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Total Access Computers Serves Adams' Tech Needs
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, December 02, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Dan and Andrew Maynard, owners of Total Access Computers, on 16 Hoosac St., want to be your friendly neighborhood tech experts.

The Maynards have one mission: to help people navigate the often-confusing waters of an ever-changing tech world.

"We like to help people, and we don't just fix your computer and send you on your way," Dan Maynard said. "We show you how to keep it clean and running properly because it is the right thing to do."

He started the business in the early 2000s in North Adams and it has been growing ever since.

"I put together a business plan, went in a with a few other people, started a little company and was doing sales

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Pittsfield Lights Christmas Tree
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:09PM / Friday, December 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's the holiday season.

On Friday, the city of Pittsfield kicked off the Christmas festivities by lighting up the 35-foot tree that stands in Park Square.   And then, riding on the back of a fire engine, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived to sit down and listen to what the good little boys and girls of the city want for Christmas.   "It is really a special occasion. This is really what hometown is all about, the coming together to celebrate kindness, giving, and generosity in the holiday season," Mayor Linda Tyer said.   The festivities started with the Taconic High School chorus singing carols. Patrick's Pub provided hot chocolate and

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Wynn Sworn in As Pittsfield's Chief of Police
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:07PM / Friday, December 01, 2017

Michael Wynn has served the role in a provisional manner for the last decade. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Dec. 1, 2007, an officer went into the chief's office to congratulate Michael Wynn on being promoted to "captain in charge."   That was the first day Wynn was on the job as the department's top administrator. The officer joked and said, "you only have to do this job for 17 more years."   But what Wynn didn't realize then was that he'd serve nearly two-thirds of that time waiting to be sworn in and pinned with four-stars.   On Dec. 1, 2017 — exactly 10 years later — Wynn finally raised his hand and repeated after

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The Independent Investor: The Bots Are Coming
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
One no longer needs to imagine a post-apocalyptic world where humans are hunted into extinction by intelligent robots. While a shooting war may not break out between the two sides before 2030, a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that as many as 375 million human workers will be replaced by automation.   Most readers are already aware that companies using high degrees of automation, such as Amazon, are decimating the brick and mortar method of selling products. Most analysts believe it is inevitable that this trend will extend to all kinds of products. Pharmaceuticals and food are just the most recent items to be transitioned over to the internet. While this will add

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Two New Members Join Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees
02:34PM / Friday, December 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lori Gazzillo and Mary Katherine Eade have joined the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees. Both were recently appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Gazzillo is the executive director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation, which provides strategic direction to the Berkshire Bank Foundation and subsidiary foundations, which total over $30 million in assets. She has also served as the vice president of marketing for Legacy Banks and as the director of public relations at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She also serves on the board of 1Berkshire and the Associated Grant Makers of Massachusetts.

Eade, now retired, previously worked as the sole practitioner in

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Rotary Announces 2017 Service Above Self Award Recipients
12:15PM / Friday, December 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rotary Club of Pittsfield President Jeff Hassett and Service Above Self Award Chairwoman Joan DiMartino presented seven local students with "Service Above Self" awards.

This award exemplifies student volunteer efforts and their selfless contributions to the service of others. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise which we both encourage and foster.

DiMartino and committee member Rob Proskin reviewed a number of outstanding nominations for students this year and selected the seven awardees for their service above and beyond in their community.

This year's awardees, all seniors at their

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Richmond Students Build 'Boo Boo Bags' For Children In The ER
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:45AM / Friday, December 01, 2017

The students delivered 200 boo boo bags to the hospital on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Richmond Consolidated School cares.   They care about every child in the emergency room, scared and nervous. They want those children to feel like everything is going to be OK.   On Friday, 13 seventh-graders from the school piled out of the school bus in front of Berkshire Medical Center with arms full of care packages for those children.   The "boo boo bags" are filled with coloring books, crayons, toys, finger puppets and a comic book based on teacher Dan Sadlowski's book "Finding Brooklyn." The nurses in the emergency room now have 200 of those

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 1-7
09:49AM / Friday, December 01, 2017
December 1 is First Fridays Artswalk & More! Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!   In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal

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Farley-Bouvier Celebrates Six Years as Pittsfield's Representative
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Friday, December 01, 2017

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier hugs supporters at Framework on Thursday night. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — About a decade ago, the city of Pittsfield became well aware of the impact that teenage pregnancy has on a community.   The city had reached a high in the number of births among teenage women and it brought on an array of challenges, from poverty to social issues to that child having trouble learning in school.   "We know in Pittsfield that we have had a very high rate of teenage pregnancies and we know what impact that has on the young person, on that child growing up, on the neighborhood, on the school system, and on the whole community," said state Rep.

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Taconic Construction: Progress Aided by Mild Fall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Friday, December 01, 2017

The gym ceiling is being painted. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A mild autumn has helped move along outside work at the new Taconic High School.   As December sets in, concrete is still being poured. The mild weather has allowed workers to put sidewalks all around the school.   A parking lot in the north and roads in and out have all received the first layer of blacktopping. If the weather hadn't been as mild, that outside work would have waited until the spring.   Inside, the building is already prepared for the winter. Construction managers had a schedule calling for the building to be buttoned up in November, and heating pumped in to keep the building warm for

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Wahconah Regional Earns MIAA Sportsmanship Award
05:42PM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School's student-athletes have been presented with the Sportsmanship Award for District G from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.   The award was made at the MIAA's annual Sportsmanship Summit, held this year on Nov. 17, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. It was presented in conjunction with Friendly's Restaurants, which partnered with the student sports association as its official "family restaurant."   Awards are presented to one school chosen by member school athletic directors in each of MIAA's eight athletic districts. Wahconah was also named to the Sportsmanship Honor Roll for 2016-17

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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': Signs of the Times
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
Director Martin McDonagh's compelling "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" features, among other things, misogyny, police brutality, racism, rape, child molestation, white supremacy, unrestricted gun possession, and anti-gay sentiments.    But no, it's not about Roy Moore's quest to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate. Rather, equally provocative and similarly chilling, the superbly acted film details a mother's rage over her daughter's unsolved murder to the backdrop of a small town rendered dysfunctional by the above-listed disgraces.   Frances McDormand, playing Mildred Hayes, the infuriated mom, is the beleaguered face of survival in

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