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Boino, UMass Home Thursday in NCAA Tourney
iBerkshires.com Sports,
03:37AM / Thursday, November 16, 2017
Kevin Boino and the University of Massachusetts men’s soccer team completed a rare Atlantic 10 double last weekend and will look to extend their season on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship.   The Minutemen defeated Virginia Commonwealth to win the A10 tournament, becoming the first team to win the regular season outright and the conference tournament in the league since 1991.   Thursday at 1 p.m., UMass will host Colgate in a rematch from the teams’ Sept. 16 meeting in Amherst. Boino had a shot on goal in that 2-1 UMass win.   On the season, Boino has a goal and an assist in 19 starts for the Minutemen (15-3-3).   He is not the

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Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:34AM / Wednesday, November 15, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park.   The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the 16.5-acre site known as the teens.   However, Walmart has since backed out of the project and Waterstone is now proceeding with confidence that another one of its retail clients will become the anchor.   An article written detailing the plans prior to Walmart's announcement it would not be participating can be found here.   "We are proceeding with the project. We are moving forward as

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Developers Submit Plans For Pittsfield 'Walmart' Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45PM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Walmart is looking to build on the largest parcel in the William Stanley Business Park. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Waterstone Retail has filed its request for a special permit to build a 196,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park.   The developers signed a letter of intent to purchase the 16.5-acre parcel known as the "teens" at the intersection of Tyler Street Extension and Woodlawn Avenue in June 2016 with an agreement with Walmart to build the store.   However, after Waterstone submitted the petition, Walmart released a statement saying it no longer plans to relocate its store.   The company had been reducing the

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Changes To Curbside Trash Pick Up On City Council Agenda
Staff Reports,
11:00AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council.   Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use trucks with automated arms.    "The modernization of our solid waste and recycling collection program is long overdue and our proposal mirrors other programs that have been highly successful throughout Massachusetts. Most notably, the cities of Chicopee and Agawam have recently made similar modifications to their collection programs and have

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Lanesborough Restaurant, Neighbor Take Dispute to Selectmen
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are hoping for a peaceful resolution to an ugly dispute between a local business and its residential neighbor.   The Selectmen have fielded complaints from Stephen Ciepiela regarding Matt Reilly's. Ciepiela lives next door and says the restaurant is blaring music until late at night. He says he can hear it clearly inside his home at 11 p.m. with the windows closed.   "The music is ridiculous. You literally have to close every window in my house and crank the TV," Ciepiela told the Board of Selectmen in October.   Helen Reilly, however, says the music ends at 8 p.m. and the deck is closed by 9 p.m. She believes

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Pittsfield Man Pleads Not Guilty To 2016 Murder
Staff Reports,
05:12PM / Monday, November 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder.   James Cromartie, 31, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on the single count of murder. Judge John Agostini ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Cromartie is accused of shooting and killing James Dominguez III on January 23, 2016. Dominguez was found dead in the early hours in the parking lot next to Lach's Lounge on Fenn Street.    Police had responded to the area at 1:30 in the morning to find Dominguez had been shot in the head. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and was pronounced

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Biz Briefs: Greylock Donates $100,000 to Elder Services for Elder Nutrition Program
02:53PM / Monday, November 13, 2017
Staying healthy

Greylock Federal Credit Union has pledged to donate $100,000 over five years to Elder Services of Berkshire County. The gift is to support the Elder Nutrition Program, which provides meals through both Meals on Wheels and their 15 congregate meal sites located at Councils on Aging throughout the county.

ESBC's Elder Nutrition Program reaches some of the most vulnerable seniors in Berkshire County. According to a report from Elder Services, the typical person who receives a visit from a Meals on Wheels driver is between the ages of 75 and 90, female, widowed, and living alone on a fixed income. Each visit provides not only a hot nutritious meal, but also vital social

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Berkshires Beat: Home Instead Kicks Off 'Be A Santa To A Senior' Program
01:31PM / Monday, November 13, 2017
Holiday cheer

The local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Berkshire County is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Providing gifts and companionship at a time when seniors may need it most, the program is made possible through the generous support of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.

Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from Nov. 10 to Dec. 29. Those trees will be decorated with paper ornaments

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Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Monday, November 13, 2017

Skiing has always been part of the Berkshire's winter season but ski areas are now improving their winter sports options and becoming year-round attractions.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development.    1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark Art Institute or Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and

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Pittsfield Celebrates Veterans Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:07PM / Saturday, November 11, 2017

Larry Caprari presented a plaque to Veteran of the Year Joseph Mack. More photos from the parade and the ceremony can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With temperatures in the teens Saturday morning, the city of Pittsfield honored veterans of all wars with a parade and ceremony.   At 10 a.m. marchers and vehicles left City Hall and proceeded down North Street, onto South Street, and concluded at the Veterans Memorial on South Street.   "From the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan from Bastone to Baghdad, from Pork Chop Hill to the Persian Gulf, our veterans have borne the cost of these wars and continue to stand watch over America's

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 6 - Nov. 9
Staff Reports,
03:38PM / Friday, November 10, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 6.   Denzel LaFayette, 20, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of rape and abuse of a child, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of posing a child in a state of nudity, disseminating visual material of a child in a state of nudity, disseminating matter harmful to a minor, and possession of child pornography.    He was released on $250 cash or $2,500 surety bail. The charges stem from incidents involving a 16-year-old girl in Pittsfield and North Adams between October 21, 2015 and March 30, 2017.   Anthony Robertson, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 10-16
10:47AM / Friday, November 10, 2017
SATURDAY Annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony The City of Pittsfield's Annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. For those participating, lineup will take place from 9-9:45 a.m. on Fenn, Pearl and Allen streets and will depart from City Hall at 10 a.m. The group will proceed to the Pittsfield Veterans' Memorial Park on South Street for the ceremony. Following the ceremony, a light reception for veterans and their family members will be held at the Pittsfield VA Outpatient

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