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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

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

This delightful paragraph arrived Saturday morning from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

"The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public that weather forecasters are expecting a winter storm to impact travel across the Commonwealth beginning Saturday evening and continuing throughout Sunday. Heavy wet snow is expected to begin falling on Saturday evening, transition to freezing rain and sleet in some areas on Sunday, and be followed by a flash freeze on Sunday afternoon and evening. The public is advised to minimize travel if possible, make smart decisions if driving, and be mindful of potentially hazardous travel conditions due to the

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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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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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MassWildlife Rescues Deer Stuck on Pontoosuc Lake
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:48AM / Thursday, January 17, 2019

Rescuers attempt to evaluate the deer, which was stuck on the ice and in a pool of blood.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — MassWildlife rescued a mature buck stuck on Pontoosuc Lake on Thursday morning.   The 180- to 190-pound animal will now be assessed, treated, and hopefully released back into the wild. It is unknown how long the deer was stuck on the ice but a team from the state's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife was able to tranquilize the animal and free it from the lake.   "This deer was out on the ice and couldn't get any grip, splayed out. It looks like he has some injury there. The deer is immobilized now and we'll take it off-site and assess

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Fire Displaces Four Pittsfield Families
By Andy McKeever,
07:53PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The flames poked through the roof of the building but Engine 5's crew controlled the blaze.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four families are displaced after a fire caused significant damage to a Cherry Street apartment building.

But quick work and awareness from the firefighters ultimately saved the building. 

Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Noyes said firefighters were dispatched to 2-4 Cherry Street at about 6:30 Wednesday night for the reported fire and almost immediately after arriving, it was reported that the fire was out.   That wasn't the case.   "Upon arrival, we were advised that it was out. Engine 3 was the first crew in, Capt. Miller had his thermal

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