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Pittsfield Girls Softball's Opening Day Set for Saturday
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09:54AM / Friday, May 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield Girls’ Softball League will open its season on Saturday with festivities beginning at 10 a.m. at the Doyle Softball Complex on Benedict Road.   Instructional, Rookie League, and Minor League players and coaches will introduced at a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. followed by the National Anthem performed by PGS coaches pitch player, 7-year-old Addyson Sweet, and a first pitch thrown by Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer.    There will be a clinic at 10 a.m. for instructional players with direction from Pittsfield High School softball players.     PGS is happy to partner once again with the Lanesborough Softball League as


Caccaviello Officially Kicks Off Campaign For District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, May 04, 2018

Caccaviello has worked in the Berkshire District Attorney's office for almost 30 years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If wisdom comes from experience, Paul Caccaviello says his 30 years of working in the district attorney's office has given him the wisdom to lead it.   Caccaviello is currently the district attorney after David Capeless resigned from the post earlier this year. The former first assistant district attorney took to the Berkshire Superior Courthouse steps on Thursday to officially kick off his campaign for the job.   "You should not expect political jargon or spin, buzzwords and vague talking points, from your candidate. You should expect decisions


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

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Lanesborough Selects Holland Executive as Town Administrator
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
09:01PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. —  After eight interviews, the Selectmen on Thursday night unanimously voted to offer the post of town administrator to Kelli Robbins.

The board felt no need to go to a second round of interviews Thursday evening and after interviewing two more candidates voted to hire Robbins, the executive secretary for the town of Holland, after about 15 minutes of debate.

"I would feel comfortable with her. Personally, I feel she could do your [current Town Manager Paul Sieloff] job," Selectman Henry 'Hank' Sayers said. "She would have to learn about the town but otherwise she could sit in that seat."

After interviewing final candidates


BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
07:16PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 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: Abreyana Avila, Tiana


Guest Column: Tobacco Industry Targeting Teens With Vaping
By Joyce Brewer, Guest Column
07:00PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

Thanks to the tobacco and vaping industries targeting our youth, Berkshire County has experienced an increase in the use of e-cigarettes, such as the JUUL, by young people.

In my job, I speak with people throughout our region about the dangers of tobacco and about how the tobacco industry targets kids. Usually, they are alarmed and surprised to learn that youth use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices such as JUUL is not just another harmless fad, but that these products contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that is getting youth hooked. Nearly 24 percent of high-school-aged youth in Massachusetts report using e-cigarettes and almost 45 percent have used them at least

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The Independent Investor: Financial Scams Targeted at Elderly Are Epidemic
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018
As Baby Boomers age, the volume of reported financial scams directed against them continues to escalate. By some estimates, more than $37 billion a year is now being stolen from America's elderly. And those are only the reported cases.   It is estimated that 5 million Americans are bilked by con artists every year. Some financial firms believe the total can exceed $37.5 billion annually. The Office of Children and Family Services in New York begs to disagree. They say that in their state alone $1.5 billion a year is stolen. And for every case that is reported, 44 are not.   Aside from the impact of losing their entire savings, elder fraud victims are dying at triple the death

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Lanesborough Continues Interviews For Town Administrator
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

Kelli Robbins is the executive secretary for the town of Holland, which is a comparable position to the town administrator job description in Lanesborough. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Kelli Robbins, the executive secretary in Holland, used a vacation day on Wednesday to prepare for her interview that evening for the Lanesborough town administrator post. 

But by 10 a.m., she was back at Holland Town Hall to work. She describes herself as someone who will likely die at her work desk. 

"When something needs to be done, it needs to be done regardless of the time it takes," Robbins said.   Her position in Holland, in Hampden County, is comparable to a town


Pittsfield Councilors Petition To Have BMC Pay More In Taxes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Thursday, May 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Councilors John Krol and Helen Moon are asking Berkshire Medical Center for $1 million more annually.   The pair has filed a petition with the City Council asking for the sum through the execution of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement. Krol says the total is a quarter of what the hospital would have paid for all of its tax-exempt properties should those real estate holdings be taxes at the commercial rate.   "Berkshire Health Systems is an entity that is quite profitable. At the same time, we're, as a city, struggling to pay for an adequate number of teachers, to make sure the roads are maintained, and paying for health insurance,"


Republic Services Donates $1,200 To Help Impoverished Families
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:33PM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Rev. Joel Huntington looks on as Republic Services and pantry staff wheel in a full U-boat of donations into the South Congregational Food Pantry. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Republic Services donated $1,200 to organizations helping families in poverty on Wednesday.   The city's trash hauler delivered a $700 check for the Berkshire Community Action Council and $500 for the South Congregational Food Pantry.   Those donations were gifted just before the company's staff unloaded a u-boat worth of canned goods and pasta to restock the shelves at the pantry.   "We're in the city each day being a service provider and we feel it is important for us to support

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Here's a Checklist for Changing Jobs
07:51AM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A few generations ago, it was not uncommon for workers to stick with a single job for their whole careers. But for many of us today, frequent job changes are a fact of life: The average employee tenure is just over four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

So, assuming you’re going to switch jobs a few times, you’ll want to be prepared. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to smooth these transitions and help your financial situation:

* Build an emergency fund. Some of your job changes may be involuntary, so you’ll want to have a cash cushion handy – just in case. One smart move would be to build an emergency fund, containing three to


Five More Marijuana Business Seek Permits to Open In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Attorney Thomas Hamel discussed the cultivation facility planned for Downing Industrial Parkway. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The floodgates have opened.   With two months before commercial, recreational marijuana sales are legal in Massachusetts, businesses are getting in line to open up shop. On Tuesday, five new businesses jumped the first local permitting hurdle as they seek to open marijuana facilities.   "You can expect more applications related to various marijuana uses," City Planner CJ Hoss told the Community Development Board on Tuesday night, and presented the members with a map of the numerous proposals that have come before the city which will be updated


Pittsfield CPA Committee Recommends Funding For 11 Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A group opposing the turf field project lined up on Fenn Street during the meeting. PITTSFIELD, Mass — The Community Preservation Committee is recommendating just about all applicants for the first year's distribution receive some level of funding.   The committee agreed on Monday to recommend a total of $320,000 from the fund be distributed to 11 different projects. The City Council will be asked to provide the final approval to the committee's recommendation before any funds can be distributed.   The newly adopted act adds a 1 percent surcharge on property tax bills, with the first $100,000 of value being exempt. The funds are collected and somewhat matched

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