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Pittsfield Committee to Consider Seat Belts on School Buses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Tuesday, December 06, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Last month's devastating school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., has the Public Safety Advisory Committee mulling the idea of seat belts in city school buses.   Six elementary schoolchildren were killed and many others injured when the bus crashed into a tree. There is no law requiring school buses to have seat belts in Massachusetts but a few states do. The National Safety Council, an advocacy group, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are both calling for school buses to have seat belts   "The one thing that is going to be the detriment to this is that it is going to be too expensive. My argument is, what is the price on a

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Biz Briefs: Downtown Window Decoration Contest Winners Announced
01:38PM / Monday, December 05, 2016

The winners are ...: The Berkshire Emporium was voted the winner of the Holiday Window Decorating Contest sponsored by the North Adams Chamber of Commerce for its multi-window display featuring various rooms throughout Santa's North Pole home. The Berkshire Emporium will receive a gift certificate with the Mohawk Soaring club for a one-month membership and flight with an instructor in the spring.

Of the six participating volunteer groups that decorate empty storefronts, there was a tie between the North Adams Farmers Market Committee windows at 87 Main St. and the St. Elizabeth's Youth Group windows at 107 Main St. Those groups will split the volunteer group cash prize of $100

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Inauguration 2016
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Berkshires Beat: Young Democrats Mobilize in Western Massachusetts
01:28PM / Monday, December 05, 2016

Rallying together: Young Democrats from across Western Massachusetts gathered Dec. 1 in Amherst, Mass., to formally establish a regional chapter of the party's youth organization, motivated, in part, by last month's election results. Representing three of Western Massachusetts four counties, energized activists crowded a coffee shop to select officers and discuss how to advance the agenda important to younger Bay State voters.

The meeting attracted high schoolers from Northampton and West Springfield, college students from various campuses and young professionals eager to encourage a rising generation of citizens to participate in public policy and run for office. Led informally

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Regional Planners Still Waiting On DLTA Funds To Be Released
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, December 05, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns wants to help move the Eagle Mill redevelopment along.     But, he isn't sure if he'll have the funds to do it. Last year, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission began the process of crafting a 40R zoning overlay district. It is a series of regulations aimed to encourage dense residential and mixed-use zoning districts.   The funds for the assistance came from the District Local Technical Assistance Program.   Now into December, halfway through the fiscal year, the state still hasn't released those funds. That is just one of a dozen or more projects BRPC helps towns tackle with the

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Berkshire County Arc Holds Annual Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:35AM / Saturday, December 03, 2016

Robert Glass of Sample Express, right, accepts BCArc's Employer of the Year Award.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc singled out a few of its 700 employees for awards at Friday morning's 62nd annual meeting.

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, had a message for all those employees.

"I've been really focusing on a particular way I can be helpful … and that is the pay of staff," Farley-Bouvier said. "I feel that if we can pay the staff … Those are 700 individuals in our community who have families, and you need to be supported as employees of Berkshire County Arc and the other agencies.

"I will continue to fight for

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Live Feed: Pittsfield Lights the Christmas Tree
05:37PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 15 - Dec. 1
Staff Reports,
03:02PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Nov. 15.   Brian Schaffer, 60, of Lee, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography.   He was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on three-years probation.   Schaffer was in possession of child pornography in Lee on August 1, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Nov. 16.   Russell Allison, 43, of Pittsfield, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, armed career felon, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was

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Greylock Announces New Supervisory Committee Member
12:59PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Isa F. Ali has been appointed to Greylock Federal Credit Union's volunteer Supervisory Committee by the credit union's Board of Directors. Ali is taking the place of Jean A. Doak, who recently retired from the Supervisory Committee after serving for 25 years.

"Greylock thanks Jean for her many years of service, and her contributions to the credit union. She will be missed by all of us and we wish her well," said Greylock President/CEO John L. Bissell. "Isa's experiences in the arts, business and real estate investment will bring a unique perspective to the Supervisory Committee. His insights and international background are a great

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Barrington Stage Company Names Director of Advancement
12:50PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company welcomes Ashley Pirsig as its new director of advancement.
 
Pirsig joins the Barrington Stage Company team having previously served as the director of development at Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, N.C.) and assistant director of development for Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk. Additionally, she has worked in marketing and development for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Lyric Stage (Dallas, Texas) and Huntington Theatre Company.

Pirsig has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College and an MBA and MA in Arts Management from Southern Methodist University.

"We are thrilled that Ashley Pirsig has joined us as Director of

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Suns Ownership Firm Names General Counsel, Senior VP
12:19PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Goldklang Group, a sports entertainment management and consulting firm that owns and operates the Pittsfield Suns, has named Michael D. Goldklang as general counsel and senior vice president.

Based at the group's headquarters in New Jersey, Goldklang will oversee legal matters relating to its member clubs and will be involved in other aspects of the group's operations, including new business opportunities.

Prior to joining the Goldklang Group, Goldklang was a partner at LeClairRyan in the firm’s Newark, N.J., and New York City offices, during which time he regularly counseled business clients and actively litigated in federal and state courts

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Names VP/Commercial Loan Officer
11:13AM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Timothy J. Collins has joined the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank as vice president/commercial loan officer.

Collins brings more than 10 years of industry experience, six years locally at Berkshire Bank and their ownership predecessor Legacy Banks, as assistant vice president and commercial real estate officer. Most recently he worked as senior associate, acquisitions, at High Street Realty Company in Boston, where he was responsible for the oversight and execution of investment underwriting analysis and overall operations for the acquisitions group, including all new debt placement and negotiations.  

Collins grew up in Lee and will be moving back to Berkshire

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BCF Names Acting Executive Director After CEO's Sudden Death
11:08AM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families, a social services agency serving Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley since 1887, has appointed Diane Robie to the position of acting executive director, filling the vacancy caused by the recent death of President and CEO Carolyn Mower Burns.

Robie, who was senior vice president at Berkshire Children and Families, came to BCF from Vermont in 2015, after 20 years of experience serving children, families and communities in programs that ranged from family support to child permanency.

"Carolyn had both a vision in identifying the needs of children and their families and the ability to create and administer programs committed

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