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Pittsfield Allocates $1 Million Toward BIC Construction
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rod Jane and members of the Berkshire Innovation Center Board were on hand Tuesday night to answer questions about the request. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is putting forth $1 million from the GE Economic Development Fund to jump start the stalled construction of the Berkshire Innovation Center.   The City Council unanimously approved using the money to help cover a $3 million funding gap for a 20,000 square-foot facility at the William Stanley Business Park. The remaining $2 million is expected to come from the state.   The Massachusetts Life Science Center had already committed $9.7 million, and an additional $2 million will bring the total state support for the

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Ciccolo Case Delayed Another Two Months
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Tuesday, September 26, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A technical glitch and a technical legal question are the latest causes of delay in the case against an Adams man accused of plotting terrorist attacks.   The lawyers in the case of the United States vs Alexander Ciccolo were back in Judge Mark G. Mastroianni's court on Tuesday morning.   The attorneys have spent months hashing out the issues of discovery, i.e., what information the government is required to give the defense prior to trial in light of the fact that much of that evidence is covered by the Classified Information Procedures Act.   It was apparent at the start of the 15-minute hearing that even the internal workings of the federal

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Pittsfield Draws For General Election Ballot Positions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:34PM / Tuesday, September 26, 2017

City Clerk Jody Phillips and Assistant Clerk Michele Cetti drew the names. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The ballot positions are set.   On Tuesday afternoon City Clerk Jody Phillips and Assistant Clerk Michele Cetti drew the names randomly from a tumbler. There are six candidates vying for four at-large seats, two candidates in each of six of seven wards, and six running for six seats on the School Committee.   At-large candidates Melissa Mazzeo, Earl Persip, Edward Carmel and Ward 4 candidate Christopher Connell were all present for the drawing, placing their own names into the tumbler - which ultimately didn't seem to help as Mazzeo and Connell both ended with last

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Pittsfield Crafting Guidelines For Using CPA Funds
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The first public outreach session was held Monday night. Soon a survey will be released asking for residents to weigh in on how the money should be used. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city hopes to accept applications for projects through the Community Preservation Act in early 2018.   Voters adopted the act last November, which places a 1 percent surcharge on tax bills, with the first $100,000 of value being exempted. That money is set aside and matched partly by the state.   A Community Preservation Committee makes recommendations on how to spend that money but it is restricted to projects in just four categories: historic preservation, open space conservation, affordable

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Local Democrats Rally Against Latest Federal Health Care Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Monday, September 25, 2017

Park Square was lined with people opposing the new federal health care proposal. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Republicans are attempting to once again repeal and replace the ACA with a new health care program.    The so-called Graham-Cassidy bill, sponsored by Republicans Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, is the latest attempt at a new federal health care program.   Republicans spent much of the weekend attempting to round up the votes needed to pass, but the bill is looking to fall short -- with three Republicans already indicating they will leave the bill short on votes.   But that didn't stop a few dozen local Democrats from taking to Park Square in protest

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Berkshires Beat: Fall Foliage Children's Races Winners Announced
01:08PM / Monday, September 25, 2017

Youths participate in the Fall Foliage Children's Races on Sept. 23.

The winners are: Local families took to Noel Field to enjoy a morning of fun on Saturday, Sept. 23, with about a dozen local nonprofits offering games, art projects and giveaways for the annual Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair. The winners of the children's race were presented with medals by Mayor Richard Alcombright at the end of the event. All participants received participation ribbons.

The winners are: Girls 3 & Under, first, Kendall (no last name given), second, Danika Bruno, third, Gianna Briggs; Boys 3 & Under, first, Andre Thomas, second, Wyatt Reynolds, and third, Alex Golin;

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Area High School Golf Products Compete at Williamstown Invitational
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:15AM / Monday, September 25, 2017
It was Berkshire County golf weekend at Williams College’s Taconic Golf Club over the weekend.   Five alumni of area high schools represented their teams in the two-round Williams Invitational.   Jake Foehl (Mount Greylock) carded rounds of 76 on Saturday and Sunday to tie for 15th place as an individual and help the Williams men finish second, five strokes behind team champion Trinity.   Hoosac Valley graduate Chad Alibozek and Salem State placed seventh out of 19 squads competing. Alibozek tied for 44th place after shaving seven strokes off his first round score and going 83-76.   Also on the course were three players competing for Massachusetts College of

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'Mother!': Oh, Brother!
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:22PM / Saturday, September 23, 2017
Fearing that I might be scarred for life after seeing Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" I am happy to relate that slowly but surely the grotesque concepts and visions of this postmodern horror film are dissipating from my fragile and offended psyche. I mean, I am safe, aren't I? Hopefully it's not part of a grander trick.    This is sinister stuff, intentionally as well as through the error of its haughty self-indulgence. Oh, dear reader be cautious. It starts out with intriguing eeriness ... even a bit Hitchcockian. No offense, Master. But that's just to suck you into its ugly movie Hell.   For sure there will be a cult following by virtue of its violent

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Registered Nurses Notify BMC of One-Day Strike
Staff Reports,
01:54PM / Friday, September 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nurses Association delivered a 10-day notice to hospital management on Friday notifying it of the local bargaining unit's intent to hold a one-day unfair labor practice strike beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and running until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4.   Berkshire Medical Center, however, is characterizing this as a five-day work stoppage because any substitute nurses brought in are contracted for that period of time and will fill the shifts normally worked by union members.   The nurses' union and Berkshire Health Systems have been at an impasse in contract negotiations after nearly a year of talks, with the major

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Pittsfield Realtor Named 2017 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year
12:56PM / Friday, September 22, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barb Davis-Hassan, president of Barb Hassan Realty in Pittsfield, has been named the Massachusetts Realtor of the Year for 2017. Davis-Hassan was presented the award at Massachusetts Association of Realtor's Professional Awards Reception, which was held Sept. 14 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Milford.

The state’s Realtor of the Year is selected annually from among the nominees of the 13 local associations of Realtors and more than 24,000 Realtors in Massachusetts. Judging for the award is based on service to the local community, business accomplishments, and service to the Realtors organization on the local, state and national levels.

"Barb

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Local Lawyer Named Fellow at National Association
12:21PM / Friday, September 22, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Chris S. Dodig has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony at which Dodig became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 900 persons during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the College in Montréal, Québec.

Dodig is a longtime partner in the firm of Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, with offices in North Adams and Pittsfield, Mass., and Bennington, Vt. He has been practicing with the same firm for 27 years, after graduating from Albany Law School in 1990.  His primary area of practice is serious personal injury litigation, with a focus on

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Travel Softball Team to Host Games Saturday on Rehabbed Pittsfield Diamond
11:56AM / Friday, September 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Thanks to the work of volunteers and the city, a Newell Street softball field not used for years will come alive on Saturday when the Berkshire Blaze 14-and-under travel squad hosts a series of games.   Lakewood Park will be the site where the Blaze entertains teams from Adams-Cheshire and Granby, Conn.   The Blaze program welcomes players from throughout the county.   "We began back in March with very few committed players and now we have two teams this fall," said Cory Bazinet, one of the coaches in the program.   The public is invited to check out the field and the action with game times at 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30.   More

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