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The Retired Investor: The Dishwasher Debates
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, September 22, 2022
In most new homes there is a litany of appliances that buyers almost automatically purchase, one of which is the dishwasher. While ovens, refrigerators, washers, and dryers are used almost daily, the dishwasher is among the least-used appliances in American homes.   The global dishwasher market is well over $7 billion and projected to grow by 7.5 percent to $10 billion by 2025. Much of that future growth is due to smaller-sized food service organizations. This list includes companies, businesses, institutions, and organizations that prepare meals and serve them to consumers and other customers. Of course, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, and catering businesses are included in this

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Pittsfield Community Members Celebrate the Dog Park's Anniversary
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:49AM / Thursday, September 22, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Dog enthusiasts, volunteers, and Parks and Recreation employees gathered at the Pittsfield Dog Park on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate it being open for one year. 

Dogs play off leash in the gated area. The dog park ensures dogs can exercise and socialize safely. The gated area has two sections: one side is for dogs that weigh less than 30 pounds and the other is for large dogs.   The fenced area for off-leash dogs features a grassy layout for pooches to roam, a walking path, benches, complimentary waste bags, and even a dog-sized water fountain.   Over the past year, the park has grown in popularity with many visitors praising it and

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Pittsfield Community Development Board OKs Permanent Supportive Housing Project
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:25PM / Wednesday, September 21, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tuesday's Community Development Board meeting was busier than usual due to a proposal that aims to address one of the city's most prominent challenges.

The board unanimously passed a special permit request from Berkshire Housing Development Corp. to build a three-story, 28-unit building at 107-111 West Housatonic St. for homeless individuals.

It is designated as permanent supportive housing, which combines affordable housing and support services to build independent living skills and connect people with health, treatment, and employment resources.

"I think the important thing to know about this project is that it is part of a comprehensive

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Pittsfield Council Subcommittee Supports Two New Positions
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:54AM / Wednesday, September 21, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinances and Rules Subcommittee on Monday approved the classification of social worker and emergency co-responder positions within the city.

The unanimous vote comes after an uptick in homelessness and mental health distress and the police killing of Miguel Estrella in March.

One social worker will work with the Health Department and the other with the Police Department.  The social workers' pay will range from about $68,100 to $88,500 and the emergency co-responders' will be paid about $52,800 to $68,900.

Though he supported the positions, Ward 1 Councilor Kenneth Warren pointed out that some residents have called for alternatives to

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The Great British Walkoff: Koperniak Scores Game-Winner as Team GB Advances
iBerkshires.com Sports,
08:12PM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022
REGENSBURG, Germany -- Hoosac Valley graduate Matt Koperniak Tuesday scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Great Britain came from behind to beat Spain, 10-9, and advance from a qualifying tournament to play in March's World Baseball Classic.   Koperniak, a native of London, was the "ghost runner," starting the 10th inning on second base.   After a failed bunt attempt, Great Britain's Justin Wylie reached on a fielder's choice.   Koperniak was called out at third, but after a British challenge, the umpires ruled he was safe.   With runners at the corners and one out, Alex Crosby hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Koperniak

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Pittsfield Teenager Facing Drug Trafficking, Firearms Charges
06:29PM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have arrested a teenager on firearms and drug charges.    According to Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Arena, police were informed on Monday that the 17-year-old juvenile was in possession of a firearm and a warrant was issued for his arrest.    When he was arrested shortly afterward, police say he had a loaded handgun, a "substantial amount" of cocaine and a "large quantity" of cash.    The suspect, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, is facing the following charges:    • Carrying a loaded firearm without a license • Possession of ammunition without a firearm identification

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Residents Air Grievances on Deming Park Improvements
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Parks manager James McGrath explains the reasoning behind the design for the new parking lot and one-way entrance and exit. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city and other stakeholders say parking is a long-standing issue at Deming Park and want to address it with a larger, one-way parking lot. Abutters are skeptical.

Around 15 residents attended a public hearing for the proposed improvements to the park on Monday at Sacred Heart Church. It was facilitated by the Parks Commission and Ward 3 Councilor Kevin Sherman after a request from residents.

"We're here tonight because we're sort of pausing this effort to make certain that folks like you all have an opportunity to

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Pittsfield Cultural Council Celebrates 2022 Awardees
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:37AM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cultural Council awarded grants to 31 projects ranging from $200 to $2,013 in 2022.

Its 2023 allocation of $48,500 is more than $7,000 higher than the previous year and the awardees will be voted on in November. 

The application period for 2023 opened on Sept. 1 and ends just before midnight on Oct. 17.

"With funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Pittsfield Cultural Council provides grants to help underwrite projects, programs, and events in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences," council Chair Marilyn Gerhard said at a reception last week at Zucchinis Restaurant that honored the 2022

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Arch and Rose Quartz SPAtique Opens in Dalton
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:57AM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Ciepiela and Moore said they have been working on the space since first seeing it in March. They opened for business on Saturday.  DALTON, Mass. — The Arch and Rose Quartz SPAtique, located at 395 Main St., opened its doors this weekend.    Cosmetic tattoo artist Ashley Ciepiela and licensed esthetician Rebecca Moore have worked together on this dual business venture to create an inviting space where people feel comfortable sharing their insecurities.    "Being a cosmetic tattoo artist, I'm asking people to come in and let me stare at their insecurities. I'm asking them to come in and talk about something that they probably don't like

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Pittsfield Selling Rehabbed Home to First-time Homebuyer by Lottery
04:10PM / Monday, September 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is offering a single-family home by lottery sale for $200,000 to a first-time,  income-eligible homebuyer.    The two-story, fully rehabilitated home at 21 Eleanor Road was acquired by the city through a lengthy tax title foreclosure, said Community Development Director Justine Dodds.    "Due to the amount of time the property had been vacant, the residence required complete rehabilitation. The structure was down to its shell, and it was then rehabbed to new building code standards," said Dodds. "The completed house now complies with the city of Pittsfield's current energy codes. It is completely

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PHS Alumni Write Training Book on Terrorists in the Prison System
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:38AM / Monday, September 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield High School graduates separated by 30 years collaborated on a book urging a change in the way the prison system functions to address terrorism and radicalization.   Criminal justice consultant and local radio host Bill Sturgeon and scholar Francesca Spina combined their experience to research and present best practices in their training guide "Think Like a Terrorist to Combat Terrorism and Radicalization in Prison."    The duo made a good team working intergenerationally and across specialties, they said.    Researchers and practitioners are often separated so Spina said she was very excited when Sturgeon reached

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Allen Heights Veterinary Repeats as Josh Billings Runaground Champ
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:48PM / Sunday, September 18, 2022
LENOX, Mass. -- Hundreds of amateur athletes Sunday won the 46th Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon where, as the motto goes, "To finish is to win."   The day's fastest finishers featured familiar names as the four-man team from Allen Heights Veterinary was the first across the finish line at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, which took over this year from Tanglewood as the triathlon terminus.   As usual, teams headed out from downtown Great Barrington for a 27-mile bike ride to the boat launch at the Stockbridge Bowl, where pedalers gave way to paddlers for a 5-mile spring around the lake. The final leg of the event is a 6-mile run.   Athletes compete in teams of two, three or

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