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Why I Run: Pittsfield Woman Raising Money For Rare Genetic Disorder
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:14AM / Sunday, April 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Meaghan Rogers wakes up in the morning she has to take 20 pills. Then 20 more at lunch. And 20 more at dinner.   She's on a strict diet, has to purchase specific foods, and has to drive to Albany, N.Y., to consult with doctors every couple of months. The Pittsfield resident was born with the rare genetic condition phenylketonuria, known more commonly as PKU, in which the body cannot metabolize proteins.    "PKU has a lot of serious side effects if it is left untreated. Epilepsy is a big one, ADHD is a big one, microcephaly, severe developmental delays. Even if you stop treatment as an adult all of those things are still at risk of

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@theMarket: New Quarter, New Market
By Bill Schmick,
02:03PM / Saturday, April 01, 2017
As traders and institutions put to bed the first quarter, several concerns loom large in the weeks ahead. How things play out over that time period will have important implications for the averages, given that they are not far from their all-time, historical highs.   What will the Fed do in May? Will Washington pursue tax cuts and if so, will there be opposition?  What will first quarter earnings look like and how will markets react to all of the above? Let's look in my crystal ball, shall we?   Wall Street analysts expect corporate earnings to be higher by as much as 10-11 percent. That would be a big change from the recent past, where dismal guidance and feeble results

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Adams Fire Chief To Step Down After Near 40 Years With Department
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:00AM / Saturday, April 01, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — After almost 40 years fighting fires, Paul Goyette plans to step down as the chief of the Adams Volunteer Fire Department.   "I will not miss the 2:30 in the morning calls in February when it is 10 degrees out, but I will miss the excitement and comradery," Goyette, who has chosen not run for re-election in May, said. "It always was rewarding when you make that great save…and protect members of the community."   Goyette, who is expecting a second granddaughter and whose daughter is getting married in the fall, said he has decided it was time to move on to the next stage of his life and spend more time with his family.   Goyette,

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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Friday, March 31, 2017

Frani Miceli's class participates in World Down Syndrome Day in honor of their classmate Cole by wearing crazy socks to school.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown Elementary School teacher has been named the Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down syndrome and has been with Miceli for both fourth and fifth grades. Miceli joined other award recipients as well as Principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.

"One of the reasons the kids in Cole's class are so wonderful to him and

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 31-April 6
11:55AM / Friday, March 31, 2017

 

VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     March 31 - April 6, 2017 Attention All Artists:

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Superior Court Briefs: March 20 - March 28
Staff Reports,
09:50AM / Friday, March 31, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 20.   Riley Nolan, 23, of Clarksburg pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of cocaine, and possession of diazepam.   He was ordered to serve concurrent one-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of heroin and conspiracy charges. He was placed on one-year probation on the others.   The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on October 5, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 21.   Eric Hunt, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of

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Pittsfield Creates Separate Account For Parking Meter Revenue
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:04PM / Thursday, March 30, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council adopted a provision to create a specific account for parking meter money.   The state law was part of the Modernization Act which allows the creation of such a special revenue fund. By adopting the statute, the city can funnel all of the money collected at the meters into one account and draw from it to support parking-related expenses. Previously, the money had just gone into the city's general fund.   Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said the primary use of the funds will be to pay for credit card processing fees, which city officials opted to cover instead of adding the few cents to each credit card purchase, and for the

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Living together is not what it used to be
By Bill Schmick,
05:33PM / Thursday, March 30, 2017
Times are changing. Over 12 million Americans now "live in sin," as my parents would say, and their numbers are increasing every year. As long as they remain together, everything is copacetic, but what happens when they break up?   Thanks to the economy, demographics, and life-style choices, young couples today are living together and having children despite their unmarried status. In my own family, my niece is pregnant, unmarried, and has no intentions of tying the knot. Although her partner is the love of her life, they have decided (for now) to keep it that way.   And in today's economy, there may be a lot of good reasons not to get married. Number one among them

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'Life': No Bowl of Cherries
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:22PM / Thursday, March 30, 2017

I'm tempted to give away the ending of director Daniel Espinosa's "Life," an extremely tense but run-of-the-mill outer space adventure that was heading for an only so-so rating even before its curiously misanthropic finish. I'd be doing you a favor.

Sure to be shocked, the viewer is left wondering why Espinosa, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, would paint such a depressing conclusion. You mean that's it? That's where we're headed? Well then, let me kill myself now. Even Schopenhauer, the granddaddy of pessimism, would be depressed.

Unable to recall another film that imploded so devastatingly in the last two minutes, canceling out

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Improvements To East, Woodlawn Intersection Added to Walmart Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:58AM / Thursday, March 30, 2017

The lights at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and East Street were turned on with the reopening of the Woodlawn Avenue bridge. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was only Tuesday evening when Director of Public Service David Turocy once again made a pitch to secure funding to fix up East Street from Lyman Street to Merrill Road.    He was the sole vote on the Metropolitan Planning Organization to schedule that construction for 2022, the only available funding through the transportation improvement program.   It didn't get funded.   On Wednesday morning the developers of a proposed Walmart told the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority that they would like to

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1Berkshire Sees More Employers At Career Fair With Move To BCC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Thursday, March 30, 2017

A total of 80 employers had tables in the Paterson Field House. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With a new location, 1Berkshire grew its annual career fair this year.   The fair was traditionally held at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, which limited the number of employers to around 50.   Berkshire Community College has since offered up the Paterson Field House for it and on Wednesday some 80 employers were able to set up tables for the event.   "BCC approached us and asked if it was something we'd be open to doing. This is a perfect thing for us to work on together," said 1Berkshire Program and Event Specialist Danielle Thomas.    Even with the

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Pittsfield Police Testing Gunfire Detection System Wednesday Night
Staff Reports,
04:12PM / Wednesday, March 29, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department will be testing out the new ShotSpotter technology Wednesday night.   The department sent out a notification and calls to residents to inform them about the live gunfire test. The city is contracting with ShotSpotter to install gunshot detection systems, which will send notifications to police cruisers the moment the microphones pick up the sound of gunfire.    "ShotSpotter uses a wide-area network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, officers and 911 dispatchers are notified of the fully qualified and validated gunfire

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