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Pittsfield Council Looks to Loosen Proposed Marijuana Regulations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Permitting Coordinator Nate Joyner presented the proposed laws on Monday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council looks to lessen the proposed restrictions on commercial marijuana facilities.   The city's Department of Community Development has proposed zoning guidelines to guide the siting of recreational marijuana enterprises.   But, the council's Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee felt the proposal was too restrictive and opted to lift the cap on the number of retail establishments and eliminate screening requirements for outdoor growing operations.   The committee also teased the idea of eliminating a proposed regulation disallowing a retail establishment

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Sonsini to Continue Operations; City Mum on Contract Termination
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Monday, April 02, 2018

The shelter has 12 dogs on site right now, including this girl. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials are mum on why they opted to terminate the contract with the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter.   But Sonsini Board President Krista Wroldson-Miller says the nonprofit will not close and will continue operations — it is just a question of where.   "Sonsini as an animal shelter is going to continue, whether that is here or someplace else. We're going to keep doing what we do. We're the only no-kill facility for at least 100 miles so we are going to continue to do this," Wroldson-Miller said on Monday.   On Feb. 28, shelter officials received

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Biz Briefs: Steepleview Realty Celebrating 20th Anniversary
01:45PM / Monday, April 02, 2018
Going strong

Steepleview Realty is celebrating 20 years in business.  Owner Jennifer Segala opened the real estate company on April 1, 1998, in Adams. The first office was located at One Commercial Place; within the first year of business, Segala purchased the building at 63 Park St., where the flagship office remains today.

As the business became more successful, Segala expanded to include offices in North Adams and Pittsfield. In 2015, longtime sales associate Deb Trzcinski became a partner with Segala and now owns and operates the business on a daily basis with her.

Many agents have been with Steepleview from the beginning, including Pauline Green , Ruth Goyette and Christine

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Berkshires Beat: PCTV to Air PSAs for 29 Nonprofits
12:31PM / Monday, April 02, 2018
A public service

Pittsfield Community Television has completes its anuagural PSA Days production event. In a four-day production marathon, PCTV completed 29 individual television Public Service Announcements as a gifted service to the participating nonprofit organizations.

Over the course of two months, PCTV worked with each of the 29 nonprofits to create a PSA tailored to each organization’s media needs and message. These videos are already being utilized in a multitude of applications such as fundraising and outreach. With the high cost of media production, many of these organizations had not been able to achieve their outreach goals and thus, the objective of PCTV creating an

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Transportation Management Association For Berkshires In The Works
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, April 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transition Authority is looking into being part of the creation of a transportation management association for ride sharing.   The BRTA's hours of operation limit the authority's ability to get workers to and from work beyond the typical first shift. This new group would be a collective of employers who would team up to provide rideshare options.   Companies would be able to pay to be part of the nonprofit to provide the transportation for their workers and other groups that may have vans can contract with the TMA to provide the rides.   "It is in the works right now that they are looking to do that," said

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Taconic High School Construction: Fixtures and Finishes The Focus
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Monday, April 02, 2018

Many of the classrooms are completed and awaiting furnishings. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tiling, fixtures, flooring, more tiling, painting, and ceilings.    That's what's getting the biggest focus at the new Taconic High School building.   The mechanical systems are mostly complete and now the finishing touches are being installed throughout most of the building.    The $120.8 million project has been ongoing for two years and is expected to be completed this summer. At the end of June, the work will be completed and in July and August, equipment and materials from the current school will be moved to the new one.   The project is being overseen by

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Animal Rights Group Offers To Buy Pittsfield An Ice Cream Truck, With Conditions
Staff Reports,
05:58PM / Sunday, April 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — PETA has put forth an offer to the Police Department: we'll buy the ice cream truck if you serve only vegan ice cream.   The Police Department, under the efforts of Officer Darren Derby, is raising money to purchase an ice cream truck. The concept is centered on the ideals of community policing. The truck will make regular appearances in neighborhoods and events allowing the officers to build a relationship with the youth. The project is dubbed "Operation Copsicle."   The city established an account at MyCom Credit Union on Fenn Street to accept donations for the purchase.    On Friday, the national People for the Ethical Treatment

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Cedar Waxwings Bring Golden Glow to Churchyard
By Tor Hansen, Community Submission
05:12PM / Saturday, March 31, 2018

The waxwings have a distinctive mask and feathers that look like they have been dipped in paint.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Low and behold on Palm Sunday, there was a feeding flock of showy cedar waxwings feasting on weather-worn crabapples in the First Congregational churchyard here in North Adams.   What a delightful sight to behold: a finest, kind choice by the forerunners who landscaped the churchyard with several crabapple trees that bloom a profuse pink and white cavalcade of blossoms in early spring.    In addition to the beautiful bloom, the crabapple trees produce succulent fruit that serves the avian fauna, yielding nutritious energy for sustaining

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Sonsini Shelter Accuses City Of Locking Them Out of Shelter
Staff Reports,
02:32PM / Saturday, March 31, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter erroneously posted that the city had changed the locks on the shelter in the midst of ongoing trouble with the facility.   The trouble was a bent key but it spoke to the turmoil at the shelter as the city seeks to terminate its contract with the nonprofit agency.   On Saturday morning, someone from the center posted on its Facebook that staff was locked out of the shelter and that the animals were in danger. The day before, police and the city's animal control officer had reportedly informed the staff they had to relinquish control of the building but then had backed off until Monday.   "This morning we are

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Vietnam Veterans Honored In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:44PM / Saturday, March 31, 2018

Anthony Pastore was honored for the numerous occasions he sang the 'Star-Spangled Banner' before ceremonies. More photos can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One thing can be certain at every veterans event in Pittsfield: Anthony Pastore will sing the national anthem.   The 93-year-old has done it for years at every ceremony and on Saturday that constant remained as he once again belted it out at Park Square during the annual Vietnam veterans ceremony.   But this ceremony did have something else for Pastore in mind. The Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 65 honored Pastore for his dedication to the organization with a plaque and

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Pittsfield Hoping To Bring Softball Back To The Complex This Summer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:10AM / Saturday, March 31, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is currently looking for somebody to run a softball league at the 13-acre complex on East Street.   Last summer, with proper notice, the lessee of the city-owned park backed out of the lease in the final year. The building, which served as a concession stand, and the fields have fallen into poor condition.    Purchasing Agent Colleen Hunter-Mullett offered the use of the fields during the day to an interested individual looking to continue a softball league there to finish out the summer, but that ultimately that did not come to fruition. The city was willing to allow that individual to finish the year for free.   "Because it is so

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Overheated Pump Fills Pittsfield Home With Smoke
Staff Reports,
05:43PM / Friday, March 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city woman helped her elderly neighbor after a water pump overheated and filled her Parkside Avenue home with smoke.   According to residents on scene, the woman who lives at 148 Parkside Ave. fled the home after smoke filled the first floor. A neighbor saw her, ran over and helped her get away. She then called 911.   The Fire Department arrived shortly after and began searching for the potential fire. Ultimately the department determined that it was an overheated pump that began filling the home with smoke.   Firefighters ventilated the home and paramedics on scene evaluated the older woman. 

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