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Berkshire Republicans Back Democrat Caccaviello In DA's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, October 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latest surprising turn in the race for district attorney, the second-place finisher in the Democratic primary has now been endorsed by the Republican Party.    Paul Caccaviello is being supported in his write-in campaign against Andrea Harrington by the Berkshire County Republican Association.   The Republicans say Caccaviello is "apolitical" and that they are endorsing him based on his qualifications for the job.   "His whole voting life he's been unenrolled. He is apolitical," said Kathryn Mickle, one of the key organizers for the Republican Association. "He's not a political party guy and the office

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Baseball in the Berkshires Offers STEM Programming
09:26PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- STEM programming is coming to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.   The exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will present monthly programs on science, technology, engineering and math starting Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1-2 p.m. for all ages.   The first program is "The Crack of the Bat." Learn how a bat is made. Physics, engineering, technology, mathematics and safety all have a part.   Using the bats of Shoeless Joe, The "Babe", Jackie, Miggy, "Big Papi," Dustin, Mookie and Judge, discover how they cracked these problems.

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Officer Barber To Leave Pittsfield Police After Shooting Incident
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:37PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  A veteran police officer is leaving the department ahead of a Civil Service hearing related to a shooting incident at his home on July 18.    On Wednesday, Police Chief Michael Wynn said Officer Miles Barber will voluntarily "be separated from service with the Pittsfield Police Department effective Sunday, October 28, 2018."   Police had responded to Barber's Cromwell Avenue home that July afternoon for a report of a shooting. There a woman, who still has not been identified, was found with a gunshot wound.    The woman was transported to the hospital and a follow-up report from the state police determined that

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Road Closures Announced for Pittsfield Halloween Parade
03:14PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 74th annual Halloween Parade in the City of Pittsfield will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. The parade route will begin on Tyler Street at the corner of Tyler and Smith streets and end at Woodlawn Avenue.

The following roads will be closed beginning at 5 p.m.:

· Tyler Street from First to Pine streets.

· Burbank Street from First Street to Morningside Elementary School.

· Second Street from Orchard to Burbank Street.

The remainder of the route, Tyler Street from Pine Street to Woodlawn Avenue, will be closed at 6:30 p.m. The Woodlawn Avenue Bridge will be closed as well. There will be no parking on these streets after 5 p.m. 

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Community Health Programs Names New Trustee
11:29AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Alfred "A.J." Enchill Jr. has been named to the Community Health Programs Board of Trustees. His appointment was confirmed by the CHP board at its October meeting.

Enchill is district aide to state Sen. Adam Hinds, based in Pittsfield, where he focuses on constituent services and community outreach. He is also Hinds' appointee to the Berkshire Community Action Council's board of directors and the board of Multi-Cultural Bridge.

He previously worked as a congressional intern for U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark and, earlier, as a paralegal intern for Bikkal & Associates in White Plains, N.Y. He also worked as a junior account assistant for

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Pension Buyout Offer: Annuity or Lump Sum?
11:20AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

If you participate in a pension plan at work, you might be offered a buyout at some point. This could happen if your employer wants to shrink its future pension obligations or if your company has been bought, and your new employer decides to terminate your existing pension plan. In either case, you will likely have two main options: You can take your pension as a lump sum of your accrued benefits, or you can convert it to an annuity, which can be structured to provide you with a lifetime income stream. Which choice is best?

There's no right answer, but here are some factors to consider:

Comfort in investing: If you take your pension as a lump sum, you can invest it yourself –

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Lanesborough Approves Police Station, Town Hall Repairs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:13PM / Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Police Chief Timothy Sorrell has been pushing for a new station and a feasibility study is the first step in securing grant funding to build it. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town voted to fund the renovation of the Police Station but will also consider a feasibility study for a new structure in the future.   At a special town meeting Tuesday, voters approved transferring $13,00 from other accounts to pay for the renovations Selectman Robert Ericson has undertaken.   But that wasn't without a push to use those funds instead for a feasibility study for a new station.   "The renovation looks nice but eventually we are going to need a new facility," Chief

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Pittsfield Woman Celebrating 100th Birthday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:34PM / Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Ethel Connors turns 100 years old on Wednesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ethel Connors will hit a milestone on Wednesday: 100 years.   Her bridge club friends at the Ralph Froio Senior Center threw her a surprise birthday party a day ahead of her turning centenarian.   Connors walked into her weekly game to a standing ovation on Tuesday.    "This is unreal. I couldn't believe it," Connors said. "It really is a surprise."   She weaved her way through the crowd, giving hugs along the way, and there was food, a birthday cake, and the group cheers a toast to Connors.    Connors said the secret to longevity is "exercise,

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Pittsfield's Westside Neighbors Vent Following Another Violent Crime
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Lindsay Roucoulet said one of those being accused of killing her fiance was out on bail related to domestic abuse charges. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It seems like a pretty straightforward concept: someone sees a drug house in their neighborhood, they tell the police, and officers swoop in and make a big bust.   Lt. Glen Decker spent 18 years on the narcotics beat and he'll tell you that it's not that simple. In fact, he's watched known drug user after known drug user walk into a home and leave shortly afterward. He knows what happened in there.    But without an informant performing a controlled buy inside there, there isn't much he can

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UPDATED: Third Man Charged In Robbins Avenue Murder
Staff Reports,
01:47PM / Monday, October 22, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The third suspect in last Monday's stabbing on Robbins Avenue turned himself in to authorities.   Jason Sefton, 20, of Pittsfield was arrested at about 9:30 a.m. on Monday when he turned himself in response to a warrant being issued for his arrest. Sefton entered a not guilty plea on a single count of murder.   Judge Jennifer Tyne ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.    Sefton is accused of being one of three suspected in the stabbing that killed 34-year-old William Catalano on Robbins Avenue. Bruce Romano, 28, and Anthony Boone, 22, were previously arrested and charged with single counts of murder in

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Berkshires Beat: Florida Couple Invests $500,000 in the Future of Gould Farm
12:52PM / Monday, October 22, 2018

Ellen and Tom Bowler gifted $500,000 to Gould Farm. Capital kickoff

Gould Farm kicked off the public phase of its $2.6 million Harvesting Hope Capital Campaign on Saturday, Oct. 20, announcing a lead gift of $500,000 from Tom and Ellen Bowler of Palm Beach, Florida. The small, nonprofit residential community program launched the capital campaign in early 2017 and has since raised $2.3 million to fund the construction of its first community center.

The Bowlers' lead gift honors Ellen's father, the Rev. Hampton E. Price, who served as executive director from 1961-1972.  During his tenure, Rev. Price transformed the farm's campus, systematized the work program, and brought

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Treasurer Goldberg Pushes College Savings Program To Reid Students
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Monday, October 22, 2018

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg's program is eyed to help people save for college. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nearly all of Reid Middle School's eighth graders could raise their hand when asked if they remember being in fourth grade.    "That was not that long ago and yet here you are, 8th graders," Superintendent Jason McCandless said to the class on Friday.    "Four years from today, you will be about 100 days away from graduating from high school. Four years from that, you will be looking at being 22, 23 years old.   The work that every single person in this school does is to make sure that  you are the person that you want to be,

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