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Attorney General Candidate Tolman Talks Drugs, Guns in Election Bid
By Andy McKeever,
03:52AM / Friday, August 29, 2014
Warren Tolman spoke to area Democrats on Sunday at Camp Russell. RICHMOND, Mass. — Warren Tolman remembers one particular night he took his son trick-or-treating.   "Two weeks after my dad died — he was the third of three to die — we were going out trick-or-treating, my son and I. He was dressed as a cowboy with the chaps and all of the stuff cowboys wear. As we're walking out the door, he looks up to me and says 'dad, all cowboys smoke,'" Tolman told iBerkshires on Sunday in an interview at Camp Russell.   That was more than 20 years ago when he was in the state Legislature and it would trigger his all-out offensive against tobacco

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Berkshire Elected Officials Support Grossman Campaign
By Andy McKeever,
08:39PM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sheriff Thomas Bowler, state Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli and Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman toured Apex Resource Technologies on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Just slightly more than a week before the primary, Steven Grossman was in town to announce the endorsements of Sheriff Thomas Bowler, City Council President Melissa Mazzeo and Mayor Daniel Bianchi in his bid for governor.   The three local endorsements build on strong support across the county from elected officials. Grossman announced the additional endorsements but also, as has been part of his campaign for more than a year, toured one of the city's businesses.   All of

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


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Historical Commission Delays Williams' Plan for Demolition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
Williams College is asking to tear down 54 Stetson Court (Harper House) to make way for a new dormitory. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Historical Commission on Wednesday voted to delay for three months removal of two houses owned by Williams College on land where it wants to build a new dormitory.   Williams Executive Director of Design and Construction Rita Coppola-Wallace went before the board to discuss plans to move the building at 66 Stetson Court (Mather House) and demolish the building at 54 Stetson Court (Harper House).   The college has found a buyer for Mather House, which will be moved to another location in town, Coppola-Wallace told the

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Springfield Bishop Rozanski to Visit Berkshires
02:45PM / Thursday, August 28, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, newly installed Bishop of Springfield, will make his first official pastoral visit to the Berkshires on Sunday, Aug. 31.

The bishop will celebrate the 11:30 a.m. liturgy with priests from the Berkshires at St. Joseph's Church on North Street, followed by a receiving line at parish center.

The Mass and receiving line are open to the public.

Rozanski was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore when he was named the 9th bishop of Diocese of Springfield this past June. The diocese encompasses the Roman Catholic parishes of Berkshire County, of with St. Joseph's is the "Mother Parish."

Bishop Timothy A.

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Lt. Gov. Candidate Cheung Focused On Technology Biz Sector
By Andy McKeever,
03:42AM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
Leland Cheung visited Camp Russell this past weekend. RICHMOND, Mass. — Leland Cheung speaks the same language of those in the technology business sector.   Cheung is running for lieutenant governor to help advance those industries in the state. Cheung has spent his last five years as a city councilor in Cambridge, during which he took on statewide roles with the Massachusetts Technology Collaboration and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   "I'm able to walk into office in Cambridge of Google and talk about the nuts and bolts. I am probably the only person running for any office that can actually code," the Democrat said on Sunday. "It just

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Worker Assistance Center Opened in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
Former NARH employee Diane Pytko, center, opens the new Worker Assistance Center with Secretary of Labor Rachel Kaprielian.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Rather than a ribbon, the new Worker Assistance Center in City Hall was celebrated Wednesday with the opening of a door.

Hopefully, a door that will lead to new paths for the hundreds affected by the closure of Northern Berkshire Healthcare.

"This resource is going to be a lifesaver for the people of North Adams and the surrounding areas," said Diane Pytko, a 24-year North Adams Regional Hospital employee whose life abruptly changed on March 28 when it closed.

She's been among the 150 or so who have been rehired by

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Berkshire Arts & Technology Bus Route 2014-15
01:07PM / Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ADAMS, Mass. — The first day of school for Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School is Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

Students should be waiting at their bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled time; all times are advisory. The afternoon drop-off is the reverse of morning pickup. No food or drink allowed on the buses and students may only ride on assigned buses. Bus routes are subject to change and the most current versions can always be found on the "For Parents" page of school's website, www.bartcharter.org

Morning bus service will not be available for Savoy, Florida or Clarksburg students if the schools in those communities declare a snow day. However,

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Fashion Show to Benefit Berkshire Humane Society
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:05PM / Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Former shelter cat Mikey makes himself at home at Catwalk, the women's clothing boutique that operates solely to benefit the Berkshire Humane Society.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Mimi Rosenblatt was the type of kid who would collect worms and bugs to study them, fascinated by creatures big and small.

So it's no wonder that as an adult, she turned her attention to animal advocacy.

That passion landed her a volunteer position when the Berkshire Humane Society opened Purradise, its cat adoption center in Great Barrington, four years ago, and that led to her newest endeavor: Catwalk, an upscale resale boutique founded to benefit the humane society.

Rosenblatt worked with BHS

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Region Already Feeling Impact of Clark Art Reopening
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:05PM / Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Professor Stephen Sheppard speaks Wednesday about the potential economic impact of the Clark Art at a Berkshire Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Williamstown.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The economic dividends on the region of the Clark Art Institute's $145 million expansion has been postulated for months, if not years, before its grand reopening in July.   

The numbers are just beginning to come in for what's being proclaimed as the "Bilbao of the Berkshires."

On Wednesday morning, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce members got an update on the economic potential of the Clark — and other "interesting things that are going on in the local economy"

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Area Democrats Ramping Up For November Statewide Election
By Andy McKeever,
03:07AM / Tuesday, August 26, 2014
State Sen. Benjamin Downing is the chairman of the party's coordinated campaign aimed to rally voters to the polls in November.

RICHMOND, Mass. — County Democrats haven't forgotten the night Republican Scott Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate.

And they don't want anything similar to happen again.

"Scott Brown did nothing fancy in that campaign. He got 100 percent of the people who voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin to come out. One hundred percent of their vote showed up. Sixty percent of our vote came out and we lost," state Sen. Benjamin Downing told area Democrats on Sunday afternoon.   "We know that sinking feeling in the pit of our

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MountainOne President Leaving for Vermont Institution
04:18PM / Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The president of MountainOne is returning to Vermont.

Northfield Savings Bank on Monday announced that Thomas S. Leavitt would become the company's 14th president and chief executive in a notice posted on Vermont Business. He was on the senior management team of Vermont's Merchants Bank for 16 years.

"Northfield Savings Bank is one of New England's premier mutual banking companies. Its long commitment to the well-being of the Green Mountain State is tops," Leavitt said in a statement. "I look forward to coming home to serve the interests of our customers and communities."

The 150-year-old Northfield, a $750 million mutual

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Girl Scouts Seeking Girl Members, Adult Volunteers
02:00PM / Monday, August 25, 2014

Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts is making its late-summer push for girls and adult volunteers to join Girl Scouts, the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls.

With families already thinking about how to allocate their free time during the coming school year, Girl Scouts of the USA has released new data showing the organization’s benefits for both girls and

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