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Pittsfield Approves Incentive For St. Mary's Church Development
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:09PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Plans for the convent building. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council can't wait for the renovation of the St. Mary's complex.

The council opted against fleshing out a tax increment exemption at the subcommittee level and approved it as presented Tuesday night to help move the project along. The agreement would exempt developers CT Management from paying on any increased value caused by the renovation of the four structures into 29 market-rate housing units for four years.

"I think because we as a community asked these buildings be preserved and be respected, and now we have a proposal that will do that, we got what we wanted, what we asked for and what we dreamed

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MCLA Announces New Performing Arts Programs
02:31PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces the addition of five new programs to its Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as two concentrations, in design and studio art, and three minors in dance, design, and music production, recently were added.

"The design concentration prepares students for traditional graphic design careers, web design, animation, concept, as well as character development for films, graphic novels or video games. It’s also great for illustrators and public relations professionals, and for self-promotion," said Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art. "We imagine that students who are choosing the

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Inauguration 2016
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Du Bois 150th Festival Begins on Jan. 15 in Great Barrington
12:26PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town of Great Barrington, birthplace of W.E.B. Du Bois, begins the Du Bois 150th Festival during the Martin Luther King holiday week of Jan. 15.

The celebration of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois's birth will culminate on his birthday, Feb. 23, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in downtown Great Barrington with distinguished guests Dr. Reiland Rabaka, Ossie Davis, Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and other celebrants.

"We are very excited about the Du Bois 150th Festival that will begin with a series of events on January 15, including lectures, readings, concerts, exhibits, performances and guided walking tours, hosted by the town and its

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How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:50AM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don't forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

Here are a few "healthy living" suggestions that may also apply to your investment portfolio:

Build endurance: Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of a long life, a vigorous investment strategy can help you work toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable

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Tired of Trash Talk, Council Returns Toters to Tyer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a year and a half and a dozen or so meetings, the mayor's trash proposal is basically back where it started.   The City Council returned the proposal to overhaul the garbage collection system back to Mayor Linda Tyer, asking for a revised plan. The proposal was crafted through the Resource Recovery Commission, which first met back in September 2016, but after three lengthy meetings at the City Council in recent months the councilors felt it was too flawed to be saved.   "I'm not convinced the toter system is right for Pittsfield," Council Vice President John Krol said.   Krol has been particularly concerned with the upfront

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Lanesborough Considering Hiring EMTs to Work in Highway Dept.
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54PM / Tuesday, January 09, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Manager Paul Sieloff is suggesting the town hire EMTs to work in the highway department.   The hope is that the town will then have two emergency medical technicians available during the days to answer calls for service. When they are not answering the calls, they will work on projects with the Highway Department. That would help curb a problem with the ambulance service's struggles to have volunteers available.   "We could really eliminate a lot of the problem. I don't want to wait for a crisis to happen," Sieloff said.   The ambulance service has been struggling in recent years. The company is keeping up with the

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Letter: Please Shovel Your Sidewalks
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Tuesday, January 09, 2018

To the Editor:

I have lived in quite a few towns throughout New England, and of all, Pittsfield has the worst sidewalks during the winter.

I often see people pushing babies in strollers, disabled people with rascals and wheelchairs, as well as child and adult pedestrians, walking in the street because many sidewalks aren't cleared. I, myself, broke my tailbone, slipping on an icy sidewalk that wasn't salted or sanded a few years ago!

Other towns I've lived in fine landlords, business owners, and home owners for not keeping town sidewalks surrounding their buildings clear of snow and ice. The whole sidewalk too, not just a path the width of a shovel. I'm surprised there

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Tyer Highlights Successes in Second State of the City Address
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:40PM / Monday, January 08, 2018

The mayor teased a few of her incoming initiatives during the speech. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer wants you to believe.   "Believe that city government is a community partner, a business partner, a good neighbor, and a champion for all our hopes and dreams. One of us cannot succeed without the other," the mayor said as she concluded Monday night's state of the city address.    "Believe that Pittsfield is the heart of the Berkshires and a loved and honored daughter of the Commonwealth. Believe that our destiny awaits us but only if we keep moving forward with innovation, creativity, and confidence."   Tyer delivered her second

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Berkshire Lacrosse Club Offers Youth Instructional Program
05:34PM / Monday, January 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Lacrosse Club is hosting a four-day instructional program at The Infield (10 Lyman St.) starting Feb. 3.   The program will focus on skill development, the rules of lacrosse, and organized game play. All equipment will be provided.   The dates are Feb. 3 and 10 and March 3 and 10.   The program will run in two sessions. Grades 3 to 5 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and grades 6-8 from 4:15 to 5 p.m.   The cost is $35 through Jan. 21 and $45 after Jan. 21.   Register at www.berkshirelacrosse.com   For information, contact Jeff Murray at jrmurray11@yahoo.com.

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Talks Continue Between BMC, Nurses; 2nd Strike Authorization Vote Set
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:35PM / Monday, January 08, 2018

  Nurse Leilani McCardle-Hover gives Pittsfield Co-op staff the petition, asking that it be passed along to bank president J. Jay Anderson. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center will be voting again to give the bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike.   Berkshire Medical Center management and the hospital's Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter have been at an impasse in negotiations for a year and a half.   In October, a one-day strike was held, followed by a four-day lockout by BMC when the two sides couldn't reach a settlement.    Since then there have been three negotiation sessions

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Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Free for Berkshire County Residents Through Jan. 19
01:11PM / Monday, January 08, 2018
Free for all

Mass MoCA is opening the doors to its 250,000 square feet of galleries free to all Berkshire County residents (that's everyone who can show proof of residing within a zip code beginning with "012") through Jan. 19. The museum hopes to welcome as many friends and neighbors as possible with its second Free Berkshire County program — the first since its critically hailed and award-winning expansion doubled the space for the museum's visual arts exhibits last May with long-term installations that include James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Gunnar Schonbeck and Robert Rauschenberg.
 
Since Mass MoCA’s inception, various

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Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Report Addresses Sharing of Services
11:50AM / Monday, January 08, 2018
Share and share alike

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has released the results of a report titled "Sharing Nonprofit Services in Berkshire County." Authored by Erin Sullivan, who works for a Berkshire nonprofit and initiated the research as part of a requirement for a master's degree in public administration, the four-page summary details findings on which nonprofits are willing to participate in shared services, what levels of shared services are of interest or seem most beneficial, the plusses and barriers to sharing services, and the need for more structure and support for these endeavors.

Sullivan collected both quantitative and qualitative data in the forms of an

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