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Cain Hibbard Partner Named ’Lawyer of the Year’
05:51PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Best Lawyers has named Cain Hibbard partner Diane M. DeGiacomo as 2018 “Lawyer of the Year.” 

This distinction is presented annually to one outstanding lawyer in a particular specialty and geographical area who has achieved the highest consensus opinion of their professional abilities by their colleagues. DeGiacomo was one of only two lawyers in Massachusetts selected in the area of family law, with the other lawyer practicing in Boston. 

DeGiacomo, who serves as the chair of the Litigation Department at Cain Hibbard, has practiced law for more than 30 years. She concentrates in the areas of family law, employment law and civil litigation.


Pittsfield Highlights Tree Planting Program To Honor Arbor Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:00PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

Laurie Reid outlined the state's Greening the Gateway Cities program.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has planted more than 1,100 trees throughout the city over the last two years.

And, in honor of Arbor Day, one more was added to the total.

"At the end of 2017, Pittsfield, so far, has been planted with 1,173 trees through the Greening the Gateway Cities program. Statewide, Greening the Gateway Cities program last year has planted 11,637 trees," Laurie Reid, a forester with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, said.   "The program's goal is to plant 10 trees per acre within our planting area. It will increase the urban tree canopy by 5 to


Inauguration 2016
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BCC Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony
04:09PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

BOSTON — Two Berkshire Community College students were honored by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on April 18.

Iolani DeRis and Bridget Wnukowski were among a small group of scholars honored as the highest academic achievers of the community colleges system and were presented with medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team.

Every year, MCCEO hosts this event at the State House in Boston to showcase the best and brightest of the 15 college system. The event is co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and the


MCLA Names Winner of Innovation Challenge
03:55PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior Shannon Cahill of Grafton was the winner of the college's second annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Her winning idea was for "Greylock Sound," a performing arts booking and promotion agency she co-founded in December 2017.

The challenge aims to match entrepreneurial students with resources and networking opportunities that will help them to make their ideas a reality. Also recognized at the competition as the runner-up was senior Ashley Anderson of Springfield, for "Kumba," a cross-platform, digital mental health counseling mobile phone application

For her winning idea, Cahill


Hiking Trail Loops Around Health Center
03:49PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Did you leave your CHP appointment with a prescription for a health-enhancing hike? No problem! CHP has a hiking path right outside the door of its Great Barrington Health Center.

Thanks to a 2016 collaboration between CHP, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Greenagers and Great Barrington Trails and Greenways, your trip to the CHP’s Great Barrington Health Center can include a hike that can be short or long, depending on your choice at the fork in the trail.

In late 2016, CHP dedicated a newly constructed 1.5-mile hiking and walking trail, which connects a total of five miles of trails in the immediate vicinity. The CHP section was built by a


@theMarket: Peak Earnings Versus the Yield Curve
By Bill Schmick,
03:39PM / Friday, April 27, 2018
"Never a dull market" could be the motto of choice to describe stock market performance year-to-date. This week, we need to add two more concerns to the market's wall of worry.   "Peak earnings" is the first issue, which has been brought to the forefront by the 18-20 percent earnings gains reported by companies thus far for the first quarter. The bears would describe peak earnings as the peak of a growth cycle for a stock or a group of stocks such as an index like the S&P 500 or Russel 2000.   Typically during peak earnings, a company will report big "beats" in revenue and profits, but management will then guide investors'


Superior Court Briefs: April 24
Staff Reports,
02:23PM / Friday, April 27, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 24.   Quamel Batchelor, 21, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, and improper storage of a firearm.   He was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 31, 2018.   Anthony Deordio, 43, of North Adams had not guilty


BFAIR Celebrates Successes, Advocates at Annual Breakfast
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:24PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

Mayor Richard Alcombright was given the community partner award. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Chris May has a resume that is tough to rival.   He's a professional photographer. He's won the sportsmanship award on his high school track team. He's traveled the world. He's met David Ortiz. He's testified in front of senators and congressmen advocating for funding on behalf of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.    And, he has Down syndrome.   The Newton-born 28-year-old is a "self-advocate" for those like him. His hope is that others can follow a path like he had, which started with inclusion programs at the elementary school

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MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition in Pittsfield May 12
10:00AM / Friday, April 27, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition for area youth on Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at Belanger Field.   Pitch, Hit and Run is the official skills competition of MLB. This grassroots program, sponsored by Scotts, is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills.   Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, and 13/14. They will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including a team championship at Fenway Park and the national


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 20-2627-May 4
09:50AM / Friday, April 27, 2018
COMING SOON  to Film in Mass. Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are returning to Massachusetts! They plan to film episodes of the hit History Channel show  throughout the Northeast. The documentary series explores the fascinating world of antique "picking" and they're always excited to find sizable, unique collections and learn the stories behind them. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America's past along the way, and they'd love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques


Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Delivers Annual Report to City Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Friday, April 27, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — From playable pianos to bolstering member to tweaking the parking system, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has a lot of ahead of it for this summer.   The organization delivered its annual report to the City Council on Tuesday. It has gone through some changes in the last year or so. It hired a new director, Cheryl Mirer, and the city had changed its director of community development, which serves as the point of contact with the city.   "Every relationship we start takes some time to sort of understand each other," said Downtown Pittsfield President Jesse Cook-Dubin.    In the last few months, the organization has met with Director of


Mount Greylock War Memorial Nationally Designated
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Friday, April 27, 2018

Park Supervisor Travis Clairmont told the council at its quarterly meeting that the hope is have Mount Greylock State Reservation open by May 17, weather permitting.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Mount Greylock War Memorial has been designated as a National World War I Monument.

Becky Barnes, trails coordinator for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council on Thursday that she applied for designation through the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

"They selected 100 ... and they selected Mount Greylock as one of those, so we are designated as a National War Memorial, which is

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