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Pittsfield Considering Putting Ban On Recreational Marijuana To Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Friday, August 11, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will consider putting a referendum on the ballot to ban the sale of recreational marijuana.   Local attorney William Barry put forth a petition to ban marijuana retail shops. However, he wrote it before the state had passed a reworked version of the law that requires such a measure to go to a citywide vote in communities that passed the question on the statewide ballot.    "I didn't want to have pot shops at Allendale Center, Berkshire Crossings, on North Street where I work. But, the law is the law," Barry told the City Council, changing his request from instead of asking for the council to ban it to putting a ban to a

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Carrier Leads Team to Giorgi League Title
10:12PM / Thursday, August 10, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Lawrence Carrier scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday to lead

 

Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli to a 75-70 win over Yard Work By Dan in the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

  Carrier hit a pair of 3-pointers and shot 5-for-3 from the line on his way to earning the league's Most Valuable Player honor.   Dave Wellington backed him up with 20 points -- five on 3-pointers -- while Sedale Jones scored 16 to go with seven rebounds and a block.   Taverick "Tank" Roberson led Yard Work by Dan with 20 points and eight boards.   Shaq Ardray scored 18 points on six

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Pittsfield Police, Krispy Cone Provide Ice Cream To City's Youth
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:27PM / Thursday, August 10, 2017

Some of the local children got to try on the gear officers wear. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The blue lights started flashing, and a voice came over the cruiser's PA calling for backup.   And the three officers started laughing, as they stood outside of the vehicle. Because inside the vehicle, a group of city teens was having a good time.   In the back of the next cruiser in line, the police chief was showing another group of children a special set of handcuffs.   And all the while, sticky ice cream dripped down the hands of the more than 100 youth who came to the Common on Thursday.   The Police Department held its second annual Cones with a Cop program. Krispy

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Hinds Pushing For Criminal Justice Reform, Asks NAACP For Support
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, August 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds is looking to be at the forefront of pushing for criminal justice reform.   The freshman senator from Pittsfield hadn't been in office in the fall when dozens of bills began relating to reform piled into the Legislator nor was he appointed to the judiciary committee. But, he's trying to elbow his way in to advocate for major overhauls of the system.   "It has now been made abundantly clear from both sides of the Legislature that the fall is when we will take on criminal justice reform," Hinds told the local branch of the NAACP on Wednesday when he sought input so he was in "lockstep" with the

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Nurses File Second Unfair Labor Practices Against BMC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:21PM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at BMC have filed a second complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against hospital administrators.   The nurses are accusing Berkshire Medical Center leadership, particularly Vice President of Human Resources Arthur Milano, of denying them information they deem is needed to negotiate health insurance. The nurses asked for detailed financials surrounding the hospital's health insurance offer during negotiations.   Hospital officials, however, say the nurses are asking for information that has no bearing on the proposal. Milano says they've provided the information showing how the rates are set, including actual

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Tanglewood, Sevenars Showcase Great Music
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:41PM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tanglewood this week will be very rewarding and diverse, with spectacular musical riches across the centuries, representing the progressive continuum of styles: music that's both ancient and new, and everything in-between.

Tanglewood continues its classical programming into mid-August, featuring powerful symphonic works – all audience favorites - performed by the Boston Symphony. The "heavy hitters" are: Stravinsky (the primordial "Rite of Spring"), Beethoven's exultant/tragic Seventh Symphony, Brahms (the magisterial Double Concerto for violin and cello and the Violin Concerto, and Schubert's C Major Symphony No. 9 ("Great"), among

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As Eclipse Nears, Williams College Crew Prepares
10:57AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A crew from Williams College is at the center of the planning for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Want to see it for yourself? View details online.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff. is heading one of the largest organized scientific expeditions to study the sun, and the sun's effects on Earth, at the eclipse.

"This summer's total solar eclipse is a bonanza for finding out more about how the sun shines," said Pasachoff, who will take advantage of his experience in observing eclipses, and organizing eclipse expeditions, by taking dozens of students and colleagues with him to Salem, Ore., for the event on Monday, Aug.

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How Can You Leave the Legacy You Desire?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:35AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017

You may not see it in the greeting card section of your local drugstore, but August is "What Will Be Your Legacy Month." So it's a good time to think about the type of legacy you would like to leave.

Of course, "legacy" can mean many things. In the broadest sense, your legacy is how you will be remembered by your loved ones, friends and the communities to which you belong. On a practical level, establishing your legacy means providing your family and the charitable organizations you support with the resources you would like them to have.

And that means you may need to take the following actions: create your plans, communicate your wishes and review and update your

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Pittsfield Council Upset With Faded Street Lines & Crosswalks
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council is upset that just weeks before school starts, the city's crosswalks have not been repainted. And they probably won't be done this year.   Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell filed a petition asking for a schedule for line painting after noticing areas throughout the city where the paint has worn  away and the crosswalks are faded. His concern is that the city could be incurring liability should there be an accident or a pedestrian gets run down when trying to cross the road.   "Are we responsible as a city because we haven't properly labeled it?" Connell said. "In my six years as a city councilor, I have

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Pittsfield Suns Ousted from FCBL Playoffs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:50PM / Tuesday, August 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Nashua Silver Knights Tuesday rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to end the Pittsfield Suns’ season with a 5-2 decision in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.   Tom Blandini broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run off the right field fair pole, and Cam Cook and Anthony Meduri each doubled in a run to help Nashua score three off Pittsfield reliever Austin Wendt and advance out of the play-in game and into the best-of-three league semi-finals.   Pittsfield (26-28) fell behind, 2-0, after the third inning thanks to a pair of unearned runs allowed by starter Austin Pope.   But the Suns tied it in the bottom of the fifth when

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Pittsfield Board of Health Gets Update On Toter System Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Tuesday, August 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Board of Health Chairman Jay Green sees proposed changes to the city's trash collection system as a way to fight blight.   An internal working group has been working on the details of moving to an automated toter system for trash collection all summer. The plan is to provide city-issued totes — a 32-gallon one for trash and a 95-gallon one for recycling — to residents. Those totes will allow for Republic Services, the company that contracts with the city to collect the rubbish, the ability to use trucks with automated arms to do so.   Health Director Gina Armstrong sits on the internal working committee and told the Board of Health last

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Yard Work by Dan, Troiano & Sons Reach Giorgi League Final
10:15PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joe Wiggins scored 28 points, and Dave Wellington scored 23 Monday to lead their respective teams into the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball league.   Wiggins’ teammate, Taverick “Tank” Roberson, added 27 as their Yard Work by Dan squad jumped out to a 21-point half-time lead and held off a furious second-half comeback bid by defending champion Moonlight Diner before prevailing, 77-65, in Monday’s opener at the Armory.   In the nightcap, Wellington was backed up by 21 points from Lawrence Carrier and 20 from Sedale Jones in a 75-62 win for Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli against Central

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