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MCLA Opens Year With Plans to Enhance Programming, Raise Visibility
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Birge, with his wife, Lisa, pulls raffle tickets for a good cause.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is welcoming just over 400 incoming students this year — but it wants more.    At the annual campus breakfast marking the start of the semester, college President James Birge detailed some of the priorities designed to "position MCLA to strengthen and enhance the college," including enrollment.   "This fall, we will welcome 415 new students to MCLA," Birge told the crowded cafeteria on Tuesday morning.. "This number is lower than last year at this time by about 25 students. Although we had budgeted for a


Berkshire Voters Head to the Polls on Primary Day
02:32AM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Voters go to the polls today, Tuesday, to decide a number of party primaries, several of which will determine the winner before the general election in November.    Voting in all cities and towns is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; find polling places for your communities here. Those enrolled in a party must vote in that party's primary; voters who are unenrolled may choose which primary to vote in.    Perhaps the most significant race on the ballot Tuesday is for Berkshire district attorney. Three Democrats are vying for the post in an election that will determine the winner of the office -- barring any last-minute write-in effort in November.    Paul Caccaviello,


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by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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Ranked Choice Voting Seen as Way to End Vote Splitting In Elections
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:21AM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters are heading to the polls this Tuesday to cast ballots for one of the three candidates in the Berkshire district attorney's race.   But they have to figure out the game -- this election, just like last year's for state representative in North County, won't simply identify a party candidate but who will win the office.   So if their favorite candidate loses, did that pull a vote from their second choice? Vote splitting has been an ongoing conversation in every election when there are more than two candidates. Two candidates can pull from the same like-minded voting pool and a third candidate cruises to victory -- sometimes with less than

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Zamore Wins Mount Greylock Road Race
07:46PM / Sunday, September 02, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. -- Turner Zamore Sunday won the 43rd annual Mount Greylock Road Race, reaching the summit of the commonwealth’s highest peak in 53 minutes, 11.62 seconds.   Zamore, 34, set a pace of 6:39 per mile to lead a pack of 254 finishers.   He finished just more than three minutes ahead of runner-up Cameron Cogburn, 32, who clocked a time of 56:21.80.   The top female finisher in the race was Meghan Davis, 16, who placed 10th overall in 1:00:40.27.


Endorsements Roll in For Final Push in District Attorney Race
Staff Reports,
07:41AM / Sunday, September 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the primary election day approaches, a number of elected officials have been choosing their sides in the district attorney race.   Whether those final affirmations by well-known names will swing any late-deciders toward — or away — from a candidate is yet to be seen. Still, the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Berkshire district attorney, and essentially the election, have been showcasing the support they racked up.    Paul Caccaviello, the incumbents, boasts of two former mayors, city councilors in both Pittsfield and North Adams, and Sheriff Thomas Bowler as lead endorsements in his camp. Andrea Harrington reeled in


North Adams Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run Accident
Staff Reports,
06:30AM / Saturday, September 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 32-year-old North Adams man was arraigned Friday on charges related to the fatal accident last week that killed Alan Keefe of Pittsfield.   Brian Dillard is accused of crashing a stolen pickup truck he was driving into the 49-year-old Keefe, who was operating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, on Linden Street and then fleeing the scene. The accident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.   He was arrested by North Adams Police on Thursday evening on an outstanding warrant and transferred to Central Berkshire District Court on Friday afternoon to answer to the motor vehicle homicide charges.   Dillard was ordered to be held without bail at


Shade Scores Six TDs in Springfield College's Opener
11:34PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield High School graduate Chad Shade Friday ran for 247 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Springfield College football team to a 42-21 win over Western New England.   After WNE took an early lead, Shade scored from 5 yards out to tie the game midway through the first quarter.   He added two more TDs before half-time to make it 21-7.   Late in the third quarter, Shade broke off a 75-yard run for the longest play of the game.   Pittsfield's Jonny Bianchi, a graduate of Cushing Academy, recorded four tackles and broke up three passes for the Pride.   Springfield travels to New Jersey to face Kean College next Saturday.


Dellea's 'Quiet' Service Trumpeted as BCC Turf Field Named in His Honor
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:19PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday afternoon, Berkshire Community College ushered in a new era in Berkshire County sports and recognized a longtime civic leader in the process.

The best part for honoree Gene Dellea? It just may be the fact that his part came at the end of a 45-minute dedication.   "For all of you who know this person, you will say to yourself, 'Of course, this should be dedicated to this person,' " Dellea's friend Emil George said moments before revealing the name of the long-awaited artificial turf field at BCC. "Because this field is important not just to Pittsfield but to Berkshire County, it should be dedicated to someone who has given


Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 27 - Aug. 29
Staff Reports,
04:58PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 27.   Erica Emerling, 29, of  Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of aggravated rape of a child with force, aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and posing a child in a sexual act.   She was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in  Pittsfield on January 1, 2018 and involved and 18-month-old boy.   Seton Janulis, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop


@theMarket: September's stock market
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
Next week, Wall Street's big boys return to their offices. Campaigning for mid-term elections moves to the front burner, and tariff threats between the U.S. and China will likely escalate. Welcome to one of the worst months of the year for stocks.   It is true that both September and October tend to be negative months for the averages. Since 1945, the S&P 500 Index has, on average, lost 1 percent. In addition, it is a mid-term election year where Septembers are almost always rocky months for the market.   One could say that investors face an entire fall season of potential risks. Besides those I have already listed above, there will be the implementation of the new Iranian


Berkshire Money Management Welcomes New Community Development Director
01:59PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management, a locally based investment advisory firm, announces that Berkshire native Nichole Dupont has joined the firm's growing team of investment and business professionals.

Dupont is a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant whose work has appeared in multiple regional and national publications including Berkshire Magazine, The Take, Rural Intelligence, the Berkshire Eagle, Newsday and the Huffington Post. She has also helped businesses and nonprofits — Simon's Rock college, Emma Willard School, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and many others— "find" their stories and bring this unique


Lenox United Methodist Church Receives New Pastor
12:30PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England United Methodist Conference has announced Nami Yu as the new pastor of the United Methodist Church of Lenox at 6 Holmes Road.

Pastor Nami Yu’s appointment will be celebrated with a special installation service at the United Methodist Church of Lenox on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

Pastor Yu comes from previous appointments serving two churches as senior Pastor in Brattleboro, Vt., and Leyden, Mass. Prior to that she served as Sunday school minister at Wesley UMC of Medford while completing her studies at the School of Theology at Boston University, where she graduated in July of 2016.

Pastor Nami is a native of South Korea,


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