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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

BCC Hires Financial Literacy Coordinator
12:56PM / Monday, December 24, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has filled the position of financial literacy coordinator and coordinator of Student activities and also welcomes Eleanore Velez, an admissions counselor and coordinator of the Multicultural Center, back to the college.

Tina Schettini, who previously worked as a Senior Special Projects coordinator, has moved to the Student Engagement Center to work as the coordinator of Student Activities.

Nancy Stoll has joined the college as the Financial Literacy coordinator, a position based in the Student Financial Services office and funded by a grant to the college from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Stoll comes to the college with


Greylock Appoints New Director to Board
12:05PM / Monday, December 24, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the appointment of Colleen White Holmes to the credit union's volunteer board of directors.

"Colleen will be a strong voice for our members," board Chair Stanley Walczyk said. "Her commitment to community development will be a great addition to our team. We are grateful that she has joined the Greylock family."

Holmes is president and CEO of Berkshire Children and Families, a community-based organization promoting the well-being of children and the strength of families in Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley.

Her career has focused on community and organizational development. Most recently,


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 11 National Awards
11:59AM / Monday, December 24, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Of the few long-term care and senior living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corporation for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, Berkshire Healthcare communities captured almost half – 11 out of 23 - of the Massachusetts awards.

In the Berkshire region, Berkshire Healthcare’s Excellence in Action award winners are:

For customer satisfaction: Kimball Farms Life Care, Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center, and Williamstown Commons.

For workforce satisfaction: HospiceCare in The Berkshires and North Adams Commons.

For both customer and employee satisfaction: Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility (Pittsfield)


Three Inducted into Pittsfield Hoop Club Hall of Fame Sports,
05:20AM / Monday, December 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Three new members Friday were inducted into the Pittsfield Hoop Club Hall of Fame at the Boys and Girls Club.   The club recognized Jim McNeice, Brendan Burke and Tyrone Gadson in a ceremony held between the Pittsfield and Taconic varsity boys basketball games.   McNeice, a graduate of the former St. Joseph High School, was honored for his decades of commitment to local youth, principally at the Pittsfield CYC, where he served as executive director and helped found the city’s first youth girls basketball program.   McNeice also helped found the city’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and co-chaired the local United Way Capital


Pittsfield Switching to LED Streetlights in Early 2019
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Monday, December 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — New year, new streetlights.   After months of figuring out the logistics, the city will be rolling out the construction phase of converting more than 5,000 street lights to more efficient LED technology. The city signed contracts with Pine Ridge Technologies to replace all street lights, parking lot lights, and exterior school lights throughout the city.    "They have been in the city before. They just ended with our maintenance contract. A new contractor took the maintenance contract and they switched to the LED switch," said City Engineer Ricardo Morales.   The City Council had approved $3 million for the project in 2017 and 30


May All Your Christmases Be White
11:10PM / Sunday, December 23, 2018

If you are in need of a little injection of Christmas spirit amid all of the chaos of the season, you are in luck: It looks like we might have a white Christmas here in northern Berkshire County.

That will make us pretty special, according to The standard for a white Christmas is an inch of snow on the ground during the morning. The regions most likely to have a blanket of snow on the ground this Christmas include, the Northeast, the Upper Midwest and the mountains of the West.

Most of the forecasts agree that snow showers will start in North County overnight Sunday night into Monday morning, Christmas Eve, then becoming more scattered later, with showers more likely


Former Adrien's Diner Transformed Into New Vegan Restaurant
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:48AM / Sunday, December 23, 2018

Despite being unable to accommodate wheelchairs inside the building, Peltier doesn't want anybody to miss out. She installed an intercom for those in wheelchairs to place orders to go and staff will bring the food to them.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shari Peltier's daughter is a vegetarian and it is difficult when they go out to eat in local establishments.    "Whenever we would go out to dinner the only thing the kid could order was pasta. There was never any options for her," Peltier said.   That will change in a couple weeks. Peltier is opening Thrive, a vegan diner, in the former Adrien's location on Wahconah Street.   She


@theMarket: The Trump Dump
By Bill Schmick,
09:52AM / Saturday, December 22, 2018
The sell-off in stocks has now exceeded the 2016 decline. Investor sentiment is as low as it has been since May of that year. The Fed refuses to save us, and Donald Trump insists on his wall or he will lay off thousands of federal workers. Did I say Merry Christmas?   The reasons for this rout are well-known by now. The latest disappointment was on Wednesday when, contrary to investor's expectations, the Fed stood firm in their quantitative tightening agenda. For a more in-depth view of the reasons for their stance, please read my Thursday column "The Fed Stands Tall."   The markets expressed their unhappiness by declining 1.5 percent in the last four days. But it


Letter: Congressman Neal & Medicare for All
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, December 21, 2018

To the Editor:

It was recently reported that Congressman Neal is at last open to exploring the feasibility of a Medicare for All approach to health care. As a longtime nurse and one of the millions of people in this country with family members of my own who are now deceased because of a lack of timely access to basic health care, I greeted this news with relief and hope.

This week, given the latest effort to kill the Affordable Care Act which, while flawed, is still the best (and sometimes the only) option for millions, I am even more concerned that Congressman Neal approach the health care crisis with a real sense of urgency as he assumes chairmanship of the House Ways and Means


Ribbon Cut on Re-opened Beacon Cinema
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:51PM / Friday, December 21, 2018

The popcorn is being popped once again at the Beacon Cinema. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — So many movies are getting reboots these days.   The 1964 classic Mary Poppins is the latest to be brought back to life in theaters. And its now being shown at the Beacon Cinema — which has had a reboot of its own.   The six-screen cinema reopened on Friday after the new owners closed the historic building for renovations.   Detroit-based Phoenix Theatres purchased the building and the assets of the movie theater earlier this month and have since redone the flooring, painted, made repairs, improved the internet connections, heated the seats, brought in more candy, expanded


Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's
04:02PM / Friday, December 21, 2018

Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks over the next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's. Christmas falls on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, and New Year's on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. 

Christmas is now a state holiday but it wasn't always. The General Court under the control of the Puritans outlawed the holiday in 1659.

There was too much eating, drinking, wassailing and other festiveness for the colony's righteous rulers. Even after the ban was lifted, Christmas was treated as a regular day until its popularization during the Victorian era. Thank goodness. Can you imagine Norman Rockwell not painting Stockbridge at Christmas?


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Superior Court Briefs: December 13 - December 21
Staff Reports,
03:10PM / Friday, December 21, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, Dec. 13.   Tarrin Daniels, 33, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was placed on probation for one year. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on January 18, 2018.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, Dec. 14.   Randy Ruusukallio, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery on a correctional officer, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a disabled person.   He was ordered to be held at the Hampshire County House of


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