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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Letter: Thanks Someone For Quitting Smoking This Thanksgiving
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, November 16, 2018

To the Editor:

This Thanksgiving season, I'd like to remind readers to thank a co-worker, friend or family member who has quit smoking, vaping, or using other nicotine delivery products. Many users say quitting is the hardest thing they have ever done and any amount of recognition can help someone stay quit.

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts. Nicotine is the very addictive substance in tobacco products as well as in e-cigarettes and vapes. As a result, repeated tobacco and nicotine use is not a habit, it's an addiction that should be treated as a chronic relapsing condition. It takes most people with a nicotine addiction several

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 6 - Nov. 15
Staff Reports,
04:55PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Nov. 6.   Anthony Deordio, 43, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of rape and abuse of a child.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. The incident allegedly occurred in North Adams on Nov. 1, 2017, and involved an 8-year-old girl.   Richard Dixon, 34, of Pittsfield had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of child pornography, and dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. He is accused

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The Independent Investor: The Apple of Our Eyes
By Bill Schmick,
12:44PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green, and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.   If you are like me, an average consumer, it takes about 23 minutes to do my grocery shopping, according to Proctor and Gamble. During that spate of time, I buy an average of 18 items out of maybe 30,000 to 40,000 choices. I have little time to browse and, most of the time, I don't even check the prices, which brings me back to the apple cart.   You see, I value my fruits and vegetables. The more local, the better, because to me, the taste is everything. Until recently, I was partial

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North Adams Man Killed in MassPike Work-Site Accident
Staff Reports,
09:54AM / Friday, November 16, 2018
BECKET, Mass. — A North Adams man was killed Thursday afternoon while working on the Massachusetts Turnpike near mile-marker 17.2.   Authorities say Brian M. Simard, 26, was killed in a "work site accident" at 1:45 p.m. Simard, a construction worker, was pronounced dead at the scene.    "No further details will be released at this time as the accident remains under investigation," states a press release from the Berkshire district attorney's office.    The westbound lane of the MassPike was blocked for nearly three hours. State police from the Westfield barracks are leading the investigation.   The bridge over Route 20

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The White Stuff Is Coming! The White Stuff Is Coming!
Staff Reports,
02:30PM / Thursday, November 15, 2018

Here's an update direct from the Massachusetts Emergency Agency:

Precipitation is expected to start in southwestern Massachusetts by 5 p.m. this evening, spreading to the northeast, arriving in Worcester by 7 p.m., Boston by 8 p.m., and northeastern MA by 9 p.m.  Snow will be moderate to heavy at times, with snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour possible, reducing visibility to half-mile and accumulating quickly.  Accumulations of 4-8 inches in Western and central Mass, 4-6 inches along the 495 belt, and 1-2 inches along the 95 belt are expected.  

Our first set of cancellations:

• The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has canceled all

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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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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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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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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
10:20AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Friday, Nov. 16

Pittsfield: Springside Rehabilitation & Skilled Care will host its Fall Bazaar at 255 Lebanon Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature jewelry and craft vendors, Chinese basket and goods raffle, carnival wheel, 50/50 and more.

 

Saturday, Nov. 17

Adams: St. Stan's School will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kolbe Hall on Hoosac Street. The event will feature Polish foods, a snack bar, raffles and auctions, a craft

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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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