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Women Help Rehab Pittsfield Habitat For Humanity Home
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:45PM / Sunday, May 10, 2015
School Committee member Pamela Farron volunteered her time Saturday to help with the construction. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Vera St. John will soon move into a completely renovated new home thanks to some strong women.   In just a few months, St. John will be handed the keys to the Central Berkshire Habitat For Humanities 28th home. The six-bedroom home spanning more than 2,000 square feet is being partially renovated by women as part of the fourth annual Women Build.   "The goal is to educate and inspire women," said Nicole Eigbrett, an Americore Vista working with Habitat and organizer of the nine-day women build.   The national program is sponsored by

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Pittsfield Kicks Off Mayor's Fitness Challenge; Farmers Market Returns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:06PM / Saturday, May 09, 2015
Mayor Daniel Bianchi is encouraging residents to eat healthy foods. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright can get 600 of his residents to join the fitness challenge, with almost triple the population, Mayor Daniel Bianchi thinks he can get more.   Bianchi accepted Alcombright's challenge on who can get more people to sign up for a 10-week program to improve health.   Alcombright kicked North Adams effort off on Friday, hoping to eclipse last year's 600 figure. Bianchi launched his effort on Saturday.   "The little city of North Adams had 600 people and I told Dick [Alcombright] that I'm sure we can do better," Bianchi

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Lenox Passes Budget, Rejects Parking Changes
By Stephanie Salvini, iBerkshires Correspondent
08:46AM / Saturday, May 09, 2015
The vote on new parking regulation changes was close enough to require a hand count. It failed by five votes.

LENOX, Mass. — The annual town meeting, held Thursday night, covered routine financial details while also sparking debates over the public school appropriations budget and two proposed parking changes.

Out of 24 warrant articles, 22 saw a vote. Articles 24 and 25, dealing with a citizen-proposed town ban on single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam containers, were passed over in favor of giving the citizens more time for community input, and the Environmental Committee more time to mold the bylaw language specifically to Lenox.

Article 4 outlined town treasury appropriations

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PEDA, Pittsfield Reach Lease Agreement With Innovation Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Saturday, May 09, 2015
A rendering of what the Berkshire Innovation Center will look like from the south. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city, PEDA, and the Berkshire Innovation Center have come to terms on a land lease for the new facility at the William Stanley Business Park.   The City Council will be asked on Tuesday to approve a 20-year tax break for the non-profit and provide bridge financing to start construction as well as the lease.   The lease is twofold: the city's agreement with the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority for the parcel to build the new building and then, in 2018, the ownership of the building will be transferred to the non-profit Berkshire Innovation Center

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BRPC Plans Workshop On Local Permits For Gas Pipeline Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Friday, May 08, 2015
BRPC's executive committee was briefed about the upcoming workshop.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC won't be weighing in on the need for alternative projects when it comes to the proposed natural gas pipeline that will run through Massachusetts.

But the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will do what it can to make sure the towns are as prepared as they can be should it come through the Berkshires.

"We don't really have the necessary background to be able to offer anything more than an opinion," BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns said of taking a position on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project from Kinder Morgan that is eyed to cut through

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Downtown Pittsfield Highlights Successes, Looks to Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:44AM / Friday, May 08, 2015
President Kate McGuire said the organization is set to create a new strategic plan for the city's downtown. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Leaders of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. say the advocacy group has made tremendous accomplishments in the last year and has a full agenda for the next.   According to President Kate McGuire, the organization grew its membership from 167 to 204, far surpassing the goal of growing by 20 members a year. Meanwhile, 23 businesses opened in the city's downtown while 16 businesses closed.   The goals for the next year are to increase the business base while adding new members to the group and the crafting of a new strategic plan for

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The Independent Investor: Avian Flu Scrambles the Egg Business
By Bill Schmick,
10:49PM / Thursday, May 07, 2015

By now, most Americans are familiar with the avian flu but its impact on your pocketbook may not be as well known. Here is what we know so far.

Egg producers have been walloped. Nearly 6 percent of America's "layer" hens have been destroyed. That's a lot of chicken, given that last year there were 362 million of those birds in the U.S., which produced 100 billion eggs. What's that going to mean to supermarket shoppers?

Look for at least 15 cents increases in the cost per dozen eggs at the wholesale level, by the time they get to the retail consumer. We still do not know how bad the impact will be on turkey prices but we do know that, like eggs, the turkey population

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North Berkshire Advocates Rally for Mental Health Awareness
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:15PM / Thursday, May 07, 2015
Some two dozen community members and advocates stood in front of City Hall for a rally to raise awareness children's mental health needs.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Advocates for children with mental health issues are calling for greater awareness of the need for treatment and education.

"Parents need to be educated, teachers need to be educated with how to deal with children with mental health issues," Cathy Felix said, holding a sign up to honking cars outside City Hall. "If they don't understand it, they don't know what to do."

This week is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week and the Northern Berkshire Systems of Care Committee has been

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron': Had Me Showing My Age
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:36PM / Thursday, May 07, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Avengers II: bigger, noisier and not nearly as much fun as the first.

I soon found it wise not to check my watch while viewing director Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Hoping that a sizable chunk of time was bringing me nearer to film's end, I inevitably learned that scant milliseconds had passed between inquiries, which only added to the despair and boredom. Admittedly, there are a few good moments.

But then a true optimist could probably say the same about a stay on Devil's Island. So the short review is, unless you're a diehard fan or video games are your

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Downtown Pittsfield Names Award For Late Civic Leader Quattrochi
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Thursday, May 07, 2015
Downtown Pittsfield Inc. President Kate McGuire, honoree Peter Lafayette and Executive Director Kristine Hurley. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Robert Quattrochi spent 45 years working with Downtown Pittsfield Inc., more than a decade of that as president.   He ran Pete's Motors while being civic oriented and serving on numerous boards like Downtown Pittsfield, the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Berkshire Historical Society and a number of others. He also sat on the city's Licensing Board.   "It was impossible to own a business or be active in the community without meeting Bob Quattrochi," Downtown Pittsfield President Kate McGuire said on Thursday.   When

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Pittsfield Earmarks CDBG Funds For Projects In Low Income Areas
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:17AM / Thursday, May 07, 2015
Community Development & Housing Program Manager Bonnie Galant presented the plan to the City Council's Community and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday night. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's 2016 Community Development Block Grant funding is eyed to fund numerous projects for low- and moderate-income areas of the city.   Through the federal program, the city will receive a $1,139,628 allocation, which is $27,325 less than last year. The money, coupled with funds saved from previous years. The federal program is solely focused on the low- and moderate-income areas, in which three census tracts qualify in the heart of the city.    "We're

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Registration Open For Pittsfield YMCA's Tie Dye Dash
02:45PM / Wednesday, May 06, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Registration is open for the Pittsfield Family YMCA’s Tie Dye Dash: 5K Color Run fundraiser on Saturday, May 30.
 
The race is a 5K color run that begins and ends in Burbank Park. This race is not about being the fastest or being in the best shape; it is about encouraging healthy lifestyles. Dressed in a provided YMCA white T-shirt and sunglasses, racers will pass through five splash zones where colored cornstarch powder will be tossed at them. By the end of the 3.1 miles (5K), racers will be colored in a tie dyed array of creativity.

All proceeds support the Pittsfield Family YMCA’s Bright Futures's Summer Literacy Program.

Registraton

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