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BMC Named Among Top 10 Hospitals in U.S. for Patient Safety
01:23PM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

The distinction places BMC among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

"Berkshire Medical Center has consistently been rated among the safest hospitals in the nation, and this

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Tapestry's Syringe Access Program Holding Open House
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Only one person entered Tapestry's new syringe access program on West Main Street during its first month in February.    Then about 40 people came in during March.    "I think once word of mouth started to spread and people knew we were open, every single day for the last three weeks we've had at least two new people come in," said Sarah Dejesus, a clinical medical assistant in the new office.     The growing numbers point to the need for the program, the only one of its kind in the county.    "It is sad in a way that there is such a need for us but I'm glad that we can be here for people,"

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

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Drury High Students Creating Sign for North Adams Dog Park
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:00AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Boards 2 and 3, the middle of the sign, show how the 3D sign will appear. Once boards 1 and 4 are completed, the sign will be redone in oak.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Out-of-towners and their pets trying to sniff out the city's dog park won't have to hunt much longer.    The Planning Board on Monday approved a sign designed and being built by Drury High School students that will be located on River Street.   The park was installed last year but its location — tucked against a slope in a far corner of the park at River and Houghton — has made it difficult for some to find.    "We would get people from Lee and Pittsfield and

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Large Public Hearing Turnout Opposes Eversource Rate Increase
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Attorney General Maura Healey has been testifying against the increase throughout the state. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase.    Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J. Judge.   The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget.   The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit would be added to tuition at Berkshire

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Education Task Force Seeks Community Input, Aspirations
02:39PM / Monday, April 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is seeking input as it develops recommendations for county schools.    Five "community aspiration" meetings are scheduled this month for parents, educators and community members to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of preK-12 public education in Berkshire County.   The first session is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.   Despite having high-quality educators, say task force officials, the educational opportunities available to children and young people in Berkshire County are threatened by the region's

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Biz Briefs: Otto's Breakfast and Deli Honored for Diverse Workforce
01:56PM / Monday, April 10, 2017

Proud honor: Otto's Breakfast and Deli on East Street in Pittsfield was recognized and honored for their excellence in their diversity practices for providing gainful employment to individuals with mental illness with the support of the Department of Mental Health-funded Clubhouse rehabilitation and recovery centers. Massachusetts Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier presented an award to Luke Marion, owner, on March 28.

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition and held at the Statehouse in Boston, recognized 27 companies who have created a diverse and welcoming workforce while also striving to lessen the stigma of mental illness often experienced by those seeking

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Berkshires Beat: Freeman Center Snags State Award for 'Money School'
11:52AM / Monday, April 10, 2017

Money School award: Elizabeth Freeman Center's Money School was presented with MOVA's Innovation Award at a ceremony at the State House in Boston on April 4, in recognition of its ground-breaking work to advance financial independence for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance  recognize individuals and agencies that have made notable contributions to victim rights and services.

The Freeman Center's Money School puts survivors of abuse or sexual violence on a path toward economic security and well-being.  The program, developed by the American

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'Dear World' Project to Visit MCLA
11:29AM / Monday, April 10, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will participate in the "Dear World" portrait and story-telling project on Thursday, April 13, as members of the campus community are asked, "If you had one story to share with the world, what would you say?"

"Dear World" is an interactive project that explores the subtle and powerful connections between students, faculty and staff at college campuses around the world. To date, the organization has taken more than 50,000 portraits.

This free event, which primarily is intended for MCLA students, faculty and staff, also is open to the public. In addition to having their portrait taken,

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Clarksburg School Clips Summer Break to Extend Construction Season
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, April 10, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Summer vacation will be shorter for Clarksburg students this year.    School gets out on June 23 to make up seven snow days (to date) after a rough winter. And they'll be heading back into the classroom on Aug. 28, the Monday before Labor Day.    The early return is designed to accommodate a possible school building project next year, should a successful vote take place in the fall.    Typically, school begins after the Monday Labor Day holiday according to the teachers' contract, said Principal Tara Barnes.   "The teachers very graciously decided reconsider the start," she said at Thursday's School Committee

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Ten McCann Machine Tech Students Receive Level 2 Certification
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ten McCann Technical School students were recognized on Thursday for achieving Level 2 certification, the highest available, in their machine tech studies.    Administration, teachers and parents attended a special presentation in the McCann library to acknowledge the success of the juniors and seniors who after scoring highly on the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative, or "MACWIC," exam, received a certification proving that they are ready for the workforce.   "When we talk about what makes McCann unique and what we have to offer to our students one of the things we really try to focus on as a school

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County's Students Inspired To 'Envision Their Future' At Youth Conference
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:31AM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
Some of the workshops got the students more in touch with their artistic side, while others taught students about job-searching resources available in the community. PITTSFIELD, Mass, — The morning started with a "when I was your age" type story from children's author Ty Allan Jackson.   Jackson was speaking over the sound of the rain beating on the top of a large party tent. His audience: just about 120 high school students from across the county. When he was their age, the ghettos of New York City had broken education systems, there were issues of poverty and crime. And nobody was listening to the what those in the neighborhood had to say.   It was those

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North Adams' Historic Dowlin Block Sold
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:40AM / Saturday, April 08, 2017

Two principals of Dowlin Building also bought the Porter and Tower building on Eagle Street last year.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A major piece of real estate on Main Street has been purchased by a New York development group.    The Dowlin Block at 101-107 Main was purchased on Wednesday for $615,000 by Dowlin Building LLC. Two members of the group also bought the historic Porter and Tower building on Eagle Street last November for $60,000 as Eagle Street Holdings LLC.    Mayor Richard Alcombright said he had met the group's principals and they seemed excited to be in the city.    "They don't necessarily at this point in time have a

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