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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Habitat's Long-awaited Condo Project Hits Permitting Snag
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Given the complications of the project permit-wise, the Community Development Board opted to continue the hearing for another month to do a more in-depth review. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Habitat for Humanity's long-awaited Gordon Deming condominium project will continue to be long-awaited.   Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is now thinking it will be unlikely to break ground on the $1.1 million project this fall as it works through the permitting process. The project was heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov.  Karyn Polito awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting has proven to be a challenge.   Habitat sought to

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Alzheimer's Partnership Seeks To Bring 'Purple Tables' To Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:01AM / Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Participating restaurants have decals to let people know they accept the reservations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jenifer Apazidis remembers going out to eat with her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.   Her mother was diagnosed at age 59 and looked completely young and healthy.    "She looked in her 40s, young, blonde hair, she didn't look old at all. When we'd go out to a restaurant people were so confused. She couldn't really talk. She'd try to order for herself, she tried to point to things and people looked at her like she was drunk or confused. They'd look to me and if I did anything, she would get upset. She just


Inauguration 2016
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Little League Notebook: Pittsfield Faces Tough Task Wednesday Against Rhode Island
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
12:05AM / Wednesday, August 08, 2018
BRISTOL, Conn. — On their roads to Williamsport, Pa., the Little League all-star teams from Pittsfield and Coventry, R.I, have combined for 22 wins and just one loss.   They have outscored their competition by a combined margin of 188-35.   And by the end of the day on Wednesday, one of them will be one loss away from seeing its season come to an end.   The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars take on the Rhode Island state champs at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the winner's bracket final of the New England Regional.   The winner Wednesday advances to Saturday's regional title game, where one team will punch its ticket to the Little League World

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Construction Wrapping Up at New Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:50PM / Tuesday, August 07, 2018

A new handicapped accessible walkway from the school to the track was paved. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For all intents and purposes, the new Taconic High School building is done.   A temporary certificate of occupancy has been granted and administrative staff has been working out of the new $120.8 million building.   The teacher's supplies sit in boxes in each room and next week they'll start unpacking and setting up the classrooms. The staff members had been asked to pack up before they left for the summer and a moving company transported the boxes from the old classrooms to the new.   The building has been under construction for two years, kicking off in the


Pittsfield Considering Citizens Oversight of Police Department
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Police Chief Michael Wynn doesn't disagree with the concept of a citizens advisory group to increase transparency but how the ordinance is written matters. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Sept. 1, 2017, Jacquelyn Sykes made a decision she will regret for the rest of her life.    She called the police for help.   Her boyfriend Daniel Gillis was distraught that day. He was stressed out about moving to Boston for a job and earlier he had gotten into with a co-worker and thought he may have lost that opportunity. That afternoon he was drunk when Sykes got home. She got him in the car and was planning to take him to his mother's house to sleep it off.   But he


Local Students Graduate From College-Sponsored Summer Academy
By Matt McGrory, iBerkshires Intern
02:24AM / Tuesday, August 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than a dozen high school seniors and recent graduates earned college credits this summer through the MCLA/BCC Summer Academy program.   Friends and family gathered for the graduation luncheon this past Friday in the Conte Federal Building to celebrate the students’ achievement over the monthlong program.    The Summer Academy program, first instituted in 2016, has been designed to give motivated young adults a headstart into college by providing them with two free college courses; Statistics 101 and English 101, both of which award three college credits upon completion.   These credits can be transferred to any state-accredited

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Pittsfield Little League Goes 2-0 at New England Regional
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:37PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
BRISTOL, Conn. -- The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars brought the lumber on Monday night.   Evan Blake and Owen Salvatore combined to go 6-for-6 with a home run, a triple and three doubles as the Pittsfield AL defeated Saco, Maine, 9-4, in the winners’ bracket of the New England Little League Regional Championship at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center.   The Americans move on to Wednesday afternoon’s winner’s bracket final against Coventry, R.I., for a berth in Saturday’s regional final, where the New England representative for the Little League World Series will be decided.   Blake, who cleared the fence five


Sniezek Wins Juniors Series Event at Waubeeka
04:52PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Henry Sniezek carded a 79 Monday to win the Berkshire County Juniors Series event at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Sniezek, playing out of Forest Park Country Club, finished going away in the 16-and-older division, building a 12-stroke margin over runner-up Connor Champeaux of Berkshire Hills.   Berkshire Hills' Liam Fitzgibbons and Waubeeka's Ryan Baran tied for third at 96.   In the 14- and 15-year-old division, Berkshire Hills' Brendan Hayden edged Matthew Shields of Stockbridge Golf Club for the title. Hayden finished at 84, one stroke better than Shields.   Max Digrigoli of the Country Club of Pittsfield and Harrison Seeley of Cranwell


Berkshires Beat: Mayor's Fitness Challenge Winners Announced
02:34PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
The winners are ...

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has announced the winners of the 2018 Mayors' Fitness Challenge winners.

From North Adams, the winners are as follows:

* Winning MFC Team: MCLAzybones

* MFC Individual Winner: Jane Bernard

* Healthy Work Site Winners: MountainOne Goal Diggers- & MountainOne Summit Slayers

* MFC Individual Winner At A Work Site: Denise Davis

* Participant With The Most Points Overall: Hannah Noel

From Pittsfield, the winners are as follows:

* Winning MFC Team: Seniors Rock

* Individual Winner: Debbie Holden

* Healthy Worksite Winner: MountainOne Skinny Dippers

* City Hall Team: The Awesome Assessors

* Passport Winners: Sue


Biz Briefs: Guido's Fresh Marketplace Brothers Named Members of the Year
01:18PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
Feeling fresh

The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce has named Matt and Chris Masiero of Guido's Fresh Marketplace as the Business Persons of the Year. The Masiero brothers began their professional partnership in search of the very best produce they could source and sell. They named their roadside stand after their father Guido, determined to carry on the commitment to good health and personal integrity that ran through everything Guido did. That little roadside stand has grown, but the brothers' mission remained the same: to find the freshest, highest quality products from Lenox to Lyon; to help you feed families well; and to support the community both within their stores and


End of Session Review 2018: William 'Smitty' Pignatelli
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, August 06, 2018
This is the second in a series of interviews with the Berkshire delegation on legislative actions during this past session of the General Court.     LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli thinks the House of Representatives had a very productive session.   But he is disappointed that two major topics were never fully addressed — health care and education.   The Legislature just completed the formal portion of the 190th session. While there will still be informal sessions, it is unlikely any major undertaking will take place until the new Legislature is in place in January. In the last two years, Pignatelli said the state did


Pittsfield Resident Sues School Committee Over Indigenous Peoples Day
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01:23AM / Monday, August 06, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city resident has filed suit for $75,000 for alleged "pain, suffering and emotional distress" caused by the School Committee's decision to change the name of Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day.   Alexander Blumin filed the lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against the entire School Committee except for Joshua Cutler, the city of Pittsfield, and Human Rights Commission Chairman Drew Herzig. Blumin argues that the School Committee used deceptive practices and broke state law that recommends schools recognize Columbus Day. He then contends Herzig attempted to do the same by proposing the city follow the School


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