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Census Bureau Preparing For 2020 Count
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Monday, December 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A community has 675 billion reasons to make sure every resident is counted on the Census.   The 2020 Census may still be a year and a half away but the bureau is already preparing for it. The effort is to count where every single person living in America puts their head down at night.   Those numbers ultimately lead to determining the number of seats in the U.S. House - and the Berkshires know what it is like to lose one of those -- but maybe more importantly, some $675 billion worth of federal funds are dispersed based on those numbers.   "It matters to every community that every person is counted," said Georgia Lowe from the U.S. Census

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Pittsfield Honors Inaugural Citizens Academy Class
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:20PM / Sunday, December 02, 2018

The mayor said the city is likely to hold another academy next year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The mayor's office believes the first citizen's academy was a success.    Executive Assistant Catherine Van Bramer headed the effort to connect local residents more closely with city government. The inaugural class attended weekly seminars throughout the summer, meeting with various departments to get a closer look at the depth and breadth of how the municipal government works.   "This academy opened a new door to connect with the residents," Van Bramer said. "Over 10 weeks, 15 participants dedicated their Thursday evenings to learn about the many

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

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Dalton Senior Center Cuts Ribbon on New Exercise Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Sunday, December 02, 2018

The hope is that many will use the equipment with friends to make exercise fun. DALTON, Mass. — The Senior Center has made it a bit easier for people to be healthy and fit even later in life.   Through a grant from AARP, a half-dozen pieces of outdoor workout equipment have been installed on the property.   The hope is to make it easier for the seniors to get moderate workouts alongside their peers to stay healthier.   "The purpose of this park is to make exercise fun. When activities are fun, people are more likely to engage in them more often. They bring their friends to share in the fun with them and they are more likely to spend more time doing fun things

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Pittsfield Accepts $125K Grant to Help St. Mary's Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:27PM / Saturday, December 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state released a $125,000 allocation to move the St. Mary's redevelopment project along.   The City Council accepted the grant from the state on Tuesday and the money will fund upgraded infrastructure to the project and preserve the terracotta roofing and campanile tower. The $6 million project is being undertaken by CT Management and will transform the St. Mary the Morningstar property into 29 market-rate housing units.    "We will go through our bidding process for the water line, which is required because of the fire-suppression system, and the preservation of the terracotta roof and campanile tower," Director of Community

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Common Folk Open Up Pop-Up Shop
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:10AM / Saturday, December 01, 2018

Some of the odds and endds that can be found at Common Folk's shop. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Common Folk Pop Up Shop is now open at the former Makers Mill space at 73 Main St.   Common Folk co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the artists' collective opened Phase 1 of their new headquarters on Small Business Saturday but have so much more planned for the new space.   "Phase 1 is complete and we are ready to open with retail, but we are really looking to do a lot more," she said.    Common Folk has been jumping around from location to location throughout its existence, which Sweeney said really did fit their nomadic nature.

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@theMarket: Markets Hope for Trade Breakthrough
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Friday, November 30, 2018
This Saturday evening, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will sit down to dinner in Buenos Aires at the G-20 conference. Investors are holding their breath, hoping that the two might come to some agreement that could lower tensions and avert a full-out trade war between the U.S. and China.   Given past rhetoric and the president's mercurial temperament, anything could happen. Xi Jinping and his advisors, after years of dealing with Washington, believe if they just hang tough and wait Trump out, the outcome will be "business as usual" on their terms.   Unfortunately, Wall Street and the media have created another binary event out of the dinner. Either there is a

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KeyBank Names Business Banking Manager for WMass
02:24PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — KeyBank has appointed Thomas Tierney as a business banking relationship manager for the Western Massachusetts market.

In this role, Tierney will manage commercial relationships for businesses with annual revenues ranging from $3 million to $20 million. In addition to supporting the bank's existing client relationships, Tierney will be responsible for generating new business banking opportunities, and expanding commercial loans and deposit relationships for the bank.

He will report to Allison Standish-Plimpton, who serves as senior vice president and business banking sales leader for KeyBank's Connecticut and Western Massachusetts markets.

"We are

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Greylock Agent Certified as Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist
02:07PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Julie Nichols, who has been with Greylock Insurance Agency for more than 12 years, has been certified as a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS).

This insurance designation recognizes specialized expertise in construction insurance and demonstrates Nichol's commitment to Berkshire businesses through her commitment to on-going continuing education.

"The CRIS program has helped us show our construction clients and prospects that we understand contractors' most important insurance needs," said Jay Marion, vice president of Commercial Lines Sales and Service. "Julie has further strengthened our agency with the specialized knowledge

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CRA Promotes Two Employees
01:54PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — The Community Recreation Association has promoted two long-serving employees.

Daniel McMahon will take the new role of director of social services, effective immediately. In this role, McMahon will oversee the coordination and administration of all aspects of adult and youth social programming, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling program activities. This includes the Dalton Youth Center, after-school programs, camps, teen programs, and family and holiday activities.

Dustin Belcher has been promoted to the new role of director of recreational programming. In his role, Belcher will oversee the coordination and administration of all

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Nutritionist Joins CHP Neighborhood Health Center
01:17PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Nutritionist Christina Garner has joined the CHP Neighborhood Health Center medical practice.

Garner is a clinical nutritionist and wellness educator with expertise in medical nutrition counseling, fitness and health education. She places emphasis on integrative nutrition, program design and practical methods for implementing dietary changes.

She has worked for 13 years at Canyon Ranch Lenox and in private practice, a substance abuse facility and the Nutrition Center in Pittsfield. In her new role, she will also provide nutrition services to patients of CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield.

She has has also served as as an adjunct professor of nutrition at MCLA and

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 20 - Nov. 29
Staff Reports,
12:26PM / Friday, November 30, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Nov. 20.   Kelly McIntosh, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of intimidation of a witness and larceny from a person.    She was given concurrent one-year sentences at the Hampden County House of Correction. The charges stem from an incident involving a 24-year-old woman in Pittsfield on March 4, 2017.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Nov. 26.   John Dyer Sr., 43, of Springfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Dyer

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 30-Dec. 6
11:20AM / Friday, November 30, 2018
  SAT-SUN          Albany Berkshire Ballet's               Also,

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