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With Financing Mostly In Place, St. Mary's Redevelopment Moving Forward
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

There remains a question of funding for the terracotta roof and the campanile tower.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With a new investor on board, CT Management has just about all of its funding in place to redevelop the St. Mary the Morningstar campus.   Developer David Carver purchased the property at the end of 2017 with plans to transform the historic property into 29 market-rate housing units.   Since then the company has been working on securing the financing needed to preserve the buildings and transform the interiors while still making economic sense. The project is estimated to cost more than $6 million.   "When it starts to get above that, the

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Knight Backs Caccaviello in District Attorney's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:16PM / Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Despite Knight and Harrington both being considered the more progressive candidates in the field, Knight is opting to support Caccaviello instead of Harrington. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Judith Knight isn't going to be the next district attorney. But she hopes Paul Caccaviello will be.   Knight, who finished third in the Democratic primary in September, is putting her support behind Caccaviello's write-in campaign.   Knight made the announcement on steps of the Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.   "This is probably not the best political thing for me to do. I know I will be criticized ... but this is the right thing to do," Knight

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Biz Briefs: Red Lion Inn Partners with Stash Hotel Rewards
03:05PM / Monday, October 15, 2018
New partnership

The Red Lion Inn is partnering with with Stash Hotel Rewards, the largest loyalty program for independent hotels in the United States. Guests at The Red Lion Inn are now able to earn points toward free nights at more than 150 independent hotels across the country. And Stash members can earn and redeem points to stay at one of the most quintessential Berkshires hotels in Stockbridge.

"Aside from being able to offer our guests rewards points for their stays, we wanted a loyalty program with a unique portfolio and a devoted following," said Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality, which owns and manages the inn. "Stash's network of community oriented,

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Pittsfield Car Rolls Over In Driveway, Hits Neighboring Building
Staff Reports,
02:35PM / Monday, October 15, 2018

There was reportedly no structural damage. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police and fire responded to a somewhat unique accident Monday afternoon.   In the driveway of a Columbus Avenue multi-family apartment building was an overturned Subaru, leaning on the neighbor's home.   There were no injuries as the woman operating the vehicle got out with only minor bumps and scratches.   According to those on the scene, the operator was driving into the driveway and hit stairs leading to one of the apartments.   The vehicle then rolled, coming to a stop on its roof, and leaning on the neighboring building.   A wrecker had to navigate the narrow driveway to pull the

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Berkshires Beat: BSO Going 'Into the Forest' for Pleasant Valley Concert
02:12PM / Monday, October 15, 2018
Into the Forest

On Friday, Oct. 19, beginning at noon, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with Mass Audubon, the BBC, and 99.5 WCRB in programming a special 150-minute performance to be broadcast live from the 18th century barn at Pleasant Valley in Lenox as part of the BBC's Radio 3's "Into the forest, In Tune." The live broadcast is available to a worldwide audience online. Limited outdoor seating for this broadcast may be available depending on the weather; check the Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Facebook page on Friday morning, Oct. 19.

This special performance and live broadcast on BBC's Radio 3 will feature performances by violinist Yevgeny Kutik;

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Registration, Early Voting Deadlines Set for Election Day
01:08PM / Monday, October 15, 2018
The last day to register to vote or to change voting affiliation for the Nov. 6 Massachusetts state election is Wednesday, Oct. 17.    The offices of town and city clerks will be open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday for citizens to register to vote. You can also register online or check your whether you are registered to vote through the secretary of state's office. The deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. You may also check with your local boards of register through your town or city clerk to determine if you are registered.    Citizens may also vote by absentee ballot if they will be absent from their place of voting on election day or for

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New Men's Group Piques Interest at Coalition Forum on Relational Violence
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, October 15, 2018

MIC INC fielded a team in the Walk A Mile fundraiser in Pittsfield in September. The group also will hold a 'standout' at North Adams City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Back in March, the community came together at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meeting to talk about relational violence on the heels of the death of a local woman, allegedly at the hands of her husband.

On Friday, six months later, the community once again came back to a Coalition forum to jump right back into the same issue — and to hear what has been done since March.

The most visible of the efforts made since March is the formation of Men Initiating

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Pittsfield Sells $875K Worth of Tax Liens
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:46PM / Sunday, October 14, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The tax lien auction brought in another $875,000, adding to about $800,000 the city had taken in ahead of time in back taxes.   According to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood, 61 liens were sold by Strategic Auction Alliance at City Hall on Thursday afternoon accounting for $875,770.61.   The biggest buyer was Boston-based Tallage Davis LLC that purchased 22 liens for a price of $239,682.54. Dover-based Lewis Morse LLC purchased 13 liens for the price of $257,784.07. And Philadelphia-based Tower DB VIIII Trust purchased 16 liens at the price of $222,137.66.   In total there were 12 bidders in the auction, including a handful of local

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Victor, Dumigan Presented Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Saturday, October 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Whenever Tricia Victor or Katherine Dumigan walk into a room, they are likely going to be the smartest one there, according to Superintendent of Schools Jason McCandless.   "It's every parent's wish and desire in work and life to hope for, and aspire to, and blood sweat and tears toward, making sure our own children are smarter and better informed than we are ... I can tell you wherever these two women go, they are probably the smartest, most knowledgeable, hardest working people in the room," McCandless said.   The two received the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Certificates of Excellence on Wednesday night. One student

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Mark Shapp Honored as RSVP Volunteer of the Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mayor Linda Tyer presented a certificate of recognition to Shapp. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mark Shapp knows his way around, whether that be City Hall or a train.    And Shapp is happy to share his knowledge with anyone. In the last decade, he's volunteered 4,316 of his hours to do just that.   In the last year, he's spent 629 hours volunteering as the City Hall ambassador and with the Berkshire Scenic Railway.    And that is why he was recognized with the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program's Volunteer of the Year Award on Friday.    "Mark is always willing to help with any of our City Hall tasks. During election time, he helps sort

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No Injuries Reported After Police Fire Weapons During Search
Staff Reports,
05:07PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Noble Avenue was closed for most of the day on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police officers shot at a man while executing a search warrant on West Housatonic Street on Friday morning but there were no injuries.   According to the district attorney's office, while the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant relating to drug activity, 23-year-old Marcel Teixeira-Ingram Jr. was seen pointing a handgun at officers. Two officers discharged weapons in response but did not hit the man.   He was then taken into custody.   Teixeira-Ingram Jr. is being charged with armed assault with intent to murder, illegal possession of a firearm, armed career

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 21 - Oct. 11
Staff Reports,
03:17PM / Friday, October 12, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 21.   Shane Harding, 29, of Marcy, N.Y. was found guilty on three counts of rape and a single count of kidnapping.   He was ordered to be held without bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction until sentencing. On Tuesday, September 25, Harding was sentenced to concurrent eight to 18 to 20 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charge. He was given eight to 10 years on the kidnapping charge. Those sentences will begin after he completes any time he is currently serving in the state of New York.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September

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