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C-SPAN to Broadcast BCC Speech by Sen. Warren
01:57PM / Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – C-SPAN will tape and air U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's keynote speech at Berkshire Community College's 55th commencement Exercises on Friday at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012 and is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families. She has introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which, if passed, would allow borrowers to refinance their public and/or private student loans at lower interest rates.

"We are pleased that C-SPAN selected Senator Elizabeth Warren's keynote speech at Berkshire Community College's

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Pittsfield Paid $80K In Moving Costs to 100 North St.
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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The City Council requested a detailed list of the expenses to move the inspection services to 100 North St. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city spent $80,000 to move the inspection services to 100 North.   In response to a request from Councilor at Large Barry Clairmont, Mayor Daniel Bianchi's office provided a detailed account of the expenses to move the health, building, utilities, fire, a community development agent and a conservation agent offices to the mezzanine level of 100 North St.   The total was $80,873.91   The largest expenditure was $17,150 for information technology services from Comalli Group. That coupled with $5,980 for Comm-Tract to run fiber

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Pittsfield Licensing Board OKs New Classic Car Business
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:54PM / Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Terrance Gates Jr. got the license he needs to start his own used car dealership.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Terrance Gates Jr. has worked on classic cars his whole life.

Now, he is taking all of that experience and turning it into a business. 

Gates is opening T's Kustom Auto on Dalton Avenue this summer and is specializing in buying and selling classic cars. He received the auto dealer license from the city on Tuesday and hopes to have his shop open this summer.   "I am really familiar with classic cars. It'll be cars that they don't offer on everyday lots," Gates said. "I want a niche."   Gates spent a lot of time working on and selling

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Humane Society Hosts Talk on Animal Hoarding
02:43PM / Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society will host Randy Frost, a professor of psychology at Smith College, who will discuss the psychology of animal hoarding on Sunday, May 31, from 2 to 4.

Animal hoarding occurs in communities across the country and poses multiple challenges for animal welfare, law enforcement, social service, and mental health professionals. Although "hoarded" animals often live and die in filthy surroundings, without food, water, or veterinary care, their owners believe they are saving them. Unfortunately, research on animal hoarding, including onset, prevention, and intervention, is limited.

Frost has done extensive research and writing on

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Berkshire County Remembers the Fallen on Memorial Day
Staff Reports,
05:58PM / Monday, May 25, 2015
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Lt. Col. Fran Bourdon, the main speaker at Adams' Memorial Day ceremony, gives a nod to 91-year-old Clement St. Hilaire of American Legion Post 160. Towns around the county marked the day by remembering sacrifices made by the nation's military men and women. See more photos  here.

ADAMS, Mass. — The first time Fran Bourdon spoke at a Memorial Day observance it was to remind participants of the sacrifices made in a long past war.

Fifty-five years ago to the day, the young Eagle Scout with Troop 38 had read the Gettysburg Address at the annual ceremony in Adams.

On Monday, the now retired National Guard colonel, "completing a life cycle,"

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Doug Clark To Leave Director of Community Development Post
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:58AM / Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Director of Community Development Douglas Clark is going back to the engineering firm he and his wife Ann own. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After two years of seeing through some major initiatives, Director of Community Development Douglas Clark is going back to his engineering business.   Clark's last day with be June 10 and the city's Director of Parks and Open Space James McGrath will take over on an interim basis.   In an interview on Thursday, Clark reflected on his work on the final phases of North Street's street scape project, the Berkshire Innovation Center, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail extension, and First Street Common among the initiatives he was tasked

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iBerkshire Tag Sales: May 22-24
01:01AM / Saturday, May 23, 2015
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It's tag and garage sale season again!  You still have time to get your information posted by submitting your tag sale through our submission form. It's free to post!

 

Street Address Town/City State Date Tag Sale Starts Day Time Starts Time Ends Tell Us About Your Tag Sale 4105 Hancock Road Hancock MA May 23, Saturday 9:00 AM    ? Last house before New York on Route 43. Tons of antiques, vintage items, furniture, household, books, some kids and baby items. 174 Longview Terrace Williamstown MA May

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@theMarket: June Is Off the Table
By Bill Schmick,
05:39PM / Friday, May 22, 2015
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The notes of the Fed's April policy meeting, released this week, may have confused more people than not. The central bank committee revealed that they were unlikely to raise short-term interest rates in June. That statement could be taken as both a positive and a negative, depending on your investment position.

The official notice of a delayed rate hike was greeted with relief by some, although the markets had largely baked in that outcome. Many Fed Heads contend that a rate hike in September is still only a 50/50 proposition, while others argue any increase in rates won't happen until sometime next year.

This, they argue, is because the growth rate of the economy is simply not

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Superior Court Briefs: May 22
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02:39PM / Friday, May 22, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Monday, May 4.   Kyle Bailey, 22, of Glendale had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently, operating under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently causing serious bodily injury, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, speeding, and failure to stay within marked lanes.   He was released on $4,000 bail. Bailey is accused of being the operator of a motor vehicle which struck a utility pole on East Street in Great Barrington on April 4, 2015. Garrett Norton, 21, of Housatonic died as a result of the

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
12:00PM / Friday, May 22, 2015
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Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 25. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

Closed:
Federal, state and local offices; no mail

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