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Who Withdrew?: MNA Mixes Up Labor Board Complaints
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nursing Association has withdrawn one of the multiple unfair labor practice charges it filed against Berkshire Medical Center.    In July, the registered nurses' union filed a charge against a new absentee policy the hospital's administration had established. The claim was that there was a modification to the contract because the new policy was not negotiated. The union said the hospital broadened the circumstances around absences for discipline.   However, according to a union spokesman, it was later learned that the policy was not going to be implemented for the union's membership. Last week, on Oct. 13, the union

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Panelists Jake Eberwein, left, Paul Butler, Douglas McNally, Robert Putnam and Tony Mazzucco, all members of the task force. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.

The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.   But task force members are hoping that officials, parents and community members will see the benefits of at least

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Pittsfield Arraigns Second Suspect in Jones Shooting Death
Staff Reports,
05:04PM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the men suspected in the shootout that killed Asiyanna Jones was arraigned Monday on assault and firearms charges.    Josaiah T. Bynum, 19, had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, illegal possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun, and of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.   Bynum is one of three men being investigated for a shootout on Dewey Street on Oct. 2 that led to the death of Jones, 22. Jones was reportedly in a vehicle with another woman when shots rang out near Dewey and Linden streets around 11 p.m.    Jones was struck in the head and taken to

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Pittsfield Man Arrested For 2016 Murder
Staff Reports,
01:07PM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was arrested Monday night for the alleged murder of James Dominguez III last January.   The District Attorney's office said James Cromartie, 31, of Pittsfield was arrested on a murder warrant Monday night. On Tuesday, Cromartie had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of murder in Berkshire Superior Court.   Judge Paul Vrabel ordered that Cromartie is held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. He will return to court on Nov. 15.   Cromartie is accused of shooting Dominguez in the city-owned parking lot on Fenn Street on January 23, 2016. Police responded to 129 Fenn Street at 1:30 a.m. that

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Taconic Contruction: 58 Percent Complete; Focused On Enclosing Building
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:46AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The construction managers want to have the building fully enclosed by the first week in November to provide warmth for the workers during the winter. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction managers expect to complete $4 million worth of construction per month to keep on schedule with the building of the new Taconic High School.   The building is currently 58 percent complete, according to James Moran, a program manager with the city's project managers Skanska.   Through September, a total of $55.4 million of the $120.8 million project had been invoiced, which is 56 percent. The project managers have used only 38.7 percent of the owner's contingency, and 49.1 percent

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School Officials Answer Regionalization Questions in Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials behind the regionalization vote have been around town answering questions about it. But they still don't have a final draft of the proposal.   The long talked about full regionalization of Williamstown Elementary School, Lanesborough Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional School goes to voters on Nov. 14. The move is seen as a natural progression after sharing administration for nearly a decade.   "This is a regional agreement that tries to follow what we have been doing, but making it easier to do it," Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron told the Board of Selectmen on Monday.   Bergeron was

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MCLA Golfers Fifth at League Tournament
09:25PM / Monday, October 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Husson University the top four individual spots at Berkshire Hills Country Club as the Eagles cruised to the 2017 North Atlantic Conference Men's Golf championship Monday afternoon.   The Eagles shot a solid 298 Monday to finish the 36-hole event with a cumulative score of 301.   Salem State finished in second place with a two day total of 327.   Husson's Gavin Dugas was medalist as he held off teammate Daulton Wickenden with a two day total of 147 (3-over). Dugas shot a second-round 73 as did Wickenden. The 73s were the low round of the tournament over the par 72 layout at Berkshire Hills.   Dugas shot a 1-over 36 on the front nine and BHCC

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Biz Briefs: Outlets Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
02:22PM / Monday, October 16, 2017

Racing for a cure: Lee Premium Outlets' parent company, Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England, continue engagement as one of five national sponsors of Susan G. Komen, encouraging employees, retailers and shoppers to participate in activities and contribute to the achievement of Komen's bold goal of reducing current U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.

Visitors to the Lee Premium Outlets, as well as other Simon malls and outlets in New England, will notice the pink theme carried out at select Guest Services booths and staff will be honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink accessories. Other planned activities include: $5 and $10

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Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Volunteers at Annual Gala
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20PM / Monday, October 16, 2017

This year's gala at the Country Club of Pittsfield was the 'Enchanted Forest.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jennifer never thought her family would have to deal with a sexual assault.    "I knew sexual abuse was rampant but I thought of it as something that happened to other people, to other kinds of families, not ours," she said. "I know now I was wrong and naive and maybe even a little bit of a snob."   Then she learned her 4-year-old had been abused for as long as the child could remember. Her family had no idea what to do next, other than what she had gleaned from crime shows like "Law & Order."   "I had this

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
12:29PM / Monday, October 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 109 students during an Honors Convocation Program that will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 12:15 p.m. in the Boland Theater at BCC's main campus on West Street.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:

Massachusetts

Adams: Michael A. Corkins, Kayla J. Doyle

Becket: Leah E. Brooks, Rebecca J. Simmons

Cheshire: Shannon M. Gwozdz, Dudley R. Johnson

Cummington: Alexander F. Griffith

Dalton: Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett,

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Shire City Herbals Hires New Vice President of Business Development
11:35AM / Monday, October 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shire City Herbals, makers of the apple cider vinegar-based health tonic Fire Cider, recently announced the hiring of Kimberly Allardyce, a wellness executive with over a decade of experience in the yoga and wellness space, as vice president of Business Development.

Allardyce will oversee the strategic direction and revenue goals of the company's wholesale and direct to consumer sales channels.

Allardyce, a graduate of the Chaminade University of Honolulu, brings extensive experience in the health and wellness space to the role, having developed revenue generating wellness programs for several high-level clients, including Sandals Resorts International and

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc Participates in BIAMA's Walk & Roll
11:27AM / Monday, October 16, 2017

Walk & Roll: Twenty-seven individuals from Berkshire County Arc's Brain Injury Program participated in the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts' Walk & Roll in September. The team, which was named "BCArc Renegades," participated. Two Berkshire County Arc supervisors served as the co-captains of the team: Amber Steele and Kara Rogers. Supporters cheered along the team as they made their way down the two-mile route. Afterward, participants enjoyed lunch by the lake.

Berkshire County Arc opened its first residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities in 1971, and, in 2002, the agency opened its first residential program for individuals with

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