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House Passes $45 Million For Broadband & Massive Capital Bond Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Friday, November 17, 2017

Money to replace the Columbus Avenue Garage has again been added to a state bond bill. The Senate still has to pass it and then it will be up to the administration when, or if at all, to release the funds to move forward. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Legislature has allocated $45 million more toward connecting all corners of the state to high-speed internet. And the House of Representatives has put local capital projects in the queue for funding.   Working until 10 on Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed two capital bond bills. One includes $45 million to finish what is known as the "last mile" in connecting Western Massachusetts to the

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Pittsfield Places Annual Christmas Tree in Park Square
Staff Reports,
11:05AM / Thursday, November 16, 2017

The spruce was donated to the city by Teena Guenther and Paul Askew. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Christmas tree has arrived.   City workers, with help from L.P. Adams, installed the 35-foot donated tree Thursday morning.   Weighing just about one ton, the tree was donated by Broadway Street residents Teena Guenther and her husband, Paul Askew.    Jim Sullivan owned the home prior and said he had planted the tree 30 years ago.   "I planted that tree around 30 years ago, my daughter brought a blue spruce twig home from school (Capeless Elementary) and I stuck it in the ground in the front yard," Sullivan wrote on iBerkshires' Facebook

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Lanesborough to Join Mosquito Control Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Thursday, November 16, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A mosquito control program will start in the spring following an affirmative vote at Tuesday's special town meeting.   Lanesborough becomes the ninth town the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will operate in. The state-backed agency focuses on reducing mosquito populations and monitoring for infectious disease outbreaks.    "The bird will be the carrier, the mosquito that is present in the environment will bite the bird, take the virus into their systems and in turn spread it to humans," Superintendent Christopher Horton said of the enzootic cycle of viruses like West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.   "We

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Boino, UMass Home Thursday in NCAA Tourney
iBerkshires.com Sports,
03:37AM / Thursday, November 16, 2017
Kevin Boino and the University of Massachusetts men’s soccer team completed a rare Atlantic 10 double last weekend and will look to extend their season on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship.   The Minutemen defeated Virginia Commonwealth to win the A10 tournament, becoming the first team to win the regular season outright and the conference tournament in the league since 1991.   Thursday at 1 p.m., UMass will host Colgate in a rematch from the teams’ Sept. 16 meeting in Amherst. Boino had a shot on goal in that 2-1 UMass win.   On the season, Boino has a goal and an assist in 19 starts for the Minutemen (15-3-3).   He is not the

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Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:34AM / Wednesday, November 15, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park.   The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the 16.5-acre site known as the teens.   However, Walmart has since backed out of the project and Waterstone is now proceeding with confidence that another one of its retail clients will become the anchor.   An article written detailing the plans prior to Walmart's announcement it would not be participating can be found here.   "We are proceeding with the project. We are moving forward as

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Developers Submit Plans For Pittsfield 'Walmart' Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45PM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Walmart is looking to build on the largest parcel in the William Stanley Business Park. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Waterstone Retail has filed its request for a special permit to build a 196,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park.   The developers signed a letter of intent to purchase the 16.5-acre parcel known as the "teens" at the intersection of Tyler Street Extension and Woodlawn Avenue in June 2016 with an agreement with Walmart to build the store.   However, after Waterstone submitted the petition, Walmart released a statement saying it no longer plans to relocate its store.   The company had been reducing the

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Changes To Curbside Trash Pick Up On City Council Agenda
Staff Reports,
11:00AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council.   Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use trucks with automated arms.    "The modernization of our solid waste and recycling collection program is long overdue and our proposal mirrors other programs that have been highly successful throughout Massachusetts. Most notably, the cities of Chicopee and Agawam have recently made similar modifications to their collection programs and have

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Lanesborough Restaurant, Neighbor Take Dispute to Selectmen
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are hoping for a peaceful resolution to an ugly dispute between a local business and its residential neighbor.   The Selectmen have fielded complaints from Stephen Ciepiela regarding Matt Reilly's. Ciepiela lives next door and says the restaurant is blaring music until late at night. He says he can hear it clearly inside his home at 11 p.m. with the windows closed.   "The music is ridiculous. You literally have to close every window in my house and crank the TV," Ciepiela told the Board of Selectmen in October.   Helen Reilly, however, says the music ends at 8 p.m. and the deck is closed by 9 p.m. She believes

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Pittsfield Man Pleads Not Guilty To 2016 Murder
Staff Reports,
05:12PM / Monday, November 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder.   James Cromartie, 31, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on the single count of murder. Judge John Agostini ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Cromartie is accused of shooting and killing James Dominguez III on January 23, 2016. Dominguez was found dead in the early hours in the parking lot next to Lach's Lounge on Fenn Street.    Police had responded to the area at 1:30 in the morning to find Dominguez had been shot in the head. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and was pronounced

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Biz Briefs: Greylock Donates $100,000 to Elder Services for Elder Nutrition Program
02:53PM / Monday, November 13, 2017
Staying healthy

Greylock Federal Credit Union has pledged to donate $100,000 over five years to Elder Services of Berkshire County. The gift is to support the Elder Nutrition Program, which provides meals through both Meals on Wheels and their 15 congregate meal sites located at Councils on Aging throughout the county.

ESBC's Elder Nutrition Program reaches some of the most vulnerable seniors in Berkshire County. According to a report from Elder Services, the typical person who receives a visit from a Meals on Wheels driver is between the ages of 75 and 90, female, widowed, and living alone on a fixed income. Each visit provides not only a hot nutritious meal, but also vital social

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Berkshires Beat: Home Instead Kicks Off 'Be A Santa To A Senior' Program
01:31PM / Monday, November 13, 2017
Holiday cheer

The local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Berkshire County is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Providing gifts and companionship at a time when seniors may need it most, the program is made possible through the generous support of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.

Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from Nov. 10 to Dec. 29. Those trees will be decorated with paper ornaments

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Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Monday, November 13, 2017

Skiing has always been part of the Berkshire's winter season but ski areas are now improving their winter sports options and becoming year-round attractions.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development.    1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark Art Institute or Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and

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