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Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates Debate City Issues
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, October 24, 2019

Candidates Melissa Mazzeo and Linda Tyer took questions related to crime, social justice and business at Wednesday's debate.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo sparred over city issues during a debate hosted by the NAACP's Berkshire County Branch.   Tyer, the incumbent mayor, and Mazzeo, a councilor at large, contested a variety of issues including crime, economic development, and inclusiveness Wednesday night at Conte Community School.   After opening statements, NAACP Executive Committee member and moderator Will Singleton asked the first question about crime in the city.    Tyer said the city has hired

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts EMA Incentives
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Thursday, October 24, 2019

BIC Executive Director Ben Sosne speaks to the City Council. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council unanimously approved two incentives welcoming  Electro Magnetic Applications Inc. to the city.   After sending a special tax agreement and an Economic Development Fund allocation for EMA Inc. to subcommittee for consideration, the full City Council cast its vote Tuesday in favor of the incentives that will help the aerospace company take off in Pittsfield.   "We are investing our money into growing and we want part of that investment to be here," EMA President Tim McDonald said. "We think there is a real market need for this type of work and we

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Inauguration 2016
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Women's Political Caucus Endorses North Adams, Pittsfield Candidates
12:46PM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee has endorsed a dozen women seeking election for all levels of government in Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley, including in North Adams and Pittsfield.    In North Adams, the PAC has again endorsed Lisa Blackmer and Marie T. Harpin, both of whom are running for at-large seats on the North Adams City Council. Harpin is running for a second term and Blackmer for a sixth term, after a two-year break from the council.   In Pittsfield, the PAC is endorsing Linday Tyer in her run for re-election for a second term as Pittsfield mayor. It is endorsing for the second time Helen Moon,

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Authorities Make Arrest in Adams Structure Fire Incident
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10:59AM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Authorities detour traffic at the mall entrance in Lanesborough as they take the suspect into custody.  The Adams Police Department has released more information on Tuesday's fire and suspect chase.   According to a statement released on Wednesday morning,"Based on the information provided to police from witnesses along with family and friends there was concern that the fire had been intentionally set, and that firearms had been stolen from the home."   The suspect in the incident then fled to Pittsfield where he was involved in a "domestic situation" that resulted in a lockdown of city schools and a countywide "be on the look

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Election 2019 Debates & Candidate Forums
09:17AM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
North Adams City Council Forums Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. / HiLo club, 55 Union St.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students in professor Samantha Pettey's "State and Local Politics" are hosting two candidate forums for City Council candidates in conjunction with the North Adams Chamber of Commerce.   The two events were split between the 14 council candidates running for nine seats and the seven candidates running for school committees — five candidates for three seats on the North Adams School Committee and four candidates for three seats on the McCann School Committee.     At each event, candidates will meet

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Baseball in the Berkshires Presents 'Batmania' Talk
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07:51AM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Just in time for Halloween, the Baseball in the Berkshires museum will host "Batmania: The History of Bats" on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.   Educator Jeff Wallace from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will give the presentation on the history of bats.   Participants will be able to see, touch and handle bats from the 1850s to today, including bats used by Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Dave Mattingly, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts and Mike Judge.   Admission is free.   The Lichtenstein Center is located at 28 Renne Ave.

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Reopens Kellogg Street Branch
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:40AM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A crowd gathers for the grand reopening of the Kellogg Street branch. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union returned "home" with the grand opening of its newly renovated Kellogg Street branch that also houses the new Community Empowerment Center.   "Why did we invest millions here?" John Bissell, president and chief executive officer, asked before Monday's ribbon-cutting. "Because this is our home. This was Greylock's first home. This nieghborhood has been our heartbeat since 1935."   The expanded and renovated building will not only offer typical banking services but also free counseling to help residents with their

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Pittsfield at-Large City Councilor Candidates Answer Questions
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, October 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Candidate for the four a-large City Council seats participated in a forum Monday at Berkshire Community College as they made a push for votes before election day.   Seven candidates fielded questions at a forum hosted by BCC, in partnership with the Pittsfield Gazette and Pittsfield Community Television, which recorded the forum. The moderator was Shawn Serre, executive director of PCTV.   After some opening statements, the candidates were asked to pick a number that prompted a question. After three candidates answered the question the next candidate in line chose a new number. At the end of the session, candidates were given two minutes to answer

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Community Development Board Denies Marijuana Dispensary Extra Parking
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Tuesday, October 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A proposed Merril Road marijuana dispensary was denied a parking expansion by the Community Development Board.   The board last week denied a request by Slang LLC, doing business as the Bloom Brothers, to amend a special permit for its proposed marijuana dispensary at 392-400 Merril Road / 2 Larch St. that would allow it to construct additional parking adjacent to Larch Street.    Bloom Brother principle Nathan Girard said they originally planned to only have parking on an upper lot, meeting the city's requirements, but felt because parking abundancy is generally an issue at dispensaries there would ultimately be a parking

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Pittsfield School Committee Concerned With Teacher Retention
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Monday, October 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The latest personnel report has the School Committee concerned about keeping teachers in the city schools.    The reported was shared by Superintendent Jason McCandless at last Wednesday's meeting. School Committee member William Cameron noted that some of the exiting employees were only hired at the beginning of the school year.   "There was a group called Buffalo Springfield and they had a song called 'For What It's Worth' and the opening lines were 'There's something happening here, What it is ain't exactly clear,'" he said. "We have resignations here a month into the school year from a number of

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Berkshire County Kids' Place Gala Celebrates Courage
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Sunday, October 20, 2019

Michael Supranowicz was presented with the Founders Award. He was president of the Kids' Place board for two years and retired from Hillcrest Educational Centers.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The "Wizard of Oz's" the Cowardly Lion finds his courage by facing his fears with the help of his friends.    "Like the Lion, many children just need someone to help them realize that the courage they need to heal from the abuse they have suffered is already inside of them," said Rosemarie  Phelps, chairman of the Berkshire County Kids' Place Board of Directors. "For 26 years, the Kids' Place has helped lead these children and their

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@theMarket: Markets Await a Brexit Vote
By Bill Schmick,
10:56AM / Saturday, October 19, 2019
Great Britain's House of Parliament is voting on yet another proposal to exit the European Union this weekend. While Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, have a tentative agreement, there is no guarantee parliament will vote for it.   In this world of binary events, financial markets are looking at the vote as a black or white outcome. Parliament votes yes and the British pound, world stock markets, and the European Union (EU) celebrates. If, as they have done in the past, the British politicians vote no, then gloom and doom will likely beset the markets.   My own opinion is that a no vote will simply send the various

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