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Pittsfield Sells $875K Worth of Tax Liens
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:46PM / Sunday, October 14, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The tax lien auction brought in another $875,000, adding to about $800,000 the city had taken in ahead of time in back taxes.   According to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood, 61 liens were sold by Strategic Auction Alliance at City Hall on Thursday afternoon accounting for $875,770.61.   The biggest buyer was Boston-based Tallage Davis LLC that purchased 22 liens for a price of $239,682.54. Dover-based Lewis Morse LLC purchased 13 liens for the price of $257,784.07. And Philadelphia-based Tower DB VIIII Trust purchased 16 liens at the price of $222,137.66.   In total there were 12 bidders in the auction, including a handful of local

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2018
02:40PM / Sunday, October 14, 2018

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.

If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too!

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Inauguration 2016
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Victor, Dumigan Presented Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Saturday, October 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Whenever Tricia Victor or Katherine Dumigan walk into a room, they are likely going to be the smartest one there, according to Superintendent of Schools Jason McCandless.   "It's every parent's wish and desire in work and life to hope for, and aspire to, and blood sweat and tears toward, making sure our own children are smarter and better informed than we are ... I can tell you wherever these two women go, they are probably the smartest, most knowledgeable, hardest working people in the room," McCandless said.   The two received the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Certificates of Excellence on Wednesday night. One student

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Mark Shapp Honored as RSVP Volunteer of the Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mayor Linda Tyer presented a certificate of recognition to Shapp. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mark Shapp knows his way around, whether that be City Hall or a train.    And Shapp is happy to share his knowledge with anyone. In the last decade, he's volunteered 4,316 of his hours to do just that.   In the last year, he's spent 629 hours volunteering as the City Hall ambassador and with the Berkshire Scenic Railway.    And that is why he was recognized with the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program's Volunteer of the Year Award on Friday.    "Mark is always willing to help with any of our City Hall tasks. During election time, he helps sort

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No Injuries Reported After Police Fire Weapons During Search
Staff Reports,
05:07PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Noble Avenue was closed for most of the day on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police officers shot at a man while executing a search warrant on West Housatonic Street on Friday morning but there were no injuries.   According to the district attorney's office, while the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant relating to drug activity, 23-year-old Marcel Teixeira-Ingram Jr. was seen pointing a handgun at officers. Two officers discharged weapons in response but did not hit the man.   He was then taken into custody.   Teixeira-Ingram Jr. is being charged with armed assault with intent to murder, illegal possession of a firearm, armed career

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 21 - Oct. 11
Staff Reports,
03:17PM / Friday, October 12, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 21.   Shane Harding, 29, of Marcy, N.Y. was found guilty on three counts of rape and a single count of kidnapping.   He was ordered to be held without bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction until sentencing. On Tuesday, September 25, Harding was sentenced to concurrent eight to 18 to 20 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charge. He was given eight to 10 years on the kidnapping charge. Those sentences will begin after he completes any time he is currently serving in the state of New York.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September

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CHP Receives $285,000 Grant to Enhance Mental Health Treatment
01:28PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Community Health Programs has received a $285,000 federal grant for expanded treatment of behavioral health disorders that can place patients at risk of substance abuse.

The grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration is part of a $396 million federal allocation. Of this, $12 million will be shared by 38 Massachusetts-based community health centers.

CHP will strengthen its integrated behavioral health strategy by adding two full-time licensed clinical social workers to its primary care practices at CHP Lee Family Practice and CHP Great Barrington Health Center.

"This award helps us to double-down on the underlying

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CHP Dentist, Dental Educator Receives Prestigious NYU Fellowship
01:23PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Ronald Maitland, clinical director of the dental residency program at CHP Neighborhood Dental, has been honored by New York University for his contributions to dental education over more than five decades.

"This is an extremely prestigious award for Dr. Maitland, and so well-deserved," said Lia Spiliotes, CHP's chief executive officer. "CHP, and the Berkshire County community, are so fortunate to have Dr. Maitland leading educating of future dentists, at the dental residency program at Neighborhood Dental Center."

Maitland was inducted as a fellow of the NYU College of Dentistry Academy of Distinguished Educators on Sept. 14 at

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Pittsfield Kiwanis Club Member Named Lieutenant Governor for Division 17
12:48PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cheryl Tripp-Cleveland of the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield was elected lieutenant governor for Division 17 at the New England & Bermuda District Conventions 100th annual meeting.

Tripp-Cleveland was elected to the office in August at the convention and took office on Oct. 1.

Tripp-Cleveland is general manager at WBRK in Pittsfield. She has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield for seven years.

Besides lieutenant governor, she has held the office of president, secretary and co-chair of the Park of Honor.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 12-18
12:34PM / Friday, October 12, 2018
SATURDAY Pittsfield Berktoberfest on McKay Street  The Berktoberfest fundraising event is now in its 11th year! Enjoy tons of beer and food, local vendors, fun games and live music, all to benefit Ty Allan Jackson's Big Head Books and Read Or Else. 1-5 p.m. Early entry, at 12 p.m., can be had by purchasing a VIP ticket.

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

SAT Christian McBride & New Jawn at The Colonial The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival presents six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing,

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BCC Names Interim Director of Nursing
Staff Reports,
10:29AM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Christine Martin will take over as interim director. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC.   Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.    Martin is no stranger to the program. She has taught at the college since 1993 and has worked as a tenured Professor in the Practical Nursing Program as well as the Associate Degree Nursing Program, an Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty member, an instructor of the Bridge Course

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Girls Inc. Recognizes 'International Day Of The Girl'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:12PM / Thursday, October 11, 2018

Some of the signs featured rights listed in the Girls Inc. 'bill of rights.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sixth-graders Savannah Peterson-Holt and Yanet Asanke stood outside of Girls. Inc. on Thursday at rush hour with about 20 of their peers holding a handmade sign.   It was a sign honoring Girls Inc. of the Berkshires and one they had worked on for a few days together during the after-school program.   Beside them were other girls holding various signs -- some reading #Strong, others reading #Smart, and others more elaborate featuring one of the six rights listed on Girls Inc.'s "bill of rights."    Together they were sending a message to all

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