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'The Magnificent Seven': They Ride Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:48PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hombres and women folk hankerin' for a good old-fashioned horse opera with just a touch of newfangled sensibilities might want to mosey on over to a movie theater showing director Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven."

It's a rip-roaring homage to John Sturges' 1960 version, the one starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, which, you'll recall, was actually a cowboy variation on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954). The gist of the morality play about emancipation from tyranny remains entertainingly intact.

Point of disclosure: In my case, seeing the movie with Hesh, my friend since childhood, arguably added about half a popcorn

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Mount Greylock to Host McCann Football at Lanesborough Park
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

The park was named after 1997 Mount Greylock graduate William E.  Laston. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A scheduling quirk has led to a fitting tribute for a departed community member.   On Friday night, Mount Greylock Regional will host McCann Tech in a varsity football game at Bill Laston Memorial Park.   It is the first time the park, named for the 1997 Mount Greylock graduate, will be used to host a regular season football game and another opportunity to honor Laston's memory.   "When Mount Greylock comes down for scrimmages and things like that, they know who Bill is," said Mark Froio, who married Bill's mother, Joanne Taylor Laston Froio.

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Inauguration 2016
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Pittsfield Will Not Yet Ask Waterstone For Economic Impact Study
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:19AM / Thursday, September 29, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council opted against asking Waterstone Realty for an independent economic impact study on the proposed Walmart Supercenter at this time.   The council voted 6-4 against Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s request to have the developer pay for an independent consultant to analyze the economic the project to build a 190,000 square-foot store at the William Stanley Business Park.   However, some councilors said they'd like a study done, once a proposal is made and the once the scope of the study is clearer.   "When we are looking at the impacts of the downtown, it is not the interest of a few retailers who may not be here tomorrow but it

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Pittsfield Denies Permit For Medical Marijuana Facility In Former KFC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:43PM / Wednesday, September 28, 2016

George Haddad opposed the project saying it doesn't conform with the revitalization efforts ongoing in that area of East Street. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals denied a special permit for a medical marijuana dispensary at the former KFC because members felt it would be detrimental to the character of the neighborhood.   Happy Valley Compassion Center was looking to turn the former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant into a medical marijuana dispensary — provided it received all of the necessary approvals from state and local government.   But, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously rejected the company's application for a permit on the

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Lanesborough Settles Tax Appeal With Berkshire Mall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:24AM / Wednesday, September 28, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town has settled the tax appeal lawsuits with the former owners of the Berkshire Mall.   The former owners, Strategic Property Services, operating as Berkshire Mall LLC, had appealed its assessment for both fiscal years 2015 and 2016. When preparing for its recent sale to Kohan Retail Investment Group, the owners sought a settlement agreement with the town and the Baker Hill Road District on those assessments and a lawsuit.    Town Manager Paul Sieloff said a settlement was reached in which the town is rebating about $200,000 of taxes paid.   "It was to their benefit to settle before the closing went through. We are expecting the new

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Pittsfield Council Rejects Funds to Start Demolition of JB Paper Site
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:45AM / Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mayor Linda Tyer asked for a $25,000 increase in the building demolition budget in the wake of the JB Paper fire, which now poses a hazard. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council rejected a request Tuesday night to add funds to the property demolition budget line to start moving toward securing the JB Paper Co. building, which burned last month.   Mayor Linda Tyer put in a request to add $25,000 to the property demolition budget, a budget that the City Council had cut during the budget process by that much. The council reduced Tyer's budget request for $50,000 down to $25,000, which was the amount budgeted the previous year.   Tyer said the increase would go to

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Gilbane, City Settle On 'Guaranteed Maximum Price' For Taconic Construction
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:38AM / Wednesday, September 28, 2016

John Benzinger from Skanska presented the GMP on Monday. PITTSFIELD,Mass. — The city and Gilbane Building Co. have settled on a guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the new Taconic High School.    The price for construction only is $97,757,373, which is equal to the project established months ago by the state. Now that the bids for the construction are in, Gilbane and the School Building Needs Commission finalized that construction budget, outlining the cost of each item and subcontracts.    "Tonight was a reaffirmation that that was number. Almost two years ago, the [Massachusetts School Building Authority] said this is the number. The City

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Pittsfield Fire Now Carrying Narcan
Staff Reports,
04:53PM / Tuesday, September 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Fire Department is now equipped with Narcan.   The firefighters are being equipped with the overdose reversing drug through a Massachusetts Department of Public Health grant. All of the engine companies were issued nasal Nalozone - Narcan - on Tuesday morning.   The drug reverses potentially fatal opioid overdoses by displacing the drug from the receptors in the brain. The drug is said to have minimal side effects and is not dangerous if administered to someone who is not overdosing. But, it does have the potential to save a life in some instances.    From now on, if the department responds to a call in which a person has overdoses, the

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Considering New Processing Fees
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lenco President Leonard Light said he is the only one to blame for an issue between his company, the Fire Department, and the Licensing Board and he took action to correct the violations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board is looking to add on a processing fee for alcohol license holders who make changes mid-year.   The fees would be tacked on to such transactions like changing of hours or changing of managers that are done outside of the annual renewal. Or the board is looking to up all of the annual renewal fees.   According to Licensing Board member Dianne Pero, none of the fees have been changed in nine years so a group began to compare them with neighboring

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Commission Listens to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Margo Chevers, the Western Mass representative on the commission, said custodial grandparents had to get vocal to make change happen.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Margo Chevers remembers the night she was called to take in her two granddaughters, once almost 10 months, the other 23 months.

She wasn't prepared for the physical and emotional toll or the financial needs. It was, she said, a wake-up call.

"I dropped $50 just to get through the night," Chevers said of the supplies she had to get - diapers, food, pajamas. And there was the "mental calisthenics of how I'm going to get through the day."

Within two years she was facing a major health crisis, and saw

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Middle East Refugee Plan Outlined to Overflow Pittsfield Crowd
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:28PM / Monday, September 26, 2016

Deirdre Griffin said the project is a public-private partnership. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An overly packed library auditorium heard an overview of the organization looking to resettle 50 Syrian and Iraq refugees in the city's plans.

But representatives did not field questions much to the distaste of many who attended.

The meeting only lasted an hour with more than 400 people, in standing room only in back and on the sides and overflowing into the other rooms, with Jewish Family Services providing an overview of the program.   The plan will bring the 15 or so Arab-speaking families from the Middle East to Pittsfield and volunteers and the JFS will work closely with

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Berkshires Beat: Fall Foliage Week Has Arrived
01:16PM / Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Foliage Festival extravaganza: It's Fall Foliage week, and with that comes lots of news, notes - and pleas for help.

First, the pleas: The North Adams Chamber of Commerce is in need of six cyclists to help power its human powered vehicle for the Oct. 2 parade. Email Phil Sellers at phil@riverhillpottery.com. Remember, the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. from the Ocean City Job Lot parking lot. All of this week's events can be found online.

Now, some news: Before the parade, Greylock Federal’s Fall Classic 5K Road Race will begin at noon at the top of Main Street near the North Adams Public Library and travel west down Main, then south on (Route 8) State Street before

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