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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul Caccaviello said he'll lead the office with integrity and honor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new district attorney has taken office.   Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless.    "It is now my turn to step aside but I assure you I leave you in safe and sturdy hands," Capeless said.   Capeless is retiring and has opted not to finish out his term, but instead, pass the reins over to his first assistant -- a move that has faced a fair amount of criticism since it was announced two weeks ago.   Caccaviello took his oath of office in front


New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to


BRTA Looking For Input on Storm Shutdowns
01:22PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) recently shut down bus service due to a snow storm. BRTA now is investigating the effectiveness of how adequate the communication was to the public.

The public is invited to take the survey, which takes less than 3 minutes to complete and is confidential, online here between now and March 30.

People can also take the survey at the BRTA Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, on the Customer Service Kiosk computer.


What Should Investors Know About Recent Volatility?
11:56AM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

As you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What's behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?

Let's look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?

Essentially, two main factors seem to be responsible. First, some good economic news may actually have played a significant role. A 17-year low in unemployment and solid job growth have begun to push wages upward. These developments have led to fears of rising inflation, which, in turn, led to speculation that the Federal Reserve will tighten the money supply at a faster-than-expected rate. Stocks reacted


Dem Candidate Palfrey Sees Policy Opportunities in Lt. Gov. Post
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Quentin Palfrey spoke with Greylock Together and laid out his positions and his optimism on Democratics taking the state's two top spots back.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Democrat Quentin Palfrey was drumming up support on Sunday not only for his run for lieutenant governor but for enthusiasm for an election he believes can take back the state's top spots.    "I would like to build a grassroots campaign from the Berkshires to the Cape doing the kinds of things that we know how to do," progressive Democrat said. "We know how to run successful campaigns. We know how to take back the corner office ... it's neighbor to neighbor, it's knocking


Filson Undefeated in Oberlin Goal this Spring Sports,
04:20PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Oberlin College men’s lacrosse goalkeeper Cal Filson shows no sign of a sophomore slump.   The Mount Greylock graduate enters the week ranked 17th in the nation among Division III keepers with a .655 save percentage.   In his last two games for the 4-0 Yeoman, Filson backstopped the squad to a pair of overtime victories, stopping 15 shots in an 8-7 win over Thiel and eight in a 9-8 win over Mount Union.   Oberlin was scheduled to face La Roche College on Tuesday night.   Back in New England, Williamstown resident and Deerfield Academy grad David Hamilton has a record of 1-2 in goal in three starts for Trinity College this spring. The Bantams senior has turned aside


Baseball in the Berkshires Hosts 'Hot Stove Discussion' on Saturday
09:12PM / Monday, March 12, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- On Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m., Baseball in the Berkshires Museum in the Berkshire Mall will host a “Hot Stove League Baseball Discussion” hosted by our own Kevin Larkin.   Kevin writes a blog for Central New York Baseball, as well as for Legends on Deck where he is currently writing on his greatest baseball teams of different eras.   Come discuss any topic in baseball, such as: Have the Red Sox done enough in the off season to conquer the Evil Empire? Are baseball players better today than they were in your day?   Baseball in the Berkshires is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6. The museum is located across from


Fairview Receives 5-Stars for Overall Hospital Quality
02:39PM / Monday, March 12, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital has been named a 5-Star Hospital by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  

The star ratings - five stars being the top rating - relate to patients' experience of care. The ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) at more than 4000 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals across the country. The HCAPHPS summary star rating combines information about different aspects of patient's experience of care.

The HCAHPS survey focused on three topics: composite topics, individual topics and global topics encompassing measures including: nurse


Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum Hosts Student Exhibit 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'
02:14PM / Monday, March 12, 2018
Freedom rings

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," set to embark on an international tour, Norman Rockwell Museum is once again teaming up with New York's Capital Area Art Supervisors to present an exhibit of student artwork, exploring what freedom means for a new generation. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms" is on view at the museum from March 16 through April 8.

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State. Works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes in Albany, Rensselaer and


Snowfall Predictions: Do You Want to Build A(nother) Snowman?
11:47AM / Monday, March 12, 2018

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside.

That's right, folks: The calendar says it's still winter, and so does Mother Nature, and she's planning on hitting us with another big snowstorm late Monday into Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 11 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday and is forecasting a total accumation of 6 to 12 inches across most of Berkshire County. Accuweather is warning that when all is said and done we could see 8 to 12 inches.

Our friends at WTEN put much of Northern Berkshire County into the 10- to 18-inch range, which is basically what WNYT is saying, too. WRGB seems to have the western half of Berkshire


CHP Accepting New Primary Care Patients in Pittsfield
11:22AM / Monday, March 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three primary care providers are now accepting new adult patients at CHP Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield.

Family nurse practitioner Rebecca Gamache is focused on health promotion and disease prevention, and she has a strong passion for holistic treatment options. Gamache received her undergraduate degree from UMass-Amherst and went on to earn her M.S. in nursing at Sage Graduate School in Troy, N.Y.  She is a Berkshire County native, and worked as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and Berkshire County ARC before becoming a primary care practitioner.

Dr. Richard Samale is board-certified in family medicine and brings a "whole


Three from County Win Age Groups at Regional Free Throw Contest
05:36PM / Sunday, March 11, 2018

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- On Saturday, nine Berkshire County competitors represented local councils from towns of Adams, Cheshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox and Lee competed at the Western Mass Regional Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at St. Thomas the Apostle School.

Ahna Balcom of Council No. 103 from Pittsfield and Grace Julieano and Cliff Flynn of of Council 314 of Lenox each won their age group and will represent Berkshire County at the State Championship this year.

Emily Glasier of Cheshire, who represented Council No. 230 of Northern Berkshire, placed second in her division at the regional competition.

The state tournament will be held Saturday, April 14, at Anna Maria


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