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CHP Berkshire Pediatrics Expands Primary Care Team
01:29PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CHP Berkshire Pediatrics welcomes Jamie L. Berkowitz, physician assistant, to its pediatric primary care team in Pittsfield.

Berkowitz holds a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a second master's degree in neuroscience and behavior from UMass-Amherst, as well as a B.S. in biology from UMass-Amherst.

She has previously worked as a primary care/urgent care practitioner at 510 Medical Walk-In in Pittsfield, and earlier, for the practice of Pittsfield pediatrician Dr. Michael Fabrizio. She holds state and national certification as a physician assistant and is a fellow member of the American


North Adams Officials Debate Decision-Making Power of Art Commission
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Members of the General Government Committee largely listened to comment on proposed duties and powers of the Public Arts Commission, later addressing more City Council-specific items on the agenda.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A rewrite of the city ordinance on the role of the Public Arts Commission will go through further review as City Councilors and commission members grapple with the body's power over public art.    The General Government Committee has held several meetings over the past six weeks to revamp the ordinance after Mayor Thomas Bernard requested significant changes that PAC officials felt reduced them to a recommending body.     While


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

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012


Letter: Integrity Matters in District Attorney Race
Letter to the Editor,
03:02PM / Monday, October 29, 2018

To the Editor:

Elections can be filled with all sorts of strategies and antics, and some we have simply come to accept. Lawn sign theft, whispered rumors and the like are common in every election and are impossible for campaigns to control. Some races even get nasty as the Berkshire County district attorney has, ironically, given that this office is supposed to reflect the best of what we have in honor and justice.

The DA in office right now should be showing us an example of an honorable man and honorable campaign. I hear he is a nice guy as are most of us among our friends and family. However, the real test of character is how you behave when you are challenged and how far you will go


Letter: Write-In Paul Caccaviello
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, October 29, 2018

To the Editor:

First Assistant District Attorney Paul Caccaviello has won 20 homicide cases tried in Superior Court. He won the Prosecutor of the Year award in 2008, the highest award in the state. Paul Caccaviello brings 30 years of experience to his current management of the Berkshire County DA office.

Our county is experiencing increasing rates of crime with no end in sight. Ms. Harrington has zero experience as a prosecutor and has never tried a homicide case. Write-in Paul Caccaviello on Nov. 6. Choose an experienced prosecutor over a politician.

Scott Plantier




Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP Neighborhood Health Center
12:24PM / Monday, October 29, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Community Health Programs has named nurse practitioner Alison M. Flynn to the primary care team at the CHP Neighborhood Health Center practice in Pittsfield.

An adult nurse practitioner, Flynn is a 2010 master’s degree graduate of the Sage Colleges; she earned her B.S. in nursing from Curry College. Most recently, she practiced primary care at Family Practice Associates in Pittsfield; she completed her nurse practitioner clinical internships at Berkshire Nurse Practitioners and at 510 Medical Walk-In in Pittsfield.

Flynn previously worked as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

She is a member of the


Senate President Hears Berkshire Transit Challenges, Opportunities
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, October 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires need to re-envision how it handles transportation.   That was the message sent to Senate President Karen Spilka on Friday when state Sen. Adams Hinds brought her to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's Intermodal Center to discuss rural transportation.   The new vision includes east-west rail, rail to New York City, and a Transportation Management Authority. The concept comes about because fixed-route bus services are not doing the trick alone.   "This issue of transportation for the business community alongside workforce is the biggest challenge," said 1Berkshire President Jonathan Butler, who stressed that

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MCLA Students Explore Ranked-Choice, Plurality Voting Systems
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Monday, October 29, 2018

Assistant professor Kebra Ward helps students with some of the math involved in the different voting systems.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students recently learned the pitfalls of plurality voting and got a crash course in ranked voting.   Members of the Quantitative Understanding Across the Curriculum Committee looked to open students' eyes with the help of a little math — and some candy — to demonstrate that not only are their different methods of voting in an election but some, they believe, are vastly fairer.   "We want people to know there are different ways to vote and I think a lot of people think


MCLA Cross Country Teams Host MASCAC Championship
08:15PM / Saturday, October 27, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Christopher Gamble placed 32nd Saturday to lead the MCLA men's cross country team at the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championships at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Gamble covered the 8-kilometer course in 30 minutes, 36.08 seconds. The winning time, 27:17.22, was turned in by Bridgewater State's Trevor Wysong.   Fitchburg State won the team total. The host Trailblazers placed seventh.   Pittsfield High graduate Owen Fitzgerald and Monument Mountain's Tyler Wade placed 74th and 83rd, respectively, for MCLA.   Women's Cross Country WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Julie Gambill (24:50.13) placed 52nd to lead MCLA at the


Drury Students Help Teach Third-Graders About Healthy Eating
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:16PM / Saturday, October 27, 2018

Drury students film the Greylock pupils in the cafeteria for material they will use in a music video to promote healthy eating. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains.   A presentation about healthy eating can include a PowerPoint presentation, crafts, music and flossing. Not the kind of flossing you do to protect your teeth — though that is important too.   It was the dance-craze variety of flossing that a group of Drury High School students used Wednesday morning to get third-graders at Greylock Elementary School excited about nutritious snacks.   The students, from Drury's E3 Academy, were at Greylock to


@theMarket: October Lives Up to Its Name
By Bill Schmick,
03:42PM / Saturday, October 27, 2018
It happened like clockwork. Earlier in the week, all three main U.S. averages re-tested their lows and then proceeded to bounce back, only to give it all back. That's what happens during corrections, but it is not over yet.  After all, it is October.   Readers will recall that last week I wrote that nine out of 10 times markets will re-test their recent lows. Naturally, this is more of an art than a science, so prices can bottom somewhat above or below those lows. In this case, the Dow hit its lowest level in four months. The S&P 500 Index slipped below its recent lows while NASDAQ got hit the worst, wracking up a total 10percent decline from its highs.   This is how


Berkshire Groups Ask Senate President For Flexible Funding To Combat Opioids
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:10AM / Saturday, October 27, 2018

Franklin County Register of Probate John Merrigan and District Attorney David Sullivan shared how they were able to develop a model to specifically address the issues in Franklin County. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are plenty of grant programs to combat the opioid epidemic but they all seem to be fairly restrictive and closely monitored in the way they are used.   But in Franklin County, a line in the state budget created a much more locally focused opioid task force.   That flexibility in funding has helped officials there grow a collaborative and grassroots effort to combat the drug problem in their specific community.   "We've been able to become an


MCLA Volleyball Secures MASCAC Tourney Bid
10:59PM / Friday, October 26, 2018
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball team needed a win over Mass Maritime to clinch a playoff berth in next week's MASCAC championships.   The Trailblazers did just that as they handed the Buccaneers a 3-0 defeat to advance into next week's tournament. The Trailblazers snapped a three-match slide as they ended the regular season at 8-17 and 2-5 in the league. The Bucs finish their season at 2-19 overall and 1-6 in the MASCAC.   MCLA was in a dogfight early on as they held off MMA 26-24 in the opening set. The second set was just as tough as the Trailblazers eeked out a 25-23 win.  They would close out the match with a more routine 25-15 win in the


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