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Two Arrested In Armed Robbery Of Pittsfield Shop
Staff Reports,
01:54PM / Saturday, December 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two city residents were arrested for allegedly robbing Angelina's Sub Shop on West Housatonic Street while armed Friday evening.   Police say Jameial Beckett, 35, and Ivelisse Ruusukallio, 37, both of Pittsfield are facing charges of armed robbery while masked relating to the robbery. Beckett is being held on $7,500 bail while Ruusukallio is being held on $2,500. Both will be arraigned in district court Monday morning.   Police say at about 9:38 p.m. Friday night officers responded to Angelina's after an employee told dispatch that a black man wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and a mask had robbed the store with a gun.    About a half

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Lanesborough: 2018 Year in Review
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Saturday, December 29, 2018

State officials celebrate the dedication of the Miner Road bridge to Gregory Noonan. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The year was particularly marked by changes in leadership in Lanesborough.   The town welcomed a new town manager, school principal, moderator, School Committee member, and longtime staple Matt Reilly's Irish Pub was sold to new owners.   The town's first full-time town manager Paul Sieloff announced in March that he was going to retire. The town launched a search for a new manager and ultimately settled on interviewing eight people for the job.   Kelli Robbins was a clear favorite. She was the executive secretary in Holland and the Board of Selectmen

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Inauguration 2016
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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Nonprofit Center Names New Board Director
02:15PM / Friday, December 28, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has elected Erika Allison of 1Berkshire to its board of directors.

Allison is an engineer, educator and entrepreneur.  A recent transplant to the Berkshires, she is currently director of Member Services at 1Berkshire. Previously she was founding director of a STEM education nonprofit startup in New York City leading the launch of east coast operations and programming. She then moved to Maine to became project director for a five-year, $12M National Science Foundation research & implementation program to improve rural STEM education and STEM teacher preparation.

"Erika's entrepreneurial spirit,

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Berkshires Beat: 'CHEST' Program Elevates Environmental Services Team at Fairview Hospital
01:59PM / Friday, December 28, 2018
CHEST award

Fairview Hospital's new Environmental Services Team has achieved the American Hospital Association certification as Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technicians (CHEST). Previously known as the Housekeeping team, every member of the new Environment Services Department had to complete 24 hours of required classroom instruction. The CHEST Program content consisted of seven domains: Cleaning and Disinfection, Waste Handling, Floor Care, Linen Handling, Infection Prevention, Safety, and Communication. Fairview Hospital is the only rural hospital in Massachusetts that completed the staff development program.

"Doctors and nurses do their best to keep patients

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Berkshires Impacted By Sporadic 911 Outage
Staff Reports,
01:10PM / Friday, December 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 911 system has been sporadically out of commission statewide on Friday and affecting most of Berkshire County.   The Massachusetts State Police released a statement shortly before 7 a.m. encouraging residents to call their local public safety departments directly instead of using the emergency reporting system. The issue was affecting both cellular and landline service.   "A nationwide outage affecting CenturyLink, an internet communications company, is impacting wireless 911 call capability in various parts of the country," reads the statement from state police.   Shortly after 1:30, MSP released an update saying the issue had not been

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Baker Hill Road District Takes Mall to Court Over Back Taxes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, December 28, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Baker Hill Road District has taken a new tactic to secure back taxes from the Berkshire Mall.   On Dec. 7, the district filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings seeking $276,859 plus interest from the property. The request is for taxes owed to the district for the first two quarters of the fiscal year.   By filing a suit for breach of contract instead of the typically used tax lien, Baker Hill Road District's attorney Mark Siegars is hoping to receive a quicker judgment.   "You don't see a lot of towns do it," Siegars said of the action.   Siegars said the Baker Hill Road District

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 28-Jan. 3
07:51PM / Thursday, December 27, 2018

 

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

SAT A Rocking Mid-Holiday Show at The Lichtenstein

Rock On! presents A Rocking Mid-Holiday Show at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Performers include Cazmeris Polidoro,
Grace Ida Marks, Christine Bile, Robin O'Herin 
and Immune Friction. $3 at the door. FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI The Lucky 5 at Mission | SAT WordXWord: Circling the Wagons at Dottie's | SAT Lady Di & The Dukes at Rainbow | MON New

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Pittsfield: 2018 Year In Review
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, December 27, 2018

In the pouring rain, hundreds paid respect to Lt. Michael Winston, who died unexpectedly in January. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — I can't believe they did this for us.   That's what Superintendent Jason McCandless heard over and over again this fall as students moved into the brand-new $120.8 million Taconic High School.   It had been a project more than a decade in the making and under construction for the last two years.   "Together we've built a school that tells our young people to grow and think deeply and independently, to be confident and to believe in themselves as much as this community clearly believes in them. The city of Pittsfield and the

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Pittsfield Emergency Responders Look For Phone Cable Donations
Staff Reports,
06:25PM / Wednesday, December 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — First responders are collecting phone charging cords for those involved in a critical incident.   The Police joined with the Fire Department and Emergency Management in launching the "Crisis Cables" initiative. The project is designed so that if someone had to leave their home or be placed in a temporary shelter, cables are available.   "In late 2017, I was called in to assist with the Emergency Management operations for a large structure fire. Numerous residents had evacuated their homes and we were tasked with initiating sheltering operations for them. Nearly all of the residents had evacuated with their cellphones," Police Chief

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Financial Tips for Snowbirds ... Present and Future
11:51AM / Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Winter is here again – which may make you wish you were somewhere else. You might be thinking how pleasant it would be to become a snowbird and move to a warmer climate for the season. Of course, your stage of life will help determine if you are prepared to be a snowbird now or if you’re just hoping to be one in the future. But in either case, you'll need to be financially prepared.

So, let's look at what it would take to be a snowbird – tomorrow and today:

Snowbird tomorrow

The further ahead you plan, the more options you're likely to have when you embark on the snowbird life. If you're going to be retired, you'll need to review all your sources of

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Watercooler: Allium to Close After 12 Years in Great Barrington
01:46PM / Monday, December 24, 2018
Saying goodbye

After nearly 12 years in the Berkshires, Allium Restaurant + Bar will be closing its doors on Jan. 1.  Since May of 2007, Allium has presented casual-fine food in downtown Great Barrington. The management team recognizes the popular gathering place Allium has become and wanted to give as much notice as possible. Working with their staff members to find new jobs and taking time to properly say goodbye, is of great importance as they close this chapter.

"Regretfully, and after sincere thought and consideration, we’ve decided to set our sights on new goals," proprietor and founder Nancy Thomas said. "This journey would not have been possible without

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Greylock Federal Hires New Controller
01:00PM / Monday, December 24, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the hiring of Aman Kaushal as an assistant vice president and controller. Kaushal joins the finance group at 150 West Street in Pittsfield.

"Aman brings a great depth of knowledge and expertise in corporate accounting," said Greylock Senior Vice President/SFO Dianne Supranowicz. "He is a welcome addition to our team."

Kaushal is a licensed certified public accountant in the United States and Canada. He is a seasoned professional with experience in major public accounting firms and private industry including: distribution; utilities; manufacturing; and technology environments. Before moving to

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