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Pittsfield Approves $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, April 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Begrudgingly, the City Council approved a $74 million upgrade to the wastewater system that is estimated to more than double sewer bills within the next three years.   The city has been under an administrative order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the levels of phosphorous and aluminum in the water coming out of the plant. The project proposed by the consultants, Kleinfelder, also called for a nitrogen optimization process as well.    The issue dates back to 2008 when the city went to renew the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The EPA issued a permit with the higher levels to meet Clean Water Act

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VFW Post 448 Donates 10K To 'Operation Copsicle'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:48PM / Tuesday, April 24, 2018

VFW Post 448 Commander Arnie Perras presented the check to Officer Darren Derby. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department's efforts to purchase an ice cream truck took a significant step forward on Tuesday with a $10,000 donation from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448.   "This Copsicle operation the Police Department has established and trying to get funding for this truck is a very worthwhile cause. That's why the membership voted to contribute $10,000 toward this operation," VFW Commander Arnie Perras said.   "They're planning on going around to areas of the city where the youth may be at risk and build friendships."   Officer

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State, Federal Officials to Showcase Housatonic River Projects
05:16PM / Tuesday, April 24, 2018
LENOX, Mass. — State and federal environmental officials will host an open house on May 1 to showcase restoration projects funded as a part of the first three rounds of the Massachusetts Housatonic River Watershed Restoration Program.    The open house will also include a discussion of the anticipated fourth and final round of funding for restoration projects to compensate for natural resources that were injured or lost as a result of the release of hazardous materials from the General Electric facility in Pittsfield into the Massachusetts portion of the Housatonic River watershed.    The Massachusetts Subcouncil of the Housatonic River Natural Resource Trustees

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Stockbridge Officials Share Concerns With Lt. Gov. Polito
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:44PM / Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chabon and Cardillo spent about an hour with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito talking through issues. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito vowed to work with town, state, and federal officials to find a way forward with the Stockbridge Bowl dredging project.   The $4 million project to restore the lake was stalled recently when an endangered snail was found to be located there and in only one other state lake.   Board of Selectman Chairman Donald Chabon said the lake is in dire need of restoration and the species wouldn't survive if the lake's overall ecosystem isn't improved.   "This is not preserving our species. This is just destroying our lakes.

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Pittsfield Airport to Have Runway Repaved; Solar Array Installed
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, April 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The airport is expected to be shut down for 85 days this spring for the reconstruction of the main runway.   The City Council's Finance Subcommittee voted affirmatively on the borrowing to repave both of the airport's runways. The total project will cost $6.9 million, which is 95 percent paid for by the Federal Aviation Administration. The city's cost will be $349,735.   "We are required to authorize the entire project amount and that is reduced by any grants that come in to support the project," Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said.   Airport Commission Chairman Tom Sakshaug said the airport will be completely shut down on

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ArtWeek to Launch Across Massachusetts
02:39PM / Monday, April 23, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek will present its largest season lineup ever.

The award-winning creative festival will offer more than 500 events from April 27-May 6 — more than double the size of the 2017 festival. For the first time, ArtWeek events will take place across the commonwealth, with a presence in 155 neighborhoods and towns across all six regions of the state.

The festival aims to provide participants with new ways to get creative and make art and culture more accessible to everyone. This season, more than 70 percent of all ArtWeek events are free. Visit the website to view the full calendar of

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Berkshires Beat: Sen. Hinds Reads Aloud to Young Children in Pittsfield
01:57PM / Monday, April 23, 2018
Time to Read

Dr. Brian Dempsey is sending families home from checkups with free books and a very important prescription for the parents: "Read aloud to your children every day." In support of that effort, Sen. Adam Hinds visited the pediatrician's office on April 20, not only to cheer him on, but to practice what doctors preach by reading to a group of young patients.

Dr. Dempsey participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prescribes books and reading aloud to give young children a foundation that is crucial for success. Embedded within the existing healthcare system, Reach Out and Read’s model includes providing a new, age-appropriate book for each child to take

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Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Names Award Finalists
12:29PM / Monday, April 23, 2018
The finalists are ...

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has announced the names of the 21 finalists for the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards. The winners in each of seven categories will be announced at the first Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, May 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Tickets for the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast are $40 per person. Register online or call 413-645-3151.  

Nominations were solicited throughout February and March. A team of 14 judges from the business sector reviewed and ranked the nominations, choosing the finalists and winners at a meeting earlier in April at Berkshire Bank. The finalists are:

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BHS Expands Endocrinology Care With Addition of New Doctor
12:04PM / Monday, April 23, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Zaighum Rana, a board- certified and fellowship-trained endocrinologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC.

Dr. Rana is accepting new patients in need of endocrinology and metabolism services and is partnered with doctors Brian Phillips and Krithi Ramesh and nurse practitioners Robyn Korte and Roberta Mansen at Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC.

Rana received his medical degree from Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie, Grigore T Popa, Romania, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary's Hospital,

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Youth Development, Transportation, Tops Pignatelli's Budget Priorities
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Monday, April 23, 2018
  LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli's top budget priority isn't a surprise: Berkshire youth development.   The Lenox Democrat has prioritized programs such as the Railroad Street Youth Project for a number of years. And now, he's requesting more state funding to expand that into a countywide effort.   "My No. 1 priority for the past 12 years now has been the Berkshire Youth Development. I really chartered my career in the legislature as a youth development empowerment person. What started at Railroad Street in Great Barrington was so successful, we have more work to do, but so successful we felt that we wanted to take it

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Farley-Bouvier to Push For St. Mary's, Early Ed Funding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:34AM / Sunday, April 22, 2018
This is the second in a series of interviews with the Berkshire representative delegation on local budget priorities for fiscal 2019. The interview with state Rep. Paul Mark can be found here.    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Each representative across the commonwealth has filed a number of amendments to the state's fiscal 2019 budget for specific projects in their district.   This year, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is putting all of her efforts behind just one: St. Mary the Morningstar.   "This year my priority is going to be the morning star housing project at St. Mary's Church. There are some funding gaps there," she said.   "The story of

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Williams Crew Competes on Onota Lake
09:42PM / Saturday, April 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Williams men’s crew took to its home course of Onota Lake in Pittsfield Saturday to line up against Wesleyan and Amherst in the annual Little Three Championships.   This is the first time in many years that Amherst has returned to the regatta. The conditions were blustery with a moderate cross wind, but relatively tame compared to practice conditions on Onota for the past several days for Williams.   The first varsity opened up the action for the day, looking to bring the Saratoga Oar trophy back to the Purple Valley. The Ephs had a solid start, keeping even with Wesleyan, and pulling away from Amherst, through the high strokes and first 500 meters.

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