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Berkshire Community College Awarded $5.5M for Student Center
05:20PM / Tuesday, July 10, 2018

We are here in Westfield to celebrate the signing of our capital investment bond bill worth nearly $4 billion. Included in this plan is $950 million towards public higher education to address the deferred maintenance backlog and to support workforce skills needs. pic.twitter.com/f4T0JxqWr3

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 10, 2018 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been awarded $5.5 million for a project that will transform the first floor of the Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced this award on Tuesday at Westfield State University. The funding is part of a five-year $190 million

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Baumann Leads West to Bay State Hockey Gold Medal
08:33PM / Monday, July 09, 2018
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Lenox Memorial student Brock Baumann scored six goals and compiled nine assists in five games to lead the West team to a gold medal in the Bay State Games hockey tournament.   The West went 4-0 in pool play to earn the top seed in the medal round.   In the gold medal game, it beat Coastal, 14-3, to win the title.   McCann Tech's Caleb Rondeau finished the tournament with a goal and an assist for the West.

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Review: Bernstein Goes to 'Town' at Tanglewood
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
02:56PM / Monday, July 09, 2018

What a rare and delicious treat – a large Boston Pops Orchestra playing Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" behind a stellar Broadway cast dancing and singing to perfection. The performance took place at Tanglewood on the evening of July 7 before a huge, enthusiastic audience. It was part of this summer's Bernstein 100 birthday celebration. Even the weather was in the cool, comfortable 60s.

The musical, Bernstein's first, is based on Jerome Robbins's ballet idea, "Fancy Free." With book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, "On the Town" premiered in 1944 during World War II. Between the movie and the four major Broadway

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Berkshires Beat: Kids Place Hosts Annual Jimmy Bernardo Memorial Ride
02:13PM / Monday, July 09, 2018
Remembering Jimmy

The 23rd annual Jimmy's Ride to benefit victims of child abuse will be held on Saturday, July 28. This annual event is held in memory of Pittsfield native Jimmy Bernardo. Jimmy was born August 13, 1978, and was abducted from a local movie theater on October 20, 1990. A month later, his body was found in Ithaca, N.Y. Three and a half years later, the Bernardo family was able to find peace after the Pittsfield Police captured a suspect when he tried to abduct another young girl in Pittsfield. The suspect subsequently pled guilty to murdering Jimmy and is serving life in prison.

Jimmy's Ride will start at Berkshire County Kids Place once again this year. Register in

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Community Health Programs Achieves 100 Percent Federal Compliance Score
01:29PM / Monday, July 09, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has earned a perfect compliance score from the federal agency that provides critical funding for federally qualified health centers.

The Health Resources Services Administration delivered its findings following an onsite review in April. CHP manages CHP's eight primary care and dental practices throughout Berkshire County: in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, Adams and North Adams.

Massachusetts is home to 39 community health centers; CHP is the only one serving the Berkshire region.

HRSA provides nearly 20 percent of CHP's annual funding through federal grants. The agency oversees more than 1,400 federally qualified

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Criticism Of Caccaviello Leads To Sharp Exchanges With Businesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:59AM / Monday, July 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Back on May 11, the owner of Otto's took to his personal Facebook to criticize the way the district attorney got the job.   David Capeless in March stepped down from the position early after working for months with the governor's office to get Paul Caccaviello appointed to the job. Capeless made no bones about it saying, "I am taking this step now because I want Paul to run for election as the district attorney as I did 14 years ago." He gave is full support behind his first assistant.   On March 14, Caccaviello was appointed. He now runs as the district attorney in the race, giving him somewhat of an advantage. And many have been

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Berkshire Business Interns Learning From Real Experience
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, July 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Instead of taking the summer off, the Berkshire Business Interns are hard at work getting a glimpse of life after college.   Some of the 32 Berkshire Business Interns enjoyed some well-deserved respite Wednesday at Taconic Golf Club’s Fourth of July feast and took a small break from their 10-week summer internships.    "Learning how to follow the action is really important because there are clear expectations in college and achievable goals," Community Health Programs intern and North Adams native Morgan Michaels said.   "A big part of my job is finding the person that knows the answer to the question that no one else has

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Harrington Running to Reform District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Sunday, July 08, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If you want things to change, you need to do something different.   That's Andrea Harrington's view when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system. And now, she wants to be that change. She is seeking election as the next district attorney following the retirement of David Capeless.    "We see progressive defense attorneys without prosecutorial experience being elected across the country. That's because if you want to change the system, it takes somebody with a different view," Harrington said.   "If you want reform, you need a reformer."   Harrington entered the race shortly after Capeless

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Caccaviello Leans On Experience in Race for District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Saturday, July 07, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For Paul Caccaviello, the district attorney's job is a call to service.   After 14 years as the first assistant district attorney, Caccaviello is looking to fill the shoes being left by the retired David Capeless, who handpicked his successor. With some 30 years as a prosecutor, Caccaviello said he has the most experience and qualifications to take over the office.   "My philosophy is to show compassion when it is appropriate, have a consequence when it is needed. And it is not mutually independent concepts. Many times, if not the majority of times, you have to have a balance when confronted with something. I've been in the office,

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Superior Court Briefs: July 2 - July 5
Staff Reports,
01:32PM / Friday, July 06, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 2.   William Kearin Jr., 33, of Lee pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the heroin charge. He was given one concurrent year on the conspiracy charge.   The charges stem from the sale of heroin in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.   Vincent Thaxter, 40, of Hartford,  Conn. pleaded guilty to a single count of larceny from a person.   He was ordered to serve 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Thaxter stole money from a clerk at Lipton Mart on South

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Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:07PM / Friday, July 06, 2018

You should always be able to ask as many questions as you would like when working with your financial advisor. So, before you have your annual review, think carefully about what you'd like to ask.

Here are a few suggestions:

Are my goals still realistic? When you first began working with your financial advisor, you may well have articulated a number of financial goals. For example, you might have said that you wanted to pay for most of your children's college educations, or that you wanted to retire at a certain age, or that you wanted to travel for two months each year during your retirement. In fact, you could have many different goals for which you're saving and investing.

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Jacob's Pillow Names New Deputy Director of Philanthropic Engagement
12:03PM / Friday, July 06, 2018

BECKET, Mass. —Diane Wortis has joined Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival as deputy director of philanthropic engagement.

"We are so delighted to have such a seasoned and accomplished professional joining our Development team. There are so many opportunities for investing in the Pillow right now, and with Diane's leadership, we look forward to expanding the circle of supporters who want to ensure that this national treasure continues to thrive," Jacob's Pillow Director Pamela Tatge said.

As deputy director of philanthropic engagement, Wortis will work closely with Director of Development Alexandra Groff,  Tatge and the Board of Trustees to set the Pillow's

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