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Dr. Bowen Joins BHS Pulmonary Services
12:54PM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of Glenda Bowen, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Pulmonologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the provider staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.    Dr. Bowen is accepting new patients in need of Pulmonary care and is partnered with Drs. Hafez Alsmaan, Cynthia Callahan, Wing Kong, Julio Miranda, David Oelberg and Jack Ringler.   Dr. Bowen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease, and fellowship trained in Pulmonary/Critical Care at the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington and Sleep Medicine at Yale University School of

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Road Closures Scheduled in Pittsfield for Crewdson Project
12:00PM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Photographer Gregory Crewdson will once again be staging a series of photoshoots at multiple locations throughout Pittsfield beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22.   The photoshoots are expected to continue through early-to-mid October with the first round of shoots filmed through Sunday, Sept. 26.   This will include some road closures.   Here's a schedule and location of the upcoming photoshoots:   Wednesday, Sept. 22, to Thursday, Sept. 23: Mill Street (under the railroad bridge). A segment of Mill Street will be closed by Hawthorne Avenue through the 130 block from approximately 5 to 7 p.m. each day.   Friday, Sept. 24: Former Jim's

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Inauguration 2016
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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Indoors Out! Dance on North
09:29AM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present Indoors Out! Dance on North on Saturday, Sept. 25, 5-7 pm, at Persip Park, 175 North Street.   Indoors Out! Dance on North features work by RAWDance, Fiona Scruggs, Fern Katz, Danielle Galietti, and Molly Hess.      RAWDance co-artistic directors Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith will perform "A Dance on North," a duet that explores the dynamics of sharing personal space in public. RAWDance is based out of Hudson, NY and San Francisco, Calif.    Dancers of The Berkshires, a local dance collective made up of emerging choreographers and dancers, will be performing two works. The first,

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MeHI, Lever Announce Finalists for Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge
07:59AM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) and Lever announced the eight finalists for the first Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge, a new program meant to identify and grow digital health tools that will help drive economic recovery from the pandemic.    The Challenge is focused on finding solutions to help unpaid family caregivers manage caregiving tasks that were exacerbated by the pandemic and more easily return to work. The program is sponsored by MeHI and supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and the SPRINT Challenge Grant program.   All eight

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William Stanley Business Park Considers Tunnel Under Woodlawn
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:43AM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Mark Arigoni shows how the tunnel would connect Sites 7,8 and 9 without having to use Woodlawn or Kellog streets.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Officials are considering building an access tunnel under Woodlawn Avenue for easy travel between the William Stanley Business Park's sites.   Using MassDevelopment funds, the business park did a feasibility study of creating a 15-by-15 foot wide, 48-foot long box culvert underneath the road and found that it would be possible at the cost of $1.3 million to $1.7 million.   It would connect Sites 7, 8, and the large Site 9 at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Tyler Street Extension.   The proposed tunnel would be north of

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Suspect in White Terrace Arson Held Without Bail
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:03PM / Monday, September 20, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield resident Joseph Stone was ordered detained without bail at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on Friday on a charge of repeated arson.

Stone, 43, is being held on dangerousness after he was arrested in relation to a fire Thursday at 8 White Terrace, a vacant multi-building apartment complex that suffered a three-alarm blaze the week before.

He was taken into custody on Thursday and arraigned on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court.  

Stone was charged with one count of arson of a dwelling house and two counts of class B drug possession for having used paraphernalia on his person.

He is a suspect in the property's previous fire,

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Pittsfield City Council Candidate Calls for New ARPA Survey
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:21PM / Monday, September 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A City Council candidate's call to redo a survey on the spending of nearly $40 million in American Rescue Fund Act funds was referred to the mayor's office.   During this meeting, the council accepted the first installment of ARPA funds in the amount of $8,185,589.00.   Charles Ivar Kronick, candidate for Ward 2, presented a petition under new business at Tuesday's meeting requesting that the city scrap the survey and that the council create a new, more accessible one. His presentation was called into question by some councilors, who wondered if other candidates would be given similar platforms.    Kronick said the online community

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BCC Students and Faculty Must Be Fully Vaccinated By The End Of The Year
02:20PM / Monday, September 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College (BCC) students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated by January of 2022.   The Presidents of the Massachusetts community colleges announced Monday that students, faculty, and staff at the Commonwealth's 15 community colleges must be fully vaccinated by January 2022.   BCC is one of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges.   "During the last eighteen months, the Massachusetts Community Colleges have prioritized the health and safety of our communities while also recognizing that many of our students have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic" the Presidents said in a statement

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Six Squads Win Titles at Monument Cup
01:39PM / Monday, September 20, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Hundreds of youth soccer players were at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Sunday for the annual Monument Cup 3-on-3 tournament.   Championships were decided in six different age groups after a day of round-robin play followed by finals on the varsity field.   In the 14-and-under girls division, the Williamstown Rush Hour defeated the Berkshire Hills Hot Shots in the title match. For the U14 boys, the New Marlborough Blue Lightning beat the Berkshire Hills Black Panthers for the crown.   Dalton's U12 girls won a title by defeating the Williamstown Coyotes in the final. In the U12 boys, the Berkshire Hills All Starz beat the Great

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BCC Selected for Project Vision
08:14AM / Monday, September 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is one of just thirteen two-year community colleges nationwide selected for Project Vision, a program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Advanced Technological Education program.    The goal of Project Vision is to catalyze submissions of grant proposals seeking Department of Undergraduate Education (DUE) funding for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects.   "Being chosen for Project Vision represents a significant opportunity for BCC. The expertise provided to us through this program will increase our chances of winning extensive funding for exciting projects in

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Pittsfield Council Leaves Springside Pump Track Proposal to Parks Commission
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:30AM / Monday, September 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday grappled with the idea of taking on the Springside Park pump track proposal but ultimately, the majority decided that it is under the jurisdiction of the Parks Commission.   A petition from Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio requesting to hold a public forum on the potential project was not passed.   A motion to have a Committee of the Whole meeting so that opposers and supporters can address the council failed 6-4 followed by a motion to approve a public hearing at the next City Council meeting, which failed 7-3.   Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi, Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell, and Maffuccio were the only ones to support

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Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary, Part II
04:01PM / Sunday, September 19, 2021
    MARCH 23: Buddy's birthday today. Celebrated with scotch, bourbon and crabmeat. McCABE IS DEAD. There's no dignity in death in battle – it comes in the sorrow, helplessness and hopelessness that comes down to the family back home by telegram.   MARCH 24: Went to church. Free-bread-peace. The rain sounds beautiful on our tin roof. Worked on our bomber. Tomorrow isn't the only thing to live for. And read. Everything is only for a day – both that which remembers and that which is remembered. Before a guy can know even his God, he must know himself. He must find inner peace in his heart. We must be content with what we have, yet constantly try to

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