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Harrington Launches 'Ambitious' Juvenile Justice Initiative
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe says the policies of intervention will keep communities safer.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney's office is partnering with communities and local organizations to create a juvenile justice system focused on the roots of delinquency.    "As community leaders, we are all responsible for creating an environment where our children can grow and thrive," said District Attorney Andrea Harrington. "That's why my office is launching a comprehensive Juvenile Justice Initiative that will work toward keeping children out of the court system and building safer, healthier communities."   Harrington made


Biz Briefs: Shakespeare & Company Seeks Property Proposals for Lenox Campus
11:38AM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019
S&Co. Property Collaboration

Shakespeare & Company is inviting qualified entities, including real estate or other business and property development firms and nonprofits, to propose ideas to further develop the company's campus 33-acre property in Lenox. For more than four decades, Shakespeare & Company has been one of the premiere cultural attractions of Berkshire County, and a globally recognized landmark for theatrical performance, arts education, and professional training. This new project represents a unique opportunity to collaborate directly with the Company.  

Qualified entities are asked to provide an initial statement of interest to demonstrate how the campus,


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Berkshire Force 12U Squad Wins Pair
Community submission,
10:13PM / Monday, September 09, 2019
The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team opened the fall ball season on Sunday by beating the Saratoga Thunder, 10-7, and Guilderland, 20-1.   Against Saratoga, Mia DeJesus threw four solid innings in the circle, and Cheyann Goddard turned a double play at short with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning.   Audrianna Pelkey and Hailey Armold each doubled to lead the offense.   Against Guilderland, Armold and Goddard each went 3-for-3 with an RBI. DeJesus and Paxton Ebling each was 3-for-3, and Pelkey doubled in a run.   Gionnah Levardi earned the win in the circle, striking out two and recording five assists.   The Force U12 team

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for September
12:00PM / Monday, September 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during September.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Chester and Lanesborough for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road Lanesborough Town Hall, 83 North Main St.

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with state agencies or


Habitat for Humanity Close to Finish Line For Decadelong Project
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:02AM / Monday, September 09, 2019

Joe Simon of Allegrone holds daughter Julianne at the Habitat worksite. Volunteers from the community and local construction and service companies are lending a hand during the 'blitz.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On a weather perfect Saturday, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity along with an army of local volunteers and suppliers led by Allegrone Construction, kicked off a weeklong "Builders Blitz" with the goal building six units of single-family housing.     The first of its kind project in the city started in 2009 with the donation of a parcel of land on Deming Street from Berkshire Gas Co.   The project has overcome several hurdles. Not the

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Pittsfield Sees Low Incidence of Mosquito Virus, Rise in E-Cigarettes
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Monday, September 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health reported that mosquito-borne viruses were held at bay this season.    Director of Health Gina Armstrong presented some numbers to the board last week and said there was only one positive finding of West Nile virus in Berkshire County this year.   "That is remarkable," Chairman Alan Kulberg said.   Armstrong said, in general, cases have been low throughout the entire state.   Statewide there were only 61 hits in mosquito samples this season, zero animal cases, and zero human.   In Pittsfield alone last year, there were 25 positive West Nile virus.    "That gives you an idea of how


Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center Opens in Pittsfield
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:08AM / Saturday, September 07, 2019

Gumersindo Gomez, left, executive director of the nonprofit, says he's wanted to open a center in Pittsfield.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A small veterans outreach center took barely five months to outgrow its space — a strong indication that there's an unmet need in the county.   A grand opening ceremony was held Friday at 505 East St., the new home of the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center of Pittsfield.   "We are veterans and we were taught something very unique," said Gumersindo Gomez, the executive director of Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts. "We stick together and we are brothers and sisters for


Former Williams Student Convicted of Rape
06:01PM / Friday, September 06, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former Williams College student Yoonsang Bae has been found guilty of raping a classmate five years ago.   He was convicted on Friday in Berkshire Superior Court by Judge Michael Callan of a single count of rape relating to an on-campus incident in 2014.   The 27-year-old Bae will be sentenced on Friday, Sept. 13.   The victim, who was 19 at the time, testified that after attending an event with Bae, she returned to his room for a drink. She then got sick from the alcohol and Bae placed her in his bed where she passed out. When she awoke, Bae was raping her. He refused to stop despite her protests. The two were both Williams College students at the


Baker Proposes Tax Relief Measures, Major Rainy-Day Fund Deposit
05:49PM / Friday, September 06, 2019
BOSTON — The governor is asking the Legislature to approve tax relief to residents based on the state's surplus revenues.    The legislation filed Friday by the Baker-Polito administration will also make a deposit to the so-called "Rainy Day" fund to bring the fund balance to $3 billion, the highest balance ever.    These proposals are part of a $651 million supplemental budget bill that also makes investments in a wide range of areas including infrastructure, education and support for cities and towns.   "The commonwealth's strong economy and our disciplined approach to budgeting have resulted in another major surplus," said Gov.

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@theMarket: Markets Break Out of 3-Month Trading Range
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Friday, September 06, 2019
Investors received a bucketful of good news this week. Brexit got a reprieve, Hong Kong authorities caved in to protestors demands, and another round of trade talks is set for October between the U.S. and China. Welcome to September.   As of Friday, the S&P 500 Index was less than 2 percent from all-time highs. The other indexes are close as well. And while September is historically not a good month for the markets, this time around, September is starting off with a big bang. Can it continue?   Yes, in my opinion. We could see all three averages break out into new, all-time highs before all is said and done. While traders and computers trade on the headlines, I am more


1Berkshire Adds Senior Marketing Specialist
11:15AM / Friday, September 06, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elizabeth Nelson has joined 1Berkshires as the senior marketing specialist.

Nelson is working hand-in-hand with Lindsey Schmid, vice president of Tourism and Marketing for 1Berkshire, to continue to market the Berkshires as a great place to live, work and play. She will also work with the team on marketing the Berkshire Flyer and focus on a revamp of the website.

"We are thrilled to bring Elizabeth on board and add a new position to the marketing team," Schmid said. "We look forward to utilizing her considerable skills in marketing, as well as her expertise and connections with the creative economy to help promote the Berkshires - both regionally


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 6-12
10:31AM / Friday, September 06, 2019
Friday, Sept.6 is First Friday Artswalk and More! Enjoy 18 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student 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.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will be hosting , featuring the artists of the Lichtenstein, for the month of


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