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Superior Cout Briefs: Aug. 3 - Aug. 6
Staff Reports,
03:35PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 3.   Jeffery Butler, 34, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in cocaine.   He was released on $2,500 bail. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on June 13, 2015.   Benjamin Fielding, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: distribution of heroin, and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, and possession of heroin.   He was released on personal recognizance. The charge stems from an incident in Pittsfield on June

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Greylock's Murray Graduates from CUNA Management School
12:15PM / Friday, August 07, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union's Vice President of Human Resources Gerald P. Murray recently graduated with honors from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Management School.

The CUNA Management School is a three-year program that consists of three, two-week summer terms at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Each yearly term includes two in-depth projects, a 30-minute presentation  and an exam. Graduates earn the certification of Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE).

“Greylock is proud of Gerry’s efforts to earn this prestigious certification," Greylock President Marilyn L. Sperling said. "The CCUE from the CUNA

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Letter: Community Must Support Anti-Violence Efforts
11:34AM / Friday, August 07, 2015

To the Editor

On the fourth of July a horrible tragedy happened and someone was killed and people were injured. Then again on July 31st another shooting occurred, but this time in daylight, a child was killed who was still working his way through school at the new Hotel on North.

Unfortunately, that came to a crashing halt on Tyler Street.

The place that we call home is becoming a poverty war zone. People can be heard saying that they hate living here and wish that they had the means to leave. There are many people that are afraid for their safety.

This has become much bigger than some neighborhood watch program and some blight property issues, which by the way are just excuses for what

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 7-13
11:10AM / Friday, August 07, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday- Saturday: Tag Sale With Something For Everyone To Benefit the Berkshire Carousel

 

With hundreds of items to choose from, there is something for everyone at this tag sale for the Berkshire Carousel continuing this weekend.  Email maria@berkshirecarousel.com for more information.

 

Friday- Saturday, August 7-8 | 8am-4pm | 641 East Street  | 413-499-0457| NO

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BRPC Seeking 'Economic Development District' Designation For County
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Friday, August 07, 2015
BRPC's executive committee approved moving forward with the application to make Berkshire County and Economic Development District with the U.S. EDA. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is hoping to make the entire county the state's ninth "economic development district."   The designation through the U.S. Economic Development Agency and would increase the odds of projects in the county to receive grant funding.   Additionally, many districts receive annual funds to implement the countywide economic development strategy (CEDS) and, while there is a waiting list for the annual funding, a new board would oversee that activity. The

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The Independent Investor: Boomers' Kids Don't Want Your Stuff
By Bill Schmick,
05:39PM / Thursday, August 06, 2015

You saved all your life, acquiring all sorts of assets that you now want to leave to your children. Today, more and more Baby Boomers are finding that their kids just don't want that antique auto or that original oil painting.

Too many of us fail to recognize that the Millennial generation has grown up with an entirely different view of the world, their possessions, one's life style and even value system. This may come as a shock. It did to me. As readers may recall, my wife and I have been downsizing for three years now. During the course of this process, we have offered our thirtysomething daughter and her husband all sorts of stuff that they didn't want. From snowboards to

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'Irrational Man': Crime & Academics
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:26PM / Thursday, August 06, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Mysterious professor Joaquin Phoenix and bright-eyed co-ed Emma Stone get caught up in routine crimes and misdemeanors in Woody Allen's latest outing.

Each new Woody Allen film is inevitably judged against his body of work. Although generally unfair, it's deserved in the case of "Irrational Man," a dark and brooding meditation on crime, punishment and whatever else the auteur happens to have on his mind. He's good at that ... taking a plot and, in a cinema version of doodling abstractions on a notepad, filling the scenario with all sorts of stuff concerning the human

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Major Redevelopment Sought For Pittsfield Apartment Complex
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
01:25AM / Thursday, August 06, 2015
Developers are hoping to turn the historic White Terrace complex into market-rate apartments for professionals. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Design work is under way for a potential renovation of North Street's ailing White Terrace apartment complex into more upscale market-rate housing, but plans may hinge on whether or not the project is able to receive historic tax credits.   The Historical Commission looked favorably Tuesday on an initial presentation of the proposed $9 million restoration of the three buildings that make up White Terrace.   "We're hoping to have approval of the tax credits by the end of the year," said Pierre Joseph of developer Liberty

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Pittsfield Mayoral Candidate Accuses Officials of 'Smear Campaign'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:08PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Craig Gaetani called a press conference at his house to publicly refute the charges brought against him by Pittsfield city employee. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral Candidate Craig Gaetani is denying that he threatened a city employee, calling the charges a "smear campaign" orchestrated by the mayor's office.   Gaetani is accused of threatening a clerk with the Pittsfield Fire Department, telling her he would shoot her and burn down her home. At a show-cause hearing two weeks ago, a clerk magistrate determined there was enough evidence to proceed with charges of threats to commit a crime, and making annoying phone calls. He is expected to be arraigned in court on

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United Cerebral Palsy Hires New Executive Director
12:29PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County has hired a Maine man to replace to longtime director Christine Singer.

Salvatore A. Garozzo, most recently executive director of Group Home Foundation Inc. in Belfast, Maine, started in his new position on Monday.

"We are extremely pleased to have Sal come on board and lead our team," said UCP Board President Tony Hyte in a statement. "His wealth of knowledge and significant human services experience is going to tremendously benefit our agency."

Garozzo's resume includes 27 years of experience in the human services industry. Areas of expertise include leadership roles in vocational

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CEDS Committee Looks at Restructuring to Solve Attendance Issues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Planner Brian Domina is looking for ways to restructure the committee to ensure a quorum. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county's CEDS committee has the ability to reel in millions in grant funding each year.

But, it can't get enough people to show up.

The Community Economic Development Strategy is developed by a committee through the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to pursue federal funds to help move projects along. The city of Pittsfield, for example, is awaiting word on a $2.2 million grant that will be matched by the city to generate $4.4 million in additional investment at the William Stanley Business Park.   The city and Pittsfield Economic

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Berkshire Force 1-1 on Tuesday at World Series
10:18PM / Tuesday, August 04, 2015

NEWBERRY, Fla. — The Berkshire Force went 1-1 on Tuesday at the Babe Ruth Softball 14-and-under World Series.

The day began with an 8-7 win over Creeks, Fla., and ended with an 11-1 loss at the hands of Ocala, Fla.

 

In the win against Creeks, the Force took an 8-5 lead in the bottom of the fourth and held on for the one-run win.

 

Brooke Cowlin hit a two-run double during the decisive rally for the Force.

 

In the nightcap, Ocala Marion County scattered nine hits while pounding out 18 of its own for the six-inning win.

 

Brianna Clary and Anna Lynch each went 2-for-3 for the Force, and Taylar Ostrander drove in the team’s lone run, in the bottom of the

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