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Letter: Question 1 Will Hurt Small Hospitals
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I work at Fairview Hospital as a critical care nurse. I have been with Berkshire Health Systems for 22 years and a registered nurse for 13 of those. I oppose Question 1.

In a small community hospital, we have the ability to utilize on another to accommodate our patients' needs. For example, The CCU may have three patients with low acuity but the emergency room (ER) is busy with patients, or possibly short a nurse. The three patients in CCU could be cared for by the second nurse so another nurse could be sent to the ER to help. Also in CCU we often see patients who need end-of-life care. In such times, a colleague takes over my other patients to allow me to spend

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Letter: Moran Right for Register of Deeds
02:30PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I am writing to voice my opinion and support for Debbie Moran as register of deeds in Adams.

I worked with Debbie many years ago at Taconic Title Services, formerly located in North Adams. I was so nervous and completely inexperienced in that line of work. Debbie took me under her wing with patience, persistence, kindness and humor, to teach me what I needed to do in order to be successful in my position. Believe me, the character traits of patience and humor were key in trying to teach me how to do closing documents for a real estate transaction! It was a lot! We became friends then, and are still friends to this day.


I also read where Debbie is registered as an

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Letter: Experience Matters in District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
02:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

Few are those who come to public service with selfless motivation. These are the rare breed for whom the power that comes with responsibility is not intoxicating, but sobering. Career public servants put the community's well-being before their personal ambitions and spend their time protecting others; they become experts in their field, tireless in commitment and devoted for decades.

Andrea Harrington has no experience as a prosecutor and only a few years as a part-time public defender who tried her first case as a lawyer in 2011. The Democratic nominee for district attorney is the least qualified person to ever run, yet she is the beneficiary of help and support from

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Retirement Security Week: Take Steps to Boost Your Retirement Security
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:26PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has dedicated Oct. 21-27 as National Retirement Security Week. And the evidence shows that increasing this awareness is indeed important. Consider this: Some 50 percent of households are considered at risk of not having enough money to maintain their living standards in retirement, according to the National Retirement Risk Index, produced by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

What can you do to help yourself stay out of the "at risk" category? Here are a few suggestions:

Define what retirement security means to you. Everyone has different ideas about what a secure retirement looks

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 17-23
12:52PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018
North Adams Happenings: October 17 - 23   Save the Date  

October 27
Masquerade
Greylock Works 508 State Rd
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8PM - Midnight
$25
for more information

You asked, and the answer is YES — gWorks is having a Halloween

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New Doctor Joins BMC Cancer Center
11:51AM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Nisar Ahmad, a board-certified and fellowship-trained hematologist oncologist, to the Berkshire Medical Center medical staff and the physician staff of Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC.

Dr. Ahmad is accepting new patients in need of hematology oncology services at both the Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC offices in Pittsfield, at the BMC Cancer Center and, in North Berkshire, at the North Adams Campus of BMC. Dr. Ahmad is partnered with Drs. Michael DeLeo, Trevor Bayliss, Sean Mullally and Harvey Zimbler at Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC.

Dr. Ahmad received his medical degree from King

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North Adams Airport Commission Set to Award Terminal Bid
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:34AM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Airport Commission hopes to get the administrative building project underway by the end of the month. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission will award the administrative building project to a Northampton firm after state forms are finalized.   Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the commission Tuesday that once the signed standard contract form is sent back to the state Department of Transportation, the city can award the project to low bidder DA Sullivan & Sons, which bid $3.6 million.   "They will be turned back into MassDOT. We will overnight that which then will allow us to officially award the

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Knight Backs Caccaviello in District Attorney's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:16PM / Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Despite Knight and Harrington both being considered the more progressive candidates in the field, Knight is opting to support Caccaviello instead of Harrington. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Judith Knight isn't going to be the next district attorney. But she hopes Paul Caccaviello will be.   Knight, who finished third in the Democratic primary in September, is putting her support behind Caccaviello's write-in campaign.   Knight made the announcement on steps of the Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.   "This is probably not the best political thing for me to do. I know I will be criticized ... but this is the right thing to do," Knight

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Fall Foliage Event Winners Listed for 2018
05:44PM / Tuesday, October 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Fall Foliage Festival offered up a host of activities this year, including parades and leaf hunts and hot dog eating contests to celebrate the "Year of the Dog."   Here's roundup of winners of some of the events; see the story on the Children's Parade for those winners.   Drew Burdick, Zack Soha and Dan Dougherty downed 30 Jack's hot dogs in less than 10 minutes to win the  Hot Dog Eating Contest at the first annual Brew & Chew on Main Street the day before the parade.

The MountainOne crew beat out a dozen other teams that all together raised some $2,500 for PopCares Inc.

Also on that Saturday before the

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Adams Woman Charged in Fatal Hit & Run
01:42PM / Tuesday, October 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Adams woman has been charged in the hit-and-run accident last month that resulted in the death 38-year-old Jerome "Jeremy" Berard.   Debra M. Milesi, 57, of Jordan St. was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday afternoon on single counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death, of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.    Berard, of North Adams, was found laying on the side of East Hoosac Street in Adams around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Berard had incurred severe injuries including broken limbs and head trauma. He

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North County Community Dedicated to Continuing Nelson's Story
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mark Rondeau holds up the new sign for the Friendship Center on Eagle Street, now named after one of its founders, the late Al Nelson. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was nearly a decade ago that Al Nelson, Mark Rondeau and Steve Green huddled in a corner after a Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on hunger.    Mayor Thomas Bernard said he had a clear memory of that conversation and a feeling in the room at First Baptist Church that something should be done. And on a cold snowy day in 2011, the Friendship Center Food Pantry opened in 800 square feet on Eagle Street.     "We know it thrived because of that hard work," he said. "Because Al

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Lauren Mangiardi Scores Twice in MCLA Women's Soccer Win
09:51PM / Monday, October 15, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA women's soccer team scored a pair of first half goals and controlled the majority of play as they cruised to a 7-0 win over the visiting SUNY Poly women's soccer team at Shewcraft Field on Monday.   Hannah Van de Water scored twice and collected a pair of assists to lead the team. Taconic graduate Lauren Mangiardi scored a pair of goals as well for MCLA (5-9), both in the second half.   In the opening half, MCLA took immediate control. Kate Mancini notched her third goal of the season just eight minutes into the action for an early 1-0 lead. She took a nice feed from Meghan Dingman and converted into the upper left corner.   The

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