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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Scooter-User Threatened With Fines on Rail Trail
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:25PM / Tuesday, August 14, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — A disabled local man who uses a motorized scooter won't be fined for riding on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.   The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has confirmed that rules that ban the use of motorized vehicles such as snowmobiles or motorcycles don't apply to adaptive equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs.     Residents took to Facebook this weekend after news broke that William Lego was told Friday by a state trooper that he could not be on the trail with his scooter.   "He was on the bike trail and a state trooper stopped him and said he was not allowed to have his scooter on the bike trail," Lego's

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Fraser Bores His Way to County Allied Junior Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:55PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Like a lot of high school kids, Thomas Fraser settled in for a boring day on a gray August Monday.   But his definition of boring was a little different than most.   His definition included firing three birdies and carding a 2-over-par round of 73 at Egremont Country Club to win the Berkshire County Junior Allied Championship.   “It all went pretty well. I think I tried to make a lot of pars,” Fraser said. “I wanted to play a boring round.   “It was a nice course, so I was able to make a couple of birdies that I hit in there with the approach shot.”   Fraser of Greenock Country Club recorded birdies on the

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Berkshires Beat: CPA Funds Helping Make Improvements in Pittsfield
03:46PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
Making progress

Community Preservation Act funding approved earlier this summer already has begun to support multiple projects throughout the city of Pittsfield. The first year of CPA funding, totaling $433, 819.11, will support 11 projects in the categories of historic resources and open space/recreation.

City Planner CJ Hoss, who has been instrumental in this process, said community feedback has played an important role from start-to-finish. Voters in the City of Pittsfield adopted the Community Preservation Act in 2016. The act enables a locally supported fund supplemented with a partial match from the state that could be utilized for projects that involve historic preservation, open

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Unveils MyTeller Interactive Machines
03:07PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
Got tech?

Berkshire Bank is the first bank in Berkshire County to unveil MyTeller – the bank's new Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) technology – to its Berkshire County customers. MyTeller is next-generation banking that combines the technology and convenience of an ATM with the same personal assistance you would receive from a traditional teller.

The use of Interactive Teller Machine technology, is a convenient solution to help customers bank on their own schedule, offering extended banking hours. Customers will now have the opportunity to cash checks, make deposits, transfer funds and make loan payments with more flexibility, allowing for less time spent at the teller

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Final Debates Set for Berkshire District Attorney Candidates
02:29PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three district attorney candidates competing for the Democratic nomination in September's primary will meet at least three more times.    Paul Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight are vying for the nomination that will essentially determine the winner in the race since there is no other candidate on the general election ballot.    Caccaviello was first assistant district attorney for 14 years until his predecessor, David Capeless, stepped down in March so Caccaviello could run as the incumbent. He has worked in the district attorney's office as a prosecutor for nearly three decades.    Harrington is a civil and

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413Heart Music & Arts Festival Returns to Dalton
02:12PM / Monday, August 13, 2018

Johnny Iron will release his new album 'Driving Friend' on Friday at the festival.

DALTON, Mass. — In its third year, the 413Heart Music & Arts Festival is bringing an exciting mix of art to the Berkshires.

Opening the festival on Thursday night, Aug. 16, is a night of dance. Members of the Albany Berkshire Ballet will be performing "Spindown," inspired by Michael Boroniec's sculpture series Spatial Spirals and Verdant Fire Movements I and II. Verdant Fire explores one woman's quest to "shed her skin," discover her true self, and find joy in the new world around her.

Also performing will be Professor Sleepwalker and The Magic Pusher, an

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BArT School 2018-2019 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Monday, August 13, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 20. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

 

 

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End of Session Review 2018: Paul Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, August 13, 2018
  DALTON, Mass. — The state Legislature relaxed a bit in the early hours of Aug. 1 as the formal legislative session was ready to close.   But, wait, wait. State Rep. Paul Mark had one more bill -- a land taking for the town of Northfield intended to help local farmers.   "I was able to hold the House and the Senate open until after 1 in the morning on the last day of the session because it was an important bill. It had to be done before we adjourned," Mark said, joking about the change in his popularity among legislators as that night waned.   The Peru Democrat is wrapping up his fourth term in the House of Representative. He said lawmakers tackled a

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Jazz Camp to Be Hosted at Hoosac Valley
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Monday, August 13, 2018

Bassist Alex Blake, who started his career with Sun Ra; drummer Victor Jones, who has played with Chaka Khan; and pianist Charles Blenzig, who has played with Marcus Miller and Michael Brecker, will be on the camp faculty. CHESHIRE, Mass. — Hoosac Valley and the Adams Anthony Center are hosting a free Berkshire Jazz Day Camp this week.   Berkshire County music students will get a week of face time with five professional New York City musicians that will culminate in a live performance at the Bounti-Fare.   "I have always wanted to bring as much music and my experience as an artist back to the area," North Adams native and jazz trumpeter Richard Boulger said.

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New Doctor Joins BMC Surgical Services, Providing General Surgery Care
10:21AM / Sunday, August 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Adam Bowling to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC. 

Dr. Bowling is accepting new patients in need of general surgery services and is teamed with doctors Michael Cohn, Eugene Curletti, Michael DiSiena, Andrew Lederman, Christian Galvez-Padilla, Clayton Peterson, Elie Semaan, Christopher Touloukian and George Veinoglou at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Bowling received his medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California and completed residencies in general surgery at Palisades Medical Center in Bergen,

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@theMarket: Will Stocks Break Out or Break Down?
By Bill Schmick,
05:23PM / Friday, August 10, 2018
The S&P 500 index is within a hair's breadth of breaking out. This week we topped 2,850, which we haven't done since March. The record high for the index in January was 2,872.   Can we top that?   The S&P 500 Index traded within 0.5 percent of its record high this week. If we can close and hold a new high, it will be the 18th time the benchmark index has closed at a new all-time high after going six months without one. Statistically speaking, the odds of doing so are against us. Normally, if we use historical data, it should take the index another year before we reach a new high, but there is nothing normal about the environment we live in today.   Last week,

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'Christopher Robin': What the World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:32PM / Friday, August 10, 2018
Watching director Marc Forster's delightfully sweet and optimistic "Christopher Robin," wherein the title character now all grown up and in a funk reunites with Winnie the Pooh, his inspiring, childhood pal, my mind wandered. Not because the film wasn't absorbingly influential, but because it was. There I was, back on Dewey Street in Newark, in front of David Stein's house, where I found a dime and screamed of my bonanza, only to be assailed by Mrs. Stein, who claimed it was the dime David had lost. But that's OK.   Arriving in front of the six-family house at 61 Dewey, crying about my fortune so quickly won and lost, there stood my Mom, as if a sixth sense

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