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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Airport Study Group Questions FAA Compliance With Westwood Leases
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:14AM / Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ann Dobrowolski and Janis Akerstrom of the city's Office of Community Development presented what they found from 30 years ago on the Westwood Center. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Airport Commission receives only $3,000 a year from the seven businesses at the Westwood Center.   In total, there is $20,312 generated in land leases from the park but 85 percent of that goes to the Pittsfield Economic Development Corp., which developed the park in tandem with the city's Office of Community Development.   With the money being funneled to an outside agency, officials fear that the airport has been out of compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations requiring


Pittsfield Passes Resolution to Oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Thursday, March 10, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield wants nothing to do with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.   The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night on a resolution opposing the international trade agreement bartered by a dozen countries. The resolution urges the federal delegation — most of whom already oppose it — to vote down the agreement.   "We have the opportunity to send a message to our representatives in Congress that we oppose it," Councilor at Large Peter White, who penned the petition with Ward 6 Councilor John Krol, said. "We need to make sure our delegation in Washington is doing their part to help us in job


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Pittsfield Youth Arrested On Charges Of Mayhem, Possession of Stun Gun
Staff Reports,
05:46PM / Wednesday, March 09, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One juvenile was struck by a shovel. And another was arrested for assault and battery with a stun gun during a fight between two juveniles in the area of Cherry and Lincoln Streets Monday.   Police say at about 3:35 p.m. officers were dispatched to the area for a fight among two juveniles. Police say at first there were conflicting reports of an injured victim who was either stabbed or struck with a shovel.    The first responding officer found a victim with a severe facial injury from being struck by a shovel. Investigation developed probable cause for another juvenile for mayhem, possession of an electric stun gun, and assault and battery by means


Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Robbery of Big Y Express
Staff Reports,
05:20PM / Wednesday, March 09, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating an armed robbery of the Big Y Express on West Street.   Police say on Sunday Night at about 11:30 p.m. police responded to a report of the robbery; a clerk said the store was robbed by a man with a gun. There were two clerks working at the store at the time when the suspect, a white male described as 5-foot 7-inches tall with medium build and gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants displayed a gun and demanded money.   Police said the clerks were not injured and the suspect fled with "an undisclosed amount of cash."    The incident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the


Pittsfield's Streetscape Project Begins Final Phase Monday
04:36PM / Wednesday, March 09, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Phase 4 of the streetscape construction on North Street is set to begin between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Monday, March 14.

The work will begin at Columbus Avenue and continue north on the west side to Madison Avenue. It will first start with the removal of small, isolated sections of sidewalk to prepare the area for the installation of the 46 light pole bases, which are 6-foot tall and span a width of 3-foot by 3-foot at the base.  

J.H. Maxymillian Inc. is the contractor for Phase 4, and previously constructed Streetscape Phases 2 and 3.

Phase 4 will include the installation of new streetlight bases, new sidewalks, and new landscaping. The project, which is


Lanesborough Police Awarded Grant For New Defibrillators
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25PM / Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Spirit of Blue Foundation Executive Director Ryan Smith said 17 departments were awarded grants because of Dunkin' Donut's $100,000 donation.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Police Sgt. Brad Lepicier has responded to calls to find someone in dire need of medical attention.

He's rushed out to his cruiser to grab an automated external defibrillator and saved a life while he waited for paramedics.

"The Police Department are on the scene first. With us getting there first, it is a plus to have those AEDs," Lepicier, also an emergency medical technician, said on Wednesday when the nonprofit Spirit of Blue Foundation donated two brand-new AEDs systems.   Spirit of


Women May Need Extra Steps on the Road to Financial Security
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:07AM / Wednesday, March 09, 2016

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8. Around the world, thousands of events will honor women’s achievements. Yet, women still face challenges in many areas of life – such as their financial situations. So if you’re a woman, you may want to use this occasion to consider steps you can take to help move toward your important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

First of all, be aware of the potential obstacles facing women: lower earnings than men, longer lifespans than men and more time out of the workforce than men. This last element is particularly important, because when women leave the workforce for extended periods, typically to care


Pittsfield OKs Borrowing $2M for Woodlawn Intersection Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:22AM / Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The City Council unanimously approves the borrowing, which is contingent
on a million-dollar grant. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer is "confident" the city will win a grant to improve the intersections on each side of Woodlawn Avenue.   The City Council approved an authorization to borrow just more than $2 million to renovate the avenue's intersections at East and and Tyler streets.   The project is contingent on the city winning a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Agency for half of the cost.   "The total project cost is $2 million," Tyer said.   "Our cost share in the end will be approximately $1


Harrington Kicks Off State Senate Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Harrington says her experience as small-business owner and attorney can help her advocate for the district.

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Andrea Harrington says she goes to work every day fighting for those struggling with substance abuse or mental health.

She runs a small business and knows what it takes for a local family to make a living.

And now, she's looking to take those experiences to Beacon Hill as the Berkshire's state senator.

"It is something I've thought about for a long time. I was really focused on my practice but when Sen. [Benjamin] Downing announced that he would not be seeking another term, immediately I knew I wanted to pursue this


Program Aims to Make Berkshires 'Age-Friendly'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:06AM / Tuesday, March 08, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Between 40 percent and 50 percent of the population in most towns in Berkshire County is older than the age of 50.

And if 50 is the new 30, and middle age is now considered 60, then half of the population has a lot of living left to do.

That's why the Berkshires have joined an effort to be an "Age-Friendly Community," defined as "a way to help older adults remain healthy, active and engaged in their community as long as possible." Internationally, the World Health Organization defines and supports age-friendly communities, while in the United States the AARP fills that role.

Locally, the Berkshires have Celeste Harp, an energetic and


Miss Hallís School Announces Headís List, Honor Roll
02:26PM / Monday, March 07, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall’s School has announced 38 local students among the 114 girls schoolwide named to the Head’s List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 27.

For Head’s List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.


Grade 12: Amelia Biancolo, of Richmond; Rachel Campoli, Dalton; Emily Pulver, Canaan, N.Y., and Sarah Willson,


Early Morning Fire Damages Merriam Street Residence
12:16PM / Monday, March 07, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A second floor porch of a Merriam Street home sustained extensive damage in an early morning fire on Monday.

The Pittsfield Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 75 Merriam St. at 3 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, firefighters reported fire showing on the front porch of the second floor apartment but were quickly able to knock it down.

Minor damage was found on the inside of the second floor apartment and the building sustained minor water and smoke damage.

There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined.



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