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53 min ago | WWLP

Frost Advisory in effect for parts of WMass

A Frost Advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday for Franklin and western Hampshire County and for Berkshire County form 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday. A Frost Advisory is issued when frost is expected to develop during the growing season.

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Related Topix: Hampshire County, MA

5 hrs ago | Berkshire Eagle

Community Health Programs receives $200,000 grant to expand services

Community Health Programs has received a federal grant of more than $200,000 through the Affordable Care Act to expand primary care services. CHP was among 37 health organizations across the state to share a total of $8.7 million from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

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Related Topix: Great Barrington, MA, Pittsfield, MA

9 hrs ago | Berkshire Eagle

Ambassadors on the Pittsfield beat

Six students from Berkshire Community College's criminal justice program were part of a pilot to revive a Downtown Pittsfield Ambassador Program, which fell by the wayside about 15 years ago. The program has been redesigned to allow students to earn college credit while serving as liaisons for Downtown Pittsfield Inc., and also working with the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, Pittsfield City Hall and the Police Advisory Committee.

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15 hrs ago | MassLive.com

Annual Housatonic Heritage walks

Houstatonic walks Berkshires - The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area announced the 13th annual Heritage Walks Weekends on two autumn weekends - Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21; Oct. 4 and 5. More than 50 free family-friendly, guided tours are offered throughout Berkshire County and Litchfield County in Conn.

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Related Topix: Housatonic, MA

19 hrs ago | Berkshire Eagle

Susan Birns: Walk the walk, 2014

I am friends with a young family that includes three -- count them, three -- children under the age of 3 plus an 11-year-old, and I just learned that at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 the Nhim Ovitskys will be Walking a Mile in Her Shoes again this year .

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Related Topix: Pittsfield, MA, North Adams, MA, Great Barrington, MA, Opinion

19 hrs ago | Berkshire Eagle

Lenox native choosing to stand his ground against Tennessee Gas Co.

A fifth-generation native and energy business owner is waging a David vs. Goliath battle against the proposed natural gas pipeline that would snake through his secluded woodland retreat bordering the Housatonic River. But Jeffrey Clifford, owner of Clifford Oil Co., says he's sleeping somewhat better now, following a response to his recent letter to Gov. Deval Patrick.

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Related Topix: Lenox, MA, Deval Patrick, US Governors, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Dracut, MA

Sat Sep 13, 2014

MassLive.com

Springfield man ordered held on $12K bail after Pittsfield arrest for drug trafficking

PITTSFIELD - A 31-year-old Springfield man was arraigned Friday in Berkshire District Court on drug charges, according to the office of District Attorney David Capeless. Lemarr S. Talley of 748 Beacon Circle is charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Eagle

Drug dealing brings 2-year jail sentence for Adams woman

An Adams woman has been sentenced to two years in jail for selling heroin and cocaine from the residence she shared with her boyfriend. Samantha Dewing, 24, of Brown Street, was arrested in March with boyfriend, Wes Ouimet, during a Berkshire County Drug Task Force raid of their home.

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Berkshire Eagle

Pittsfield Police log

Peace is restored and no arrests are made. 1:45 a.m.: Police arrest Travis S. Taikowski, 44, of Frederick Street, on a charge of assault and battery on a family/household member.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Berkshire Eagle

Opening on Berkshire Retirement Advisory Council

The Berkshire County Retirement Advisory Council has called for the nomination and election of one elected member of the Berkshire Retirement Board. Any active or retired member of the Berkshire County Retirement System is eligible to serve in this position.

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Related Topix: Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Eagle

Cheshire: Walk to End Alzheimera s slated Sept. 20

The Alzheimer's Association 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail at Farnams Causeway.

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Berkshire Eagle

Mitchell named BBPWa s Woman of Achievement

Beth Mitchell, the director of engineering for Mission Integration Systems at General Dynamic Advanced Information Systems, has been named 2014 Woman of Achievement by Berkshire Business and Professional Women. Mitchell is the 50th recipient of the BBPW's annual award, which honors a local woman for her achievements and commitment to the community She will be recognized on Monday, Oct. 20 at a dinner event at the Country Club of Pittsfield that will be held to celebrate National Women in Business Week.

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Berkshire Eagle

Book: 'Rock Angel' Author finds inner rockstar for novel

Publishing her debut adult novel was a bit of a Cinderella story for Jeanne Bogino -- library director of the New Lebanon Library by day, writer in her Hancock home by night. Which is fitting, Bogino said, since her book "Rock Angel," is a bit of a Cinderella story in a way -- one that involves an intoxicating, addicting romance set to the beat of the 1990s rock-and-roll scene.

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Related Topix: Libraries, North Adams, MA, Adams, MA

Berkshire Eagle

Early leaf drop due to many factors

So many tree leaves have been changing color and dropping of lately that one would think Jack Frost has inadvertently flipped his calendar to October. Though Jack has a reputation for being mischievous and a bit careless, he is not at fault.

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Related Topix: Weather, Home Gardening, Home, Housatonic, MA, Pittsfield, MA

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Berkshire Eagle

Our Opinion: Getting young people involved in Pittsfield

Young people believe they are not listened to and their elders believe that when they are heard it is for all the wrong reasons. This gap is certainly not unique to Pittsfield but its existence in the city can perhaps be narrowed by the newly revived city Youth Commission.

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Related Topix: Pittsfield, MA, Opinion

IBerkshires

Beth Mitchell named 50th Annual Woman of Achievement

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - For 50 years, the Berkshire Business and Professional Women organization has been honoring a local woman for her achievements and commitment to the community with the "Woman of Achievement" award every fall.

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Related Topix: Pittsfield, MA, Boston University

IBerkshires

Berkshire Trendsetter Awards 2014 Presented

The region's "Trendsetters" were honored on Tuesday night their for contributions to the economic, cultural and civic health of the Berkshires. Sponsored by 1Berkshire, the county's economic development organization, more more than 275 people attended the fourth annual event held at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport.

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Related Topix: North Adams, MA, Great Barrington, MA, Pittsfield, MA, West Stockbridge, MA

IBerkshires

Williamstown Toughens Tobacco Regulations

The Board of Health on Monday voted to enact new tobacco regulations aimed at cutting back on youth smoking and smoking in public places. The board held a public hearing on the proposed regulations that drew comments from four members of the public - all in favor of the proposed regulations.

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Related Topix: Smoking, Medicine, Health, Berkshire, MA, Williamstown, MA, Needham, MA

Wed Sep 10, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

2014 Made in the Berkshires Festival Announces Full Lineup; Runs 10/10-12

Berkshire Theatre Group is pleased to announce that Made in the Berkshires 2014 will be held on Columbus Day Weekend: October 10, 11 and 12 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA celebrating the fourth year of this wonderful festival of local art and artists. The Opening Night celebration kicks off on October 10th at 6pm in the Colonial Theatre lobby with a cocktail hour and visual art show curated by Suky Werman.

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Related Topix: Pittsfield, MA, Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire, MA, Pop/Rock, Jay & the Americans

Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire County college students named to spring semester dean's lists

Becker College in Worcester has named the following students to its dean's list for the spring 2014 semester: Taylor Fish of Ashley Falls; Samantha Gooch of Pittsfield; and Marissa Peyron of West Stockbridge. Dillon Bissell of Pittsfield has been named to the Plymouth State University dean's list for the spring 2014 semester.

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Related Topix: Becker College, Pittsfield, MA, Ashley Falls, MA, Stockbridge, MA

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