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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Firefighters Wear Pink In Support of Breast Cancer Awareness
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:01PM / Saturday, October 20, 2018

The department has been wearing pink in October for six years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cancer affects everybody.   The city firefighters know that well, with three members currently battling the disease. This month the Fire Department is paying tribute to those who are battling breast cancer and their families.   The union, Pittsfield Fire Fighters Local 2647, purchased new pink shirts for all 96 members of the department to wear as their uniform for the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   "Obviously cancer touches everyone's lives, especially it seems, in Pittsfield and Berkshire County. We have three members battling cancer. We


BRPC Updating Regional Transportation Plan
By: Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:29AM / Saturday, October 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is revamping the regional transportation plan.   The plan serves as the master guidance document for the Metropolitan Planning Organization's use of federal transportation funds and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's planning work.    "It is the big picture of transportation in Berkshire County," said transportation planner Eammon Coughlin.    The plan needs to be updated every four years and the process has just begun for the 2020 document. The plan is eyed to take a long-term look at the transportation needs now and into the future.   "It is a plan for 2020 but it


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

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
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Ribbon Cut On New $120.8 Million Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Friday, October 19, 2018

Student Kailey Sultaire noted that the technology, the creation of pods and collaborative learning spaces, and a green energy efficient building has not gone unnoticed from the students. She thanked the officials for having trust in the students. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic senior Alexandria Carmon went to numerous vocational competitions against schools throughout the state.   And it made her jealous.   The health technologies program at Taconic had great teachers. It was a great program. But the other schools had better technology. They had a better environment to practice their trades. And Taconic High School, well, was literally falling down on the student's

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Upcoming Convocation
02:10PM / Friday, October 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 120 students during an Honors Convocation Program on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Each honored student ranks in the top 5 percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.


Adams: Rebekah L. Baker, Alexandria T. Brandon, Michelle M. Briggs, Laurie A. McArthur, Kelsy M. Nixon, Cameron J. Winter

Ashley Falls: Tracy M. Stoddard

Becket: Emily M. Linendoll

Cheshire: Shannon M. Gwozdz, Michaela M. Larkin, Melissa L. Pantano, Lillian R. Sartorius, Kia Yang

Chester: Ramsey A. El Taieb

Clarksburg: Stephanie J. Rogers

Dalton: Shaina R.


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 19-25
11:23AM / Friday, October 19, 2018
SATURDAY The Moments House "Hoedown for Hope" Wear your cowboy hat and boots! The Hoedown for Hope fundraiser for Moments House will feature live music by Whiskey City and The Hotshot Hillbillies, line dancing with instruction by Cheryl Wendling, food, games, raffles, balloon magic with Bowey the Clown, face painting, a photo booth and more. 3-10 p.m. at the new Proprietor's Lodge (formerly the ITAM), 22 Waubeek Road.


NEXT THU Comedian Katie Goodman at The Colonial The $5 Comedy Garage at The Colonial


Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
11:20AM / Friday, October 19, 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


Saturday, Oct. 20

Cheshire: The Adams Cheshire School District PTG is hosting the Hoosac Harvest Vendor and Craft Fair at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event  features 70-plus vendors, more than 70 raffle items, a stuffing station (where you can stuff your own animal) and a DIY with Bella Sky. All money raised from this event will go to Hoosac Valley Elementary PTG.

Dalton: A Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the


Accreditors to Visit BCC's Nursing Program Wednesday, Public Meeting Scheduled
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, October 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCC's nursing program will be reviewed for accreditation during a site visit on Wednesday.   The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing's review includes a public forum on the accreditation process. ACEN has a full day scheduled and has set aside 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. to hear from the public on any questions, opinions, or concerns about the program.   "It is just an open conversation ... they look at stakeholders and the community is a stakeholder," said program adviser Ann Tierney. "They really want it to be a free-flowing conversation."   Tierney said program officials won't even be on hand during the


The Independent Investor: The Student Loan Crisis
By Bill Schmick,
04:14PM / Thursday, October 18, 2018
  Student loans have now become the second-largest pile of consumer borrowing, after home mortgages. What's worse, it is the fastest growing slice of American household debt and shows no sign of slowing down.   Young Americans are going to college in droves. At the same time, the costs of higher education are at historical highs. That combination has become a lethal cocktail that could hamstring young workers over their entire life and along the way damage the overall economy.   Since the financial crisis and Great Recession over a decade ago, student loans have grown by almost 157 percent. Compare that to auto loans, which have risen 52 percent. In the case of mortgage

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Lanesborough Bridge Dedicated to Vietnam War Hero
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Thursday, October 18, 2018

Nancy Noonan Woitkowski knows her brother and Tom McKnight were there in spirit. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — As a kid, Gregory Aloysius Noonan would meet up with his best friend Tom McKnight and head to the Miner Road bridge to fish and crack jokes.   As they grew older and the Vietnam War came, Noonan was far from that brook. He was overseas with pride, defending the United States of America. He was quite decorated too.   Noonan was drafted in 1968 and sent to Vietnam as a sergeant with the 9th Infantry Division. He was under heavy fire in three battles and was twice wounded -- the most serious was being shot in the leg in the Mekong Delta.   He earned three Combat


Neighbors Mount Coordinated Opposition to Pittsfield Solar Array
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tom Murphy cited a traffic report which led to the heavy truck ban on Hancock Road. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The neighbors around the Pontoosuc Country Club have mounted a coordinated attack in opposition to the proposed solar array.   The Boston-based solar developer Nexamp Inc. is proposing a 6.5-megawatt solar array on 25 of the course's 131 acres of land. The plan takes over the southern portion of the project -- the corner closest to Hancock Rock and Ridge Avenue -- and leaves enough space for the club's owner to operate a nine-hole course.   The neighbors said they were somewhat blindsided by the proposal when it came before the Conservation Commission in


Pittsfield Continues to Stumble Over Trash Ordinance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Box, bundle, barrel, bag, whatever, just keep it orderly.   That's what Ward 3 City Council Nicholas Caccamo is now proposing for a trash ordinance after re-writing the existing laws from top to bottom looking to focus only on health and aesthetics. His new version does not include any limits on the amount of trash nor does it require a toter or special bags after both had been harshly opposed by residents.    "It was just so wildly unpopular. I think at the end of the day, the residents of Pittsfield are willing to pay for the new high school and they may not have students there, willing to pay for police and fire that they may not ever


Letter: Question 1 Will Hurt Small Hospitals
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I work at Fairview Hospital as a critical care nurse. I have been with Berkshire Health Systems for 22 years and a registered nurse for 13 of those. I oppose Question 1.

In a small community hospital, we have the ability to utilize on another to accommodate our patients' needs. For example, The CCU may have three patients with low acuity but the emergency room (ER) is busy with patients, or possibly short a nurse. The three patients in CCU could be cared for by the second nurse so another nurse could be sent to the ER to help. Also in CCU we often see patients who need end-of-life care. In such times, a colleague takes over my other patients to allow me to spend


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