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Letter: Experience Matters in District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
02:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

Few are those who come to public service with selfless motivation. These are the rare breed for whom the power that comes with responsibility is not intoxicating, but sobering. Career public servants put the community's well-being before their personal ambitions and spend their time protecting others; they become experts in their field, tireless in commitment and devoted for decades.

Andrea Harrington has no experience as a prosecutor and only a few years as a part-time public defender who tried her first case as a lawyer in 2011. The Democratic nominee for district attorney is the least qualified person to ever run, yet she is the beneficiary of help and support from

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Berkshire Money Management Donates $2,500 to Thanksgiving Angels
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:18PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thanksgiving really isn't that far away.   At the South Congregational Church, volunteers are already gearing up for the Thanksgiving Angels program, which provides turkeys and all of the sides to thousands of local residents in need. On Wednesday, Berkshire Money Management helped kick off the season with a $2,500 donation.   "The week before Thanksgiving people start donating but it takes a long time to organize these events," said Nichole Dupont, community development director for Berkshire Money Management.    Years ago, Berkshire Money Management used to hold its own turkey giveaway and the donation helps carry on that

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New Doctor Joins BMC Cancer Center
11:51AM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Nisar Ahmad, a board-certified and fellowship-trained hematologist oncologist, to the Berkshire Medical Center medical staff and the physician staff of Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC.

Dr. Ahmad is accepting new patients in need of hematology oncology services at both the Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC offices in Pittsfield, at the BMC Cancer Center and, in North Berkshire, at the North Adams Campus of BMC. Dr. Ahmad is partnered with Drs. Michael DeLeo, Trevor Bayliss, Sean Mullally and Harvey Zimbler at Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC.

Dr. Ahmad received his medical degree from King

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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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UPDATED: Arrests Made In Robbins Ave Stabbing
Staff Reports,
03:44PM / Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Authorities are still looking for Jason Sefton. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men were arrested on murder charges relating to Monday night's stabbing.   Bruce Romano, 28, and Anthony Boone, 22, were arrested and charged with single counts of murder in the killing of 34-year-old William Catalano on Robbins Avenue.   Police also have an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Jason Sefton, pictured on the right, who was also allegedly involved in the incident.   A fourth individual, 34-year-old Shane Smith, was arrested and charged with providing misleading information to a police

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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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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for October
02:10PM / Monday, October 15, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during October.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Otis and Shelburne for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 to 1, Otis Town Hall, located at 1 North Main Road Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 to 1, Shelburne Town Office Building, located at 51 Bridge St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment

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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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