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Pittsfield Councilor Lisa Tully Won't Seek Re-election
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 1 Councilor Lisa Tully has opted not to seek re-election this fall.   Tully is concluding two terms on the council after first being elected in 2013, when she ousted the incumbent Christine Yon. On Monday she released a statement saying she is foregoing a re-election bid to spend more time with family.   "It has been an honor to represent the residents of Ward 1 for two terms. While the experience is very rewarding, being a city councilor is also very time-consuming. At this moment in my life, I want to spend more time with my grandchildren while they are still young," Tully wrote.   "Although I will no longer be officially in

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Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Acquires GoodWorks Insurance's Great Barrington Office
12:23PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Insurance merger: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance of Great Barrington has purchased the Great Barrington office of GoodWorks Insurance.  The purchase brings together two firms that are consistently ranked among the top independent insurance agencies in the region, according to George A. Ryan, Jr., president of Wheeler & Taylor.  

Chad Yonker, chairman of GoodWorks Insurance, will become a shareholder and chairman at Wheeler & Taylor. Ryan will continue in his role as president indefinitely and remains the company’s majority shareholder. Both organizations have a long history of supporting their communities through charitable giving and going forward will be no

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Berkshires Beat: Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'
11:40AM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Freedom reigns: For the second year, Norman Rockwell Museum is teaming up with New York's Capital Area Art Supervisors to present a unique exhibition of student artwork exploring what freedom means in the 21st century. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from March 18 through April 9."

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display around 125 original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State. Works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady County will be on view. Each work will relate to a freedom most important

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Pittsfield Seeking Consistency In Financing Taconic Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, March 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The needed cash flow to pay to build the new Taconic High School hits a peak in the coming months.   The Finance Department is closely monitoring the funding of the project, working to find ways to keep the city's total debt service payments level throughout the life of the bonds. Right now, the city has only gone to the market for long-term financing of $10 million of the anticipated $46 million the city will need to fund and is managing the cash flow as construction goes on.   "We estimate it will be no more than $46 million. Ultimately what we are responsible for will be the ineligible costs, meaning the ones the state will not pay. That

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Engineers Looking To Increase Water Flow Below Cleveland Reservoir
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Monday, March 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Engineers have gotten approval to try a new way to alleviate environmental concerns related to a maintenance project at the Cleveland Reservoir, the main source of the city's drinking water.   The project plan is to clean out the diversion pipes in both Cady and Windsor Brooks, which feed into the reservoir. The two inlets had been collecting sediment for decades, and that has then been flowing into the reservoir. In 2012 the project to clean out the aqueduct system was proposed. But, some concerns were raised about the creation of an access road, which would take away wetlands habitats for animals, and ongoing dredging of the river.   Doug Gove from

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'Roots Rising' To Provide Pittsfield Teens Work In Food Industry
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Sunday, March 12, 2017
Johnny Campbell is one of the Pittsfield teens looking forward to the program. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For five weeks this summer 10 city teens won't just be learning about the food economy, they'll be living it.   Berkshire Botanical Gardens and Alchemy Initiative have teamed up to launch "Roots Rising," a program paying teenagers to work on farms, in food pantries, at markets, and learning everything it takes to go from farm to table.    "It's an agricultural based youth development program," Berkshire Botanical Garden's Director of Youth Outreach Education Jamie Samowitz said on Friday.   "They are doing what we call

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State Holding Hearing On Eversource Rate Increase In Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
04:45PM / Saturday, March 11, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eversource is seeking to raise rates by 28 percent.   The company submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities for such an increase and a local public hearing on the manner is scheduled for April 10 at the Berkshire Athenaeum.   The company is seeking to increase revenues by $35.7 million with the increase. Another $60.2 million is sought with increases to NStar customers in eastern Massachusetts, which is achieved through a 7 percent rate increase.   "Eversource's request addresses increases in operating and maintenance costs and capital costs associated with investments in the electric network since the last decision by the

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Pittsfield Welcomes Irish Sister City Mayor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ballina Mayor Michael Loftus was welcomed during a reception at City Hall. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Michael Loftus got to town after a lengthy flight from Ireland, he knew where to go. He's been here before.   The mayor of Ballina, Ireland returned to Pittsfield on Friday for his second visit. He comes from the Pittsfield's sister city,  a partnership that's last 19 years and still going strong.    "To me, coming here today and this weekend, has meant an awful lot. It is an honor to get the opportunity to come back here," Loftus said.   The longstanding relationship serves as a way for the two cities to share cultures and ideas.

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@theMarket: Mushy Markets in March
By Bill Schmick,
04:44PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
Investors took a break this week from the ongoing Trump rally, even as the pace of change in Washington seems to be accelerating. Both the financial downside and political upside should be positive for your investment portfolio overtime.   The minor consolidation I have been expecting in the stock market began this week. The averages have pulled back a little, but the S&P 500 Index, for example, has lost less than one percent from its all-time highs. That's not exactly the end of the world ...   I see a meandering two steps back, one step forward, kind of market with the downside risk somewhere between 2,300 and 2,330 on the S&P 500 Index. That would equate to about a

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Superior Court Briefs: March 6 - March 10
Staff Reports,
04:38PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 6.   Zachary Santoro, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and abuse of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14.    He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution on the rape and abuse charges and given concurrent four to five years on the indecent assault and battery.   The charges stem from incidents that occurred in Lanesborough between June 1, 2014 and August 7, 2014. The alleged victim is now 18 years old.   Mackenzie Colvin, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two

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Pittsfield Schools Ending Student Resource Center Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:36PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The school district is ending the partnership with the sheriff's office to provide alternative education.   Since 2006, the district has been contracting with the Berkshire County sheriff's office to run the Student Resource Center, formerly known as the Juvenile Resource Center. The program was for out-of-school suspensions and the district is now restructuring the way it handles discipline, reducing the number of those suspensions altogether.    "We think we need to use this as an opportunity to ramp up our in school suspension program," Superintendent Jason McCandless said at Wednesday's School Committee meeting. "We

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Barrington Stage Company Names New Managing Director
12:31PM / Friday, March 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has announced that Michele Weathers will assume the role of managing director of Barrington Stage Company beginning March 13.

Current Managing Director Tristan Wilson departs the company in May after the completion of the renovation of the theatre's new home at the Wolfson Center, 122 North St.

Weathers comes to Barrington Stage Company from PlayMakers Repertory Company, having recently served as the theatre's interim managing director under the leadership of Joseph Haj and Vivienne Benesch. In New York, she was the assistant general manager for the Off-Broadway production of "In The Heights" and also served on the

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