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4 Freedoms Coalition Celebrates Third Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Sunday, January 27, 2019

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal said there is no 'invasion' happening on the southern border. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three years ago activists from all over Berkshire County joined together on the mission to fight for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms."   The political groups formed the 4 Freedoms Coalition and on Sunday reaffirmed its commitment to preserving freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.   At Berkshire Community College on Sunday, some 22 organizations provided information about themselves and art, music, and speeches were given to re-energize the hundreds or so people in the audience as the

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Aircraft Parts Company Wins Lever Manufacturing Challenge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:59PM / Saturday, January 26, 2019

Judges Tom Rutledge, left, Douglas Crane and Katherine Putnam quizzed the presenters on their business plans at Berkshire Community College. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An innovative wire harness clamp won its developers a $25,000 grant on Thursday to take their concept to the prototype and testing stage.    United Aircraft Technologies Inc. of Troy, N.Y., beat out three other finalists in Lever's Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge based on its product's application in the life sciences, growth potential, ability to attract investment capital and, perhaps most importantly, create jobs in the region.    "We know entrepreneurs have to hustle and

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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Life On The Teller Line: Greylock Employee Celebrates 40 Years With Company
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, January 26, 2019

When GE employed some 10,000 people, the lines for the credit union were long. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Catherine Maloney's co-worker was frantically trying to ask her something.   She had just gotten into work at the credit union and didn't understand him at first and then realized that he had forgotten the alarm code.   Time ran out. Police were on the way. He put his hands on his head and walked out front of the branch to confront the police arriving with guns drawn. He wasn't happy with her then.   It's funny now.   Or how about the time when it was busy and the systems were acting up? The computer system was being overloaded and needed to be

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Harrington Looks to Address Auditor's Findings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:21PM / Friday, January 25, 2019
 
Harrington gives Bump a tour of the office, introducing her to key members of the staff. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney Andrea Harrington is following the auditor's recommendation to revamp internal controls.    Auditor Suzanne Bump issued a report showing that the internal control plan in the office hadn't been updated since June 2016 when it should be every year.   With a transition in the office, the new district attorney sees that as an opportunity to fundamentally change the office at its core.   "A portion of the audit highlighted the importance of having a strong internal control plan and policies in place. In looking at

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Berkshire Vein Center Earns Accreditation By IAC
02:30PM / Friday, January 25, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Vein Center at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC has been granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for Superficial Venous Treatment and Management. The IAC accreditation was awarded in late 2018.

Accreditation by IAC indicates that the Berkshire Vein Center has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vein treatment and management. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical

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High School Softball Umpires Offer Classes
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12:00PM / Friday, January 25, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Board of Softball Officials has announced the start of classes for anyone who wishes to officiate girls high school fast pitch softball.   Classes will be held every Monday for six weeks starting Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Taconic High School.   The fee is $50.   For more information call Tom Morandi 802-694-1612 or Gary Dow 413-662-2013.

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Boys & Girls Club Boys Travel Team off to Strong Start
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11:31AM / Friday, January 25, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball travel team from the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires currently has a record of 19-3.   The squad recently went 3-0 in the Springfield Jr. Hoop Hall Classic. It finished as runner-up in the West Side Tournament, won both the Boys & Girls Club tournament and the Dalton CRA Jim Horth Memorial Tournament.     The team includes: Rah’mel Smith, Kavon Wilson, Jarmal Sistrunk Jr, Cameron Sime, Tayvon Sandifer, Nicholas Guachione, Patrick McLaughlin, Nicholas Brindle, Evan Blake, Matthew Lee, Carter Mungin, Jake Salvie and coach Darren Lee.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 25-31
11:23AM / Friday, January 25, 2019
SUN Celebrating Freedom: Democracy in Action at BCC The Four Freedoms Coalition's 3rd annual gathering, Celebrating Freedom: Democracy in Action, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Berkshire Community College. Free and open to all, the event will feature speakers Congressman Richard Neal, MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Deborah Meier and District Attorney Andrea Harrington, along with music, action items from a variety of partners, and a collaborative art project that everyone is invited to take part

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Governor's Proposed Budget Is Good News For Pittsfield Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, January 25, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The governor's proposed budget for fiscal 2020 brings good news to the Pittsfield Public Schools.   Gov. Charlie Baker released his proposed budget on Wednesday along with the "cherry sheets" that list the local and school aid for municipalities. As proposed, the city would see a $3.7 million increase in Chapter 70 aid for schools. That would make two consecutive years in which the district saw a significant boost in funding.    "This is a substantive increase in Chapter 70 money for the city of Pittsfield,"  Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The superintendent is still waiting on the details as to how the

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The Independent Investor: The IRS Has Its Hands Full This Year
By Bill Schmick,
05:05PM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
The government's partial shutdown has everyone on edge this year. Despite assurances from the powers that be, many taxpayers are concerned that their tax returns won't be processed on time. Should you be worried?   One misconception many have is that the Internal Revenue Service is closed. Not true, the IRS remains open, despite having no budget since Dec. 21, 2018. The agency is running under a contingency plan, which includes operating with only 12 percent of its staff.   Usually, you can e-file your returns in late January, and that remains doable. The IRS announced it will be accepting 2018 tax returns starting January. 28, 2019. They also said they would be issuing

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Pittsfield Council Accepts Grant, Easements, For Habitat's Condo Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16PM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Habitat for Humanity has put together more pieces to bring the Gordon Deming project to fruition.   The City Council on Tuesday authorized the acceptance of an easement and a $425,000 state grant allowing the long-awaited project to move forward. The $1.1 million project has been in the works for about a decade when Berkshire Gas first donated property on Deming Street. That building has been torn down and Habitat is now planning a six-unit condominium project in its place.   "Normally we do one to two homes a year so this will be six in 18 months," Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Carolyn Valli said.   The state

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'Stan & Ollie': 'Old Fat & Skinny'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
"Stan & Ollie," director Jon S. Baird's lovingly responsible biopic about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, convivially invites you to bask in its embracing notions of love, friendship, loyalty and sense of duty.    The passion is such that, feeling protective of the boys, I couldn't help fantasize that if I should become king I'd make it a law that, once the talent in question was universally adored by the public, the enthusiasm was not to diminish, unless of course said entertainer either colluded with the Russians, repeatedly lied to the American public or was disgustingly narcissistic.   Of course, Stan and

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