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Pittsfield Firefighters Quickly Knock Out North Street Fire
Staff Reports,
11:20AM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The multi-family building is at the corner of North and Edgewood.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield firefighters were able to quickly knock down a fire that started in the back of 823 North St. on Wednesday morning.

Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said crews got the call at 9:11 that heavy smoke was showing at the back of the multi-family house on the corner of Edgewood Road, just north of Berkshire Medical Center. North Street near the hospital was closed temporarily as a result.

"Crews made an aggressive interior attack," said Czerwinski, who said firefighters found "a heavy amount of fire" in the back corner of the first floor but were quickly able to knock it

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Pittsfield Calls For Increased Monitoring, Communication Regarding Hill 78
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Increased levels of contamination in groundwater near the toxic waste sites near Allendale School have city councilors asking for increased scrutiny.   The City Council accepted a report on Tuesday that calls for another meeting with the state Departments of Environmental Protection and of Public Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the May test results around what is known as Hill 78 and Building 71. The sites are toxic landfills created as part of the General Electric cleanup.   In May, the groundwater test results in two wells were found to be above benchmarks, but not at an actionable level. The wells will be tested

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Secretary of State Candidate Amore Drums Up Support in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Anthony Amore views elections as the "next great security challenge" and it is one he hopes to take on.   The Swampscott Republican is challenging longtime incumbent William Galvin for the post of secretary of state in the November election. Amore has a lengthy background in security — he's currently security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — and is pledging to increase public access to records and secure the election process.   "I think 2016 showed glaring vulnerabilities. This is the first election cycle after we saw threats to our elections. Bill Galvin has been in [various government] office for 23 years,

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Northern Berkshire United Way Announces Campaign Goal
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018

iBerkshires.com account representative Tyler Bissaillon of Adams became of the youngest board member in the history of the Northern Berkshire United Way when he was officially elected to the board on Friday. The other new board members are: William Blackmer of North Adams, a retired lieutenant/station commander with the Massachusetts State Police; Yvette Stoddard of Adams, director of Academic Services-ASD Residential Program at Hillcrest Educational Centers; and Candace Wall of Stamford, Vt., a private practice psychotherapist.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The numbers tell the story of the Northern Berkshire United Way.

Last year, the organization's campaign goal was $470,000. The

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Berkshire Education Task Force Developing Models for Collaboration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018
LEE, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has completed its initial mission of determining options for local schools facing difficult economic and academic futures.    Now, it's hoping to offer pathways to school officials as they decide whether and how far to proceed toward the task force's solution of a single countywide school district.    William Cameron, task force member and retired superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District, presented the coalition's goals to the meeting of Region VI of the Massachusachusetts Association of School Committees last week.   The task force last met on Sept. 22, he said,

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Area Teams Earn Titles at Dalton Youth Soccer Tournament
09:34AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- Teams from Dalton, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown picked up titles at the 22nd annual Dalton CRA Just for Kicks Socccer Tournament on Sunday.   Fifty-five teams of boys and girls in various age groups converged on Nessacus Middle School and Wahconah Regional High School for two days of games starting on Saturday morning.   Teams were drawn from every part of the county plus the Pioneer Valley, Vermont and New York's Capital District.   The hometown squad from Dalton earned the U14 boys championship with a 6-1 win over Pittsfield Soccer Club in the title game.   In the U14 girls, PSC turned the tables, taking a 1-0 win over Dalton in the

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Parkington Standing Out on College Volleyball Team
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:38AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
Wahconah High graduate Emma Parkington is a two-time Rookie of the Week in the Empire 8 as a freshman on the Russell Sage College volleyball team this fall.   Parkington most recently earned the award on Sept. 24 after averaging 1.83 kills per set over 18 sets while hitting to a .310 percentage and recording a team-best 49 assists in four matches for the Gators.   On the year, Parkington leads Sage (5-15) in kills (132), assists (189) and hitting percentage (.224). She also has 20 service aces.   And she is only one of a number of 2018 Berkshire County high school graduates making impacts on their collegiate volleyball teams this season.   At Anna Maria College, freshman

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Mount Greylock, Wahconah Add Unified Basketball Teams
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
07:23AM / Sunday, October 07, 2018

Mount Greylock Athletic Director Lindsey von Holtz has been wanting for several years to bring the program to the school.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock senior Clare Sheedy had some butterflies going into Thursday's basketball practice.   And they had nothing to do with her jump shot.   "Before this practice — and [teammate Jayden Johnson] can attest to this, I was very nervous," Sheedy said after her first workout with the school's new Unified Basketball team. "I was worried I'd say the wrong thing or maybe I'd feel awkward or I wouldn't be a good influence. But the first five minutes, I felt it was going really

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@theMarket: Will China Be Next?
By Bill Schmick,
10:37AM / Saturday, October 06, 2018
After this week's trade deal between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, investors are waiting to see if China will now come to the table. What would it take for that to happen?   Mid-term elections could be the trigger. It wouldn't surprise me to see a deal before November — since the polls appear to favor the Democrats. Trump's tariff offensives, while supported by most of his base, are deeply disturbing to those who are feeling the brunt of foreign-trade retaliation.   Farmers, for example, and blue-collar workers in certain steel-related industries, are suffering. Many of them are also part of the 39 percent minority of Americans who support Donald Trump and his

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Berkshire Bank Promotes One to First Vice President
03:45PM / Friday, October 05, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has promoted Deanna Markham to first vice president/retail distribution manager.

In her new position, Markham will maintain a strong leadership presence and community involvement as she remains local to the Berkshires, working from the company's Pittsfield office.
 
Markham has held many positions throughout the company since her start with Berkshire Bank in 2006 as a branch manager in Lee, Mass. In her 12 years at the bank, she has advanced in the company, including promotions to AVP/branch manager, vice president/regional manager in Berkshire County and, most recently, vice president/sales and delivery in 2017.

Recognized for her hard

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Berkshire Money Management President Honored by Berkshire Family YMCA
03:39PM / Friday, October 05, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — Barbara Schmick, Berkshire Money Management's pPresident and COO, recently received a "Changing Lives After 55" award from the Berkshire Family YMCA.

Schmick was recognized, alongside other community leaders — including BCC president Ellen Kennedy, MCLA history professor Frances Jones-Sneed, Women of Color Giving Circle founder Shirley Edgerton, Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and Berkshire Theatre Group CEO Kate Maguire — in a public ceremony at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

Schmick was honored for her longtime commitment to growing the local economy and "being a good steward of resources and

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Hinds Named Co-Chair of Committion on Public School Transportation
03:35PM / Friday, October 05, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds has been appointed to co-chair the Special Commission on Improving Efficiencies in Student Transportation by Senate President Karen E. Spilka.
 
"The method and formulas by which our public school districts are funded are flawed, and this impacts the budgets of all our schools," Hinds said. "That is why I am excited by this opportunity to address such a significant issue that impacts school and municipal budgets, and, ultimately, directs money back into our classrooms."

The Special Commission, established by Section 77 of the FY19 state budget (Chapter 154 of the Acts of 2018), is charged with making recommendations

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