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Girls AAU Basketball Team Seeks Players
12:02PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
The Berkshire Mountaineers girls basketball team is looking for any girls interested in playing Spring AAU basketball.   Girls currently in the fifth thru 11th grade are eligible to participate. This is an advanced basketball program that will include weekend travel throughout New York and New England. The schedule has not yet been put together but is typically seven weekends beginning with the last weekend of April through June.  In addition, girls will practice two days a week.   For more information please contact Bill Robinson at 413-652-1055 or email samakenz@yahoo.com.     The Berkshire Mountaineers Girls Basketball Organization was established in 2009 by

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Preliminary Pittsfield School Budget Calls For 57 Job Reductions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The school district is considering reducing staff by 57 employees.   Superintendent Jason McCandless presented a preliminary budget to the School Committee on Wednesday night that calls for the sharp reduction in staff. Overall, the budget would still be up by about a half million dollars but the staff reductions counter increased cost for contractual obligations.    "This keeps the central focus on student instruction. This keeps the central focus on student learning and that is really, at the end of the day, what we are here for," McCandless said.   The proposal increases the school budget by less than 1 percent that is mostly driven

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Walk with Me in the Berkshires Returns for 15th Season
11:29AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The popular community walking program, Berkshire Health Systems' Walk with Me in the Berkshires, is returning for its 15th year in late March, where it is expected that more than 3,500 people from across the region will participate in a program aimed at improving health and well-being through walking.

Community registration for the Walk with Me program is Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. sharp on the iBerkshires website. Up to 2,400 people from the community, formed as teams of between two and 20 people each, will receive a free step counter and be able to log-in to a step-reporting site on iBerkshires in order to participate in the six week walking

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Mirabito, O'Reilly Auto Parts Both Looking to Move to Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:39AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mirabito is planning to move all three of its Berkshire locations under one roof with renovations to a building in the Downing Industrial Park.   The Community Development Board approved the plans for the site on Tuesday allowing the propane company to move to the next step. The business needs just a few more approvals before it can begin the renovations. The company currently operates three facilities in the Berkshires — in Dalton, Lenox, and Great Barrington — and all three operations will be condensed into the one building.   "We're just trying to bring them all together to be more efficient. It's an industrial park so it is an

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Johnny's Beach Club Sold, Mexican Restaurant Eyed
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:02AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The former Pepe's and Johnny's Beach Club has been sold to Suzanne Chung. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former Johnny's Beach Club has been sold and will become a Mexican restaurant.   Attorney Jeff Lynch reported to the Licensing Board on Monday that Wahconah Street LLC. has purchased the bar and will turn it into a restaurant.   The secretary of state's office shows Suzanne Chung, a partner with numerous restaurants including Jae's Bistro, as one of the signatories as well as Oscar Amaya.   "They have a long-term plan of renovation to that building and re-opening that space as a restaurant," Lynch said.   Lynch expects renovation to

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Taconic Construction: Exterior Precast To Start in April
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:37PM / Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Fireproofing work is ongoing on the second floor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are over 100 people on site at the building of the new Taconic High School and that is expected to ramp up even more over the coming months.   Construction on the $120.8 million building has been ongoing for a full year. The winter weather caused only minor delays and work will ramp up again when the temperature rises.   The number of workers is expected to double to 200 this year. The entire school is set to be completed by June 2018, and the current building will then be razed.   At this point, the side of the building closest to Valentine Road is still covered with wrapping but that is

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Cuts Crowne Plaza Bar Hours
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:36AM / Tuesday, March 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board opted to close the bars at the Crowne Plaza early for the next two weeks after an incident of overserving.    Both bars at the downtown hotel will need to have last call at 11:30 p.m. with the patrons being out by midnight. That is also extended to any events at the hotel. The sanction was imposed as punishment for an incident on Dec. 23 that led to the arrest of a reportedly intoxicated man.    According to a report submitted to the Licensing Board by Police Lt. Michael Grady, police arrested a severely drunk individual at the end of the event that night. According to the report, the 23-year-old man got into an argument

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Pittsfield Police Seeking Man Considered 'Armed and Dangerous'
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05:21PM / Monday, March 06, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking to arrest a 25-year-old man for assault following an incident early Saturday morning.   Police released few details of the incident but said they are looking for Garrett Vil, also known as Garrett Johnson and Jersey, regarding the incident. Vil is believed to be armed and dangerous and anyone with information about him is asked to immediately call 911 or the Police Department at 413-448-9700.   Vil is wanted on a number of charges and police say they have a warrant for his arrest. He is described as standing 5-feet-6 and weighing 200 pounds.

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Biz Briefs: March Is 'Massachusetts Maple Month'
02:26PM / Monday, March 06, 2017

How sweet it is: Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday declared March as "Massachusetts Maple Month" in an effort to support the commonwealth's many maple producers and encourage Massachusetts residents to purchase locally produced maple products. To kick off Maple Month, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux joined local and agricultural officials at Steve’s Sugar Shack in Westhampton for a ceremonial sugar maple tree tapping.

Massachusetts is home to approximately 300 maple syrup producers, including many who are open to the public throughout the sugaring season. Last year more than 77,000 gallons of maple syrup was produced and

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Berkshires Beat: Smoke Detectors Installed in Great Barrington Homes
01:08PM / Monday, March 06, 2017

Stay safe: The Great Barrington Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross to provide free smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to residents in February. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Great Barrington firefighters installed smoke and CO detectors in 18 houses throughout town as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from fires by 25 percent by 2020.

Additionally, as part of the campaign, members of the American Red Cross worked with the Great Barrington Fire Department to educate residents about fire safety while firefighters installed the smoke and CO detectors. Since launching the campaign in 2014,

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BRPC Providing Technical Assistance For 25 Berkshire Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, March 06, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a small town like New Marlborough, it can be financially difficult to bring in specialized expertise and attorneys for land use questions.   Now the town's Planning Board is hoping to craft a right-to-farm bylaw to protect its farmers. Through state funding, the town can now lean on the expertise of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. New Marlborough is one of 25 towns in the Berkshires to receive help with planning issues through the District Local Technical Assistance program.   "The DLTA funding has been imperative for us to move forward with any kind of up to date planning," said James Mullen, a New Marlborough Planning Board

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Youth Basketball Tournament Finals Held
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:39PM / Sunday, March 05, 2017
Housatonic’s boys and Dalton’s and Mount Greylock’s girls won Berkshire County seventh- and eighth-grade travel basketball titles on Sunday afternoon.   The Housy boys defeated the Boys and Girls Club Black team, 57-47, in the all-county title game at Mount Greylock Regional School behind 17 points from Ty Higgins.   At McCann Tech, the Greylock girls defeated Lenox, 32-30, thanks to a nine-point performance from Abby Hugger to win the South Division title.   In the North Division final, Maria Gamberoni scored 13 points to lead Dalton to a 43-27 win over the Boys & Girls Club.   In the final game of a busy weekend in North County, Housatonic’s

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