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Letter: Caccaviello Clear Choice for DA
Letter to the Editor,
05:50PM / Friday, May 11, 2018

To the Editor:

Most Berkshire County residents will go their entire lives with only a vague concept of what role the district attorney's office has in the grand scheme of our criminal justice system. As discouraging as that may sound, it also indicates that the average citizen has been fortunate enough to not need the services of the DA's office.

If however, you find yourself the victim of a crime you will become all too familiar with the role the DA has in advocating for your dignity and rights. Who would you want on your side, navigating the legal system on your behalf? Who would you trust to win justice for you and your family? Would you trust someone who has never worked as a


BCC, MCLA Agreement Creates Pathway to Physical Therapy Doctorate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Friday, May 11, 2018

College Presidents Ellen Kennedy of BCC and James Birge of MCLA say there are more oppurtunities for the two institutions to collaborate to make higher education more accessible to students. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The county's two public colleges are teaming up to create a pathway for physical therapy assistants to continue their education.    Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts signed an articulation agreement on Thursday that opens the opportunity for a four-year degree in health sciences with a concentration in pre-physical therapy to BCC graduates.   The health sciences and community health education were added to the

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'Tully': The Helping Hand that Rocks the Cradle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:41PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
There is a surprise twist in director Jason Reitman's "Tully," about a mom whose domestic struggles increase exponentially when she adds a third child to her already challenging brood.   Ordinarily, this wouldn't be big news. Lots of movies toss us an O. Henry in the ninth inning, some preceded by clues, others with no justification other than that they had no other way to end the thing. Y'know, when in doubt, drop the deus ex machina on 'em. But here, everything — the plot, the message, the who, what where and when — hangs on that curveball.   If nothing else, the story construction alone deserves kudos. Not because it is nifty, but because

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Superior Court Briefs: May 9.
Staff Reports,
11:45AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Wednesday, May 9.   Lawrence Murray, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to file a report of child abuse as a mandated reporter and a single count of misleading a police officer or other person.   The case was continued without a finding for one year. The incidents occurred while Murray was employed by Eagleton School between November 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. 


The Independent Investor: What's Up With Oil?
By Bill Schmick,
11:00AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
Two years ago, the experts were telling us that the price of oil would continue to fall. Twelve-dollar oil was a real possibility. The end of OPEC was nigh as well as their ability to influence geopolitics. It appears those predictions were premature.   The price of oil has more than doubled over that time, from roughly $30 a barrel in the spring of 2016 to over $71 a barrel today for West Texas Intermediate crude. Those same experts now expect the price could gain further, but there is no agreement on how much higher it can go.   The "swing" factor in that equation is firmly in the hands of American shale producers. They are the culprit of the past three-year decline in


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 11-17
09:56AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 17 is the first 3rd Thursday of 2018! The first 3rd Thursday of 2018 will celebrate youth with performances by Aimee Gelinas and Berkshire Pulse Youth Drummers, Reid Middle School Band, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Groups's , Pittsfield High School's , Berkshire Salsa, Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, Rock On, The Funk Box Dance Studio, and special guests for the season Jacob's Pillow.    Click here for the full schedule!


Berkshire Lightscapes Project Has Only Days


Gillette Carnival at Berkshire Mall Entertains Young Families
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Friday, May 11, 2018

The carnival is specifically geared toward young families. 

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Gillette Carnival has returned for its 7th year at the Berkshire Mall.

But there's only a few days left to catch it.

The carnival featuring about a dozen and a half rides, food and beverage vendors, and an array of games opened shop in the Berkshire Mall parking lot last Thursday.   This is its final weekend providing an array of entertainment options for families and young children.    "It is a nice carnival. It is family owned. It is one big family and we all own the business, three generations," said owner Betty Gillette.   While the children are

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BMC Nursing Unit Offers Compromise on Biggest Contract Hurdles
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:59PM / Thursday, May 10, 2018

The nurses held a rally in front of the hospital on Thursday. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have completed a review of the hospital's proposed changes to health insurance and said they can live with it.

But, they say there is still work to be done on the staffing issue.

The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter and the hospital have been in contract negotiations for a year and a half. The last contract expired in September 2016 and negotiations have been ongoing since. Last October, the nurses held a one-day strike that was followed by a one-day lockout.   Early this year, the nurses voted on a second strike but


Pittsfield's Riverway Project Awarded $75K NEA Grant
09:23AM / Thursday, May 10, 2018

NEA's Jane Chu in one of the Masthead project's mobile writing studios in Pittsfield last June. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Westside Riverway Park project is receiving a grant of $75,000 through the National Endowment of the Arts' Our Town program.    The award was announced Wednesday by NEA Chairman Jane Chu. It is one of 60 awards totaling $4.1 million for projects across the nation.    The City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $75,000 to use for the design of the Westside Riverway Park in Pittsfield.   "The variety and quality of these Our Town projects speaks to the


BCAC Celebrates Collaboration at Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Thursday, May 10, 2018

BCAC Deputy Director Brian House introduces Greylock Federal Credit Union as the winner of the 'Community Hero Award.'

PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — In 2014, a coalition of Berkshire County nonprofits banded together to form the Community Connector Partnership in order to offer residents a more streamlined approach to finding services they may need in their lives.

On May 4, Berkshire Community Action Council, one of the founding members of the partnership that is now 30-plus members strong, celebrated the ideas of collaboration and community at its annual meeting at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

"It takes a holistic approach ... to help a family thrive," BCAC


Pittsfield Council Pushes Back Against Chipsealing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:37PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city wants to call it quits on chip-sealing accepted streets.   A group of Ward 1 residents recently noticed that their roads were set to be worked on. Except, they weren't getting paving. They were getting chip-seal — a lesser priced way to repair roads but one that opponents claim leaves small rocks in their yards they have to clean up, makes it painful for their dogs to walk on, and dangerous for their children to ride bicycles and play because of the slipperiness.   "I have a big issue with the property being damaged by chip sealing," said Kittridge Road resident Judith Ladd, who was one of a number of residents in that


BerkChique Fashion Fundraiser Returns May 11-13
02:51PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Berkshires' premier annual pop-up clothing sale and fundraiser, BerkChique!, returns for its seventh consecutive year on the weekend of Friday, May 11, through Sunday, May 13, at the West Stockbridge Historical Society, located at 9 Main St.

Since its inception in 2012, BerkChique! has donated more than $150,000 to support local nonprofits. This year the sale is being presented by and in support of WAM Theatre and its programs, with additional donations going to the Berkshire Humane Society, Community Access to the Arts and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

The annual event features new and gently used clothing and accessories in a variety of


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