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BRPC: Chapter 90 Spending Trails at Least a Year Behind
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has found that towns tend to act conservatively with Chapter 90 funds for road work because of uncertainty around the program.   BRPC's Senior Transportation Planner Eammon Coughlin did a study on the use of Chapter 90 in the Berkshires and found that there is at least a year delay between when the state funds are allocated to towns and when they are actually spent.   The state's Chapter 90 program is money bonded and sent to each municipality in the state based on a formula consisting of road miles, population, and employment. In 2012, the Massachusetts Municipal Association released a report showing

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Yola Esther Developer Settles With State, Asks Pittsfield to Accept Roads
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Residents have been living for a number of years in the subdivision that technically has not been completed as the city, state, and developer seek a path to the final approvals. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The developers of the Yola Esther subdivision are again asking the city to accept the three streets — Kara, Giovina, and Karen — after reaching an agreement with the state Architectural Access Board.   The developers of the controversial subdivision say they have complied with the AAB's orders to make certain improvements to provide for better access for those with disabilities and pay a $150,000 fine — a fine significantly reduced by

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Lanesborough Ousts Reilly, Jones In Annual Town Election
Staff Reports,
09:11PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Longtime moderator Robert Reilly and Finance Committee Chairman Ray Jones were both ousted from their seats in town government during Tuesday's election.   Reilly was beaten by Chris Dodig, who launched a write-in campaign following last week's town meeting that saw Reilly have Jones removed from the meeting by police. Reilly secured 128 votes to Dodig's 177.   Jones, meanwhile, was defeated by newcomer JJ Filiault and incumbent Stephen Wentworth for the two available three-year terms on the Finance Committee. Filiault was the top vote-getter with 225, followed by Wentworth with 193. Jones received 121 votes.   Last week's

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Berkshire Mayors Call for Action on Border Separation of Families
Staff Reports,
03:46PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The mayors of Pittsfield and North Adams are adding their voices to calls to rescind a "zero-tolerance" policy decision by the U.S. Department of Justice that has resulted in the separation of children from families attempting to cross the border illegally or requesting asylum.    "As the mayors of the cities of Pittsfield and North Adams in Western Massachusetts, we write to express our shared opposition to the Trump administration's policy of separating children from parents at the U.S. border. We stand with civic, community, and spiritual leaders across the nation in decrying a policy that has evoked unnecessary fear and

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38 Graduate From The Adult Learning Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ckahlysia Walker and her grandmother a year after Walker promised to graduate. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ckahlysia Walker's grandmother was pretty much destined to fail.    It was some 60 years ago in South Carolina when she found out she was pregnant in an environment rigged against her. She hadn't finished high school. She left that behind and moved to New Jersey, started her family there, and ultimately got a job she could work at for the next 30 years to support her family.    Last year, Ckahlysia hadn't completed high school either but she didn't face the same situation as her grandmother. She listened to her grandmother's stories and

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Berkshire Country Day School Holds Grade 8 Awards Ceremony
04:00PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated its seventh- and eighth-graders at an awards and end-of-year closing ceremony held Wednesday, June 13.   Certificates for completing the course of study through eighth grade were presented to Aurora Benson, Symaira Elliott, Donald Miller, and Will St. John, all of Pittsfield; Abbey Boyd of West Stockbridge; Anje Capala of Spencertown, N.Y.; Halle Davies of Lenox; Esme Lazar and Ryan Sonsini, both of Great Barrington; Jamie McDonnell of Old Chatham, N.Y.; Clara Mollerus of  Otis; Keely O'Gorman of Lee; Alex Rodriguez-Benjamin and Sean Sylbert, both

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Environmental Bond Bill Contains Earmarks for Dalton, Hinsdale
02:59PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
BOSTON — State Rep. Paul W. Mark of Peru joined his colleagues in putting forth a comprehensive environmental bond bill containing more than $2 billion for improvements to air, water, parkway and trail quality across the commonwealth. Within this bill, Mark was able to secure $5.5 million dollars in earmarks for environmental revitalization and cleanup in Berkshire and Franklin counties.   "These funds will help our communities undertake important projects that will improve our environment and quality of life while also providing a path forward for sustainable growth," the Peru Democrat said.     H.4559 allocates $1 million for the removal of hazardous

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State House Passes Act That Helps Preserve Family Farms
02:46PM / Monday, June 18, 2018

BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli joined state Rep. Kate Hogan of Stwo and colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass a bill that aims to preserve family farms across the commonwealth.

H.3915, An Act to establish estate tax valuation for farms, would change the method for assessment of the estate tax valuation for agricultural land. Pignatelli, of Lenox, worked with Hogan to include the agricultural estate tax reform bill as part of a larger environmental bond bill that seeks to address the commonwealth's climate change preparedness and response plans.

"The agricultural estate tax is possibly one of the most important pieces of legislation

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
02:28PM / Monday, June 18, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2018 dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following Berkshire County students qualified for high honors:

Adams: Alexandria T. Brandon, Justin

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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
02:21PM / Monday, June 18, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in grade six who earned high honors are: Addison

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Berkshires Beat: Tickets on Sale for Lions Circus
02:02PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
It's the circus!

The Dalton Lions Club are now selling tickets for its annual circus, the 25th year it has brought America's oldest performing art to Dalton. Ticket locations are: Val's Variety in Adams; Harry's Supermarket, Wahconah Street, Pittsfield; Green Ridge Variety, Dalton; Dalton CRA, 400 Main St.; and Dalton General Store. Advance adult tickets are $18; that includes two free children's tickets for each adult ticket bought.

The circus is Friday, July 6, at 2  and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7, at 4 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, at 2 p.m. The performance by the Zerbini Family Circus features amazing performers from around the world and domestic animals - dogs-

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Be Safe When the Temperatures Soar
11:57AM / Monday, June 18, 2018

It's that time of year when the temperature goes up and heat and humidity, which can be deadly, make being outdoors very uncomfortable. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. The American Red Cross has steps you can take to help stay safe when the temperatures soar.

"It's important for everyone to realize that warm weather can be dangerous," said Holly Grant, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. "The Red Cross has steps you can follow to make sure you and your loved ones are protected when hot weather hits your area."

 

Heat

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