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Pittsfield Man Arrested On Kidnapping Charges In New York
Staff Reports,
11:21AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — A Pittsfield, Mass. man was arrested for kidnapping by New York State Police on Thursday.   Police say Charles Tabon, 38, of Pittsfield, Mass. and Megan Vandeusen, 28, of New Lebanon, are both charged with kidnapping after allegedly holding a woman against her will in New Lebanon.   Police say troopers were dispatched to a home at about 12:50 a.m. for a report of a woman being held against her will. The investigation revealed that a woman was brought to the home from Pittsfield, Mass. and an altercation had taken place. The woman was allegedly "menaced with a handgun" and Tabon and Vendeusen were arrested.    Tabon is facing charges of

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Adams-Cheshire 16U Softball Team Advances in County Tourney
09:24AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Adams-Cheshire Swat 16-and-under softball team defeated Great Barrington, 12-9, on Thursday in the Berkshire County Championship.   McKenzie Kupiec and Caitlyn Nicol combined for the win in the circle in a game played at Olympia Meadows.   Katherine McNeice led the Swat offense with a pair of hits.   ACS played strong defense early, but Great Barrington was able to string together hits and rally to draw close.   ACS will play at the Doyle Complex on Monday at 6 against the Berkshire Force in the tournament semi-finals.   Thursday’s scheduled final in the 12-and-under division between Dalton and the Berkshire Force was rescheduled

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BRPC Weighs in on State's Plan to Overhaul Land Use Regs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC supports the state's push to overhaul land use regulations. But, the specifics in the bills from the House and Senate have raised some concern.   For months, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's regional issues committee has been pouring over the details of the massive omnibus bills. Two bills are going through the legislative process now — one from the House and one from the Senate — with similar changes to zoning and other land use regulations.   "This topic of land use legislation in Massachusetts, this very antiquated state, has been a legislative topic for almost as long as I've been here," Executive

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Post 68 Juniors Fall in Elimination Game at State Tourney
11:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- The Post 68 Juniors Wednesday saw their run in the American Legion Baseball State Tournament come to an end on Wednesday with a 9-4 loss to Methuen.   Cedric Rose went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs in the loss, which also saw Carter Matthews go 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.   Hunter Potash and Joe Traversa split time on the hill.

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee Authority to Call Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:16PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are willing to strike over what they say is chronic understaffing.   By Wednesday, more than two-thirds of nurses eligible to vote had said "yes" to give the bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike should it feel one is necessary. The vote was taken over two days, this week and last week. Should a strike be called, the hospital would have a 10-day notice.   "Berkshire Medical Center nurses are standing up together for our patients, our colleagues, and our community because we care," reads a statement from Alex Neary, co-chair of the local bargaining committee for

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Dalton 12Us Open County Tournament with Win
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:38PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton 12-year-old softball team needed just five hits to score 17 runs Wednesday and advance past the Greylock Thunder in the Berkshire County tournament opener at Chamberlain Park.   Olivia Wehner went 2-for-3 with a double to lead Dalton’s offense, and Casey Wilson pitched a three-hitter in a game ended in the fifth inning.   On a night when the Thunder had trouble keeping the ball away from the basket, the battery of Wilson and Wehner was firing on all cylinders for Dalton, registering seven strikeouts and just one wild pitch.   “They did a good job today,” Dalton coach Jody DiMassimo said after his team's 17-3 win. “Our

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State Council to Address Aging Holding Pittsfield Listening Session
08:21PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charles Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.    The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.   Members are specifically looking for input on issues related to:  What factors make your community a great place to grow older? How can we support families that include one or more older adults? How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness, isolation) in communities? What are the top two

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Pittsfield Couple's Autopsies Show Trauma, Suicide
Staff Reports,
07:00PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities have ruled that 39-year-old Celeste Kordana died from a blunt force trauma to the head. John Kordana, 53, died from asphyxiation and loss of blood from multiple superficial wounds.   John Kordana's injuries appear to be self-inflicted, according to District Attorney David Capeless' office. The autopsies were conducted on Wednesday by Associate Medical Examiner Robert Welton at the Holyoke Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.   The couple was found dead inside their Harryel Street home on Monday afternoon after Police were asked to do a well-being check. Firefighters were called to force entry into the home

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Adams Pedal & Plod Road Race Returns for 34th Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 athletes will be running and pedaling there way through Adams on Sunday for 22-mile Pedal and Plod Race.    The event returns for 34th year and organizers hope to attract even more bikers and runners this year. Some 90 two-person teams and another 40 individual "Iron Person" participated last year.    "We hope to attract more participants," organizer Carol Cushenette said. "We have done more marketing and added online registration."    Runners will start near the Town Common and run 4.4 miles to Lime, East and East Hoosac before returning; bikers will pedal a 22-mile loop through Adams and

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Stabbing On Dalton Avenue
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two individuals were stabbed Tuesday night on Dalton Avenue.   Police say at about 9:44 p.m. officers responded to 42 Dalton Avenue for reports of the stabbings. They found two victims outside the home.    At the same time, dispatch received another call regarding a fight on the nearby Harvard Street and officers there found another individual with a laceration to one of his fingers. All three individuals were transported to Berkshire Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.   The incident is under investigation but police say both incidents were connected.

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State Cuts Ribbon On Renovated Veterans War Memorial Tower
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:56PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The interior finishes were all repaired as well as new lights, new dehumidifying systems, and resealing of joints. The 93-foot tower is also more accessible. ADAMS, Mass. — Two years and $2.6 million later, the renovation of the Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is complete.   State officials cut the ribbon on the project to completely restore the 84-year-old monument to Massachusetts armed forces members killed in World War I, and later conflicts. The tower was last renovated in 1973 after it was closed for 11 years, and then in the 1990s more repairs were done.   In 2013, water infiltration issues forced the closure of the tower and two

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Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Zenith
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:42PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams returns for the popular Tanglewood on Parade on Aug. 1.

During late July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts and special events at Tanglewood, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming. Offerings this week include great chamber music featuring the renowned Takács String Quartet with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, a unique and highly engaging piano recital celebrating birdsong, Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with soloist Pinchas Zuckerman and much, much more, including the all-encompassing Tanglewood On Parade festivities. Read below for the details.

Not to be outdone, concerts at Tannery Pond

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