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Governor Signs Re-Written Marijuana Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday.   Voters had passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November and since then lawmakers have been reworking the law, which included a six-month delay. After negotiations between the House and Senate, the Legislature passed changes to the citizen's referendum on July 20, which was then signed on Friday.   "We appreciate the careful consideration the Legislature took to balance input from lawmakers, educators, public safety officials and public health professionals while honoring the will of the voters regarding the adult use of marijuana," Gov. Charlie

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Berkshire Children and Families Taps New President and CEO
01:18PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Berkshire Children and Families has appointed Colleen White Holmes as president and CEO, beginning Aug. 7.

She assumes the position held by Carolyn Mower Burns, who died in November 2016. Berkshire Children and Families, with offices in Pittsfield and Hadley, is in its 130th year of providing support to children and families.

"From the moment I began learning about the work of Berkshire Children and Families, I had a good feeling," Holmes said. "The staff team is professional and caring, the children and families we serve are important and amazing, and the work is innovative and impactful. I couldn't be more proud and

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Rotary Club of Pittsfield Announces Kagan Award Recipients
12:40PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sheri L. Quinn and Anthony C. Mazzeo are the 40th recipients of the Rotary Club of Pittsfield's prestigious Dr. David B. Kagan Award.

This award was established in 1977 in memory of Dr. David B. Kagan, a long-time Pittsfield Rotarian and community citizen. The award has been given annually to one female and one male from Central Berkshire each year who have made significant contributions to their community through volunteer activities. The nominees are not necessarily high-profile individuals, but persons who have provided service above self to others. The recipients represent the highest standards of the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is the basis of the

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 28-Aug. 3
12:11PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
SAT Summer Gala & Shaker Island After-party at HSV  Hancock Shaker Village's annual Summer Gala will be held this Saturday, July 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails in the garden. A seasonal dinner by chef Brian Alberg in the 1910 Barn will be followed by a live auction. 
But that's not all! Beginning at 8 p.m., join your friends for a Shaker Island-themed after-party, with music by DJ J-Wolf and Berkshire Bateria, food from Lucia's Latin

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Superior Court Briefs: July 21 - July 27
Staff Reports,
11:47AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, July 21.   Jose Valqui, 53, of Pittsfield was found not guilty on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a disabled person, and caretaker abuse on a disabled person.   Valqui was accused of assaulting a student on May 4, 2015 while working at Eagleton School.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 24.   Kirk Sumner Jr., 38, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to six counts of larceny from a building, five counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, two counts of larceny over $250, and a single count of wanton destruction of property.   Sumner was

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Pittsfield Man Arrested On Kidnapping Charges In New York
Staff Reports,
11:21AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — A Pittsfield, Mass. man was arrested for kidnapping by New York State Police on Thursday.   Police say Charles Tabon, 38, of Pittsfield, Mass. and Megan Vandeusen, 28, of New Lebanon, are both charged with kidnapping after allegedly holding a woman against her will in New Lebanon.   Police say troopers were dispatched to a home at about 12:50 a.m. for a report of a woman being held against her will. The investigation revealed that a woman was brought to the home from Pittsfield, Mass. and an altercation had taken place. The woman was allegedly "menaced with a handgun" and Tabon and Vendeusen were arrested.    Tabon is facing charges of

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Adams-Cheshire 16U Softball Team Advances in County Tourney
09:24AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Adams-Cheshire Swat 16-and-under softball team defeated Great Barrington, 12-9, on Thursday in the Berkshire County Championship.   McKenzie Kupiec and Caitlyn Nicol combined for the win in the circle in a game played at Olympia Meadows.   Katherine McNeice led the Swat offense with a pair of hits.   ACS played strong defense early, but Great Barrington was able to string together hits and rally to draw close.   ACS will play at the Doyle Complex on Monday at 6 against the Berkshire Force in the tournament semi-finals.   Thursday’s scheduled final in the 12-and-under division between Dalton and the Berkshire Force was rescheduled

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BRPC Weighs in on State's Plan to Overhaul Land Use Regs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC supports the state's push to overhaul land use regulations. But, the specifics in the bills from the House and Senate have raised some concern.   For months, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's regional issues committee has been pouring over the details of the massive omnibus bills. Two bills are going through the legislative process now — one from the House and one from the Senate — with similar changes to zoning and other land use regulations.   "This topic of land use legislation in Massachusetts, this very antiquated state, has been a legislative topic for almost as long as I've been here," Executive

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Post 68 Juniors Fall in Elimination Game at State Tourney
11:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- The Post 68 Juniors Wednesday saw their run in the American Legion Baseball State Tournament come to an end on Wednesday with a 9-4 loss to Methuen.   Cedric Rose went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs in the loss, which also saw Carter Matthews go 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.   Hunter Potash and Joe Traversa split time on the hill.

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee Authority to Call Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:16PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are willing to strike over what they say is chronic understaffing.   By Wednesday, more than two-thirds of nurses eligible to vote had said "yes" to give the bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike should it feel one is necessary. The vote was taken over two days, this week and last week. Should a strike be called, the hospital would have a 10-day notice.   "Berkshire Medical Center nurses are standing up together for our patients, our colleagues, and our community because we care," reads a statement from Alex Neary, co-chair of the local bargaining committee for

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Dalton 12Us Open County Tournament with Win
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:38PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton 12-year-old softball team needed just five hits to score 17 runs Wednesday and advance past the Greylock Thunder in the Berkshire County tournament opener at Chamberlain Park.   Olivia Wehner went 2-for-3 with a double to lead Dalton’s offense, and Casey Wilson pitched a three-hitter in a game ended in the fifth inning.   On a night when the Thunder had trouble keeping the ball away from the basket, the battery of Wilson and Wehner was firing on all cylinders for Dalton, registering seven strikeouts and just one wild pitch.   “They did a good job today,” Dalton coach Jody DiMassimo said after his team's 17-3 win. “Our

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State Council to Address Aging Holding Pittsfield Listening Session
08:21PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charles Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.    The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.   Members are specifically looking for input on issues related to:  What factors make your community a great place to grow older? How can we support families that include one or more older adults? How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness, isolation) in communities? What are the top two

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