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BART Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
01:02PM / Monday, September 28, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades six through nine for the 2020-2021 school year, and grades six through ten for the 2021-2022 school year.    The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 12:00 p.m. The first enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year will be in Jan. 2021; date TBA.    More information on the school’s enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org.    Despite COVID-19

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Pittsfield Housing Authority Welcomes New Executive Director
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:21AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Housing Authority welcomed a familiar face as its new leader and bid farewell to a longtime board member.    Constance Scott was hired as the executive director last week after many years with the authority, including as assistant director.    The meeting also marked the resignation of Chairman Lucille Reilly, who has served with the housing authority's board for more than 50 years. Her colleagues on the board shared emotional goodbyes and thanked her for her years of dedication to the Pittsfield Housing Authority.     "I have enjoyed all the board members and I have been acquainted with and the

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Blandford
08:51AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Police say a Pittsfield man was killed when he ran into traffic on the MassPike in Blandford.   At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, state troopers assigned to Westfield barracks responded to reports of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Route 90 eastbound, at the 24.2 mile marker, in Blandford. The victim suffered fatal injuries.    Preliminary investigation indicated that Harry Young, 49, was a passenger in a 2008 Lexus operated by a 36-year-old Becket woman. State Police say the Lexus pulled into the breakdown lane and Young jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the roadway for reasons still under investigation. Young was then

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State Urges Residents to Report Signs of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly
08:49AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced that it has identified two dead specimens of the spotted lanternfly (SLF) in communities, and is urging residents to report any sign of the invasive pest.    The specimens were recovered in the towns of Milford and Norwood and were brought into Massachusetts on materials shipped from Pennsylvania counties currently under a spotted lanternfly quarantine.   Additionally, MDAR was recently notified that nursery stock with spotted lanternfly egg masses and adults may have been unintentionally imported and planted in several parts of Massachusetts.   MDAR is urging anyone who has

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Mount Greylock Tapping Reserves to Cover High Cost of COVID-19 Expenses
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday learned the financial impact of COVID-19 on the two-town school district.   Business Manager Joe Bergeron laid out the known budget impacts and talked about some of the costs still to come, and the price tag is steep: $680,000 at the moment.   More than half, $355,000 is covered by state grants the district has received, but on Thursday he asked the School Committee to approve pulling up to $325,000 from the district's School Choice and tuition revolver accounts.   The School Committee unanimously approved that suggestion to draw down reserves, which means that, for now, the school district will

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PARB Awaiting State Guidance To Inform Use Of Force Policy Changes
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Advisory and Review Board issued a statement reaffirming the current use of force policy while it awaits state guidance on the subject.   The board voted last week to issue a statement that essentially mirrored current policy that states maneuvers designed to reduce blood or airflow are not authorized or trained by the department.   "I think saying something in the interim would be good and would let the public know that we have concerns about this," Chairwoman Ellen Maxon said.    Through the summer, the board has discussed possible changes to the Police Department's Use of Force policy, specifically eliminating neck

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Pittsfield ZBA Takes No Action On Cell Tower Petition
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:41AM / Sunday, September 27, 2020

The 115-foot tower is sited near a city water tank. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals took no action on a City Council petition to re-permit the 877 South St. cellular tower.   The ZBA voted Wednesday to adhere to City Solicitor Stephen Pagnotta's opinion that legally the board cannot re-open the special permit.   "After a decision has been finalized, to review the hearing or rescind the hearing is not allowable under the statute," Pagnotta said. "The purpose of that is to ensure that permits, and any rights that come under those permits, are final and the applicants can rely on them."   The petition was in response to the

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@theMarket: Markets Feel the Heat
By Bill Schmick,
04:17PM / Friday, September 25, 2020
First, the good news: there is only one more week until the end of the month. The bad news, however, is that October may not treat investors any better than did September. As my swabbie friends would say, is it time to "batten down the hatches?"   Let me say I take no joy in being right. During the last few weeks of writing, the volatility I predicted has come home to roost. This kind of correction is especially painful because in these times of great uncertainty, we could have at least pointed to the stock market, and our investments accounts, as one piece of good news.    As I wrote last week: "Investors, therefore, should be mentally and emotionally

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MassDOT High School Video Contest
02:03PM / Friday, September 25, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the seventh annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest.   The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. The contest, which began in 2014, encourages high school students to showcase their understanding of roadway safety across all travel modes to try to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities.   "We are pleased to provide high school students with the opportunity to participate in this valuable exercise to underscore the need to

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Heritage Breed Sheep Weekend Postponed
01:40PM / Friday, September 25, 2020
DEERFIELD, Mass. — Historic Deerfield postponed the Heritgae Breed Sheep Weekend to May of 2021.   Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and capacity restrictions from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for outdoor events, Historic Deerfield is postponing the upcoming "Sheep on the Street" Heritage Breed Sheep Weekend event.   The event was  slated to occur Oct. 23-25, 2020 in Deerfield. The event will move to a date in May 2021.   The event will bring heritage breeds of sheep to Deerfield for visitors to learn of their importance in the agricultural world of early New England. Demonstrations and programs about wool, including carding, dyeing, spinning and

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'Peggy Sue Got Married': Life, on Second Thought
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:38PM / Friday, September 25, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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BWB Presents Workforce Awards
01:13PM / Friday, September 25, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Bekshire Workforce Boar honored four are leaders at their quarterly meeting.   The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB) held its quarterly meeting on Sept. 10, 2020 via zoom and honred Mayor Linda Tyer, Melanie Herzig of the MassHire Berkshire Career Center, BWB Board member Brian Morrison and the 1Berkshire Team.    At their meeting BWB highlighted several accomplishments including pandemic response efforts, career readiness programming, training in healthcare & manufacturing, employer engagement and reemployment activities.     Four leaders were recognized for their efforts:   • Mayor Linda Tyer, City of

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