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Gentrification Pops Up As North Berkshire Coalition Forum Topic
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, September 17, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new buzzword appeared repeatedly throughout the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday.

That gathering, the first of the season, was the annual "needs assessment" forum, at which people can come throw out ideas for what future coalition meetings should focus on. In an effort to organize those thoughts, this year, the Coalition asked people to categorize their ideas into "topics," "needs" or "assets."

The one topic that was repeated several times throughout the meeting, which was attended by nearly 100 people, was "gentrification."

"Gentrification," according to Merriam Webster,

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Pittsfield Couple Expanding Gravesite Business
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Monday, September 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In her final days, Matthew Kudlate's grandmother mentioned that she regretted not getting to the cemetery to clean up the family plot.    She was dying of cancer, one of five losses for Kudlate in recent years, and he and his cousin went the very next day to do it. And that is when a new business idea set in.   "It was kind of a heartbreaking thing to hear your grandmother say. We went up there to clean it the next day and started joking that it would be a good business idea," Kudlate said.   Somebody visiting the grave of a loved one had asked the two if they did it professionally and Kudlate thought it might be a way to make some

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Lemme, Mumford Top Individuals at Josh Billings Triathlon
08:34PM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
LENOX, Mass. -- Kent Lemme and Heather Mumford were the ironman and ironwoman champions Sunday at the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon.   Lemme completed the run, boating, biking event in a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds and placed fifth overall in the triathlon, which sees teams and indviduals competing together.   Mumford finished in 4:04:12.   The team from Allen Heights Veterinary (biker Josh Lipka, canoists Tom Keefe/Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick) defended its overall title, finishing in 2:17:08 to edge runner-up Josh Itch (Brian Rabuse, Sue Purdy/Kurt Kuehnel and Stephen Foley). Josh Itch came across the line in 2:29:18.   The top all-female team once

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McCann Honors Former School Committee Members
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:35AM / Sunday, September 16, 2018

Rebecca O'Hearn is a McCann graduate who served on the school council before being elected to represent Florida on the School Committee.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee on Thursday recognized former members Thomas Mahar and Rebecca O'Hearn.   Mahar and O'Hearn, who both recently stepped down from the committee, were awarded plaques from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.   "I have always noticed over the years what a great committee this is with so many different resources from all different areas," School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. said. "There is so much expertise here that the school has

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MCLA Women's Soccer Falls at Worcester State
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:18PM / Saturday, September 15, 2018
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Ali Malonado had a hat trick Saturday to lead the Worcester State women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over MCLA.   Hannah Van de Water scored for the Trailblazers (1-4, 0-1 MASCAC), who got 24 saves from the combination of Megan Richardson (Hoosac Valley) and Brooke Mangiardi (Taconic).   MCLA hosts Bay Path on Thursday.   Volleyball NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball team edged Becker, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon to pick up a pair of wins in Amsler Campus Gymnasium.   In their first match of the day, the Trailblazers defeated Bay Path in three sets.   MCLA hosts New England College on Wednesday.

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NEPR Hires New Berkshire County Reporter
01:20PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Nancy Eve Cohen will cover Berkshire County for New England Public Radio.

Cohen has been a freelance reporter with NEPR since 2012 and has produced an impressive body of reporting for the station including recent pieces on the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, local farming and school safety from the perspective of students and teachers.

"Nancy is an experienced and accomplished reporter," said NEPR news director Sam Hudzik. "She has a particular interest and expertise in environment and agriculture stories - and has produced some brilliant ones for us."

Cohen has worked in public radio for more than two decades. She served as the

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MCLA Welcomes 10 New Faculty Members
01:16PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently welcomed 10 new, full-time faculty members, including nine assistant professors and one instructor, to eight departments on campus.

Dr. Travis Beaver has joined MCLA as an assistant professor in the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department. He comes to the college from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where he was an assistant professor of sociology. He earned his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of gender and sexuality, with a specific focus on men and masculinities. His forthcoming book chapter

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New Executive Director Joins Berkshire Grown
01:04PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Grown's Board of Trustees has announced that Margaret Moulton has assumed the role of executive director of the organization.

Moulton's work with the Trustees of Reservations as an engagement site manager, and her long-time interest in sustainable agriculture as a volunteer educator at Stone Barns Center for Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., have uniquely prepared her to shepherd Berkshire Grown into its next stage of development, according to Allison Rachele Bayles, president of the Board of Trustees
 
"We are thrilled to have Margaret at the helm of the organization. She is uniquely suited to engage growers and eaters alike

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'Juliet, Naked': Anatomy of a Triangle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:06PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
Ethan Hawke's Tucker Crowe in Jesse Peretz's intelligent, seriocomic "Juliet, Naked," had me thinking back to 1969 when, during a hiccup in my education, I visited my best friend, rock 'n' roller Howard "Richard" Tepp, in Malibu. It was the era of free love and, like the fictitious Tucker Crowe, Howie, through the cooperation of some enthusiastic groupies, had strewn the landscape with several progenies. The other similarity between the two is the cult following that grew out of their brief stardom.   Fact is, throughout history, there have been many such multi-pollinating troubadours who, intentionally or not, have substituted legacies of their DNA

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Sister's Near-Tragic Tumble Sparks Memories for North Adams Woman
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

A picnic at the scenic Cascade falls nearly turned tragic 66 years ago. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The flicks Rachel Branch saw at the Mohawk Theater on an April afternoon more than a half-century ago have fled her memory, but she does remember what someone told her.    "I was standing in the street outside the Mohawk Theater," she recalled recently. "Somone in the street said, 'your sister fell off a cliff.' "   Her sister Judith Ann had tumbled into the 100-foot gorge at the Cascades. The difficulty of her rescue and her near-miraculous recovery filled a page in the former North Adams Transcript and showed up in papers that included The New

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Letter: Mayor Should Demand Mass MoCA Restore Children's Work
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

To the Editor:

I am so upset at what Mass Moca did to the beautiful work that the children did on the bridge pedestals. How dare they cover it over, it broke those children's hearts and upset a lot of people.

I myself am furious with it and the fact that our mayor won't stand up for the children. He should demand the work be redone by the MoCA artist. There are plenty of pictures they can use to restore them. It's horrible that they think they can just do whatever they want. They do not own those pedestals nor do they pay taxes.

I don't know where they get the idea they can just do something like that.

Keith Bush

 

 

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BMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Starts Better Breathers Club
01:23PM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at Berkshire Medical Center is starting a Better Breathers Club, in collaboration with the American Lung Association.

Better Breathers Clubs are welcoming support groups for patients and caregivers affected by chronic lung diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. The club helps patients to learn better ways to better cope with lung disease while getting the support of others in similar situations. Led by a trained facilitator, these in-person adult support groups give you the tools you need to live the best life you can.

At BMC, the Better Breathers Club will

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