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Pittsfield Kiwanis Club Member Named Lieutenant Governor for Division 17
12:48PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cheryl Tripp-Cleveland of the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield was elected lieutenant governor for Division 17 at the New England & Bermuda District Conventions 100th annual meeting.

Tripp-Cleveland was elected to the office in August at the convention and took office on Oct. 1.

Tripp-Cleveland is general manager at WBRK in Pittsfield. She has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield for seven years.

Besides lieutenant governor, she has held the office of president, secretary and co-chair of the Park of Honor.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 12-18
12:34PM / Friday, October 12, 2018
SATURDAY Pittsfield Berktoberfest on McKay Street  The Berktoberfest fundraising event is now in its 11th year! Enjoy tons of beer and food, local vendors, fun games and live music, all to benefit Ty Allan Jackson's Big Head Books and Read Or Else. 1-5 p.m. Early entry, at 12 p.m., can be had by purchasing a VIP ticket.

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

SAT Christian McBride & New Jawn at The Colonial The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival presents six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing,

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BCC Names Interim Director of Nursing
Staff Reports,
10:29AM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Christine Martin will take over as interim director. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC.   Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.    Martin is no stranger to the program. She has taught at the college since 1993 and has worked as a tenured Professor in the Practical Nursing Program as well as the Associate Degree Nursing Program, an Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty member, an instructor of the Bridge Course

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Girls Inc. Recognizes 'International Day Of The Girl'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:12PM / Thursday, October 11, 2018

Some of the signs featured rights listed in the Girls Inc. 'bill of rights.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sixth-graders Savannah Peterson-Holt and Yanet Asanke stood outside of Girls. Inc. on Thursday at rush hour with about 20 of their peers holding a handmade sign.   It was a sign honoring Girls Inc. of the Berkshires and one they had worked on for a few days together during the after-school program.   Beside them were other girls holding various signs -- some reading #Strong, others reading #Smart, and others more elaborate featuring one of the six rights listed on Girls Inc.'s "bill of rights."    Together they were sending a message to all

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'A Star is Born': Yet Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:21PM / Thursday, October 11, 2018
With four "A Star is Born" iterations in the books and probably many more to come — expect one every ensuing generation — the universality of the tale is a given. Until some bold director makes a woman the established star, and the up-and-comer a male, the formula remains the same. He's a major star flirting with the decadence that comes of success, with booze and/or substance abuse the tell-tale sign of his looming, downward spiral. She's the talented, innocent and grateful ingénue he discovers.   I remember how surprised I was in my youth when I found there was an earlier version of another, oft-remade movie of which I was particularly enamored. I

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Pittsfield Couple Dies In Early Morning Fire
By Andy McKeever,
09:42AM / Thursday, October 11, 2018

The home caught fire shortly before 4 a.m. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An elderly couple died in an early morning fire on Bryan Street Thursday.   Shortly before 4 a.m., an electrical cord short-circuited and set the home at 71 Bryan St. on fire. The three occupants — the couple and their daughter — woke up to heavy smoke on the first floor. The daughter, described as being in her early 30s, escaped the blaze and ran to a neighbors house to call for help.    "She woke up to smoke. She came down the stairs, saw her father, her father told her to get out of the house. She launched herself out of a window, just a short window off of the back

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Pittsfield Collects $800K in Back Taxes Ahead of Auction
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Thursday, October 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city recouped slightly more than $800,000 in back taxes ahead of Thursday's tax lien auction.   Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said the owners of nearly 500 properties with tax liens were sent notification of the upcoming auction and 156 owners came to City Hall to settle the debts.   Kerwood said the liens on 86 properties were paid in full resulting in an immediate revenue boost of about $575,000 and 70 other payment plans were set up — reeling about another $240,000 in back taxes. The exact figures were changing even as late as Wednesday afternoon with owners still making arrangments.    "There were in excess of

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Berkshire Works Rebrands as MassHire
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:09PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Secretary of Labor and Workforce  Development Rosalin Acosta said boards and centers throughout the state are being rebranded under the MassHire name and logo. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — We have jobs.   That's what numerous elected officials proclaimed Wednesday morning. There are thousands of jobs available.   But, at the same time, there are still thousands of people in the Berkshires looking for jobs.    "We have jobs, lots of jobs, nearly 1,500 every day. Jobs from travel and tourism to engineering to health care, executives and entry-level and every level of talent," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "We have jobs. The Berkshires are ready to

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How Can You Become a 'Sustainable' Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:19PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Your values are important to you – and so are your investments. But you don't have to keep these two parts of your life separate if you pursue sustainable investing.

If you haven't heard of this term, you might know it by other names: socially responsible investing, values-based investing and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Essentially, sustainable investing incorporates non-financial or indirect financial considerations, specifically environmental concerns (climate change, renewable energy, water scarcity), social concerns (human rights, product safety or liability) and governance issues (corporate behavior, executive compensation, lobbying and so on).

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Flu Shot: Get the Vaccine to Protect You And Those Around You
By Dr. Everett Lamm,
12:12PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

With flu season around the corner, your health care providers, employers, pharmacists and others are sounding the annual reminder: "Get your annual flu shot." We encourage this for you — and for the people around you, too. We see evidence every year of the benefits of the flu vaccine, and we also see the risks of skipping it.

The flu vaccine has dramatic impacts on public health. However, since strains of the flu may vary from year to year, the vaccine must be received annually. Although the vaccine doesn't guarantee a flu-free winter and perfect health, medical research has convincingly shown that the flu shot reduces flu severity and reduces sick visits,

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Pittsfield Firefighters Quickly Knock Out North Street Fire
Staff Reports,
11:20AM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The multi-family building is at the corner of North and Edgewood.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield firefighters were able to quickly knock down a fire that started in the back of 823 North St. on Wednesday morning.

Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said crews got the call at 9:11 that heavy smoke was showing at the back of the multi-family house on the corner of Edgewood Road, just north of Berkshire Medical Center. North Street near the hospital was closed temporarily as a result.

"Crews made an aggressive interior attack," said Czerwinski, who said firefighters found "a heavy amount of fire" in the back corner of the first floor but were quickly able to knock it

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Pittsfield Calls For Increased Monitoring, Communication Regarding Hill 78
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Increased levels of contamination in groundwater near the toxic waste sites near Allendale School have city councilors asking for increased scrutiny.   The City Council accepted a report on Tuesday that calls for another meeting with the state Departments of Environmental Protection and of Public Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the May test results around what is known as Hill 78 and Building 71. The sites are toxic landfills created as part of the General Electric cleanup.   In May, the groundwater test results in two wells were found to be above benchmarks, but not at an actionable level. The wells will be tested

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