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2nd Street to Hold Clinic on Sealing Criminal Records
08:15AM / Wednesday, February 01, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 2nd Street, together with Community Legal Aid and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, will hold a free clinic on how to seal or expunge a criminal record on Friday, Feb. 10 from 1:30-3 pm.    The clinic will be held at the 2nd Street offices, located at 264 Second Street, Pittsfield. Private consultations will be available.   The clinic is designed for those who have either never been found guilty of a charge or who have fulfilled the requirements of a guilty plea or verdict. Such persons often have difficulty finding or keeping housing or employment due to their Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), which landlords and employers

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Pittsfield School Committee Votes Taconic All-Vocational
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Wednesday, February 01, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a historic move fueled by the growing demand for skilled tradespeople and the evolution of career technical education, the School Committee has decided that Taconic is a solely vocational school.

On Tuesday, the committee unanimously voted to start the school's transition to all vocational, only accepting Career Technical Education (CTE) students beginning in the fall. The motion was followed by a round of applause.

All new non-CTE students will attend Pittsfield High School and Taconic's remaining non-CTE students in Grades 10-12 will graduate as usual. The class of 2027 will be the first all-technical class to graduate.

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Pittsfield Woman Pleads Guilty to Larceny
04:28PM / Tuesday, January 31, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Heidi Kushi pleaded guilty in Superior Court for two counts of larceny and was sentenced to state prison.     On Monday, Jan. 30, Heidi Kushi, 57 years old of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty in Superior Court for two counts of larceny by single scheme. She was indited in July of 2019.    The defendant was sentenced to 2 to 5 years in state prison, both counts concurrent, by Judge Agostini.    Kushi, who began working for Donovan Construction in June 2013 as their accountant/bookkeeper, stole $138,772.72 during her time at the company. From June 1, 2013, to the date she was terminated, April 27, 2018, Kushi overpaid herself totaling

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Hot Plate Brewery Debuts in Downtown Pittsfield on Thursday
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Tuesday, January 31, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With all licensing secured, Hot Plate Brewery will have a soft opening on Thursday.

Owners Sarah Real and Mike Dell'Aquila will debut the micro-brewery to the public with six beers on tap starting at 4 p.m.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., transplants began planning their venture in the Berkshires two years ago, saying that the region seemed underserved from a craft beer perspective.

"Hot Plate" was inspired by the equipment that the couple used to brew beer in the city when they lost heat and hot water for three years because of a code violation.

On Monday, Licensing Board granted Hot Plate a weekday (Monday through Saturday) and Sunday entertainment license.

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Cramped Dalton Fire Department Seeking Expansion Options
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:03PM / Tuesday, January 31, 2023
DALTON, Mass. —  The Fire Department is running into the same problem as so many local departments — not enough space.    Not enough space for its fire trucks, not enough space for offices and training, not enough space for downtime areas, not enough space for all the equipment it needs.    Fire Chief James Peltier said a common question is whether the department really needs that many fire trucks, or ambulances because from the outside, everything looks fine.    "Everything looks good from the outside for the most part, until you walk in. It's not dirty. We keep it clean. We keep it up as good as we can. But there's things that

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Pittsfield Parade Committee Announces 2023 Theme
10:47AM / Tuesday, January 31, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "Stars, Stripes, and Smiles in the Berkshires" was chosen as the theme for the line of march for the next Fourth of July Parade.     Parade Committee Chairman Peter Marchetti said about 17 ideas were tossed out by the committee.   "All were good but we try to use a litmus test that works for all units and the judges on the reviewing stand," he said.   An example was Dancing in the Streets, which Marchetti said didn't allow for many options for floats.   "It's a process taken seriously by the committee like everything else we do," said Marchetti.   In addition, the annual meeting, held on Nov.

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Two Pedestrians Struck By Car in Pittsfield
04:08PM / Monday, January 30, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A mother and daughter were injured after being struck by a car on West Street.   On January 30, 2023, at approximately 9:13 am police, firefighters, and Action Ambulance responded to the 300 West St. area for a Pittsfield woman struck by a car.    A 2015 Toyota Yaris operated by Loraine Utter, an 84-year-old Pittsfield resident, was traveling west on West St. in the 300 block when she struck two pedestrians who were crossing near Dorothy Amos Park.   Shaloon Milord, age 30 of Pittsfield, was transported to Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) with serious injuries.    Milord's three-year-old daughter was crossing the roadway with her

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Dalton Select Board Votes to Hold Off on Certain Voting Options for Local Election
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Monday, January 30, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — The Select Board voted to hold off on offering early voting by mail or in person for for the local election on May 8.   The town had "successfully" implemented these practices as required during the September state primary election and November general election. However, towns and cities may opt out of early voting in municipal elections after a public hearing and vote 45 days prior to the election.   "It was a little bit of a learning curve for everyone and it was something that actually came out of Charlie Baker's votes act that was brought up in June and started on July 1 of this year," Town Clerk Heather Hunt said.   She

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Market 32 Earns URAC Reaccreditation in Specialty Pharmacy
01:30PM / Monday, January 30, 2023
SCHENECTADY, NY. — Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarkets announced that its specialty pharmacy has been reaccredited under the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) specialty pharmacy accreditation 4.0 standards.    The company first launched specialty pharmacy services in 2015.   According to a press release, URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality, setting high standards for clinical practice, consumer protections, performance measurement, operations infrastructure, and risk management.    "Receiving this URAC accreditation reinforces the commitment of our Specialty Pharmacy team to provide the highest quality of

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Proposes Diagonal Parking on North Street
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:47AM / Monday, January 30, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Managing Director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. (DPI) Rebecca Brien wants to make North Street diagonal head in parking after a survey found that 60 percent of downtown residents support the reconfiguration.    On Thursday the Traffic Commission referred her petition to the Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales and the new City Engineer Tyler Shedd.    "We actually brought a petition to the City Council specifically in regards to a poll and survey that we had put out to our membership but also other businesses, residents, and people who are in the downtown area, and they (had) a 60 percent response supporting a

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Shooting at Zen's Pub
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11:03AM / Monday, January 30, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Police are investigating a shooting at Zen's Pub that left one person hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries   On Friday, Jan. 27, just after 10:30 pm officers with the Pittsfield Police Department responded to Zen’s Pub located at 303 Tyler Street for an incident involving multiple people.    There was also a report that someone had fired a round from a gun. There was no ShotSpotter activation.   Responding officers located blood at the scene and they found a firearm a short distance away.   Officers later learned that an adult male resident of Pittsfield was at Berkshire Medical Center with a single gunshot wound that was not

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BAA 10X10 Call For Art Deadline Extended
08:50AM / Monday, January 30, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Art Association (BAA) seeks donations of original artwork done by kids up to age ten for the  5X5at10x10 show and fundraiser.    In collaboration with the Berkshire Museum and Pittsfield's 10x10 Festival in Feb., the BAA welcomes submissions from young artists from the Berkshires and beyond. Art work should be 5 x 5 inches, and prepared for hanging.    5x5 art will be exhibited from Thursday 2/16/23 to Thursday 2/23/23 at The Berkshire Museum, along with 10 x 10 pieces submitted by adult artists. 5x5 artists will be able to either sell or take home their pieces.    Submissions will now be accepted through Feb. 6,

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