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BRPC Raises Concerns With Removal of Tel-Electric Dam
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:32AM / Sunday, December 09, 2018
 
Kenneth Egnaczak, on the right, weighed in on the matter saying the Tel-electric dam could power 70 homes if it is restored. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC officials would like the state to consider reusing dams for power more often.   The comment comes from the organization's review of the removal of the Tel-Electric Dam on Mill Street.   In that long-awaited project, the state did not require that an alternative option of restoring the dam to generate power be explored.   "We understand that the secretary has not required an analysis of hydropower as part of this project, however, we also take this opportunity to again petition the commonwealth to

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Pittsfield Lights Up Christmas Tree
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:05AM / Saturday, December 08, 2018

 
The tree stands some 35-feet tall in Park Square. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city welcomed the Christmas season Friday with its annual tree lighting.   The 35-foot tall tree in Park Square was lit by the Rapkowicz family, who donated the Colorado blue spruce to the city. Timothy and Susan Rapkowicz had planted it when they first bought their Euclid Street home.   "When we moved in over 30 years ago we planted it. I always wanted to have lights on it but it just wasn't going to work. Now the tree will have lights and we are going to have it in memory of our loved ones who passed away," Susan Rapkowicz said.   Timothy Rapkowicz said the

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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 5 - Dec. 6
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03:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Mark Pasquariello on Wednesday, Dec. 5.   Lance Burke, 40, of Bronx, N.Y. entered a not guilty plea on a single count of murder.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. He will return to court on January 4, 2019.   Burke was arrested on November 20, 2018 in New York on a warrant for the November 3, 2018 shooting death of 30-year-old David Green Jr. in Pittsfield.    Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 5.   Raekwan Jackson, 22, of Springfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and unlicensed operation

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BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Half of the BART Charter Public School senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

The recipients are Isaiah Albright, Ruth Bristol, Natalie Celebi, Thomas Cook, Dylan Dermody-Battaini, Joshua Donovan, Joshua Doubiago, Matthew Failla, Macie Fitch, Shanique Maloney, Braydon Peterson, Hannah Stringer, Caitlin Terpak and Abel Ward.

To be eligible, students must score at the advanced level on one of the three Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assesment System (MCAS) tests

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Miss Hall's Students Chosen for Music Festival
02:27PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three Berkshire County students are among the six Miss Hall's School musicians and vocalists selected to perform at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Western District Festival Concert in January.

Cellist Trudy Fadding, a senior from Glendale, and violinist Ria Kedia, a junior from Pittsfield, will perform with the festival's District Orchestra, and vocalist Andi Loehr, a senior from Pittsfield, will sing with the District Chorus. Additionally, vocalists Chelsie Li, a sophomore from Beijing; Scarlett Wang, a senior from Shanghai; and Riagain Wiley, a junior from the Bronx, N.Y., will sing with the District Chorus.

The Miss Hall's

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Pignatelli Honored As 'River Hero'
02:17PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and state Sen. Anne Gobi, chairs of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, were honored as River Heroes on Wednesday evening at the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance annual dinner.

Pignatelli and Gobi, of Spencer, were responsible for the passage of a $2.4 billion Environmental Bond Bill, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in July that allocated $55 million in funds for river and wetland restoration programs across the commonwealth. In Pignatelli's own Fourth Berkshire District, he allocated $400,000 in funds for the upkeep and expansion of the W.E.B. DuBois river garden park and the

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Lenox Broker Installed as 2019 President of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors  
01:10PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Anne Meczywor, broker/associate at Roberts & Associates Realty Inc. in Lenox, has been installed as president of the 24,000-member Massachusetts Association of Realtors for 2019. 
Meczywor's term officially begins on January 1, 2019. 

As president, Meczywor will direct the internal and external activities of the association; preside at all meetings of the MAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee; represent the association at important meetings and business functions; and act as the official spokesperson for the association on issues related to the real estate industry and local

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Hinsdale Realtor Elected to Massachusetts Association of Realtors
01:05PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

HINSDALE, Mass. — Barbara Osborne, a Realtor at Bishop West Real Estate, has been elected Western Regional Representative for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors for 2019.

As regional representative for the Western region, Osborne will coordinate association objectives and activities within the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She will meet regularly with local and regional leadership to discuss real estate industry issues of statewide importance. She automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of her election as a regional representative.

On the state level, Osborne was a

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Goodwill Taps New Director of Retail Operations
12:54PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont has announced that it has appointed Stephen Rotter as director of retail operations.

In his new position, Rotter will oversee Goodwill's donated goods and retail operations, working closely with Goodwill's leadership team to meet the needs of an ever-changing economy.

A native of Portland, Ore., Rotter holds a B.A. in business management and is a graduate of Western Oregon University and Western Governors University. Most recently Rotter was the direct store delivery operations specialist for Shaw's Supermarkets, with stores throughout New England. Previously he held management positions for

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Barrington Stage Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member
12:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Richard Seltzer to the Board of Trustees.

"Richard has demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership in support of the arts in Berkshire County. We are very pleased to welcome him to our board," said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.

Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group.

In the Berkshires, he has enjoyed participating in

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 7-13
12:42PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
Dec. 7 is First Friday Artswalk, Festive Frolic & More!   Enjoy 16 different art shows featuring work by more than three dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk, and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.   Members of the First Fridays Artswalk committee will be collecting donations for the program at The Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave.,

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Clarksburg Woman Joins Greylock Mortgage Team
12:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announces the hiring of Sarah E. Gaffey as a mortgage and business development officer based in the North Adams branch.

Gaffey will build upon Greylock's success as the number one mortgage lender in the county by enhancing customer service and ease of access to Greylock’s mortgage lending products in North County.

"Sarah is the perfect fit for the Greylock family," said Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, senior vice president and chief lending officer with Greylock. "She has a keen understanding of mortgage lending and is known throughout the community for her exceptional customer service. We are thrilled that Sarah has

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