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State Officials Still Awaiting BMC Intersection Area Redesign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:03PM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The project to re-do the intersections around Berkshire Medical Center has been pushed back yet again, as the design has not progressed enough.   The $7.1 million project for the Berkshire Medical Center area has been ranked as a top priority by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission but the design is too far behind to go to bid in 2018. The project has been 11 years in the making, after a 2006 circulation study identified it as a focus for improving traffic in downtown Pittsfield.   "We know the BMC area one is not going to be going in 2018. There is no way it is going in 2018," BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns said.   Peter Frieri,

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AAU Girls Basketball Team Seeks Players
10:00AM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Team "Squad" is looking for seventh- and eighth-grade girls interested in playing limited AAU Basketball from March to June 2017.   The emphasis will be on basketball skills, and the team will face teams out of Berkshire County, including from Albany, Saratoga, Springfield and Hartford area.   Please contact Michael Balcom at (413) 446-5370 or email at MKFB397@gmail.com for more information.

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Inauguration 2016
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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Housatonic Boys Strong at North Adams Youth Basketball Tourney
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:15AM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Housatonic took home two titles from this weekend's John Gaudreau Memorial Youth Basketball Tournament.   Housatonic beat the Boys Club in the boys third- and fourth-grade final and topped Adams in the boys seventh/eigth grade final.   The South County program also reached the title game in the fifth/sixth grade bracket, where the Dalton Blue team prevailed to take the title.   In the third/fourth grade girls competition, host North Adams defeated the Girls Club in Monday's championship game.   The Greylock seventh/eighth team advanced to the quarter-finals, where they were edged by Adams, 54-52, in a game where Carson Meczywor scored 33

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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team
09:37AM / Monday, February 20, 2017

Way to go: When Lenox High School's robotics team, Team Enginuity, canceled its field trip to the First Technology Challenge qualifier in Dedham, Mass., on Feb. 11 because of bad weather, two students persevered.

Ella King, senior and founder of Team Enginuity, received a group text between runs at a FIS Giant Slalom Race at Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont that her team was not going to the robotics meet. She knew this qualifier was the last one before the state championship and it would be critical for the team to attend. She called her dad, who was still in Lenox, and asked him to pick up the robot from school. The family's plan was to meet on the eastern side of the state

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Berkshire Scenic Releases Strong Ridership Numbers For Inaugural Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:16AM / Monday, February 20, 2017

The railway is a volunteer-run organization that offers rides through the summer and fall in North Adams. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some 9,600 passengers rode the rails between North Adams and Adams during the Hoosac Valley Service's freshman year.

The 8-mile ride from the city to Renfrew and back in a restored 1955 Budd car kicked off in October 2015 with a few pilot rides. It returned for a few more in December and then went full speed ahead on Memorial Day weekend last year. The nearly 10,000 passengers is more than the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum carried during its first year in its old home of Lenox, according to President Jay Green.

"Berkshire Scenic is back on

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
11:28AM / Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virgina. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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BMC Rebuilt Surgical Residency Program Earns New Accreditation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:36AM / Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dr. Michael DiSiena worked to revamp the residency program, which received a new accreditation last month. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was 2014 when news came down that Berkshire Medical Center was losing most of its surgical residency program.   The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education pulled its accreditation and with it, a large part of the surgical unit's identity was going to change. The pool of residents shipped off to other hospitals and universities, dropping the total number of residents from around 15 to just two. The program head resigned.   Things were looking bleak and no matter what, the hospital had to find a way to

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Pittsfield Officer to Carry Torch in Austria For Special Olympics World Games
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:39AM / Saturday, February 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The job of a police officer means dealing with people on their worst days, day after day.   And it wears on the officers. Eight years ago, Officer Darren Derby started getting involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics. He's raised more than a half-million dollars in support of those athletes.   He does it because he feels those athletes do more for him than he could ever do for them. They give him a joy that gets torn away from officers on a daily basis dealing with the worst of the worst.   "The job itself brings a tremendous amount of stress. A lot us wonder 'is this the right job for us,

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'The Oscar Picks: Betrayed': The Great Goldberger Squirrel Conspiracy of 2017
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:20PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

OK, maybe the Academy Award leak previously alleged to exist, the one the squirrels in my back yard either engineered or facilitated and which allowed me to successfully predict a good percentage of last year's Oscar winners, indeed exists. But first a little backstory for those unfamiliar with the bushy-tailed adventures of the Goldberger Squirrels.

Thankful for the assorted nuts I've occasionally thrown on the lawn to ensure their strength and safety against neighboring squirrels and other varmints who would illegally cross property lines to take what is rightfully theirs, last year the Goldberger Squirrels showed their loyalty with a bold act. Braving the gridlock caused by the

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Letter: firefighters
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

To the Editor:

Congratulation to the nine all white male firefighter that Pittsfield just hired with federal funds and to the City's Equal Rights and Employment Commission for a job well done. It appears they have made lots of progress in the last few years. The city should be real proud.

Sean Curran

 

 

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@theMarket: Danger Zone
By Bill Schmick,
04:06PM / Friday, February 17, 2017



Something new is happening to the stock market, it has actually had two negative days in a row. That doesn't mean much after weeks of gains, but it just may signal a temporary halt to the Trump Rally.

My short-term target in this Trump-inspired rally was achieved this week. The benchmark index, the S&P 500, not only reached 2,330 (my target) this week, but went beyond it. The S&P 500 kept on climbing, reaching an intra-day, record-setting high of 2,351.31 on both Wednesday and Thursday. The index has subsequently fallen back but not by much.

The Dow, NASDAQ, the small-cap Russell 2000 Index, plus a slew of other averages also reached record highs. Make no mistake,

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 14 - Feb. 16
Staff Reports,
01:36PM / Friday, February 17, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Feb. 14.   George Chapman, 31, of Springfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 66 Angeli Street in North Adams on August 6, 2015.   Derrick King, 39, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of improper storage of a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, three counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, two

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