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Superior Court Briefs: March 5 - March 14
Staff Reports,
02:07PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 5.   Yulanda Chadwell, 37, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of misleading a police officer.   She was released on $2,000 bail. Chadwell is accused of providing police with misinformation during their investigation into the death of 39-year-old Paul Henry, who was murdered on July 4, 2017.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 9.   Henry Brazeau, 50, of North Adams pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14, and two counts of caretaker abuse.   He was ordered to serve 196 days of a two-year

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Hillcrest Educational Honors Bowler, Derby At St. Patrick's Day Celebration
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:47PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

Officer Darren Derby was given the Judge John A. Barry Community Service Award. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At age 9, Dakota Hoffman was in trouble with the law.   "This little boy needed some help and the truth is we didn't have the knowledge or tools to help him," his grandmother Jenny Pytko said of those days.    But, Hoffman is a much different person now after three years of being at Hillcrest Educational Centers.   And now, he is approaching the day when he can go back to his family and back to his community.   "Before I got into Hillcrest at age 11, I had trouble making friends. It was hard for me to find the right kids to be friends

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'A Wrinkle in Time': Folds, Spindles and Doesn't Exhilarate
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:44PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
'A Wrinkle in Time': Folds, Spindles and Doesn't Exhilarate   2 popcorns By Michael S. Goldberger film critic   I expected more from director Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time," an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962, adventure-fantasy novel.    The book has been touted by a couple generations of youngsters, including my own moppet, Erin, who in retrospect adds that the freaky ideas were also a bit terrifying to a 9-year-old who hadn't to date "given that acid trip-type stuff much thought." Well, that's gratifying. But in any case, I saw my critiquing mission as a sort of command performance and wanted to bring news

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 16-22
01:15PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
SUNDAY Camp North Street at Hotel on North Gather your friends for a fun-filled day on North Street. Camp North Street will be your concierge. There are "day camp" and "overnight camp" opportunities available. Feel like a kid... even if you have to work the next day!    Learn how to write songs with Wes Buckley, go ice skating, practice yoga, learn to paint, build a terrarium or see a movie, plus adult coloring, a musical jam session, brunch and more!

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

SAT Sober St. Patrick's Day with License to

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Youth Hockey Tournament Continues All Weekend in North Adams
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12:01PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey’s Spring Fling tournament continues at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink with games Friday through Sunday.   The  NBYHL will welcome teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont to North Adams for two great weekends of youth hockey that began on March 9.   There will be a raffle table with great prizes and a concession stand selling yummy food.     Admission is free to all games, with action through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.   Come down and cheer on all the participants of this great event.  

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Pittsfield Soccer Club Enrolling for Spring Programs
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10:51AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Soccer Club is accepting registrations for its spring season.   PSC offers the following programs for spring: KinderKickers (pre-K), Kickers Under 6, Kickers Under 8, Boys U10, U12 and U14 Travel Soccer and Girls U10, U12 and U14 Travel Soccer.   To register, visit the PSC website at http://pittsfield.bonzidev.com/home.php. For additional information, email pittsfieldsc@gmail.com.

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Pittsfield's New, Taconic's Nolan Pitch MCLA to Wins
08:23AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
AUBURNDALE, Fla.- MCLA left-hander Bobby New tossed a complete game shutout allowing just three hits and striking out eight Colby-Sawyer hitters in lifting the Trailblazers to a 2-0 win over the Chargers on Thursday.   The Trailblazers (5-2) completed the sweep after taking game one 6-1. CSC drops to 2-6 on the season with the loss.   Pittsfield High graduate New (2-0) was the story  as he dominated from the outset in collecting his second straight shutout in Florida. He quickly erased any hopes for a Charger rally as he picked off three runners throughout the contest. His seven strikeouts were a career high.   MCLA scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

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Pittsfield Schools Look To Revamp Therapeutic Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School administrators are looking to revamp the therapeutic program.   The district is expecting to see a $1.1 million increase in state support for education and Superintendent Jason McCandless wants to use a portion of that to bolster the program for those with the most social, emotional, and academic needs at the elementary school level.    "We feel our students in this program are not making the academic gains as they should," Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis said.   The district now wants to allocate an additional $385,000 to the program, which will ultimately hire for six new positions. The elementary school program will then

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New Doctor Joins BMC Rheumatology Services
10:55PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Leonard H. Sigal, FACP, FACR, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Sigal joins Dr. Lauren Dudley at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC, and is taking new patients in need of rheumatology services in the community.

Sigal comes to the Berkshires from New Jersey, where he most recently served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, RW Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. He previously was on the faculty of

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Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul Caccaviello said he'll lead the office with integrity and honor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new district attorney has taken office.   Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless.    "It is now my turn to step aside but I assure you I leave you in safe and sturdy hands," Capeless said.   Capeless is retiring and has opted not to finish out his term, but instead, pass the reins over to his first assistant -- a move that has faced a fair amount of criticism since it was announced two weeks ago.   Caccaviello took his oath of office in front

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Pittsfield Schedules Public Hearing With Spectrum On Cable Changes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

The city welcomed Izinna Lytle as the first black woman in the Police Department. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is invoking a clause in its contract with Spectrum to get answers about changes to television local offerings.   Mayor Linda Tyer has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Berkshire Atheneum with the cable company. The company has encrypted its signal and has changed the community television station channels.   A clause in the city's contract with the company allows for it to call a public hearing with the company to address such matters.   Last week the community television's three channels -- Access Pittsfield,

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New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to

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