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BRTA Strike Ends; Regular Bus Service Resumes Wednesday
Staff Reports,
02:15PM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRTA buses should be back on schedule Wednesday, Dec. 19, bringing an end to the strike that has paralyzed much of the county's public transportation system for the past two weeks.    The latest offer presented to the federal mediator on Tuesday was voted on by the paratransit union membership at a meeting and was approved.     The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority sent out an alert early Tuesday afternoon reporting it had received notification that the union representing the paratransit drivers had accepted the latest offer. Regular paratransit services will resume Thursday, Dec. 20.   Fixed route service had been severely

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A-Mart's Liquor License Suspended After The Holidays
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:16AM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A-Mart won't be selling alcohol for three days ... after the holidays.   The Licensing Board sanctioned the North Street package store with the suspension relating back to an incident in May. In July, the board had punished A-Mart with a three-day suspension for the incident in which an intoxicated person was sold more alcohol at the store.   That suspension, however, was held in abeyance and would only be required to be served if there was another incident.   Two days after the hearing on the May case, an A-Mart employee was caught by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission selling alcohol to a minor.   "It was literally two days

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County Ambulance to Become Lanesborough's Primary EMS
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — County Ambulance will now serve as the town's primary emergency medical service provider.   The Board of Selectmen last week signed an agreement with the Pittsfield-based ambulance service to handle calls in town. Town Manager Kelli Robbins said the three-year agreement comes with no cost to the town.   "I would like to see this done as a trial," Robbins said.   Robbins wants to keep the town's ambulance service in operation but serving in mainly a backup role. She doesn't want to lose the license to operate an ambulance service should the agreement not work out or becomes a paid service in the future.    Fire Chief

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Sunday Evening Shooting
Staff Reports,
05:31PM / Monday, December 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating a shooting that sent a 19-year-old man to the hospital.   Police say Sunday night at 7:12 ShotSpotter activated for gunfire in the area of Francis Avenue and Union Street. Responding officers found the man with a gunshot wound to the leg.   The victim was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and was uncooperative with officers attempting to interview him, according to police. The injuries were determined to be non-life threatening.    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Detective Unit as 413-448- 9705. 

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Berkshires Beat: Lenox Sixth-Grader Wins Hinds' Holiday Card Contest
03:51PM / Monday, December 17, 2018

Hinds poses with the winner (front right), two of the runners-up and local Marines collecting toys for their Toys for Tots program. She's a winner

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds introduced Savannah Reber, the student artist whose drawing was chosen for his greeting card this year, during a holiday open house in his downtown Pittsfield office on Dec. 13. His office was decorated with hundreds of drawings submitted by local third- through sixth-grade students to his Holiday Greeting Card Design Contest. In total, 348 students from a dozen schools located across western Massachusetts submitted entries to the contest.

Savannah, 12, is a resident of Lenox and is in sixth grade at Lenox

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Wintry Mix Into Monday, Then Warmer Temps on Tap
01:50PM / Sunday, December 16, 2018

Wintry mix will begin today, transition to mainly snow this evening before ending overnight. Total amounts will be fairly light, but still enough to make surfaces slippery. Allow extra time for travel today! #518wx pic.twitter.com/jTdYzRyUc7

— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) December 16, 2018 Mother Nature couldn't quite decide what to gift us with this weekend, so she decided to give us a little bit of everything: freezing rain, sleet, snow.    The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for Sunday and into Monday morning.    This mixed precipitation will be coming down over the Berkshires on Sunday afternoon and then switching over to snow,

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Harrington Prepares to Take Over District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Sunday, December 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If Andrea Harrington wants to make the reforms to the criminal justice system that voters elected her to make, it is going to require the right team of staff members.   And that's what Harrington has been spending her last month or so looking to build. The district attorney-elect defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in the November election and since then has been focusing on finding people she believes in to take leadership roles in the next incarnation of the district attorney's office.   "The people who voted for me voted for me because they believed in the vision that I articulated. In order to enact that vision, we need to have the right

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@theMarket: The Market's Winter Storm
By Bill Schmick,
03:28PM / Friday, December 14, 2018
Stocks worldwide have experienced a downdraft since October. All the gains so painstakingly made thus far in 2018 have been erased. Volatility has battered markets with all the severity of a Nor'easter. Next year may prove to be a continuation of the same.   It is interesting that the culprits responsible for this change of heart in the markets have been around for just about all of the past year. Leading the list is Donald Trump. It was our president that decided to wage a trade war against the world. There has been little success in his battle thus far. The prospect of more of the same faces us well into the new year.   The Federal Reserve Bank can also take some blame.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 14-20
01:13PM / Friday, December 14, 2018
December 14 - December 20, 2018   FRI Berkshire County's Got Talent at Barrington Stage   presents the second annual Berkshire County's Got Talent at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at 6 p.m.! Be there to see the 12 finalists compete live for the $1,000 prize. You, the audience, will be the fifth judge!    MUSIC &

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PEDA: Waterstone Contract Expires Saturday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Friday, December 14, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The site of a proposed Walmart Supercenter will be back on the market following a year of inactivity.   Pittsfield Economic Development Authority Executive Director Corydon Thurston said since Walmart pulled out of the plans developed by Waterstone Retail to redevelop the 16.5-acre site at the William Stanley Business Park there hasn't been any new activity. PEDA has signed an agreement holding the property for the developer for a year and that expires on Saturday.   "We've had no communications with anyone," Thurston said.    Waterstone had put down $65,000 toward the purchase of the parcel known as the "teens" as a

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Wayfair Bringing 300 Jobs to Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:42PM / Thursday, December 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Home decor distributor Wayfair is planning to bring 300 jobs to the city.   The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council this morning approved $31.4 million in tax breaks to the Boston-based retailer. Wayfair Inc. will in return add up to 3,000 jobs in the Boston area and establish a call center in Pittsfield.   "This is absolutely outstanding news for the city of Pittsfield," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "It was the first official decision that will lead to 300 new jobs."   Wayfair CEO Niraj Shah is a Pittsfield native and said he was excited to bring the operations west.   "We are proud to continue to build our

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Pittsfield Council Approves New Water and Sewer Rates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Thursday, December 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council adopted increases to water and sewer rates for both fiscal 2019 and 2020.   The water rates are now set to go up 10 percent starting on Jan. 1 and then another 10 percent on July 1. Sewer rates are slated to increase 50 percent on Jan. 1 and remain that way through 2020.   The rates are only slightly different from what the mayor proposed for the next 18 months. Mayor Linda Tyer developed a seven-year plan for both the water and sewer rates with rates more heavily frontloaded in anticipation of large capital increases.   For Jan. 1, she was looking to raise water rates by 20 percent and sewer rates by 50 percent, both of which would

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