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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 18-24
11:20AM / Friday, September 18, 2015

 

Office of Cultural Development | City of

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Berkshire Life Tips & Food Tidbits
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
07:33PM / Thursday, September 17, 2015
Founders' Weekend in Lee includes the Taste of Lee of Friday afternoon..

Richmond West Stockbridge
Artists' Guild September show

The Richmond West Stockbridge Artists Guild Inc. is presenting and sponsoring its second annual September fine art exhibit at the Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road/Route 41 in Richmond, with the co-sponsorship of the Richmond Cultural Council. The exhibit includes nearly 40 artists; it opened last weekend and continues this Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The lively and fresh work ranges from realistic to abstract, tiny to floor-to-ceiling and media of crewel paintings and other fiber art, photographs,

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Jobs Top List Of Reasons Young People Leave the Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:01PM / Thursday, September 17, 2015
Young adults are heading out of the county for lack of job opportunities. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The reason why so many young people leave the county is no surprise. Jobs.   According to a survey of nearly 3,000 young adults who have either left the county or currently live in the county shows that the No. 1 reason the young have left or consider leaving is a lack of quality jobs.   The survey showed young adults like the area — with 74 percent calling it a desirable place to live — but they move because of higher-paying jobs elsewhere.   "None of this is really surprising to us but it reinforces what we've heard over the years," said

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Bissell Chosen as Greylock Federal President and CEO
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Thursday, September 17, 2015
Outgoing President Marilyn Sperling, new President John Bissell and Board Chairman Jerry Burke announced the hiring on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — John Bissell is the new president and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union.   The credit union announced Bissell's promotion effective Oct. 1 on Thursday. He replaces Marilyn Sperling, who is retiring after serving in the role for the last five years.    The 48-year-old Bissell is being promoted from his current role as executive vice president. He has been moving up the company's ladder since 2003 and was selected for the job after an exhaustive hiring process.    "It was a very lengthy

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Planned For Pittsfield, Lee
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:57PM / Thursday, September 17, 2015
Heka Health is proposing a facility at the location Total Health and Wellness once sought for a dispensary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A medical marijuana dispensary is again planned for a Dalton Avenue building after the first company failed to receive a state permit to operate.   Heka Health received a special permit on Tuesday from the Community Development Board to run a dispensary at 531 Dalton Ave. The site, the home of County-Wide Rentals, was already approved for such a use when Total Health and Wellness sought a dispensary there.   However, Total Health and Wellness did not receive the permit needed from the state Department of Public Health.   The board

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Volunteers Sought to Aid Berkshire VNA Hospice Program
12:34PM / Thursday, September 17, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass — The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is seeking individuals interested in providing volunteer services for Hospice patients and families.

Participants would be caring volunteers to provide companionship and emotional support to patients and families enrolled in hospice care.

The Berkshire VNA & Hospice is seeking individuals who wish to support and empower patients and their families at a very sensitive time of life. Training will be provided.  

To volunteer, or to learn more about a volunteer position, call the Berkshire VNA & Hospice, 413-447-2862.

Berkshire VNA & Hospice is a coordinated program of services that enables

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Plans For Regional Emergency Mass Sheltering Sites Underway
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:17AM / Thursday, September 17, 2015
Eammon Coughlin is heading the effort to create three regional shelters for emergencies.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Plans for large shelters to be created for emergency situations are underway and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission needs qualified volunteers to man them.   Planner Eammon Coughlin is in the process of developing mass sheltering plans for South, central, and North counties. The issue so far is that there doesn't seem to be enough qualified volunteers to staff each with at least four people.   "We're severely lacking on getting a minimum of four volunteers per shelter," Coughlin told the Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning

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Berkshire Bank Grants $40K To Berkshire Innovation Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:40PM / Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Mayor Daniel Bianchi, Berkshire Bank Foundation Director Lori Gazzillo, BIC Chairman Stephen Boyd, BIC Executive Director Ron Jane. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Bank Foundation is supporting the Berkshire Innovation Center with a $40,000 gift.   Lori Gazzillo, director of the foundation, presented the check on Wednesday to the BIC board. The money will be used to provide internships for local students with member companies in the center and help build a website.   "We think it is a great resource and asset to the community," Gazzilo said.    The innovation center is being built at the William Stanley Business Park with a $9.75 million state

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Hazmat Team Finds No Threat In Package Delivered To Pittsfield Police
By Andy McKeever,
12:15PM / Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The hazmat team found no dangerous materials in the package. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A hazardous materials team found no threat in a suspicious package sent to the police station.   The District 5 Hazmat Team responded to headquarters Wednesday morning shortly before 11 to investigate a FedEx-delivered package that contained a medical journal hinting of virus dissemination.   By noon, the team found the package was not a danger.   "Monday afternoon a package was delivered to the Pittsfield Police Department headquarters. It didn't cause any undue alarm but once the package had been opened, the staff realized there was some inconsistencies with the addresses

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Pittsfield Board Waiting To Release Bond On Subdivison Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:37AM / Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The three roads were built in two phases, concluding this year. But, the city has yet to accept the streets. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite completing all of the work, the Community Development Board will not lift a performance bond on a subdivision until the streets are accepted.   The acceptance of the streets, however, will be debated because while the developers constructed the roads to the level required in their approvals, some aspects don't meet modern requirements.   The Yola Esther Development consists of Karen, Kara and Giovina drives off Williams Street. The project was first approved in 1996 and now developer Joseph Kroboth has finally completed it. The

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Berkshire Health Systems Opens Urgent Care Center In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:53PM / Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The BHS Urgent Care Center opens on Wednesday on East Street. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In an effort to reduce wait times and cut patient co-pays, Berkshire Health Systems has opened an urgent care facility on East Street.   The center features four examination rooms, radiology suite, in-house pharmacy, laboratory, and a waiting/registration area to serve patients suffering from minor afflictions.   The goal is to serve patients with sprains, fractures, coughs, colds, and the like with an office visit rather than bogging down the emergency room.   "The volume [of patients in the ER] has been going up. People are living longer and the cases are getting more

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Lanesborough Hears Plan to Make Mount Greylock Funding More Equitable
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:20AM / Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Harley Phelps was recognized for 40 years of service to the town's Zoning Board of Appeals. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The chairman of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Monday informed the Board of Selectmen that the district will be seeking a special town meeting this fall in each of Mount Greylock's member towns in order to amend the regional agreement that governs the district.   Carolyn Greene told the board that the School Committee wants to create a more equitable apportionment of capital expenses before Mount Greylock brings an addition/renovation project to voters this spring.   Currently, the agreement divides capital costs based on the

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