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MassDOT Announces Enhanced Teen Driver Initiative
12:28PM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles, in collaboration with Safe Roads Alliance and program sponsors Safety Insurance, Toyota North America, and the Massachusetts National Guard has announced that "The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program" has been updated and is now available at statewide full-service RMV Service Centers and online. A copy of the guide will be distributed for free to all Junior Operators when they obtain their learner’s permits.

"We're pleased to continue our partnership with the Safe Roads Alliance and founding sponsor Safety Insurance, and welcome new sponsors Toyota and the Massachusetts

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Launches New Catering Website
11:43AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Catering website

Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe, has launched a new catering website that will streamline the ordering process for customers. The new site, which also include meat and seafood, will allow customers to begin their order online with a few clicks and get a preliminary quote in real time, anytime of the day or night.

Wild Oats has been offering catering services for over ten years in their Main Street location, which includes a full-service kitchen and bakery. The ingredients are organic, in-season and locally sourced whenever possible and they use humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and sustainable


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Try to Avoid 'Titanic' Investment Mistakes
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:42AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019

It has been 107 years this month since the tragedy of the Titanic. Of course, this disaster has fascinated the world ever since, leading to books, movies, musicals and, ultimately, a successful search for the big ship's remains. On the positive side, commercial shipping lines learned a great deal from the Titanic, resulting in safer travel across the oceans.

And as an investor, you, too, may be able to draw some important lessons from what happened on that cold April night more than a century ago.

So, to avoid some "titanic" investment mistakes, consider the following:

* Create a financial strategy with a solid foundation. Although considered a technological marvel, the


Pittsfield Man Charged in Fatal Pedestrian Accident
10:20AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man is facing charges related to a fatal pedestrian accident on Dalton Avenue on March 31.

Robert Johnson, 51, has been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury/death accident, Pittsfield Police said in a release on Wednesday. Police said Johnson has been fully cooperative with the ongoing investigation.

Christopher Reynolds, 32, of Pittsfield was killed in the accident. Witnesses told police that a vehicle traveling eastbound struck Reynolds around 1:30 a.m., who was sitting down in the eastbound travel lane of Dalton Avenue, just east of Plastics Avenue, and continued traveling eastbound after impact.


Pittsfield Fire Chief Czerwinski Marching to Retirement
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Fire Chief Czerwinski explains the Fire Department's needs during budget talks in 2016. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a saying around the firehouse that some firefighters wouldn't walk two blocks to a fire if they were on vacation.   Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski, however, would race the trucks there.   One time he was speeding to the scene of a fire riding in the back of an open cab truck, holding on to just a bar. Now he usually shows up in an SUV, shortly after the first units have.   As age 63 bears down, that race to the fire is becoming much more difficult.   "It gets old and tiresome to get out of bed at 4 o'clock in the morning, or 8:30


Baker Hill Files New Lawsuit Against Mall For Back Taxes
Staff Reports,
03:28PM / Tuesday, April 02, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Baker Hill Road District has filed another lawsuit against the Berkshire Mall in pursuit of taxes.   On Friday, the district, which was created as a taxing entity and in charge of maintaining the connector road, filed a lawsuit seeking taxes owed for this year. The new suit comes after the district was successful in being awarded in Berkshire Superior Court close to $300,000 in back taxes.   "The collector mailed [Berkshire Mall Realty Holding] seven tax bills for the district on or before January 1, 2019, in the total amount of $115,464.74 which tax bills were due payable on February 4, 2019," attorney Mark Siegars wrote in the


Latest Proposal Calls For Pittsfield to Limit Trash to 64 Gallons
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The Ordinance and Rules Committee approves a couple of changes to the ordinance on Monday and will wait for a new draft before going further. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latest trash proposal, the City Council wants to restrict the amount of trash residents can throw away but don't want to restrict how it is placed at the curb.   The Ordinance and Rules Committee continued its review of the trash ordinance Monday night and the newest amendments would restrict residents to 64 gallons of trash per week.   However, unlike the mayor's earlier proposal, the councilors don't want to tell people how to place it on the curb just that it is secured.   Two years


Downtown Pittsfield Inc. to Present Blue Art Show in Honor of Autism Awareness Month
10:27AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will host an exhibit of blue or mostly blue artworks in honor of Autism Awareness Month at the Downtown Pittsfield Inc. offices at 33 Dunham Mall in April.

An opening reception for Blue Art Show will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Fridays Artswalk, and the show will remain on view through April 26.

Twenty-one local artists will be represented in Blue Art Show, including Irene Collias, Tiffany Delmolino, Mary Beth Eldridge, Susan Geller, Katherine Haig, Anadelia Hart, Michelle Iglesias, Caroline Kelley, Christina Kelly, Henry Kleine, Ben Mancino, Dorothy Martell, Julie Morgan, Don Orcutt, Carolina Perrone,


Local Human Services Providers Share Stories With Lawmakers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

Tori Ackley sings uplifting songs she had written about her own struggles. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At age 19 Rebecca Gleason was just like every other teenager.   Until two weeks after graduating high school.   She got in a car accident and was in a coma for a month. Her brain was severely injured and when she came out of the coma life wasn't going to be the same.   That was 26 years ago. Gleason has been going through rehabilitation on a daily basis since. But nine years ago, she found the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.    "In those nine years, I've grown socially. I learned not only to be a group leader but to lead my own life,


Holmes Road to Be Reduced to One Lane For Bridge Repair
Staff Reports,
06:37PM / Sunday, March 31, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The bridge on Holmes Road over the Housatonic Rail line will be reduced to one lane beginning on Monday morning.

The state Department of Transportation says the bridge will be reduced to one lane for the duration of the repair. 

Crews will mobilize concrete barriers and install a temporary traffic signal on Monday and the full lane reduction will be implemented by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 3.  

The roadway will remain in this configuration until further notice while MassDOT develops and implements a repair procedure for the bridge.  

The lane reduction is necessary so that MassDOT can respond "promptly and appropriately" to

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Polar Plunge Raises $25K For Special Olympics
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Sunday, March 31, 2019

In groups no larger than 10, some 70 people jump into the cold water on Sunday. More photos from the plunge can be seen here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 70 people braved the icy cold water Sunday morning to raise $25,000 for the Special Olympics.   The Polar Plunge put on by the local branch of Law Enforcement Torch Run drew a crowd to Bousquet to jump into a pool of ice cold water in the rain. Organizers of the annual event had hoped to raise $15,000 but instead hit the $25,000 mark.   "It goes to our athletes right here in Berkshire County. It goes to athletic programs. It goes toward uniform and travel," organizer John Bassi said.   "It defrays all


Pittsfield Police Seek Info On Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident
Staff Reports,
10:24AM / Sunday, March 31, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on a fatal motor vehicle accident in the early hours of Sunday.   Police say that at about 1:30 in the morning a pedestrian was hit in the area of 457 Dalton Avenue and died because of the injuries. Police are now looking for a light colored Ford SUV with front end damage.   Police are not revealing the name of the individual who died until the family is notified.   Police say the vehicle was headed eastbound on Dalton Avenue, just east of Plastics Avenue when it struck the pedestrian. The driver then did not stop.   Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Accident Investigation union at 413-448-9700.


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