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Lanesborough School Approves $182K Budget Cut
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:52AM / Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The School Committee approved a $182,823 cut to the school budget on Thursday. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A $123,000 cut to the elementary school budget wasn't enough for several townspeople at Thursday's public hearing, which led the School Committee to cut an additional $60,000.   The School Committee approved by a 2-1 vote Thursday an appropriated school budget of $2,399,709, which is $182,823 less than this year. The vote was taken after the public hearing on a budget $60,000 higher than what was ultimately approved.   "We certainly started with very sharp pencils and those pencils took almost $123,000 out of a small elementary school budget. In 45 years in

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North County Group Lobbies for Hospital Reopening
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:10PM / Saturday, March 28, 2015
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A coalition advocating for the restoration of the hospital in North Adams traveled to Berkshire Medical Center in a show of solidarity.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A group of dedicated community and union members continued to call for expanded medical services to mark the one-year anniversary of the abrupt closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Richard Dasatti of the North County Cares Coalition urged local and state officials — and the facility's new owner Berkshire Medical Center — to reopen the facility as a full-service hospital.

"We will work with Berkshire Health Systems if they will provide a timeline and a commitment to make BMC North a full hospital with

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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Look the city's Christmas Tree is bigger than a bus!
by Soapbox 10:10AM / Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Former Pittsfield Councilor Pete White Seeking at-Large Seat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:32PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
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Pete White is now seeking an at-large seat on the City Council.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former Ward 2 Councilor Pete White is looking to return to the City Council.

This time, he is seeking to represent the whole city as a councilor at large.

"I want to be working on much more citywide initiatives. I think there are things as an at-large councilor that would be easier to do than as a ward councilor," White said on Friday.   Nomination papers for the Nov. 3 election are available on Thursday, April 2, and White is the first to announce his candidacy.   The 36-year-old says he is the person who can bring all parties together to work collaboratively to solve

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Superior Court Briefs: March 23 - March 24
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03:30PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 23.   Malik Grandson, 22, of Pittsfield was sentenced to two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on a single count of assault and battery. He was placed on five-years probation on a single count of home invasion.   Grandson was found guilty of the two charges on March 11. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield on May 20, 2013.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 24.   Davon Fitts, 32, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was placed on nine months probation. The charge stems from an incident in

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Lenox Library Launches 20th Annual Book Donation Drive
12:56PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
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LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library is now conducting a book donation drive for its 20th annual book sale in August.  

They are accepting all books in good condition, hard cover or paperback, plus DVDs, CDs and LPs. Collectible books are especially welcomed. Encyclopedias, magazines and VHS videos are not accepted.

To donate books or other materials to The Lenox Library for this three-day event, call 413-445-5679 or 413-637-2630 x113, or email ibrowner@roadrunner.com for information about where to bring them. Pick-ups can be arranged if needed.

All proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit The Lenox Library’s many services and programs offered to the public

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Scholarship Deadline Approaching for Girls Inc. Awards
12:28PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
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Girls Inc. of the Berkshires is offering $10,000 in scholarships to senior girls attending high school in Berkshire County and entering a two- or four-year college in the fall. Applications must be postmarked by March 31.

For the first time, Girls Inc. of the Berkshires is awarding a $1,000 scholarship through the Rotary Club of Pittsfield.

“Rotarians come together to take action in their community. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth and to advance our community. This scholarship will do exactly that. This scholarship, awarded to a young woman in this community, will allow her to further her education and to make an impact on her

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Applications Accepted for Lola Greene Legacy Scholarships
12:24PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
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Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.

A one-time grant of $250 to $500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.

Lola Greene worked at Mount Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time, she developed the school’s Latin program and Junior Classical League into one of the most successful programs

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Man Cited For Running Red Light In Crash Into Pittsfield Storefront
By Andy McKeever,
10:44AM / Friday, March 27, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have cited the driver of the van than ran into a second street building for running a red light.   A Ford van driven by John Eckert crashed into J.M.S. Industrial Supply Wednesday morning after narrowly missing a collision with a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus.    "After viewing the video tapes on the BRTA bus, he was found at fault for a red light violation," said Officer Michael Silver.   The officer said the BRTA van was heading east at the intersection when Eckert ran the red light as he was heading northbound. The two never collided but Eckert's effort to avoid that led to the crash.   "He swerved to

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Woman Suffers Multiple Injuries After Being Struck By Train in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever,
09:55PM / Thursday, March 26, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A middle aged woman suffered multiple injuries Thursday night after being struck by a train.   Emergency personnel responded to the report an individual being struck by a train on the CSX tracks underneath the bridge on Second Street at about 9 p.m.    "We found a middle aged female conscience and alert next to the tracks with multiple injuries including Level 1 head trauma and a broke femur," Deputy Fire Chief Steven Peaslee said.   Multiple firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians from County Ambulance used Monteleone Place to access the underneath the bridge as the train was parked several hundred yards past the

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Pittsfield Opens Third Community Center In Public House Complex
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Heather Fletcher from the Berkshire United Way shows neighborhood children a collection of books the organization gives away. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has opened its third community center to provide services to residents in public housing.   On Tuesday, city officials and representatives from an array of social service groups held an open house at a unit in Wilson Park.   Justine Dodds, the city's housing specialist in the office of Community Development, will be in charge of scheduling programs developed by community groups.   "The idea is to bring the services and resources we have in the city to the residents in public housing," Dodds said at

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