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Lanesborough Stands By Banning Dogs From Laston Park
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
11:26AM / Wednesday, September 25, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday held firm on its decision to not allow dogs at Laston Park.   The board had previously decided to allow dogs at the Narragansett and Bridge Street parks but cited safety concerns about Laston.   "I'd be a big pusher against putting them at Laston Park and one reason is directly opposite of what the rec committee is saying, that they want the dogs there with kids," said Chairman John Goerlach. "Dogs, unless they're trained, are unpredictable in my opinion."   This was in response to a question by Animal Control Officer Jason Costa as to why Laston Park was deemed inappropriate but the

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Voices for Recovery Raising Awareness of Addiction
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, September 23, 2019

Stephen Murray speaks at Saturday's Voices for Recovery event. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stephen Murray is tired. In the past five years, the paramedic has responded to more than 100 overdoses.   "Many of my colleagues are burnt out by the constant barrage of substance-related calls," he said. "And I understand how they feel because I'm tired. ...   "I'm tired of seeing people my age die. I'm tired of seeing parents bury their children. I'm tired of seeing kids who lose their parents."   But Murray, a former addict himself, sees overdose reversals as an opportunity.   "Maybe this is rock bottom, maybe waking up and

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Police Advisory Board Advocates For New Police Station
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Monday, September 23, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Advisory and Review Board will draft a letter to City Council airing its concerns about conditions at the police station.   The board members last week discussed their recent tour of the station and were in consensus that something needs to be done about the aging facility.    "It is not great for staff, it is not great for people that are being held there, and it is not great for visitors," member Erin Sullivan said at Tuesday's meeting. "It is just old and tired."   Member Alfred Barbalunga agreed and said parking and accessibility are major issues. He also questioned how safe the station

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Berkshire Force 12Us Win Pair
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08:46PM / Sunday, September 22, 2019
The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team Sunday wrapped up Capital Region Fall Ball play with a pair of wins over New York teams.   In the first game, the Force pounded out 12 hits in a 13-0 win over Collar City (Troy).   Mia DeJesus pitched the entire game, benefiting from a third-inning double play turned by Audrina Maloney, Jillian Rosa and Audrianna Pelkey.   Cheyenne Goddard and Pelkey each roped a triple at the plate.   In Game 2, the Force 12Us topped Hoosic Valley, N.Y., 17-5.   Berkshire pounded out 10 hits while striking out just once in the win.   Maloney homered and Navaeh Lopez tripled.   Grace Julieano and Pelkey each

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Pittsfield's Abderrahim Helps Lead Prep Soccer Team to Comeback Win
12:16PM / Sunday, September 22, 2019
KENT, Conn. -- Pittsfield's Hedi Abderrahim had a goal and an assist last week in helping the Salisbury School boys soccer team to a 4-3, comeback win over Kent in prep school play.   Abderrahim, who transferred from Pittsfield High after his junior season, scored early in the second half to cut into a 3-0 half-time deficit for the Knights.   He converted a shot from 30 yards out to start a four-goal second half for his side.   "A fantastic goal," Salisbury coach Rich Powell said. "That really ramped up our energy."   Midway through the second half, Abderrahim set up Thomas Yegbor for the tying goal in the eventual win.   The Knights (2-2-1)

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Pittsfield Parks Commission Sees Possible Future Projects
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:57AM / Saturday, September 21, 2019

Jim McGrath updates the Parks Commission on future projects.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city may target the Burbank Park floating dock and Allen Heights Park for potential Community Preservation fund projects.   Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath gave the Parks Commission a quick preview of some possible fiscal 2020 Community Preservation Act projects and noted the floating dock at Burbank Park is at the top of his list.   "The dock that is currently there is an old dock and it is not the best, stable, or sturdy," he told the commission on Tuesday. "It does not really serve the rowers' purpose."   McGrath said the dock is for

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'I Want You to Panic': Youths Lead Williamstown Climate Strike Event
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Saturday, September 21, 2019

Williamstown Elementary School fifth-grader Adele Low speaks about needing adults to 'step up and act now to save our planet.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The petite fourth-grader made her way up to the microphone. In a voice that belied her small frame, she explained why she took the opportunity to speak in front of the several hundred people who came out to the front steps of the Paresky Student Center at Williams College for the Williamstown Climate Strike on Friday.

"When I learned about climate change, I wanted to cry," said June, a fourth-grader at Williamstown Elementary School. "All the animals are going extinct. And it's just terrible."

Then her

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Kennealy Points to Lack of Quality Housing as Economic Threat
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:38PM / Friday, September 20, 2019

Secretary Kennealy, seen with BRPC Chairman Kyle Hanlon, was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner.  DALTON, Mass. — Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Michael Kennealy ticked off a long list initiatives of the Baker administration that included investments in broadband, education, workforce development and transportation.   And while there's still work needed in these areas, the administration is looking at what Kennealy is describing as a "major threat to the economy" statewide: Housing.   "So since 2010, we've added 300,000 people, 400,000 jobs, and less than 100,000 housing units," Kennealy told the annual dinner of

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The Ninth Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Hits North Street
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, September 20, 2019

Local and state representatives join the march. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of men stepped into their high heels to participate in the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes march on Thursday night. Although it was not the most graceful of miles, it raised some big money to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center.   "It takes a community to make change and we are that community and for the past nine years, we have been gathering here," Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick said before the march on North Street during Third Thursday. "We are increasing awareness, developing new partnerships, and we are creating new partnerships to

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Space-Related Company Eyes BIC for Testing Center
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:42PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019

Justin McKennon, a electrical engineer with EMA, says the BIC is an ideal location for the company's testing center.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials are welcoming Electro Magnetic Applications Inc., which plans to move into the Berkshire Innovation Center.   "Yes I said it NASA here in Pittsfield," Mayor Linda Tyer said Thursday afternoon during a press conference held across the street from the under construction center.   The globally recognized company is a leader in technical consulting, software, and test services to promote safety and mission assurance in electromagnetic environments. It is negotiating with the center to house its

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The Independent Investor: The Era of U.S. Oil Independence
By Bill Schmick,
05:02PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Last weekend's surprise drone attack on Saudi Arabia's major oil fields was a disaster, but it could have been worse. Fifty years ago, an attack like that would have sent the world's financial markets into a tailspin and rocked global economies. None of that happened — thanks to the U. S. energy production.   Granted, there was an initial decline in the markets until the damage was assessed and experts concluded that the 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude production could be put back online within three weeks. The short-fall represented about half of the Saudi's daily production. Yet, the markets rebounded quickly, and for the most part, it is business as

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'Hustlers': The Tacky Laps of Luxury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:56PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Am I that naïve? I sat there aghast as some took in stride the vengeance being meted out by former strip club employees upon their predominantly Wall Street clients in director Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers," a scathing dramatization of Jessica Pressler's New York Magazine expose.   Said financiers are assembly line-style drugged and then fleeced of their reputedly ill-gotten gains following the implied and sometimes more than implied promise of sexual favors. Point of disclosure: While not a regular habitué of such dens of iniquity back in the day, my fires of spring were not unsullied. So why the shock? Function of age? Advancing Fuddy-Duddyism?   For

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