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Tyer Shares Outdoor Recreation Vision With Environmental Chief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

Eventually, the historic Springside House will serve as the hub for all of the activities that happen on the 300-plus acres of parkland that surrounds it. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The natural resources and scenic beauty of the Berkshires has always been a draw for those who enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, and the like.   But now officials are becoming a little more intentional about that. Both local and state officials are looking closely at the economic benefit that comes with building an outdoor recreational economy.   "They're going to eat in the restaurants. They are going to go to the fly shop. They are going to go to the bike shop. That's

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Pittsfield School Bus Involved in Minor Traffic Accident
01:33PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Westfield man was cited Wednesday for a rear-end collision that involved a Pittsfield Public Schools bus on East Street.    The accident occurred at approximately 3:37 p.m. when a 2012 Honda Civic operated by Anthony Disanto of Westfield rear-ended a 2009 Nissan Versa, operated by Daniel Hammer of Pittsfield, which then struck the bus.    The school bus was stopped in traffic on East Street near the intersection with First Street. The school bus was transporting approximately 19 elementary school-aged children. The collision caused Hammer's vehicle to be pushed into the rear end of the stopped school bus.   The school bus was not

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New Taconic Opens to Fanfare But Not Without Hiccups
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

The new Taconic High opened with 820 students, up more than 100 from last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new Taconic High School opened on time, on budget, and with tremendous fanfare.    But not everything is perfect. The building isn't 100 percent complete yet and traffic on Valentine Road has become very problematic. But the doors are open and a ribbon-cutting featuring state officials is scheduled for Oct. 19.   "Taconic opened up on time. We are on budget. And we are done-ish," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The auditorium is still under construction and students haven't been allowed in there. That was eyed as the very last

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Pittsfield Honors Little League Team's World Series Run
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

The team was given a ride around the city's downtown on a fire truck. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city recognized the success of its Little League all-star team on Tuesday.   The team loaded onto the city's ladder truck that was driven around the downtown with them on the back, with sirens blaring and hands waving, led by a police escort, another fire engine, and the fire chief. The trip ended at City Hall where Mayor Linda Tyer was waiting to greet them all.   "We are all so proud of them," Tyer said.   One by one the players got off the truck, slapping hands with Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski and the mayor, while parents snapped photos and took

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BMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Starts Better Breathers Club
01:23PM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at Berkshire Medical Center is starting a Better Breathers Club, in collaboration with the American Lung Association.

Better Breathers Clubs are welcoming support groups for patients and caregivers affected by chronic lung diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. The club helps patients to learn better ways to better cope with lung disease while getting the support of others in similar situations. Led by a trained facilitator, these in-person adult support groups give you the tools you need to live the best life you can.

At BMC, the Better Breathers Club will

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How Can Life Insurance Help You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:11PM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

You may not be aware of it, but September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. Of course, you probably recognize, at least in a general sense, the importance of life insurance, but do you know the various ways in which it can help you?

Life insurance can play a sizable role in your ability to achieve some important financial goals, such as these:

* Helping your family maintain its lifestyle: If you are married and have young children at home, you and your spouse may need to work. If you were no longer around and your earnings were gone, could your family still afford to live as they do now? Adequate life insurance can help them preserve their lifestyle.

* Helping your children continue

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Robbery of Greylock Credit Union Branch
Staff Reports,
11:42AM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greylock Federal Credit Union branch on Elm Street was robbed Wednesday morning.   Police say at about 10:30 in the morning officers responded to the credit union for the robbery.   According to police, a woman, described as being in her 20s with a slim build, had passed a note to a teller — no weapons were shown — and then left with an undetermined amount of cash.   The suspect is described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, and ripped jeans. She was carrying a large purse and then fled in an unknown direction of travel.   Police do not believe there is any danger to the public and nobody was injured at the

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Pittsfield Council Voices Support For Transgender Community
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council supports the transgender community.    But it stopped short of going on record supporting a ballot question to uphold laws prohibiting discrimination of transgender people in public places.   The City Council adopted a resolution in support of "full equality for all residents of Pittsfield including the members of Pittsfield's transgender community." What isn't written in that resolution is support for ballot Question 3, which calls to keep a law in place preventing discrimination in places such as public restrooms and locker rooms.    That part was removed from the original petition by the Human Rights

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Pittsfield Expediting Creation of Commission to Help Homeless
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:33PM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City councilors are looking to expedite the development of a Homeless Committee so it is in place during the winter.   The City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee agreed on the conceptual outline of what such a committee will look like and Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo will work on the order reinstating the committee with the city solicitor. The goal is for the group featuring representatives from a number of community organizations to help those who are living on the streets of the city.   "My mission here is to take care of all of the people that are homeless here in Pittsfield," said Edward Carmel, who first petitioned for it in

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Featured Speaker at MCLA's Dukakis Lecture
04:37PM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 
Ta-Nehisi Coates NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Best-selling author, journalist and Marvel Comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will be this year's featured speaker at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' annual fall lectures series.   Also speaking this fall will be Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, and Galen Nelson, senior director of innovation and industry support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.   Coates is a winner of the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award and author of "Between the World and Me," a number-one New York Times bestseller in 2015, which was required or recommended reading at more than 400 colleges

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Locals Have Springfield College Football in National Rankings
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:56AM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A trio of Berkshire County football alumni have helped Springfield College to a 2-0 start and the No. 25 ranking in the country according to D3football.com.   Pittsfield High graduate Chad Shade, Pittsfield resident Jonny Bianchi and Hoosac Valley graduate Zach Wright each is contributing for the Pride, who have outscored opponents by an average of 42-11.   Shade was recognized by the region’s college football writers after an eye-popping Week 1 performance against Western New England.   Shade was recognized with the New England Football Writers Association’s Gold Helmet Award after rushing for 247 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-21 win. Last week, the junior

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Lanesborough Still Considering What to Do With Council On Aging
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen is asking Town Manager Kelli Robbins to come up with a plan for the Council on Aging.   The Selectmen previously increased and then reduced Council on Aging Director Lorna Gayle's hours. For most of the year, she had been working 27 hours a week -- an increase from last year -- but the Board of Selectmen opted to reduce that. The Council on Aging's board of directors has been advocating for those hours to be restored.    For months now, Gayle has been tracking her activities and work to show the Selectmen that there is much to be done and not enough hours to do it in. The board has been praising Gayle's work

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