Pittsfield shooting: Anthony Gamache loved life and his family, wife says

Wife of Anthony Gamache reflects on her memories of him
11/22/2014 07:21 PM EST
GOSHEN >> Anthony Gamache was caring, respectful and "the most comical guy in the world," according to family and friends of the Goshen man who died Wednesday after suffering a gunshot wound in Pittsfield. 
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Need for donations spikes for Northern Berkshire Santa Fund
11/22/2014 11:27 AM EST - NORTH ADAMS >> After the loss of several hundred jobs with the closing of the former North Adams Regional Hospital and other local layoffs, the number of folks needing a little help from the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund is expected to spike this year. Full Story

Pittsfield Public Schools: Challenges rise as enrollment falls below 6,000
11/22/2014 02:07 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> Two disturbing trends — plummeting enrollments and more students facing social and educational challenges — must be confronted in Pittsfield and other school districts in the county, according to Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless. Full Story

4 Berkshire County school districts named to AP 'honor roll'
11/22/2014 06:05 PM EST - Four county school districts have been named to the Fifth Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll for offering increasing access to AP course work as well as maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or more on the annual exams. Full Story

Williamstown man charged in MCLA gun incident placed in vets program
11/21/2014 06:20 PM EST - NORTH ADAMS >> The man accused of illegally carrying a loaded gun on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in October has been released and will instead be diverted into treatment for war veterans while charges against him are pending. Full Story

Pittsfield shooting suspect has dangerousness hearing delayed
11/21/2014 06:11 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> A city teen accused in a shooting remained held without bail on Friday after a judge agreed to postpone a hearing into whether he is dangerous. Full Story

Berkshire Community Connector: Nonprofits partner to stabilize family incomes
11/21/2014 05:24 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> Seeking a way to help more families find stable and more sustainable sources of income, a partnership of local nonprofits has launched an effort at coordination and communication that tracks needs and services for their clients. Full Story

Friends of St. Mary's plan to oversee redevelopment of former Pittsfield church
11/22/2014 02:43 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> About three dozen people took part Friday afternoon in a tour of former St. Mary the Morningstar Church, which was sponsored by a citizen group hoping to save the building for reuse. Full Story

Pittsfield police allegedly find drugs in boxers of convicted dealer
11/21/2014 05:13 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> Nine months after being released from prison for drug dealing, a New York man is back in custody after police allegedly caught him with heroin and two types of cocaine in his boxers. Full Story

Fundraiser to benefit Pittsfield man suffering from ALS
11/22/2014 02:47 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> The approximately $115 million in donations from the summer's viral national "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" has been dedicated to research for a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Full Story

City's 'ugly' Christmas tree prompts public outcry

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly. Full Story
Woman on "My Five Wives" accuses father of abuse

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman featured in a reality TV show about a polygamous family is going public about sex abuse she claims she suffered as a child in hopes of changing a culture of secrecy plaguing plural families in Utah. Full Story