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Church Seeks Help Making Kits to Aid Hurricane Victims
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:18PM / Saturday, September 16, 2017

Supplies wait to be assembled into 'flood buckets' for victims of West Virginia flooding in 2016.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Yes, there is something you can do to help the victims of the recent hurricanes.

The New Hope United Methodist Church is assembling "flood buckets," a 5-gallon bucket of items that people whose homes have been ravaged by flooding can use to aid their cleanup efforts. The national United Methodist Church's Committee on Relief has been assembling these kits for years now, according to local pastor Courtney Randall, and have determined the best way to package them and the most helpful contents.

Randall said New Hope contributions began a couple


PHS Student Starts Charity For Children Fighting Cancer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:27AM / Saturday, September 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — About two years ago, Madison Quinn was browsing through Instagram when she found photos of Abel.   Abel was a young boy in California fighting cancer. The photos she saw touched her and she reached out to his mother asking what he likes because she wanted to send him a get well present. It was Batman. Quinn went to the store and bought a Batman figurine and mailed it out to California. Abel took the wings off of Batman and took it with him for every single chemo treatment, and his mother sent photos of that back.   "I wanted to do something," the 15-year-old Pittsfield High School junior said. "Not enough people do it. There is a lot of bad


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

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Neal Talks Politics With Residents at Town Hall Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:12PM / Friday, September 15, 2017

Congressman Richard Neal held a town hall meeting at Berkshire Community College. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal faced somewhat of a tough crowd at Berkshire Community College on Friday night as residents pressed him to move further left on his stances on climate change, health care, and the Israeli Anti-Boycott Act.   The Springfield Democrat held a town hall meeting at the college during which he quickly touched on his stance on a number of issues facing the nation.   He held a lengthy question-and-answer session, facing sharp criticism of many of his stances and engaged in a number of back-and-forths with citizens on several topics.   A Dalton woman


@theMarket: NK Missile Dud on Wall Street
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Friday, September 15, 2017
The North Korean boy who cried wolf is alive and well, but seems to have less and less impact on financial markets. Kim Jong Un's minions launched another missile over Japan on Thursday night and the markets simply yawned.   Geopolitics are always a risk for the financial markets. For one thing, they are by definition unpredictable. Rarely do the antagonists worry about the economic and financial ramifications of their moves. As such, markets react quickly, but usually the impact only lasts for a short period of time.   It seems that even our tweet-happy president is learning that, in this case, Kim Jong Un, the boy in the wolf's mask, has a bark that is far worse than his


Pittsfield Man Shot On Linden Street
Staff Reports,
03:59PM / Friday, September 15, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 24-year-old man was shot on Linden Street early Thursday morning.   Police say ShotSpotter notified officers of gunfire on upper Linden Street around 1 a.m. Responding officers did not find anything there but were quickly diverted to Berkshire Medical Center for a report of a victim with a gunshot wound.   The victim had one wound and his injury was non-life threatening. The detective bureau and patrol units recovered evidence of a shooting back on upper Linden.   The shooting is currently under investigation and police issued no further details.


'The Good Catholic': It's a Matter of Faith
By Michael S. Goldberger,
02:01PM / Friday, September 15, 2017
Filmmaker Paul Shoulberg's "The Good Catholic" is a convenient, pocket-sized edition of ruminations just right for the soul in search of a quick philosophical challenge. While there's nothing new about this tale of temptation and the emotional tumult it sets in motion, the general quality of the human beings it brings to the fore proves most arresting.    There is a cathartic honesty in the story's perplexity ... an interesting look at faith as an improver of self and society.   Meet Zachary Spicer's Daniel, the nice young man who became a priest just in time to give his dying father last rites. Now serving in a small parish in Bloomington, Ind., his


Surgeon Joins Urology Professional Services of BMC
01:23PM / Friday, September 15, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Joseph E. Yared, a urologic surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Urology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Yared is accepting new patients in need of Urology care and is teamed with doctors Kevin Killeen, David Noyes, Paul Silverstein and Stephen St. Clair at Urology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Yared received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his residency in urology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Urology Professional Services of BMC provides comprehensive Urologic care, including Urologic robotic


Great Barrington Police Presents Medals of Valor
01:03PM / Friday, September 15, 2017

Great Barrington Police Officers Jonathan Finnerty, Jason LaForest and Stockbridge Police Officer Donald Hopkins.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Police Department on Tuesday recognized several officers and other first responders for their bravery and commitment to public safety.    In February, Police Officers Jonathan Finnerty and Jason LaForest, along with Stockbridge Police Officer Donald Hopkins, responded to a domestic incident in which the alleged aggressor was intoxicated and threatening violence against the officers.   Following a 40-minute effort to get the suspect to come down from a perch where he had positioned himself, armed with an ax that he


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 15-21
11:36AM / Friday, September 15, 2017
Next Thursday, Sept. 21 is 3rd Thursday - Walk a Mile! The 7th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes benefit for the Elizabeth Freeman Center will be the main feature of this season's last 3rd Thursday. Registration begins at 5 p.m. at Persip Park (at the corner of North St. and Columbus Ave.) and the walk begins at 6 p.m.   In addition, enjoy vendors, activities for kids, and live music from the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors featuring Andy


Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon On Trash Cans For Tyler Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:44AM / Friday, September 15, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city cut a ribbon on four brand-new trash cans for Tyler Street on Thursday.   Yup, trash cans.    "When you say we are going to be out here doing a ribbon cutting for trash cans, it is kind of comical in a sense. But when you really look at it, it took us two years to get them here," Tyler Street Business Group President Diane Marcella said.    There were no places for pedestrians to dispose of rubbish. Through the city's budget, new trash cans featuring the city's logo will be placed along the street. City staff is responsible for emptying them.   "I love that they were designed, engineered, and built in


Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 11 - Sept. 14
Staff Reports,
09:15AM / Friday, September 15, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 11.   Robert Brady III, 35, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was released on $500 bail pending sentencing on Sept. 28. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Burbank Street in Pittsfield on April 14, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 14.   John Despard, 34, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in heroin. He was released on $2,000 bail.    The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in


'Heart & Sass' Central to North Adams' Vibrant Renaissance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Friday, September 15, 2017

North Adams City Council President Benjamin Lamb, a nominee for 'Under 40 Change Maker, and Annie Rodgers take a selfie with the photograph of North Adams by Ogden Gigli.   HANCOCK, Mass. — North Adams, the city with "sass," was honored on Thursday night for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map."   The city's recognition by 1Berkshire puts it with Berkshire luminaries as Solid Sound Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Clark Art Institute, Hotel on North, Berkshire Health Systems and Tanglewood for enhancing the image of the Berkshires.   "It's a community of neighbors that see a need and meet it, discover an opportunity and seize


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