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Driver Smashes Through PetCo Store in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever,
12:21PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The vehicle came to a halt about 100 feet into the store.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An elderly driver smashed through the glass-front windows at Pet Co. and traveled at least 100 feet into the building on Tuesday morning. 

Officials said Alice Canning, 83, of Lenox was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for minor injuries after her car accelerated through the parking lot, and into the store.   Public safety officials said no customers, employees, or animals were hurt.   "It appears there's no or minor injuries at this time, just the driver herself is being treated by medical staff," said Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski at the scene."No store

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McCann Tech Inducts Honor Society Students for 2017
02:52PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School inducted 28 juniors into the National Honor Society on Nov. 14.    These students were selected for membership based on scholarship, service,  leadership, and character.    The students are Raffaele Bedini II, Hannah Blake, Hope Blake, Andrea Brucato, John Daub, Nichole Demastrie, Cortney Devito, Elissa Fink, Krista Furlon, Nicholas Glidden, Megan Goyette, James Guiden, Madison Harrington, Holden Hopkins, Elisha Lesure, Emma Marino, Matthew McGrory, Jacob Newton, Matthew Norton, Samuel Parks, Ayrian Quinones, Caleb Rondeau, Aubrey Tetlow, Rutger Thurston, Brandon Vallone, Joseph Vigiard, Abigail Wojcik, and Kirsten

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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Biz Briefs: BCC Offers Micro-Grants to Help Students Get Out of Debt
02:38PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
Helping hand

Berkshire Community College, with sponsorship from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, is offering select students micro-grants to help them pay their past-due debts and stay on track to graduate. The program is called the "Guardian Value Scholarship," which identifies students who are in good academic standing but unable to re-enroll due to college debt.

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the college which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC. The maximum value of the scholarship is $1,500. If a student owes more than $1,500, they are expected to pay down the remaining balance of their debt

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Pittsfield Police Department Implements 'Park and Walk' Initiative
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02:29PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been a month since on-duty Pittsfield police officers have incorporated a change in their daily routine: for 15 minutes each shift, officers leave their vehicles and walk a selected portion of their beat.   Known as the "park and walk" initiative, officers on the day, evening, and midnight shifts are all expected to attempt one 15-minute walk, said Police Chief Michael Wynn. As of Nov. 26, officers registered a total of 293 park and walk details throughout the city.   "The officers can call in anywhere in their sector. If they're off sector, they can stop anywhere downtown," he said. "The expectation is that it should

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Total Access Computers Serves Adams' Tech Needs
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, December 02, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Dan and Andrew Maynard, owners of Total Access Computers, on 16 Hoosac St., want to be your friendly neighborhood tech experts.

The Maynards have one mission: to help people navigate the often-confusing waters of an ever-changing tech world.

"We like to help people, and we don't just fix your computer and send you on your way," Dan Maynard said. "We show you how to keep it clean and running properly because it is the right thing to do."

He started the business in the early 2000s in North Adams and it has been growing ever since.

"I put together a business plan, went in a with a few other people, started a little company and was doing sales

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Pittsfield Lights Christmas Tree
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:09PM / Friday, December 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's the holiday season.

On Friday, the city of Pittsfield kicked off the Christmas festivities by lighting up the 35-foot tree that stands in Park Square.   And then, riding on the back of a fire engine, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived to sit down and listen to what the good little boys and girls of the city want for Christmas.   "It is really a special occasion. This is really what hometown is all about, the coming together to celebrate kindness, giving, and generosity in the holiday season," Mayor Linda Tyer said.   The festivities started with the Taconic High School chorus singing carols. Patrick's Pub provided hot chocolate and

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Wynn Sworn in As Pittsfield's Chief of Police
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:07PM / Friday, December 01, 2017

Michael Wynn has served the role in a provisional manner for the last decade. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Dec. 1, 2007, an officer went into the chief's office to congratulate Michael Wynn on being promoted to "captain in charge."   That was the first day Wynn was on the job as the department's top administrator. The officer joked and said, "you only have to do this job for 17 more years."   But what Wynn didn't realize then was that he'd serve nearly two-thirds of that time waiting to be sworn in and pinned with four-stars.   On Dec. 1, 2017 — exactly 10 years later — Wynn finally raised his hand and repeated after

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The Independent Investor: The Bots Are Coming
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
One no longer needs to imagine a post-apocalyptic world where humans are hunted into extinction by intelligent robots. While a shooting war may not break out between the two sides before 2030, a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that as many as 375 million human workers will be replaced by automation.   Most readers are already aware that companies using high degrees of automation, such as Amazon, are decimating the brick and mortar method of selling products. Most analysts believe it is inevitable that this trend will extend to all kinds of products. Pharmaceuticals and food are just the most recent items to be transitioned over to the internet. While this will add

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Two New Members Join Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees
02:34PM / Friday, December 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lori Gazzillo and Mary Katherine Eade have joined the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees. Both were recently appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Gazzillo is the executive director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation, which provides strategic direction to the Berkshire Bank Foundation and subsidiary foundations, which total over $30 million in assets. She has also served as the vice president of marketing for Legacy Banks and as the director of public relations at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She also serves on the board of 1Berkshire and the Associated Grant Makers of Massachusetts.

Eade, now retired, previously worked as the sole practitioner in

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Rotary Announces 2017 Service Above Self Award Recipients
12:15PM / Friday, December 01, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rotary Club of Pittsfield President Jeff Hassett and Service Above Self Award Chairwoman Joan DiMartino presented seven local students with "Service Above Self" awards.

This award exemplifies student volunteer efforts and their selfless contributions to the service of others. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise which we both encourage and foster.

DiMartino and committee member Rob Proskin reviewed a number of outstanding nominations for students this year and selected the seven awardees for their service above and beyond in their community.

This year's awardees, all seniors at their

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Richmond Students Build 'Boo Boo Bags' For Children In The ER
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:45AM / Friday, December 01, 2017

The students delivered 200 boo boo bags to the hospital on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Richmond Consolidated School cares.   They care about every child in the emergency room, scared and nervous. They want those children to feel like everything is going to be OK.   On Friday, 13 seventh-graders from the school piled out of the school bus in front of Berkshire Medical Center with arms full of care packages for those children.   The "boo boo bags" are filled with coloring books, crayons, toys, finger puppets and a comic book based on teacher Dan Sadlowski's book "Finding Brooklyn." The nurses in the emergency room now have 200 of those

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 1-7
09:49AM / Friday, December 01, 2017
December 1 is First Fridays Artswalk & More! Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!   In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal

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