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Mental Health Month Marked in May
01:58PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — May is national Mental Health Month, and National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County is promoting awareness throughout the month.

The designation of May as Mental Health Month was started 69 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. This year, Mental Health Month is focused on the importance of balance in both mental and physical health, and how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, type two diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from

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BMC Receives Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award
01:47PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the second year in a row, Berkshire Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

The 2018 distinction places BMC among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This is the second time in less than a month that BMC's Patient Safety record has been

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This Mother's Day, Consider Financial Gifts for Your Adult Children
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:21AM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Mother's Day is almost here. If you;re a mother with grown children, you might receive flowers, candy, dinner invitations or some other type of pleasant recognition. However, you might find that you can get more enjoyment from the holiday by giving, rather than receiving.

The longest-lasting gifts may be financial ones – so here are a few moves to consider:

* Contribute to your child's IRA. If your children have earned income, they are eligible to contribute to an IRA, which offers tax benefits and an almost unlimited array of investment options. You can't contribute directly to another person's IRA, but you can write your child a check for that purpose. This could

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Pittsfield Airport Manager Sees Growth In The Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

A repaving project is underway at the airport now. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the 2008 recession hit, the airport saw a significant decrease in users.   Its revenues were down. The number of planes housed there was down. The planes flying in and out were down.   But a few years later, the state Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and the city launched a $22 million project to expand the main runway.   That project called or a massive amount of excavation and rebuilding to level out the grounds -- the airport sits on somewhat of a plateau from its surrounding areas.   The runway was extended by 1,400 feet and extended buffer zones were

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United Way, Berkshire Bank Surprise Teachers On National Teacher Appreciation Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:01PM / Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The teachers were surprised with the recognition.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Teachers at Crosby Elementary School were getting their classes through the MCAS tests on Tuesday. They still have lessons to teach. And then there was knock on each one of their doors.   It was either Gary Levante or Deanna Markham from Berkshire Bank or it was Jennifer Kerwood from the Berkshire United Way. The teachers didn't know it was coming, but the two organizations were thinking about them because Tuesday wasn't just another school day.   It was National Teacher Appreciation Day.   For each elementary school teacher at Crosby, one of those three handed over a box filled

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Small Local Businesses Team Up to Support 'Operation Copsicle'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Tuesday, May 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Donna Hanson has been following Officer Darren Derby on Facebook for a few years now. And she's been following the progress he has been making in his push to purchase an ice cream truck.   Friday morning, the owner of Balderdash Cellars was prepping for a wine tasting on Saturday and she heard Derby talking on the radio. And she knows every little bit helps.   "I just think it is pretty cool what he is doing for the area. I am a big proponent of it because I think if you can affect one kid, it is a good thing," Hanson said.   She and her husband, Christian, decided that for every bottle of wine they would sell on Saturday, they'd

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Fire In Four-Family Pittsfield Building Displaces 15 Residents
By Andy McKeever,
09:45PM / Monday, May 07, 2018

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire after about an hour. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fifteen people are displaced after a large fire destroyed a four-family Brown Street home.   Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said at 7:32 p.m. the department received a call of a working fire in the two and a half story, wood frame building at 48-50 Brown Street.    "They had a fire on the second floor in the back of the building which looks like it auto-extended into the attic area. Our guys could not find an access to the attic. The fire got a good hold inside the attic and was running from end to end. We had to finally wait for the fire to break through the roof itself in

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Berkshires Beat: BCC First in Massachusetts, Third in United States in Recycling Contest
02:16PM / Monday, May 07, 2018
Waste not

Berkshire Community College finished first in Massachusetts and third in the United States in the Diversion category of the 2018 RecycleMania competition with a recycling rate of 80.9 percent. RecycleMania is the nation's premier waste reduction and recycling competition among colleges and universities, managed by Keep America Beautiful. With a recycling rate of more than 94.8 percent, The College of Staten Island is the top school in the Diversion category, while the Rhode Island School of Design finished first in the Per Capita Classic category.

The year marked BCC's 10th year of participation in the annual RecycleMania competition. The college has improved its waste

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
12:58PM / Monday, May 07, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2018 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, Mount Greylock Regional School, North Adams Public Schools and Williamstown Elementary School.

Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

Adams-Cheshire will fund the implementation of Project Lead the Way at Hoosac Valley Middle School. PLTW will help teachers engage in student-centered instruction and improve student learning through increased engagement

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Biz Briefs: Haddad Subaru Donates $23,000 to Berkshire Humane Society
09:48AM / Monday, May 07, 2018
Sharing the love

Haddad Subaru presented the Berkshire Humane Society with a $23,000 check from their Share the Love campaign on May 3. The presentation was aired live on News 10 as part of meteorologist Steve Caporizzo's live broadcast from the shelter in Pittsfield. Subaru's Share the Love program allows dealerships to select a charity of their choice to receive $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased between Nov. 21 and Jan. 2. This year, Haddad Subaru selected Berkshire Humane Society as their local charity.

Additionally, Haddad's and BHS's sixth annual Subaru Car Raffle has kicked off, and tickets are now being sold at a variety of locations, including BHS and

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Attorney General Candidate Visits Pete's Gun Shop
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Monday, May 07, 2018

McMahon, recently endorsed by state Republicans, is running as a strong proponent of 2nd Amendment rights.  ADAMS, Mass. — One of the Republican candidates for state attorney general was back in the Berkshires on Saturday, stopping in at Pete's Gun Shop.    Jay McMahon, a Bourne attorney and former police officer, heard residents' concerns about crime, public safety and 2nd Amendment rights.   "This is the fifth time I have come out here because I know that they are not paying attention up here," he said. "I need Berkshire County ... and I have a heart for Berkshire County."   McMahon was recently endorsed at the Republic

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Pittsfield Fire Upgrades Boat, Trains For Potential Water Rescues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:02PM / Sunday, May 06, 2018

Crews took shifts throughout Wednesday testing out the new equipment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With 80-degree temperatures on Wednesday, many county residents were thinking about getting their boats onto the lake.   And the Fire Department is no different. Except, the department is thinking about rescuing people after boat crashes, or kayaks tipping, and people drowning.   The department has just upgraded its boat and for the next week, every member of the department will be out on the lake, learning the new equipment and getting prepared for the potential water rescues firefighters will have to make.   "This is one of those high risk, low-frequency events. They

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