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Challenger Amatul-Wadud Dismisses Neal's Seniority Argument
A crowd of about 50 or so attended the Indivisible Pittsfield meeting at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Monday evening. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tahirah Amatul-Wadud doesn't put too much stock in U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's seniority.   The talk around the sitting congressman is that if the House of
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Berkshire Athenaeum Kicks Off 'Food for Fines' Campaign
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As part of its celebration of National Library Week, the Berkshire Athenaeum will offer a modified fines amnesty now through Saturday, April 14. During this time the library will accept non‑perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books. "While overdue fines are supposed to encourage
Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Pays Veteran's Mortgage for One Year
How exciting Keith Cosimini of West Springfield, Mass., was the winner of the Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind Mortgage Giveaway for veterans. Cosimini spent much of his career as an Army specialist. As the winner, he will be awarded $12,000 to pay his mortgage for the year. The giveaway was extended to active military members and eligible
Berkshires Beat: Berkshire OLLI Set to Kick Off Spring Semester
Lifelong learning OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, offers almost two dozen varied courses this spring throughout the Berkshires. With no tests, no grades, and no prerequisites, OLLI classes are designed for those who enjoy learning, meeting interesting new people and exploring the Berkshire and
Former Sonsini Employees Describe 'Toxic' Work Environment
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It would only take one look and Kimberly Wilson's family would tell her, "you need to quit that job."   Wilson was hired as a staff member for the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in September and quit a few months later because of what she says was a poor work
Berkshire Mosquito Control Ramping Up For 2018 Season
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As winter turns into spring — eventually — the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project renews its efforts to prevent the spreading of diseases.   Superintendent Christopher Horton said the organization has begun testing mosquito breeding grounds looking for larvae and have already found some.
Tyer: ACO Will Manager Animal Shelter In Short-Term
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer says Animal Control Officer Joe Chague will manage the animal shelter in the short term.   The city had ended its contract with the Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter and has sought to take back control of the Downing Industrial Park building. However, last Friday the staff there
Steepleview Realty Celebrates 20 Years
Segala bought the building at 63 Park St. a year after opening the company. She now has offices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown. ADAMS, Mass. — Steepleview Realty celebrated 20 years in the Berkshires on Thursday.   Jennifer Segala started her business venture on April 1, 1998, and ever
Court Ruling Paves Way For Berkshire Museum Art Sale
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum can proceed with its planned sale of some 40 pieces of art after a Supreme Judicial Court ruling Thursday.   The ruling affirms the agreement the museum had reached with Attorney General Maura Healey in February which includes allowing the museum to sell Norman Rockwell's
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