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Berkshires Beat: SVMC Corridor Gallery Exhibits the Work of Bennington Murals Project
02:10PM / Monday, September 10, 2018
Mural work

The Bennington Murals Project will exhibit work from their first mural at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Corridor Gallery through Oct. 17. The exhibit is open to visitors daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The show will feature work by the nine artists who contributed to the project, which depicts animals native to Vermont in a scene that progresses from dawn to dusk. Among the artists are Bennington Murals Project Founder Forest Byrd of Bennington, Cristal Call of Bennington, Crystal Harris of Bennington and Katya Harris of Albany, N.Y.

Visitors to the show will be able to purchase prints of parts of the mural. Proceeds benefit both the Bennington Murals Project and the

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Lee Wildcats Debit Card Generates $2,130 for School
12:48PM / Monday, September 10, 2018
In their debit

In July 2016, Greylock Federal Credit Union introduced a new debit card featuring the Lee High School Wildcats logo and school colors. Since then, every time a credit union member signed up for a Wildcats debit card, Greylock made a donation to Lee High School, generating $2,130 for the school.

Lee Middle and High School Principal Gregg M. Brighenti said the funds have been used to purchase furniture for the library, to fund students who couldn't afford school trips, to pay for two dinners the students served to senior citizens, and to buy a small cookie oven for the Lee High School booster clubs to use at games as a fundraiser for their programs.

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Inauguration 2016
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Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Tourney Returns Sept. 22
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09:59PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Committee will host a 3-on-3 youth tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Boys and girls divisions will be contested in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 age groups.   All teams of three to four players are guaranteed at least three matches with the top four teams in each division advancing to the semi-finals.   The final games for each division will be played under the lights.   The entry fee is $100 per team. Each division is limited to 16 teams.   Teams from around the region are expected to attend.   For information and registration forms, visit

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Pittsfield Prepping Local Regulations For 5G Technology
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tower companies are chomping at the bit as a multibillion-dollar industry in 5G technology is primed to roll out.   On Wednesday night, the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan to help roll that industry out quicker and cheaper. And when it does, companies will be seeking to use public rights-of-way for towers, antennas and accompanying infrastructure.   "When it is finally rolled out, the theory is you are going to have a pole every three homes. It is going to be a lot of infrastructure," attorney Anthony Lepore of Cityscape Consultants Inc. told the Community Development Board, members of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and staff

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Mosquitoes Out in Record-breaking Numbers This Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:53AM / Saturday, September 08, 2018

Culex pipiens is a known carrier for West Nile and other diseases.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It is going to be a record year for the local mosquito population in Berkshire County.   And residents have taken note. Over the last week, the Health Department the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project had fielded hundreds of calls from residents about high population numbers.    "This is going to be the biggest year in history. We are at record West Nile already," Mosquito Control Project Christopher Horton said.   West Nile was confirmed Thursday in another sampling of mosquitos in the area, raising the number of positive samples to 20 in recent

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Pittsfield Police Seek Information On Domino's Pizza Robbery
Staff Reports,
04:54PM / Friday, September 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on a robbery of Domino's Pizza on Elm Street.    Authorities say at about 11 p.m. on Thursday a black man in his late teens or early twenties, standing about six-foot-three-inches tall and weighing 180 to 190 lbs. with a slim build and deep voice robbed the store at gunpoint.    The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black head covering, black gloves, black pants, and a mask. The suspect then ran south toward Hazelwood Terrace.    Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or has information about it to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705.

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BCC's Director of Nursing Resigns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, September 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Director of Nursing Tochi Urbani has resigned from Berkshire Community College.   Dean of Enrollment Management Christina Wynn confirmed on Friday that Urbani submitted his resignation letter on Sept. 4 and will be leaving the college on Oct. 3. The resignation comes in the midst of college officials working to elevate the program's accreditation from a recently issued "approval with warning" status.   "At this point, we are placing a high priority on finding an interim director of nursing," Wynn said.    Wynn said the change will have no impact on the students who have just returned for the semester nor does she expect

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 6 - Sept. 7
Staff Reports,
11:42AM / Friday, September 07, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 6.   Dylan Litchfield, 24, of Peru was found not guilty by a jury on single counts of mayhem, armed assault with intent to murder, and aggravated assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   The charges were related to an incident in Windsor on June 13, 2016 involving a 29-year-old man.    Austin Litchfield, 20, of Peru was also found not guilty - through a direct motion approved by Agostini and not by a jury -on a single count of attempt to commit murder in connection with the same incident.   Brandon Griffin, 22, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault by means

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Pittsfield Man Charged In Tuesday Morning Hit and Run
Staff Reports,
11:03AM / Friday, September 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man is being accused of hitting a woman with his car and driving away.   Police say at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to the area of Pecks Road, near Valentine, to an accident. There they found a 20-year-old woman lying in the roadway. She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where she was admitted with serious internal injuries.   Police later arrested Alfredo Maya Osorio, 25, on charges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle_, and leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.   The case remains under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to contact Lt.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 7-13
09:14AM / Friday, September 07, 2018
SEPTEMBER 7 is First Friday Artswalk & More!  Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!
In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.   The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Ave., will present Art and Sole, an exhibit of IS183 Art School faculty and student designed,

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Harrington Reflects On DA Race, Looks Toward Transition Into Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Friday, September 07, 2018

City Council Vice President John Krol was particularly excited with the Williamstown numbers when they came in. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Andrea Harrington entered the district attorney's race, she knew she could do it. She fully expected to win the race.   She didn't think she was an underdog, but she was.    "I didn't realize how improbable my winning was until I actually won," Harrington said on Thursday.   Harrington entered the race in March after former District Attorney David Capeless had maneuvered to place Paul Caccaviello into the office. Caccaviello had strong support from the local business community and many well-established

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Third Pittsfield Man Facing Charges Related To October Mountain Shooting
Staff Reports,
04:21PM / Thursday, September 06, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A third man is being charged in the October Mountain shooting.   Daquan Douglas, 24, from Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   He is the third individual to face charges in the early morning shooting near the Ashley Reservoir that left a 19-year-old Cheshire man in critical condition.   Judge Jacklyn Connly ordered Douglas to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until Sept. 10 when there will be a dangerousness hearing in Westfield District Court.    Police arrested

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