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Community TV Stations: Proposed FCC Rule Could Gut Funding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, November 15, 2018

The studio at NBCTV set up for a debate. The local access television station says its revenue from the local cable company has been dropping yearly. A proposed change before the FCC could cut into its ability to provide local programming and possibly force it to close.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local public access stations fear that a potential new Federal Communications Commission rule will allow cable companies to obliterate their operating funds.   Public, educational, and government access (PEG) stations are mostly funded through franchise fees that cable subscribers pay in their monthly bill. Communities negotiate those fees, typically every 10 years.    The

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Harrington Announces First Assistant, Transition Team Chair
Staff Reports,
01:16AM / Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell will serve as first assistant district attorney. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington has started to build her team.   On Wednesday, the district attorney-elect announced Karen Bell as her first assistant district attorney. Bell is currently an assistant district attorney in Hampden County with some 20  years of experience.   She's said to have worked in the appellate division, the district court, grand jury, and the superior court divisions.    "Bell has prosecuted thousands of cases and most recently served as a member of the Hampden County District Attorney's Superior Court Homicide

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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The White Stuff Is Coming! The White Stuff Is Coming!
Staff Reports,
08:47PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Having to shovel before getting to gorge on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? How rude, Mother Nature!

One week before Thanksgiving, the first National Weather Service Winter Storm Watch of the season is upon us from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon.

In the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, the various models and forecasters seem to mostly to agree that it's going to be very cold Thursday (unseasonably cold, like maybe record-setting cold, like maybe-it's-time-to-put-the-flip-flops-away cold). Then the clouds will come in, bringing precipitation late Thursday afternoon and evening. It likely will start as a cold November rain (and it will be hard to hold a candle) or even a

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Signs of the Season: Christmas Trees Have Arrived at Carr
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It may seem too early in the season to decorate a Christmas tree, but for those who like to start a little early, Carr Hardware has you covered.   After all, the holiday is only 41 days away.   Carr Hardware received its annual delivery of trees on Wednesday afternoon that manager Don Disbrow said typically come from upstate New York or Vermont near the Canadian border.     "I think people just want them decorated and ready to go and a lot of people like to decorate them Thanksgiving weekend right after Thanksgiving," he said, adding people start buying last 2 1/2  of November. "Once you get past the first week of

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Great American Smokeout Set For Nov. 15
01:57PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The American Cancer Society is encouraging current smokers to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives by participating in the 43rd Great American Smokeout event on Thursday, Nov. 15.

"The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco," said Wendy Matthews, executive director of the American Cancer Society. "We are showing our support for people who take those first steps toward making a plan to quit."

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deaths. In fact, smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:50PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Sascha

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Time to Think About Year-End Investment Moves
12:33PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

We've still got a couple of months left in 2018, but it's not too soon to start thinking about some year-end investment moves that might benefit you.

Here are a few possibilities (although not all will apply to your situation):

* Add to your IRA. For the 2018 tax year, you can put up to $5,500 into your traditional or Roth IRA (assuming you are eligible), or $6,500 if you're 50 or older. If you haven't reached this limit, consider adding some money. You have until April 15, 2019, to contribute to your IRA for 2018, but why wait until the last minute?

* Increase your 401(k) contributions. You already may be investing in your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 14-20
12:29PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
North Adams Happenings: Nov. 14 - 20   Save the Date  

November 21
Annual Tree Lighting
Downtown
413-664-6180
6PM
Free
for more information

Rain Date: Friday, November 30th.

Join us for the Annual Tree Lighting! On

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BMC Receives Straight A Grade for Patient Safety
12:21PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C-based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, has announced the Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and awarded Berkshire Medical Center the elite designation of "A" for its continued achievement in patient safety.

BMC is one of only 42 "Straight A" hospitals in the United States to be awarded an "A" every grading cycle since 2012.

"This consistent recognition for patient safety is reflective of the dedication our care team has to providing nothing but the best and safest care possible," said David Phelps, president and chief

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MCLA Women's Basketball Wins on Road
06:57AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- MCLA senior Courtney Pingelski scored 21 of her game best 23 points in the pivotal second half as the Trailblazers pulled away from host SUNY Cobleskill, 65-46, in women's basketball action on Wednesday.   Pingelski was assessed a pair of fouls in the first quarter and scored just two points, but MCLA (1-1) led 26-23 at halftime. Mckenzie Robinson collected 10 first half points to lead MCLA in Pingelski's absence.   Coming out of the locker room, the Trailblazers never looked back behind the scoring of Pingelski and her fellow seniors. Pingelski netted 14 points in the third quarter alone, outscoring Cobleskill by herself, as MCLA moved out to a 46- 34

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BMC Expands Rehabilitation Care with Addition of Two Physicians
04:38AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Victoria Tuttle and Dr. Katie Hatt to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC. 

They will join Dr. Francis Bohdiewicz and Dr. Douglas Molin at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC.

Dr. Tuttle received her medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Tuttle is accepting new patients in need of osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Dr.

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North Adams Council Approves Public Safety Roof Replacement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This tarp, from a picture taken in 2012, is still protecting turnout gear from leaks.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters are trying to sleep with water dripping into their faces. A bucket catches a leak next to a $30,000 fingerprint scanner. Giant blue tarps have covered areas inside the Public Safety building for more than a decade.    The City Council took a deep breath on Tuesday and voted to borrow $351,000 to put a new roof on the deteriorating 63-year-old structure on American Legion Drive.   The approval came with some reservations over putting significant amounts of money into a building that city officials have wanted to replace for years. But the

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