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Superior Court Briefs: April 25 - April 28
Staff Reports,
11:44AM / Friday, April 29, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, April 25.   Roscoe Adams, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery on a disabled person, caretaker abuse on a disabled person, and misleading a police officer or other person.   He was released on personal recognizance. Adams is accused of assaulting a student and then giving false statements to court officials while employed by Eagleton School. The assault allegedly occurred on June 10, 2013.    Debra Davis, 41, of Great Barrington had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of intimidation of a witness.   She was released on personal


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 29-May 5
10:50AM / Friday, April 29, 2016
April 29 - May 5, 2016 FRI-SAT Prince Tribute Nights at HON & The Whit   Celebrate The Purple One all weekend long with a Purple Reign Tribute Dance Party at Hotel on North on Friday night. DJ BFG will spin all your favorites from 9 p.m.-Midnight. No


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Financial Advisers Deliver Dreary News to Pittsfield Officials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Friday, April 29, 2016

Kerwood said the city needs to take a variety of actions to solve its financial crisis.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council and the School Committee on Thursday were shown just how bad a shape the city's finances are in.   "There is no doubt that we have some legitimate challenges with our financial condition. I think tonight's presentation was meant to be an honest look at what those challenges are and set the framework for the need for all of us to work together in a variety of ways to address this issue," Mayor Linda Tyer said.   "There is no one single, simple solution. While people want to see reductions in budgets, and that's one


Pittsfield Police Make Arrest In Stabbing Investigation
Staff Reports,
05:33PM / Thursday, April 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested a 22-year-old man Wednesday for a stabbing on Linden Street earlier in the week.   Selvin Orlando Gonzalez-Castillo is being charged with a single count of armed assault with intent to murder in relation to the incident. Police say on Gonzalez-Castillo stabbed a 29-year-old man on April 23.   Police responded to 108 Linden Street at about 7:24 p.m. Sunday night and found the Hispanic man "seriously injured during an altercation." Responders performed CPR on the stabbing victim, who was then transported to Berkshire Medical Center. There he received emergency surgery and is expected to survive.   Detectives began the


'A Hologram for the King': Angst of a Salesman
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:31PM / Thursday, April 28, 2016

Director Tom Tykwer's "A Hologram for the King," about a down-on-his-luck American businessman seeking to rectify his life through one big deal in Saudi Arabia, is the sort of film you enjoy while you're watching it, think about a little, and dismiss. The fleeting, two-pronged appeal comes thanks to the everyman charm Tom Hanks imbues in his Alan Clay, a desperate former corporate bigwig, and the inscrutable sociology he runs into whilst attempting to sell the Arab king a holographic teleconferencing program.  

We like Alan, especially after learning that his fall from Big Biz was a result of just one unfortunate decision during the Great Recession that he's


'BOOM' Looks to Connect Local Musicians
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, April 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Calling all Berkshire musicians: BOOM has arrived.

The Berkshires may be brimming with musicians, but for whatever reason, few venture far from their favorite open mic or music venue — leaving a sometimes stagnant local music scene.

"The issue with the Berkshires is it is just a spread-out area ... and there is no central place to go," BOOM co-founder Sandy McKnight said. "A lot of people are not aware of what is going on past Pittsfield if they are from South County and vice versa if they are from North County ... we want to change that mentality."

So the Berkshire Organization for Original Music was born to help connect musicians with

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Lanesborough EMTs Forgoing Stipends to Save Ambulance Service
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Thursday, April 28, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Emergency medical technicians will go without their small stipend to help keep the town's ambulance service alive.   The move cuts out some $22,000 from the enterprise budget and is being coupled with increased fees. The hope is to keep the squad afloat for the next year while officials look to find ways to keep it running. The service has struggled in the last year because of some $30,000 in unpaid bills owed to the ambulance and its inability to respond to calls.   "Something drastic has to happen," Fire Chief Charlie Durfee said on Monday.   The town's EMTs are passing up the $20 per call to help the funding situation. Durfee

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Berkshire Medical Center Gets OK to Expand Addiction Treatment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:32PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is taking the first steps in providing local comprehensive after-care for patients struggling with addiction.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has approved the proposal by BMC to create a new 30-bed unit to improve long-term recovery. The Clinical Stabilization Services center will be created on the first floor of the Edward A. Jones Memorial Building, which also contains the the McGee Recovery Center.

The 21-bed McGee unit provides short term — less than a week — of 24/7 supervised detoxification. But the closest longer-term support centers are in Springfield and Holyoke.

"McGee is a medically monitored


MPO Short On Ready Projects to Spend $2.5 Million
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:50PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The MPO isn't quite sure how to use up $2.5 million for road projects.   The money was planned to be used for a renovation of the intersections near Berkshire Medical Center. However, the state Department of Transportation and city officials say there is no chance the design will be ready in time for 2017. That delays the project to at least 2018 and leaves $2.5 million left to be programmed.   "We don't have 25 percent, we don't have the public hearing. It is a complicated project with right of ways," Mark Moore, of MassDOT District 1, said.    He said he has little confidence that the consultants the city is using to


Berkshire County Arc to Host 22nd Annual Golf Classic
01:21PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire County Arc will hold its 22nd annual Golf Tournament at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on Thursday, May 26.

All proceeds from the event will support individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and autism, as well as individuals with other disabilities ages 16 and above through Berkshire County Arc's Adult Family Care Program.

There are two tee times – one at 7:30 a.m. and one at 12:30 p.m. – and the fee to play is $140 per player, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, green fees, cart and a gift. The format is four-person, captain and crew; individual and two- and three-person teams are welcome. There will


Girls Inc. to Honor Ruth Blodgett at 26th Boraski Celebration Evening
01:03PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, the core program of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, will present the 2016 “She Knows Where She Is Going” award to Ruth Blodgett at the Girls Inc. Annual Ruth P. Boraski Celebration Evening to be held at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, May 5.
Blodgett is the senior vice president of planning and development, and interim vice president of physician services at Berkshire Health Systems. She is responsible for long-range planning, marketing strategies, development and grant management as well as community health and partnership development on behalf of BHS. She is also currently running BHS’s employed


Soldier On Creating Veterans Housing With Citzens Bank Support
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12:55PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The former police academy has been vacant since 2005.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Citizens Bank's Community Development Lending Group is providing $10 million in construction financing to Soldier On Inc. for the adaptive reuse of a former policy academy in Agawam into a 51-unit affordable housing development for military veterans.

Soldier On is a nonprofit that provides social services and transitional and permanent housing for veterans. It created its first veterans "village" in Pittsfield in 2010.

The Citizens loan will be used to help turn the former Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy at 702 South Westfield St. into the new Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans


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