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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

State Police Investigating 2 Separate Head-on Collisions
09:07PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019

Route 20 was closed for more than three hours after a head-on collision seriously injured three people.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Two separate head-on crashes occurred on Thursday evening that required the transportation of at least one person by medical helicopter.    The first occurred around 5 p.m. on Lebanon Road (Route 20) near the Overlook parking area in Hancock. Three people were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries. Traffic on Route 20 was detoured until the road was reopened shortly before 9 p.m.    The second accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Route 7 in New Ashford, near the Springs inn. Route 7 is closed in both directions from Mallery


Baker Upbeat, Stresses Bipartisanship in 2nd Inaugural Speech
06:19PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second inaugural address from the House Chamber on Thursday, stressing the benefits of bipartisanship and the initiatives he'll be pushing in the coming months.    Baker, who easily won a second four-year term in November, welcomed the new and returning legislative members who were sworn in on Wednesday to the ongoing work on behalf of the state.   "I'm quite sure you've heard about the good work that goes on here, as well as those areas in which we fall short," he said. "We all strive to build a commonwealth of hope, opportunity and possibility. ...    "And in this era of snapchats,


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for January
02:45PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Blandford and Lenox for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Blandford Town Hall, located at 1 Russell Stage Road Legacy Room of the Lenox Library, located at 18 Main St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment about state government


Becket Couple Welcome Berkshire County's New Year Baby
05:07PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Abigail Grace Lennon is the first baby born in Berkshire County in 2019.    The daughter of Katelyn and Mike Lennon of Becket arrived on New Year's Day at 11:40 a.m. at the Family Birthplace at Fairview Hospital.   Weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, she is 20 inches long and was delivered by midwife Lisa Chism-Fraine.  


Harrington Takes Over District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Harrington is joined on stage during the ceremony by her husband, Timothy Walsh, and their two sons Francis and Ennis. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington believes that "hope is not blind optimism" but rather a choice.   The new district attorney was inaugurated Wednesday morning and said she can envision a county free of sexual and gender-based violence, free of gun violence, free of addiction, and a place where people of all colors and genders can feel safe and protected.    But she cautioned, "nobody else is going to do it for us."   After being sworn in by retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina, Harrington told a


Year-end: Put This Year's Investment Performance in Perspective
12:32PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019

How can you assess your investment portfolio's performance in 2018? The year was full of wild swings in the financial markets, so your own results may well have bounced around quite a bit, too. But you can still get a clear picture of how you did if you keep your investments' returns in the proper perspective – by making sure your expectations are relevant, realistic and reviewed.

Let's look at how these terms can apply to a meaningful evaluation of your investment progress:

Relevant: Many investors compare their portfolio returns to a popular market index, such as the S&P 500. But this comparison is not really valid for a variety of reasons. For one thing, indexes


Wintry Mix Bids 2018 Farewell; Wind Welcomes 2019
01:52PM / Monday, December 31, 2018

It looks like 2019 is coming in like a lion.

OK, not a huge, roaring lion. More like a baby lion, only not as cute. Unless you think ringing in the new year with a wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice is cute. To each their own.

The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the region from 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. Mixed precipitation is expected, with a total snow and sleet accumulation of up to 2 inches and ice accumulation of up to one-tenth of an inch expected, particularly in North Berkshire and higher elevations.

Roads could be slippery as New Year's parties wind down tonight, so use caution when driving - and as always, make sure


2018 in Review: Pittsfield Baseball, Softball Programs Dominate Spring, Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
07:46AM / Sunday, December 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield's baseball roots go back to the 18th century.   In 2018, the Shire City was a power in baseball and softball.   At the youth and high school levels, Pittsfield showed diamond dominance that easily was the story of the year in local sports.   For the second year in a row, the Taconic baseball team won a Western Mass Championship and returned to the state finals. This time around, in the D3 final, Taconic came up a little short but considering all the seniors who graduated from the state title team the year before, it made for a two-year run of which few schools can boast.   Meanwhile, the Pittsfield High softball team made its own


Nonprofit Center Names New Board Director
02:15PM / Friday, December 28, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has elected Erika Allison of 1Berkshire to its board of directors.

Allison is an engineer, educator and entrepreneur.  A recent transplant to the Berkshires, she is currently director of Member Services at 1Berkshire. Previously she was founding director of a STEM education nonprofit startup in New York City leading the launch of east coast operations and programming. She then moved to Maine to became project director for a five-year, $12M National Science Foundation research & implementation program to improve rural STEM education and STEM teacher preparation.

"Erika's entrepreneurial spirit,


Berkshires Beat: 'CHEST' Program Elevates Environmental Services Team at Fairview Hospital
01:59PM / Friday, December 28, 2018
CHEST award

Fairview Hospital's new Environmental Services Team has achieved the American Hospital Association certification as Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technicians (CHEST). Previously known as the Housekeeping team, every member of the new Environment Services Department had to complete 24 hours of required classroom instruction. The CHEST Program content consisted of seven domains: Cleaning and Disinfection, Waste Handling, Floor Care, Linen Handling, Infection Prevention, Safety, and Communication. Fairview Hospital is the only rural hospital in Massachusetts that completed the staff development program.

"Doctors and nurses do their best to keep patients


Berkshires Impacted By Sporadic 911 Outage
Staff Reports,
01:10PM / Friday, December 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 911 system has been sporadically out of commission statewide on Friday and affecting most of Berkshire County.   The Massachusetts State Police released a statement shortly before 7 a.m. encouraging residents to call their local public safety departments directly instead of using the emergency reporting system. The issue was affecting both cellular and landline service.   "A nationwide outage affecting CenturyLink, an internet communications company, is impacting wireless 911 call capability in various parts of the country," reads the statement from state police.   Shortly after 1:30, MSP released an update saying the issue had not been


Lee Police Chief Named First Fourth Berkshire Unsung Hero
01:51PM / Wednesday, December 26, 2018

LEE, Mass. — Chief Jeffrey Roosa of the Lee Police Department was named the first recipient of the Fourth Berkshire Unsung Hero Award.

The award was launched by state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli in December 2018. It aims to recognize people, groups, and organizations who have positively contributed to the Berkshire community.

"Chief Roosa exemplifies what it means to be an unsung hero," Pignatelli said. "His humbled, steadfast service to law enforcement in the Berkshires for the past two decades has been driven by his sole desire to protect our community. This recognition is one way to say thank you for his service to our community."

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