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Community Marches on 6-Month Anniversary of Miguel Estrella Killing
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:01PM / Sunday, September 25, 2022

Miguel Estrella's family speaks Sunday of his loss and the need for change in how the city addresses people in crisis. His sister Elina Estrella is calling for a system that doesn't include police.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six months after the fatal police shooting of Miguel Estrella, family and community members marched on North Street and demanded change.

Since his death, there has been a call for improved mental health support and alternatives to policing.

"I've lost a sibling, but I've gained a community who sees exactly what I see: a need for change, a change that Miguel deserved a change that we deserve," his sister Elina Estrella said during a rally at

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Veterans Spotlight: Col. Jeff Petrucci
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:12PM / Sunday, September 25, 2022
WEST FALMOUTH, Mass. — Jeff Petrucci served his country admirably in the Army for 30 years, retiring as a colonel.    He grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich., and attended Western Michigan College. After being commissioned in 1968, he did his basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas.    "They focused on an aggressive style of leadership by the NCO's — lessons learned — focused on the realities of what we were going into," he remembered.   He landed in Vietnam in April 1970 (he would spend 12 months there); he was a platoon leader in an automatic weapons battalion. The main job of the battalion was to provide convoy escort support and general

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Buddy Walk of the Berkshires Returns in Force to Streets of Dalton
iBerkshires.com Staff,
11:09AM / Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Buddy Walk of the Berkshires heads out from Dalton's Craneville Elementary on Saturday. DALTON, Mass. — Members of the Berkshire County Down Syndrome Family Group have supported one another for years, including right through the pandemic years.   But Saturday's 16th Buddy Walk of the Berkshires had the feel of a long overdue family reunion as the broader community had a chance to come together and celebrate those families and individuals who make up the support group.   "I've been coming for 12 years," George Wallace said. "It's amazing because everyone is so supportive."   Wallace, who attends Monument Mountain Regional

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MCLA Volleyball Team Wins at Mass Maritime
MCLA Sports Information,
07:44PM / Saturday, September 24, 2022
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball team cruised to a four-set MASCAC victory over Mass Maritime Saturday afternoon 25-9, 25-17, 21-25, 25-13.   Tied at 4-all early in the 1st set, MCLA (7-3, 2-0) used a dominating 20-3 run to separate themselves and jump out to a 1-0 set advantage. Up 8-6 in the second, the Trailblazers used a more modest 8-2 run to pull away at 16-8. That eight-point cushion would prove to be the difference as MCLA would take the set 25-17.   Though down 20-14 in the third set, after reeling off six straight points it looked like the Trailblazers were poised to close out the match. Mass Maritime (2-7, 0-2) battled however and ended up pulling out the set

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Starbucks Proposed on Pittsfield-Lenox Road
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Saturday, September 24, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city currently has three Starbucks — all of which are condensed in Berkshire Crossing. That may be about to change.

The Community Development Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a site plan from Jamasan Hotel Management for the construction of a coffee shop and drive-through at 1030 South St., next to Guido's Fresh Marketplace.

Renderings of the proposed building revealed that it is a Starbucks.

The approval came with a couple of concerns that the board wants to communicate with the City Council, which has the final vote. These are about the possibility of vehicular conflict in front of the site and stormwater discharge.

The popular coffee

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Pittsfield's Erin Laundry Competes in 'Lego Master' TV Show
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:36AM / Saturday, September 24, 2022

A watch party was held at the Garage at the Colonial Theatre for Wednesday's premiere, which shows Laundry and her teammate's 'space ukelele.'   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Friends and family cheered on Wednesday as Erin Laundry appeared on the television screen.    The Colonial Theatre's Garage was packed for the Pittsfield resident's debut on Fox's "Lego Masters."   The third season of the reality competition show, hosted by actor and comedian Will Arnett, premiered on Wednesday. Twelve teams of two Lego builders each are competing for $100,000 and the title of "Lego Master" over the next seven

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Pittsfield Brothers Found Guilty in Murder of Jaden Salois
03:32PM / Friday, September 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire District Attorney's Office obtained guilty convictions this week for two individuals who murdered 18-year-old Jaden Salois.   On Thursday, after more than two weeks of trial, a Berkshire Superior Court jury found brothers Chiry Omar Pascual-Polanco, 26, and Carlos Pascual-Polanco, 22, both of Pittsfield, guilty of murder in the first degree, two counts of possession of a firearm without an FID, two counts of possession of ammunition without an FID, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.   Judge Douglas Wilkins will schedule sentencing for a later date. First-degree murder convictions carry a life sentence without the

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@theMarket: Stocks Drop as Fed Delivers Same Dire Message
By Bill Schmick,
03:25PM / Friday, September 23, 2022
It was another "read my lips" moment for equity investors. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell out hawked the hawkish as he reiterated the Fed's tightening stance on monetary policy after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Sept. 21.   That should come as no surprise for those reading this column every week. A 75-basis-point hike, which was expected, was followed by a promise to continue raising interest rates higher, and longer than investors expected.   The eventual terminal rate where investors hope the tightening will be done, has now ratcheted higher to 4.6 percent. Expectations are now set for another 75-basis point increase in October, and 50-basis

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Pittsfield Eying Chicken Keeping Ordinance
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:18PM / Friday, September 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinances and Rules Subcommittee is looking at a process to make the keeping of chickens more affordable.   The councilors heard a petition on Monday from Councilor at Large Karen Kalinowsky requesting to amend the city ordinance for keeping chickens. City Solicitor Stephen Pagnotta and Director of Community Development Justine Dodds were asked to weigh in.   Resident Melissa Corbett contacted Kalinowsky and proposed a permitting process for the raising of six chickens that goes through the Board of Health instead of the Zoning Board of Appeals and has an initial fee of $25.     The current application fee, legal announcement fee, and

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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Concerts, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:42PM / Friday, September 23, 2022
Berkshire County has a variety of events this weekend including festivals, car shows, concerts, and more.   Lenox Apple Squeeze  Downtown Lenox   Lenox Apple Squeeze returns this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 until 5 p.m. throughout downtown Lenox.    This free event will feature live music, magic, kids carnival with hayrides, and more.    Complete line up of events and locations found here.      Freshgrass Festival 2022 Mass MoCA, North Adams   The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will be hosting its annual Fresh Grass Festival this weekend from Friday through Sunday. Thousands are expected to be in the

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Fall Seniors Golf Tour Tees Off at Berkshire Hills
Community submission,
11:39AM / Friday, September 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Ralph Distoli and Bob Linn had the low gross score at Berkshire Hills Country Club in the inaugural Berkshire County Fall Seniors Golf event.   The pair carded a 62 on their home course to edge runners-up Matt Ortega and George Candelet, who finished at 65.   The event on Wednesday was the first of a five-week series for golfers 50 and up to raise funds to support Berkshire County Junior Golf. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to young golfers to support junior memberships at their home club.   Dastoli and Linn won for gross score in the Blue Division, one of two groups based on the combined ages of the pairs.   In the Green Division,

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Hancock Shaker Village Announces Plans to Reimagine Visitor Center
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Friday, September 23, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hancock Shaker Village is embarking on a journey to reimagine its visitor center.

New Executive Director and CEO Nathaniel Silver and his predecessor, Jennifer Trainer Thompson, announced Thursday that TSKP x IKD Architects — based in Boston and San Francisco — has been hired for the task.

Silver said the firm will work with the museum on a master plan and make the center "transformative for the visitor experience."

"It will allow us to give visitors the kind of introduction and backgrounds that they need and that they deserve," he explained. "And will allow us to enhance our unparalleled collection that we have

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