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State Releasing Extra Funds to Help Rural Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said for years the state has been providing a 'one size fits all model' for funding and that is now changing with such programs as rural school aid. DALTON, Mass. — Rural schools will receive additional support this year after state Sen. Adam Hinds successfully secured a $1.5 million budget allocation for additional aid.   The budget line provides districts below certain incomes and density $100 extra per student. The sparsity aid program helps rural schools with funding struggles keep up with larger schools throughout the state.    "In a rural school our fixed costs are the

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Superior Court Briefs: October 17 - October 30
Staff Reports,
06:19PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 17.   Brian Dillard, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury accident causing death, leaving the scene of property damage accident, use of a motor vehicle without authority, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Dillard is accused of driving a motor vehicle which collided with a motorcycle in Pittsfield on August 24, 2018. Alan Keefe, 49, of Pittsfield died as a result of injuries

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North Adams, Pittsfield Papa Gino's Escape Closure
04:40PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Papa Gino's restaurants in North Adams and Pittsfield escaped closure this weekend as their troubled parent company prepared to sell to an equity investment firm.    More than 50 Papa Gino's pizzerias — largely in the eastern and central part of the state — were shuttered abruptly over the weekend with reports of employees showing up for work to locked doors and no explanations.    On Monday, the pizzeria's parent company PGHC Holdings Inc. announced an agreement in principle to sell to Wynnchurch Capital, a private equity investment firm that would strengthen the company's finances.    "We are pleased

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Biz Briefs: Main Street Hospitality Branching Outside Massachusetts to Rhode Island
01:49PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
Main Street, Rhode Island

Main Street Hospitality Group, owners and operators of boutique hotels in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts that include the iconic Red Lion Inn, has been named as the management partner for the new Hammetts Wharf hotel development on the waterfront in Newport, R.I.  This marks the company's first step outside of Massachusetts as it pursues growth throughout the Northeast.

When completed in the spring of 2020, the $29 million development will include an 84-room boutique hotel to be managed by Main Street Hospitality, as well as a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and 3,000 square feet of retail space.  Developed by Peregrine Group LLC, Hammetts

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Berkshires Beat: Two Firefighters Join Great Barrington Force
12:31PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
New firefighters

Two Great Barrington firefighters have graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy's Call/Volunteer program. At the ceremony on Monday, Oct. 29, call firefighters Mike Bissaillon and Iovan DeRis graduated alongside call and volunteer firefighters from throughout Massachusetts.

The Call/Volunteer academy program is a rigorous 240-hour course that is held twice per week as well as most weekends over a four-month period at the academy's Springfield campus. Time is spent in the classroom and on the drill yard, where students acquire the basic knowledge and skills for firefighting. All of the training concludes with live firefighting in the burn building. Participants

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District Attorney Write-In Campaign Could Delay Results
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, November 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are only a few local races on the ballot Tuesday and their outcomes won't take too long to tally up. Except one.    It's possible that full results for the Berkshire County district attorney might not be known until Wednesday — or even Thursday.    The election for Berkshire district attorney has had plenty of twists and turns but the biggest has been the decision by second-place Democratic primary finisher Paul Caccaviello to mount a write-in campaign against the party's nominee Andrea Harrington.    Harrington's name is the only one on the ballot but there's always a spot on the ballot for a write-in

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BC Arc Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Monday, November 05, 2018

Awards were given to those individuals who made great progress in the last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Those with autism, brain injuries or who are developmentally challenged should be treated just like everybody else and Berkshire County Arc tries to do just that.   Through numerous programs throughout the county, BC Arc doesn't just provide support and advocacy for those people, they work hard to integrate them back into the world.    "What would we be without BC Arc? What would we be if you weren't here? We'd be a community that doesn't take care of all of us, it doesn't give every single one of us an opportunity to live the life we want

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Flags Carried During Iraq Missions Fly in Pittsfield Park of Honor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:14AM / Sunday, November 04, 2018

Stacia Bissell shared the story of the two flags she sponsored last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Stacia Bissell's parents always made a family camping trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.   Some 16 years ago, a neighbor, Dan Doyle, asked her father where they went every year. It didn't take long before both families combined their camping trips and the tradition continued. When Bissell's daughter Jackie was 15 years old, she met Doyle's nephew Erik Twombly on the family trip and fell in love.   In 2016, the two were married in Pittsfield.   "Before their first anniversary occurred last year in September of 2017, he was deployed to

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Man Dies Following Pittsfield Shooting
09:29PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018
Updated: The district attorney's office said 30-year-old David Green Jr. died from a gunshot wound to the neck on Wednesday. The case is now being investigated as a homicide.    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man was found with a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound just before 9 a.m. on Saturday.    Police were alerted to the shooting by a ShotSpotter activation near the intersection of Spring Street and Willow Street. There they encountered the 30-year-old man, who has not been identified.   Officers performed life-saving measures on the man, and he was later transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment.   Anyone who may have witnessed, or who

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Brien Center Honors Michaels, Pignatelli at Annual UNICO Dinner
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:52PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018

Manny Slaughter was hugged by his daughter after he shared the story from the darkest times in his life with a full room at the annual Unico dinner. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Most of the community leaders in the central Berkshires know Manny Slaughter.   They know him now from hours upon hours of volunteer time he puts in every summer, with a smile on his face, running a basketball program for the area's youth. They know him now from thousands of Pittsfield children he's taken under his wing. They know him now as a mentor and a role model.   They know Slaughter now as a shining star in the Pittsfield community.   And on Thursday, they saw the man who means so

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Guest Column: We Are Too Great to Hate
By James F. Birge, Guest Column
01:56PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018
As the president of a public institution of higher education, I have the unique opportunity to hear from many voices of those who represent the next generation. It should come as no surprise that there are myriad concerns coming through in those voices about the state of our country.   Between the Trump administration's seeking to restrict Title IX's definition of gender to "a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth," bombs being sent to officials affiliated with the Democratic Party, and shooting violence fueled by the increasing volume of hateful, racist, anti-Semitic, and ideological propaganda

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Caccaviello's Team Holds Final Standout as Election Day Approaches
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Saturday, November 03, 2018

Caccaviello supporters stand on every corner of the busy intersection. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Amanda Hamilton didn't personally know William Catalano but she knew the family.   She said she knows Catalano's father very well and refers to the Catalanos as family friends. Her father, Tim Hamilton, said the two families grew up together. Catalano was recently killed and they want justice.   They believe if Paul Caccaviello wins the district attorney race, justice will come. Caccaviello is currently seeking election as a write-in for district attorney and on Friday the Hamiltons introduced themselves and asked if they could hold a sign during a standout the campaign

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