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Carpenter Earns All-America Honor at Georgetown
iBerkshires.com Sports,
12:53AM / Monday, November 21, 2016
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Lenox Memorial graduate Scott Carpenter earned all-America recognition with a 10th place finish on Saturday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.   Carpenter covered the 10-kilometer course in 30 minutes, 3 seconds to become the 11th runner in Georgetown history -- and the second in two years -- to finish in the top 10 at nationals.   His eight points helped the Hoyas finish 21st in the nation.   “Scott Carpenter stole the show today," Georgetown coach Brandon Bonsey said. "He has developed from a guy who few schools recruited out of high school into one of the best distance runners in Georgetown history. He saw what Jon

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Brien Center Staffer Receives Leadership Award
02:50PM / Friday, November 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Association for Behavioral Healthcare, a statewide organization representing more than 80 community-based behavioral healthcare provider organizations, announced its 2016 Recognition Award recipients at its Salute to Excellence event.

Each year, ABH recognizes individuals and groups that have made impressive contributions to the field of mental health and addiction treatment. This year, Denise Galvagni, Division Director of Community Services of The Brien Center, received the Excellence in Program Leadership Award for exemplifying outstanding leadership qualities.

"Denise inspires her team by bringing her commitment and enthusiasm for improving

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

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by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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BCC Names Dean of Enrollment Management & Student Success
02:38PM / Friday, November 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Klepetar has joined Berkshire Community College as dean of enrollment management and student success.

In his new role, he is responsible for leading BCC's efforts in the recruitment and retention of students. Klepetar is also working closely with academic leaders to provide holistic and comprehensive academic success programming for all BCC students.

"Adam's extensive experience in higher education - in the classroom and as an administrative leader - as well as his commitment to open access and student success, make him an excellent addition to BCC," BCC President Ellen Kennedy said said. "He, along with our team in student services,

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Boys & Girls Club Selects New Chief Operating Officer
12:49PM / Friday, November 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires has announced that Peter L. Fish has been named chief operating officer. He began work at the Club on Nov. 2.

"We are pleased to have someone with Peter’s experience and background join the Club," said Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires Executive Director Chris Jacoby. "As 'second in command' Peter is responsible for the entire operation in my absence. His primary duty is to ensure the effective operation and delivery of programs in a safe environment within the Club and community."

Fish has nearly 20 years of experience working as a not-for profit executive managing youth

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 18-24
09:46AM / Friday, November 18, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       November 18 - November 24,

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BRPC Advocates for Investment in High-Speed Broadband
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:20AM / Friday, November 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Reliable high-speed broadband is critical to the county's economic competitiveness in the coming years.

That's the point the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is stressing in an eight-page letter to Gov. Charlie Baker and more than 15 state and local officials detailing the challenges and goals facing communities in this rural area.

"As a region that has struggled economically for forty-five years, and is increasingly reliant on entrepreneurs and sole-proprietors, who are often home-based and can be located anywhere, having full, future proof broadband available across the region is critical to our economic rebuilding and sustainability,"

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New Nonprofit Gives Expectant Moms Early Bundle of Joy
By Rebecca Dravis, Iberkshires.com Staff
01:06AM / Friday, November 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a way, expectant mothers in Berkshire County owe some thanks to Donald Trump.

During the long presidential campaign, South Egremont resident Hinda Bodinger was feeling sad about the tone of the campaign, particularly in regards to inflammatory remarks about minorities and women. Not one just to sit back, Bodinger decided she had to do something.

"I really felt very strongly that I wanted to counteract that, at least in my community," she said. "If there was something I could do to counterbalance that, I wanted to do it."

What she ended up doing was conceiving an new nonprofit organization called Berkshire Baby Box. During an afternoon

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Making the Loop
by Soapbox
04:44PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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We had some free time this week to walk the 2-mile loop through the downtown. Here's a few of things that caught our eye. (In between taking photos, we were heel-toeing and arm-pumping as prescribed.)

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Let's Go Paperless
by Soapbox
05:07PM / Monday, February 06, 2012
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This is from Ward 6 Councilor John Krol's eblast today. His switch to digital immediately caught our attention. With the associated costs - nearly $4,000 a year for paper alone! - zipping councilors "the packet" (as we in the know like to call it) over the ether makes loads of sense. Digital also means the average citizen gets far better access to these public documents than ever before. The city clerk's office has been diligent about posting meeting agendas and, where possible, relevant documents. So in terms of saving money and time and getting information out efficiently, digital is the way to go.

I would like to thank City Clerk Linda Tyer for agreeing to print out one less city council packet, as I have officially gone paperless for council meetings - which I hope will be a trend that can be extended throughout city government.

The bulky (and often, very bulky) city council packet that councilors use for a reference costs an average of $170 per meeting for paper alone. Add the additional costs of ink/toner, wear and tear on city hall copiers, and the time and energy of staff who put it all together - and a simple transition away from paper benefits everyone.

With the packet now fully digital in pdf form, all councilors, and everyone with an internet

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Berkshire Music School Kicks Off 2012 Classes With Open House
by Soapbox
12:29PM / Sunday, January 29, 2012
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The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments ...and more than a few delighted squeals.


January 29, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of youths, many of them under the age of 5, attended an open house at the Berkshire Music School Saturday, as the educational nonprofit enters its 70th year at its 30 Wendell Avenue home.
The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments... and more than a few delighted squeals, proving once again the inherent interest in making a joyful noise is not generational, and will never go out of style.
The open house featured a Music for Preschoolers class, designed to "children’s awareness of rhythm, ability to sing and move creatively to music," which

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Daniel Bianchi Sworn In As Mayor
by Soapbox
11:55AM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Video taken on Jan. 2, 2012, by Joe Durwin of Daniel Bianchi being sworn in for his first term as mayor of Pittsfield.

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Generals Fall to Wildcats on Tuesday
by Soapbox
02:11PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Check out the action between the Pittsfield Generals and the Lee Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Pittsfield at Lee High - Boys Basketball 12/20/2011 from iBerkshires on Vimeo.

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