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Pittsfield Home Damaged When Car Hit Porch
Staff Reports,
06:41PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

The concern for first responders was the potential weigh being put on the roof of the porch when the snow storm comes this weekend. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Wellington Avenue home was damaged when a vehicle collided with the porch Friday night.   The operator of the black Chevy Cobalt with at least one, possibly two, other passengers got out of the vehicle and left the scene.   Police were searching for those involved at about 6 p.m.   It appears the operator was going eastbound on Maplewood and failed to navigate the turn onto Wellington, slid off the road, and then crashed into the porch.   The stairs leading to the small porch and entrance were destroyed and

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Snowstorm Prompts Snow Emergencies, Cancellations
03:25PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

There's some good weather news: after days of frigid weather, temperatures will be rising above 32 degrees on Friday. The bad news: We could get 2 feet of snow. 

OK, maybe closer to a foot. But that's still plenty of snow heading our way. Then the frigid air returns for a super chill Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.   Lots of new maps showed up on Friday to give everyone some idea of the snowpocalypse headed our way. Check out Greylock Snow Day's entertaining critique of all these colorful weather maps.    Also, we're getting lots of notices of local snow emergencies. We're not going to list them all because you should know by now that if you

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Berkshire Museum Announces New Chief Engagement Officer
02:38PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum welcomes Bridget Rigas as its new chief engagement officer.

Rigas has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, donor engagement and management of cultural and educational organizations, most recently as the director of development at Mass MoCA. Her experience also includes serving on several community boards and committees, where she has gained expertise on strategic planning, organizational assessment and community engagement.

"This is a key time for the Berkshire Museum," Rigas said. "The museum's commitment and promise to Pittsfield, Berkshire County, and the region is stronger than ever, and I am happy to have

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Miss Hall's School Names Business Administrator
02:10PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has named Helen Telfer of Newcastle, Maine, as the school's director of finance and operations.

Telfer, who brings 28 years of experience as a financial manager to the school, most recently served as chief financial and operating officer at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine. She also previously served as director of finance and operations at Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine, and as chief financial officer at the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vt.

At Miss Hall's, Telfer works with senior administration and the Board of Trustees to ensure fiscally responsible and mission-aligned decision-making. Her role includes overseeing all

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01:02PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 21. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was assassinated on

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New Doctor Joins BMC Cardiology Services
01:01PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Tracy E. Hagerty, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist and electrophysiology specialist, has joined the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Hagerty specializes in general cardiology and electrophysiology and is accepting new patients in need of cardiology services. She joins doctor Jeffrey Leppo, Kyle Cooper, Kristen Currie, Henry Lyle, Lisa Massie, Teresa Menendez, Andrew Potash, Peter Shaw, Georgianne Valli-Harwood and Vikas Veeranna in providing comprehensive care through Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Hagerty is board-certified in internal medicine

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Donovan O'Connor & Dodig Names New Partner
12:57PM / Friday, January 18, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Gregory P. Howard has become a partner in Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.  

Howard has been with the firm since 2011. A native of Bennington, Vt., and lifelong resident of the area, he is well-regarded by both his clients and his peers. He received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 2008 and Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College Law School in 2011. He is a member of the Berkshire Bar Association and the Bennington County Bar Association.

Howard is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont, in the state and federal courts. His practice focuses on representing individuals and families throughout the

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'Green Book': Because Look Out Old Macky's Back
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:43PM / Friday, January 18, 2019
There it was, the perfect opportunity I thought I wanted — staring me right in the face. A quadruple bypass procured the day after Thanksgiving 2018 can have that effect on a film critic.   What more reason could I conjure to call it a career, to be done with this movie reviewing stuff and finally retire to that long-fabled cabin on the lake in Vermont where I would idyllically pen those 36 essays and short stories with which I had been threatening the world of belles-lettres lo these many years?   But then the words of professor Halberstadter, my mentor back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, slowly interceded.    "Always remember the oath you took,

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 18-24
11:44AM / Friday, January 18, 2019
SUN+MON Celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, join Multicultural Bridge and the Berkshire County NAACP for Dreaming Beyond Borders, the annual community celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The speaker will be the Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister, Lead Pastor of First Church in Somerville, Mass.

On Monday beginning at 8 a.m., join Berkshire Community College as it honors one of America's greatest heroes by giving back to the community at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of

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Gaudette Backstops Teddy's Pizza to Box Lacrosse Title
07:24AM / Friday, January 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Tyler Gaudette made 38 saves Wednesday to lead Teddy's Pizza to a 26-16 win over the Young Guns in the Berkshire Box Lacrosse League Championship.   Zeke Sondo scored 10 goals, and Jimmy Chase had six goals and five assists for Teddy's, but the difference was the play of Gaudette, who posted a save percentage of .703.   "We lost to the Young Guns earlier in the season," Gaudette said. "I didn't take it well. I've been waiting for another opportunity. Dart Jaggi shot 90 percent against me last time."   Jaggi had two goals and two assists in the title game. Billy O'Neil led the Young Guns with five goals, and Dayton

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Barrett Enters First Full Term With Legislative Agenda
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, January 18, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Entering his first full session in the House of Representative, John Barrett III is doubling down on the priorities he held when he was first elected.   "One of the areas I'm obviously concerned about is transportation in the county. We need it, especially in the Northern Berkshire area," Barrett said.     "Obviously we have to do some things to revamp it statewide but one of my bills is that under Massachusetts General Law is that 16 percent of your sales tax goes to running the MBTA so I am including a piece in there that may not go anywhere but it will get people maybe thinking about the way we can start directing some

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The Independent Investor: Pay Gap for Women Is Growing
By Bill Schmick,
07:22PM / Thursday, January 17, 2019
If Citigroup, one of the world's largest banks, is any indication, women earn 29 percent less than their male counterparts. It also revealed that only 37 percent of its managerial jobs were held by females.   Wall Street has long been known as "the last bastion" for white males. But to Citigroup's credit, it just made public its internal assessment of the existing pay gap between the genders. One reason it did so was the new disclosure standards that are now required in the United Kingdom since last April.   Last year, when Citigroup first reported these numbers for its U.K. workforce, women were paid 44 percent less, and if bonuses were counted, the gap widened

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