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Central Berkshire Habitat Honors Volunteerism at Annual Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:47PM / Friday, October 20, 2017

Bonnie Hayden shares her story not just to highlight the short-term impacts Habitat for Humanity has one people's lives, but the long-term ones, too. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — To understand what Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity means for Bonnie Hayden, one must understand where she was when she first got involved.   "We came from a big mess," Hayden said.   She and her two sons were renting an apartment that had bugs, animals, and rotting floors. The landlord wasn't responsive and stuck her without heat one winter.   And they no longer slept in one bedroom after somebody had been murdered just beyond the window.   And,"We were sick. We

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Pittsfield Medical Associates Awarded Medical Leadership Role at Berkshire Place
12:32PM / Friday, October 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Place has announced that Pittsfield Medical Associates is the new medical team providing lead physician oversight to its residents and patients.

Dr. Ellis Fribush will be the new medical director and Bruce Rosenhein will be the lead physician's assistant.  

Fribush has been practicing medicine since 1959, and is a cardiovascular specialist. He is well established in the community and highly regarded for his knowledge, expertise and compassion. Rosenhein has been practicing as a physician’s assistant for the past 17 years and specializes in internal medicine. These two individuals will take the lead in providing regular rounds for

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Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 16 - Oct. 19
Staff Reports,
12:29PM / Friday, October 20, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, October 16.   Kurt Vosburgh, 53, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault with intent to rob and assault and battery on a pregnant victim.   He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on June 9, 2017 and involved a 38-year-old woman.   Devyn Banister, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently.   He was ordered to serve three and a half to seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. It is recommended that the

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Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Brain Injury Services
12:28PM / Friday, October 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has hired a new director of Brain Injury Services, Amber Steele.

Steele has been with BCArc since 2011. She has worked in a variety of capacities within BCArc, including as site manager and as a senior site Manager. Most recently, she worked as a residential supervisor in the Brain Injury Services Department. Prior to arriving in the Berkshires, she worked as a residential coordinator at CapeAbilities in Hyannis, Mass.

Amber holds a certificate in Quality Management from the National Graduate School of Quality Management and will be completing her bachelor's degree from Springfield College, School of Human Services this fall.

"This

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 20-26
11:12AM / Friday, October 20, 2017
SUN Berkshire Humane Society's 25th Birthday Bash Raise your Bark 'n' Mary or Meow-mosa to Berkshire Humane Society as the organization celebrate its 25th birthday at the Colonial Theater. Since 1992, BHS has sheltered and re-homed nearly 50,000 animals, touching the lives of countless people and their pets through its humane programming. This special event, hosted by Pet Connection's Steve Caporizzo, celebrates 25 years of compassion. 12-3

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Pittsfield Establishes Community Preservation Act Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, October 20, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee expects a $420,000 budget for fiscal 2018.   The Community Preservation Act was accepted by voters last November and city officials have been establishing the process since then. The act calls for a surcharge on property tax bills of 1 percent, with the first $100,000 value being exempted. That money goes into a fund, which is controlled by a locally created Community Preservation Committee, to use on affordable housing, parks and open space, historic preservation.   Residents will see that surcharge in the final two quarterly bills this fiscal year, with the four annual bills being split into just two. Next year, the

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Work Group Discusses Stigma Associated With Heroin Use
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Thursday, October 19, 2017

 
Michaels said the cost to society in dealing with substance use issues is in the $400 billion range. But, most of that is dedicated to dealing with the consequences after and not prevention or treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Terms like junky, addict, drug abuser, clean versus dirty, carry a negative connotation when it comes to the opioid epidemic.    That stigma makes it even more challenging to address the nationwide problem, according to Dr. Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center.   Michaels spent about two hours Wednesday morning with many who are combating the opioid epidemic in one way or the other to discuss the impact stigma

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The Independent Investor: Taketh Care of Your Workers and They Will Taketh Care of You
By Bill Schmick,
03:30PM / Thursday, October 19, 2017
Employers have had it all their own way for a decade or more. They have been able to freeze wages, cut benefits, force overtime and even deny vacations with impunity. Now, for many, it's time to pay the piper.   There is a saying, "what goes around, comes around," which means in this case that if you have spent years abusing your employees, the first company that offers them even the slightest uptick in benefits or salary will pick off your best workers in the time it takes to sign on the dotted line.   I can walk into a company and tell you within seconds whether or not its employees are well treated and happy. I'm sure you can, too. It shows on their faces, in

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Pittsfield Finance Director: Parking Meters Should Bring In $160K
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:41AM / Thursday, October 19, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The parking meters are taking in between $16,000 and $17,000 a month, according to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood.   The city implemented paid parking downtown at the start of this year and has become quite a debated issue in the city. The intent of the parking plan was to create a revenue stream to fund repairs to the McKay Street garage. The plan dates back to 2013 when it was developed by the consultants Nelson Nygaard.    The city rolled out the metered parking plan in the downtown, including municipal lots and on the side streets, and created a dedicated account for those revenues. The idea was to fund parking-related expenses from that

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BRPC Launching Search For New Executive Director
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nathaniel Karns is looking to retire in the first half of next year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC's search for a new director will begin in earnest next month.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns is planning to retire in early 2018. A search committee has been formed to find who will become the agency's third executive director.   Karns said he wants to retire no earlier than Jan. 1 and no later than Sept. 1, 2018, but is "pretty flexible" with what that date will be.   "I think a realistic goal at this point is to try to have someone selected, so we know exactly where we are moving forward, by March,

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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys
03:36PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Because of recent inquiries and reports from the public about turkeys acting aggressively toward people, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is offering information about turkey behavior, tips to prevent turkey conflicts, and what to do if your town has an issue with an aggressive turkey.     Wild turkeys live in a variety of habitats in Massachusetts, including suburban and urban areas. They roost in large trees at night to avoid predators and you may see turkeys roosting on on railings, roofs, or vehicles in residential areas. Wild turkeys live in flocks (or rafts) organized by pecking order.

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How Big Was a T-Rex? Dalton Preschoolers Know!
03:21PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DALTON, Mass. — Dalton Preschool is installing a "Dinosaur Lengths Project" as part of their current curriculum, "Exploring Dinosaurs."

The installation will be on view on the side-lawn of the Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., through Sunday, Oct. 22. The project was made possible with support from Hill Engineers, Architects & Planners.

The Dinosaurs Lengths Project installation contains basic information cards and length measurements for five different dinosaurs, including: Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus (a k a Brontosaurus), Lambeosaurus and Velociraptor. The dinosaurs will be visually represented by different colored survey tapes strung in-between

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