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Tyer Administration Submits Proposal To Overhaul Trash Pick Up
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The city is looking to provide 96-gallon toters for recycling to residents. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council has begun a lengthy debate over changes proposed for the curbside trash pick up program.   Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a plan to switch to a toter system, which is seen as a way to increase recycling, reduce costs to the city, and combat blight. The city would provide a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 96-gallon tote for recycling.   The totes come with a restriction on the amount of trash that can be placed on the curbside without an additional charge. Currently, curbside trash pickup is unlimited.   "I'm confident our citizens can adjust to

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Curling Added to Bay State Winter Games
11:02PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
WOBURN, Mass. –The Bay State Games has added curling to its 2018 winter program.   Curling has gained popularity since the sport was reestablished consistently in the Olympic Games in 1998, after being first debuted in the 1924 Olympics.   As an exhibition sport in 2018, the Bay State Winter Games competition will be comprised of eight teams from curling clubs across Massachusetts. When curling is incorporated into the regular Bay State Winter Games’ program in the 2019 games, the competition will be opened up to the general public as well as clubs from the Northeastern United States.   “We are extremely excited to add curling to the 2018 games,” said

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Berkshire County Arc Recognizes Achievement at Annual Breakfast
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:23PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The breakfast highlighted the achievements of those involved with BC Arc, like Christy Rich. See more pictures from the event here.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Spending time in the hospital can be depressing, even if one is surrounded by supportive people.    So Kimberly and Katye Mozo, who know firsthand about medical challenges and spending numerous days in hospitals, wanted to help lighten the days of others with the same experience.    They formed K&K Pill Bottles and used donations to decorate and fill the vials with suprises to send to people with chronic and long-term illnesses.    "We try to put smiles on others faces that might be

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Two Pittsfield Firefighters Honored By Governor For Meritorious Conduct
Staff Reports,
12:10PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two city firefighters were honored by the governor for meritorious conduct.   Lt. Michael D'Avella and Firefighter Jarrett Robitaille were given awards on Tuesday morning by Gov. Charlie Baker, Public Safety Sec. Daniel Bennett, and State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.   D'Avella and Robitaille were recognized for bravery for pulling 72-year-old Herdy Iroth from a burning building. The pair had rushed into Tahiti Takeout and found Iroth in an apartment on the second floor in the early hours of Dec. 8, 2016. The building had smoke showing on two sides and there was zero visibility inside. The two used thermal imaging to search and find Iroth and

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Pittsfield Police Break Up Alleged Prostitution Ring
Staff Reports,
10:50AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have broken up an alleged prostitution ring.   Police arrested Randy Lambach, 45, of Becket, and Joseph VanWert, 65, of Pittsfield, on charges of human trafficking, knowingly permitting prostitution on the premises, and sexual conduct for a fee. They are currently being held without bail.   In the spring, the Department noticed an increased number of calls regarding proposition and solicitation in certain areas. Patrol officers gathered information, relating those involved in the alleged prostitution with narcotics addiction.    Officer Brenna Dorr led a lengthy investigation which Police said revealed that women were being recruited by

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Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, November 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Toobin is a Harvard-trained attorney and classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He spent time in the office of the independent counsel prosecuting the Iran Contra Affair and later was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City. He wrote a book about Iran Contra and left the law in the 1990s to continue his writing career, including

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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Business Sponsors Thanksgiving Run/Walk to Benefit Autism Connections
03:27PM / Monday, November 20, 2017
What are you thankful for?

The second annual Thankful 5k Run/Walk to benefit Autism Connections will be held Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at Berkshire Running Center at 34 Depot St. Pittsfield. Race Directors Shiobbean Lemme and her husband and co-owner Kent decided to offer a free event to thank the community support for their family owned run specialty store and training center. The free event was part of the celebration of their move into their spacious training center and cycling studio last November.

The Lemmes have been running the business and specializing in race directing and timing since 2010. Among the largest races they have directed is the annual Steel Rail Half Marathon

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Volunteers Prep For Third Annual Children's Extravaganza
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Monday, November 20, 2017

The bank purchased the bicycles from Plaines and donated them to the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Children's Holiday Extravaganza returns for the third year on Nov. 26 with a record high number of tickets reserved.   The extravaganza was the brainchild of Kathy Amuso, who three years ago reached out to Berkshire Theatre Group CEO Kate Maguire about throwing a free holiday party for the community.   Since then, the Colonial Theatre has hosted the family-friendly event each year and more and more people are attending.   "It is mirrored after the GE parties that GE and the union would put on. It would be free and there'd be Santa Claus and

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'Murder on the Orient Express': Has You Humming the Scenery
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:38PM / Saturday, November 18, 2017
The beautiful romanticization of an era that in truth was only elegant for the well-to-do makes director Kenneth Branagh's version of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" a veritable feast for the eyes and imagination if not for the movie house detective in you.    Oh, there are wonderfully opulent appurtenances aboard the luxury train where famed Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot plies his craft with genius, whimsy and a gallantry too often eclipsed by humankind's less noble instincts.   Starring an all-star cast to match the assemblage of beautiful people in Sidney Lumet's 1974 adaptation of Christie's 1935 mystery, this group is also

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Williamstown Hardware Store Holds Grand Opening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:00AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017

Snowblowers lined up outside the new Aubuchon Hardware.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Aubuchon Hardware's president and CEO on Friday said the chain's newest location affirms its commitment to the Village Beautiful.   William Aubuchon IV cut the ribbon on Aubuchon's Main Street store, which opened a few weeks ago but held its grand opening celebration until this Friday and Saturday.   Afterward, Aubuchon said the move from a smaller location in the Colonial Plaza to the east on Main Street (Route 2) was necessary to serve the store's clientele.   "We needed to take care of the customers in this area, and to do that appropriately, we needed more

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E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017

E3 Academy students test out their recipes in the UNO Center kitchen.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every Wednesday, clients of the Friendship Center Food Pantry gather down the street in the First Baptist Church to sign in and wait their turn.

On a recent Wednesday morning, they got a little extra surprise: homemade treats prepared and presented by the students of the E3 Academy, a competency-based program of Drury High School that features a non-traditional classroom setup for students at risk of leaving school.

The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to

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Festive Holiday Market Brings Artisans, Good Food, to Greylock Works
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:06PM / Friday, November 17, 2017

Karla Rothstein, earlier this week, holds up a long list of performers, artisans and vendors appearing at Saturday's Festive at Greylock Works.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some 60 vendors and artisans will be showing their wares in the spacious Weave Shed at Greylock Works on Saturday.    But this isn't your typical farmer's market or craft bazaar.    Instead of rushing through, the organizers are hoping patrons of Festive Holiday Market will slow down, have a cup of coffee, try some of the food being made by award-winning chefs, take time to talk to the artisans about their passion and, in general, just chill.    "I think sometimes

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