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Harrington Reflects On DA Race, Looks Toward Transition Into Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Friday, September 07, 2018

City Council Vice President John Krol was particularly excited with the Williamstown numbers when they came in. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Andrea Harrington entered the district attorney's race, she knew she could do it. She fully expected to win the race.   She didn't think she was an underdog, but she was.    "I didn't realize how improbable my winning was until I actually won," Harrington said on Thursday.   Harrington entered the race in March after former District Attorney David Capeless had maneuvered to place Paul Caccaviello into the office. Caccaviello had strong support from the local business community and many well-established

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'Operation Finale': Crime & Punishment
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:44PM / Thursday, September 06, 2018
Director Chris Weitz's "Operation Finale," a tension-filled historical drama about the Israeli Mossad's 1960 capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, reminded me of a turning point.   In my house when I was little, you didn't hear the actual word Holocaust. More often, the tragedy that had annihilated half of my family was referred to, in hushed tones, in terms of Hitler: before Hitler, during Hitler and after Hitler. Before was good, a seeming Heaven on Earth that maybe only we children would one day again realize. It was the unspoken hope.   But word that Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution, had been captured, seemed to change

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Adams Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Terror Plot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:02PM / Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Defense attorney David Hoose speaks outside the courthouse on Wednesday after Alex Ciccolo's sentencing.  SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Three years and two months after an arrest that eventually led to charges of violating federal terrorism statutes, an Adams man has agreed to begin serving a 20-year sentence and a lifetime of supervised release.   Alexander Ciccolo appeared Wednesday afternoon before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni in U.S. District Court, but the now-convicted terrorist said little in a 47-minute hearing, only speaking up to answer direct questions from the judge.   Mastroianni accepted the sentencing recommendation agreed to in advance by the government

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Museum of Dog Planning Move to Larger Quarters in Pittsfield
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:16PM / Wednesday, September 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Museum of Dog needs a bigger doghouse.   Owner David York had plans to rehabilitate the former Quinn's Paint & Wallpaper building at the corner of Canal and Union streets but now says the historic building isn't large enough for his collection of dog artifacts and art — and to do the programming he's planning.    "We are averaging over 800 visitors per week and we are out of room," York wrote in an email about putting the building on the market. "People are driving 2 to 3 hours for experiences at Museum of Dog with their dogs."   York opened his collection in the 8,000-square-foot building earlier

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Consider Financial Gifts for Your Grandchildren
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:22AM / Wednesday, September 05, 2018

National Grandparents Day is observed on Sept. 9. If you're a grandparent, you may get some gifts or cards – or maybe even a phone call! But you might feel that it's better to give than to receive, especially when it comes to your grandchildren. And you can make a real difference in their lives by making a financial gift for their future. 

For starters, think about your grandchildren's education. If college or some type of vocational school is in their future, you may want to help them meet some of the costs, which can be considerable. One common education-savings vehicle is a 529 savings plan. With this plan, earnings on withdrawals are tax free, provided they are

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Gonzalez Wins Primary to Take on Charlie Baker
12:44AM / Wednesday, September 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The local district attorney's race was the hottest ticket in Tuesday's primary but there were plenty of other races on the ballots for both parties.    On the Democratic side, Jay Gonzalez outpolled Bob Massie by nearly double to move onto the general election. A former administrator under Gov. Deval Patrick, he'll face popular Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who's pursuing a third term.    For lieutenant governor, Quentin Palfrey bested Jimmy Tingle to win the nomination with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Palfrey's been in the Berkshires fairly frequently over the past months.    William Galvin easily swept

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MCLA Opens Year With Plans to Enhance Programming, Raise Visibility
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Birge, with his wife, Lisa, pulls raffle tickets for a good cause.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is welcoming just over 400 incoming students this year — but it wants more.    At the annual campus breakfast marking the start of the semester, college President James Birge detailed some of the priorities designed to "position MCLA to strengthen and enhance the college," including enrollment.   "This fall, we will welcome 415 new students to MCLA," Birge told the crowded cafeteria on Tuesday morning.. "This number is lower than last year at this time by about 25 students. Although we had budgeted for a

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Berkshire Voters Head to the Polls on Primary Day
02:32AM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Voters go to the polls today, Tuesday, to decide a number of party primaries, several of which will determine the winner before the general election in November.    Voting in all cities and towns is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; find polling places for your communities here. Those enrolled in a party must vote in that party's primary; voters who are unenrolled may choose which primary to vote in.    Perhaps the most significant race on the ballot Tuesday is for Berkshire district attorney. Three Democrats are vying for the post in an election that will determine the winner of the office -- barring any last-minute write-in effort in November.    Paul Caccaviello,

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Ranked Choice Voting Seen as Way to End Vote Splitting In Elections
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:21AM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters are heading to the polls this Tuesday to cast ballots for one of the three candidates in the Berkshire district attorney's race.   But they have to figure out the game -- this election, just like last year's for state representative in North County, won't simply identify a party candidate but who will win the office.   So if their favorite candidate loses, did that pull a vote from their second choice? Vote splitting has been an ongoing conversation in every election when there are more than two candidates. Two candidates can pull from the same like-minded voting pool and a third candidate cruises to victory -- sometimes with less than

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Zamore Wins Mount Greylock Road Race
07:46PM / Sunday, September 02, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. -- Turner Zamore Sunday won the 43rd annual Mount Greylock Road Race, reaching the summit of the commonwealth’s highest peak in 53 minutes, 11.62 seconds.   Zamore, 34, set a pace of 6:39 per mile to lead a pack of 254 finishers.   He finished just more than three minutes ahead of runner-up Cameron Cogburn, 32, who clocked a time of 56:21.80.   The top female finisher in the race was Meghan Davis, 16, who placed 10th overall in 1:00:40.27.

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Endorsements Roll in For Final Push in District Attorney Race
Staff Reports,
07:41AM / Sunday, September 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the primary election day approaches, a number of elected officials have been choosing their sides in the district attorney race.   Whether those final affirmations by well-known names will swing any late-deciders toward — or away — from a candidate is yet to be seen. Still, the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Berkshire district attorney, and essentially the election, have been showcasing the support they racked up.    Paul Caccaviello, the incumbents, boasts of two former mayors, city councilors in both Pittsfield and North Adams, and Sheriff Thomas Bowler as lead endorsements in his camp. Andrea Harrington reeled in

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Dellea's 'Quiet' Service Trumpeted as BCC Turf Field Named in His Honor
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:19PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday afternoon, Berkshire Community College ushered in a new era in Berkshire County sports and recognized a longtime civic leader in the process.

The best part for honoree Gene Dellea? It just may be the fact that his part came at the end of a 45-minute dedication.   "For all of you who know this person, you will say to yourself, 'Of course, this should be dedicated to this person,' " Dellea's friend Emil George said moments before revealing the name of the long-awaited artificial turf field at BCC. "Because this field is important not just to Pittsfield but to Berkshire County, it should be dedicated to someone who has given

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