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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018
11:15AM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iBerkshires.com. (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.

The city of Pittsfield is offering free downtown parking for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas on Fridays Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28. There will also be a week of free parking starting Dec. 17 through Dec. 21. Parking is always free in the evenings and weekends.

 

Holiday Events Wednesday, December 19

Pittsfield: The sixth annual Beer & Carols will be held in the Common Room at Zion Lutheran Church, 74

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Listens to Community's Kids
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Out of the mouths of babes.

At the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's December monthly forum — held for the first time outside of North Adams, at First Congregational Church in Williamstown — Executive Director Amber Besaw unveiled a six-minute video she made in conjunction with Paul Marino from Northern Berkshire Community Television in which several local children were filmed answering questions about their own families.

The airing of the video to the nearly 100 people in the church's Fellowship Hall kicked off the forum subject: "Re-Imagining How We Support Children in Our Community." The topics brought together people from

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Inauguration 2016
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Habitat Makes Urgent Repairs to Pittsfield Home
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Carey was given a framed collage with photos from before, during, and after renovation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Britton Street resident John Carey said what happened to his home is "the American Way."   The elderly veteran is living in the home his grandfather had built. But it was getting old and falling into disrepair and Carey simply couldn't come up with what was needed to make those fixes.   In May, the Health Department cited it for numerous nuisance and housing code violations and fines were set to be $1,000 a day if the repairs weren't made.   His roof was leaking, animals were finding their way inside, the siding was falling off, the stairs

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Robbery Of Family Dollar
Staff Reports,
09:03PM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Family Dollar on North Street was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night.    Police say at about 4:05 p.m. the robbery was reported. An individual described as being a black man wearing a dark-colored trench coat, hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and possibly a wig, showed a gun to the clerk at the registered and demanded money.    The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the store and was last seen running toward the rear of Advanced Auto Parts. Officers attempted to track the individual.   No one was injured during the robbery and Police are now conducting an investigation including reviewing video surveillance. Police say a

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Pittsfield Police Calm Despondent Individual On Copley Terrace
Staff Reports,
02:28PM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police were able to secure a scene in which an individual made threats to harm themselves.   Authorities say at 12:45 p.m. the department received a call about the individual and that the subject had access to a firearm. There was at least one other person inside the home with the subject.   Officers established a command post and staging area, bringing in additional resources. Police were able to speak with both the despondent subject and the other occupant. By 1:34 p.m., the scene was declared secured.   There were no injuries, arrests or charges. Police said several firearms were removed for safekeeping. 

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BRTA Strike Ends; Regular Bus Service Resumes Wednesday
Staff Reports,
02:15PM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRTA buses should be back on schedule Wednesday, Dec. 19, bringing an end to the strike that has paralyzed much of the county's public transportation system for the past two weeks.    The latest offer presented to the federal mediator on Tuesday was voted on by the paratransit union membership at a meeting and was approved.     The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority sent out an alert early Tuesday afternoon reporting it had received notification that the union representing the paratransit drivers had accepted the latest offer. Regular paratransit services will resume Thursday, Dec. 20.   Fixed route service had been severely

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A-Mart's Liquor License Suspended After The Holidays
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:16AM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A-Mart won't be selling alcohol for three days ... after the holidays.   The Licensing Board sanctioned the North Street package store with the suspension relating back to an incident in May. In July, the board had punished A-Mart with a three-day suspension for the incident in which an intoxicated person was sold more alcohol at the store.   That suspension, however, was held in abeyance and would only be required to be served if there was another incident.   Two days after the hearing on the May case, an A-Mart employee was caught by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission selling alcohol to a minor.   "It was literally two days

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County Ambulance to Become Lanesborough's Primary EMS
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — County Ambulance will now serve as the town's primary emergency medical service provider.   The Board of Selectmen last week signed an agreement with the Pittsfield-based ambulance service to handle calls in town. Town Manager Kelli Robbins said the three-year agreement comes with no cost to the town.   "I would like to see this done as a trial," Robbins said.   Robbins wants to keep the town's ambulance service in operation but serving in mainly a backup role. She doesn't want to lose the license to operate an ambulance service should the agreement not work out or becomes a paid service in the future.    Fire Chief

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Sunday Evening Shooting
Staff Reports,
05:31PM / Monday, December 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating a shooting that sent a 19-year-old man to the hospital.   Police say Sunday night at 7:12 ShotSpotter activated for gunfire in the area of Francis Avenue and Union Street. Responding officers found the man with a gunshot wound to the leg.   The victim was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and was uncooperative with officers attempting to interview him, according to police. The injuries were determined to be non-life threatening.    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Detective Unit as 413-448- 9705. 

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Berkshires Beat: Lenox Sixth-Grader Wins Hinds' Holiday Card Contest
03:51PM / Monday, December 17, 2018

Hinds poses with the winner (front right), two of the runners-up and local Marines collecting toys for their Toys for Tots program. She's a winner

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds introduced Savannah Reber, the student artist whose drawing was chosen for his greeting card this year, during a holiday open house in his downtown Pittsfield office on Dec. 13. His office was decorated with hundreds of drawings submitted by local third- through sixth-grade students to his Holiday Greeting Card Design Contest. In total, 348 students from a dozen schools located across western Massachusetts submitted entries to the contest.

Savannah, 12, is a resident of Lenox and is in sixth grade at Lenox

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Wintry Mix Into Monday, Then Warmer Temps on Tap
01:50PM / Sunday, December 16, 2018

Wintry mix will begin today, transition to mainly snow this evening before ending overnight. Total amounts will be fairly light, but still enough to make surfaces slippery. Allow extra time for travel today! #518wx pic.twitter.com/jTdYzRyUc7

— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) December 16, 2018 Mother Nature couldn't quite decide what to gift us with this weekend, so she decided to give us a little bit of everything: freezing rain, sleet, snow.    The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for Sunday and into Monday morning.    This mixed precipitation will be coming down over the Berkshires on Sunday afternoon and then switching over to snow,

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Harrington Prepares to Take Over District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Sunday, December 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If Andrea Harrington wants to make the reforms to the criminal justice system that voters elected her to make, it is going to require the right team of staff members.   And that's what Harrington has been spending her last month or so looking to build. The district attorney-elect defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in the November election and since then has been focusing on finding people she believes in to take leadership roles in the next incarnation of the district attorney's office.   "The people who voted for me voted for me because they believed in the vision that I articulated. In order to enact that vision, we need to have the right

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