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Snowmobilers Support Amended Pittsfield Ordinance
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:23AM / Wednesday, December 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council approved an amended petition by Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio that better aligns the city's ordinance on snowmobiles with Mass General Law (MGL.)

The councilor wanted to mimic the state statute by adding snow vehicles to the city ordinance, which previously excluded that type of vehicle. For unknown reasons, snowmobiles have been locally exempt.

Maffuccio believes there will be better enforcement of snowmobile regulations if the city ordinance is the same as MGL, which was already enforceable.

"This protects my residents, their quality of life and it gives them an avenue now to call the police and they can be addressed," he

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Green Drinks: Looking Back/Looking Forward
04:16PM / Tuesday, December 14, 2021
PITTSFEILD, Mass. — On Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 6:00PM, as part of their monthly Pittsfield Green Drinks zoom gathering, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) invites everyone to join their staff to take a look together and discuss the organization's work of the last year and explore what comes next.    BEAT's mission is to protect the environment for wildlife in support of the natural world. BEAT's reach is broad: water quality monitoring, wildlife movement, phasing out fossil fuels.    "As of Nov. 9, BEAT officially owns our Environmental Leadership & Education Center! We are so grateful to all those who helped make this happen," Jane

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West Stockbridge Woman Convicted for Motor Vehicle Homicide
04:09PM / Tuesday, December 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michelle Curletti, 45, pled guilty to single counts of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury related to the January 2019 motor vehicle collision that killed Francis Kesse.   Judge John Agostini sentenced Curletti to serve two years on each charge for a total of four years at the Massachusetts Women's Correctional Center at Chicopee. The state's sentencing recommendations call for imprisonment for three years and four months to five years (40 to 60 months).   The Commonwealth requested a sentence of three to five years. The Defense Counsel requested two

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BHS Board of Trustees Names New President/CEO
10:51AM / Tuesday, December 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Board of Trustees voted to appoint  Executive Vice President Darlene M. Rodowicz as the next President and Chief Executive Officer.   The 20-member Board has unanimously voted to appoint Darlene Rodowicz as the next President and Chief Executive Officer, following the recent announcement of current CEO David E. Phelps's departure.    "When Dave shared his intention to retire with the Board several years ago, we asked that he participate in a thorough succession planning process," said Bart Raser, Chair of the Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) Board of Trustees.   The leadership transition

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Greylock Promotes Collins and Garrett to Assistant Vice President
08:55AM / Tuesday, December 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has promoted Donna Collins, CUDE to Assistant Vice President of Employee Training and Development and James Garrett LSS-BB, SPHR to Assistant Vice President of Human Resources.   "We are grateful to have industry leading professionals on the Greylock team," said Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer JamieEllen Moncecchi. "Their dedication to Greylock has reflected their deep commitment to our mission, vision and values. I am honored to formally recognize their contributions."   Collins joined Greylock in 2013 when she became the organization's inaugural Director of Employee Training

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BCC Introduces Development Associate Certificate Program
08:06AM / Tuesday, December 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC), in partnership with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, announced the creation of a Development Associate Certificate program, now accepting up to 20 students.    Conducted online, ten sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Feb. 1 through April 5, 2022 from 6 pm-7:30 pm. Liana Toscanini, executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, joins guest instructors. Tuition is $700. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/development-associate.   The course explores the roles and responsibilities of entry-level fundraising professionals, as well as resources and insights into fundraising as a career path.

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Baker Signs $4B Federal COVID-19 Relief Spending Bill
04:03PM / Monday, December 13, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed a $4 billion spending plan that will put to work a portion of the state's direct federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act.   It includes support for continued recovery across key priority areas, making substantial investments in housing and homeownership, healthcare, workforce development, premium pay for essential workers and infrastructure. The governor vetoed language in seven line items that he said would cause delays in putting funds to use and signed 86 of 88 outside sections.   He returned one outside section to the Legislature with proposed amendments and vetoed one outside section -- the requirement that the $500

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State Distributing Free COVID-19 Tests to Dozen Berkshire Communities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:44AM / Monday, December 13, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A dozen Berkshire communities are among 102 towns and cities selected to receive at-home COVID-19 test kits through the state.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Monday morning that 2.1 million iHealth Labs over-the-counter, at-home rapid antigen tests to 102 towns with the highest percentage of families below the poverty level.   The local communities receiving these tests are Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, Great Barrington, Hinsdale, Mount Washington, North Adams, Peru, Pittsfield, Savoy, West Stockbridge and Williamstown.   The tests are to be given out to those who may not have the financial means to purchase home tests.   Baker, speaking

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BHS President Retiring After Over 30 Years of Service
10:27AM / Monday, December 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — David E. Phelps, president and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems, announced Monday that he will leave BHS in early 2022.   "After engaging in thoughtful succession planning with the BHS Board of Trustees for the past three years and with the confidence that we now have a full complement of experienced executive leaders in place at BHS, I know that now is the right time is right for making this transition," said Phelps.   The Pittsfield native was appointed president of Berkshire Health Systems and Berkshire Health Care Systems in 1993. Phelps concludes a 31-year career of service to the local community, with 28 as the system's chief

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BAAMS Welcomes New Faculty
09:11AM / Monday, December 13, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) Welcomed four new faculty members.   The growing nonprofit music school has offered both online and in-person music lessons for Berkshire youth.    Dario Boente: Track Production  Latin Grammy Nominee Argentinian born pianist and composer Dario Boente grew up in Argentina and Spain, immersed in the culture of tango and Jazz. He pursued his formal studies at Berklee School of Music (Boston), the Guildhall School of Music (London) and the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program (New York).   Dario has released 10 albums and compilations as a leader, featuring well-known

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BCC Calls for Submissions For Newly Created Alumni Award
08:09AM / Monday, December 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In remembrance of Daniel Dillon, Berkshire Community College (BCC) and the BCC Alumni Association Board, together with Dillon's family, have created the annual Daniel Dillon '62 Heart of Service Alumni Award.   "Dan was an incredible individual who left a legacy of love, compassion and service to others. We at BCC are fortunate to have been a part of that legacy," said Toni Buckley, Director of Alumni Relations. "He was a fierce advocate for those who needed opportunity, and he strongly believed that education was one way for individuals to enjoy a better quality of life."   The award is designed to honor a BCC alumnus, former

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Maffuccio Looks to Amend Pittsfield Ordinance on Snowmobiles
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Monday, December 13, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio would like the city's ordinance on snowmobiles to match Mass General Law.

Maffuccio's requested that the ordinance includes language from MGL Chapter 90B Section 25 stating that recreational or snow vehicles should not be operated on city ways, on the plowed snowbanks of such ways, or on any other public way, except to cross a way or to gain access to an area that allowed under state law.

Essentially, the councilor would like to mimic the state statute by adding snow vehicles to the city ordinance, which previously excluded that type of vehicle. For unknown reasons, snowmobiles have been locally exempt.

City

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