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Former Berkshire Place to Transform Back to Independent Senior Living
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Thursday, April 19, 2018

The 130-year-old building at the corner of South and East Housatonic streets, is being transformed into senior living units. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After opening a brand-new $10 million building on South Street, Berkshire Place is now planning to renovate and transform its former home back into independent living.   Berkshire Retirement Home has owned the building at 89 South St. since 1888, when it opened as senior housing as Berkshire County Home for Aged Women. The name was changed in 1960 to Berkshire Place and the operations shifted to skilled nursing and rehabilitation, long-term care, and residential care.   Four years ago, the company demolished the former St.

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PEDA Working Through Minutiae to Get BIC Up and Running
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Thursday, April 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The PEDA board approved a series of agreements on Wednesday that are hoped to tie up the legal documentation required for the Berkshire Innovation Center.   The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority has long had a ground lease in place for the Berkshire Innovation Center. But as the project has evolved, the roles of various parties have altered -- thus the required paperwork changes were needed to align.   "There really hasn't been any changes other than all of the name changes and re-writing," Executive Director Corydon Thurston said.   The agreements include a ground lease for the parcel at the William Stanley Business Park,

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Keep Your Investment 'Ecosystem' Healthy
01:31PM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 22 is Earth Day. First observed in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into an international celebration, with nearly 200 countries holding events to support clean air, clean water and other measures to protect our planet.

As an investor, what lessons can you learn from this special day? Consider the following:

* Avoid “toxic” investment moves. Earth Day events show us how we can help keep toxins out of our land, air and water. And if you want to keep your investment ecosystem healthy, you need to avoid making some toxic moves. For example, don’t chase after hot stocks based on tips you may have heard or read. By the time you learn about these stocks, they may already

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Panel to Discuss the Top Five Student-Athlete Injuries
01:24PM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Northern Berkshire Orthopedics and Williamstown Physical Therapy present "Tackling the Top 5 Student-Athlete Injuries" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Williamstown Youth Center.

Student athletes give it their all and sometimes get injured. An expert panel will address prevention, treatment and recovery for the top five most common injuries suffered by student athletes. Attendees will learn how to continue playing throughout school and beyond.

The panel includes:

* Dr. Suk Namkoong, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Northern Berkshire Orthopedics and SVMC Orthopedics. Namkoong

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Touch a Truck Draws Curious Kids
12:27PM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Despite the chilly morning, parents and caregivers bundled up their toddlers and preschoolers and brought them over to the parking lot behind Joe Wolfe Field on Wednesday morning for the Family Center's annual Touch a Truck event.

The event allowed children to explore big trucks as well as learn about community helpers such as a police car, fire truck and ambulance. There were also buses, tractors, a flatbed tow truck, construction vehicles, ATVs and more.

North Adams and Clarksburg fire departments had trucks at the event, as did North Adams police and ambulance. The BRTA had two buses at the event; the large bus was a popular stop as the heat was running

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Pittsfield's Balcom Wins State Free Throw Competition
08:17AM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018
PAXTON, Mass. -- Pittsfield’s Ahna Balcom won the Massachusetts State Chamiponship in the girls 12-year-old division of this year’s Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition.   The Lenox Memorial seventh-grader sank 21 of 25 free throws in the state final at Anna Maria College to win the title.   Balcom represented Pittsfield Council 103 of the Knights of Columbus in the regional and state competitions. She plays basketball for the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club and the Lady Squad AAU program.

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Current Sonsini Staff Looks To Move Past Recent Drama
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been a distressing few months at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter because of court cases, contracts, and battles over leadership.   But, every morning staff continues to open those doors, feed the dogs and cats, give them medicine, and try to find homes for the stays and surrenders.    As an ugly battle amongst the board that spread down among the ranks, spilled into the courtroom, and ultimately into the public sphere, the current staff members are reaffirming their commitment to the shelter and whatever form it will take in the future.   "Everyone gets along. It is a lot better of a work environment than it was," said

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Pittsfield Board Concerned Proposed Assisted Living Expansion; Praises St. Mary's Plans
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Side by Side is looking to expand its assisted-living facility to the east by knocking down a neighboring four-family dwelling on West Union Street.   The Community Development Board is concerned that there will be an additional 20 living units with only six parking spaces. The board fears that there are too few parking spots available for that size of a project.   "We want to make sure there is sufficient parking that these cars are not on the street or causing an obstruction," Community Development Board Chairwoman Sheila Irvin said.   Engineer Robert Fournier, with SK Design Group, however, said the company already owns a number of

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Action Plan Developed to Make Berkshires Age Friendly
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Secretary for Elder Affairs Alice Bonner said the state is behind the age-friendly effort. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The trends are very clear. In just 12 years, around 60 percent of the Berkshires' population will be older than 50.   "Our population in 2010 was 18.5 percent persons over the age 65. And then by 2020, that percentage of older adults is expected to increase to 24 percent," Margaret McDonough, a senior planner with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, said.   "For the first time in our history, older adults will outnumber those under the age of 18 by a wide margin."   Three years ago, a group of people who work in the realm

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State Representative Mark Preps For State Budget Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Tuesday, April 17, 2018
DALTON, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark is looking to create a Berkshire County opioid task force in the budget.   Mark has filed an amendment for $250,000 to start the task force with the Berkshire County sheriff's office, the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition, and a number of other organizations tackling the issue.   "This isn't meant to replace any of those but work with them and enhance what they're doing and try to collaborate better," the Peru Democrat said.   The task force would focus on things such as prevention, education, ending the stigma, and getting into schools with prevention programs -- and not to be confused with the

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Tackles Economic Development
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Adams Select Board member Christine Hoyt points to a map laying out the redevelopment sparked by the Berkshire Scenic Railway project in Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Everyone can play a role in the economic development of the region, local officials and experts said at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's monthly forum on Friday.

"Every single one of you is involved in economic development," Jonathan Butler, CEO at 1Berkshire, told the nearly 70 people in attendance at the monthly forum at First Baptist Church.

Butler kicked off the forum by giving an overview of the economic situation in the Berkshires, more specifically northern Berkshire County. He shared

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Area Residents Finish Strong at Boston Marathon
06:38PM / Monday, April 16, 2018
BOSTON, Mass. -- More than half the area’s competitors at Monday’s Boston Marathon finished in the top half of his or her respective age division, according to results posted Monday evening on the Boston Athletic Association website.   One of the top performances was turned in by Pittsfield’s Abigail Wright, who finished in 3 hours, 9 minutes, 42 seconds, placing 235th out of 6,619 women in the 18-39 age group, the top 4 percent of the division.   It was a big day for the Americans in Boston, where Michigan’s Desiree Linden was the top woman in a time of 2:39:54 and Arizona’s Sarah Sellers was second in 2:44:04.   The top runner overall was

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