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Community Forum: Weed is Here. Now What?
02:50PM / Thursday, March 07, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A community forum is being held to discuss the wide-ranging implications of the legal sale of marijuana for recreational purposes on Wednesday, March 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.   Community leaders representing law enforcement, youth services, local government and the drug treatment community will discuss the changing landscape of marijuana's place in Southern Berkshire County with an extended question-and-answer period from the audience.    "The goal is to learn about what the changes in the laws are and how they are being enforced, and to start to understand how it impacts our community," said

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'Greta': Guilty Thrills
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:28PM / Thursday, March 07, 2019
In my bedroom when I was little, a sloppily misplaced piece of clothing on a chair in the dark of night sure could look like a saber-toothed tiger. Experiencing this and other such optical illusions every so often during those tender years, I estimate that I adequately satisfied the quota for horror that one must endure in a lifetime. Hence, it should go without saying that horror and all its filmic relations are my least favorite forms of cinema entertainment.    Nevertheless, in the esprit de corps of being an equal opportunity film critic, I like to think I approach every such movie with an open-minded challenge. But hark, in every instance, I am also on a mission. It is my

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Inauguration 2016
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Pittsfield Health Department Wants Health Educator on Staff
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Thursday, March 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health believes it needs to do more to promote public health.    The county routinely ranks toward the bottom of the annual community health rankings. There are issues with a high rate of premature death, food insecurity, and children living in poverty. E-cigarette usage among teens is increasing. The rate of marijuana usage among teens is higher than most of the state. Children are more at risk for lead poisoning here than elsewhere. And the rate of opioid-related deaths remains high.   "We continue to be at the higher end and over the last several years, Berkshire County has ranked 12 out of 14, where we don't want to be. We

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Rusty Anchor Plans Shuttle Service For New Event Space
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Thursday, March 07, 2019

Attorney Michael Valenti presented the parking management plan to the Community Development Board on Tuesday night. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Rusty Anchor is looking to take a page out of Proprietor's Lodge book by shuttling people to events.   Scott Graves, the owner of the members-only club on Pontoosuc Lake, in the former boathouse formerly owned by the YMCA, renovated its second-floor last year and is now looking to host events there.   He's asking the city to increase the occupancy in the structure from 100 people to 180. However, the establishment has little off-street parking.    Graves has now put together a plan to shuttle eventgoers from

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Biz Briefs: Dinner Raises Money to Support WTBR in Pittsfield
11:51AM / Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Mike Filpi of Meatball Mike's Catering and the Pittsfield Elks organized the event, which brought more than 50 people to the Elks Lodge on Union Street in Pittsfield Radio benefit

A benefit dinner in support of the operations of Pittsfield Community Radio, WTBR-FM, raised $500 for the station on Saturday, March 2. Mike Filpi of Meatball Mike's Catering and the Pittsfield Elks organized the event, which brought more than 50 people to the Elks Lodge on Union Street in Pittsfield. The money will be used to help with the costs of moving the station from Taconic High School to the PCTV studios, and rebuilding the studio and transmitter facilities.

The annual benefit dinner,

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Who Can You Trust to Reduce Stress of Estate Planning?
11:12AM / Wednesday, March 06, 2019

When it's time to do your estate planning – and it's actually never too soon to begin – you may find the process, at first, to be somewhat bewildering. You will have many questions: What sort of arrangements should I make? Who should get what? And when? How can you address these and other issues?

You will need to get some help. In drawing up your estate plan, you will need to work with an attorney. And for guidance on the investments that can help fund your estate planning arrangements, such as a living trust, you can draw on the help of a financial advisor. You also may want to connect with a trust company, which can help facilitate your estate plans and coordinate

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Pittsfield Council Subcommittee Supports Tyer's Home Renovation Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Wednesday, March 06, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer's At Home in Pittsfield program earned the support of the City Council's Community and Economic Development subcommittee on Tuesday.   The mayor is asking for $250,000 from the General Electric Economic Development Fund for the program eyed to spur renovations to homes. The funds would then be available as zero-interest loans for homeowners or those purchasing a home to make repairs to the exterior.   The types of projects include windows and doors to roofing to foundation repairs to siding and porches. Repairs to the insides of homes are not eligible.   The program is open citywide to those who make less than 135 percent of

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Representative Mark Sets New Office Hour Schedule
05:52PM / Tuesday, March 05, 2019

PERU, Mass. — The office of state Rep. Paul Mark has updated the schedule for weekly office hours throughout the 2nd Berkshire District.

Since 2011, the representative has maintained a fixed weekly office hour schedule at several town halls and community buildings in Franklin and Berkshire counties. The representative's hopes were to increase accessibility to his legislative office and the State House for constituents who live in Western Massachusetts.

No appointment is necessary to attend. Either the representative or a member of his staff will be available at these office hours to assist anyone with constituent services or to listen to advocacy on state legislative matters.

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Berkshires Beat: SVMC Kicks Off Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month
10:37AM / Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Blue Day

Employees at Southwestern Vermont Health Care gathered on Friday, March 1, for a photo to celebrate Dress in Blue Day in honor of Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month. Dress in Blue Day was first observed in 2009. It is a program of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, and it is meant to raise awareness of the disease.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Americans of average risk and age 50 and older should be screened every 10 years. According to the American Cancer Society, if Americans followed screening recommendations, the colon cancer death rate could be cut in half.  

There are many types of tests

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Pittsfield Council Subcommittee in Favor of Tighter Solar Ordinance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The Department of Community Development provided a map of permitted solar arrays, showing the majority of them have gone into residential neighborhoods. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Ordinance and Rules Committee gave its nod of approval to new zoning laws aimed to keep commercial solar arrays out of residential neighborhoods.   The Zoning Board of Appeals has handled a number of requests over the years for such solar arrays. Of 14 solar facilities that were permitted in the city, all but three are in residentially-zoned areas.   Under the current ordinances and state regulations, the Zoning Board of Appeals had a fairly high threshold to deny such a project and

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Second Wine Tasting Scheduled to Support Pittsfield Educators
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Tuesday, March 05, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seven school teachers were able to hone their craft over the summer in ways they previously wouldn't have been able to.   One took courses on how to better teach children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, another to bolster literacy, another to work deeper with curriculum, another learned to speak Spanish to communicate better.   The seven teachers were all given grants to attend conferences or classes by the Pittsfield Education Foundation. The non-profit formed a year ago to help educators in the Pittsfield school system. The organization, formed by teachers, raises money to help educators do more.   "The challenge is that

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Boys and Girls Club Girls Win 5/6 County Title
Community submission,
04:05PM / Monday, March 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires’ fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball team finished Berkshire County league play undefeated.   Over the weekend, the team won the Northern Berkshire County Championship, sweeping the tournament and defeating North Adams, 31-14, on Sunday to claim the title. 

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