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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March
01:45PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Plainfield and Alford for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Alford Town Offices, 5 Alford Center Road Plainfield Town Offices, 304 Main St., from 11 to noon Plainfield Town Hall, 348 Main St., from noon to 1 p.m., during the senior lunch Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at

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Biz Briefs: Stop & Shop Workers Still Without Contract
Staff Reports,
01:15PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
UFCW planning Chicopee rally   Area UFCW locals are hosting a rally at the Stop & Shop in Chicopee on Wednesday as the grocery and union representatives have made little headway in contract negotiations.     UFCW Local 1459, representing about 2,000 workers in the Berkshires and Western Mass, voted a week ago to authorize a strike if the contract talks continue to bog down. Local 1459's vote is in accord with four other UFCW locals that together represent some 30,000 workers in the grocery chain's New England stores.    Local 1459 President Tyrone Housey said in a video message on Friday that the grocer made some economic package adjustments over

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Gift Brings Pediatric Behavioral Health to CHP
10:37AM / Monday, March 18, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has provided support to bring pediatric behavioral health to CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield.

Greylock's gift provides funding support for a new social worker who will coordinate pediatric behavioral health for existing patients of CHP Berkshire Pediatrics. Other personnel will be added as this program grows.

"In caring for more than 12,000 patients at CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, were well aware that some young patients who need support for their emotional and mental health issues," said Lia Spiliotes, CEO of Community Health Programs. “By adding behavioral health services to our existing practice, we can

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Youth Voices Lead Coalition Forum
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Monday, March 18, 2019

Malina Ziaja, a junior at Hoosac Valley High School, speaks during the coalition youth forum on March 12.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The youth spoke, and the adults listened.

Seven young people from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Youth Leadership Program led the Coalition's monthly form on March 12. Representing all four North County high schools, the teens talked to the adults about why adults don't always listen to the point of view of teenagers — and how that can change.

While the youths lead a NBCC forum every year, usually they pick a topic. This year, however, NBCC Executive Director Amber Besaw said, the topic came out the needs assessment

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Six-year-old Twins Among Those Who Died In Pittsfield Fire
Staff Reports,
04:07PM / Sunday, March 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six-year-old twins were among the three killed in a fire early Saturday morning.   The District Attorney's Office says Austin Grezlak, 25, a graduate of Taconic High School, and twins Kasper and Sylas Stone died when their home in Lake Onota Village burned.   Two others escaped the blaze that was started from either a candle or smoking materials in the master bedroom. One individual is at Massachusetts General Hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries.    "The Berkshire District Attorney's Office sends sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who died in this tragic incident," District Attorney

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Q&A: Doctor with Pro Football Pedigree Treating Sports Injuries in Bennington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
06:56AM / Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dr. Ivette Guttmann BENNINGTON, Vt. — Sustain a sports injury in and around Bennington, and you might discover that your doctor has more than years of medical training to bring to your recovery plan.   She just might be a former professional football player, too.   Earlier this winter, Dr. Ivette Guttmann joined the staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as a sports medicine specialist.   Guttmann is board certified in pediatrics and primary-care sports medicine.   And she is a bona fide football hero, having set a record for touchdown completions in a season as a quarterback for the Orlando Starz and in the Independent Women's Football

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Authorities Investigating Lake Onota Village Fire That Killed Three
Staff Reports,
10:15AM / Saturday, March 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities are investigating a fire Saturday morning that left three people dead.    Two people were found outside the structure in Lake Onota Village and taken to Berkshire Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. Three others were inside the structure when firefighters arrived at the scene at about 3:40 a.m. on Saturday.    In a brief press conference at about 10 a.m., Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said, "there is no indication the fire is suspicious at this time."   The identities of the victims are being withheld until next of kin can be notified.    Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said

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BCC Remembers Beloved Dean, Charlie Kaminski
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:52PM / Friday, March 15, 2019

The environmental science department staff pitched in to purchase a plaque to hang on the walls in memory of Charles Kaminski. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thomas Tyning described his late friend Charles Kaminski as a "6-foot-2 Paddington bear," with "a cavernous voice that seemed to emanate from the depths of his heart and yet the kind of quality that put people at ease."   Kaminski — known as Chuck to some, Charlie to others — loved nature, cooking, and music. He never seemed stressed and was loved by many from across the state.   "It's not an exaggeration to say that Charlie's life truly mattered. He modeled consistency in issues

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Berkshire Bank Collector Wins Road Trip
11:28AM / Friday, March 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mary Wallace, a collector in Berkshire Bank's lending division, was chosen as winner of its annual Employee Road Trip Giveaway provided by NESN (New England Sports Network). Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN's Boston Bruins coverage.

The trip giveaway includes two premium tickets to the Boston Bruins game against the Florida Panthers on March 23 in Florida, as well as round trip airfare, a two-night hotel stay and a $200 gift card.
 
The annual giveaway provides the bank with an additional opportunity to demonstrate its value and appreciation for its staff.  A prize patrol, led by Deanna Markham, first vice president of Retail

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 15-21
10:40AM / Friday, March 15, 2019
NEXT THU The Choir of Man at The Colonial Theatre  Known across the globe as "the ultimate-feel good show," The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It combines incredible harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine men sing everything from pub tunes and folk to Broadway and classic rock. The cast features world-class tap dancers, acrobats, singers, instrumentalists and poets, ensuring that there's something for everyone in this show for all ages. 7:30 p.m.

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Pittsfield Council Ordains New Solar Regulations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Friday, March 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council unanimously backed an effort to reduce the number of commercial solar arrays being installed in residential neighborhoods.   The Zoning Board of Appeals petitioned the council to adopt new rules guiding where solar arrays can be installed. The new ordinance breaks photovoltaic arrays into three sizes and guides the medium and large scale ones to commercial and industrial land.   "Commercial arrays have different impacts and don't belong in residential areas," Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer said.    The hope is to reverse a trend in which 11 out of 14 commercial solar facilities have been approved

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Berkshire DA: Sheffield Fire Being Investigated as Murder-Suicide
By Andy McKeever,
06:36PM / Thursday, March 14, 2019

Numerous volunteer fire departments responded to the scene Wednesday morning. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The District Attorney's office is investigating the fire that left a family of five dead as a murder-suicide.   First responders were called to 1343 Home Road shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning to a structure fire.   After it was extinguished, investigators found Justine Wilbur dead and later found the bodies of her husband, Luke Karpinski, and the family's three children, 7-year-old twins Alex and Zoe and Marek, age 3.    On Thursday, District Attorney Andrea Harrington said it appears as though Karpinski had killed his family.   "Five

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