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Volunteers Clean Up Pittsfield's Clapp Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Friday, October 26, 2018

The work was focused mostly in the area of the Little League field. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On a cold and windy morning, some 40 volunteers gave up their afternoon to spruce up Clapp Park.   Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity organized the clean up as part of its neighborhood revitalization efforts. Lowe's, Habitat for Humanity's national partner, awarded the local organization $40,000 to invest back into west Pittsfield.    "The Lowe's grant is helping to fund the new splash pad," said Dawn Giftos of Central Berkshire Habitat.    The city is about to undertake a massive project at Clapp Park that came together through multiple

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Letter: Question 1 Will Hurt Small Hospitals
Letter to the Editor,
08:15PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

To the Editor:
 

I work at Fairview Hospital as a critical care nurse. I have been with Berkshire Health Systems for 22 years and a registered nurse for 13 of those, I oppose Question 1.   In a small community hospital, we have the ability to utilize one another to accommodate our patients' needs. For example, The CCU may have three patients with low acuity but the emergency room (ER) is busy with patients, or possibly short a nurse. The three patients in CCU could be cared for by the second nurse so another nurse could be sent to the ER to help. Also in CCU we often see patients who need end-of-life care. In such times, a colleague takes over my other patients to allow me to

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Letter: Support for Paul Caccaviello for District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
07:43PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

To the Editor:

Before making any important decision, all facts should be examined and weighed. When considering which candidate to vote for as Berkshire District attorney, a review of the responsibilities of the office is helpful. Under the law, the DA is the highest law enforcement officer in the county whose primary duty of the prosecution of crimes that take place in Berkshire County.   State and local law enforcement investigate cases and bring charges or refer more complex cases to the DA for approval to bring charges. The DA and his staff assist law enforcement on investigative strategies, give legal advice, and provide victim support. When cases are brought to court,

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Letter: Moran Top Choice For Register of Deeds Position
Letter to the Editor,
07:25PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

To the editor:

Moran Top Choice For Register of Deeds Position

I am writing to express my full support for Deborah A. Moran and her candidacy for the position of register at the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds.

I have had the opportunity to witness her progression through life and her professional career through the years. In her early years, Deborah had the opportunity to work for three separate law firms in North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown, gaining the foundation for her lifelong career in the real estate field. In 1992, when the opportunity had opened for her to apply for a junior clerk position at the Registry, it was like a dream come true, and her excitement when she

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Letter: Maria Ziemba for Register of Deeds
Letter to the Editor,
07:11PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for Maria Ziemba to become the next North Berkshire register of deeds.

I have known Maria for several years and she has been an active presence in the community for a very long time. Maria has several years of experience in the registry and will be an open-minded individual who is willing to answer any questions that constituents have, and would implement an open door policy at the register. I see Maria out in the community frequently and have always been impressed with her dedication and commitment to public service.

As register, Maria will bring the registry into the 21st century with plans to digitize records and make the registry

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Letter: District Attorney Seat Belongs to the People
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

To the Editor:

The position of district attorney is not a tenured position. It is not a seat that you earn over time. It does not belong to any one person. There is a reason for this. No one should have a monopoly on this office for years at a time. It is important for fair administration. This is why we have elections for certain positions. And the election process should not be controlled by money or power.

Mr. Caccaviello lost an election, period. Blaming his election loss on his not being a politician is absurd and hypocritical. He manipulated the political system to get the advantage of incumbency. He became a Democrat purposely to sew up the election in the primary, and he still

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'Colette': Liberté, Égalité and Literature
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:19PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018
Watching director Wash Westmoreland's "Colette," about the life and times of Gabrielle Colette, the heralded French literary figure whose celebrated "Claudine" novels were published under her husband's name, I feared I wasted my life by never having moved to Paris.    Such hyperbolic self-examination, while exaggerated for my own literary purposes here, is nonetheless proof of what a fine period piece this film is. Still, while boasting Keira Knightley in a superb title portraiture, those indifferent to belles-lettres and avant-garde sensibilities need not apply.   Truth be told, even this foppish reviewer felt that fifteen or so minutes of this

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State Awards An Additional $400K Toward Removal Of Pittsfield Dam
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, October 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has allocated another $400,000 to remove the Tel-Electric Dam on Mill Street, bringing the total money for it to over $2 million.    "This puts us in a much better position to feel confident that when we put this to bid we will have money for the things we want to do," Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath said.   The project is the largest aspect of a broad vision city and state officials see for the West Branch of the Housatonic River. There have been a number of projects completed, and others in the cue, to improve the health of the river's eco-system and better interaction with the neighborhoods from Wahconah Park to

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Berkshire Republicans Back Democrat Caccaviello In DA's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, October 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latest surprising turn in the race for district attorney, the second-place finisher in the Democratic primary has now been endorsed by the Republican Party.    Paul Caccaviello is being supported in his write-in campaign against Andrea Harrington by the Berkshire County Republican Association.   The Republicans say Caccaviello is "apolitical" and that they are endorsing him based on his qualifications for the job.   "His whole voting life he's been unenrolled. He is apolitical," said Kathryn Mickle, one of the key organizers for the Republican Association. "He's not a political party guy and the office

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Baseball in the Berkshires Offers STEM Programming
09:26PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- STEM programming is coming to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.   The exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will present monthly programs on science, technology, engineering and math starting Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1-2 p.m. for all ages.   The first program is "The Crack of the Bat." Learn how a bat is made. Physics, engineering, technology, mathematics and safety all have a part.   Using the bats of Shoeless Joe, The "Babe", Jackie, Miggy, "Big Papi," Dustin, Mookie and Judge, discover how they cracked these problems.

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Officer Barber To Leave Pittsfield Police After Shooting Incident
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:37PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  A veteran police officer is leaving the department ahead of a Civil Service hearing related to a shooting incident at his home on July 18.    On Wednesday, Police Chief Michael Wynn said Officer Miles Barber will voluntarily "be separated from service with the Pittsfield Police Department effective Sunday, October 28, 2018."   Police had responded to Barber's Cromwell Avenue home that July afternoon for a report of a shooting. There a woman, who still has not been identified, was found with a gunshot wound.    The woman was transported to the hospital and a follow-up report from the state police determined that

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Road Closures Announced for Pittsfield Halloween Parade
03:14PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 74th annual Halloween Parade in the City of Pittsfield will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. The parade route will begin on Tyler Street at the corner of Tyler and Smith streets and end at Woodlawn Avenue.

The following roads will be closed beginning at 5 p.m.:

· Tyler Street from First to Pine streets.

· Burbank Street from First Street to Morningside Elementary School.

· Second Street from Orchard to Burbank Street.

The remainder of the route, Tyler Street from Pine Street to Woodlawn Avenue, will be closed at 6:30 p.m. The Woodlawn Avenue Bridge will be closed as well. There will be no parking on these streets after 5 p.m. 

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