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Casella Waste Systems Acquires Assets from Republic Services
12:20PM / Tuesday, September 03, 2019
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Waste hauler Republic Services changes its name Tuesday as it becomes part of Casella Waste Systems Inc.   The subsidiary of Republic Services Inc., which is headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is one of two assets sold to Casella in an agreement reached this past June. The other is located in Albany, N.Y., and both generate approximately $30 million in revenue.   The acquisition of the Cheshire subsidiary includes the service contract for trash and recycling pickup in the city of Pittsfield. Casella's purchase of the contract maintains existing collection services for residents in Pittsfield and will not incur any changes.   "The city of

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Berkshires Beat: Woofstock 2019 to be Held at The Common in Pittsfield
11:24AM / Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Woofstock 2019

Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock, an annual 5K Run and Downtown Dog Walk celebrating people and their pups, will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at The Common in Pittsfield. Runners will be timed by Berkshire Running Center, and walkers will stroll along North Street to help raise awareness for the shelter's mission. Leashed canine companions are welcome during both events. Afterward, participants and supporters are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities, canine games, food trucks, music, and raffles.

All participants are encouraged to collect pledges to benefit homeless animals, and registration includes a free online crowdfunding tool. BHS receives no state or

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Inauguration 2016
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White Keeps Big Picture in Mind in Re-Election Run
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, September 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Peter White likes to look at the big picture and not just from his at-large seat on the City Council but by being involved in a host of community activities — from serving on the Morningside Initiative Steering Committee to participating in local Facebook groups.    "I like being at a coffee shop and just having somebody come up and ask a question or have a conversation," he said. "I like getting to know people and getting to know what needs to be done from their viewpoints ... really listening to as many people as possible and letting that influence how our city goes.   "I love Pittsfield, the Berkshires, and I feel like

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Pollinators Abound in Search for Sweet Nectar
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:27PM / Sunday, September 01, 2019

Long dash skipper stretching proboscis to secure nectar deep within a blossom. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In the early morning sun way up on Mount Greylock, I muse among the wildflowers blooming trailside on a grassy service road adjacent to the reservoir, where tall white fleabanes bloom.    At first, the predominant moth is like a small sphingid moth with scalloped wings adorned with large white wing patches, with heavy body again like the hawk moths (family: Sphingidae).   However, the appearance may in turn mimic the sphinx moths. But this window-winged moth is Thyris maculata in family Thyrididae, not the Geometridae. See Charles Covell, author of "Eastern

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Pittsfield Police Cruiser Involved in Accident
07:11PM / Saturday, August 31, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield Police cruiser was involved in a two-car accident on Thursday evening and the officer and the driver of the second vehicle incurred minor injuries.    According to police, the 2017 Ford Explorer operated by Officer Matthew Killeen was northbound traveling from South Street through the intersection at Park Square at about 8:30 p.m. when he collided with a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Sheila Aitken of Cheshire.   Killeen had his emergency lights activated in response to a call for service, police said.    Both operators were transported to Berkshire Medical Center for minor injuries. The crash is being investigated by

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Hearing for Pot Cultivation on Pittsfield Peck's Road Continued
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:15AM / Saturday, August 31, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals has continued a hearing in regard to a proposed outdoor marijuana cultivation operation on Peck's Road.    After some discussion last week, the ZBA decided not to act on Northeast Cultivation's request for a special permit in order to seek information on possible marijuana odor and what recourse residents have if the odor becomes a problem.   "I am not happy about a decision where we put the onus on the neighborhood to go through the appeal process," board member John Fitzgerald said. "We are here to protect the neighborhood and allow the farmers to do what they want but this is new. This is not like

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@theMarket: The Summer of Financial Discontent
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Friday, August 30, 2019
As we close out the summer, investors have had anything but a sleepy three months. The volatility caused by the Fed's actions, Donald Trump's tweets, Brexit, and tariff threats had markets gaining and losing billions — if not trillions — of dollars in assets on a weekly, and sometimes, daily basis.   The question you might ask is "Will it continue?" The short answer is yes, at least into October, unless a trade deal is signed. And what are the chances of that happening? Not very high, if you listen to the experts who profess to know and understand China.    A respected Deutsche Bank economist, Yi Xiong, wrote in a recent report that China has

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Compromises With Proprietor's Lodge
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Friday, August 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board approved a request by Proprietor's Lodge to have amplified entertainment outdoors but only during wedding ceremonies.    The board unanimously voted Monday to amend the lodge's entertainment license but not to the full extent the managers of the property wanted.    "Any amplification ought to be limited at this time to during a wedding ceremony. Period," Chairman Thomas Campoli said. "I think that is something that will be helpful to the Proprietor's Lodge and help you guys do what you want to do but I also think it is respectful to the neighborhood."   Attorney Dennis Eagan,

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 30-Sept. 5
08:09PM / Thursday, August 29, 2019
SEPTEMBER is Library Card Sign-up Month September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and to celebrate, local businesses will be offering special discounts and giveaways exclusive to library card holders. The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's public library, has joined forces with Downtown Pittsfield to coordinate these deals in downtown businesses for the entire month. Simply show your library card to receive the offer! See website for each location's special deal!   MUSIC &

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The Independent Investor: The Rising Costs of Hurricanes
By Bill Schmick,
04:58PM / Thursday, August 29, 2019
Over the last few decades, hurricanes have wreaked havoc on this country. Hurricanes have caused the most deaths, the greatest damage, and cost the most money of any weather or climate-related disasters in U.S. history. Some say we're just getting started when it comes to the intensity and frequency of these super storms.   The frequency of hurricanes (like just about any other subject you can think of in this country these days) can be a political football depending on who you talk to. Environmentalists blame a warmer climate and rising sea levels, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, for the rise in super storms. If you are in the Trump camp, the tendency is to deny that there is

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'The Peanut Butter Falcon': Wrestling With Bigotry
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:23PM / Thursday, August 29, 2019
It is big-hearted, pleasantly pie-in-the-sky save for some routine tumult in the climax, and provides a good service in dramatizing the realities of living with the genetic disorder known as Down syndrome. But my problem as I viewed "The Peanut Butter Falcon" is that I was more fascinated by the lead actor, Zack Gottsagen, than by the story.    You see, Gottsagen does indeed have Down syndrome. And his starring role in this Twain-like adventure yarn about a man institutionalized because of his Down syndrome who takes it on the lam to claim his destiny as a professional wrestler, is no small watershed, either for cinema or for others possessing that third copy of

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Thursday, August 29, 2019

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 2. Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states to

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