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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Couple's Autopsies Show Trauma, Suicide
Staff Reports,
07:00PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities have ruled that 39-year-old Celeste Kordana died from a blunt force trauma to the head. John Kordana, 53, died from asphyxiation and loss of blood from multiple superficial wounds.   John Kordana's injuries appear to be self-inflicted, according to District Attorney David Capeless' office. The autopsies were conducted on Wednesday by Associate Medical Examiner Robert Welton at the Holyoke Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.   The couple was found dead inside their Harryel Street home on Monday afternoon after Police were asked to do a well-being check. Firefighters were called to force entry into the home


Adams Pedal & Plod Road Race Returns for 34th Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 athletes will be running and pedaling there way through Adams on Sunday for 22-mile Pedal and Plod Race.    The event returns for 34th year and organizers hope to attract even more bikers and runners this year. Some 90 two-person teams and another 40 individual "Iron Person" participated last year.    "We hope to attract more participants," organizer Carol Cushenette said. "We have done more marketing and added online registration."    Runners will start near the Town Common and run 4.4 miles to Lime, East and East Hoosac before returning; bikers will pedal a 22-mile loop through Adams and

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Stabbing On Dalton Avenue
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two individuals were stabbed Tuesday night on Dalton Avenue.   Police say at about 9:44 p.m. officers responded to 42 Dalton Avenue for reports of the stabbings. They found two victims outside the home.    At the same time, dispatch received another call regarding a fight on the nearby Harvard Street and officers there found another individual with a laceration to one of his fingers. All three individuals were transported to Berkshire Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.   The incident is under investigation but police say both incidents were connected.


State Cuts Ribbon On Renovated Veterans War Memorial Tower
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:56PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The interior finishes were all repaired as well as new lights, new dehumidifying systems, and resealing of joints. The 93-foot tower is also more accessible. ADAMS, Mass. — Two years and $2.6 million later, the renovation of the Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is complete.   State officials cut the ribbon on the project to completely restore the 84-year-old monument to Massachusetts armed forces members killed in World War I, and later conflicts. The tower was last renovated in 1973 after it was closed for 11 years, and then in the 1990s more repairs were done.   In 2013, water infiltration issues forced the closure of the tower and two


Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Zenith
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:42PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams returns for the popular Tanglewood on Parade on Aug. 1.

During late July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts and special events at Tanglewood, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming. Offerings this week include great chamber music featuring the renowned Takács String Quartet with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, a unique and highly engaging piano recital celebrating birdsong, Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with soloist Pinchas Zuckerman and much, much more, including the all-encompassing Tanglewood On Parade festivities. Read below for the details.

Not to be outdone, concerts at Tannery Pond


Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 15 National Awards for Customer, Employee Satisfaction
01:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Of the few long-term care and senior living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corporation for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, Berkshire Healthcare communities captured 60 percent – 15 out of 25 - of the Massachusetts awards.

In the Berkshire region, Berkshire Healthcare's 2015-16 Excellence in Action award winners are:

* For customer satisfaction: Fairview Commons (Great Barrington), Kimball Farms Life Care (Lenox), Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center (Lenox) and Williamstown Commons.

* For both customer and employee satisfaction: Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility (Pittsfield) and North Adams


Financial Moves for 'Empty Nesters'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:26PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When your children leave home and you become an "empty nester," you'll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation?

Everyone's story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider:

* Insurance: If your kids are through school, your mortgage is nearly paid off and your spouse has accumulated a reasonable amount of money in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, you may not need life insurance to replace income or pay off debts. However, you might start thinking about other goals, such as ensuring your savings will last your lifetime or leaving a legacy to


State Broadband Initiative Provides Update on Last Mile Plans
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The map of underserved towns is slowly filling in, but there is a long way to go before the high-speed services are live in all towns. LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Broadband Initiative relaunched its push last April for connecting the last mile of broadband service.   Over the past year, the organization has crafted "paths forward" for 45 of the 53 underserved communities remaining. The organization had moved away from the "one size fits all" model for expanding internet service to crafting plans for each individual town.   There are about eight communities left without some type of internet option and the organization hopes to issue a request for


Hall, Traversa Double in Winning Rally for Post 68 Juniors
09:46PM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Joe Woronick reached on a squeeze bunt that drove in a run in a five-run rally that lifted the Post 68 Juniors to a 5-3 win over Barnstable in the American Legion Baseball State Championships on Tuesday.   The Post 68 Juniors advanced to Wednesday’s semi-finals, where they will face the winner of Tuesday’s late winners’ bracket game between Methuen and Hudson.   On Tuesday, Hunter Potash got the big rally started with a leadoff single, and Ryan Gaudette followed with a base hit. After Woronick’s squeeze bunt scored a run, Zach Hall hit a two-run double.   Carter Matthews then singled, and Joe Traversa hit a two-run double to finish


Boston Nonprofit Sets Crosshairs on Farley-Bouvier In Mailer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:41PM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Boston-based advocacy group has taken aim at state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.   Residents throughout the city received a mailing recently calling on residents to call the Pittsfield Democrat and have her switch positions on a recent vote to increase stipends for lawmakers in leadership. It was sent out by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a non-profit that says its goal is to advocate for "fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government."   "The reason for our mailer into Pittsfield is very simple, MassFiscal wants to make sure folks know how their lawmaker votes in Boston. This year has been tough on the


City of Pittsfield Reopens Reconstructed First Street Parking Lot
02:45PM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The newly renovated First Street municipal parking lot reopened Tuesday.   The parking lot holds 241 vehicles and is available for both permit and metered parking. There are several marked spaces near the Fenn Street entrance (by MyCom) identified for metered parking only.    As with other municipal lots in the city, metered parking at the First Street Lot is in effect 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there are several kiosks stationed around the lot to assist patrons. There is free parking after 5 p.m. on weekdays and parking is free all day on Saturdays and Sundays.   The reconfigured lot features new paving, additional lighting and landscaping.


National Grid Plans New Transmission Line Through Seven Towns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:36AM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — National Grid is looking to run another power line, mostly along the existing rights of way where lines exist already, through seven local towns.   Peter Kavanaugh, from National Grid, said the plan is to run a 600-megawatt line through Nassau and Stephentown, N.Y., cross the border into Hancock, Lanesborough, Cheshire, Dalton, and end at an existing substation in Hinsdale. The path is nearly identical to the one proposed by Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct Project, which would have been a natural gas pipeline if it hadn't been shelved.   "The primary source will be wind in upstate New York. That may be supplemented by a small amount


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