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Love Rekindled in Local Author's 'Save the Last Dance'
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
07:36AM / Sunday, August 07, 2016

The book is available at Water Street Books and through Amazon, which has a number of good reviews posted.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A reconnection between long-lost teen sweethearts has inspired a modern-day epistolary novel.

But rather than writing pages of snail-mail love letters, Adam Wolf and Sarah Ross in "Save the Last Dance" re-establish bonds through the swift and instantaneous communication of emails and texts.

Collaborators Eva Ungar Grudin and Eric Joseph used their own experiences as the jumping off point for this debut novel, which had a launch in June at Water Street Books.

"We went together up to 11th grade, and set a wedding date when we were

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Hinds Release Energy & Jobs Platform
04:29PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic candidate for state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has released his platform on energy and environmental priorities, with a plan to create jobs, save money for cities and towns, individuals, and businesses, and to establish the region as a leader in the green industry, while maintaining its identity as a leader on environmental issues.

Grow the Economy
To develop green energy industry here, I will work to ensure Western Massachusetts is a part of the growth in the green energy industry, which currently employs almost 100,000 people across the commonwealth. I will work to expand incentive programs that elevate local demand through MA Solar Loan and utilize

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New York Style Italian Eatery Opens in Downtown Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:41AM / Saturday, August 06, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Frank "Maurice" Savino loved the small Italian eateries, where the chef knew his name, what he liked, and always had something new on the menu.    When he moved to the Berkshires a decade ago, that intimate setting is something he missed. So last month, he opened up his own shop on North Street serving lunch, dinner, and to-go items all homemade that day and with a personal touch.   Brooklyn's Best intends to be exactly what the name the suggests — bringing the best Italian food from the New York City that Savino remembers as a child and that same vibe from those small

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Pittsfield Post 68's Regional Run Ends in No-Hitter
10:08PM / Friday, August 05, 2016
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Shrewsbury, Mass., southpaw Alexander Black pitched a no-hitter Friday to end Pittsfield Post 68's run at the American Legion Baseball Northeast Regional.   Black struck out three and walked three to earn the victory and keep his team alive in the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament.   Adam Twitchell went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead Shrewsbury's offense.   Abdiel Cotto-Hernandez drew a pair of walks for Post 68.   Patrick Colvin was the hard-luck loser for Pittsfield. He struck out two and allowed five hits.

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Crane Donates Jericho Woods Conservation Group
07:49PM / Friday, August 05, 2016

DALTON, Mass. — Crane & Co. has donated 126 acres of woodlands, known as Jericho Woods, to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

The Jericho Woods property spans the communities of Dalton and Hinsdale, and has been protected by Crane and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife under a Wildlife Conservation Easement. In 2015, Crane donated 685 acres of land, known as the Boulders, to the BNRC.

"Crane has a long, sustained legacy of leading in the area of environmental stewardship," said Stephen P. DeFalco, chief executive officer of Crane Currency. "The donation of the Jericho Woods property to the BNRC will ensure that this wonderful resource will

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Mount Greylock Student Leads Project for Lanesborough Holiday Tree
Community Submission,
05:40PM / Friday, August 05, 2016

Samantha Trybus hopes the 10-foot tree will grow into a symbol for the community to gather round.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Samantha Trybus had a vision.

The associate member of the Conservation Commission and Mount Greylock Regional School student believed that Lanesborough needed a symbol of unity in the town.

Trybus, in discussion with her parents and friends, found that while many other area towns have "holiday trees" that promote resident participation and goodwill gatherings, Lanesborough did not. She set off to change this.

She organized a fundraiser to purchase and plant a holiday tree. And with the help of fellow Commissioner Dean Maynard, of Maynard's

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Raymond James Affiliation Forms New Park Square Partnership
01:12PM / Friday, August 05, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield office of Raymond James has announced the affiliation of David A. Rice as a vice president of investments.

Rice joins Paul A. Fortini, vice president, investments, and branch manager in a newly formed partnership, Park Square Financial Advisors of Raymond James.

Rice is a CFP certificant, having completed a rigorous and comprehensive program that covers the financial planning process, tax planning, employee benefits and retirement planning, estate planning, investment management and insurance.
 
"The financial services industry is a challenging, complicated business. We felt our clients would be better served by combining the strengths

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Community Development Board in Favor of U-Haul at Pittsfield Plaza
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:07PM / Friday, August 05, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A proposed self-storage and U-Haul business on West Housatonic Street received a positive reception from the Community Development Board on Tuesday.   U-Haul is looking to open a storage and truck rental business in the former Pittsfield Plaza, which has been empty for years. Plans to develop such a business there began back in 2013 when the owners of the property petitioned the City Council to change zoning laws to allow such a use. The truck rental business is already approved by right but the self-storage component requires a special permit.   Jim Blair, marketing company president for U-Haul, said he estimates some 31 vehicle trips on weekdays,

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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 1 - Aug. 3
Staff Reports,
10:41AM / Friday, August 05, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 1.   Israel Delgado, 43, of Mellville, N.J. had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in cocaine.   He was released on $3,000 cash or $30,000 surety bail. The charge stems form an incident in Great Barrington on February 20, 1998 - he has been in default since then.   Cases Heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, August 3.   Ronald King, 56, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve 194 days of a one-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was also placed on one-year

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Lanesborough Likely to Leave Wired West With MBI, Charter Planning Expansion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, August 05, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are trusting Charter Communications to connect close to 100 percent of residents to broadband — essentially cutting ties with WiredWest.   The board voted during an emergency meeting Wednesday to forfeit future funding from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and to instead allow Charter to receive a grant to build out the high-speed internet system.   Charter recently purchased Time Warner Cable and is upgrading the existing service with high-definition cable television and high-speed internet. The upgraded cable system went live on Tuesday and the internet is going live next week.   The cable provider has apparently

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Paving Work on Francis, Hubbard Avenues in Pittsfield
04:19PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As part of the city’s Street Improvement Project, there will be paving work on Francis and Hubbard avenues on Friday, Aug. 5.

On Francis Avenue, paving will begin at 7 a.m. until noon from the West Street intersection (Eversource driveway) to College Drive/Government Drive. Traffic will be detoured; access will only be provided for those that live on the street.

For Hubbard Avenue, work will take place noon to 4 p.m. from East Street to the railroad bridge (south of Downing Parkway). There will be one lane of traffic open for southbound traffic only (northbound will be detoured to Merrill Road).

 

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Adams Agricultural Fair Returns for 42nd Year
04:08PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The 42nd annual Adams Agricultural Fair kicks off this weekend, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, at Bowe Field.

The festivities begin a night early, on Thursday evening, with a performance by J.P. Murphy Band with Patrick Gray playing under the pavilion from 7 to 9:30. Admission is $5 to hear the popular Celtic band that plays all styles of music for all ages to enjoy.

The fair kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with the Massachusetts Truck Pullers Association's open truck pull in the Demolition Derby area. Trucks can be entered at any time. The Pullers Association will also hold pulls on Saturday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9.

Maple Grove Equipment will run the Children's Pedal tractor

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