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Gittens' Game-Winner Lifts MCLA in OT
10:16PM / Wednesday, January 29, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Quentin Gittens hit a jumper with one second left in overtime on Wednesday night to give the MCLA men's basketball team an 82-81 win over Westfield State.   Noah Yearsley blocked a shot in the last second of regulation to preserve a 72-72 tie after the Owls and Trailblazers went scoreless over the last 2 minutes, 29 seconds of regulation.   Taconic graduate Gittens finished with 10 points and six rebounds for MCLA, which got a game-high 19 from Chris Becker.   Yearsley finished with 18 points and a pair of blocks. Ki-Shawn Monroe recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds.   Drury graduate Hayden Bird scored eight points in the win.   MCLA (13-5,

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Pittsfield City Council Approves Recycling Agreement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Wednesday, January 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a new recycling contract with the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility.   Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood and City Engineer and interim Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales fielded questions from the council about the new contract that will include increases.   "This is a paradigm shift for communities in Western Mass ... we recognize this but we also recognize that recycling is important and has to continue" Kerwood said. "We have to adjust and recognize the market has changed and we are seeing a situation where we have to pay to have these materials

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Lanesborough Moving Forward With Search For New Police Chief, Station
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:43AM / Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Skyline Country Club owner Jim Mitus and Mark Siegars address raise the possibility of the country club being a location for a police station and senior housing.   LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town officials may have jumped the gun a bit when they immediately formed a search committee upon receiving Police Chief Timothy Sorrell's retirement letter at their last meeting.    "When we talked about this last time we were shooting from the hip and we were all very excited," Town Manager Kelli Robbins said at Monday's Selectmen's meeting. "I reached out to the Small Town Administrator of Massachusetts (STAM) and multiple towns recommended that we

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MEMA Grant Puts Emergency Medical Kits in Pittsfield Schools
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:52PM / Monday, January 27, 2020

Police Chief Michael Wynn, left, Fire Chief Thomas Sammons and Eric Lamoureaux, community coordinator for the Pittsfield Public Schools, at Monday's announcement.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All city public schools will receive backpack trauma kits equipped to handle a multitude of emergency situations.   Fire Chief Thomas Sammons alongside Police Chief Michael Wynn and Eric Lamoureaux of the Pittsfield Public Schools announced Monday the delivery of 15 trauma kits that were secured through a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant.   "This is a whole approach the city is taking in responding to an active shooter," Sammons said at Fire Department

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Medicare For All Bill Slowly Building Support in Massachusetts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, January 27, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There's a group working hard to make Massachusetts the Saskatchewan of the United States.    State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire District, sees the potential for the Bay State to follow the Canadian province's groundbreaking example in 1962 of being the first to provide single-payer health care to its citizens.   "Health-care costs are rising by 3 percent every year ... we know we're in an untenable situation where health care costs keep rising, where people are paying more and more every year," she told more than three dozen people gathered at the Tavern on the A on Thursday night. "We need to really come up with

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Pittsfield Panel Recommends New Tyler Street Zoning
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Monday, January 27, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board has recommended the Tyler Street zoning amendment back to City Council.   The board was again presented last Tuesday with the proposed overlay amendment that would modernize zoning in the area that stretches from First Street to Woodlawn Avenue.   "This is the same presentation that you saw last month there is nothing new," City Planner CJ Hoss said. "Nothing has changed."   The board acted as petitioner and last year recommended the overlay to City Council, which volleyed it back to the board.   The amendment would accommodate modern uses such as shared work spaces, live/work spaces, and other

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Pittsfield School Committee Discuss Master Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:34AM / Sunday, January 26, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There's a sense of urgency to conduct the districtwide master plan for the Pittsfield Public Schools.    Mayor Linda Tyer told the rest of the School Committee on Wednesday that she recently toured some of the schools and felt that the district needs to begin the master planning process sooner than later.   "I am concerned about the disparity of our school facilities and school buildings as it relates to neighborhoods versus other neighborhoods," she said. "I really hope that the committee can move forward with the school master planning process ... I enjoy spending time in the schools but it reminds me that we have some work to

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Guest Column: Statement on Sentencing in Steele-Knudslien Murder
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08:23PM / Friday, January 24, 2020
As the region's longest-serving LGBTQ organization, Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition has closely followed the case of the murder of Christa Steele-Knudslien, the North Adams resident and founder of the Miss Trans New England Pageant.    Today [Thursday], her murderer has been sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after serving 25 years. In the two years since we lost Christa, the community has rallied around her memory and inspiration. In North Adams, a grassroots task force was founded in reaction to her death and those of other residents killed by their partners. This led to the Berkshire County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, a coalition of

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@theMarket: FOMO Infects Investors
By Bill Schmick,
04:55PM / Friday, January 24, 2020
The stock market is frothy. The great gains that investors experienced last year are extending into this year. As the indexes climb, more and more of those on the sidelines are jumping in. Is this a good sign?   No, it isn't. "The Fear of Missing Out," or FOMO is rearing its greedy head on Wall Street. Those who may have raised some cash in the past few months, fearing a trade war, or the impeachment proceedings, have watched the portfolios underperform the averages, ignore all the negative news and climb higher.   On the geopolitical front, we have seen the same thing. Selling on fear of an Iranian response to the killing of one of their heroes was the wrong move

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Berkshire County Adult Baseball League Welcomes New Players
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01:15PM / Friday, January 24, 2020
The Berkshire County Adult Baseball League is looking for players from Berkshire County for the 20-and-over league and the 35-and-over league.   To register anyone can go to the league's website at www. Leaguelineup.com/orazl   For more information, contact Lou orazio at Orazl@aol.com or 413-663-0741.   The first meeting of the year is on Feb. 22 at the Dalton American Legion from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Price Rite Marketplace Shows Off Remodel to Happy Customers
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
12:23PM / Friday, January 24, 2020

Hugh Black of Pittsfield braved the cold temperatures to be at the reopening.  

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A brighter, redesigned, upgraded Price Rite Marketplace opened Friday morning on Dalton Avenue.

The 25-year-old grocery chain is rebranding all of its Massachusetts locations with a goal of an improved customer experience.

People were lined up before 7 a.m. for the 8 o'clock opening. The temperature was a seasonable 15 degrees so there was a fair amount of foot shuffling and blowing into hands. By 7:30, the number grew to several dozen and by the time 8 o'clock neared, it was close to 200 and stretched right around the perimeter of the parking lot.

The first 400

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Pittsfield Police to Reissue Rules And Regulations
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:40AM / Friday, January 24, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department will reissue its rules and regulations to all officers in response to an issuance error.    Police Chief Michael Wynn discussed two cases with the Police Advisory and Review Board on Tuesday that have prompted it to reissue rules and regulations across the board.   "All members of the department will get a new version and then re-sign for them," Wynn said. "We will probably make everybody re-sign for them on a two- or three-year basis."    Wynn said one of the cases dealt with an officer sharing information about an ongoing investigation "out of school" in a social setting and the other

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