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Letter: Melissa Mazzeo for Mayor
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Monday, June 24, 2019

To the Editor:

We would give Ms. Mazzeo our vote for mayor of Pittsfield in a heartbeat!

She is an educated, intelligent woman, who researches issues before speaking about them.

In our opinion, if she had been told, by the state, that Pittsfield had to prove that the city could make some of its own money, she may have agreed to parking meters, but not those user-unfriendly kiosks.


Northampton, a much larger city than Pittsfield, has parking meters, but they are easy to use, all the person parking needs to do is insert quarters into the parking meter. If you are dining and seeing a movie, insert the number of quarters needed.

Here in Pittsfield, I see folks trying to find out how to

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Pittsfield Council To Cast Final Vote On CPA Allocations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Monday, June 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will vote on allocating $575,919 on a dozen projects through the Community Preservation Act on Tuesday.   The total will leave about $40,000 to roll over into next year's allocation. The total budget was $619,701 which consisted of about $440,000 raised from local surcharges and about an $80,000 match from the state.   Funding was sought for a total of 14 projects asking for more nearly $1 million and the Community Preservation Act Committee opted to fund 12 of those 14, but many of them at a lesser amount then the request.   The largest allocation is $100,000 for the Zion Lutheran Church to make repairs to its

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
11:27AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin,

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Summer Reading Programs Abound at Berkshire Libraries
11:18AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

The kids might be out of school, but there are still plenty of opportunities to keep them learning and engaged throughout the summer.

Around Berkshire County, most libraries are participating in the summer reading program "A Universe of Energy." Following are some of the libraries' plans; be sure to check with your town's library, as well:

Adams

Adams Free Library is Hosting Danna Banana on Tuesday, June 25, at 5 p.m. to kick off its Summer Reading Program, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  Danna Banana brings his usual wit and wackiness to all things space-related in this year’s summer theme “A Universe of

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Gentlemen, Check Your Engines: Why Men Don't Seek Preventive Care and Why They Should
By Dr. Leigh LoPresti,
10:41AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

Gentlemen: When did you last have a medical check-up?

If you are like a lot of men, you may be skipping this health care ritual of getting "checked out." And if you are a man under 40, you might be missing the opportunity to improve and maintain your health and prevent disease later in life.

As a family practice physician for 33 years, I enjoy treating all the members of a family, of all ages. But I routinely don't see the husbands, dads or male partners unless a health problem arises. Younger men, in my experience, are infrequent visitors to the medical office, and, in general, men are less connected to their health and wellness than women. I sometimes hear my male

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Ward 4 Challenger Merriam Seeks To Bring Collaboration To Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, June 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Merriam is looking to become part of "team Pittsfield" to help get things done collaboratively.   And right now, he's not seeing that in his current ward councilor. Merriam is now challenging Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell for a seat on the dais. Merriam said he feels the ward hasn't gotten the service that it should and believes he has the ability to work collaboratively to deliver that better.   "I feel like there has been a lack of representation in Ward 4. Basic things like streetlight repair and road repair, it just doesn't seem like anybody cares to get things done," Merriam said. "I figured I'd

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Pittsfield Sets Summer Recreation Schedule
Pittsfield Parks and Recreation,
01:22AM / Monday, June 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city set its schedule for summer recreational opportunities.   This summer the city is offering its playground program, outdoor movies, and track and field games. Below you'll find the schedule of activities.   Playground Program The Summer Playground Program offers a wide variety of recreation activities to city children at no cost. Playground leaders will create safe, supervised and fun-filled environments with activities including: sports, games, arts and crafts, and nature activities.   The six-week long program is free for Pittsfield children ages 6 to 13. The program will be held at the following parks: The Common, Durant Park and

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Merwin, Lee Pitch Pittsfield Travel Team to Shutout Wins
02:58PM / Sunday, June 23, 2019
HUDSON, N.Y. -- Collin Merwin went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and struck out seven on the mound Sunday to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-and-under travel team to a 12-0 win over the Columbia Clippers.   It was the first game of a double-header sweep by Pittsfield, which shut out Colubmia, 8-0, in the second game and improved to 8-1 this season.   In the first game, Charlie Heimann and Matt Lee each doubled, and Adam Lazits drove in a pair of runs.   Merwin allowed just three hits and walked four in a complete-game, five-inning win.   In the second game, Lee earned the win on the mound, striking out 12 and allowing just one hit in six innings of work.   Lazits

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Pittsfield Highlight Employees' Work Through Photo Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Saturday, June 22, 2019

This is one of the dozen or so professional photos that will be on display to help with not only breaking down barriers with the community but also to recruit new employees. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When people think about "the city" or "the government," images of politicians,  the pillars at City Hall, a logo, or a badge jump into their mind.    They don't necessarily see the city as being made up of individuals, humans, who have regular lives just like anyone else doing jobs just like themselves.   The city has just launched a campaign to help break down that perception. City officials hired photographer Emma Rothenberg-Ware to shoot a

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Berkshire Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award
07:28PM / Friday, June 21, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award. 

This is the third straight year BMC has been recognized with this honor, which places the medical center among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted

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@theMarket: Stocks Should Move Higher From Here
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Friday, June 21, 2019
It was a good week for investors. The S&P 500 Index hit an all-time high. The Fed indicated that they might cut interest rates sometime soon, and the President is once again optimistic about a China trade agreement. That’s a heady cocktail that could see markets gain another 3-5 percent over the next few weeks.   Of course, the critical caveat to my forecast remains President Trump's next tweet on the progress of a trade deal with China. As you know, with such a big “if” on the table, making future forecasts with even a modicum of certainty is impossible.   In last week's column, I enumerated all the scenarios that could play out, but it really comes

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Sosne Appointed Executive Director Of Berkshire Innovation Center
Staff Reports,
03:00PM / Friday, June 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Innovation Center has a new leader.   Ben Sosne is taking over as the executive director as the opening of the BIC at the William Stanley Business Park inches closer. Sosne replaces Scott Longley, who served as the executive director during the construction.   "The BIC was fortunate to leverage the leadership of Scott Longley during the funding and early construction periods. Scott's efforts supported the rapid transformation of the BIC from concept to a growing organization set to manage a $14 million facility. Scott will remain a valued member of the team, leveraging his manufacturing and supply chain experience to further enhance

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