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Former Fox Hollow School Mansion To Be Renovated Into Luxury Rentals
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Sunday, June 18, 2017

Some 22 acres of George Westinghouse's Erskine Park are still connected with various housing options in different portions of the land. LENOX, Mass. — As the building approaches its 100th birthday, the former Fox Hollow School is being reborn as luxury apartments.   Developer David Carver has managed the sprawling 222 acres off Route 7 for years and recently closed on the purchase of the historic mansion.   Now he's received his permits and is finishing the design to turn the home, built by the Vanderbilt family in 1919, into high-end apartments.   "We are in the process of renovating this into 11 apartments. We have finished our permitted with the


National Advocacy Group Weighs in on Mascot Ban Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:15AM / Saturday, June 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Even as the Turners Falls Indians softball team, Grafton Memorial Indians boys lacrosse team and Taconic Braves baseball team vie for state championships on Saturday, there is a move afoot in Boston to make sure that those teams never take the field again … at least, not with those nicknames.   A longtime national discussion about the appropriateness of Native American-themed nicknames and mascots has reverberated this spring in the Bay State, where a bill on Beacon Hill would prohibit "the use of any Native American mascot by a public school in the Commonwealth."   The Pittsfield School Committee is considering taking action at the local


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@theMarket: Markets in Pullback Mode
By Bill Schmick,
05:31PM / Friday, June 16, 2017
Technology stocks continued to consolidate while the Dow made new highs and the S&P 500 Index hovered just below historical highs. Throw in the fact that the markets are notoriously slow and biased to the downside during the summer months, and you have a recipe for further consolidation.   That does not necessarily mean that we will see some sharp and painful correction in stocks. My regular readers understand that the averages could simply move sideways for a month or two before resuming their upward climb. However, within those averages, individual stocks and sectors could experience much deeper declines.   Take the present decline in the technology-laden NASDAQ market, or


Pittsfield AAU Team Wins Tourneys in Amherst, Albany
04:48PM / Friday, June 16, 2017
The Pittsfield Heat 16-and-under AAU basketball team has won two tournaments recently, taking home first place in the Mass Hoops Jaguars Spring Classic June 5 in Amherst against teams from Boston, Springfield, and Southern Connecticut, and the Adirondack Hoops Spring Classic in Albany against teams from Albany, Schenectady, Boston and the Hudson Valley.   This brings the team’s spring record to 15-4 with three first place finishes, one second and one third in five tournaments.   The team includes Gage Williams, Javi Osorio, Nick ‘Truck’ Sayers, Odin Williams, Amin Purry, Sam Higuera, Collin Frinks, Quincy Davi, Josh Tayi, Dylan Thompson and Robert McCowan. It is


Berkshire Family YMCA Hires Mission Advancement Director
03:23PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Family YMCA has announced that Kristine Hurley will assume the role of mission advancement director effective June 26. Hurley will support the Y's growth and visibility in the region through marketing, communications, and outreach and development efforts.

Hurley most recently served as executive director of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. While there, she helped the organization increase membership, create marketing initiatives, advocate to elected officials on downtown-related issues, and build relationships with downtown stakeholders. To her role at the Y, she will bring comprehensive experience in marketing and special events, nonprofit management,


Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Day and Family Enrichment Services
02:18PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc (BCArc) has hired a new director of Day and Family Enrichment Services, Cybèle Kilby.  

Kilby has been with BCArc since 2006. She has been a residential site manager and a case manager at Berkshire County Arc's Center for Development day program. Most recently, she worked as a case manager and family advocate in the Advocacy and Family Support department. She holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a master's degree from Simmons College.

"I'm honored to have been given this opportunity to work with a team of professionals I’ve long known and admired," Kilby said. "I'm also excited


Superior Court Briefs: June 12 - June 13
Staff Reports,
02:06PM / Friday, June 16, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Monday, June 12.   Laura Reilly, 42, of Easthampton had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on three counts of misleading a police officer or other person.   She was released on $1,500 bail. Reilly is accused of misleading State Police detectives in the investigation of the disappearance of 39-year-old Joanne Ringer. Ringer has been missing from her Clarksburg home since March 2, 2017.   Thomas Tobin Jr., 43, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a large capacity firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm during the commission of a


Berkshire Bank Promotes Two to Branch Manager Roles
01:28PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has promoted two retail banking employees to the positions of assistant vice presidents/branch manager.

Dana Robb serves as the branch manager of the Allendale branch in Pittsfield and Samantha Tanner serves as branch manager of the North Adams branch.
"It's exciting to see motivated people take on increased responsibilities," said Deanna Markham, VP/regional manager. "Both Dana and Samantha have a proven track record in the retail banking environment and are dedicated and committed members of our community. They are a valuable asset to the Berkshire Bank family."
Robb began his career with Berkshire Bank in


Camp Ashmere Hires New Camp Director
12:40PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

HINSDALE, Mass. — Camp Ashmere in Hinsdale is opening for its 102nd season and has hired  Donald Padrick of New Lebanon, N.Y., to be the camp director this year.

Padrick comes with a wealth of camping experience and working with youth. He will be teamed up with Terri Braman, who will be the day camp director once again this year.

The camp is owned and operated by the First Baptist Church in North Adams and is offering five weeks of Day Camp sessions for children entering grades one through six, beginning July 10 and running through Aug. 11. The Day Camp program has bus transportation from North Adams, through Adams, Pittsfield and Dalton to the camp daily. Day campers receive


Berkshire Bank Honors Employees for Volunteerism
12:14PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has recognized 31 employees for their volunteerism in the community and has named two "top volunteers" through their Volunteer Service X-ellence Awards Program. These annual awards celebrate bank employees who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.
The two award recipients were selected based on their strong record of volunteerism to non-profit organizations through both company-supported activities and for individual service to the broader community. Each of the award winners also received a $1,000 donation that will be made to the non-profit organization of their choice.
This year's Volunteer


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 16-22
11:21AM / Friday, June 16, 2017

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Diocese Weighing Multiple Bids For Former St. Mary The Morning Star
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Friday, June 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Diocese of Springfield is looking to sell the former St. Mary the Morningstar Church in a "reasonable time" and its broker is speaking with multiple parties.   The former church on Tyler Street has been closed and on the market since 2010; the church was closed in 2008.    In 2014, Cafua Management planned to raze the church and build a Dunkin' Donuts. That proposal faced tremendous opposition and eventually the company withdrew its offer.    Earlier this year, developer David Carver put in an offer and a plan to turn many of the existing buildings into market-rate housing, as he has done with numerous other churches in


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