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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Police Offering Child Safety Seat Inspections
Staff Reports,
02:11PM / Friday, May 20, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are offering to make sure child safety seats are properly installed.   In conjunction with the Safe Kids Coalition, police will be conduction a "child safety seat checkpoint" at Berkshire Crossings on Sunday. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. officers, who have been trained as child safety seat technicians, will be available for any one who wishes to have their child safety seats inspected for sizing, fit, and installation.   Further, a "select number" of seats will be available for distribution.   "It is recommended, though not necessary, that children from whom the seat is intended, and the seat owner's manual, be


Superior Court Briefs: May 16 - May 17
Staff Reports,
12:59PM / Friday, May 20, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, May 16.   Sharareh Cordero, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of phencyclidine, and reckless endangerment of a child.   She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on March 22, 2016.   Rashard Garnett, 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and drug violation in a park zone.   He was


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Pittsfield Friendly's Closed Until Further Notice After Fire
Staff Reports,
12:13PM / Friday, May 20, 2016

 Sign on the door tells patrons that the restaurant is closed. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Friendly's on Dalton Avenue is closed until further notice after a fire Friday morning.   Deputy Fire Chief Steven Peaslee reported that at about 7:13 a.m. Friday morning grease underneath a griddle had caught fire.   Three engines, a ladder truck, and a command vehicle responded to the blaze.   The damage is "estimated at $40,000" and the restaurant is expected to "return to full operations," Peaslee wrote in a report. No injuries were reported.   At noon on Friday, the doors were propped open and workers were on site. But, a sign hung on every

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Mark Eyes Leadership Roles In Fourth House Term
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Friday, May 20, 2016

State Rep. Paul Mark catches up with supporters at an annual gathering. Thursday's was held at Dewey's in Dalton. DALTON, Mass. — In this last term, state Rep. Paul Mark was appointed the vice chairman of both the House and Joint Rules Committees.   That position doesn't get a lot of hype or publicity. But whoever has that role is appointed to no other committee because the work is so vitally important. It determines how bills move through the legislative process.   "It is a behind-the-scenes committee," Mark said.   In the next term, Mark is hoping to build on that leadership position and is eyeing other influential roles on Beacon Hill.


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 20-26
10:58PM / Thursday, May 19, 2016




'The Meddler': Mommy Nosiest
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:34PM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

If you believe that contemporary movies are too full of gratuitous violence, non-stop action and inundating special effects, then you might call director-writer Lorene Scafaria's "The Meddler" the exception that proves the rule.

Starring Susan Sarandon as Marnie Minervini, the loving helicopter mom who just can't keep out of her thirty-something daughter's business, it is a sweet cupcake of a movie, drizzled with just enough sour strife to make it satisfyingly real. We all know these characters. Some of them are us, and happy to indulgently play out our anxieties.

Act 1, scene 1, Mrs. Minervini, an attractive, recently widowed woman in her 60s, has jettisoned her


Pittsfield Police Investigating Series Of Shootings
By Andy McKeever,
04:52PM / Thursday, May 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sections of Wahconah Street and Peck's Road were shut down for more than an hour Thursday afternoon in response to reports of gunfire.   Police arrested 34-year-old Patrick Coyne "after a brief pursuit" and charged him with carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and being armed career criminal. He is being held at the Pittsfield Police Department pending arraignment on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court. Police say additional charges may be forthcoming.    There were no injuries in Thursday's incident.   "Evidence of the shooting was located on


Hinds Tours Local Businesses, Stumps On Economic Development
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fire Cider owner Dana St. Pierre said his company is in the market for a commercial kitchen in Pittsfield but the available real estate is making it difficult. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seth Nash initially scoffed at the idea of paying a consultant to come in and look at his business operations to find more efficiencies.   The owner of Blue Q, which occupies most of a large warehouse on West Housatonic Street, was presented with the idea of hiring a lean consultant, a business process eyed to eliminate wasted time, space, and capacity.   He said no because of the cost. His wife, however, is a grant writer and — with his approval — submitted an application to the

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Pittsfield Board Weighs Historic Demolitions
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Correspondent
01:24AM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three more antiquated residential properties in the city will soon be demolished, along with a well-known business that thrived throughout most of the 20th century.

Having reviewed hundreds of such demolition requests on aging buildings over the past decade, the Historical Commission is ready to revise the ordinance language under which it performs its primary function.

Under new amendments to the city's demolition delay ordinance proposed by the commission, it would have sole jurisdiction in determining when to delay destruction of a historic building.

"The way this is written, outside of challenge in the courts, you would be the only local governmental


Williams College Honors Pittsfield Police Chief
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:53PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Regional Association of Berkshire County awarded alum and Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn with its first regional Purple with Purpose Award.

The presentation to Wynn, class of 1993, was made at the Williams College Faculty House. The award is given to nominated alumni who have made a substantial impact in their communities.

"Thank you very much," Wynn said upon receiving the award. "This is overwhelming."

Wynn noted that his affiliation with Williams has remained a steadfast importance in his life and to give back to the community that allowed him the opportunity, he has taken it upon himself to expose the college as


Pittsfield Police Respond to 3 Rollovers in Less Than 24 Hours
Staff Reports,
01:49PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There have been three rollovers in the city in less than 24 hours.   Police say the first rollover accident in the vicinity of 77 Second St. "appears to involve two vehicles, one parked and one being operated by a 29-year-old male from Pittsfield."   That was reported just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. Police said there does not appear to have been any serious injuries, that the accident is still under investigation, and "information is limited at this point."   An hour later, a second rollover occurred in the area of West Street and Eleanor Road.    "The operator of this vehicle fled the scene of the accident


Berkshire Tidbits: Farmers Markets Opening
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
01:33PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday dining, cooking demo, wine pairing series at Chez Nous Bistro, 150 Main St. in Lee, 413 243-6397, is ending its run until the end of October and it is going out with a bang!

This last evening, chef-owners Franck Tessier and Rachel Portnoy are taking their guests on a culinary journey to New Caledonia, a French outpost in the South Pacific.

Dinner will start with coconut-marinated fish as an appetizer followed by pork with caramel and spring rolls. Franck will demonstrate these courses and Rachel will make a Pavlova/crisp meringue cake filled with housemade lychee sorbet for dessert and will create the recipe sheets for diners to take home. And, as


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