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Berkshire County Election 2018
Staff Reports,
04:51PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, just re-elected to his 13th term and his third representing the Berkshires, will become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress. The Democrat is currently the ranking member and, with the Democratic takeover the House, is in position take command of the powerful committee.     State Elections   There were no surprises at the state level: Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito won another two-year term. Also re-elected were U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Secretary of State William Galvin,  Auditor Suzanne Bump, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'Decision Height'
03:28PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble takes female empowerment to new levels with its upcoming production of "Decision Height," a dramatic story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.

The show opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. All performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s School campus. 

General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Tickets can be bought online; after 4 p.m. Nov. 9, call

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for November
09:10AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during November.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Clarksburg and Goshen for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 to 1, Clarksburg Town Hall at 111 River Road; Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 to 1, Goshen Town Hall, second-floor meeting room, at 42 Main St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an

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State Releasing Extra Funds to Help Rural Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said for years the state has been providing a 'one size fits all model' for funding and that is now changing with such programs as rural school aid. DALTON, Mass. — Rural schools will receive additional support this year after state Sen. Adam Hinds successfully secured a $1.5 million budget allocation for additional aid.   The budget line provides districts below certain incomes and density $100 extra per student. The sparsity aid program helps rural schools with funding struggles keep up with larger schools throughout the state.    "In a rural school our fixed costs are the

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Biz Briefs: Main Street Hospitality Branching Outside Massachusetts to Rhode Island
01:49PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
Main Street, Rhode Island

Main Street Hospitality Group, owners and operators of boutique hotels in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts that include the iconic Red Lion Inn, has been named as the management partner for the new Hammetts Wharf hotel development on the waterfront in Newport, R.I.  This marks the company's first step outside of Massachusetts as it pursues growth throughout the Northeast.

When completed in the spring of 2020, the $29 million development will include an 84-room boutique hotel to be managed by Main Street Hospitality, as well as a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and 3,000 square feet of retail space.  Developed by Peregrine Group LLC, Hammetts

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Berkshires Beat: Two Firefighters Join Great Barrington Force
12:31PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
New firefighters

Two Great Barrington firefighters have graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy's Call/Volunteer program. At the ceremony on Monday, Oct. 29, call firefighters Mike Bissaillon and Iovan DeRis graduated alongside call and volunteer firefighters from throughout Massachusetts.

The Call/Volunteer academy program is a rigorous 240-hour course that is held twice per week as well as most weekends over a four-month period at the academy's Springfield campus. Time is spent in the classroom and on the drill yard, where students acquire the basic knowledge and skills for firefighting. All of the training concludes with live firefighting in the burn building. Participants

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District Attorney Write-In Campaign Could Delay Results
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, November 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are only a few local races on the ballot Tuesday and their outcomes won't take too long to tally up. Except one.    It's possible that full results for the Berkshire County district attorney might not be known until Wednesday — or even Thursday.    The election for Berkshire district attorney has had plenty of twists and turns but the biggest has been the decision by second-place Democratic primary finisher Paul Caccaviello to mount a write-in campaign against the party's nominee Andrea Harrington.    Harrington's name is the only one on the ballot but there's always a spot on the ballot for a write-in

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BC Arc Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Monday, November 05, 2018

Awards were given to those individuals who made great progress in the last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Those with autism, brain injuries or who are developmentally challenged should be treated just like everybody else and Berkshire County Arc tries to do just that.   Through numerous programs throughout the county, BC Arc doesn't just provide support and advocacy for those people, they work hard to integrate them back into the world.    "What would we be without BC Arc? What would we be if you weren't here? We'd be a community that doesn't take care of all of us, it doesn't give every single one of us an opportunity to live the life we want

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Guest Column: We Are Too Great to Hate
By James F. Birge, Guest Column
01:56PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018
As the president of a public institution of higher education, I have the unique opportunity to hear from many voices of those who represent the next generation. It should come as no surprise that there are myriad concerns coming through in those voices about the state of our country.   Between the Trump administration's seeking to restrict Title IX's definition of gender to "a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth," bombs being sent to officials affiliated with the Democratic Party, and shooting violence fueled by the increasing volume of hateful, racist, anti-Semitic, and ideological propaganda

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Caccaviello's Team Holds Final Standout as Election Day Approaches
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Saturday, November 03, 2018

Caccaviello supporters stand on every corner of the busy intersection. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Amanda Hamilton didn't personally know William Catalano but she knew the family.   She said she knows Catalano's father very well and refers to the Catalanos as family friends. Her father, Tim Hamilton, said the two families grew up together. Catalano was recently killed and they want justice.   They believe if Paul Caccaviello wins the district attorney race, justice will come. Caccaviello is currently seeking election as a write-in for district attorney and on Friday the Hamiltons introduced themselves and asked if they could hold a sign during a standout the campaign

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Letter: Moran Much More Experienced for Register of Deeds
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, November 02, 2018

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter to support Debbie Moran in her candidacy for the Northern Berkshire Register of Deeds.

In looking at both candidates, one might say that they both have significant experience in the office, with both having over 20 years, and Debbie having the most with 26-plus years in the office, but to examine deeper and look at what positions have been held during that time that really tell the whole story.

While her opponent is a simply a clerk within the office, Debbie holds the position of first assistant register of deeds. This in and of itself is a significant variation between the two and one that should be looked at very closely. While a clerk does have

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Letter: Caccaviello Offers Leadership, Continuity
Letter to the Editor,
01:12PM / Friday, November 02, 2018

To the Editor:

As a respite care foster parent for nine years for children who have been traumatized by violence and/or sexual assault; as a crime victim myself; as an elected School Committee member (winning as a write-in) and a former Fair Housing commissioner; I know the work that Paul Caccaviello and the staff of the Berkshire district attorney's office have done and are doing. I know this because I have had first-hand experience with their programs, and I believe they are not to be taken lightly or denigrated.

As Berkshire district attorney, Paul Caccaviello has already made exceptional decisions to sustain and enhance these programs; and, at the same time, create new programs

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