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Lanesborough to Fund Repairs at Town Hall, Elementary School
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:01AM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Kim Grady kicked off the Selectmen's meeting Tuesday night seeking funds to pay for repairs to the heating system at Lanesborough Elementary School.   During a routine inspection, the glycol in the system was found to be in need of flushing and replacement. The material is also corroding other parts of the system but that will be addressed in a separate bid.    "When we had some heating issues last year, Barclay Inc. provided the report. We started the process on it," the Mount Greylock Regional superintendent said. "The freeze point on it was 10 degrees above (zero Fahrenheit) which is not good in the

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Election 2019 Debates & Candidate Forums
02:17AM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Pittsfield Mayoral Debates Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m./ Pittsfield High School Library   The United Educators of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Educational Administrators Association are hosting a debate covering a range of local and state education topics with mayoral candidates Melissa Mazzeo and Linda Tyer. The event is open to the public and will be broadcast live on PCTV.   Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. / Conte Community School   The NAACP-Berkshire County Branch is hosting a debate between mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo. The debate will be moderated by NAACP Executive Committee member Will Singleton and questions can be asked during the

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Pittsfield Council Holds Off on South Church Parking Changes
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council tabled a request to remove "No Parking" on South Church Street after expressing concerns over parking restrictions and questions about the parking situation for the soon to open Wayfair call center.   Councilors spent about half of Tuesday's meeting debating a request from the city to allow unrestricted parking on South Church Street but determined they were not ready to make such a decision.   "Let's table this to get the information out," Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers said. "Let's cut the ribbon Thursday and then watch for the next six months and see what is needed there ... I don't

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Berkshire Lacrosse Squad Competes at Connecticut Tourney
Community submission,
02:45PM / Wednesday, October 09, 2019
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -- The Berkshire Lacrosse (grades 4-6) travel team for girls in grades 4 to 6 recently competed in the Fall Lax Jam.   The Berkshire squad held its own in four competitive games against teams from Boston, New York and New Hampshire. Berkshire was led offensively by Enjelah Haeckner, Shay Kozlowski and Ella Kroboth while Maggie Vittum and Lilly Jenkins were defensive standouts. Berkshire also received strong play in goal from LiNayah Gregory, Keira LaCasse and Kroboth.    Berkshire Lacrosse competes in off-season tournaments during the summer, fall and winter and offers open enrollment for each season. Berkshire Lacrosse also operates the Pittsfield Girls

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Marijuana Cultivators Eye William Stanley Business Park
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, October 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Marijuana cultivators Berkshire Kind plan to build a cultivation facility at the William Stanley Business Park.     After a brief executive session Tuesday, the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority voted to support Berkshire Kind's intent to purchase land in the business park and erect a 20,000 square foot grow facility.   "We are excited to come in and work with the community and we believe that it is an important time for the industry," Philip Silverman, who owns the company with his brother Jeremy. "Doing things the right way is what will create a good base for this industry."   Philip, who currently lives in

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Valley Flyer Connecting Springfield Region to New York City
06:05PM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Enjoyed the opportunity over the weekend to join federal, state and local partners to celebrate the launch of Valley Flyer service, which will strengthen western Massachusetts' transportation network along the Knowledge Corridor.

📰 via @WWLP22News: https://t.co/cuLvvKEk74 pic.twitter.com/8dxkJi0DOZ

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) October 7, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — State officials on Saturday highlighted the Valley Flyer rail pilot that began service on Aug. 30 and will allow daily connections to New York City for the first time in 50 years.    Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Amtrak officials and community members

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Pittsfield Man Struck, Killed by Tractor-Trailer
Staff Reports,
05:20PM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local man was killed Monday evening after being struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 8.   Ernest Millette, 73, of Pittsfield was pronounced dead on the scene in the area of 550 Cheshire Road.   At about 7:12 p.m., a 2019 semi-truck operated by Matthew Osak, 34, of Lee, was northbound and turning left into Unistress. Upon making the turn, the vehicle struck Millette, who was walking in the driveway.   Pittsfield Police and Fire, state police, Berkshire County sheriff deputies, and County Ambulance responded to the scene.   The crash remains under investigation by Officer Michael Silver of the Pittsfield Police Department Traffic Unit.  

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Letter: City Vehicles Should Not Be Used for Personal/Political Reasons
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

To the Editor:

On Sept. 17, 2019, was the preliminary election in Pittsfield for mayoral candidates and wards. My wife and I attended an after-election gala for mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo to support her vision for the city of Pittsfield.

What was confusing to my wife and I as we were leaving was seeing a city of Pittsfield vehicle at the gathering. This was a black Ford with the city's emblems on the doors and blue state plates. We were confused why a city vehicle would be there after hours of work at a private party. As taxpayers, city vehicles should not be used outside of work nor for personal use. We were dumbfounded seeing this, especially at a political after-election

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Letter: Cities Not Looking for 'Holiday' Trees
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

To the Editor:

The cities of N Adams and Pittsfield are NOT looking for holiday trees. They ARE looking for Christmas trees. Why? Well, Jews don't celebrate Hanukkah with a tree, they light a menorah (Hanukkah isn't even a holiday that is remotely like Christmas, but is equated with it because of it's proximity on the calendar), and as far as I know there is no Muslim holiday that uses a tree to represent the holiday.

I'm Jewish, and am fine with the Christmas tree in Park Square. it's not my holiday — but it is the holiday celebrated by most of the 98 percent of Berkshire County that is not Jewish. I wish my Christian brethren a peaceful and joyful Christmas and

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It's Not Too Soon for End-of-Year Financial Moves
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:22AM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

We've still got a couple of months until 2019 draws to a close, but it's not too early to make some end-of-the-year financial moves. In fact, it may be a good idea to take some of these steps sooner rather than later.

Here are a few suggestions:

* Boost your 401(k) contributions. Like many people, you might not usually contribute the maximum amount to your 401(k), which, in 2019 is $19,000, or $25,000 if you're 50 or older. Ask your employer if you can increase your 401(k) contributions in 2019, and if you receive a bonus before the year ends, you may be able to use that toward your 401(k), too.

* Add to your IRA. You have until April 15, 2020, to contribute to your IRA for

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Williams College Wants to Hear From You
04:41AM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Williams College invites its neighbors to think out loud about ways that Williams and its students, faculty, and staff might become more fully and effectively engaged in the local community—and beyond.

Williams will host the following open forums to provide an opportunity for community voices to be heard and to contribute to shaping Williams' future:

* Thursday, Oct.17, 5-6:30 p.m., The Green, 85 Main St., North Adams

* Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6 -7:30 p.m., Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., Williamstown

* Thursday, Oct.24, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St., Pittsfield.

All are welcome; there is no need to RSVP. For more information, visit the website.

 

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Pittsfield Firefighters Endorse Tyer for Mayor
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:51PM / Monday, October 07, 2019

Local 2647 President Robert Leary says the union has not endorsed a mayoral candidate since Gerald S. Doyle Jr. more than 15 years ago. The former mayor has also endorsed Tyer.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Firefighters IAFF Local 2467 has endorsed incumbent mayoral candidate Linda Tyer, the first time the public union has endorsed a candidate in more than 15 years.   Local President Robert Leary led a press conference Monday afternoon in front of the Fire Department's headquarters on Columbus Avenue to announce that the union had voted to endorse Tyer.    "Although our union as a whole doesn't often endorse candidates, our membership

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