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Taconic High Student Arrested After Handgun Found in Backpack
Staff Reports,
05:26PM / Monday, March 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Taconic High School student is facing a raft of charges after allegedly shooting a man in the hand on Monday.

The student left school grounds without permission at noontime and later was arrested by police at the high school after being found with a handgun in his possession.

School officials released a statement to parents saying the unidentified juvenile was involved in a gun-related incident off-campus and that a search found a handgun in his backpack.

According to police, dispatch received a call reporting a disturbance at a residence on Danforth Avenue and a second call reported reported gunfire. Responding units encountered an adult man with a gunshot

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United Cerebral Palsy Awarded Assistive Technology Regional Center Contract
02:28PM / Monday, March 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County has been awarded the Assistive Technology Regional Center contract through 2027.

The anticipated annual amount for the contract is $100,000 per year. Funding for this program is part of the MassMATCH federal program which is administered by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and allows UCP to lend assistive technology equipment and offer demonstrations throughout Western Massachusetts.

"At UCP, we believe technology is the key to unlocking human potential, so I am pleased to announce that UCP has been officially awarded the contract to offer Assistive Technology Regional Center services to Western

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HospiceCare Offers Eight-Week Grief Support Group
02:09PM / Monday, March 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — HospiceCare in The Berkshires will offer a grief support group on Tuesdays from March 21 to May 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. each week at HCIB's main office, 877 South St.

The eight-week support group, "Living with Loss," is offered for anyone who has experienced a loss of a family member or friend. Registration is preferred; please call the HCIB Bereavement Coordinator at 413-443-2994. The support group is free and open to the public.

HospiceCare in The Berkshires, Inc. is a non-profit organization with 35 years’ experience providing compassionate end-of-life care. Services include ensuring patient comfort, managing symptoms, providing personal care

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Biz Briefs: Fall Foliage Parade Gets $3,000 Boost From MountainOne
01:20PM / Monday, March 20, 2017

Parade help: Kelli Kozak, assistant vice president and community engagement officer for MountainOne, gave Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade director Danielle Thomas of 1Berkshire a check for $3,000 in support of the annual parade. The presentation was made at a 1Berkshire and North Adams Chamber of Commerce event at Community Health Programs in North Adams.

The Fall Foliage Parade is in its 62nd year in 2017. This year the theme is "Magic in the Berkshires," inspired by everything magical going on in the Berkshires from Harry Potter on Mount Greylock to Fairies in Adams, and so much more. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1.

 

Good job: Berkshire-based

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Berkshires Beat: Bromley Gives $8,140 to SVHC Cancer Center
11:48AM / Monday, March 20, 2017

Thanks: Bromley Mountain Ski Resort's President Bill Cairns presented a check for $8,140 to Thomas A. Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care at Bromley Mountain in Peru, Vt. The donation, which was given in support of care at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of SVHC, was raised through Bromley's "Mom's Day Off" event on Friday, Feb. 3.

More than 400 mothers received a $20 lift ticket when they showed a photo of their child or children at the resort’s ticket window. The entire value of the ticket was donated.



For a good cause: The Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund will host a cocktail party and

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Pittsfield Seeks Artist To Paint Mural On Tyler Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:12AM / Monday, March 20, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city hopes to spruce up Tyler Street and it is starting by asking an artist to paint a mural.   The city's Office of Cultural Development put out a call for submissions to paint a mural on a Tyler Street building. The effort is in tandem with the Transformative Development Initiative through MassDevelopment. The mural would be the first for Tyler Street, where there is no public art currently and is the first in a process to engage residents in envisioning what the street will look like in the future.   "The goal is to basically get public art and expression on the street," said TDI Fellow Amewusika "Sika"

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Mount Greylock's Operating Budget Flat, Building Project Drives Hike
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Monday, March 20, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School officials Wednesday trumpeted a fiscal 2018 budget proposal that shows no increase in member towns' appropriations related to the school's operating costs.   Williamstown and Lanesborough will be delivered higher assessments, but the increase is due entirely to the bond payment on the addition/renovation project approved in debt exclusion votes in both towns in early 2016.   On Wednesday night, the Mount Greylock School Committee held its public hearing on the FY18 budget.   The bad news is that the district is assessing Lanesborough at $3.2 million and Williamstown at $6.4 million.   The former

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Helen Moon Announces Candidacy For Pittsfield City Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Sunday, March 19, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Days after the seat opened up, Helen Moon announced her candidacy to become a Ward 1 city councilor.   Moon announced her election bid Thursday morning. The 34-year-old is a registered nurse in the critical care unit at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington.   "I really am so inspired by all the residents of this community. They all want Pittsfield to be its best. And while we know the city has come so far, even in these past few years, I believe that work still needs to be done. I'm ready to listen to the people of Pittsfield. I'm ready to work for them," Moon wrote in a statement.   "There are so many great things in Ward 1

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@theMarket: Fed Rate Hike Sets Stage For More
By Bill Schmick,
04:13PM / Friday, March 17, 2017

This week the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates again. That's two times in as many quarters. Back in the day, the markets would have swooned. This week they did the opposite. What gives?

The short answer is investors believe both the economy and inflation are beginning to accelerate, so the Fed has every right to reduce the gas and ease its foot off the monetary pedal. There is, after all, no need to keep interest rates at historically low levels at this point.

That's good news, after buoying both the economy and the financial markets through several years of anemic growth and worries over deflation. It is one explanation for why the stock market has climbed to record highs.

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'Peep Show' Contest Seeks Entries
01:34PM / Friday, March 17, 2017

LENOX, Mass. — The Peeps department at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum announces the 2017 Lenox Peep Show.

Peeps of all ages are invited to make a diorama based on their favorite book or story. Dioramas are to be created out of your favorite Peeps treats. Extra credit may be given to those who deftly use puns in the concept or title. Contest entry forms/rules are available at Ventfort Hall or on the website.

All entries must be delivered to Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker St., Lenox, before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Contest entry forms/rules are available at Ventfort Hall and select merchant locations in Lenox and the Lenox Chamber office. You can also e-mail

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Pittsfield Author Wins Public Radio Award
11:54AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Literacy advocate and author Ty Allan Jackson is one of three recipients of the 2017 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio.

Jackson joins illustrator Barry Moser and the Northampton Jazz Workshop. Recipients will be celebrated at the ninth annual Arts & Humanities Awards Celebration on May 24 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Tickets are available at NEPR.net. Proceeds support the programs and services of New England Public Radio.

"We are happy to recognize these worthy nominees," said Stephen Wittenberg, chair of the NEPR Foundation's engagement committee. "This is really a community-wide effort in acknowledging the great

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 17-23
11:37AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       March 17 - March 23,

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