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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Bowler Wins Third Term as Berkshire County Sheriff
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:24PM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Sheriff Thomas Bowler poses with employees from the House of Correction.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Family, friends, and supporters for Sheriff Thomas Bowler gathered around the television watching intensely at the results as updated on Pittsfield Community Television.    Loud cheers erupted in the ballroom of Berkshire Hills Country Club as the displayed results fulfilled their hopes.    "He's an excellent candidate. And the voters knew that and we're grateful for their support," Bowler's sister Donna Matoon said.    Bowler walked into the crowded room hugging his family, friends, co-workers, and proud supporters as they


Pittsfield Man Arrested for Alleged Road Rage Gunfire
Staff Reports,
06:23PM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man was arrested for alleged involvement in a road rage incident involving gunfire last week.

On Aug. 31, the police responded to the incident on Cheshire Road near the intersection of Kittredge Road. It was reported that two vehicles were involved and the operator of one of the vehicles fired at least one round from a handgun.

No injuries were reported and there was no visible damage to the vehicle. There was also no ballistic evidence at the scene, police say.

On Friday night, police arrested 36-year-old Edward Martin on an outstanding warrant related to the road rage incident. He is being charged with carrying a firearm without a license and



Pittsfield Having a Quiet, Rainy Election Day
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:37PM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

A normally high traffic spot at St. Elizabeth's Parish in North Adams only had a handful of supporters although the crowd was larger across the street. 

As of 6:30 p.m., Pittsfield has a 34.4 percent voter turnout rate.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It has so far been a relatively peaceful — and rainy — primary election day in the city. 

City Clerk Michele Benjamin reported that as of noon, there was only a 12 percent voter turnout.  She hopes to see more votes cast later in the day and that the gloomy weather conditions don't deter too many people.

"It's going pretty well, we haven't had any problems or anything," she said around 3 p.m.


Berkshire Kind Has Plans for Former Starbase Technologies
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:38PM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Kind has changed the location of its proposed facility and plans to be fully operational in less than one year.

Originally to be built in the William Stanley Business Park, the cannabis company now plans to convert the former Starbase Technologies at the corner of Peck's and Valentine Roads into a cultivation and manufacturing facility.

"The development at the William Stanley Business Park turned out to be a little more complex and costly than we expected it to be and the opportunity with Peck's Road provided a good opportunity," Co-owner Jeremy Silverman explained at a public hearing on Thursday.

"The building is already there,


Polling Stations in Berkshire County
11:30AM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Polls are open in Massachusetts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for state & federal elections, including primaries; municipal election times vary.

Where to vote:

Adams: Memorial Building, Valley Street
Becket: Town Hall, Main Street
Cheshire: Community Senior Center, 119 School St.
Clarksburg: Senior Center, Cross Road
Dalton: Community Center, Main Street
Egremont: Fire station, Egremont Plain Road
Florida: Town Office, 379 Mohawk Trail
Great Barrington:

Precincts A, C, D: Fire Station, 37 State Road Precinct B: Housatonic Community Center, Main Street

Hancock: Hancock School, Route 43
Hinsdale: Town Hall, South Street
Lanesborough: Town Hall, 83 North Main St.
Lee: Crossway Village,

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Wahconah Park Demo Not Off the Field
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:25AM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wahconah Park's historic nature will likely not impede replacing the structure, if needed.

 The Wahconah Park Restoration Committee was told last week that the Massachusetts Historic Commission said "razing and rebuilding" park is not out of question. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places.

"There's certainly more conversation but it's not out of the realm of possibility that Mass Historic would work with us on an option, which would either repair or raze and rebuild," said Parks, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath, adding that it would likely be expected that the city maintain


West Side Legends Hosts Soap Box Derby
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:50PM / Saturday, September 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local non-profit West Side Legends hosted its first soap box derby on Saturday, giving children and their families a chance to race down Robbins Avenue in handmade gravity racers.    Approximately 125 residents attended the races, cheering on their community members as they sped down the hill.    West Side Legends strives to improve the quality of life of others and revitalize the neighborhood on a local level through education, local events, and fundraisers.   This event brings back a tradition that was greatly missed by the residents for the past 45 years when William Johnson ran it for the Christian Center.   "Basically it gets


West Side Legends to Host Soap Box Derby
05:21PM / Friday, September 02, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The West Side Legends is hosting its first West Side Super Soap Box Derby on Saturday, Sept. 3, from noon to 3 with a rain date of Sept. 4.

Check-in for the event starts at noon and the first race starts at 12:30 p.m. It will be held at the corner of Columbus and Robbins avenues. The racers will zoom down Robbins Avenue and the finish line will be at Southern Avenue.

There will be two race classes: an adult class for ages 18 and older and a class for kids from ages 10 to 17.

Trophies will be presented for first and second place in each division and Best Show Car.

"We are excited to partner with such great entities as Berkshire Environmental Action


@theMarket: September Is Tough Month for Equities
By Bill Schmick,
02:52PM / Friday, September 02, 2022
Since 1928, the S&P 500 Index has lost ground in September more than 55 percent of the time. It looks like this year will be true to form.   It is called "The September Effect" and no one market or news event has been responsible for this anomaly. Some attribute the negative results to seasonal behavior bias. After a good summer of gains, like this summer’s bear market rally, investors make portfolio changes and cash in on their gains.   Since 1950, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has booked a decline of 0.8 percent on average. If we go back further in history (since 1928), the S&P 500 Index has averaged a 1 percent decline during September. However, over


Pittsfield Man Gets Jail Term for Embezzlement
10:45AM / Friday, September 02, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man who embezzled approximately $220,00 from his employer has been sentenced to jail.    Judge Douglas Wilkins sentenced Leonard Curtis, 27, to serve 2 1/2 at the Berkshire County House of Correction and two years of probation afterward, during which the defendant must pay restitution.   Curtis pled guilty on Aug. 1 to a single count of embezzlement from a bank, three counts of forgery of a check, three counts of uttering a false check, and a single count of larceny over $1,200 by a single scene.   The Berkshire District Attorney's Office requested a sentence of two to three years in state prison, two years' probation


Barbalunga Campaign Says Election Post Was in Error
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Thursday, September 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Barbalunga campaign says a volunteer made the now deleted post on Facebook alleging that the state was "closely" watching primary voting in Pittsfield.    "Shortly after the post was made by our campaign volunteer, a campaign leader saw the post, and it was immediately removed, due to being technically inaccurate," the campaign responded on Thursday evening.    But the post had prompted City Clerk Michele Benjamin to issue a release rebutting "irresponsible false claims about the integrity of the voting process" on Thursday.    She did not identify which candidate made the post or when it was


Pittsfield Police Board Quits in Protest
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Thursday, September 01, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Five members of the Police Advisory Review Board have resigned, leaving only Lt. Col. Thomas Grady of the Sheriff's Department on the panel.

Chair Ellen Maxon confirmed on Thursday that being barred from reviewing the report on the fatal police shooting of Miguel Estrella was the final straw.

She, Michael Feldberg, Erin Sullivan, Marie Richardson, and Dennis Powell have called it quits on the PARB.

Last month, PARB was notified that its ordinance does not allow them to cover Estrella's report because the board is intended to "review all final investigative reports regarding citizen complaints." 

This left members questioning its purpose


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