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City of Pittsfield Enacts Water Usage Restrictions
12:28PM / Saturday, August 06, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass.  – With a fast-increasing depletion of the water supply at the Pittsfield Cleveland Reservoir, the city of Pittsfield’s Department of Public Services and Utilities has enacted a State of Water Supply Conservation to ensure an adequate supply of water for fire protection and emergency response effective Monday, Aug. 8.   The action, which falls under the city’s Stage 2 Drought Management Plan, implements mandatory water restrictions.   Restricted activities include outside water use in general, watering lawns and  gardens, washing vehicles, and filling swimming pools. These activities are only permitted before 7  a.m. and after 7

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DA Finds Officer Acted Lawfully in Shooting Miguel Estrella
By Brittany Polito,
04:45PM / Friday, August 05, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County District Attorney’s investigation of Miguel Estrella’s death by police in March cleared Pittsfield Police officer Nicholas Sondrini of criminal charges, stating that he used lawful force with his firearm in self-defense.

Additionally, it stated that both Sondrini and Officer Christopher Coffey’s taser deployments were lawfully used for self-defense and defense of another.   On Friday, District Attorney Andrea Harrington held a news conference to reveal those findings and give an in-depth look at the evidence.     “The facts that we have gathered demonstrate that Officer Sondrini acted in self-defense

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Two Live Debates for District Attorney Candidates Aug. 15
08:31AM / Friday, August 05, 2022

PITSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television, in partnership with iBerkshires.com, will present live debates for the Berkshire County Sheriff and Berkshire County District Attorney races.

The debates will both take place on Monday, August 15th, in the auditorium at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield.

The first debate will feature Berkshire County Sheriff candidates Thomas Bowler and Alf Barbalunga at 6 p.m.  and the second debate of the evening will be for Berkshire County District Attorney candidates Andrea Harrington and Tim Shugrue. The DA’s debate will begin at 7:30 pm.

The debates are moderated by representatives of iBerkshires and Pittsfield Community

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Chipotle Opens in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito,
04:36AM / Friday, August 05, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass.-

There is a new taco in town.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened in Taco Bell's former location in Berkshire Crossing on Thursday. To mark the occasion, the first 50 people in line received merchandise from the chain restaurant.

Shortly after its doors opened, the eatery was buzzing with customers.

"We have received great feedback from other Chipotle locations surrounding the area and think Pittsfield’s burrito fan would be thrilled to have their own Chipotle location," Spokesperson Sally Evans said.

Along with a modern renovation of the building, there is a "Chipotlane" drive-thru lane that allows customers to retrieve digital orders from

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DA Candidates Discuss County Issues in NAACP Forum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:55AM / Thursday, August 04, 2022

Secretary of state candidate Tanisha Sullivan opened the event.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Incumbent Andrea Harrington and challenger Timothy Shugrue spoke on the role of the district attorney, equity, and drug prosecution during a forum on Wednesday.

It was held by the Berkshire NAACP, the League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire County, the League of Women Voters of Williamstown, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

Berkshire NAACP President Dennis Powell gave the two an A-minus rating for their participation. He said the grade was extremely high in comparison to the sheriff's race forum the organization held last month when moderator Helen Moon had to rein

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Pittsfield Soccer League Summer Final Set
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09:05PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Maroons and the Crows survived Wednesday’s semi-finals in the Pittsfield Soccer League with a pair of 1-0 wins at Wahconah Park.   The second-seeded Crows used a first-half goal from James Pow to knock off Barcelona.   On an adjacent field, Matt Naventi scored a first-half goal to send the Maroons past the Vultures and into next Wednesday’s league championship game.   Eight teams began play this summer in the 10-year-old league.   PSL organizer Nigel Gayle said that about 130 players participated in the weekly seven-on-seven contests.   The 18-and-over co-ed league summer league is one of several adult leagues in

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Blowtorch Ignites Exterior of Pittsfield Home
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:32PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The outside of a Second Street home was damaged on Monday after it was accidentally ignited with a blowtorch.

Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 125 Second St. at about 5:30 p.m. and found smoke and a blaze coming from the front of the single-family home.

With quick work, the first responders were able to keep the fire from penetrating the building.

Three engines and one ladder responded to the scene, with Engine 1 extinguishing the fire on the exterior, Engine 2 securing the water supply and checking to see if the fire had spread, and Engine 3 checking the interior of the home for fire.

One of the department's trucks assisted in

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Free Webinar Looks at the Intersection of Smoking and Food Insecurity
07:55AM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022
DALTON, Mass. — Smokers, on average, pay about $11 for a pack of cigarettes. So, if they stop, lower-income smokers should have more money. Right?    But the calculation isn't that simple when other stress factors are considered, such as food insecurity.    "You have to understand that when people are addicted to nicotine, nicotine may serve a couple of functions, smokers may feel, it helps them reduce stress," said Joyce Brewer, manager of Berkshire AHEC's Tobacco-Free Community Partnership Program. "Or if they are food insecure, it might staunch the feeling that they're hungry so that they have enough to feed their

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Pittsfield Subcommittee Supports 5 Percent COLA Cap
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to cap its cost of living adjustment after the consumer price index reached 7.5 percent in January.

On Monday, the Ordinances and Rules subcommittee unanimously voted to cap the COLA at 5 percent for non-union employees. It will go to the full City Council next week for a final vote.

"Earlier this year during budget deliberations when those started for fiscal year 23, the mayor had indicated we would be putting this forward to you as we saw the highest cost of living adjustments that the city has seen yet, 7.5 percent," Director of Human Resources Michael Taylor explained.

"So again, this language will cap at 5 percent and

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New England Public Media Wants to Hear From Listeners
02:49PM / Tuesday, August 02, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum is the next stop on the New England Public Media summer listening tour.    The in-person event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.    The events are free and open to the public; food and refreshments will be provided along with a door prize raffle at each location. Attendees are asked to register here.   The listening tour kicked off on July 20 in Northampton and has so far been in Greenfield, Westfield and Springfield. and will conclude on Aug. 3 in Hartford, Conn.    NEPM staff will be on hand to hear from listeners and use their feedback to inform programming and public

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Pittsfield Historical Commission Vote to Urge Miss Hall to Preserve the Weston House
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Tuesday, August 02, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Historical Commission on Monday voted to give the nearly 200-year-old Weston House at Miss Hall's School "preferable preserve" status after an extensive discussion between the public and the commissioner.   The private school on Holmes Road is considering demolishing the structure, saying the estimated half-million cost to renovate it is too high.   But the commissioners determined that since people are still able to live in the house, there isn't an urgent need to raze it.    Head of School Julia Heaton and Jeff Crosier, manager of campus services, said decision on how to handle the house had not been made despite the

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Lanesborough Police Department Moves to Temporary Location
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
06:36PM / Monday, August 01, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Lanesborough Police Department has officially moved to its temporary location at 545 South Main St., as the department still waits for a brand-new station. 

 

The department's been slowly transferring items in over the past days and, with Monday's installation of a landline, the police have officially moved in.

 

The move, official as of Aug. 1, comes after the $65,000 lease for the temporary space was approved by the Select Board in April. Necessary work for the location was minimal, meaning the department was able to begin the process of moving in soon after. 

 

"I'm very appreciative to everyone that

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