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West Side Legends Sets Open House for First Development
02:24PM / Wednesday, September 28, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The West Side Legends is embarking on a multiphase initiative to "Buy Back our Neighborhood" by redeveloping the neighborhood.

On Saturday, the nonprofit group will celebrate its first development, 28-30 Daniels Ave., with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event will explain how the development was renovated from a rundown duplex into two modern condominiums.

Each condominium contains two bedrooms, one bathroom, and storage space. There is also room for future expansion on the property.

The initial investors, builders, and prospective owners all have West Side interests.

Partnering organizations include Greylock Federal Credit Union, The Crane

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BHS Adds Board Certified Pulmonologist
01:59PM / Wednesday, September 28, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Joseph L. Simonson, a pulmonologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the provider staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Simonson is accepting new patients in need of pulmonary care and joins Drs. Glenda Bowen, Cynthia Callahan, Wing Tai Kong and David Oelberg at Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC. Simonson is board certified in internal medicine and fellowship trained in pulmonary and critical care medicine by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Simonson's clinical interests include interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension

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Pittsfield Porch Blaze Causes $10K in Damage
Staff Reports,
12:36PM / Wednesday, September 28, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters quickly knocked down a porch fire on a Morningside multifamily on Tuesday night.

There were no reported injuries and the residents of the home were not displaced. The cause has not yet been determined.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the Fire Department was dispatched to 26 Dartmouth St. for a reported structure fire and found heavy flames showing from the front of the building.

A minute-long video provided by the Fire Department from an anonymous neighbor shows a blaze extending from the front left porch and crews extinguishing it while bystanders watched.

Four engines responded and the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes and before it could reach the

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Dalton to Hold Special Town Meeting Oct. 19
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
08:49AM / Wednesday, September 28, 2022
DALTON, Mass. — Dalton will be holding a special town meeting at Wachonah Regional High School at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to vote on four articles.    Voters will decide whether to expand the scope of the Wahconah Regional High School project to include a new track at an added cost of up to $45,000 a year to the town.    The Select Board will also be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to vote on whether or not it will support the track.    Article 2 will to see if the town will approve a transfer of funds from the General Stabilization account to the Police Outside Detail.    The Finance Committee will discuss on Wednesday, Oct. 12, whether

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Pittsfield Council Rejects Petition on Homelessness in City Parks
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:46AM / Wednesday, September 28, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 2 Councilor Charles Kronick's second attempt to evacuate homeless encampments was shot down by the City Council on Tuesday.  

His request to postpone all of the Parks Departments' future funding requests and grant approvals until the prohibiting of camps in Springside Park is enforced failed 8-2 with himself and Councilor at Large Karen Kalinowsky voting in favor.

Instead, the councilors referred Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey's petition asking for an update on the initiatives the city is undertaking to address homelessness to Mayor Linda Tyer.

"The purpose of my petition is to formally recognize the City Council as a legislative

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22 Years After Suicide Attempt, Kevin Hines Talks Prevention
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:33PM / Tuesday, September 27, 2022

DALTON, Mass. — Kevin Hines was just 19 years old when he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and immediately regretted the decision.

He survived because a phone call from a bystander and the help of a sea lion and has since dedicated his life to suicide prevention, becoming a best-selling author and a producer.

On Monday, Hines spoke to a crowd of about 60 people in the Wahconah Regional High School auditorium. The prior day marked 22 years since his suicide attempt.

There was complete silence as he detailed his early life of squalor, his adolescent years of masking emotional pain, and when he decided to take his own life.

Ninety-nine percent of people who have jumped off the

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Jury Finds Pittsfield Man Guilty of Assault
04:48PM / Tuesday, September 27, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man has been found guilty of domestic violence for an incident last year.    Korey Laviscount, 37, was found guilty Monday by a jury in Central Berkshire District of single counts of assault and battery on a family or household member and strangulation.    The commonwealth recommended a one-year sentence. Defense counsel recommended six months. Judge Jennifer Tyne sentenced him to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction.    On Nov. 11, 2021, Pittsfield Police responded to a home after a 911 hang-up. Upon arrival, officers heard yelling and observed an injured victim. Police determined that as the victim

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Pittsfield Begins Search for Perfect 2022 Holiday Tree
02:54PM / Tuesday, September 27, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking for the perfect tree to decorate at Park Square for the holidays.    If you have a tree to donate, the Department of Community Development Recreation Program would like to hear from you.   Criteria used to select the city's official holiday tree include the following: minimum height of approximately 30 feet; superior shape; ease of access to the tree for cutting; adequate room to safely fall the tree; and ease of transporting the tree.   Cutting and installation of the tree at Park Square will be scheduled shortly after the tree has been selected.   Contact Becky Manship, recreation and special events coordinator, no

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Pittsfield ZBA Continues Allendale Pines Expansion Request
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:05AM / Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Aerial view of the proposed property line from the application.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals is not ready to approve a special permit to expand Allendale Pines.

The panel last week continued Eagle Allendale LLC's request for the expansion and alteration of the mobile home park to create 21 new sites adjacent to 389 and 399 Cheshire Road.

This was largely due to the board's feeling that matters had not been resolved with an abutter, Shaun Zatorski of 399 1/2 Cheshire Road. 

"We need to regroup on this," Chair Albert Ingegni III said at Wednesday's meeting. "It strikes me that there's more than conflict, I think there's

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Interprint Asking Pittsfield for Tax Incentive in $22M Expansion
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:07PM / Monday, September 26, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Interprint is investing more than $20 million in its printing facility and its asking the city for a 10-year tax increment financing agreement.

The TIF is expected to save the company $482,000 over the next decade on an estimated $1.9 million more in valuation. The current valuation of the property is $5,580,300.   The decorative printing company is also receiving $300,000 in state Economic Development Incentive Program credits through the state's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council.   The company said on Monday that it will invest $22 million into its Central Berkshire Boulevard facility for additional printing presses and is planning a 57,000

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Pittsfield Bicyclist Killed in Crash
Staff Reports,
01:25PM / Monday, September 26, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man riding his bicycle was struck by a pickup truck and killed last week.

According to the District Attorney's Office, 40-year-old Richard A. Daly was struck near the intersection of Dalton and Hubbarde Avenues at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Daly's identity was not released by the DA until Monday. 

Police say a 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck operated by 61-year-old James Carsell of Dalton was traveling eastbound on Dalton Avenue when it collided with Daly and his bike.

Daly was on Hubbard attempting to cross Dalton Avenue toward Taco Bell. He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police, Fire and

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Purgatory Road Returns, Funds Bring Kevin Hines to Dalton
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:50AM / Monday, September 26, 2022

DALTON, Mass. — "Purgatory Road," a long-standing spooky event that raises money for suicide prevention, is back this year.

Attendees will be taken through a "cursed haunted mansion" themed trail in the woods behind the Dalton CRA. The event will run on Oct. 14, 15, and 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. and all proceeds support the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

The fundraiser was started by Joann Farrell and Betsy Nichols 11 years ago and has raised about $200,000 since. It usually draws about 300 people per night.

This year, the effort has brought a globally known activist to Dalton.

"We did it for eight years and we were going to stop but with COVID, we

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