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Pittsfield To Update Body Art Regs To Include Microblading
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Friday, January 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health is revisiting its body art regulations as the trend of microblading has recently arrived in the city.   Health Director Gina Armstrong said the department recently received two inquiries from people looking to open a microblading practice. Armstrong said the practice is covered by the tattoo regulations but that there is room in the regulations for further definitions and a requirement of experience.   "What we need to look at is establishing a minimum experience for someone to operate solely," Armstrong said.   The technique is similar to tattooing in the most basic way. The practitioner uses needles to puncture the

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State Police Investigating 2 Separate Head-on Collisions
09:07PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019

Route 20 was closed for more than three hours after a head-on collision seriously injured three people.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Two separate head-on crashes occurred on Thursday evening that required the transportation of at least one person by medical helicopter.    The first occurred around 5 p.m. on Lebanon Road (Route 20) near the Overlook parking area in Hancock. Three people were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries. Traffic on Route 20 was detoured until the road was reopened shortly before 9 p.m.    The second accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Route 7 in New Ashford, near the Springs inn. Route 7 is closed in both directions from Mallery

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Inauguration 2016
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Baker Upbeat, Stresses Bipartisanship in 2nd Inaugural Speech
06:19PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second inaugural address from the House Chamber on Thursday, stressing the benefits of bipartisanship and the initiatives he'll be pushing in the coming months.    Baker, who easily won a second four-year term in November, welcomed the new and returning legislative members who were sworn in on Wednesday to the ongoing work on behalf of the state.   "I'm quite sure you've heard about the good work that goes on here, as well as those areas in which we fall short," he said. "We all strive to build a commonwealth of hope, opportunity and possibility. ...    "And in this era of snapchats,

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WTBR Returns to The Airwaves
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:34PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019

Executive Director Shawn Serre said a lot of people were involved in the project. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It seemed like everywhere Bill Sturgeon went in the last six months he'd get the same question:   "When is WTBR coming back?"    The Brave FM had gone silent in June as the old Taconic High School, which was the radio station's home, began to be torn down.   Pittsfield Community Television had reached a contract with the city schools to take over management and operations of the station and had been building a new studio, relocating the tower, transporting and setting up the equipment, and following through on all of the licenses and

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for January
02:45PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Blandford and Lenox for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Blandford Town Hall, located at 1 Russell Stage Road Legacy Room of the Lenox Library, located at 18 Main St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment about state government

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Becket Couple Welcome Berkshire County's New Year Baby
05:07PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Abigail Grace Lennon is the first baby born in Berkshire County in 2019.    The daughter of Katelyn and Mike Lennon of Becket arrived on New Year's Day at 11:40 a.m. at the Family Birthplace at Fairview Hospital.   Weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, she is 20 inches long and was delivered by midwife Lisa Chism-Fraine.  

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Harrington Takes Over District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Harrington is joined on stage during the ceremony by her husband, Timothy Walsh, and their two sons Francis and Ennis. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington believes that "hope is not blind optimism" but rather a choice.   The new district attorney was inaugurated Wednesday morning and said she can envision a county free of sexual and gender-based violence, free of gun violence, free of addiction, and a place where people of all colors and genders can feel safe and protected.    But she cautioned, "nobody else is going to do it for us."   After being sworn in by retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina, Harrington told a

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Year-end: Put This Year's Investment Performance in Perspective
12:32PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019

How can you assess your investment portfolio's performance in 2018? The year was full of wild swings in the financial markets, so your own results may well have bounced around quite a bit, too. But you can still get a clear picture of how you did if you keep your investments' returns in the proper perspective – by making sure your expectations are relevant, realistic and reviewed.

Let's look at how these terms can apply to a meaningful evaluation of your investment progress:

Relevant: Many investors compare their portfolio returns to a popular market index, such as the S&P 500. But this comparison is not really valid for a variety of reasons. For one thing, indexes

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Investment Firm Moves Into Former White Horse Inn
Staff Reports,
12:28AM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Balance Rock Investment Group has found a new home in the former White Horse Inn.   The firm is celebrating its 20th year. It was established by David Milligan in 1998 as Colt Investment Services, and purchased the South Street location earlier this year. The firm specializes in retirement income strategies.   In 2011, the investment group opened new offices on Elm Street and the client base has continued to grow. Now, it needed a larger location and found the White Horse Inn at 378 South Street in the spring of 2018. After a renovation to the structure, the staff moved there in late July.   "This is an exciting time for Balance Rock Investment

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Wintry Mix Bids 2018 Farewell; Wind Welcomes 2019
01:52PM / Monday, December 31, 2018

It looks like 2019 is coming in like a lion.

OK, not a huge, roaring lion. More like a baby lion, only not as cute. Unless you think ringing in the new year with a wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice is cute. To each their own.

The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the region from 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. Mixed precipitation is expected, with a total snow and sleet accumulation of up to 2 inches and ice accumulation of up to one-tenth of an inch expected, particularly in North Berkshire and higher elevations.

Roads could be slippery as New Year's parties wind down tonight, so use caution when driving - and as always, make sure

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2018 in Review: Pittsfield Baseball, Softball Programs Dominate Spring, Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
07:46AM / Sunday, December 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield's baseball roots go back to the 18th century.   In 2018, the Shire City was a power in baseball and softball.   At the youth and high school levels, Pittsfield showed diamond dominance that easily was the story of the year in local sports.   For the second year in a row, the Taconic baseball team won a Western Mass Championship and returned to the state finals. This time around, in the D3 final, Taconic came up a little short but considering all the seniors who graduated from the state title team the year before, it made for a two-year run of which few schools can boast.   Meanwhile, the Pittsfield High softball team made its own

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Tyer To Deliver Her Third State of The City Address
Staff Reports,
03:42PM / Saturday, December 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer's "state of the city" address will be held on Monday, Jan. 7.   The annual mayoral address will start at 5:30 p.m. at Taconic High School. It is free and open to the public.    It will be Tyer's third state of the city. The first year she spoke at the Colonial Theatre and last year at  Zion Lutheran Church.   Each address has tended to last about an hour and has highlighted successes from the year before and introduces new initiatives in the works for the upcoming year.    Following the presentation, there will be refreshments and tours of the new high school.

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