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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Nine Displaced In Pittsfield Fire
By Andy McKeever,
09:55AM / Sunday, March 31, 2019

Paramedics provided oxygen to two cats that firefighters had carried from the building. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nine tenants escaped a Sunday morning fire on Kellogg Street.   Firefighters were dispatched for a structure fire at 11 Kellogg Street shortly after 8 a.m. The tenants in the four-family duplex along with a number of pets got out.   Firefighters carried two cats out of the structure, both of which received oxygen by County Ambulance before being taken to a veterinarian.   "On arrival, they found heavy fire on the first floor, crews advanced a couple of lines in the building. In the meantime, we were assured that everyone was out of the building,"


Berkshires Drop A Spot In County Health Rankings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:58AM / Sunday, March 31, 2019

Kim Kelly of Berkshire Health Systems detailed the Community Health Initiative aimed to turn around the poor rankings seen in the data. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County has dropped a spot in the county health rankings.   The annual rankings measure in two categories — health outcomes and health factors. The county ranks 13 out of 14 counties in Massachusetts in the former and 11 out of 14 for the latter.   Neighboring Hampden County was dead last in both categories.   The report was released by local health officials on Monday and will serve as the basis for efforts to improve the well-being of residents throughout the county. The data used was garnered


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Pittsfield Ceremony Honors Vietnam Veterans
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:58PM / Saturday, March 30, 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer served as this year's keynote speaker. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — She was just a young child but Mayor Linda Tyer remembers watching soldiers returning from the Vietnam War on television.   Her mother had a silver bracelet etched with the name of Francis Edward Visconti, a soldier from Syracuse, N.Y. who was serving overseas. Such bracelets featuring the names of soldiers were worn by women back home and weren't supposed to be taken off until the soldier returned.    On Saturday, Tyer was wearing that bracelet. Visconti still hasn't returned. His helicopter had blown out to sea and the crew has been unaccounted for since.   "Until


National Guard Brings Robotics, STEM Education to Pittsfield High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:30AM / Saturday, March 30, 2019

Shannon Kennedy, Elise Wellman, and Kendra Castagna built the winning robot. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As a child, Elise Wellman played with Lego robotics.    But on Friday, it was a whole lot different game.   National Guardsmen dropped a box full of parts with a manual. She and her fellow Pittsfield High School students were told to open to a page that just had pictures.   Now build a remote-controlled robot that will open a mailbox, pull a block out, and then transport it to another location, they were told.   "This is really tricky but we figured it out. It can be challenging but we overcame the challenge," Wellman said.   In fact,


Fruscio, Former Creative Director, Has New Post at Housing & Development
07:17PM / Friday, March 29, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The head of the county's former Berkshire Creative agency has been named assistant secretary of program and performance management for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.   Helena Fruscio Altsman, a former city resident, has held a number of creative economy posts in state government including creative economy industry director.    Fruscio Altsman is one of three changes in the senior leadership at EOHED and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism: Mark D. Fuller has been named undersecretary for business growth and Keiko Matsudo Orrall as MOTT's executive director.   "I am excited to round out my


1Berkshire Announces VP of Tourism and Marketing, Digital Specialist
11:46AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire has promoted Lindsey Schmid to the position of vice president of tourism and marketing.

Schmid, who previously served as 1Berkshire's director of marketing, has worked with the organization for more than eight years and is also the regional Tourism Council director.

"We are thrilled to continue our work with Lindsey, who was originally hired by the late Lauri Klefos to work for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau," said Jonathan Butler, president, and CEO of 1Berkshire. "She worked hand and hand with Lauri, promoting and enhancing our tourism product, and has transformed our organization in the areas of traditional and digital marketing and


Adam's Hometown Market Opens to Welcoming Crowd
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:42AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Adam's Hometown Market opened to a welcoming crowd on Friday morning.

A month ago, the grocery store's aisles were empty and shelves bare as Big Y ended its tenure. In just 18 days, the Connecticut grocery chain had stepped, freshened the entire building, hired many of the former workers and filled the store with new products. 

"Welcome back," one woman called out to employees as customers clustered around the deli counter. 

It was 50 years and a month from when the building had first opened as Adams Supermarket, just the latest in the Wineberg's family grocery chain that proudly bore the town's name. 

It was, state Rep.


BFAIR Names New Vice President of Residential Services
11:35AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Michelle Carleton has been promoted to vice president of residential services at BFAIR (Berkshire Family and Individual Resources).

Carleton is responsible for overseeing the DDS Residential & Acquired Brain Injury Residential Services, Adult Family Care/Shared Living and the director of maintenance.

"With the recent structure reorganization, Michelle's promotion to vice president of residential services is well-deserved. She has brought much experience to this position and continues to provide the level of support and service that matches the BFAIR mission," said Rich Weisenflue, BFAIR's CEO. 

Carleton has more than three decades of


Sensory Processing Lecture Series from BMC Center for Rehabilitation
11:28AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Center for Rehabilitation at BMC is offering a six-part lecture series on sensory processing, which can help parents to better understand and help their children and students.

The lecture series will be held on Wednesdays April 24, May 15, June 12, July 10, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation. Check-in is on the fifth floor of the BMC Medical Arts Complex, 777 North St., Pittsfield.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 413-447-2238.

The lecture series will cover sensory processing and sensory integration; sensory diets and how to create an effective one; surviving changes in routines, transitions


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 29-April 4
11:10AM / Friday, March 29, 2019
SAT Artist Panel & Artswalk Information Session  Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a FREE event with a panel of local artists who will speak about their experiences as artists in the Berkshires and beyond. They'll answer questions about navigating the arts scene, networking in the artist community, marketing, how to prepare for an exhibition and more.  

First Fridays Artswalk will have representatives on hand to speak specifically about Artswalk and how to get involved! New, aspiring, professional, amateur, student, teen and veteran artists are invited to come network and be part of the discussion. Spanish


BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program
11:04AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program, with new classes beginning soon, at multiple locations across the Berkshires. 

The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher. The program involves 16 weekly classes over the first six-month period, and six monthly sessions over the remaining six months, for a year-long program. Participants must also be willing to log food that they eat and their activity

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Four Pittsfield Properties to Be Razed
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

Associate Builders from Springfield won the contract for the work. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The first of four blighted properties to be demolished this spring was taken down Thursday morning.   The first on the docket was 49-55 John St. The property is one Mayor Linda Tyer had campaigned in front of during her first bid for office four years ago and was removed the morning Tyer announced her second bid for the corner office.    At 9 a.m., Associated Building Wreckers out of Springfield began razing the property. The building had been in code enforcement since 2016 and had been in significant disrepair before.   The owner, Raymond Supranowicz, told city officials


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