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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Promotes Seven Fire, Police Officers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:50PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seven new public safety officers were sworn in on Tuesday to the "most noble professions" in a promotional celebration at City Hall

It was the first time such a public event had been held, at least as far as Police Chief Michael Wynn knew.

"When we picked the date we certainly didn't know our brothers in the fire service would have spent 14, 18 hours on a major incident overnight and still managed to get here," he said.

The Fire Department spent Monday night fighting a fire at an abandoned mill, a reminder of the dangers and responsibilities that come with being a first responder.

"It's not an easy task to join public safety,


State Rep Candidates Battle It Out In Pittsfield Gazette Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:08AM / Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Incumbent Tricia Farley-Bouvier said the position is not an entry-level job and her opponent doesn't have the background to take it on. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Bloomberg has been using a phrase "0-for-25" in describing incumbent Tricia Farley-Bouvier's legislative record.   That drew the most heated discussion Monday night during a debate between the challenger and Farley-Bouvier, both seeking the Democratic nomination as state representative for the 3rd District.    Bloomberg has attacked the two-term representative on her record and she responded Monday by outlining a number of bills she served leadership roles on.    "The


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

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

State Senate Candidate Canning-Wilson Opens Headquarters
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Republican state Senate candidate Christine Canning-Wilson celebrated the opening of her campaign headquarters at 437 North St. on Monday.

Canning-Wilson thanked all of her supporters during her opening celebration. She is the only sole Republican running for the seat being vacated by Democrat Benjamin B. Downing.

"I can't say enough about every one of you who have worn a T-shirt, hung a sign or who just have been there when I had a function," she said. "You are the salt of the earth and I will never forget this, win or lose."  

Tariq Pinkston, a former student of Canning-Wilson's at Taconic High School, introduced the


Pittsfield Warehouse Goes Up in Flames
By Andy McKeever & Tammy Daniels,
09:18PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Firefighters quickly went on the defensive trying to contain the fire.    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The large fire at the former J.B. Paper warehouse on Monday night may have been caused by squatters or intentionally lit.    Deputy Chief Daniel Garner said on Tuesday that there was no electrical running to the building and gas had been shut off. He said the cause was likely accidental arson or arson.   "We can rule out electrical. The electrical that serves this building has been shut off for years. Nobody has any right to be here other than the property owner and they were nowhere near this place. It is either accidental by a squatter or trespasser making


Biz Briefs: Berkshire East Opens New Children's Aerial Adventure Park
03:42PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Up in the trees: Berkshire East has expanded its outdoor adventures with the building of the Berkshire East Children's Aerial Adventure Park .

Seeing the need to provide an exciting and green recreational activity for younger children, Berkshire East hired Tree-Mendous Forest Adventure Parks, an industry leader, to design and build two separate parks for various ages and abilities.

For children 3 years of age and older, the Tree House Park features a maze of trails that are fully protected by netting. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents to share the joys of a forest adventure with their children and grandchildren. Trained guides will be present at all


Our Lady of Fatima Statue Stopping in Berkshires; Vigil Set at St. Elizabeth's
03:35PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima for an overnight vigil on Sept. 10-11.

The statue will be at churches within the Diocese of Springfield from Sept. 8 through Sept. 28 as part of a two-year tour.

The procession at St. Elizabeth's begins Saturday, Sept. 10, after the 4 p.m. Mass and the vigil continues through the night until the 8:30 Mass on Sunday morning, Sept. 11.

After Mass at 10:45 a.m. on that Sunday, around noontime, the statue will be carried by firefighters to the city's Veterans Memorial, where a bell will be run for each of the airplanes involved in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.


Berkshires Beat: Youth Works Summer Program Recognizes Teens
02:43PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Congrats: The 12th annual Youth Works Summer Program held its closing ceremony on Aug. 26 at Pittsfield City Hall with the city’s director of Administrative Services, Roberta McCulloch-Dews,  recognizing the achievements of youth workers who successfully completed a summer of employment throughout Berkshire County.

Event speakers included Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, current youth participants Raven Basinger, Garrett Haywood, Gabe Shultheis, and Youth Works alum Nolan Stout. They praised the 35 program graduates for their diligence and presented them with certificates.

Youth Works participants included: Zaniyah Adams; Trisann Alexander; Emma Borden; Tylor Bourne; Roy Brauski;


North Berkshire Goes Back to School
02:37PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

School bus routes will be added in and linked to as they are submitted. Lunch menus can be found here.

School opens Wednesday, Aug. 31
Bus Routes
BArT Charter School
School opens Monday, Aug. 22
Bus Routes North Adams Public Schools
School begins Friday, Sept. 2
Bus Routes McCann Technical
School begins Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes
Mount Greylock Regional
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes

Williamstown Elementary School
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes

Lanesborough Elementary School
School opens


Letter: Mike Bloomberg, An Active Voice for Pittsfield
Letters to the Editor,
01:05PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

To the Editor:

Those of us who understand the history of Pittsfield know that we're a far cry from our heyday. We're clawing back, but we need the help of our next state representative, Mike Bloomberg.

Tricia Farley-Bouvier has generally voted the way I would on most topics. I've spoken with her many times, she's a wonderful person, and I think she would be well suited as a state rep if the times were better ... But she has taken a passive role in Boston – others generate ideas, bring bills to a vote, and if somebody else in the state wrote something that benefits Pittsfield, Pittsfield benefits. Even the letters supporting her note the "quiet way” she has


Letter: Adam Hinds: Our Next Step Forward
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

To the Editor:

Rarely in this region do we find ourselves at such an important change in our regional leaders as we look to elect our next state senator. Challenges, successes, and dreams alike all speak to a need for strong, knowledgeable leadership and advocacy both locally and in Boston.

Locally we are faced with challenges impacting many places: decreasing population, needed infrastructure improvements, challenges with opioid addiction and abuse, and gaps in our economy that magnify socioeconomic difficulties and unemployment rates. These issues are ones that permeate the lives of everyone in the region. To tackle these issues, we need someone with a strong voice and significant,


End of Session Review: Paul Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, August 29, 2016

DALTON, Mass. — The state passed an economic development bill this session that Rep. Paul Mark says will benefit his district through bridge repairs and allocation for the MassWorks program.

The Peru Democrat said the bill includes $50 million set aside for bridge repairs, which is funding small towns previously didn't have access to. His district of 16 mostly hilltowns spreading throughout the most rural areas doesn't have the tax base to foot the bill for pricey bridge work.

"In some of my smaller, rural hilltowns, you have bridges under 20 feet and they aren't eligible for state or federal money normally. Now we set up a special fund," Mark said.



Harrington Receives Endorsement from Mass Nurses
02:11PM / Sunday, August 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small-business owner running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. The MNA represents 23,000 nurses across the commonwealth, including hundreds of nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and North Adams.

Harrington's campaign has been gaining momentum with the recent endorsements of the Berkshire Building & Construction Trades Council, Pittsfield Carpenters Local 108, the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists, SEIU Local 509 and SEIU Local 888, National Association of Social Workers, and the Mass Women's Political


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