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North Adams Council OKs Withdrawal From Police Civil Service
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio explains the difficulty in recruiting police officers through the Civil Service list.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday voted to dissolve its Police Department's participation in Civil Service, following in the path of surrounding communities.

City officials have discussed leaving Civil Service in the past, citing difficulties in recruiting officers who are often from the eastern end of the state.

"Civil Service has been here in the city since somewhere around 1940 ... Civil Service in Massachusetts came in 1884 so it's been around 124 years," Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said. "It's old, it's

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Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Gov. Charlie Baker helped break ground on the $13.7 million project.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shawna Axenroth and her daughter go hiking in the scenic Berkshire Hills and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen.

And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers.

Axenroth is at Berkshire Community College and her daughter is just starting the first year of high school. They both want to live and work fruitful careers in the science field in their hometown.   But the way it has been going in the region, there hasn't been much reason to be optimistic about that prospect. The population has been declining, particularly with the younger

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

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Resolution Endorsing Gun Range Goes to North Adams City Council
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Safety Committee on Monday approved forwarding a resolution in favor of the continued public use of the city's shooting range to the City Council.   The draft resolution strongly urges the administration to work with the permitted users of the range to find a solution to the liability and insurance issues that prompted the decision to close public access to the facility effective Jan. 1, 2019.     "We don't have the direct yea or nay approval on this but we're hoping to make a case that this is something the administration has to review a bit more before they just make a decision to close it," said Chairman

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Berkshire YMCA Honoring Those 'Changing Lives After 55'
03:31PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Family YMCA's inaugural Changing Lives After 55 awards will celebrate and recognize community members over the age of 55 who have made significant contributions and achievements in Berkshire County.    The awards night, slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Berkshire Hills in Pittsfield, will salute honorees in the areas of education, arts and culture, business, nonprofit, youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.   Tickets to the event are $35 and can be purchased at bfymca.org/changinglives55.   Those being honored are: C. Jeffrey Cook, a principal of the law firm Cohen Kinne Valicenti Cook

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Biz Briefs: Humane Society Opening Second Catwalk Boutique
02:24PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
Catwalk Times Two

Berkshire Humane Society will open a second location of Catwalk Boutique, its successful women's resale shop, in downtown Lenox this coming winter/spring. Dates are to be determined. The original Catwalk Boutique, located at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, opened in May 2014. The shop specializes in affordable women’s clothing with an emphasis on designer and upscale labels, current styles, and contemporary fashion. All clothing is like-new or very gently used. Shoppers can also purchase handbags, jewelry, shoes, and accessories such as scarves, hats, and gloves. All proceeds from the shop benefit Berkshire Humane Society.

"Our shop in Great

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North Adams Historical Commission Wants Funds to Preserve Gatehouse
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Monday, September 24, 2018

Commissioners don't think the roof can wait years for repair. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Historical Commission is hoping to get some of the leftover funds appropriated last year for capital projects to put toward some much-needed historical preservation.   A priority is the 104-year-old Mount Williams gatehouse, the tower at the reservoir on Pattison Road.    "We don't want anything happening to that," said commission Chairwoman Justyna Carlson at Thursday's meeting. "It's one of the old ones that should be preserved and according to [historical consultant Bonnie Parsons'] assessment, there were many more in the commonwealth but

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Democrats Open Pittsfield HQ For November's Election Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Sunday, September 23, 2018

 
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier introduced Andrea Harrington, calling her successful campaign for the Democratic nomination an inspiration. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the primaries in the rearview mirror, Democrats are gearing up for the -final election push.   Locally the party opened a North Street headquarters for the coordinated campaign.   The office will serve as the local headquarters for campaign staffer working on behalf of Democratic candidates up and down the ticket -- from Congress to district attorney.   "We have an incredible slate of Democratic candidates from the top to our incredible local winner Andrea Harrington for district

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Richardson Stops 18 Shots in MCLA Soccer Loss
07:03PM / Saturday, September 22, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Westfield State University women's soccer team got a first half goal from Casey Rotti and then the Owls controlled possession the rest of the way as they defeated the MCLA Trailblazers 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Shewcraft Field in MASCAC action.   Westfield (4-2-1, 2-0) controlled play throughout as MCLA (1-6, 0-2) employed a defensive minded approach all game long to slow down the Owls.  The visitors would outshoot MCLA 30-0 in the contest, but couldn't get many past MCLA keeper Megan Richardson.    Rotti's goal came off a corner kick in the 28th minute of play. The assist went to Jenn Rennich for a 1-0 advantage. The score

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Fall Foliage Leaf Hunt Clues for 2018
12:26AM / Saturday, September 22, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt, a traditional popular feature of Fall Foliage Festival Week, including three sets of GPS coordinates for geocaching fans, starts Saturday, Sept. 22.     This year the committee has revealed that there will be 20 colorful leaves hidden in North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida and Williamstown. When a leaf is found, it should be brought to Pedrin's Dairy Bar on Curran Highway during normal operating hours to claim a prize. One prize per household please.     Prizes are generously donated by area merchants including Pedrin's, Boston Sea Foods, Freight Yard Pub, Chee's, Big Y,

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Names New Advisory Board Members, Leadership
01:14PM / Friday, September 21, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Immigrant Center has welcomed three new members to its Advisory Board and has new board leadership.

Joining the Advisory Board are Jenn Gomez, Helen Moon and Colin Ovitsky, all of Pittsfield, and Dr. Rose Ellis of Williamstown assumed the role of Advisory Board chairwoman on July 1. Ellis is the former superintendent of schools at Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary schools and has been the board's vice-chair this past year.

"I have learned firsthand that the Berkshire Immigrant Center does critically important work that speaks to who we are in Berkshire County, a caring and welcoming

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'White Boy Rick': The Wild, Wild Midwest
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:12PM / Friday, September 21, 2018
My dad was a bench seat philosopher who, while a man of measured words, occasionally liked to opine from behind the wheel of our '51 Buick Roadmaster, the one with the Fireball 8 engine.   I look back at it as our quality time. Maybe it was a quick trip to Sears to buy some roofing material, or to get me some White Castle sliders on a night when my mom was just too tired to cook. Or perhaps it was my tutelage entirely planned. Looking through the windshield, Daniel Goldberger explained the passing pageant of humanity.   It could be a little man walking with a very tall woman: "See, there's someone for everyone."   And in a similar point of positivism that

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Draws Hundreds to Benefit Freeman Center
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Friday, September 21, 2018

Marchers hold signs for Christa Steele-Knudslien who was murdered in North Adams last January. Her husband was charged in her murder. See more photos from the event here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds walked, and some stumbled, down North Street in high heels during the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes march to raise money and spread awareness of gender violence.   Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick welcomed all the walkers who came out during the event at Third Thursday, including elected officials, business leaders, residents from throughout the county and all those who demand change.   "I want to welcome you to the eighth annual march to stop

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