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Harrington Announces First Assistant, Transition Team Chair
Staff Reports,
01:16AM / Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell will serve as first assistant district attorney. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington has started to build her team.   On Wednesday, the district attorney-elect announced Karen Bell as her first assistant district attorney. Bell is currently an assistant district attorney in Hampden County with some 20  years of experience.   She's said to have worked in the appellate division, the district court, grand jury, and the superior court divisions.    "Bell has prosecuted thousands of cases and most recently served as a member of the Hampden County District Attorney's Superior Court Homicide


Great American Smokeout Set For Nov. 15
01:57PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The American Cancer Society is encouraging current smokers to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives by participating in the 43rd Great American Smokeout event on Thursday, Nov. 15.

"The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco," said Wendy Matthews, executive director of the American Cancer Society. "We are showing our support for people who take those first steps toward making a plan to quit."

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deaths. In fact, smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:50PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Sascha


BMC Receives Straight A Grade for Patient Safety
12:21PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C-based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, has announced the Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and awarded Berkshire Medical Center the elite designation of "A" for its continued achievement in patient safety.

BMC is one of only 42 "Straight A" hospitals in the United States to be awarded an "A" every grading cycle since 2012.

"This consistent recognition for patient safety is reflective of the dedication our care team has to providing nothing but the best and safest care possible," said David Phelps, president and chief


Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
10:20AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at


Friday, Nov. 16

Pittsfield: Springside Rehabilitation & Skilled Care will host its Fall Bazaar at 255 Lebanon Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature jewelry and craft vendors, Chinese basket and goods raffle, carnival wheel, 50/50 and more.


Saturday, Nov. 17

Adams: St. Stan's School will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kolbe Hall on Hoosac Street. The event will feature Polish foods, a snack bar, raffles and auctions, a craft


BMC Expands Rehabilitation Care with Addition of Two Physicians
04:38AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Victoria Tuttle and Dr. Katie Hatt to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC. 

They will join Dr. Francis Bohdiewicz and Dr. Douglas Molin at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC.

Dr. Tuttle received her medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Tuttle is accepting new patients in need of osteopathic manipulative medicine.



Pittsfield Council Approves Tax Rate Cut
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The city councilors easily approve the plan put forth by the administration on Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tax cuts make for more agreeable City Council meetings.   The council easily approved a plan to lower property taxes across the board -- both on the average bill and on the rate.   For the average single-family homeowner, the bill reduction may be small, at $9.48, but it is the first reduction to the property tax bill in 25 years. The reduction for commercial properties is much more dramatic with a $367.38 reduction for the median commercial property.   "I think it is important that we take a small win when we can," Councilor at Large Earl Persip

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Cop On Top Returns to Pittsfield On Dec. 1
Staff Reports,
05:07PM / Tuesday, November 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cop on Top will return to the roof of the local Walmart on Dec. 1.   In a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, law enforcement officers from throughout the county will be camp out on the roof Walmart in the Berkshire Crossings shopping plaza. The officers will stay there until the goal of $55,000 is reached.   There will be food, prize raffles, and giveaways in the parking lot during the event. There will also be numerous police vehicles on display.   "The event will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, with the Pittsfield Fire Department hosting the first brave group of officers on the roof and local Special Olympic athletes will light the


Michigan Company Looking to Buy Beacon Cinema
By Andy McKeever,
03:58AM / Tuesday, November 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Michigan company is looking to buy the Beacon Cinema.   Insight Management Consulting has made an offer to purchase the building and the business from owner Richard Stanley. Stanley had redeveloped the North Street building into a theater in 2008, becoming an anchor to the city's future vision of revitalizing North Street when it opened its doors in 2009.   "The Beacon Cinema is a unique historic landmark and vital anchor in downtown Pittsfield. The restoration of the formerly distressed structure was a critical catalyst in our downtown revitalization. Early investments in Pittsfield's downtown, like the Beacon, have stimulated other


Berkshires Beat: Vessels for Change Returns to Aid Immigrant Center
12:18PM / Monday, November 12, 2018
Vessels for Change

This fall, 70 area artists joined creative forces to make and sell 100 hand-crafted and hand-painted ceramic mugs, the proceeds of which benefit the Berkshire Immigrant Center.Now in its second year, Vessels for Change culminates in a celebration at Bright Ideas Brewing on the Mass MOCA campus in North Adams on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, donors receive a one-of-a-kind handmade mug, locally brewed beer, and a celebration. To make a donation and reserve a mug, visit the website.

In September 2017, ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a


Biz Briefs: Big Y Helps Fund Books for North Adams, Pittsfield Elementary Schools
11:56AM / Monday, November 12, 2018
Book donations

As the result of a partnership with Big Y, a family-owned food retail company with stores across Western Massachusetts, schools in Berkshire County received 1,000 new books for school and classroom libraries. The six elementary schools benefiting from this generous donation included Silvio O. Conte Community School, Morningside Community School and Crosby Elementary in Pittsfield and Brayton Elementary, Greylock Elementary and Colegrove Park Elementary in North Adams.

"Like schools in the Greater Springfield area, Berkshire County faces challenges increasing reading proficiency at the elementary level. That is why it has long been a goal of ours to expand our


Lanesborough Couple's Efforts to Keep Family Farm Continues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, November 12, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — About a month ago Kristen Tool returned home to find a for sale sign in the yard.   Tool and her husband, Chris Wheeler, are more than a year and a half into an effort to keep the Olsen Farm. Wheeler's great-grandfather had established the farm in 1938 and it has been passed down through the generations.   But when Wheeler's father, Thomas Olsen, died in January 2017 he left no will but rather about $100,000 worth of debt on the property.   Tool and Wheeler turned their attention on taking over and re-establishing the farm. They planted crops, trees, have bees, and chickens there but they still need to come up with the money to purchase the

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