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Harrington Rallies Base to Start Final Week Of DA's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:02PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

 
Harrington's husband Timothy Walsh reflected on the campaign and thanked the crowd for the support of Harrington and their entire family.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It is the final week in the district attorney's race and those in Andrea Harrington's camp are as energetic as ever.   The campaign held a rally Tuesday exactly one week before the general election for a final push to get out the vote.   The event was part fundraiser -- goodwill donations were accepted -- and part organizing as campaigner staffers sorted out volunteers for sign holding on election day, and a part rally to energize those supporters.    "I did not run

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Mount Greylock Regional High School Teacher Wins $10,000 Kapteyn Prize
01:38PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today that

Jeffrey Welch, a social studies teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School, has been awarded the 10th annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching. He will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich his teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in his name.

In his 21 years at Mount Greylock, Welch's teaching assignments have ranged from core world and U.S. history classes to topics in a wide variety of disciplines, including conversational Italian, psychology and introduction to the law. He has directed the spring musical since 2000 and has served as the

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by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Consolidating Accounts Leads to Clear Financial Strategy
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:12PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

None of us can completely control all the things that happen to us. Yet, when it comes to achieving your long-term financial goals, including a comfortable retirement, you do have a great deal of power – as long as you follow a clear, well-defined financial strategy. And one way to help build and maintain such a strategy is by consolidating your financial accounts.

Over the course of their lives, many people pick up a variety of financial accounts from multiple sources. They might have a few IRAs from different providers, a couple of old 401(k) plans from past employers, an insurance policy (or two) purchased many years ago, and a scattershot of stocks, bonds, certificates of

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North Adams Councilors Demand Rights to Solicitor, Chambers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City councilors want their right to speak to their attorney.    Councilors have been grumbling for some time over having to go through the mayor's office to reach the city solicitor. The changes were implemented earlier this year when the city engaged KP Law of Boston, a firm specializing in municipal law.   Mayor Thomas Bernard's response to their concerns was "absolutely unacceptable," City Councilor Jason LaForest said at Monday's General Government Committee meeting.    "It is a violation of our charter and ordinances," he said.    In his communication to the committee, the mayor said city

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MCLA Volleyball Falls in MASCAC Tournament
10:33PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018
WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Westfield State volleyball team Tuesday advanced in the MASCAC tournament with a first round, 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-12, 25-12), win over the visiting MCLA Trailblazers.   Brianna Starkey paved the way for the Owls with 18 kills and eight digs. Westfield setter, Ally Rega connected on 41 assists and picked up 11 digs in the victory.   The Trailblazers led wire-to-wire in the second set to even the match at 1-1. Lee High graduate Ahna Schlaefer and Wahconah grad Kelsey Lafreniere picked up the final point with a block. Schlaefer and Lafreniere each posted a team-high six kills on the night to lead MCLA. . Tessa Sestito and Celine Manigbas picked up 17

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CHP Berkshire Pediatrics Expands Primary Care Team
01:29PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CHP Berkshire Pediatrics welcomes Jamie L. Berkowitz, physician assistant, to its pediatric primary care team in Pittsfield.

Berkowitz holds a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a second master's degree in neuroscience and behavior from UMass-Amherst, as well as a B.S. in biology from UMass-Amherst.

She has previously worked as a primary care/urgent care practitioner at 510 Medical Walk-In in Pittsfield, and earlier, for the practice of Pittsfield pediatrician Dr. Michael Fabrizio. She holds state and national certification as a physician assistant and is a fellow member of the American

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North Adams Officials Debate Decision-Making Power of Art Commission
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Members of the General Government Committee largely listened to comment on proposed duties and powers of the Public Arts Commission, later addressing more City Council-specific items on the agenda.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A rewrite of the city ordinance on the role of the Public Arts Commission will go through further review as City Councilors and commission members grapple with the body's power over public art.    The General Government Committee has held several meetings over the past six weeks to revamp the ordinance after Mayor Thomas Bernard requested significant changes that PAC officials felt reduced them to a recommending body.     While

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Letter: Integrity Matters in District Attorney Race
Letter to the Editor,
03:02PM / Monday, October 29, 2018

To the Editor:

Elections can be filled with all sorts of strategies and antics, and some we have simply come to accept. Lawn sign theft, whispered rumors and the like are common in every election and are impossible for campaigns to control. Some races even get nasty as the Berkshire County district attorney has, ironically, given that this office is supposed to reflect the best of what we have in honor and justice.

The DA in office right now should be showing us an example of an honorable man and honorable campaign. I hear he is a nice guy as are most of us among our friends and family. However, the real test of character is how you behave when you are challenged and how far you will go

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Letter: Write-In Paul Caccaviello
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, October 29, 2018

To the Editor:

First Assistant District Attorney Paul Caccaviello has won 20 homicide cases tried in Superior Court. He won the Prosecutor of the Year award in 2008, the highest award in the state. Paul Caccaviello brings 30 years of experience to his current management of the Berkshire County DA office.

Our county is experiencing increasing rates of crime with no end in sight. Ms. Harrington has zero experience as a prosecutor and has never tried a homicide case. Write-in Paul Caccaviello on Nov. 6. Choose an experienced prosecutor over a politician.

Scott Plantier

 

 

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Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP Neighborhood Health Center
12:24PM / Monday, October 29, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Community Health Programs has named nurse practitioner Alison M. Flynn to the primary care team at the CHP Neighborhood Health Center practice in Pittsfield.

An adult nurse practitioner, Flynn is a 2010 master’s degree graduate of the Sage Colleges; she earned her B.S. in nursing from Curry College. Most recently, she practiced primary care at Family Practice Associates in Pittsfield; she completed her nurse practitioner clinical internships at Berkshire Nurse Practitioners and at 510 Medical Walk-In in Pittsfield.

Flynn previously worked as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

She is a member of the

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Senate President Hears Berkshire Transit Challenges, Opportunities
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, October 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires need to re-envision how it handles transportation.   That was the message sent to Senate President Karen Spilka on Friday when state Sen. Adams Hinds brought her to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's Intermodal Center to discuss rural transportation.   The new vision includes east-west rail, rail to New York City, and a Transportation Management Authority. The concept comes about because fixed-route bus services are not doing the trick alone.   "This issue of transportation for the business community alongside workforce is the biggest challenge," said 1Berkshire President Jonathan Butler, who stressed that

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MCLA Students Explore Ranked-Choice, Plurality Voting Systems
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Monday, October 29, 2018

Assistant professor Kebra Ward helps students with some of the math involved in the different voting systems.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students recently learned the pitfalls of plurality voting and got a crash course in ranked voting.   Members of the Quantitative Understanding Across the Curriculum Committee looked to open students' eyes with the help of a little math — and some candy — to demonstrate that not only are their different methods of voting in an election but some, they believe, are vastly fairer.   "We want people to know there are different ways to vote and I think a lot of people think

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