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Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 15 National Awards for Customer, Employee Satisfaction
01:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Of the few long-term care and senior living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corporation for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, Berkshire Healthcare communities captured 60 percent – 15 out of 25 - of the Massachusetts awards.

In the Berkshire region, Berkshire Healthcare's 2015-16 Excellence in Action award winners are:

* For customer satisfaction: Fairview Commons (Great Barrington), Kimball Farms Life Care (Lenox), Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center (Lenox) and Williamstown Commons.

* For both customer and employee satisfaction: Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility (Pittsfield) and North Adams

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Financial Moves for 'Empty Nesters'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:26PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When your children leave home and you become an "empty nester," you'll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation?

Everyone's story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider:

* Insurance: If your kids are through school, your mortgage is nearly paid off and your spouse has accumulated a reasonable amount of money in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, you may not need life insurance to replace income or pay off debts. However, you might start thinking about other goals, such as ensuring your savings will last your lifetime or leaving a legacy to

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State Broadband Initiative Provides Update on Last Mile Plans
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The map of underserved towns is slowly filling in, but there is a long way to go before the high-speed services are live in all towns. LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Broadband Initiative relaunched its push last April for connecting the last mile of broadband service.   Over the past year, the organization has crafted "paths forward" for 45 of the 53 underserved communities remaining. The organization had moved away from the "one size fits all" model for expanding internet service to crafting plans for each individual town.   There are about eight communities left without some type of internet option and the organization hopes to issue a request for

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Hall, Traversa Double in Winning Rally for Post 68 Juniors
09:46PM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Joe Woronick reached on a squeeze bunt that drove in a run in a five-run rally that lifted the Post 68 Juniors to a 5-3 win over Barnstable in the American Legion Baseball State Championships on Tuesday.   The Post 68 Juniors advanced to Wednesday’s semi-finals, where they will face the winner of Tuesday’s late winners’ bracket game between Methuen and Hudson.   On Tuesday, Hunter Potash got the big rally started with a leadoff single, and Ryan Gaudette followed with a base hit. After Woronick’s squeeze bunt scored a run, Zach Hall hit a two-run double.   Carter Matthews then singled, and Joe Traversa hit a two-run double to finish

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Boston Nonprofit Sets Crosshairs on Farley-Bouvier In Mailer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:41PM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Boston-based advocacy group has taken aim at state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.   Residents throughout the city received a mailing recently calling on residents to call the Pittsfield Democrat and have her switch positions on a recent vote to increase stipends for lawmakers in leadership. It was sent out by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a non-profit that says its goal is to advocate for "fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government."   "The reason for our mailer into Pittsfield is very simple, MassFiscal wants to make sure folks know how their lawmaker votes in Boston. This year has been tough on the

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City of Pittsfield Reopens Reconstructed First Street Parking Lot
02:45PM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The newly renovated First Street municipal parking lot reopened Tuesday.   The parking lot holds 241 vehicles and is available for both permit and metered parking. There are several marked spaces near the Fenn Street entrance (by MyCom) identified for metered parking only.    As with other municipal lots in the city, metered parking at the First Street Lot is in effect 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there are several kiosks stationed around the lot to assist patrons. There is free parking after 5 p.m. on weekdays and parking is free all day on Saturdays and Sundays.   The reconfigured lot features new paving, additional lighting and landscaping.

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National Grid Plans New Transmission Line Through Seven Towns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:36AM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — National Grid is looking to run another power line, mostly along the existing rights of way where lines exist already, through seven local towns.   Peter Kavanaugh, from National Grid, said the plan is to run a 600-megawatt line through Nassau and Stephentown, N.Y., cross the border into Hancock, Lanesborough, Cheshire, Dalton, and end at an existing substation in Hinsdale. The path is nearly identical to the one proposed by Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct Project, which would have been a natural gas pipeline if it hadn't been shelved.   "The primary source will be wind in upstate New York. That may be supplemented by a small amount

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No Preliminary Needed In Pittsfield Elections
Staff Reports,
10:34PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There won't be a need for a preliminary election.   The last day to file nomination papers for signature certification was Monday and not enough candidates have been nominated to require a preliminary election. However, there will be races for nearly every ward and for the at-large seats on the City Council. There are four at large, seven ward, six school committee, and a city clerk positions up for election.   The seat going unchallenged is that of the City Clerk's office, where Michele Cetti is seeking the job. In Ward 1, Michael Circullo and Helen Moon are both qualified for the ballot to fill the shoes being left by Lisa Tully. Dina Guiel

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Berkshire Attack Girls Lacrosse Team Edges N.Y. Squad
Community submission,
05:42PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse team recently defeated Averill Park, N.Y., 11-10, at the Zavattaro Athletic Complex at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   The Berkshire team includes: Pittsfield's Sierra Murray, Hoosac Valley's Sara Tokiewicz and Abi Disbrow, Pine Cobble's Olivia Witter, Miss Hall's School's Maya Creamer, Herberg's Alaina Percy and Mount Greylock's Brooke Phelps.

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Report: Pittsfield Officer Used Excessive Force, Lied About Incident
By Andy McKeever,
05:04PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An internal affairs report contends that Pittsfield Police Officer Michael McHugh attempted to cover up an assault committed by a friend.   McHugh had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, misleading a police officer or other person, and being a public employee making a false report on July 12.    His co-defendant is Jason LaBelle, 37, who had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on Monday on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, falsely reporting a crime, misleading a judge, and misleading a

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Biz Briefs: BerkShares Looking For 'Ambassadors'
04:24PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

Getting the word out: BerkShares has received a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund of Newmarket, N.H., to launch a new initiative called BerkShares Ambassadors. Last summer all seven branches of Adams Community Bank plus the Pittsfield branch of Lee Bank became BerkShares exchange points. This laid the groundwork for BerkShares activity in central and northern Berkshire County. However, the organization realized that they still need people "pounding the pavement" in order to really spread the word.

Contemplating this question, BerkShares board member Michael Tesoro spotted the opportunity to create a powerful experience for local young people that would lead

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Herberg Students to Take Part in Junior National Young Leaders Conference
03:41PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three students  from Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield were nominated and accepted to the 2017 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC), an Envision program that provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century.

Molly Sherman, Ahliya Phillips, and Tobias Gaulden-Wheeler will join sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from around the country in Washington, D.C. from July 30-Aug. 4.

"The Junior National Young Leaders Conference enables students to recognize their own leadership abilities in the context of great men and women from

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