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Berkshire Bank Names President of First Choice Loan Services
01:30PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has announced the appointment of Allan Costello as president of its wholly-owned subsidiary First Choice Loan Services, a best-in-class mortgage banking business originating loans across a national platform.
 
As president, Costello will work with the current leadership team of First Choice Loan Services including Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ralph Picarillo in developing strategic initiatives.

With this new position, Costello will be instrumental in setting corporate policies and procedures for this subsidiary consistent with the

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Berkshire Bank Announces Director of Wealth Management & Interim CIO
01:19PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has named Jason Edgar as director of Wealth Management and interim CIO.
 
In his new role, Edgar will lead Berkshire Bank's Wealth Management initiatives and oversee its investment process.

Edgar joined Berkshire Bank in 2014 and has been Wealth Management's New England Regional Leader. He has illustrated leadership and guidance across all areas of the business. Before Berkshire, Edgar spent several years with Enterprise Investment Advisors, in Andover, Mass., where he oversaw investment management.

He has spent the last 16 years in wealth management, and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Announces Promotions
12:57PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the promotions of Brad J. Felix to assistant vice president, Business Banking officer and Mark Kaley to Member Service Contact Center manager.

Felix has served in the Business Banking department since 2008. In his new role, he will be responsible for helping credit union members with business loans and other financial products and services. Kaley was previously Contact Center supervisor, helping oversee 70 percent of all incoming calls and contacts to the credit union, including all internet banking inquiries.

After graduating from MCLA in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Felix worked in

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Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Marketing & Development
12:49PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has hired Katrina Cardillo as new director of marketing and development.

In this role she will oversee the marketing strategy, public relations and fundraising efforts for the agency.

A Berkshire native, Cardillo is very involved in the community with seats on various boards and committees, including as a student mentor at Pittsfield High School,as  a member of MCLA’s Graduate Program Advisory board as a program alumni, and vice president of membership for the Berkshire Business and Professional Women.

Cardillo has an extensive background in marketing, starting in the automotive industry executing tradeshows across the country

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 17-23
10:46AM / Friday, February 17, 2017

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       February 17 - February 23,

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Berkshire Delegation Gets Committee Assignments
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01:22AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
BOSTON — State House leaders have released committee assignments for this session, with the Berkshire delegation picking up two chairmanships in the House and one in the Senate.   Newly elected State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, was named Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, as well as Senate vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.    He is also a member of the Joint Committees on Higher Education; Housing; Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery; Municipalities and Regional Government; and Intergovernmental Affairs. Hinds is also the Senate co-chair of the Rural Caucus

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Polito Announces South County Bridge Funding, Tours Pittsfield
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08:11PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito toured the downtown Thursday afternoon before announcing grant funding for two southwestern Massachusetts bridges.   Polito had spent the morning signing a Community Compact agreement with Lanesborough and Windsor. She later joined Mayor Linda Tyer for a brief private meeting at City Hall. She left the offices and proceeded to the Onota Building with the mayor, City Council President Peter Marchetti 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. President Jesse Cook-Dubin, and Alfred "A.J" Enchill Jr. from state Sen. Adam Hinds' office.   At the Onota building, she met with Louis Allegrone, of Allegrone

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The Independent Investor: 'Watch the Gap Please'
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

If you haven't realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of "gaps" in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

Bare-bones Medicare coverage can leave you with some steep medical bills. As we discussed in our last column, if you are admitted to the hospital, for example, your first bill will tally $1,216 or more, which is the deductible you pay just for being admitted. After that, you pay 20 percent of the fee for every doctor visit, lab test, MRI, X-Ray and on and on. Remember, too, that there is no yearly limit for what you may have to pay beyond your basic Medicare

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Downtown Pittsfield Gives Council Annual Report
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:25PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dropping the speed limit on North Street to 25 mph may not seem like a big deal on its own. But, that is just one of many initiatives Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has taken on to improve the downtown.   The speed reduction was approved by the City Council on Tuesday night in an effort to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety. But Tuesday was also the same night Downtown Pittsfield Inc. provided an annual report, outlining its initiatives.   "The biggest priority in that plan was to do everything we could for public safety," said DPI President Jesse Cook-Dubin of a strategic planning process the non-profit undertook a few years

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Pittsfield Police Officer Cleared in Shooting
02:58PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield Police officer who discharged his weapon in the course of his duties, injuring the suspect in a motor vehicle pursuit, has been cleared of any charges.

An investigation led by state police Sgt. Edward Culver, a member of the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire district attorney's office, concluded that no criminal charges are warranted against Officer Martin Streit.

Streit fired three shots from his service weapon after Mark A. Marauszwski, 55, drove his vehicle at the officer, according to police.

A release from Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless' office state that on the morning of Jan. 25, Streit and other

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Polito Signs Community Compacts With Lanesborough, Windsor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shakes Windsor Selectman Doug McNally's hand. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It is difficult for small towns to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help.    Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner.   In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but don't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful strategy.   Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday joined officials both towns to sign Community Compact agreements that will bring in consultants to help those

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Pittsfield's Paintbox Public Art Program Returns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

Before and after photos of the box at Union and North.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Last year, the seemingly ordinary utility boxes throughout the downtown were transformed into colorful and vibrant pieces of art.

Now, it is time to do some more.

The Artscape Committee announced the return of the paintbox program, which is an art competition with eight winners decorating the utility boxes on North Street. The project takes the boring, gray utility boxes and turns them into public art.   "We were so overwhelmed by the support of the community from last year's paintbox project. We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions we had and the quality of those submissions.

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