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Pittsfield Police Honors Good Work, Promotions, Retirements
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, May 16, 2019

After more than 32 years with the department, James McIntyre is retiring in July. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In November, officers were sent to Cherry Street for a call of suspicious activity.    The officers received information about a potential vehicle but nothing was immediately in the area. Officer John Virgilio kept it in mind and later in the day he saw it. He tracked it down and with Officers Edward Pezze, Michael Lupisella, Michael Silver, and Matthew Killeen.   There were four individuals from Springfield in the vehicle, one had an arrest warrant, and search of the car found a firearm and 150 bags of heroin. It was said to be one of the biggest heroin busts the


Adams Hires Officer, Recognizes Departing Board Members
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Thursday, May 16, 2019

Police Officer Christopher Whitney is sworn in by Town Clerk Haley Mezcywor on Wednesday. ADAMS, Mass. — The town welcomed new Police Officer Christopher Whitney and recognized two departing members of the School Committee and Planning Board for their many years of service.    Whitney, who was met with applause Wednesday after his ratification by the Board of Selectmen, brings over 17 years experience in law enforcement to the department.   "His training and experience speak volumes and he is going to be a tremendous asset to our department and to the town," Police Chief Richard Tarsa said. "To have a new hire with 17 plus years experience

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Pittsfield Honors Peace Officers Memorial Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:27PM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Police Chief Michael Wynn provided opening and closing remarks. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 23,721 law enforcement officers have been died in the line of duty since 1791, according to Police Chief Michael Wynn.   Five of them died in Pittsfield: Capt. Michael Leonard, in 1898; Jailer James Fuller, 1901; Secret Service Operative William Craig, 1902; Officer Leo Sullivan, 1956; and Officer Timothy Shepard, 1988.   In honor of National Police Week, the Pittsfield Police Department took time on Wednesday in remembrance of those five, officers throughout the nation, and those currently in the field.   "Who chooses to do this work? Why do they choose to do it? Critics


Time to ‘Cycle’ through Some Investment Ideas
11:11AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019

If you've noticed an increase in bicycle-related events lately, it might be because May is recognized as "Bike Month" – and some cities even observe a specific Bike Week. Of course, bicycling is good exercise and an environmentally friendly method of transportation, but it can also teach us some lessons about investing.

Here are a few to consider:

* Put the brakes on risky moves. To keep themselves safe, experienced cyclists regularly do two things: They keep their brakes in good shape and they don't take unnecessary risks, such as whipping around blind curves. As an investor, you can combine these two actions by putting your own "brakes" on risky moves.


Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
09:43AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2019-20 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Adams/St. Stanislaus Kostka

Preschool open house and registration for 3- and 4-year-olds will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka preschool building on


Pittsfield Councilors Seek New Funding Source For 'At Home' Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The four city councilors who killed the mayor's home improvement program are seeking a resurrection.   Councilors Christopher Connell, Melissa Mazzeo, Kevin Morandi, and Anthony Simonelli filed a joint petition calling on the mayor to organize a working group to find a different funding source. They had voted against the program that eyed to use $250,000 of the General Electric Economic Development Fund to help residents make exterior repairs to their homes.   "If this is so important, and we feel it is and the administration feels it is, then we will make it happen," Morandi said. "If this is so valuable, we can find money to make it


Mount Greylock School District Developing Strategic Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District has identified five key goals to address in the district's first strategic plan since it fully regionalized to include its two elementary schools in November 2017.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady laid out the goals and discussed some of the steps the district can take to address them at last week's special meeting of the School Committee.   Grady said the plan is being developed by a committee of 15 to 20 people representing the three schools' principals, two members of the School Committee, staff and community members.   "It's important for us to really focus on our goals and


Biz Briefs: BerkChique Fashion Fundraiser Returns to West Stockbridge
11:59AM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019
BerkChique's eighth year

The Berkshires' premier annual pop-up clothing sale and fundraiser, BerkChique, returns for its eighth consecutive year from Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, at the West Stockbridge Historical Society, located at 9 Main St., West Stockbridge. Since its inception in 2012, BerkChique has donated more than $180,000 to support local nonprofits. This year the sale is being presented by and in support of WAM Theatre and its programs, with additional donations going to the Berkshire Humane Society, Community Access to the Arts, and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

The annual event features new and gently used clothing and accessories in a variety of


Third Thursday Returns For 13th Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:05AM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The longstanding summer street festival Third Thursday returns this month.   The event is held throughout the summer on North Street. The city's main thoroughfare is completely shut down and filled with vendors, food, music, and entertainment. It brings thousands of people to the city's downtown every third Thursday of the month from May until September.   "We are always thrilled that the first Third Thursday in May celebrates the youth," said Director of Cultural Development Jennifer Glockner.   Glockner said May's event will feature performances from an array of youth groups and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will be


Lanesborough Irons Out Local Process For Marijuana Companies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town will soon be closed off to new prospective marijuana retailers but that could change in two years.   The Board of Selectmen solidified its process for approving community host agreements on Monday, a requirement for a potential company to seek state permits. The town has limited the number of retailers to two and has one host agreement approved and another one in the works.   The board agreed on Monday not to allow any more host agreements but are requiring the next agreement to include a provision that the project must be done within two years.   The process came under question after the board agreed to engage with two retailers but


Elms College to Hold 88th Commencement May 18
03:04PM / Monday, May 13, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Elms College will confer degrees on 536 degrees on Saturday, May 18, at the Mass Mutual Center.    The commencement speaker is health-care entrepreneur and philanthropist William Lyons III, who will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving honorary degrees will be Savina Martin, co-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign, and Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director of Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Springfield, in recognition of their contributions to the world.   The 91-year-old Catholic liberal arts college will present 187 bachelor of arts degrees, 206 bachelor of science degrees, 116 master's degrees 20


State Economic Council Sets Berkshire Listening Session
01:45PM / Monday, May 13, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Baker administration's new Economic Development Planning Council will meet at Massachusetts Museum of  Contemporary Art next month as a part of a regional listening tour.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Monday swore in members of the council that will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan that will be presented to Baker by the end of the year. Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy will serve as co-chairs of the council.

The council includes appointees of the House, Senate, relevant Executive Secretariats, and municipal leaders, along with small-business owners and


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