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Lanesborough Police Investigating Crash That Killed New Ashford Woman
By Andy McKeever,
02:36PM / Wednesday, May 06, 2015

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Police are investigating a one-car accident that killed a 51-year-old New Ashford woman on Thursday night.

Sheryl A. Surprenant of State Road in New Ashford was driving northbound on Route 7 when her car crossed lanes and went off the road, crashing through the sign for the former Lamp Post Motel, on the southbound side, said police.

Officers responded at  9:22 p.m. to the report of a vehicle off the road near the motel on Route 7. The Chrysler had flipped and was lodged in trees and brush.

"The vehicle was on its roof and in the trees. She was pronounced dead on the scene," said Sgt. Gary Kirby on Wednesday. "It was a very difficult

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Y Announces New STEM Activities at Camp Sumner
01:04PM / Wednesday, May 06, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Family YMCA has new curriculum in its Camp Sumner program: STEM activities. Also, registrations are open with scholarship applications due by June 1. Camp Sumner’s weekly sessions are from June 29-Aug. 28.

The Y’s Camp Sumner develops the necessary building blocks for youth development by providing a safe, creative learning environment for young people to feel empowered, build self-esteem, explore personal interests, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories.

Held at Berkshire Community College, Camp Sumner is available for children ages 5 years to ninth grade, with those entering seventh through ninth

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Pittsfield Students Honored In Berkshire Jazz Art Contest
Staff Reports,
12:30PM / Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Honorable mention Leanne Hamilton with Mayor Daniel Bianchi, and Berkshire Jazz President Edward Bride. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three high school students were honored by the mayor on Tuesday for winning the annual Berkshire Jazz art contest.   Taylor Turner, a senior at Pittsfield High School, Max Whalen, a PHS freshman, and Anita Curtin, a junior at St. Joseph's High School, were chosen as the winners. The work of one of those three winners will be the symbol of the annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival in October.   The winners were chosen by judges Diane Firtell, Scott Taylor, and Julio Granda, who chose a winner for each of three genres — representational

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Still Pushing For Fence On East Street Median
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:08PM / Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Police Chief Michael Wynn updates the Police Advisory Committee on police station plans and a multi-state drug operations investigation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After testing out the effectiveness of a fence in the median of East Street to curb high school jaywalkers, the city is looking to move forward with a permanent solution.   Police Advisory Committee member Donald Bercury has been heading the issue to alleviate problems of Pittsfield High School students who don't use the crosswalks outside the school during lunch and before and after school.   The use of a fence in the median was the first solution to come out of a meeting between the PAC, city officials, and

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Pittsfield Subcommittee Supports Bringing Order to Council Open Mic Period
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2015
City Council President Melissa Mazzeo proposed adding state language into the City Council's rules that makes it clear that the president has the right to have a disruptive person removed. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a series of disruptions during the open microphone period of City Council's meetings, the council's ordinance and rules subcommittee is embracing language in state law making it clear that the council president is in charge.   On Monday, the subcommittee unanimously approved adding "No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the chair, and all persons shall, at the request of the chair, be silent. No person

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Parking Changes Spur Heated Discussion in Lenox
By Stephanie Salvini, iBerkshires Correspondent
12:37AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen voted on changes to parking times on Wednesday night, after hearing heated arguments from local citizens and merchants.

Throughout the downtown district, effective June 15, three-hour parking will be available between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

As discussion of the issue during public forum opened, an eager George Jordan was the first to speak out against the proposed changes.

"I guess I don't see the need," he said. "Seems to me, the only real business is between 9 and 6. I don't think this is going to bring more people in, and my information is that turnover is the key to business."

Doris

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Pittsfield DCF Workers Call For Additional Staffing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:48PM / Monday, May 04, 2015
Some of the workers from the local DCF office held an informational picket for more staffing to lower caseloads. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jennifer Lathers is tasked with the well-being of 44 children in the county.   The social worker with the Department of Children and Families is assigned to 24 cases spanning the entire county and she believes it is too much.    "One caseload can be anywhere from one child to six children. You have to see all of them. You have to work with all of the systems. You have to make sure the home is safe and there is no substance abuse or domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse," she said.   "We have to make sure

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Downing Seeking Talented Local Artists to Showcase in Boston, Pittsfield
02:09PM / Monday, May 04, 2015

BOSTON – State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is seeking local artists to participate in art shows in Boston and downtown Pittsfield.

Downing, along with his Senate colleagues with office space on the 4 East wing of the State House, have secured the approval of the Office of the Senate President to decorate their fourth floor hallway walls with creative works by artists who live in their districts.

Thousands of visitors come to the Massachusetts State House each week. The building, which is both the seat of state government and a historic attraction, is known as “the People’s House” and is open to the public Monday through Friday. Free tours are given

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Girls Inc. of the Berkshires Announces Scholarship Winners
12:41PM / Monday, May 04, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, home of Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, will honor its scholarship recipients at the annual Ruth P. Boraski Celebration Evening to be held at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, May 7.

The organization also will be honoring Ellen Kennedy, president of Berkshire Community College, with the She Knows Where She's Going Award. Presented annually since 1990, the award recognizes strong, smart and bold Berkshire County women leaders who exemplify the vision and values of Girls Inc.

This year, the Brigham Center is awarding $10,000 in scholarships, which represents the greatest amount of scholarship funds to be awarded in the

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BVB Launches 'Tourism Matters' Social Media Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:39AM / Saturday, May 02, 2015
The Berkshire Visitors Bureau is urging Berkshire residents to participate in a social media 'Tourism Matters' campaign on Monday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Visitors Bureau President Lauri Klefos' whole career starting with her first job as a waitress has been based on the tourism industry. 

That's why tourism matters to her and now she wants to know why it is important to everybody else.

On Tuesday, the BVB is launching a campaign to help spread the message about the important of tourism. It is asking residents to change their Facebook and other social media profile pictures to a "tourism matters" logo from the website and write a personal reason

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 1-7
01:15PM / Friday, May 01, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of

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Superior Court Briefs: April 27 - April 30
Staff Reports,
10:40AM / Friday, May 01, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, April 27.   Jason Fuller, 38, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, three counts of larceny over $250, two counts of larceny from a building, two counts of breaking into a depository, and single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, illegal possession of a firearm, receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicle, and common and notorious thief.   He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on all of the charges except the weapon charge. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of

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