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New Committee Looks to Assist Victims of House Fires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Stacy Parsons is looking for volunteers to help victims rebuild their lives. The committee rolled out the details of the group at a public meeting on Tuesday but the snowy weather limited attendance. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In April 2012, Rabbi David Weiner of Knesset Israel watched in horror as his home burned, as firefighters broke window after window, and as a neighbor wrapped him in a coat.   It was a kitchen fire in his Wendell Street home. He remembers having to borrow socks from a friend the next day because he had lost everything.    "My house was inside out. Whatever was left of our belongings was smoldering in the back yard or being washed in the drive.

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Berkshire Occupational Health Merging with BHS Urgent Care
07:59PM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced that Berkshire Occupational Health will merge with BHS Urgent Care and will relocate to the Urgent Care location at 505 East Street, St. Luke’s Square, Pittsfield. The relocation will take place on Monday, Feb. 25.

"This move will allow Berkshire Occupational Health to provide local businesses and their employees with enhanced services and added convenience," said Dr. Brian Quinn, medical director of both Berkshire Occupational Health and BHS Urgent Care. "By combining Berkshire Occupational Health with Berkshire Health Urgent Care, our clinical offerings will be more expansive, and in the event employees

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Former Pittsfield Cub to Appear at Baseball Museum
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07:00AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former Pittsfield Cub star Bryan House will be “Talkin’ Baseball” at the Baseball in the Berkshires museum at the Berkshire Mall on Saturday, Feb. 16.   The former pro will meet and greet attendees and sign autographs free of charge as part of the museum’s Talkin’ Baseball program.   Attendees also will be able to have their picture taken with House, who will appear from 3 to 4 p.m.   The museum is located in the Berkshire Mall.

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Lanesborough Looks to Temporarily Close Police Station
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The condition of the police station is forcing the town to find temporary accommodations for its police force.    The town's insurance company issued a report recommending the current station be vacated by employees because of the condition of the building. Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association inspected the building in October and cited a number of concerns and ruled that the building is unsafe.   "Renovation cease-and-desist until proof of all licenses and permits are produced and the project, the plans and the building are inspected by a third-party building inspector, DLS inspector and health inspector," the report

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Three Students Receive VFW Scholarships
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier with VFW Commander Arnold Perras and scholarship winners Hannah Berkel, left, Kailey Sultaire and Kathrine Wilson. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 recognized three Berkshire County high school students who composed essays on the importance of voting.   Dozens attended the award ceremony Monday held at the American Legion building banquet hall where a combined $2,950 in scholarships were given out to Hannah Berkel, Kailey Sultaire, and Kathrine Wilson.   "We are very proud of you and we placed high-qualifying standards on the recipients of these awards because we believe the winners will have high visibility in

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BArT Advances in League Playoffs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
01:22AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The BArT Wolfpack used a 14-2 first-half run to open up a double digit lead and never looked back Monday in a 71-59, River Valley Athletic League tournament win over Eagle Hill of Hardwick.   Isaac Bamba scored 31 points, and Brandon Bamba scored 22 to lead Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, which moves on to the RVAL A Bracket semi-finals, scheduled for Tuesday against Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion.   Both Bambas showed their versatility, knocking down 3-pointers and slashing to the hoop, while William Peets helped BArT hold its own in the post, collecting numerous rebounds and blocking four shots in the second

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Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum, Collective Arts Brewing Host Student Art Contest
11:02PM / Monday, February 11, 2019
Art of Brewlng

Norman Rockwell Museum and Collective Arts Brewing have announced a new partnership designed to promote illustration programs around the country and highlight career paths available to artists. The museum and the craft beer company have teamed up to host the first annual Art of Brewing Contest, open to art students in the United States. The submission deadline is March 31.

Eight winning entries — selected by a jury of representatives from Collective Arts Brewing, Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators — will be showcased on a Collective Arts Brewing can series, distributed across North America. To be eligible, students must be 21 or older and

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10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival Celebrates Eighth Anniversary
08:41PM / Monday, February 11, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District presents the eighth annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, featuring an array of music, art, theater, dance, film, play, fireworks and more from Feb. 14-24.

Organized by the City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development and Barrington Stage Company, the festival features 62 events in 14 different venues, highlighting dozens of artists, actors, musicians, playwrights and performers.

The 10X10 festival kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 14 with these events: the opening reception for the 10 Spot Photography exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, featuring regional photographers; 10x10 Intersection

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Local Youths Advance in Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
02:22PM / Monday, February 11, 2019
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Eight local boys and girls have earned the right to compete at the Western Mass regional of the Knights of Columbus free throw shooting contest.   Patrick McLaughlin, Jason Sibley, David Kirchner, Danielle Glasier, Katie Shove, Jocelyn Fairfield, Grace Julieano and Ahna Balcom advanced in their age groups from a field of 15 competitors at Crosby Elementary School.   The winners are eligible to compete at the March 9 regional competition at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield.  

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Wintry Mess Coming Our Way
01:07PM / Monday, February 11, 2019

Update of closings and cancelations for Tuesday, Feb. 12: 

Pittsfield City Council meeting canceled Adams Community Bank offices close at 4 MountainOne offices close at 3 Northern Berkshire ABE session on the personal care attendant fundamentals class rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20,  at 1 p.m., Freel Library, MCLA. Russell Field Renovation Project in Adams has been rescheduled to Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. "Moby Dick: The Mini-Series" parts 1 & 2 for tonight and Thursday at the Berkshire Athenaeum are canceled. Both programs will be rescheduled. Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires is closing at 4:30. All activities after 4:30 are

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Pittsfield Fire Dedicates Engine to Retired Deputy Chief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:41AM / Monday, February 11, 2019

The Rev. Peter Gregory blesses the engine as part of the dedication ceremony. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After 28 years on the Fire Department, Deputy Chief Michael Polidoro had to retire after being diagnosed with ALS.   He had been a key member of leadership in the department and was viewed as a mentor by most. While he won't jump into the engine when a call comes in, Polidoro's legacy will still respond.   On Monday morning, the Fire Department dedicated Engine 6 to Polidoro and gold lettering now reads "Poly's Pride" above the windshield.   "We felt this was truly fitting to name this truck after somebody who shows such dedication to this

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Pittsfield Still Concerned About Police, Fire OT Budgets
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Monday, February 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will overspend on public safety overtime and snow and ice this year fiscal year.   The accounts have been on the watch list for Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood and by halfway through the year, the budgets for police and fire overtime are just about spent and snow and ice removal is overspent. Kerwood says the city will have to transfer money from other budget lines to cover those deficits.   "We will have to figure out where those additional funds will come from," Kerwood told the city's Finance Committee on Thursday.   The overtime budgets are easier to manage. The police force has struggled to find enough officers to fill

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