. Right, a spring beauty is ready to bloom.   

ADAMS, Mass. — Under azure blue skies our sun is warming the ground story all around the woodlands of Mount Greylock, and the native butterflies are responding. Drawn out of winterlong hibernation, resident species are actively flitting about, searching for mates, and sipping both ground moisture and sap from oak and beech trees.

As April warmth pervades the trailside glens, as winter's remnant snows remain and recede, one may find joy in witnessing these showy denizens basking in vernal warmth, and dashing and

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