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BMC North Adds Urologic, Gynecologic Surgeries
04:08PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced a further expansion of outpatient surgical procedures being performed at the Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.

Urologic and gynecologic minimally invasive surgery procedures are now being scheduled for the new operating rooms at the former hospital. They join outpatient orthopedic surgery, which started in January of this year.

Urologic surgery is being performed by Drs. Stephen St. Clair and Kevin Killeen, board-certified specialists with Urology Professional Services of BMC. The urologists are scheduling outpatient surgery for anyone from the age of 15 years and older, including scrotal procedures

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The Classical Beat: Berkshire Night, McDonald at Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:03PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Broadway musical theater superstar Audra McDonald brings her own ensemble of great musicians to Tanglewood on Sunday, July 19.

Tanglewood enters its third week, and the highlights are many; indeed, every concert will be unforgettable.

Classic and Romantic composers Mozart and Schumann, featuring their chamber, vocal and orchestral music masterworks on two successive nights, start the ball rolling; even more Mozart follows on Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon.

Why go? Add to the above the appearance of Broadway actor/musical theater/singer superstar Audra McDonald and the superlative Emerson String Quartet and you have a week of future musical memories that define

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

New Free Concert Series Brings Original Indie Rock, Folk To Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:01AM / Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Kathy Lloyd, of How We Roll, Crispina ffrench, of Shire City Sanctuary, and Alan Bauman have teamed up to put on the series.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a demographic of residents who would love to see nationally recognized alternative and indie rock musicians performing original music right in the city's downtown.

And a few of those residents got tired of waiting for somebody else to make it happen.

Three local business owners — Alan Bauman, Crispina ffrench, and Kathy Lloyd — have teamed up to put on Shire City Sessions.    In July, August and September, bands will be taking to a newly built stage to give a free concert in the parking lot outside


Adams Terror Suspect Ordered Detained Until Trial
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:55PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2015
A bearded Alexander Ciccolo, seen in this sketch of his appearance in U.S. District Court, was ordered detained until his trial for illegal possession of firearms. More charges are expected to be filed against the terror suspect. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The man the federal government suspects of hatching a terror plot in his Adams apartment will be imprisoned until his trial.   Alexander Ciccolo was in federal court on Tuesday afternoon for a detention hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson.   Robertson ruled that the government met its burdens to establish both that Ciccolo is a flight risk and that releasing him posed a danger to the


Detainment Hearing for Adams Terror Suspect
04:20PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A hearing is being held for suspected terrorist Alexander Ciccolo in U.s. District Court.

Ciccolo was arrested on July 4 in Adams for being illegally in possession of firearms, according to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Law enforcement officials say the Boston-area native was making plans to attack a college, bars and other venues in support of known terrorist organization ISIL, which is attempting to create a self-proclaimed Islamic State in the Middle East.

Tuesday's hearing is to determine if Ciccolo can be held until his trial.


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Williamstown Raises Tobacco/Nicotine Age to 21
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:48PM / Monday, July 13, 2015
Above, Board of Health members Marcia Tessier and Erwin Stuebner examine a 'vape pen' acquired in Williamstown. Left, Dr. Lester Hartman of Needham says he has spoken on raising the tobacco age in communities from Provincetown to Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — You will have to be 21 to buy tobacco or nicotine products in Williamstown as of Sept. 1.   The Board of Health on Monday held a public hearing on proposed changes to raise the legal age from 18 to 21.   Williamstown is the 69th town in the commonwealth to raise the age for tobacco products to 21. The only municipality in Berkshire County to do so, Lanesborough, set an effective date of


U.S. Court Documents Detail Attack Plans of Terror Suspect
02:38PM / Monday, July 13, 2015
The FBI terrorism task force removes evidence from Ciccolo's residence on July 4.

ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Court documents filed on Monday contain chilling details about suspected terrorist Alexander Ciccolo's plans.

Ciccolo, using the name Ali Al Amriki, had allegedly stated a desire to fight for ISIL, and that he planned to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel.

The estranged son of a Boston police captain was picked up after allegedly buying guns from an informant. The 23-year-old was charged Monday morning in U.S. Court.

U.S. law enforcement officials say Ciccolo was recorded saying he planned to "engage in


Mount Greylock School Building Committee Narrows Design Options
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Monday, July 13, 2015
Architect Bob Bell of Design Partnership of Cambridge, left, points out a feature of one of his firm's designs. The school district will recommend a preferred design by the end of the month. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — And then there were three.   On Thursday evening, the Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee decided to take one of the addition/renovation options on its designer's list out of the running for a potential building project.   And with just three weeks left to decide whether it will forward an add/reno or new build to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the committee likely will benefit from the narrower field.   "We would


Williamstown's Highland Woods on Schedule, Cole Ave. Project Moving Ahead
By Stephen Dravis,
10:09PM / Sunday, July 12, 2015
Highland Woods is growing daily. The senior housing project is expected to open in early 2016. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Work at the Highland Woods senior housing project is on schedule with a planned opening in early 2016, the developer said recently.   "It's really progressing well," Berkshire Housing Development Corp. CEO Elton Ogden said. "We're at the point now where we have the third floor framed and the roof trusses are going on for one third of the building.   "There's been a ton of work being done, but it hasn't always been obvious because there's a lot of below-ground work. Once the framing starts, there is much more


Lanesborough 11U Bulldogs Sweep Glastonbury, Conn.
07:33PM / Saturday, July 11, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-year-old Cal Ripken League All-Stars on Saturday swept the 12-year-old all-stars from Glastonbury, Conn., at Laston Field by scores of 15-1 and 11-3.   In the first game, called after four innings, Lanesborough scored 11 runs in the third to put the issue to rest.   Josh Polumbo went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Lanesborough (6-4), which also got doubles from Jack Cangelosi and Panayoitis Constantopoulos.   Roberto Barron and Cangelosi combined for the win on the mound. Barron got the start and struck out four over three innings.   In Game 2, Alex Axt went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Polumbo doubled to lead the


West Team Takes Bronze in Bay State Baseball
07:17PM / Saturday, July 11, 2015
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The West baseball team ended up with a bronze medal at the 2015 Bay State Games after dropping a 9-1 decision to Southeast on Friday.   Hoosac Valley's Matt Koperniak gave the West a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when he led off with a single and scored on a base hit by Jacob LaRochelle of Chicopee.   But Southeast took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth and poured on runs from there.   The West team, which featured six players from Berkshire County, ended up with the same 3-2 record as four other teams in the six-team field but took third place due to tie-breakers.   Southeast was awarded the gold medal. The Northeast team took the silver.


Koperniak, Hall Lead West Team to Victory at Bay State Games
09:33PM / Friday, July 10, 2015
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Hoosac Valley's Matt Koperniak went 2-for-4 with a two-run double an a two-run triple to lead the West team to an 8-2 win over the Metro squad in baseball action Thursday at the Bay State Games.   Mount Greylock's Adam Hall finished the game with a 1-2-3 sevenh inning on the mound for the West, which ended the day in a two-way tie with the Northeast for first place in the six-team field.   Round robin play was set to conclude on Friday when the West took on the Southeast (2-2).

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