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Pittsfield to Continue With Wastewater Treatment Project Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Resident Craig Gaetani was unable to get the council's support in his request to delay the sewer project until he has the ability to craft a new plan. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After six hours spanning two nights, the City Council opted not to ask the mayor to hold off on the $74 million wastewater treatment project.   The City Council had given the OK earlier this year for Mayor Linda Tyer to borrow up to $74 million for significant upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.   The administration went forward with the project developed by consultants and the final bids were opened two weeks ago and contracts are pending to be awarded.   But on Tuesday, the City

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Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's Office Leadership
Staff Reports,
03:25PM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more individuals to her leadership team on Tuesday.   Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years.    The two join Karen Bell, who was previously announced as the office's first assistant.   "I am excited to bring such an experienced and talented group of prosecutors and legal professionals to serve as my senior

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Pittsfield Police Recognize Promotions Of Seven Officers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Gavin and Chase Dawley pinned the badge on Lt. Thomas Dawley. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seven members of the Police Department were recognized for earning promotions.    Michael Grady and Matthew Kirchner were promoted to captain; Thomas Dawley, Glen Decker, and John Soules were promoted to lieutenant, and James Parise and Ryan Williams were promoted to sergeant.   The seven were celebrated at Taconic High School during the first pinning ceremony held by the department in a number of years.   "The role of commanders and supervisors in the Pittsfield Police Department is significant, it is key. I get a lot of credit for a lot of hard work that is done by a lot

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BRTA Work Stoppage Playing Havoc With Regular Bus Routes
Staff Reports,
10:33PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The paratransit strike is entering its second week with no sign of resolution.   The work stoppage has affected the regular Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus routes, causing havoc for people trying to get to jobs, schools and other appointments.    One individual, who wished to remain anonymous, told iBerkshires they'd used up sick time because they were unable to get to work last week and a friend lost her job for the same reason.    "If this strike goes on much longer I don't know if I will have a job or how I will pay for housing," the frustrated BRTA rider wrote.   Transit officials have been working to

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Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2018 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
04:37PM / Monday, December 10, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion for the fourth straight year.

The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of six Gold Level award recipients for 2018, and is the only organization to have received a Gold Level award each of the four years of the program.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers as a partner

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Pittsfield Police: Multi-agency Operations Lead To 32 Arrests
Staff Reports,
02:59PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A series of four police operations have led to some 32 arrests over the last three weeks.   The operations consisted of highly visible patrols in areas identified as higher crime areas in the Morningside and Westside neighborhoods. Police say the series of operations were done both in response to recent violent crimes in the city and the anticipation of dangerous driving behavior during the holidays.   The first three operations were performed by the city's Police Department with help from the Berkshire County sheriff's office and the state police. The final operation was on Friday and involved the Police Department, the sheriff's office,

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Berkshires Beat: SVHC Celebrates Putnam Nursing School Alumni
02:30PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
Together again

Sixty-three alumni of the Putnam Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing joined leaders from Southwestern Vermont Health Care for a reunion lunch on Dec. 6. The event marked the 70th anniversary of the first graduating class of the school. Throughout its 50-year tenure, the school graduated more than 800 nurses.

The lunch was the final event in a year-long celebration of the hospital's centennial. The year was marked by "A Century of Caring," a historical exhibit which traveled to every region the health system serves; Centennial Community Day, a free event that drew 4,000 people to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus in Bennington; and

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Pittsfield Fire Stops Kitchen Small Blaze On Appleton Avenue
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01:36PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters snuffed out a small kitchen first in an Appleton Avenue apartment.    Deputy Chief Daniel Garner said at about 10:37 a.m. Monday morning firefighters responded to 65 Appleton Avenue for a fire alarm activation. Firefighters found light smoke showing from the rear of a second-floor window.   The Engine 6 crew forced entry into the unoccupied unit and found a small kitchen fire extending into the cabinets. The fire was extinguished and Truck 2 provided ventilation to the unit.    The damage is estimated to be minor and there were no injuries. The occupants will not be displaced.

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BRPC Raises Concerns With Removal of Tel-Electric Dam
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:32AM / Sunday, December 09, 2018
 
Kenneth Egnaczak, on the right, weighed in on the matter saying the Tel-electric dam could power 70 homes if it is restored. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC officials would like the state to consider reusing dams for power more often.   The comment comes from the organization's review of the removal of the Tel-Electric Dam on Mill Street.   In that long-awaited project, the state did not require that an alternative option of restoring the dam to generate power be explored.   "We understand that the secretary has not required an analysis of hydropower as part of this project, however, we also take this opportunity to again petition the commonwealth to

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Pittsfield Lights Up Christmas Tree
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:05AM / Saturday, December 08, 2018

 
The tree stands some 35-feet tall in Park Square. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city welcomed the Christmas season Friday with its annual tree lighting.   The 35-foot tall tree in Park Square was lit by the Rapkowicz family, who donated the Colorado blue spruce to the city. Timothy and Susan Rapkowicz had planted it when they first bought their Euclid Street home.   "When we moved in over 30 years ago we planted it. I always wanted to have lights on it but it just wasn't going to work. Now the tree will have lights and we are going to have it in memory of our loved ones who passed away," Susan Rapkowicz said.   Timothy Rapkowicz said the

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 5 - Dec. 6
Staff Reports,
03:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Mark Pasquariello on Wednesday, Dec. 5.   Lance Burke, 40, of Bronx, N.Y. entered a not guilty plea on a single count of murder.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. He will return to court on January 4, 2019.   Burke was arrested on November 20, 2018 in New York on a warrant for the November 3, 2018 shooting death of 30-year-old David Green Jr. in Pittsfield.    Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 5.   Raekwan Jackson, 22, of Springfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and unlicensed operation

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BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Half of the BART Charter Public School senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

The recipients are Isaiah Albright, Ruth Bristol, Natalie Celebi, Thomas Cook, Dylan Dermody-Battaini, Joshua Donovan, Joshua Doubiago, Matthew Failla, Macie Fitch, Shanique Maloney, Braydon Peterson, Hannah Stringer, Caitlin Terpak and Abel Ward.

To be eligible, students must score at the advanced level on one of the three Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assesment System (MCAS) tests

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