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Harrington Looks to Continue Progressive Work in DA Re-Election Bid
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Wednesday, July 20, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington wants to continue the work she began during her first term as district attorney.    "I am running again because there is more work than I want to do in order to modernize the criminal justice system here in Berkshire County," she said. "I feel that we've been incredibly effective in being smart on violent crime, and getting people that need treatment the help that they need."   She pointed to some of her accomplishments over the past four years including ending cash bail, focusing on racial and economic equity, reducing prosecutions for minor crimes and diverting offenders to community-based services, and

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College Notes: Summer 2022
03:57PM / Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Aimee Dowling of Stamford, Vt., was awarded the Biomedical Engineering Department Award for Outstanding Senior at the 2022 College of Engineering Senior Awards Ceremony held on May 21 at Western New England University. This award, presented by Robert Gettens, department chair and professor of biomedical engineering, is presented to a senior biomedical engineering student who has demonstrated academic success with an outstanding grade point average and has demonstrated professionalism in their studies.   Dowling was also welcomed into Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society at the chapter's annual induction ceremony. Tau Beta Pi is a national honor society for engineering students.

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Voting Groups Sponsoring District Attorney Forum
02:37PM / Wednesday, July 20, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The NAACP, Berkshire County Branch, the League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire County, League of Women Voters of Williamstown, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts  will host the forum "What a Difference A DA Makes" at their next general meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. 

The forum is part of ACLUM's public education initiative in Massachusetts that seeks to highlight the key role that the commonwealth's district attorneys play in determining the effectiveness and fairness of the criminal legal system – and to inform and educate Massachusetts residents so they are more aware and engaged in

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Longmeadow 11-Year-Olds Top Pittsfield American in Sectional Title Game
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:23PM / Tuesday, July 19, 2022
LONGMEADOW, Mass. – The Longmeadow Little League 11-year-old All-Stars Tuesday pounded out 12 hits in three innings to earn a 17-3 win over the Pittsfield Americans in the Section 1 Championship Game at Strople Field.   The host and designated home team did most of its damage in the second inning, when it sent 15 hitters to the plate and scored 10 runs to build a commanding 15-1 advantage.   The win gave Longmeadow two victories in three days over the Americans to come out of the losers bracket and win the double-elmination tournament and a berth in next week’s state championship bracket.   “Hats off to that team,” Pittsfield Manager B.J. Jefferson

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First-Responders Search for Missing Person at Silver Lake
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:47PM / Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Mayor Linda Tyer is updated on the search Tuesday afternoon. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police and multiple other first-responder units have been searching Silver Lake for a missing person for the majority of the day.

The police got a report around noon on Tuesday that there may be a person in the lake and set up a command center on location within the hour.  

Cpt. Gary Traversa said police have evidence to support that this may have been the person's last location.

"We're still looking. Obviously, this is a combination of missing persons, response to a family concern, so, no, we don't have anything concrete," he said late Tuesday afternoon.

"We

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Juvenile Injured in Pittsfield Shooting
03:52PM / Tuesday, July 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A boy was shot early Tuesday morning and taken to Berkshire Medical Center with wounds that were no considered life-threatening, according to police.    Police report that officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation about 12:25 a.m. on Tuesday in the area of Pleasant Street. The activation indicated multiple rounds were fired.    Responding officers arrived on scene and located the victim. A home had also been struck by gunfire and officers located additional ballistic evidence on scene.   The victim's name is being withheld because he is a juvenile. Police say he is a resident of Pittsfield.   Anyone who wishes to provide

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Lenox Residents Encouraged to Bring Storm Debris to Compost Site
03:00PM / Tuesday, July 19, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — The compost site at wastewater treatment plant on Crystal Street will open on Saturday from 9 to noon for the disposal of any debris from the on July 12 storm.    The Department of Public Works is closing Reservoir Road intermittently this week for tree work.   The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., said straight-line winds of up to 85 mph blew a path nearly a mile wide and 2 miles long and killed a New Hampshire man.   A series of large thunderstorms storms were moving through the Northeast, bringing high winds, rain and hail to some areas.    The severe winds blew through the town about 5 p.m. on July 12, the same day a microburst

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Lanesborough Planning Board Reorganizes
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
08:48AM / Tuesday, July 19, 2022
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Planning Board welcomed its new member Leanne Yinger on Monday.    During the meeting, the board voted to have Gwen Miller as the new chair after Jeff DeChaine decided not to run for another 5-year term.   Miller has been on the Planning Board since 2017 and received her master's in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has worked itown and regional planning in the Berkshires for the last decade.   The only concern that the board raised was meeting attendance because of family responsibilities and her job as land use director and town planner for Lenox.   Miller reassured the board that she

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State Lawmakers Push for Medicare For All
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:53AM / Tuesday, July 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some state legislators argue that passing Medicare for All in Massachusetts could lead to a movement across the nation.   That was the topic of a roundtable discussion state Rep. Paul Mark led with state Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton and state Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa of Northampton at Methuselah Bar and Lounge on Monday, prior to an event there for Mark's state Senate campaign.   The lawmakers spoke about the future of health care in the commonwealth, as Eldridge is the Senate lead and Sabadosa a House sponsor on a bill to establish Medicare for All through a single-payer health care system.    With single-payer health care, the costs of health

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Pittsfield Historical Commission Holds Off on Demolition Delay
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:14PM / Monday, July 18, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Historical Commission is torn on a demolition delay application from Berkshire Theatre Group for a carriage house located behind the Thaddeus Clapp House.

The panel decided to take some extra time with the application last week and will have a site visit to the structure.

After BTG spent more than $1 million to restore the Clapp House, a professional assessment indicated that the best path forward for the barn is to take it down. In the future, the theater sees more artist housing in that space, which is an area where it sees great need.

"We couldn't agree more about the historical value of that property and we feel it even more profoundly now as

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Pittsfield Allocates $8.6M in ARPA Funds for Housing Initiatives
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:20PM / Monday, July 18, 2022

White Terrace Apartments, the scene of two major fires, will house 37 units of affordable housing depending on state funding support. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer has allocated $8.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to address an issue that has become more prevalent since the COVID-19 pandemic: housing insecurity and homelessness.

The allocation will help fund the construction of 37 new permanent supportive housing units and 41 new affordable housing units in the city.

"Throughout our community forums and our surveys and all the conversations that we've had with our community partners, the guidance that we've received from the city's

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Witchcraft Center and Store Opens on North Street
By Sabrina Damms,
05:02AM / Monday, July 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Danielle Nichole Munn has opened Witch Slapped, bringing magic to North Street and providing materials, a workshop, a community room, a healing room, and events to anyone willing to learn or experience magic.   "Really, the idea is to create community and bonding and education, and allowing a place where people feel safe to be who they are, to wear their incredibly cool witchy gear and to come here and drop off some positive energy or pick it up if they need it," Munn said    Since the May 21 opening, Witch Slapped has accumulated 375 sales, not including the ones on Etsy which she has been selling on before the store opened. Her husband

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