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Health Connector Launches Insurance Enrollment Drive in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:11PM / Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Health Connector officials are urging citizens to explore their health insurance options during this enrollment season.

Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. With expected rises in health insurance premiums under the federal Affordable Care Act, it behooves people to look over their plans and update their accounts.

The word from the Health Connector is it's the time to shop for the best plan.

"A lot of time people think there's not an affordable option because they read the press like that, but there actually are very affordable options," Vicki Coates, the state Health Connector's chief operating officer, said. "It's

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Mexican Restaurant Planned For Former Baba Louie's Pittsfield Location
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Licensing Board granted the liquor license on Monday.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new Mexican restaurant is looking to open in the former Baba Louie's location on Depot street in the next month or so.   Jose Luis Verde is looking to open Tito's, a new chain restaurant with establishments in Ohio and Tennessee. Verde received approval for the liquor license on Monday and as soon as the OK is given by the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, the restaurant is ready to open.   "We have Mexican food, we try to make it a nice atmosphere," Verde told the Licensing Board.   Verde signed a lease with property owners Whaling Properties

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Senate Candidates Handle Slew of Questions During Debate At BCC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Most of the questions at Monday's state Senate debate were on the ballot questions, with each of the two candidates taking slightly different views on them.

Republican Christine Canning-Wilson and Democrat Adam Hinds are both seeking election to the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing. The two faced off at a debate Monday night sponsored by the Pittsfield Gazette and Berkshire Community College and moderator Dan Dillon said while the ballot questions are going to voters, the candidate's answers do reflect where they stand on hot topics in the state.

He started off with the question of expanding charter schools. The ballot question would

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Connell, Farley-Bouvier Trade Barbs in State Rep. Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:18PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Connell wants people to think of the "three Ps" when it comes to his campaign for state representative: "performance, priorities, and Pittsfield."

But, incumbent Tricia Farley-Bouvier added one more: part time.

The two are seeking the 3rd Berkshire House of Representatives seat and at a debate Monday night put on by the Pittsfield Gazette and Berkshire Community College, the two didn't pull punches during the nearly hour discussion.

Connell closed with shots at Farley-Bouvier's record and she fired back saying Connell lacked an understanding of the how system works, and would only be serving part time if he sticks with

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Biz Briefs: Mentors Needed for Financial Literacy Workshop
01:41PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Mentors needed: Miss Hall's School is seeking area professional women to volunteer as mentors for the 17th annual Money Matters financial literacy workshops to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 17, at the school's Holmes Road campus. Eighth-grade girls from across Berkshire County will attend the program, which provides them with a foundation of financial understanding. This year's program will be facilitated by Dr. Mahnaz Mahdavi, professor of economics at Smith College and faculty director at the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (CIEC) at Smith College.

Volunteer mentors are asked to commit to one of the program's two days, which run

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State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips
12:06PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween.

More children are injured by cars than fire on Halloween, so it’s important for children to learn and practice pedestrian safety and for drivers to use extra caution. Drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.

Other tips for Halloween costumes, decorations and trick-or-treating:

· Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.

· Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.

· Keep decorations like cornstalks away from heat sources and

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Berkshires Beat: NBCC Looking for 'Neighborlies' Nominations
11:13AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Feeling neighborly: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) will host the Fall Neighborlies celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois St. Due to limited parking at the Synagogue, overflow parking will be available at the Stop and Shop on Route 2 (the side closest to Williamstown).

Twice a year, nbCC's Northern Berkshire Neighbors welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. Anyone may nominate individuals or groups in one or more of the following categories: neighborly acts, young

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12th Annual FODfest Set for Saturday
10:34AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Daniel Pearl

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Sheffield-based nonprofit Music in Common will present its flagship concert event, FODfest (Friends of Danny Festival), at Dewey Hall, located at 91 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 29.

FODfest celebrates the life of Daniel Pearl — the slain Wall Street Journal reporter who began his career at the North Adams Transcript and The Berkshire Eagle. The concert will feature more than a dozen local musicians in a unique format that is part jam session, part song-swap and part concert.

The concert begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to all. Also included in the evening is a screening of the new documentary short about Music in Common,

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CYC Basketball Program Continues With YMCA Administration
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:10PM / Saturday, October 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Family YMCA has taken over the administration of the Catholic Youth Center, keeping the programs operating the same as they always had.

  In July, the CYC and the YMCA reached an agreement in which the YMCA will handle the business end of the programming from program registration to managing the finances. The YMCA has put the CYC staff on its payroll to continue the youth sports programming the center has offered for years.   "Program-wise, it is the same people running it as last year," YMCA Executive Director Randy Kinnas said.   Since July, the two groups have run a flag football program as well as a volleyball season.

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Adams Harvest Fest This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The Harvest Fest will come to Bowe Field for the first time this Saturday.   Organizer Annmarie Belmonte said the idea for the event was to give people something to do this fall.   "Basically is there is not much to do around here, and, I hosted Hi-Jinx that went off without a hitch, so I thought I would try something else," Belmonte said.   The "Rising of the Corn" event is starting small at four hours, with hopes to grow next year.   The fest at the Adams Agricultural fairgrounds is being sponsored by Izzy's Diner and Pizza and Bounti-Fare. There is a $2 admission fee for adults at the gate, children are free; it runs

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'The Accountant': Adds Up Smartly
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

"Why would I want to see Ben Affleck do taxes?"

Thus inquired a friend's wife when he asked if she'd like to see "The Accountant," director Gavin O'Connor's action-packed crime drama starring Affleck in the title role. To which I reply, "exactly." The snazzy, left-handed glorification of the iconically dull profession, often seen as a refuge for the creatively challenged, is here entertainingly perched on its ear and pumped for all of its anomalous surprise, shock and glee.

This is an often captivating, physical and mental road trip through some rather intricate loopholes that'll have you wondering if Humpty can ever be put together at

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Pittsfield Police on Hunt for Mysterious 'G' Vandal
Staff Reports,
03:37PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Who or what is "G?"

An initial? A symbol for the number 7? An agent of the Men in Black? No one knows, but the random letter tag has been popping up around the city.

Police say the majority of the vandalism has not been directly reported, but the appearance of this graffiti on road signs, utility boxes, and both public and private buildings, has been noted by patrolling officers and members of the public for more than a month now.  

The investigation to date has not shown the graffiti to be associated with any known national or local gangs, and no one has provided video surveillance to the department.

The tagging appears to be random and

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