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Lach's Lounge Faces Licensing Board Scrutiny, Again
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Owner Michael Kruger told the Licensing Board that his bar had nothing to do with the shooting in the parking lot. The bar was closed at the time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the third time in two years, Lach's Lounge was before the Licensing Board after a violent crime.   But this time, the Licensing Board struggled to find how the bar was related to a Sept. 10 shooting in which a 32-year-old resident was shot multiple times. The incident occurred in the parking lot at about 1:20 a.m., 20 minutes after the bar had closed.   While the victim had been a patron earlier in the evening, it is not known whether the shooter was there or not. Bar officials say there was no


BMC Nurses Hold Vigil Prior To Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:04PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

Retired Nurse Carla Skidmore and her husband, Bob Skidmore, attended the vigil in support of the union.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses will be silent on Tuesday morning when they walk off the job and head to the picket lines.

But, on Monday night, the nurses were filled with songs and speeches as it held a vigil outside of Berkshire Medical Center prior to the start of the strike.

"This is not a happy time for us. It is sad, a little scary for nurses who have never been through this before and probably scary again for the nurses who have been through this," said Amber VanBramer, a member of the local chapter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association's bargaining


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

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by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Pittsfield Fire Save Home From Porch Fire
By Andy McKeever,
09:22PM / Monday, October 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters saved a home from a blaze on Allengate Avenue.   Fire officials say around 8 p.m. a neighbor called to report smoke coming from the eaves of the front porch at 122 Allengate Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the eaves, rolled out hoses, and knocked it down.   From there, they found the fire had made its way to the attic, and firefighters then worked on snuffing out the blaze there. Utilities were cut off from the home.   There were no injuries reported and as of shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday, there was no determination of the cause. A fire investigator was called and arrived on the scene around 9:15


BMC Administration: Patient Care Will Be Unobstructed By Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:38PM / Monday, October 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center brass say they've taken proper precautions to make sure patient care is uninterrupted during the strike and subsequent lockout.   "We fully expect that our operations will be as they are any other day. If you are a patient and you need to be here with us or you are scheduled to be here and it is elective, it will be no different than it was any other day," said Berkshire Health Systems President David Phelps during a briefing with the media on Tuesday.   The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are expected to walk out of the building Tuesday morning at 7 for the start of a one-day, 24-hour strike. They

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Biz Briefs: McCann Tea Room Open for Business This Week
02:23PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

Time for tea: The McCann Tea Room will be opening on Tuesday, Oct. 3, serving from 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Tea Room is a fully functioning restaurant open to the public from twice a week for a few weeks each semester. Students enrolled in the school's Culinary Arts Program learn hands-on skills used to work in all levels of food service industries. Within the program there are multiple group and individual projects structured to ladder difficulty levels from freshmen to senior year. The culinary program is also incorporated with a business class in which seniors are taught employability and entrepreneurial skills related to everyday tasks encountered in the workshop areas.



Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Lights Up Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness
01:27PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

Golden moment: Mass MoCA joined landmarks across the country and around the world, going gold this September to raise awareness for childhood cancer. In alighting its iconic entrance in gold, the North Adams museum joined Times Square, the Prudential Center, the Zakim Bridge, the TD Garden in Boston, Niagra Falls, the Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks around the world to raise awareness of the battle children fight in this disease and the critical need for increased funding.

Major league sports teams have also recognized and honored children with cancer this month. Major League Soccer and all 30 Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, did tributes


St. Joe Graduate Pens Inspirational Children's Book
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, October 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dan Sadlowski started on a career in health care and shadowed at Children's Hospital in Boston. He was in awe.   He saw sick children fighting day in and day out. He saw them as real-life superheroes. And when his time there ended, he promised himself he'd come back and be an inspiration, a role model, to help them be resilient in the face of adversity.   But his career didn't bring him back to Boston. It took a detour and he is now a teacher at Richmond Consolidated School, teaching technology and physical education to the elementary pupils. So he had to come up with a new idea to still be that inspiration without being at the hospital day in


North Adams Native Writes Financial Self-Help Book
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:38AM / Saturday, September 30, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City native and Drury graduate Catie Hogan hopes to empower and nudge millennials toward adulthood with her new book "The Millennial's Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together."   Hogan, a financial planner and published comedy and satire writer now living in Atlanta, said the bulk of her collection of essays was inspired by her own struggles navigating the post-college world.    "Less than a decade ago I was drowning in student loans, had no idea what to do with my life and was consistently dating people who were wrong for me," she said. "I started reading a ton of personal finance and self-help books and eventually got my


Judge Denies BMC's Request To Halt Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:19PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A federal judge has denied Berkshire Medical Center's request for a temporary injunction to halt the one-day strike planned Tuesday by the nursing union.   The hospital had filed an emergency motion requesting the federal courts to put a stop to the strike. The hospital alleged that the Massachusetts Nurses Association did not follow the proper grievance process as outlined in the contract. It asked for a temporary injunction.   On Friday, Judge Mark G. Mastroianni denied that emergency request after a hearing in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The nurses plan to go ahead with the one-day strike on Tuesday.   "We are disappointed that it


Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 18 - Sept. 29
Staff Reports,
02:05PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 18.   Logan Delisle, 20, of Pittsfield was found guilty of one count of rape and abuse of a child without force.   On Tuesday, he was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Delisle sexually assaulted a girl who was 15 at the time in Pittsfield on December 21, 2015.    Delisle was found not guilty on two counts of rape and abuse of a child without force.    Derrick Laforest, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and intimidation of a witness.   He was sentenced to two and a


Jacob's Pillow Offers Year-Round Programming Through May
01:01PM / Friday, September 29, 2017

BECKET, Mass. — After celebrating its record-breaking 85th anniversary season, Jacob's Pillow announces new, expanded fall, winter and spring programming as a main component of Vision '22, a strategic approach to the Pillow's transformation into a year-round center for dance research and development and a civic partner in our region.

Highlights include the launch of the Pillow Lab and the In Process Series, a series of 12 customized artist residencies open to an intimate, invited audience; year-round events consisting of convenings, social dances, Pillow Pop-Up performances and community programming; and co-presentations with Berkshire County cultural partners including


MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards
12:46PM / Friday, September 29, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of MCLA's annual reunion weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Ahamad received the Young Alumnus Award, which is presented to the individual who, within 10 years of their MCLA commencement, has shown significant growth in their chosen profession and/or career path, received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements,


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