(Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle)
Berkshire communities seek changes to EPA's Rest of River cleanup plan

Group of six Berkshire communities raises concerns about impact of $613 million Housatonic River project
10/20/2014 07:13 PM EDT
The six communities that have banded together to alter the Environmental Protection Agency's current Housatonic River PCB removal plan are strongly urging the agency to protect Pittsfield and five towns downstream from any damage caused by the project. 
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Hundreds happily take part in 26th annual Construct Walk for the Homeless
10/20/2014 06:17 AM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON -- With the exuberance of youth, Grant Scherling, 16, of Norfolk, Conn., was the first person to finish the 26th annual Construct Walk for the Homeless.

"Yeah, I ran it," he said. Hard to believe, as Scherling wasn't even winded when he got to the finish line of the 4-mile event, located at the offices of Construct, Inc. The starting line was at Ski Butternut.

Photo Gallery | 26th annual walk for Construct Inc.

Video | 26th annual Construct Walk for Homelessness

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Senior Bulletin Board

Elder Services of Berkshire County Elder Services offers resources and services for Berkshire seniors, including Meals on Wheels and senior group lunches, information & referral, case management, homemaker, personal care, grocery shopping, companionship, laundry service, money management, supportive housing, health insurance counseling (SHINE), caregiver services, Long Term Care Ombudsman Full Story
Pittsfield Police Log for Thursday, Oct. 17

Thursday, Oct. 17 1:49 a.m.: An emergency medical call is received from Sadler Avenue. Full Story
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Reid Middle School holds forum for peace

Students discuss gangs and youth violence along with ways to improve communication, outreach
PITTSFIELD >> City middle school students say they need more support, guidance and activities to help them keep safe and to steer them toward making positive decisions. Full Story


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Pittsfield's food establishments: 77% pass Health Department's 2014 inspections

2014 inspections: Health officials cited 23 percent of food establishments No. 1 issue: Most violations concern measures to curb food-borne illness
10/20/2014 11:14 PM EDT
PITTSFIELD >> Diners ought to feel confident about the food they're served in the city — at least 77 percent of the time. 
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Pittsfield man held without bail in knife threat
10/20/2014 08:20 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> A city man is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing for allegedly putting a knife to his girlfriend's throat early Saturday and threatening her. Full Story

State rep. confident six local school districts to get joint grant by year's end
10/20/2014 03:34 PM EDT - Possibly by Thanksgiving, six local school districts could land a $300,000 state grant, funding they could use to better educate their students through shared services, programs and administrators Lee and Lenox public schools, Richmond Consolidated School and Berkshire Hills, Farmington River and Southern Berkshire regional school districts recently filed a joint application with the governor's Full Story

'Thanksgiving Angels' seeking help to provide nearly 6,000 holiday meals to area needy
10/20/2014 07:01 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD -- A baker's dozen of local churches and community groups expect to provide thousands of needy people with a Thanksgiving dinner next month.

The 13 faith-based groups of the "Thanksgiving Angels" program are seeking monetary and food donations that will provide meals for an estimated 1,400 families -- roughly between 5,000 and 6,000 men, women and children, according to organizers.  Full Story

Hundreds turn out for Paws for Possibilities walk to aid Riverbrook
10/20/2014 07:09 AM EDT - STOCKBRIDGE -- Coco Chanel has a knack for putting people at ease.

Since arriving two years ago, the 5-year-old chocolate Newfoundland been best furry friend to women living at Riverbrook, an all-female residence for those with developmental disabilities. Coco's owner, Abbey Hanley, knew her canine companion was destined to become a therapy dog at Riverbrook after the pet's first visit there.

Photo Gallery | Paws for Possibilities Walk for Riverbrook Residence

Video | Paws for Possibilities Walk

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GOP Secretary of State candidate David D'Arcangelo eyes open approach
10/20/2014 07:30 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD -- David D'Arcangelo wants Massachusetts residents to have an easier time voting and accessing public records. Full Story

Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Director Jonathan Secor leaving for job with the Brooklyn-based Urban Bushwomen
10/20/2014 07:29 AM EDT - NORTH ADAMS -- Jonathan Secor, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will be leaving his post after 10 years with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Full Story

Convicted murderer sues state over prison porn ban

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights. Full Story
Survey shows media differences due to politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservatives and liberals not only have different political views, they diverge sharply on what news sources they rely upon and trust, a survey has found. Full Story