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North Adams Council Restores Fire, Police Chief Titles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, December 13, 2018

There was a rush to congratulate Michael Cozzaglio and Stephen Meranti, who will become police and fire chief, respectively, after a final vote on Dec. 26. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city will have a fire chief and police chief for the first time in 37 years.   Or at least it will by the end of the year.    The City Council on Tuesday easily passed to a second reading an ordinance change that switches "director" to "chief" as department heads as the first step in pulling down the public safety governance structure established in 1981. It also passed after much more discussion a change in the compensation plan raising the salary for the police

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1Berkshire Annual Meeting Remembers Klefos, Looks to Year Ahead
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:32PM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler welcomes members and local elected leaders to the organization's annual meeting.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — 1Berkshire's annual meeting last Thursday was a celebration: not just of the work the organization's been doing this past year but a reflection on the life of one its primary architects.    Vice President Lauri Klefos, who had been head of the merged Berkshire Visitors Bureau, had died unexpectedly just a week before, sending shockwaves through the tourism and business community.    "She saw 1Berkshire as a vehicle that would allow us to leverage our resources and amplify our voice for a

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

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North Adams Movieplex Holds 'Five For Free' Food Drive
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Movieplex will host its annual "Five for Free" food drive on Thursday.   Theater officials say its a great way to get into the holiday spirit by helping those in need and enjoying some time at the movies.   "It helps the community and we don't want to just be in the community, we want to be part of the community," theater manager Scott Ingalls said. "Especially this time of a year when people need it."   Ingalls said those who bring in five nonperishable food items on Thursday between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. will be admitted to the movie of their choice.   "People can just come in and bring five

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BHS Expands Rheumatology Services With New Doctor
03:03PM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has further expanded its rheumatology services with the appointment of Dr. Liana Fraenkel, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist.

Dr. Fraenkel joins the Berkshire Medical Center medical staff and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. She is accepting new patients in need of rheumatology care and is partnered with Drs. Lauren Dudley and Leonard Sigal at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Fraenkel is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and was fellowship-trained in rheumatology at Boston Medical Center. She received her medical degree from McGill University,

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What Is Smarter: Paying Off Debts or Investing?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:50AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It probably doesn't happen as much as you'd like, but you may occasionally have some extra disposable income. For example, perhaps you have recently received, or will soon receive, a year-end bonus. Or maybe you will get a sizable tax refund in just a few months. Wherever this money comes from, you will want to put it to good use. Should you use the cash to pay down debts or should you invest it instead?

There's no simple answer, and everyone's situation is different, but here are a few suggestions for helping you make a good choice:

* Evaluate your cash flow. If you already have enough cash to meet your daily living expenses, you might lean toward investing the money,

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North Adams Council Approves Tax Incentive for Tog Manufacturing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a tax increment financing agreement with Tog Manufacturing as it doubles in size and employment over the next five years.   "This is a good agreement, this is an agreement that is tied both to physical investment in the facility as well as to planned and proposed job creation," said Mayor Thomas Bernard. "It's an agreement I have great confidence in because it represents a continuity and a local future for a company that has deep roots in the city of North Adams."   The agreement was signed with Stanley Black & Decker Inc., which became Tog's parent company after acquiring Nelson

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North Adams Planners OK Marijuana Shop, New Businesses
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:25PM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The board also approved facade plans for 85 Main St. by MountainOne, which is locating its investment and insurance divisions on the first floor.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A marijuana company has been approved to operate in the former Friendly's Restaurant on State Road.    The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting.    "I don't want to be a bad neighbor, so that when the Price Chopper area gets built out, happy to do it until it's not wanted

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Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's Office Leadership
Staff Reports,
03:25PM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more individuals to her leadership team on Tuesday.   Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years.    The two join Karen Bell, who was previously announced as the office's first assistant.   "I am excited to bring such an experienced and talented group of prosecutors and legal professionals to serve as my senior

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North Adams Council to Take Up Public Safety Chief Changes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday (tonight) will be asked to approve an ordinance change that will restore the public safety directors back to chiefs of their departments.    Mayor Thomas Bernard had pledged nearly two weeks to move forward with the change with the looming retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.    "I believe this change, which increases the salary for the position, will help ensure the city is able to build a competitive applicant pool for this critical position," he wrote in his communique to the council.    The ordinance would address both the fire and police director posts, designating that both

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BRTA Work Stoppage Playing Havoc With Regular Bus Routes
Staff Reports,
10:33PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The paratransit strike is entering its second week with no sign of resolution.   The work stoppage has affected the regular Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus routes, causing havoc for people trying to get to jobs, schools and other appointments.    One individual, who wished to remain anonymous, told iBerkshires they'd used up sick time because they were unable to get to work last week and a friend lost her job for the same reason.    "If this strike goes on much longer I don't know if I will have a job or how I will pay for housing," the frustrated BRTA rider wrote.   Transit officials have been working to

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Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2018 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
04:37PM / Monday, December 10, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion for the fourth straight year.

The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of six Gold Level award recipients for 2018, and is the only organization to have received a Gold Level award each of the four years of the program.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers as a partner

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Berkshires Beat: SVHC Celebrates Putnam Nursing School Alumni
02:30PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
Together again

Sixty-three alumni of the Putnam Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing joined leaders from Southwestern Vermont Health Care for a reunion lunch on Dec. 6. The event marked the 70th anniversary of the first graduating class of the school. Throughout its 50-year tenure, the school graduated more than 800 nurses.

The lunch was the final event in a year-long celebration of the hospital's centennial. The year was marked by "A Century of Caring," a historical exhibit which traveled to every region the health system serves; Centennial Community Day, a free event that drew 4,000 people to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus in Bennington; and

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