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Mass Delegation Calls on Pruitt to Uphold Rest of the River Plan
Staff Reports,
01:16PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The region's congressional delegation is pushing Environment Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to uphold the EPA's 2016 order that contaminated material in the Housatonic River be "shipped off-site to existing licensed facilities for disposal."   U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal have sent a letter to Pruitt calling on him to ensure General Electric lives up to its commitments in the $613 million "Rest of the River" cleanup.    Keeping the contaminated soil and sediment in the county would save GE roughly $250 million.    GE, once a powerhouse in Pittsfield,

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Snowfall Predictions: Weekend Watch
11:18AM / Friday, February 09, 2018

If you haven't had enough snow this past week, guess what? We might get a few more inches this weekend.

The National Weather Service says there is a chance of light snow Friday afternoon into the evening, and then again in the early-morning hours of Saturday and possibly continuing after daybreak. The total amount in northern Berkshire County could be upwards of 3 inches.

Temperatures should be seasonably mild, with daytime highs reaching into the 40s.

The Weather Channel and WTEN also predict a 50 percent chance of snow Friday afternoon and into Saturday as well, with a total of 1 to 3 inches.

 

Light snow this afternoon into tonight, but moderate over the southern

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IS183 Art School Names Executive Director
10:29PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — IS183 Art School's Board of Directors has named Lucie Castaldo permanent executive director after four months serving in the interim position.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have an internal candidate of such high quality with such an extensive history serving the organization," said Andy Foster, chairman of the board. "Lucie cares so much about our programs, teachers and students and this engagement is infectious. She brings both continuity and – as we can already see a few months in – a raft of new ideas and approaches that will strengthen our service to the Berkshires. With a strong team in place surrounding her, IS183 is

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Greylock Employee Promoted to Vice President
10:19PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the promotion of JamieEllen Moncecchi to the position of vice president/administration. 

In this role, Moncecchi will lead organizational initiatives focused on improving efficiency and strengthening culture, act as liaison with Greylock’s board of directors and be responsible for planning credit union activities and events. She will also be providing direction for the credit union’s community support initiatives and investments. 

Previously, Moncecchi’s title was assistant vice president/Administration.

“JamieEllen is one of our longest-serving and most trusted employees,” said

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Barrington Stage Company Announces 2018 Associate Artists
10:13PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has announced the 2018 associate artists: director Joe Calarco, costume designer Jennifer Caprio, music director Vadim Feichtner and actress Elizabeth Stanley.

“It is my honor to welcome these outstanding new Associate Artists,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “Each one has made a significant contribution to the work we do at Barrington Stage. We could not have accomplished all that we have without their enthusiastic support and expertise.”

Formed in 2010, the Associate Artists program’s honorees include choreographer Joshua Bergasse, music director Darren R. Cohen, actor Mark H. Dold, actress Gretchen

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BCC Adds Two to Board of Trustees
10:05PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carlo Zaffanella and Julia Bowen have joined the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees. Both were appointed last year by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Zaffanella is the vice president/general manager of Maritime & Strategic Systems business at General Dynamics Mission Systems, one of the largest employers in Berkshire County. He also serves on the board of Soldier On and the Naval Submarine League.

Bowen has worked as the founder and executive director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Mass. Her work in the community includes being the founding board chair for Lever, Inc., and a member of the board of Northern Berkshire United

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 9-15
10:01PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018

 

Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival begins on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15   The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival takes place Thursday, Feb. 15 - Sunday, Feb. 25 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more. There is something for the entire family, from Barrington Stage's 10x10 New Play Festival and opera at The Whitney, to 10 Days of Play at the Berkshire Museum and a fireworks extravaganza at the Pittsfield Common.    Click here for the full schedule! Artists from Berkshire County and beyond are invited to

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BMC Nurses Schedule Second Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center plan to go on strike for the second time.   The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association voted to hold a one-day strike on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Some 800 nurses have been in difficult contract negotiations with the hospital for about a year and a half after the last agreement expired in September 2016.   In October, the nurses held a one-day strike, which the hospital followed with a four-day lockout. For that week in October, the nurses held rallies and picketed outside the medical center's campuses. The nurses have been primarily focused on raising staffing levels, saying there are far too

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Hinds Secures $29.7M for Local Projects in State Capital Bill
Staff Reports,
06:36PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
BOSTON — State Senator Adam G. Hinds, D- Pittsfield, has been able to place $1.2 million toward design and engineering for a new North Adams public safety building, $4 million toward a Pittsfield Police station, and $500,000 toward a new roof on Clarksburg School.    The funds were secured in the $29.7 million in capital spending authorizations for local projects in S. 2279, "An Act providing for capital facility repair and improvements for the Commonwealth," a bond bill engrossed by the state Senate.   "Securing these spending authorizations is critical for timely and much needed capital investments in our local schools, housing stock, public safety

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Pittsfield Finance Director: Grant Has Curbed Firefighter Overtime
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:36AM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The hiring of eight new firefighters through a SAFER grant is helping curb overtime.   For years, the overtime budgets for both the Police Department and the Fire Department have been underfunded, leaving a deficit that needs to be made up at the close of each fiscal year. This year, however, the city won the federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant to bring on eight new firefighters and with that, overtime has dropped dramatically.   Last week, Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said $217,931 of the $700,000 appropriation had been spent so far. That is equal to 31 percent at the halfway point in the fiscal year. At about the

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Be a Smarter Curling Viewer and, Better Yet, Try It Yourself
Community Submission,
03:18AM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
  Since Pete Fenson and the U.S. men's bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, things have not gone well for USA curling at the Olympics. In 2010, both the men's team. and the women's team. finished last during the preliminary round. In 2014, the United States won only three of their eighteen combined ga.m.es with the men finishing ninth and the women tenth after the round-robin tournament   The United States should be moving up in 2018, but how much better and do any U.S. teams stand a chance to medal?   The 2018 Winter Olympics will begin with the new Olympic event of mixed doubles curling. Matt Hamilton and Rebecca Hamilton will represent the United States.

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BRTA On Verge of Work Stoppage
Staff Reports,
05:44PM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is on the verge of a work stoppage.   Drivers for Paratransit Management of the Berkshires have reportedly voted down the best and final offer during contract negotiations as well as called for a strike. The workers are represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 404.   The BRTA, which oversees Paratransit, was informed of the vote but has yet to receive written notification regarding the details of the strike, according to BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati.   "At this time, BRTA has not received the written notification from the union regarding the strike. There remain many questions that

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