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Nuclea To Close Pittsfield Lab
Staff Reports,
09:05PM / Monday, January 11, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nuclea is closing its Pittsfield lab.   The company announced "a major internal reorganization" on Monday that transfers its primary focus from research and development of products to commercialization. With that, the CLIA laboratory in Pittsfield will close.   "Nuclea's senior management is in the process of developing a new strategy aimed at rapidly expanding sales of its existing products, and introducing new products and services in 2016. The company’s commercial focus will remain on diagnostic and prognostic products for the management of cancer and metabolic disease, especially diabetes," reads a statement from the

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Pittsfield Police: Eight Robberies In Six Weeks
Staff Reports,
11:37AM / Saturday, January 09, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is averaging more than one armed robbery per week for the last month and a half.   Police say there have been eight armed robberies since November 23, 2015, seven of which are still unsolved.   The stores robbed include Angelina's on West Housatonic Street,  an Empire Pizza delivery driver on Parker Street, the Gulf Station on Wahconah Street, Zuke's Variety on West Street, the Getty on Elm Street, Greylock Federal Credit Union on Upper North Street, the Salvation Army on Dalton Avenue, and Dawes Avenue Variety.   "With the exception of one case (robbery of Zuke's store on 12/10/15, in which 30-year-old Ivy Rogers of

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Pittsfield Police Restructures Command Staff
Staff Reports,
05:38PM / Friday, January 08, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department is restructuring its command staff following the retirement of Capt. Patrick Barry.   Barry is a 27-year veteran of the force and announced his retirement from the department effective Jan. 3. He was the commander of the detective bureau for 15 years. He was briefly appointed acting chief at one point. Despite his retirement, he will remain in the profession as the chief of police in another community.   With his position open, the department is making a number of changes to top positions, which be be in place in the next few days.   "Captain Barry's departure led to an opportunity for internal discussion and some

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Police: Thursday's Bomb Threats May Be Linked To Armed Robbery
Staff Reports,
02:51PM / Friday, January 08, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are considering the possibility that the bomb threat scares Thursday may be linked to a robbery of Dawes Avenue Variety.   Police Chief Michael Wynn says threats were made to 15 different targets spanning five communities Thursday. The call was made to the Pittsfield Police Department Communications Center around 1 :30 and originated from Walmart at 555 Hubbard Avenue, according to a statement by Wynn. He said the "call was barely understandable and possibly electronically altered."   Communications staff deciphered the call to be a threat against 15 targets in five towns that included schools, government facilities, and other

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 8-14
01:55PM / Friday, January 08, 2016
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 22 - Jan. 4
Staff Reports,
09:39AM / Friday, January 08, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, Dec. 22.   Peter Campbell, 19, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of intimidation of a witness or other person.   He was released on $100 bail as he is currently being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on other charges. Campbell is accused of intimidating a witness in a pending matter between October 16, 2015 and November 2, 2015.    Charles Moore, 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within

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Pittsfield Board of Health Seeking Amendments to Tobacco Law
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Friday, January 08, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the year and a half since implementing a cap on tobacco permits, the Board of Health has faced difficulties enforcing it.   In July 2014, the Board of Health capped the number of permits to sell tobacco permits at 25, less than the city currently has issued. The goal was to reduce the number of stores selling the products over time. However, there has yet to be a reduction in permits and the board has found areas in the language that need buttoning up.   "Since we implemented this new tobacco control policy regarding capping the number of tobacco permits, we had some scenarios which fell into a gray area so we have trouble implementing it,"

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Pittsfield City Council Committee Assignments Released
Staff Reports,
08:32PM / Thursday, January 07, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council President Peter Marchetti submitted the subcommittee assignments as part of the City Council agenda released Thursday.   The committee assignments are as followed:   Ordinances and Rules Melissa Mazzeo, chair Peter White, vice chair Nicholas Caccamo John Krol Donna Todd Rivers   Community and Economic Development Kathleen Amuso, chair John Krol, vice chair Nicholas Caccamo Melissa Mazzeo Peter White   Buildings and Maintenance Nicholas Caccamo, chair Christopher Connell, vice chair Kathleen Amuso Donna Todd Rivers Anthony Simonelli   Finance Peter Marchetti, Chair Christopher Connell, Vice Chair Kathleen Amuso Kevin

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'The Hateful Eight': Guiltily Affable
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:21PM / Thursday, January 07, 2016

You laugh in conflicted appreciation of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," a throwback Western contemporized with the director's signature nihilism. Yep, it's plenty violent, pardner ... permeated with it, you might even say. You can't watch this latest example of the filmmaker's brutality beyond the pale without contemplating the curious niche he has carved for himself, a strange world of ironic justice and topsy-turvy morality full of guilty thrills.

But while iterating similar sensibilities in most of his films, the auteur has honed his style to the point where he can surprise and abash us nonetheless. Any sentimentality exhibited is to the notion of

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The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Chinas
By Bill Schmick,
05:40PM / Thursday, January 07, 2016

For years, investors bought into the China story. Growth rates twice as fast as the rest of the world, fueled by sky-rocketing exports made competitive by billions of hard-working, low-wage employees grateful to have a job. What happened?

Times have changed. Back in the late 1970s when China first opened its fledgling economy to foreign investment, manufacturing became the chief driver of economic growth, which led to increased exports, more foreign investment and double digit growth rates. The powerful Communist government controlled the process through its sponsorship of state-owned enterprises. These mammoth companies became the symbols of a new "Chinese Authoritarian

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Lanesborough Selectmen Approve New Survey On School Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30AM / Thursday, January 07, 2016
Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch refutes a sentence in the draft survey which claims Williams College does not pay property taxes.

"Williams College is the largest taxpayer in Williamstown. In FY 2015, Williams College paid $775,497 in property taxes to the Town of Williamstown based on a taxable assessed value of $49,679,500," Hoch wrote in an e-mail to Paul Sieloff.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen will both hold a special town meeting to discuss the upcoming building project as well as survey registered voters.   The Selectmen on Wednesday approved mailing a questionnaire out to all registered voters with four questions. The survey is completely

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Citizens Bank Offers Financial Literacy Funding for Non-Profits
04:24PM / Wednesday, January 06, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – As part of an ongoing commitment to give people the confidence and tools they need to budget, save, invest and be fiscally healthy, Citizens Bank is now accepting applications from nonprofits for crucial financial literacy services that help consumers manage their money better.

From Jan. 4 through Jan. 29, organizations throughout the bank's 11-state footprint are invited to submit an application for up to $50,000 in funding as part of the bank's Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative. Eligible financial literacy activities include:

• Basics of banking and asset building

• Budgeting

• Homeownership

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