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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Mayor Tyer Nearing Police Chief Appointment
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Friday, November 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer is poised to appoint a more permanent police chief, ending years of uncertainty about the position.   The city has had "acting" police and fire chiefs for years. Current Police Chief Michael Wynn was appointed to serve in an "acting" capacity in 2009 -- Wynn had been serving in the role as "captain in charge" since 2007 -- and Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski was appointed "acting" in 2010. Czerwinski is the third chief to serve in the "acting" capacity since 2003.   Both of the current "acting" chiefs were appointed by former Mayor James Ruberto.The title kept through the


Girls Inc. Launches 'Eureka!' Program, Focus On STEM Education
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Thursday, November 02, 2017

In honor of the launch of the new program, Mayor Linda Tyer presented Brigham Center CEO Kelly Marion a copy of 'She Persisted' written by Chelsea Clinton. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The students who stand out for BCC's Dean of Academic Affairs Charles Kaminski are the ones who come in with bold dreams.   It is the women who come from a family of nurses and want to take that a step forward and become biochemists. Or the girl who starts out thinking about becoming a teacher and instead aims to become a data analyst.   It is the women who refuse to just accept what society tells them they can and cannot do that stands out to Kaminski because at one time women


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

Pittsfield Officials Shut Down Elm Street Convenience Store
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Thursday, November 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Building, fire, and health officials have shut down an Elm Street retailer because the building had fallen into disrepair.   On Aug. 28, building inspectors deemed 155 Elm St. as "hazardous to life and limb" and restricted public access to it. The ceiling had collapsed on one half of the structure, and inspectors say there was significant water damage. A Board of Survey tour in early October upheld the building inspector's determination, and the Health Department followed up by suspending the owner's food and tobacco licenses.   "During my evaluation of this structure from the outside, I noticed two large sections of the roof had


Berkshire County Firefighters Complete Academy Training Class
06:02PM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Three Berkshire County residents graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy on Monday in Springfield.    John Duval of Adams, Troy Baroli of Dalton and William Filiault of West Stockbridge were among the 25 men and women from 15 departments who completed call/volunteer recruit firefighter training Class 66.    State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and academy Director David C. Evans presented the certificates of completion at the Department of Fire Services' Springfield campus.   The volunteer training program delivers a standard recruit training curriculum, meeting national standards, on nights and weekends to accommodate the


Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Announces Nominations for Berkie Awards
12:51PM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association has announced the nominees for the second annual Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as The Berkies.

The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theater in the greater Berkshire region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Nov. 6 on the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield. Limited reservations are available by calling 413-822-7384.

This year, 80 nominees in 20 categories were culled from the 381 votes of critics who covered productions at theaters in four


Checklist for Helping You Choose a Financial Professional
12:13PM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

For reasons likely to remain obscure, October 30 is Checklist Day. But while the origins of this observance may be a mystery, the value of checklists is clear: They help us organize our time and break large jobs into manageable steps. You can use a checklist for just about any significant endeavor – including the task of choosing a financial professional to help you achieve your important goals.

Here's what such a checklist might look like:

* Find someone with the proper credentials. Make sure a prospective financial professional has the appropriate securities registrations.

* Find someone who has worked with people like you. You will want to seek out a financial professional


Weathering the Storm: What to Do If You Catch the Flu
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11:23AM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Imagine you see a weather report for heavy rain. You're headed off to work for the day, and you have your rain coat within easy reach. Do you bring it with you? Of course you do! You bring it with you knowing that, depending on the storm, the raincoat may not be 100 percent effective. But it will go a good long way to keep you dry.

As an infectious disease specialist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, especially in the months leading up to flu season, I spend a lot of time persuading people to get a flu shot. It really is the best way to prevent getting the flu yourself and to decrease the effect of the flu on the whole community.

According to a recent study reported by the


Massachusetts Health Connector Begins Open Enrollment
11:10AM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Connector has started open enrollment for 2018, providing members and new applicants the opportunity to pick a health insurance plan for the New Year, and officially kicking off a full-scale, statewide outreach and education campaign.

Massachusetts has the highest insured rate in the country, with 97.5 percent of the state's residents covered according to the U.S. Census. The lead up to Open Enrollment has created national concern about outreach activities, particularly in states that are part of the federal government Exchange. Consistent with the commonwealth's mission to support access to affordable health coverage for everyone, the


Lanesborough Selectmen Warn Garden Grill To Keep Closer Eye On Patrons
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Wednesday, November 01, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are warning the manager of the Garden Grill to keep a better eye on the patrons.   Police have been routinely responding to fights breaking out outside of the establishment this summer. The Selectmen are now saying they'll step in and curb hours or force the restaurant to pay for an officer to be present if it continues.   "At this point, after three incidents, you have to do better than your best because if we're going to have to do something if you don't," Chairman John Goerlach told manager Armando Charis on Monday.   Charis explained the most recent incident, saying he had diffused the situation only


BMC Again Achieves Straight As for Patient Safety
10:57PM / Tuesday, October 31, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has once again been named among the safest hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group, the nation's leading nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety. 

The Leapfrog Group has announced new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for fall of 2017, and Berkshire Medical Center once again earned an "A." BMC has achieved straight As since the inception of the Safety Grade in 2012, and is one of only 59 hospitals out of over 2,600 surveyed nationwide to attain this honor.

"Berkshire Medical Center has been, and continues to be a national leader in providing the safest environment for our patients," said David


Pittsfield Ward Candidates Show Differences In Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Tuesday, October 31, 2017

James Gleason said he is running because he doesn't like the way the city is going. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi says with the city approaching the tax levy limit, experience matters.   "Now more than ever we need experienced leadership, one who know budgets," Morandi said, emphasizing that he's gone through six budget cycles and six tax classification hearing.   Dina Guiel says she has worked with budgets, transportation, and youth development. But she believes there needs to be more than experience.   "It is about bringing more people into the conversation and if the voters elect me, that is exactly what I am going to


Biz Briefs: Abstract Art Colors Walls at Tunnel City Coffee
02:47PM / Monday, October 30, 2017
Coffee and art

Contemporary abstract work by Williamstown, Mass., artists Jeff and Jane Hudson now hangs at Tunnel City Coffee’s flagship shop on Spring Street, marking the next phase of the pair's artistic journey. The show runs through December.

Jane Hudson's deftly plotted explosions of color energize the shop’s walls, while Jeff Hudson's contemporary digital prints engage visitors with nothing less than burning social questions of the modern world.

Moving from analog through the technological revolution and into the realm of software applications and iPad drawings, the Hudsons consider themselves lucky to keep pace. They use a variety of Mac-based photography


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