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Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates Debate Education Issues
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Melissa Mazzeo says the schools are in crisis. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo sparred over education during a debate hosted by the Pittsfield Educational Administrators Association and United Educators of Pittsfield on Tuesday night.    While both candidates agreed on some issues, challenger Mazzeo stressed safety and teachers' needs during the debate in the Pittsfield High School library and Tyer, the incumbent, the policies implemented during her tenure to address those concerns.    Mazzeo said although the city has great teachers and students there are real issues in the school system.   "We

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A-Mart Convenience Store Burns in Pittsfield
01:24AM / Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Screen capture taken from video by Patricia Devinez  here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A-Mart Convenience & Liquor Store on North Street went up in flames on Tuesday night.    The building at 524 North St. was reportedly engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene just before 10:30 p.m. According to The Berkshire Eagle, one firefighter was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and North Street was closed between Linden and Madison.    Images on social media showed heavy smoke billowing up from North Street and heavy flames within the building.    The popular store had offered a variety of grocery, pharmacy and convenience needs, including

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Inauguration 2016
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BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program
01:41PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program for those with Medicare, with new classes beginning in November, at multiple locations across the Berkshires.

The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher. The program involves 16 weekly classes over the first six-month period, and six monthly sessions over the remaining six months, for a year-long program. Participants must also be willing to log food that they

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Registration Deadline, Absentee Ballots for Municipal Elections
12:32PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Wednesday, Oct. 16, is the last day to register to vote in the municipal elections being held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The city clerks' offices in North Adams and Pittsfield will be open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday.   Absentee ballots also are available for the North Adams and Pittsfield elections in the offices of the city clerks in both cities. Deadline for all absentee ballots to be submitted is Monday, Nov. 4, by noon.   The office in North Adams is open from 8 to 4:30 weekdays; voters wishing to have a ballot mailed to them must send a written request to the City Clerk's Office, 10 Main St., North Adams MA 01247.   In Pittsfield, absentee ballots can be obtained during

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Verizon Wireless Zone Gives $1,000 to Food Pantry
12:30PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Verizon donation

Keith Parzych, owner of the Verizon Wireless Zone store at 43 Main St. in North Adams, presented a check for $1,000 to Mark Rondeau, co-founder of the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative, on Tuesday at the food pantry on Eagle Street.

The donation came from the Wireless Zone Foundation of Giving, which is made up of Verizon Wireless Zone stores across the country who take small donations then sponsoring local charities. Founded in 2003, raises significant amounts of money and supports a large number of local and national charities and causes, including Make-A-Wish, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and

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YMCA Registering for Pittsfield CYC Basketball League
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11:46AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire Family YMCA Pittsfield Branch is now accepting registrations for its CYC Basketball program for all boys and girls ages 4 to 12th grade. Facilitated by the Y's Pittsfield branch at 292 North St., with practice and game locations at gyms throughout Pittsfield, the league’s dates are from Nov. 9 through mid-March.   The Y's CYC Basketball House League provides a high-quality experience to every athlete, especially those who need it most. Every athlete is coached using the principles of positive coaching; has fun at practices and games; feels like an important part of the team regardless of performance; has respect for self,

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 19

Dalton: The annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held at the Dalton Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dalton Council on Aging to support programs at the Senior Center, the fair will include quilts, woodwork, paintings, jewelry and other items produced by local crafters. There will also be a bake sale of the Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library and raffle items. A hot lunch may be purchased from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The

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Be Creative When Withdrawing from Retirement Accounts
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:09AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Like many people, you may spend decades putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But eventually you will want to take this money out – if you must start withdrawing some of it. How can you make the best use of these funds?

To begin with, here's some background: When you turn 70 1/2, you need to start withdrawals – called required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from your traditional IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 457(b) or 403(b). (A Roth IRA is not subject to these rules; you can essentially keep your account intact for as long as you like.) You can take more than the

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2019
09:40AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2010. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.

If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too!

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Helping Hands Founder Gathers Group to Tackle Homelessness
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Flood House in North Adams has been the temporary home the Louison House transitional living facility, but Louison officials are looking forward to returning to their original location in Adams within the next few months.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When Marilyn Honig was a child, her family suffered a devastating house fire that left four members of her family dead and the rest of them homeless.

That's why when a spate of house fires tore across North Adams at the beginning of the year, Honig immediately knew she wanted to do something to help.   "My heart really went out to the fire victims. I remember that feeling of being really scared," said Honig, a Stamford, Vt.,

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Dalton CRA Holds 23rd Annual Just for Kicks Tournament
09:36AM / Monday, October 14, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- The hosts from Dalton won two divisions and placed two more teams in the finals of six divisions at the 23rd annual youth soccer CRA Just for Kicks Tournament over the weekend.   Fifty-nine teams competed in the event, which uses the fields at Wahconah Regional High School and Nessacus Middle School.   Dalton teams won the fifth- and sixth-grade Division 1 girls competition and the seventh- and eighth-grade girls division.   Dalton's girls also were finalists in the fifth- and sixth-grade Division 2 girls, and Dalton boys were finalists in the seventh- and eighth-grade boys.   Williamstown won the fifth- and sixth-grade boys Division 1 division,

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Innovation Center on Schedule For January Opening
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:58AM / Monday, October 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Innovation Center is still on schedule to open sometime in January.   The center's Executive Director Ben Sosne gave a brief update to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week and said board should expect a grand opening in the first half of January.     "I was just through the building and it looks fantastic," he said on Tuesday. "I am really excited to get this thing open and welcome everybody in."   He said in the next few months they will be moving in tenants and figuring out final specs.   "Like painting and lighting and everything that is going in," he

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