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Community Health Programs Names New Chief Communications Officer
11:50AM / Monday, September 17, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has named Elizabeth "Betsy" Strickler as chief communications officer for the CHP countywide health and medical network. In this role, she will lead strategic marketing, communication and fundraising initiatives for the organization.

"Betsy is a great addition to the Community Health Programs' organization as we expand our marketing, outreach and fundraising initiatives throughout the Berkshires," said CHP CEO Lia Spiliotes. "As we continue to strengthen our brand of health care throughout the Berkshires, Betsy brings the tools to make it happen."

Strickler has worked for Berkshire region

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Gentrification Pops Up As North Berkshire Coalition Forum Topic
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, September 17, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new buzzword appeared repeatedly throughout the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday.

That gathering, the first of the season, was the annual "needs assessment" forum, at which people can come throw out ideas for what future coalition meetings should focus on. In an effort to organize those thoughts, this year, the Coalition asked people to categorize their ideas into "topics," "needs" or "assets."

The one topic that was repeated several times throughout the meeting, which was attended by nearly 100 people, was "gentrification."

"Gentrification," according to Merriam Webster,

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Pittsfield Couple Expanding Gravesite Business
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Monday, September 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In her final days, Matthew Kudlate's grandmother mentioned that she regretted not getting to the cemetery to clean up the family plot.    She was dying of cancer, one of five losses for Kudlate in recent years, and he and his cousin went the very next day to do it. And that is when a new business idea set in.   "It was kind of a heartbreaking thing to hear your grandmother say. We went up there to clean it the next day and started joking that it would be a good business idea," Kudlate said.   Somebody visiting the grave of a loved one had asked the two if they did it professionally and Kudlate thought it might be a way to make some

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Lemme, Mumford Top Individuals at Josh Billings Triathlon
08:34PM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
LENOX, Mass. -- Kent Lemme and Heather Mumford were the ironman and ironwoman champions Sunday at the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon.   Lemme completed the run, boating, biking event in a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds and placed fifth overall in the triathlon, which sees teams and indviduals competing together.   Mumford finished in 4:04:12.   The team from Allen Heights Veterinary (biker Josh Lipka, canoists Tom Keefe/Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick) defended its overall title, finishing in 2:17:08 to edge runner-up Josh Itch (Brian Rabuse, Sue Purdy/Kurt Kuehnel and Stephen Foley). Josh Itch came across the line in 2:29:18.   The top all-female team once

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Pittsfield Continues Police Oversight Conversation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:36AM / Saturday, September 15, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement lists eight essentials for a civilian police oversight board: independence, funding, access to critical information, rapport, authority, the ability to review police policies, community support, and transparency.   Igor Greenwald says the mayor's plan for such a board doesn't do that.   "The problem with the mayor's proposal is essentially it is as if somebody in the administration looked at this list of all of the things that make a successful board and decided to check none of the boxes," Greenwald told the Ordinance and Rules Committee.   Greenwald was an

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 10 - Sept. 13
Staff Reports,
03:17PM / Friday, September 14, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 10.   Stephanie Carsno, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   She was ordered to serve 63 days, time served, at the Hampden County House of Correction.    A single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute was dismissed by the state. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at her home on March 4, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 11.   Russell Allison, 45, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with

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NEPR Hires New Berkshire County Reporter
01:20PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Nancy Eve Cohen will cover Berkshire County for New England Public Radio.

Cohen has been a freelance reporter with NEPR since 2012 and has produced an impressive body of reporting for the station including recent pieces on the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, local farming and school safety from the perspective of students and teachers.

"Nancy is an experienced and accomplished reporter," said NEPR news director Sam Hudzik. "She has a particular interest and expertise in environment and agriculture stories - and has produced some brilliant ones for us."

Cohen has worked in public radio for more than two decades. She served as the

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New Executive Director Joins Berkshire Grown
01:04PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Grown's Board of Trustees has announced that Margaret Moulton has assumed the role of executive director of the organization.

Moulton's work with the Trustees of Reservations as an engagement site manager, and her long-time interest in sustainable agriculture as a volunteer educator at Stone Barns Center for Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., have uniquely prepared her to shepherd Berkshire Grown into its next stage of development, according to Allison Rachele Bayles, president of the Board of Trustees
 
"We are thrilled to have Margaret at the helm of the organization. She is uniquely suited to engage growers and eaters alike

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Greylock Staffer Graduates from CUNA Management School
12:52PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announced that Terrie Lucaroni, AVP/Manager, Project Management Office, recently graduated with honors from the Credit Union National Association Management School.

The three-year program, consists of three, two-week summer terms at the University of Wisconsin, School of Business in Madison. Each yearly term requires participants to pass three exams, complete two projects, and make an oral presentation.

"Greylock is proud of Terrie for her hard work to earn this prestigious certification. The CCUE from the CUNA Management School is an important educational accomplishment in the credit union industry and we all congratulate her

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 14-20
12:23PM / Friday, September 14, 2018
NEXT THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 is 3rd Thursday!  September's 3rd Thursday is the last of the season and it's the annual Walk a Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center! The walk kicks off at 6 p.m. from the Persip Park Stage.    The Dance Zone with Jacob's Pillow, located in front of St Joseph's Church, will feature pop-up performances by Adam H. Weinert, Cantarella School of Dance, and Berkshire Salsa. Rock On takes to the Mainstage following the walk, at 6:30 p.m. The Lichtenstein will have IS183 Art School'sexhibit open for viewing. 

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Solar Array Planned For Pontoosuc Country Club
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, September 14, 2018

Joe Fiori outlined the plan to the Conservation Commission but also told the neighbors that the company will be before the Community Development Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and will hold a neighborhood meeting as well. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ridge Avenue-area neighbors feel blindsided by a plan to construct a 6.6-megawatt solar facility at the Pontoosuc Country Club.   The Boston-based solar developer Nexamp Inc. is looking to take over 25 of the 131 acres on the course for a photovoltaic array. The planned array is located on the southern portion of the property — the Hancock Road side of the first handful of holes.    Nexamp's business

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'Juliet, Naked': Anatomy of a Triangle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:06PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
Ethan Hawke's Tucker Crowe in Jesse Peretz's intelligent, seriocomic "Juliet, Naked," had me thinking back to 1969 when, during a hiccup in my education, I visited my best friend, rock 'n' roller Howard "Richard" Tepp, in Malibu. It was the era of free love and, like the fictitious Tucker Crowe, Howie, through the cooperation of some enthusiastic groupies, had strewn the landscape with several progenies. The other similarity between the two is the cult following that grew out of their brief stardom.   Fact is, throughout history, there have been many such multi-pollinating troubadours who, intentionally or not, have substituted legacies of their DNA

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