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Pittsfield Public Safety Rolling Out App for Vulnerable Individuals
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A sample of how the profile would look when it pulls up on an officer's phone.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is rolling out an app to help first-responders interact with some of the region's more vulnerable individuals.    The app "pings" when someone carrying an identifying Bluetooth beacon gets within 80 feet and it brings up information about the individual that public safety or medical personnel may need in an emergency or other situation.   Vitals Aware Services, based in the Twin Cities, grew out of a partnership with an autism association in Minnesota to aid first-responders in connecting and communicating with individuals with


Becket Man Sentenced to State Prison for Human Trafficking
06:54PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Becket man pleaded guilty on Monday in Berkshire Superior Court to human trafficking charges.    Randy Lambach, 47, was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison by Judge John Agostini on nine counts of human trafficking, seven counts of deriving support from prostitution, and single counts of intimidation of a witness, and conspiracy.    Lambach had been charged with two counts of enticing a child under the age of 16, and single counts of open and gross lewdness, and dissemination of harmful matter to a minor. Agostini ordered him to serve five years concurrently on those charges and an additional five years probation. Lambach also pled


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Pittsfield Man Found Guilty of Rape, Assault & Battery
06:46PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man was convicted Monday of aggravated rape and assault charges by a Berkshire Superior Court jury.   Anthony Miller, 51, was found guilty of aggravated rape, strangulation, kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a family or household member, and witness intimidation. Judge John Agostini will sentence him on Thursday, Dec. 19.   Miller severely beat, strangled, and raped the victim multiple times earlier this year. He then prevented her from leaving the home. He was arrested and arraigned in March and held without bail at the House of Corrections. Miller has a lengthy rap sheet and prior convictions of


BFAIR Names New Vice President of Quality Compliance
04:41PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Erin Shea has been promoted to the vice president of Quality Compliance at BFAIR, a new member to the senior management team.

Shea holds a bachelor's in social work from Our Lady of Elm's College and is a licensed social worker with more than 15 years of progressive experience supporting elders and individuals with disabilities and their families. She began her career at United Cerebral Palsy of Western Massachusetts and as a social worker with Berkshire Health Care Systems.

Over the past 10 years, Shea has assumed a variety of roles at BFAIR, one as the assistant director of the Day Habilitation Center. In April 2019, Erin was promoted to the director


BCC Hires New Faculty, Staff
04:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus.

Melody Fisher has been hired as the assistant professor of psychology at the college. Previously, she taught at BCC as an adjunct for three years and has taught in Boston, Mass. Recently, Fisher worked at Hillcrest Educational Centers as a clinician and for Williams College running an after-school enrichment program for elementary school children. She lives in Williamstown, has a bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University, where she double-majored in English and psychology, and has earned her doctorate degree at UMass-Boston.

Sarah Giasullo has been hired as the assistant professor of


Berkshire Community College Wins Prestigious Sustainability Award
03:44PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College was one of eight state organizations that was recognized at the 13th annual Leading by Example awards for clean energy initiatives in public higher education in the commonwealth by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

The Leading by Example program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance clean energy and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations. The awards were presented at a State House ceremony by DOER Commissioner Judith Judson and Division of Capital Asset


Berkshire Bridges Working Cities Snags $25,000 Grant
03:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is awarding Berkshire Bridges Working Cities additional funding to sustain the Working Cities Pittsfield initiative into its fourth year.

The funding of $25,000 will enable the next stage of its work creating a just, thriving and safe Berkshires for all. This milestone also unleashes the opportunity to pursue additional tactical funding for projects to implement the Working Cities principles.

The new award was granted after an extensive application and interview process involving more than a dozen community leaders. The Berkshire coalition includes members of the nonprofit, school system, city government, resident and business


Financial Moves for Life's 'Inflection Points'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:04PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

You've probably heard or read about inflection points. The term has a specific definition in mathematics, but it's also used widely to describe historical or technological events, such as the Industrial Revolution or the creation of the internet – events that changed human existence in some important way. However, you have personal inflection points, too – and when they occur, you'll need to make the right financial moves.

Here are four of the most important of these inflection points, along with suggestions on dealing with them:

* Marriage: When you get married, you and your spouse will need to discuss a variety of financial issues: What assets and liabilities


Boys and Girls Club 5/6 Girls Take Pair of Tourney Titles
10:33AM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ basketball team competed in and won the championship at two tournaments this month.   The squad came home vicorious from the West Side Tournament in West Springfield and the Golden Bears Classic at Western New England University.   At WNEU, the Boys and Girls Club team played in four games, including the championship.   Team members include: Harolyn Castillo, Giselle Cormier, Bre’Jai Ellerbee, Chantel Evans, Lorelei Hoskeer, Elizabeth Klepetar, Shay Kozlowski, Amalia Lamb-Gardiner, Alivia Mauer, Evaniece O’Neil, Madison Stetz, and Kyana Summers.   The Boys &


Second Storm Brings Snow to Region Over Monday Night
02:52PM / Monday, December 16, 2019
A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday through 1 a.m. Wednesday as yet another snowstorm bears down on the Berkshires.    Depending on which forecast you look at, we're in for anywhere from 4 to 6 inches or up to 12 inches. The snow is expected to begin late  Monday tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning making for slippery and snowy roads Tuesday morning.    And right behind the snow is another deep freeze moving as an arctic cold front moves in on Wednesday night. Ugh.   The National Weather Service says snow squalls are possible on Wednesday, as an arctic cold front crosses the region. Behind the front, bitter cold


Professionals Look To Establish Global Cyber Security Chapter In Western Mass
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Monday, December 16, 2019
DALTON, Mass. — Local cyber security professionals are looking to establish a Western Massachusetts Chapter of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.   Chapter President Brett Dorr said there is a bit of a networking desert in Western Mass for those in the cyber security field but he hopes to change this.    "If we wanted to go to a chapter meeting, we would have to go to Boston or New York City so that is why we thought let's start our own Western Mass chapter," Dorr said. "None of us wanted to go to Boston on a regular basis but we wouldn't mind driving to Springfield."   International Information

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North Adams Remembers Its 3,400 Fallen Veterans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019

Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi of North Adams speaks at the ceremony at the American Legion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 3,400 wreaths were laid at the gravestones of the city's veterans on Saturday to honor their memory.    Dozens of volunteers at Southview Cemetery braved the rainy day to set wreaths and speak the names of the veterans interred there or to simply say, "Thank you for your service."   Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi, keynote speaker for the event, said he participated in last year's Wreaths Across America and recalled the emotions he had felt.    "I had that feeling like, as I'm passing wreaths, and I'm not


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