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Lanesborough Sixth-Graders Have Plan For Berkshire Mall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:02AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Sixth-graders Tyler Hynes-Drumm and Riley Babcock understand the impact the struggling Berkshire Mall has on the town.   "This issue is important because," Riley told the Board of Selectmen on Monday and Tyler finished the sentence, "our town income is lower because the mall had just a big impact on our community."   "When it is gone, we have to pay higher taxes and tourist may stop visiting," Riley said.   The pair had sat down with Assessor Kelly Tolisano, who explained to them that the mall is valued at $19.5 million, resulting in a tax bill of $417,000 — a number that is significantly down from the mall's

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Pittsfield OKs $159M Budget Appropriation; $10M In Capital Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Christopher Connell, on the left, pushed for the city to use $1.5 million in free cash. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council gave its final approval on the $167.6 million spending plan for fiscal 2019.   The budget calls for a city appropriation of $159,976,645 after the City Council asked for $20,000 worth of reductions from the original proposal. The budget reflects a $2.8 million, or 1.8 percent, increase from the current year.   The council also approved the proposed $8,893,000 million general funds capital budget and a $1,627,500 capital budget for enterprise accounts. During budget hearings, the council cut a

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Local Children and Family Organizations Honor 'Reunification Day'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Judge Joan McMenemy said she often sees good people in bad situations. She is grateful for the organizations that help families. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four years ago, Jose Miranda was detained by immigration and was taken away from his son, Eli, for whom he was the sole caretaker.   He knew at the time he wasn't in a good position to properly care for his son. He was struggling with securing stable housing. He needed regular employment. He started working with the state Department of Children and Family on all of those issues, knowing he could eventually get back to his son.   And he did.   "He was released, returned to Berkshire County, returned to his

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State Officials Launch Passenger Rail Expansion Efforts
04:43PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The state is also launching a pilot passenger service between Greenfield and Springfield next year, from the Olver Transit Center. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The state is launching the first step in determining the feasibility of east/west passenger rail between Pittsfield and Boston.    Gov. Charlie Baker, surrounded by state and federal officials at Union Station, announced on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation is soliciting requests for proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of east-west passenger rail service, the launch of a pilot for passenger rail service between Greenfield and Springfield, and one-seat service through Springfield to

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College Notes: June 2018
03:37PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Student Emma Whittum of Williamstown, a junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., studied in Spain during spring 2018 semester. The program she participated in is one of 100 study-abroad programs offered to undergraduates.

Graduations The University of New Hampshire at Durham awarded degrees to the following students during commencement exercises in May. Ryan Nagelschmidt of Pittsfield earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering Amanda McLeod of Dalton earned her master of science in natural resources and environmental economics Ellen Ross of Dalton earned a bachelor of science in occupational therapy, summa cum laude Kayla Goodwin of Williamstown earned a bachelor

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Selectmen to Skyline: Events Are Getting Out of Control
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Selectmen has a message for the Skyline Country Club: the parties are starting to get out of hand.   Skyline owner Jim Mitus has been leasing the clubhouse to a local event organizers Mad Crew three or four nights a year for the last few years. During each of the last three events, however, police had to respond to an array of issues. Town officials had somewhat of an intervention on Monday as they asked Mitus to keep a closer eye on those parties.   "I just don't want this to be the next Chameleons or the next Pepes. I know you run a clean house but unfortunately, stuff is kind of accumulating and we're worried about it," Police

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Realtors Host Battle of the Bartenders
02:47PM / Monday, June 11, 2018
Bartending for a cause

The Berkshire Realtors will host an evening of competitive bartending on Monday, June 11, at Gala Restaurant & Bar at Orchards Hotel in Williamstown. Six teams will square off in half-hour shifts to see who can raise the most tips during their time behind the bar. Proceeds support the Berkshire Immigrant Center.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gala, located at 222 Adams Road (Route 2) in Williamstown. Bartending teams and schedules for the evening are: 5-5:30 p.m. Maureen Baran & Erin Scott; 5:30-6 p.m. Buffy Lord & Susan Gold; 6-6:30 p.m. Brooke Mead & Joe Bergeron; 6:30-7 p.m. Seth Alden & Terry Lamb; 7-7:30 p.m. Jason Dohaney & Sarah

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for June
02:29PM / Monday, June 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during June.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of New Ashford and Worthington for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, from 11 to 1, New Ashford Town Hall, located at 188 Mallery Road Wednesday, June 27, from 11 to 1, Worthington Town Hall, located at 160 Huntington Road All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Publishes First Book
10:26AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
CATA book

Community Access to the Arts has published its first-ever collection of artwork and poetry, titled "You Can't Replace Yourself," featuring work by 46 artists and writers with disabilities. CATA celebrates the release with a Book Launch event at the CATA Studio in Great Barrington on Tuesday, June 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

"You Can't Replace Yourself" is a window into the lyrical and deeply felt work of writers and artists with disabilities. It draws from 25 years of poems, paintings and drawings created in CATA's weekly arts workshops. From touching observations and fantastic dreams, to tender musings on love, life, and hairdryers, "You

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Pittsfield Council In Favor of $8.8 Million Capital Plan; Rejects Enterprise
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council is in favor of the proposed $8.8 million capital budget for the city. But, the required supermajority wasn't in favor of a $4 million capital budget for the enterprise accounts.   The enterprise capital plan, which is for sewer, wastewater, and water, was shot down by four city councilors. Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo questioned a $675,000 item for upgrades to the wastewater treatment center and $2.4 million for sewer pipe repairs prior to the start of the $74 million upgrades to the plan.   Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy said the sewer pipes aren't part of the plant project and are intended to close up places

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Two Men Arrested In Connection To Shooting In Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
08:54PM / Sunday, June 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men were arrested after a shooting on Elm Street.   Police say Trevor Pemble and Marchenne Hanson were each charged with single counts of assault and battery by discharging a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. Hanson is also being charged with a single count of unlicensed possession of a firearm.   Police responded to the area of 70 Elm Street Friday at about 6 p.m. after a ShotSpotter notification. At the same time, dispatch received a number of calls from the neighborhood reporting a shooting.   At the scene, two men were discovered to have sustained gunshot wounds. Officers rendered aid to the men and they were

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'Bold' PHS Class of 2018 Ready to Take on the Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:36PM / Sunday, June 10, 2018

Class speaker Makailey Cookis tells her classmates to remember who they are right now and use that as an anchor as they go forth into the world. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless doesn't think the Pittsfield High School Class of 2018 is very bashful.   "You are not a shy group, Class of 2018. You've never held back your thoughts on your teachers, administrators, or me. The class of 2018 was not shy about emailing the superintendent," McCandless said.   He recalled receiving this email from Jonathan Zunitch, "Dear Dr. McCandless, lots of snow, lots of students going to bed late tonight, roads are

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