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Letter: BArT Example of Charter School Success
To the Editor: A recent Pittsfield School Committee discussion included some misinformation about public charter schools that I would like to respectfully correct. (Pittsfield School Committee Endorses Moratorium on Charter Schools, Nov. 13) Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BArT) is a tuition-free, public school,
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BRPC: $815 Million Invested In Berkshire County Since 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There has been at least $235 million in public monies and $580 million in private investment in the county over the past three years in ongoing or completed projects.   But those figures haven't translated to employment or wage increases.   The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
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Pittsfield Considering Group Purchasing For Electricity
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to lower electric rates through a group bidding process.   The City Council's Committee on Community and Economic Development is recommending the full council start the power aggregation process. The joint purchasing efforts has been used by a dozen or so Berkshire towns to find
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Berkshire Tidbits: Thanksgiving Specials
As the holiday approaches, everything is coming up Thanksgiving. Most of the Tidbits in this week's column will be about Thanksgiving as well. With just a smattering of the many, many food producers who go out of their way to create ultra-satisfying fare here in the Berkshires.   Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Breaking Bread
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Residents Share Visions of Rural Health to Mark National Rural Health Day
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — What is your vision for rural health in Massachusetts? The Massachusetts Office of Rural Health is looking to find out from residents from all across the state, from the tip of Cape Cod to North Adams, where Kirby Lecy, the office's outreach and communications coordinator, visited last week in advance of
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Start Your Own Investment 'Traditions'
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And like all holidays, this one has plenty of traditions, such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (started in 1924) and football (the first broadcast Thanksgiving Day game was played between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in 1934). Traditions are important, and you may want to establish
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Berkshire Medical Center Demonstrates Surgical Robotic Arm
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Kevin Mitts of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates pushed against the bur, attempting to move the robotic drill into a different area of the leg bone. But since the Mako Robotic Arm Interactive System was programmed to cut into a specific area, it resisted his efforts. "It locks you in," he told
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Park Square Gets Christmas Tree; Pittsfield Sets Tree Lighting
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Christmas tree was installed at Park Square on Monday afternoon. It took only minutes to swing the fir tree donated by the Lyman family of Pittsfield into place amongst the waving American flags currently on display in the park. The tree will be lighted on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. The
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SyFy’s Ghost Hunters Return to The Mount for Season Finale
LENOX, Mass. — SyFy’s hit show "Ghost Hunters" will conclude its current season with a trip back to The Mount, Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, to investigate reports of increased paranormal activity since TAPS last visited in 2008. The episode entitled “1st Edition Apparition” will air on the SyFy channel on
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Recount Confirms Rivers as Pittsfield Ward 5 Councilor
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Donna Todd Rivers will be the new Ward 5 city councilor after a recount on Monday morning confirmed a 12-vote win over her opponent. Rivers polled 743 votes to Richard Scapin's 730 in the general election two weeks ago. That narrow vote gap prompted Scapin, a former City Council president, to petition for a
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