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Pittsfield's Patti Helps College Team Win League Title Sports,
04:45PM / Sunday, November 06, 2016

It is championship time for college athletes in fall sports, and Berkshire County products are contributing for their teams throughout New England and beyond.


On Saturday, the Wentworth College women’s soccer team won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title with a 4-0 win over Gordon, and sophomore Taylor Patti again helped contribute to the shutout in the back.


Patti has appeared in 14 games this fall for the Leopards (15-3-3). The team has allowed just 13 goals for a .60 goals against average.   Sophomore Amanda Wright (Pittsfield) assisted on the goal in Springfield College’s regular season finale, a 1-0 win over Wellesley, and she appeared in both


Congressman Neal Wants Infrastructure, Tax Reform As Post-election Priorities
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:00PM / Sunday, November 06, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal are both on the ballot for re-election. The two Democrats held signs at Park Square Friday to rally support. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal hopes that after election day, legislators will focus on infrastructure and tax reform.   The Springfield Democrat is predicting Democrats to come out on top this election, starting with Hillary Clinton winning the presidency, Democrats taking back the Senate and picking up more than a dozen seats in the House of Representatives.   He, who faces two challengers this year, expects to be one of those Democrats returning to the office.   "I think there


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BArT Blows Its Own Horn at Breakfast
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Sunday, November 06, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Four days before Massachusetts voters decide whether to raise the commonwealth's cap on charter schools, the director of Berkshire County's lone charter school Friday made the case for continued support of the junior-senior high school.

Julia Bowen told a crowd at the school's annual Fall Breakfast that the politicking around Question 2 on Tuesday's ballot has included repetition of misconceptions about charter schools that do not apply to the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School.   One thing that particularly stuck in her craw: the charge from Question 2 opponents that charter schools, unlike traditional public schools, enjoy the

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 3
Staff Reports,
02:11PM / Friday, November 04, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Nov. 3.   Jose Navarrete, 41, of Pittsfield was sentenced to four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on a single count of trafficking in cocaine.   He was given one-year probation on a single count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to concurrent time on single counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.   Navarrete pleaded guilty to the charges on Oct. 11. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his Wellington Avenue home on November 12, 2015.

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Berkshire Bank Names EVP Chief Risk Officer
02:02PM / Friday, November 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gregory Lindenmuth has joined Berkshire Bank as the EVP chief risk officer, reporting to the bank's president, Richard Marotta.
Lindenmuth joins Berkshire Bank from the FDIC, where he worked for 24 years, most recently as a senior risk examiner for the Division of Risk Management Supervision. Through this position, he has gained expert understanding of capital markets, including investments, derivatives, securitizations, market risk, liquidity/funds management and mortgage banking. He also excels in modeling profit plans, establishing budgets and setting strategic objectives.

In his new role as EVP Chief Risk Officer, Lindenmuth will lead the Loan


'Denial': Adding Insult to Injury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:26PM / Friday, November 04, 2016


Point of disclosure: That was the number on the inside of my mother's arm ... my personal proof that there was a Holocaust. The A denoted Auschwitz. The numbers added up to 13. She said it was her lucky number. I don't think she'd mind me telling you. While there were times when Dorothy Goldberger (R.I.P.) absolutely drove me out of my mind, I can't remember her ever lying to me.

She didn't talk about it at first, nor did any of the other survivors who visited our home shortly after WWII. Or at least I didn't hear it ... only snippets, the name Hitler used interchangeably with the still not popularized term, Holocaust. All were firsthand witnesses. Later,


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 4-10
10:56AM / Friday, November 04, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       November 4 - November 10,


BRPC Using Non-Profit Arm To Supplement Ongoing Planning Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:45AM / Friday, November 04, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's non-profit arm handled some $123,000 in donations and grants to help support ongoing projects.   Berkshires Tomorrow is a non-profit the organization established in the last few years and is being put to work to accept charitable donations to support planning projects which may not be state or federally funded. Last year the non-profit arm allocated $74,000 to assist the Berkshire County Educational Task Force and another $46,657 for the Age-Friendly Berkshires force.   "Last year through Berkshires Tomorrow there was $70,000 that came from primary private sources... that funded work by the Donahue


Pittsfield Board of Health Keeping Eye On Turf Field Concerns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:01PM / Thursday, November 03, 2016

BCC President Ellen Kennedy said the field will be for the entire city, not just the college. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health is satisfied with the due-diligence put in by those proposing a turf field at Berkshire Community College.   Michael MacDonald and BCC President Ellen Kennedy followed up with the board on Wednesday about concerns raised a year ago. Turf fields have come under fire in recent years after a 2014 NBC news report questioned a link between the material in the artificial turf and lymphoma.   The infill of the fields are often made from recycled tires, which have raised concerns about chemicals being found in them, and then being transferred


DeMarsico Pasta Dinner, 5K Set for Nov. 12 and 13
09:20AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The annual Up Front  for DeMar 5K race and 1 mile walk and pasta dinner will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.   These annual events raise money for the SPC Michael R DeMarsico II scholarship fund and to honor DeMarsico and all who serve and have served.   SPC DeMarsico was killed in action on Aug. 16, 2012, while serving in Afghanistan. "DeMar" to his fellow battle buddies, he served at the front of his battalion searching for IED's. The young specialist discovered 16, saving many men in his unit, before stepping on one.   In the days and weeks that followed Michael's death, his community came out in full support of


Busy Weekend of Action for Soccer Domain Academy
09:00AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- With some re-scheduled games being played at the end of the season, some Soccer Domain Academy teams have a tasking couple of weeks. Four victories, two ties and two defeats continued a very strong SDA season this weekend as three SDA teams are still in contention for league titles.   U14 Girls After some dominant performances but disappointing results led to the U14’s dropping down the table, with a slight chance of still winning the league title they headed into the GPS West game requiring all three points.    A flat start to the game from SDA saw attacks being broken down early by GPS West. Both team seemed to cancel each other out for the


Pittsfield Health Officials Reluctantly Approve Tobacco License On East Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health made a decision Wednesday it didn't want to make: It approved the transfer of a tobacco retail permit to a location it tried hard to disallow.   The board approved the transfer of Rina Shah's tobacco permit to 730 East St., a space being leased by Naveed Asif and Zameer Alhaq, who had been denied a permit for that exact location. The pair had purchased the former O'Connell's and intended to open "Gas Man" but late into the process, after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, were informed about the city's cap on tobacco sales permits, which disallowed them from opening.   The Gas Man permit request

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