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Plastic Bag Ban One Step Closer to Passing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, February 05, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee finally came to an agreement on a plastic bag ban.   A proposal to ban thin, single-use plastic bags, which are primarily used to bag groceries at the supermarket, has been working its way through the legislative process for nearly six years. It was proposed by attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo as a measure to reduce the amount of plastic bags causing damage to the environment.   On Monday, the Ordinance and Rules Committee finally agreed to the language of the ordinance and it will now go to the full council.   "The whole ordinance is banning the traditional single-use plastic bag," said Ward 3


Pittsfield Man Shot By Police During Pursuit Found Guilty of Reckless Driving
Staff Reports,
05:40PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man shot by police officers during a vehicle pursuit in 2017 was found guilty on Monday of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to stop for an officer.   The jury, however, found him not guilty on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.   Mark Marauszwski, 58, was sentenced on Monday morning after the jury trial to 18 months in the Berkshire County House of Correction and fined $100 for failure to stop for an officer. He was also given a six-month suspended sentence on the charge of driving with a suspended


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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BRTA Running Evening Bus Service in Pittsfield
05:20PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A pilot program for a late-evening bus in Pittsfield started two weeks ago will run through May and help regional transportation officials determine if the service will continue.   The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority began the limited service on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The initial route selected for the later evening bus service is the 11 N-BCC Night Loop that will run weekdays until Friday, May 24.   Using the data collected from customers, operators, riders, and surveys, BRTA will enhance this service next week by adding Berkshire Crossing to the route. The hours of service will remain the same and will travel: From the Intermodal Transportation Center


Biz Briefs: SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work Again
04:14PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
Five and counting

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been named one of the 2019's Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a row. SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program. "The employees of SVHC derive genuine satisfaction in fulfilling our mission of exceptional care and comfort for the people we serve," said Tom Dee, president and chief executive officer of SVHC. "It's their commitment and teamwork that enable our groundbreaking achievements and grow SVHC’s reputation as a place to make a truly meaningful and rewarding career."

This statewide program


Spring 2019 ArtWeek Applications Now Available
02:40PM / Monday, February 04, 2019

A diverse team of local organizations has been named as collaborators for the 2019 ArtWeek festival, celebrating the arts across Massachusetts with hundreds of creative events from April 26 through May 5.

Applications for the festival are now available online.  Featured events should be hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Events may be submitted by individual artists, informal groups, nonprofit organizations, or businesses, and there is no fee to apply as an Event Host. The final deadline is Feb. 22. Examples of previous events can also be found online.

As part of the spring 2019 festival, ArtWeek will be working with


Berkshires Beat: Williams College to Host 'Equity Drafting Table'
12:59PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
Equity Drafting Table
The International Living Future Institute presented the Equity Drafting Table at the Seattle Design Festival 2015.

Williams College and Northern Berkshire community members are invited to participate in the Equity Drafting Table at Williams College, an interactive "pop-up" exhibit that examines equity in the built environment. On view from Feb. 7-13 in the Paresky Center’s Baxter Hall, the public is invited to join any of the three mini "openings" held at 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Zilkha Center Director Amy Johns will deliver a brief presentation and open the dialogue. As part of the exhibition, community members will


McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
12:34PM / Monday, February 04, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

High honors

Grade 12: Beany, Jeremy; Blake, Hope; Brown, Lauren; Cote, Robert; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, James; Furlon, Krista; Glidden, Nicholas; Goodell, Morgan; Goyette, Megan; Guiden, James; Knapp, Evan; Lesure, Elisha; Marino, Emma; Parks, Samuel; Rondeau, Caleb; Santelli, Jonathan; Tetlow, Aubrey; Vanuni, Kalley; Vigiard, Joseph; Wojcik, Abigail.

Grade 11: Baran, Ryan; Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Caron, Cortney; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Ellis,


TEDx North Adams Focuses on Building Community
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, February 04, 2019

Organizers welcome attendees to the 2019 TEDx event. They are hoping to expand the presentations to a larger crowd for 2020. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eight presentations explored and expanded upon the concept of community over the space of a Saturday afternoon.   From the most basic needs of water and food and through arts and creativity to contemplating other perspectives, the second annual TEDx North Adams event highlighted voices examining how we communicate and share to construct communities.   "Everything made me feel better about the world," said Michael McDonough, one of the 100 attendees at the event.     "I think my favorite part

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Auditor Praises Pittsfield's Bookkeeping, Offers Few Suggestions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Monday, February 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Auditor Thomas Scanlon is praising the city's bookkeeping.   "This is probably the best condition the city's financial reporting has been in," Scanlon told both the City Council and the School Committee at a joint meeting Wednesday evening.    Scanlon has been auditing the city's books for a decade and said this year was one of the easier ones. Particularly he praised the timeliness and accuracy of the required filings with the state Department of Revenue. That, he said, makes it much easier and more efficient to perform the audit.    Scanlon is putting the final touches on the audit now but said he found no

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Patella's UVM Catamounts Top Daley's UMass-Lowell River Hawks Sports,
08:05PM / Saturday, February 02, 2019
LOWELL, Mass. -- Lenox's Bailey Patella hit a first-half 3-pointer Saturday to help the University of Vermont men's basketball team to a 74-65 win at UMass-Lowell.   Anthony Lamb led the Catamounts with 29 points, and UVM improved to 17-5 and 7-1 in the America East.   UMass-Lowell, coached by Dalton native Pat Duquette, got six points and four assists in 28 minutes from Pittsfield's Bryce Daley.   Daley hit a lay-up with 1 minute, 20 seconds left in regulation to make it a two-point UVM lead, 67-65, after UMass-Lowell had trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half.   But the Catamounts scored the game's last seven points to earn the

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@theMarket: The Fed Finds Religion
By Bill Schmick,
09:26AM / Saturday, February 02, 2019
After two years of tightening monetary policy, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank signaled this week that it was time to put their monetary tightening program on hold. The stock market soared in celebration.   As we closed out the month of January, stocks are gaining. The October-December declines that culminating in the "Christmas Eve Massacre," which were the worst in 80 years, are rapidly disappearing. Investors who were smart enough to hold fast should be made whole again by the end of this quarter, if not before.   That does not mean that the volatility that has beset the markets of late will fade away. Quite the contrary, I expect the wild swings in the stock market to


WAM Theatre Announces Appointment of Four New Board Members
01:20PM / Friday, February 01, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre has appointed four new members to its board of directors.

Carolyn Butler, Margaret Fluhr, Ellen Ring, and Diane Scott join newly elected board President Wendy Healey, Vice President Arwen Lowbridge, Secretary Lynn Festa, and WAM Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven, to lead the Berkshire-based company into its second decade.

"As we head into our second decade we have immense gratitude as we reflect on the service of all our past board members. All of them, especially our three past board presidents, Tammy Valicenti, Ashley Berridge, and Nicholas Webb, have been instrumental in the impact and success of WAM in our first decade,"


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